Recent graduates and prospective students interested in earning postgraduate degrees have an opportunity to improve scores on graduate school entrance exams with test preparation courses offered on campus.
NIRIS is a unique broadcast service which provides current print information to blind and print-impaired citizens in the region.
Volunteers are essential to the service and the station is looking for new recruits: NIRIS volunteers contribute their time and talent by regularly visiting the WNIJ studios in DeKalb to do live readings of newspaper and magazine articles on the air.
Many NIRIS listeners would not receive neighborhood news, obituaries and information about community events without the service.
Staci Hoste, director and general manager of the station, calls NIRIS and the volunteers who support it important.
“As a public radio station, WNIJ is committed to providing accurate, essential and relevant presentations of local, national and international news to the communities we serve,” Hoste says. “NIRIS helps us reach a community of people who otherwise would not have access to this information. Volunteers are essential to NIRIS and because we need more of them to better serve our print-impaired listeners, we’re working to make it easier for you to help.”
For example, a growing group of volunteers use technology to read for NIRIS from home, and WNIJ plans to harness this capability to expand the volunteer core. Moreover, the station aims to recruit and engage NIU student volunteers who are looking for practical experience in broadcasting, voice training and journalism.
“I have so much appreciation for the years of support for the service from a dedicated team of volunteers,” Hoste says.
Rockford resident Ty Hillman is one of many long-time supporters of the station who volunteers his time with NIRIS. “The personal connection you feel as you record a program is hard to describe, knowing that you’re doing something to help another person,” Hillman says. “It’s a really good feeling.”
Northern Illinois University student-athletes Emily Naegele (softball) and Nelle Youel (women’s tennis) are among the 29 women selected nationally to receive an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship for Spring 2016, as the NCAA informed all winners of their selection over the past week.
Naegele, who earned All-American honors in softball for 2016, and Youel, who completed her eligibility in 2015 as NIU’s all-time wins leader and the 2015 MAC Player of the Year, were both named Academic All-Americans by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) during their final seasons.
A third-team All-American by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Naegele set five school records, including single season marks for home runs (20), RBIs (56), slugging percentage (.894) and career records for home runs (32) and RBIs (144). She started all 165 games for NIU during her three-year career, a majority of them at catcher.
A first-team All-MAC selection, Naegele helped lead NIU to its first MAC West Division crown since 2000 in 2016. She recorded 19 multi-RBI, 18 multi-hit and three multi-home run games. The Oak Forest, Illinois native is nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She earned her degree in pre-physical therapy in May, graduating with a 3.90 grade point average, and plans to pursue her master’s degree in physical therapy at NIU.
Like Naegele, Youel majored in pre-physical therapy as an undergrad, graduating this past May with a perfect 4.0 GPA. She will attend graduate school at the University of Iowa.
A three-time Academic All-MAC selection in her collegiate career, she was a second team at-large CoSIDA Academic All-American after finishing her senior season undefeated in spring singles matches at 20-0. A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., Youel was the first Huskie ever to be named Mid-American Conference Women’s Tennis Player of the Year after posting a 31-3 overall record in 2015. She set the NIU women’s tennis program’s all-time records for combined (163), singles (89) and doubles (74) wins as well as the mark for single season wins.
The $7,500 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarships are available to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and wish to pursue a postgraduate course of study. The NCAA distributes 174 postgraduate scholarships annually, with 29 scholarships available for men and 29 for women at the conclusion of each sports season (fall, winter, spring).
Candidates are evaluated on athletic and academic achievements, campus involvement, community service, volunteer activities and demonstrated leadership. Student-athletes are nominated by the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) from their institution.
Naegele and Youel join a distinguished list of Northern Illinois University winners of the NCAA scholarship award that includes recent recipients Dusty Page (men’s soccer, fall 2014), Nabal Jefferson (football, fall 2012) and Kristin Hoffman (volleyball, fall 2011) as well as Huskie Hall of Famer T.J. Lux (men’s basketball).
Founded in 1922, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs “is an independent, nonpartisan organization that provides insight – and influences the public discourse – on critical global issues. The council is committed to bringing clarity and offering solutions to issues that transcend borders and transform how people, business, and governments engage the world.”
This marks the first time anyone affiliated with NIU has been selected for this prestigious program.
The 2015 Global Go To Think Tank Index Report, by James McGann, director of the Think Tanks and Civil Societies Program of the Lauder Institute at the University of Pennsylvania, named the Chicago Council of Global Affairs the No. 1 worldwide Think Tank to Watch among 100 institutions “honored for their excellent research advances within the past 24 months.”
Professor Tan and the rest of the members from the Class of 2017 join a prestigious group of thought leaders. Previous participants have included Marshall Scholars, a White House Fellow, CEOs, leaders of major non-profit organizations, governmental leaders and leaders of multinational law firms.
A Supreme Court Fellowship finalist, Professor Tan’s scholarship has been received by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry, the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, the South Korean Ambassador to the U.S. and the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State who led negotiations with North Korea.
Tan has served as a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Comparative Law, the Human Rights Journal and the International Negotiation Journal, with published works in a number of law journals and periodicals.
At NIU, Tan teaches courses in international law, international criminal law, international human rights and a North Korean Seminar as well as serving as faculty adviser for the school’s International Law Certificate Program.
Local educators, NIU faculty, staff and students and members of the university community are invited to hear Dorothy Espelage, an internationally known researcher, teacher, speaker, and consultant on preventing and addressing bullying in K-12 schools.
Espelage, a professor at the University of Florida who studies bullying, youth aggression and teen dating violence, will speak from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Aug. 11, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Homes Student Center.
The event will explore topics about geography, GIS and how it relates to the summer’s most popular game: Pokémon Go.
Autumn James, a Ph.D. candidate in the NIU Department of Geography, will provide a presentation titled, “Mapping, Exploration, and Pokémon Go: What Will the Future Hold?”
Guests also have a chance to win prizes, get game tips, catch Pokémon and a pizza party. Families, couples, students and Pokémon fans of all ages are encouraged to attend. There will not be chaperones; all children must be accompanied by an adult.
The registration fee is $6 for a single registrant or $10 for a couple (two adults) or family (two adults and up to three children).
Members of the Senior Cabinet and I reviewed initial drafts of the divisional action plans during an all-day retreat last Wednesday. We began to explore and discuss the creative ideas and thoughtful reactions that were contained in their specific responses to the task forces’ recommendations.
These were first, and not final, drafts – and we will continue to have meaningful and deliberative dialogue about what makes sense and what, on further consideration, might not. Some action plan items are fairly simple and their implementation is already in progress. Others will require deeper examination and multiple conversations across departments, colleges and divisions before we can make and carry out responsible decisions.
The implementation of Program Prioritization will continue to honor our system of shared governance. Proposals involving the creation or deletion of academic programs will be subject to the established processes for curricular revision because NIU’s constitution and bylaws provide for faculty predominance in all policy decisions relating to the university curriculum.
Clearly, this effort will take some time because of the number of recommendations and the complexities associated with their implementation.
We are committed to moving forward. We are carefully and consciously determining how to align mission and goals with our resources to ensure a vibrant future, and we will continue to strengthen these processes at NIU in coming years.
Mission- and priority-based resource allocation must become our core practice, and from what I have seen thus far in the action plans, that concept has largely been embraced and elaborated upon in very creative ways.
The task before us now is to translate that energy and creativity into lasting change.
During the first 18 months of this process, a coordinating team and two ~20-member task forces provided guidance and advocacy for our university community. Those teams completed their duties in May, and the divisions have responded with their action plan proposals.
We now turn to the critical steps of finalizing and implementing those plans.
Chris and Matt believe strongly in Program Prioritization and the foundational compass it provides, and I am grateful to both of these busy campus leaders for their willingness to take on these important tasks going forward.
Between now and November, when we will issue our first progress report, you will begin to see and hear early and exciting results.
For example, the act of writing the narratives has revealed immediate, agreed upon opportunities, some of which are now under way. Other areas have begun to explore collaborations and shifting resources to become more efficient and effective.
As we continue to uncover the paths that Program Prioritization will set for us, I ask you to join me in building on the powerful spirit of making things happen – and of attaining our keystone goal of Student Career Success. Working together, we thrive.
Date posted: July 25, 2016 | Author: Mark McGowan | Comments Off on Campus update: Program Prioritization
According to those in attendance, the action plans developed by the divisions were largely thoughtful and responsive to the task force recommendations. New opportunities for collaboration across divisional lines were identified and are under consideration.
The plans put forward include many innovative ideas that do not require new resources, and some of these are already being implemented.
Proposed actions that require the reallocation of additional resources are subject to further analysis by the Executive Budget Committee (EBC). That subcommittee of the cabinet will work with representatives from the Resource, Space and Budget Committee and the Academic Planning Council to align and integrate such recommendations with the university budget and hiring processes over the short- and long-term.
Ultimately, President Baker is responsible for ensuring that outcomes of Program Prioritization are reflected in the annual and multi-year budgets presented to the NIU Board of Trustees.
NIU President Doug Baker
Feedback received by the cabinet, the EBC and the shared governance representatives will help inform Baker as he develops final budget recommendations to the Board of Trustees.
“We are carefully and consciously determining how to align university goals with our resources so that we can best fulfill our mission. We will continue to develop this process as an ongoing way to manage NIU in coming years,” Baker said. “Mission- and priority-based resource allocation must become a core practice.”
As plans are enacted, NIU will continue to honor all existing contracts with employees and will guarantee that students will be able to complete their academic programs.
The university also will follow all curricular processes currently in place for addition or deletion of academic programs, said Lisa Freeman, executive vice president and provost.
NIU will issue a formal progress report in November.
Over the course of the next year, as Program Prioritization enters the final review and implementation phase, McCord and Streb will monitor progress and facilitate collaboration on initiatives that cross-divisional lines, particularly those related to administrative programs.
They also will provide feedback and ensure that effective communication continues between and among all stakeholders.
“Chris and Matt believe strongly in Program Prioritization and the foundational compass it provides,” NIU President Doug Baker said. “I am grateful to both of these busy campus leaders for their willingness to take on these important tasks going forward.”
While their upcoming work provides structure for the administrative program follow-up, NIU will honor existing, well-established policies and processes for recommendations regarding academic programs.
“We are working toward the day when both the academic and administrative programs have a routine and institutionalized cycle of evaluation and improvement,” said McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “Matt and I are filling a bridging role, assisting in the short-term with the implementation of administrative program recommendations.”
“The Administrative Task Force recognized the need to transform several functional areas, many of which require complex conversations across multiple divisions,” added Streb, a professor in the Department of Political Science. “I look forward to having the opportunity to help those conversations progress with the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of those functional areas.”
This committee of the university is charged with advising the executive vice president and provost on academic priorities and strategies for the achievement of those priorities, including the establishment of priorities in budgeting.
Its vice-chair has been asked to play an important role in the implementation of program prioritization, working with the Executive Budget Committee to develop recommendations to President Baker, and to review the processes being developed to link NIU’s priorities and budget processes.
With the hot weather alert from now until Monday, July 25, NIU has been notified by its Demand/Response Program management company that the university might need to perform an electrical power load shed.
This could happen at anytime from now through Monday. NIU usually is notified at least 30 minutes before needing to reduce the electrical load, but it can be as short as 15 minutes. The reduced power period is usually an hour.
Just as the test was performed June 23 of this year, campus users will not lose electrical power.
Heating Plant staff will shut down HVAC equipment for the required period, except for essential spaces. Some people might notice their spaces becoming warm and stuffy.
NIU participates in this voluntary demand/response program to help lower the costs of our utilities and receive rebates. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
For more information, call (815) 753-1151 or (815) 753-1791.
Date posted: July 22, 2016 | Author: Mark McGowan | Comments Off on Heating Plant might perform electrical power load shed
The program, which begins Monday, Sept. 12, will provide evening classes in the heart of Chicago’s financial district at 105 W. Madison St. It will be geared specifically to the needs of financial industry professionals seeking to gain a competitive edge in an important field that is currently experiencing great demand.
“The recent financial crisis made many businesses aware that they are vulnerable to what were formerly regarded as improbable events,” NIU Finance DepartmentChair Gina Nicolosi says. “This resulted in an urgent need for professionals skilled in the areas of forecasting and risk modeling, as well as those capable of navigating through an increasingly complicated regulatory landscape.”
Students enrolled will learn how to better assess and respond strategically to changes in a rapidly shifting risk environment.
The 10-course program focuses on the latest advances in hedging and risk mitigation techniques, as well as how to incorporate the use of complex financial instruments such as swaps, futures, forwards and options. Upon completion they will be prepared to test for either the prestigious Financial Risk Manager certification or the Professional Risk Manager certification.
To ensure that the program prepares students for the demands of today’s business environment, Nicolosi and her faculty spent a year meeting financial executives from the Chicago finance community.
They consulted representatives from the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, the Federal Reserve, the National Futures Association and more than 10 financial services institutions that serve on the NIU Department of Finance Advisory Board.
The end result is a program that provides students with a robust and meaningful learning experience, one that focuses on solid approaches to risk in the context of a highly complex business environment.
“We have outstanding faculty who consistently create and deliver high quality academic programs. The input they receive from accomplished executives in the Chicago area about real-world needs ensures the knowledge that students gain from NIU becomes powerfully distinctive.”
Fully accredited by AACSB International, NIU’s M.S. in Financial Risk Management provides a significant cost savings that ranges from 25 percent to 58 percent when compared to total program costs from other institutions in the Chicago metropolitan area.
Date posted: July 22, 2016 | Author: Mark McGowan | Comments Off on NIU launches Financial Risk Management program in Chicago