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I am inspired by the steadfast grace demonstrated in Beth’s leadership that supports and advocates for optimal levels of performance to continuously examine effectiveness while never appearing weary of my endless questions! Cheers!

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Deyundra has the job of keeping me on track. Trust me, its a full time job! She always double-checks on me to make sure I have what I need and I am doing well. This semester was was challenging, and she still is cracking jokes!

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Jessica keeps the parking office in balance and keeps us all on track. This semester has been a rough  one all over campus, and Jessica takes care of her employees and still has a great smile.

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Sue has always gone the extra mile to make sure her employee’s have what they need. This past semester was a rough one all over campus, and the parking department was no exception. Through it all Sue keeps in contact with us and makes us laugh.

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NIU President Lisa Freeman presents opening remarks at the NIU Center for Governmental Studies 50th Anniversary Conference in November 2019.

To mark the end of its 50th anniversary year, the NIU Center for Governmental Studies (CGS) released three policy profiles that will help civic leaders better understand and shape the future of localities in Illinois. The three profiles address shifting demographics and conditions that are affecting Illinois towns and cities, and they provide guidance to help municipalities adapt and succeed in the face of these changes.

“The unique co-release of three policy profiles grew out of CGS’ 50th anniversary conference and represents our commitment to the future of local government in Illinois,” says Greg Kuhn, CGS Interim Director. “We were thrilled to welcome over 200 stakeholders, government leaders colleagues and public administrators to our 50th anniversary conference in November 2019.The conference was not just about highlighting our 50-year history, but also about looking to the future, with breakout sessions focused on strengthening local economies, environmental stewardship, fiscal sustainability, health challenges and the necessary resources to accomplish all that lay ahead. I encourage all to read these three policy profiles that were just published to gain insights and foster creative thinking during this time of fundamental challenges and change.”

The first policy profile, a case study of Dixon, Illinois, explores the major challenges facing rural communities in the 21st century, especially the loss of manufacturing jobs and the aging of the rural population. Dixon serves as a model for medium-sized rural communities because this active regional hub, home to about 15,000 residents, has employed a successful planning and development model focused on enhancing quality of life to retain and attract residents, especially young families and retirees.

According to the profile’s authors, Norman Walzer and Danny Langloss, the experience of Dixon “offers other rural Illinois communities both a reason to be positive about their future and useful insights into a process of change to make that future possible.” In particular, effective leadership, strategic public/private partnerships and community engagement have been central to Dixon’s ability to quickly shift its focus from job creation to quality-of-life enhancements, which are attractive to workers who are increasingly willing to work at home, telecommute or commute longer distances.

Greg Kuhn, interim director of the Center for Governmental Studies.

“Modern technology is changing the way people work and where they can live,” Walzer and Langloss write. “This, in turn, creates new pathways communities can use to sustain and grow their populations.” This is especially true for rural communities, “which often have a lower cost of living and pleasant quality of life with natural recreation areas.”

Through public/private partnerships, the profile notes, Dixon has created a vibrant arts and culture community, revitalized their historic downtown, developed their riverfront, expanded their industrial park and enhanced community events that attract more than 50,000 visitors annually.

The second policy profile focuses on helping local governments understand the aging of many residents and the growth in their senior populations. The profile’s authors, Norman Walzer, Mim Evans, and Andy Blanke write that, “By 2029, residents 65 years and older could represent 25% or more of the population in as many as 23 rural Illinois counties — a substantial increase from only five counties in 2019.”

While an aging population can cause concerns in terms of tax revenue and worker shortages, the profile’s authors nonetheless see potential for rural areas to benefit from “programs that accommodate growth in elderly populations and provide opportunities for them to help stimulate local economies.” Because baby boomers are relatively financially secure and will spend a significant number of years in retirement, attracting them can be beneficial for rural communities, the profile notes.

Another positive development is that the same elements that make a community most attractive to older residents are also appealing to all age groups. “Safe neighborhoods, walkable environments, access to recreation and entertainment, affordable housing and educational opportunities are desired by many residents, regardless of age,” the profile notes. “Since rural areas already have many of these traits, they can be potential attractions for residents aging in place as well as those seeking a place to retire or younger households seeking a place to raise a family.”

The third policy profile focuses on the changing fiscal landscape and how municipalities can consider strategies to effectively fund local services in the face of shifting demographics and thus a changing tax base. This profile addresses the same demographic reality that informed the other two: rural areas in Illinois are seeing a decline in the overall number of residents as well as a shift towards an older population.

By examining property tax structures in Illinois and other states, the profile’s authors, Walzer and Blanke, offer some creative approaches communities might use to fund local services while relieving pressure on local property taxes. These may include agency mergers or consolidations, innovating to implement efficiencies and best practices, or passing statewide legislation.

“Different conditions and governmental arrangements within Illinois make it difficult to impose an effective one-size-fits-all remedy, which further emphasizes the importance of local engagement,” the authors note.

Kuhn says that the NIU Center for Governmental Studies serves local governments in an advisory role and is available to help municipalities and counties cope and even prosper during challenging times.

“Our teams at CGS have been objective and knowledgeable partners with communities and state agencies across Illinois. We collaborate with them to analyze the past and present, and build on their strengths and capabilities to continue to serve us all,” he says. “CGS is also currently working with the town of Woodstock, Illinois, to help them develop an Age-Friendly Livable Community plan. We look forward to continuing our work with local governments and civic leaders throughout our region and our state to help them navigate the days, months and years ahead.”

All three policy profiles are available in full on the Center for Governmental Studies website. Learn more about CGS at cgs.niu.edu.

Date posted: August 26, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on NIU Center for Governmental Studies looks to the future after celebrating 50 years

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NIU students are encouraged to jump on Zoom Sept. 1 from noon to 1 p.m. to experience the opportunities available by pursuing cultural and ethnic studies.

Five of NIU’s academic diversity centers – Black Studies, Burma Studies, Latino and Latin American Studies, Southeast Asian Studies and Asian American Studies – will showcase aspects of their minors and certificate programs in addition to their student organizations.

Program highlights include:

  • Overviews of each center
  • Cooking tutorial from Indonesian language instructor, Rahmi Aoyami, on how to make a simple Indonesian street food.
  • Language and culture video from Burmese language instructor, Tharaphi Than.
  • A tutorial on how to make Cuban coffee by CLLAS director Christina Abreu.
  • Music videos from Greg Beyer and Chris Scanlon.

To join the Open House, students should register online

“Pursuing a minor or a certificate from our five centers is relatively easy to fit into class schedules and the benefits reach far beyond the academic credential,” Abreu said. “Not only does it build cultural competency – something employers are looking for – it brings opportunities to study abroad and conduct research.”
“It also builds your social network,” Abreau added. “The academic diversity centers work with the cultural resource centers. We support each other. It’s like a family.”

Date posted: August 26, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Academic Diversity Centers to host virtual Open House Sept. 1

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In a year unlike any other, new students will find continued support and resources through a revamped First-Year Success Series designed to reach them both on and off campus.

Kicking off with a Sept. 2 Virtual Resource Fair, the series will feature a collaboration of workshops to help new students transition to NIU, connect with their fellow Huskies and develop strategies for success.

The workshops will serve as touch points, offering students refreshers on programs, resources and services introduced to them during orientation and Week of Welcome, said Jenna Pracht, director of Orientation and First Year Programs. Mainly offered in the fall in year’s past, this year’s series will extend through the spring.

“We’re really trying to be intentional about what type of programs we’re highlighting, focusing on the expected or anticipated milestones of students continuing from fall into spring,” Pracht said.

Built around the areas of personal and financial well-being, diversity and inclusion, Huskie pride, career exploration and connection to academics, the series aims to address students’ common concerns and questions.

They’ll find ways to get involved, meet new friends, get help with their classes, chart a path to career success, appreciate the diversity around them and understand their responsibilities. They’ll feel at home, organizers say.

“We’re taking the less is more approach,” said Melanie Griegoliet, assistant director of Orientation and First Year Programs.

In years past, 50-plus programs were featured as part of the First Year Success Series. This year, Griegoliet said, programs are based on the office’s First Year Outcomes. The goal of First Year Outcomes  is for students to demonstrate knowledge of university resources, develop an academic and career plan early on, be exposed to diverse cultural perspectives and, overall, develop a sense of NIU pride, she said.

The Virtual Resource Fair will feature programs and services across campus, such as the Center for Black Studies, the University Writing Center/ACCESS, the University Honors Program, the Center for Student Assistance, JobsPlus and the Office for Undocumented Student Support, among others.

The series will continue on Sept. 15 with Creating Campus Connections featuring a panel of NIU students sharing how they’ve developed their own networks at NIU.

And on Sept. 17, first-year students will take part in the first of several Conversations on Diversity+Equity (CODE) workshops offered by Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. They’ll explore their own unique cultural identities and the identities of others as they build their cultural competence.

An October workshop will focus on financial literacy, while workshops created and hosted by graduate student leaders and NIU’s cultural resource centers also are in the works.

Looking ahead to Spring 2020, the office aims to collaborate with JobsPLUS on an Alumni Networking event, continuing ADEI’s Code Sessions 3 and 4 and more.

Date posted: August 26, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on New and improved First-Year Success Series to help new Huskies feel at home

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NIU Communications Professor Janice Hamlet can add musical theater to her list of experiences.

Janice Hamlet, associate professor in the Department of Communication and senior faculty mentor in the Office of the Provost.

Hamlet, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Communication and senior faculty mentor in the Office of the Provost, spent part of her summer bringing to life the story of civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer.

Hamlet was chosen as the featured speaker for two virtual performances of a new musical project featuring Composer Mary D. Watkin’s opera “Dark River.”

The opera tells the story of Hamer, a daughter of sharecroppers who became a leader in the Civil Rights movement during the turbulent 1960s. Hamlet already had researched Hamer, having written a scholarly journal article about her. Originally published in 1996, that article caught the attention of those behind the “Black River” project.

“Hamer’s story is an incredible story that Mary Watkins felt compelled to put to into music,” Hamlet said. “It was my first involvement in being part of a project like this. I applaud the composer for taking someone’s story and turning it into an opera the way she did. I thought it was an amazing project.”

Tianhui Ng, a music professor and conductor at Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts, served as music director and coordinated the summer project.

Hamlet’s words were combined with choral performances by the West Village Chorale and Pioneer Valley Symphony on July 28 in Greenfield, Massachusetts, and as part of a “Summer Sings” series by West Village Chorale on Aug. 3 in New York. 

Hamer’s relative obscurity originally drew Hamlet to her. She remembered well Hamer’s powerful televised speech during the 1964 Democratic National Convention, which focused national attention on the brutal attacks on African Americans who tried to vote in Mississippi.

Hamer was 45 years old when civil rights workers came to her Mississippi town in 1962 to encourage African Americans to register to vote. Although she was aware that any African Americans who attempted to register would be doing so at a tremendous risk to themselves and their families, she was among the first to volunteer.

She became a leader in the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, and she endured death threats, beatings, and imprisonment in order to obtain voting rights for her people.

Hamer was arrested at one point, put in jail and heavily beaten, all before her testimony at the Democratic National Convention.

“Even though she was uneducated, she was a prolific public speaker mainly because of her passion and her willingness to be very honest about what was going on,” Hamlet said. 

In between video materials and performances of Hamer’s arias, Hamlet spoke of her life—all via Zoom, another new experience for Hamlet.

“I had to be brought up to speed on how to use it and its capabilities. It was interesting,” she said. “I felt proud of myself at the end for doing that.”

She also was asked to record her speech for promotion to be part of future presentations and performances.

The entire experience, featuring viewers, participants and performers from throughout the country, moved her.

“It was just incredible for all these people all over the United States to come together in this virtual concert,” she said.

 

Date posted: August 24, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Hamlet tells story of civil rights activist in ‘Black River’ theater production

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Jamaal Hines grew up hooked on police procedurals on TV, imagining that he someday would solve crimes like the detectives on “CSI” and “NCIS” on behalf of innocent victims.

Enrolling at Old Dominion University in his native Virginia, he earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Sociology.

“I really wanted to go into a field where I could just help the community on a regular basis, but there was a lot of negative connotations toward law enforcement that started real heavy around 2015,” Hines says. “So, I was like, ‘What’s another way that I could impact people?’ I fell in love with recreation.”

The path to that career led him to Anderson Hall.

And, three years after completing his M.S. in Sport Management from the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, Hines has landed a dream job as after-school specialist at Lake Braddock Secondary School in the Fairfax County Public Schools of Virginia.

He began Aug. 3 with plans to build on the same types of initiatives and opportunities he’s provided since 2019 for Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services as assistant director of the David R. Pinn Community Center.

“My access to kids will be 10 times greater. Instead of having my 40-maximum at the Pinn Center, there are thousands in the middle school and the high school,” he says. “I want to be able to impact more kids, not just within sports but within other extracurriculars and within their academic studies.”

Recreational programming makes a “unbelievable and substantial” impact on adolescents, he says, adding that he “wouldn’t be the human I am today without it.”

“Just from the structure of the programs that you create, you can teach those life skills to young people through sports. How to listen to authority. How to follow rules. How to work on a team. How to put a strategic plan into action,” Hines says.

“Those types of things are something I teach to all of my young athletes,” he adds, “and it’s something I can see them continuing to incorporate in their lives as they move beyond sports into college and into their trades.”

Hines offers himself as proof of the power of organized recreation.

“It’s got me out of where I came from. I had a rough bringing-up. It was just me and my mom. She worked two jobs to keep food on the table, and I saw how much she struggled and worked to get me where I am,” Hines says.

“If I have a chance to create a spark in some other kid to be as passionate about what to do in order to improve their life, it’s something that’s so great,” he adds. “What’s better than working every day to improve the life of someone else? That’s kind of how I feel.”

NIU – nearly 1,000 miles from home – came on his radar during a trip to Grapevine, Texas, to attend the annual conference of NIRSA: Leaders in Collegiate Recreation, formerly known as the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association.

He was working for Old Dominion’s rec department then, and made the journey to the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in search of a graduate internship.

David Lochbaum, who is now associate director for Facilities and Operations at the Holmes Student Center but who then held the same title at the NIU Rec Center, made Hines an offer.

As graduate assistant of Facility Operations at the Rec, Hines helped to supervise staff, provide professional development and training to personnel and coordinate special event and programs, among many other duties.

He also was hired at the DeKalb Park District, where he worked as an athletic facility supervisor and program instructor, and volunteered to coach youth basketball for the Illinois Wolfpack.

Time in Illinois also included an internship with the Park District of Oak Park under Executive Director Jan Arnold. “Through our networking efforts at NIU, Dr. Steven Howell assisted me in locating this opportunity,” Hines says, “and I attribute much of my success in the industry to Mrs. Arnold and the PDOP Fellowship program.”

Within Anderson Hall, Hines truly found mentors in Howell as well as in Jenn Jacobs: “I really liked the professionalism and the networking opportunities that I had at NIU,” Hines says.

“I really liked that with Dr. Jacobs and Dr. Howell that it was more of a peer-to-peer interaction,” he adds. “It was no longer that student-teacher interaction. It was more of, ‘This is my professional opinion. This is my professional background. I want to grant this knowledge to you so you can take this knowledge out into the world and grant it to others.’ I really liked that collaboration.”

Collaboration – and advocacy – are important to him.

After months of continuing to engage remotely with youth at the Pinn Center during COVID-19, Hines expects to do the same this fall at Lake Braddock, which will begin the school year Sept. 8 as fully virtual.

Savvy at social media and marketing, he’s already creating electronic “welcome cards” to introduce himself while he looks forward to the challenges of a new job during a difficult time. “I’m really hoping to grow myself professionally,” he says, “and show people how hard I’m willing to work.”

That ethic is apparent in his involvement with the Fairfax County NAACP.

“We’re doing what we can to be socially active,” he says, “going out and letting people know that what is happening in the system right now is wrong. The systematic injustices that people are facing in this country based on their color, their creed, their religions, are wrong, and we just want people to be held accountable.”

Black Lives Matter: Jamaal Hines marches in Washington, D.C.

Hines and his friends make regular trips to nearby Washington, D.C., where they bring water and snacks to protesters along with milk for those who’ve been teargassed. Sometimes they march themselves.

The activism is worth the time and effort, he says, and fits his moral code.

“I don’t think that anything I’m doing is out of line. It may be portrayed that way in the media, but every person that I’ve stood side by side with protesting has been a peaceful protester and, honestly, just wants the same thing that I want, and that’s for law enforcement to do their job and not overexert their power,” Hines says.

“I will continue to fight for that because that’s what I believe in,” he adds, “and I will continue to bring along as many people with me so that we can fight for this right for equality that we’ve been fighting for for hundreds of years.”

Such advocacy also “sends a strong message to the kids who are seeing me fight for them and fight for their people,” he says.

But for Hines himself, the fierce advocate in his corner is his mother, Tina Hines.

“My mom is hard-working, genuinely caring and made sure I never missed an opportunity,” he says.

“I didn’t have as much access to others to resources as other people had, but that woman did everything she could to make sure I never missed a practice. I was in three sports, year-round, and played travel ball in the summer,” he adds. “She made sure that I was involved because she knew how important it was for me to stay involved. If you’re not involved, you have opportunities to get on the wrong path.”

There’s another champion in his life: Hines himself.

Proud mom, happy Huskie graduate: Tina and Jamaal Hines celebrate at NIU’s East Lagoon.
Proud mom, happy Huskie graduate: Tina and Jamaal Hines celebrate at NIU’s East Lagoon.

Growing up in tiny Stuarts Draft, Va., where more than 95 percent of the population is white, “the scope was on me. The scope was on me. I was expected to get somebody pregnant. I was expected not to go to college. I was expected to mess with drugs and alcohol.”

None of those expectations came true, of course, but the one involving higher education did not come easily.

“I had to beg people in high places. I said, ‘These are my scholarships. This is my financial aid. It’s not enough. I do not have enough money to be able to follow my passions.’ I reached people who gave me grants, who gave me opportunities to be successful because they saw that passion,” he says.

“That’s all just remnants of my mom. That’s just her pushing me to be where I need to be. ‘Cs get degrees’ was not a thing for my mom and me,” he adds. “She’s been everything I needed her to be – that guider, that protector, that leader – and she gets emotionally overwhelmed when we start talking about where we started from to where we are now.”

 

Date posted: August 19, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Sport Management alum Jamaal Hines scores job leading after-school programs

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If you’re coming to campus at NIU this fall, be sure you’re #CampusClear.

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As part of NIU’s Protecting the Pack plan for Fall 2020, students and employees on campus are asked to self-monitor by submitting daily wellness checks for COVID-19 through a special app. Developed by Ivy.ai and Creighton University, #CampusClear is a one-question daily self-survey that takes 10 seconds to complete.

“One of the most important ways to keep our university community healthy is daily self-reporting of symptoms along with immediate instructions on what to do if you do not feel well,” said Matt Streb, NIU Chief of Staff to the president. “#CampusClear does exactly that.”

NIU Communication Professor David Gunkel, whose research focuses on information and communication technology, was instrumental in the selection of #CampusClear.

“#CampusClear, which is free to download and use, is a new and powerful self-monitoring tool that can help contribute to the protection of ourselves and our campus community,” Gunkel said.  

The #CampusClear app allows users to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and provides users with next steps based upon the information they provide.

Each weekday morning, students and employees will be sent a reminder to report whether they have symptoms or have been exposed or tested positive for COVID-19.

The app will either present a campus “Good to Go” if the user has no symptoms or provide next steps that need to be taken. The “Good to Go” serves as a green light for students and employees to come to campus and an “all clear” for students living on campus to leave their rooms.

The app can be downloaded on both iOS (Apple) and Android mobile devices and used online. More information, including a guide on how to download and use the app can be found on NIU’s Self-monitoring page, as well as a #CampusClear FAQ page.

“We strongly encourage everyone download the app, check in daily and answer honestly to help protect their health, as well as the health of fellow Huskies,” Streb said.

Those who do not receive a “Good to Go” through the app are asked to follow NIU’s self-reporting steps. Students, faculty and staff must call the COVID-19 helpline (815-753-0444) and if necessary, self-quarantine or self-isolate.

Faculty, staff, and students also are encouraged to regularly check  the Protecting the Pack website for the most up-to-date information on protocols and guidelines related to COVID-19.

 

Date posted: August 17, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on All clear? Huskies encouraged to screen for COVID-19 with special app

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Lisa Katzenberger, ’96, has written three children’s books, with the newest coming out next February.

When Lisa Katzenberger transferred to NIU in 1993, she already knew she was going to be a writer. Her major was easy—journalism, with a minor in English—because she wanted to learn writing in all its forms. It was all she had ever wanted to do.

Growing up as the youngest of eight children in Midlothian, Illinois, Katzenberger was an energetic and bubbly rule-follower. While this pleased her parents, she was often teased by other children. She found escape in her books.

“I was obsessed with reading from a very young age. My mom always took me to the local library to check out tall stacks of books,” she said. “I had my first introduction to writing stories in third grade and was hooked.”
 
Katzenberger came to NIU after a year at University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where she really struggled. The campus was too big for her, and she felt like she did not fit in. That all changed at Northern.

“When I transferred to NIU, everything clicked. I made friends, got involved in activities, and gained back my confidence,” she said. “My best memory was my time spent working as a reporter and editor for The Northern Star. I learned how to write on deadline, which is an important skill that still serves me well to this day. I learned how to receive feedback from editors and revise my work to make it stronger. As an editor I also learned about layout and design.”
 
After college, Katzenberger found success as a technical writer, while writing fiction on the side. In 2018, her first children’s picture book—A Triceratops Would Not Make a Good Ninja—was published by Picture Window Books. Then, earlier this year, Katzenberger’s second children’s book—National Regular Average Ordinary Day—was published by Penguin Workshop to critical acclaim. It landed on the Today Show’s list of “25 books your children and teens won’t be able to put down this summer.” 

National Regular Average Ordinary Day is a story that is especially meaningful for kids who may be missing their usual birthday celebrations, summer milestones and special vacations during the pandemic. The book follows Peter, who loves celebrating the world’s most offbeat holidays. When he runs out of reasons to party, however, he finds everyday life is worth celebrating.

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A mother of twins, Katzenberger says she finds fulfillment in providing stories and ideas to children, helping to expand their worlds in the same way her favorite authors did when she was a young reader.
 
“I especially love reading my stories to kids. I love hearing them giggle!” she said. “My goal is to help kids laugh, escape, and dream through the world of books.”


Katzenberger is excited for her next picture book, It Will Be Ok: A Story of Empathy, Kindness, and Friendship, which will be published by Sourcebooks Kids in February 2021.
 

“This is a story about an anxious, overwhelmed giraffe and his loyal zebra friend, whose patience and presence help him face his greatest fear head-on,” she said. “I am very excited about this book as I wrote it many years ago and felt it was special, even in the face of many rejections.”
 

While making it as a successful children’s author is a dream many writers never realize, Katzenberger credits NIU with helping her to learn the resilience needed to keep trying.
 

“I always felt like at NIU there was no fear,” she said. “Huskies aren’t afraid to try something new, undertake a challenge, or move outside our comfort zone.”
 

Date posted: August 13, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Lisa Katzenberger, ’96, finds success as children’s author

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Graduate students Brian Gumino and Jonathan Barnes have been working with Associate Professor Nicholas Pohlman from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Paul Wever of Chip Energy to find a more efficient way of cooking with fire using a gasifier cookstove.

Their research has been reviewed and published in the July issue of MDPI’s journal Clean Technologies.

The gasifier stove is a device that is beneficial to people living in areas where cooking over a natural fire is common practice due to a lack of advanced cooking technologies, gas fuel or electricity. Cooking over a natural fire is difficult because the temperature and distribution of heat are hard to control. The gasifier stove allows better control of the heat for cooking with biomass fuel such as wood, leaves or other local resources that may be available.

Brian Gumino and Jonathan Barnes started their research in 2011 as part of a  class study while they were undergraduates. “They continued with their research and they were finally able to publish the work,” said Pohlman.

Ideally, Pohlman would like to see the research advance to develop a version of the stove with indigenous materials instead of steel. He is hoping to collaborate with other colleges within NIU and work with NIU’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders. If this can be accomplished, the stove’s design could have a significant impact in areas where communities have limited resources.

Date posted: August 12, 2020 | Author: | Comments Off on Fanning the flames on biomass fuel cookstove research

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