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No playbook existed for how the sports industry could react to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Jobs and revenue were lost. Games, programs and seasons were canceled. Teams played without fans. With a more positive outlook on the horizon, organizations, teams and participants now are working to rebrand sports in a post-COVID world. The...
“Recycling is a complex process and is not particularly efficient in terms of energy and natural resource consumption,” says Courtney Gallaher, an associate professor in the NIU Department of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences and the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality. “Many of our recyclable products are not recycled in the ways...
The first time Mayra Lagunas realized that universities had a department dedicated to recruiting students was when she was hired to work in Office of Undergraduate Admissions for the University of Illinois. Eleven years later, she has emerged as an up-and-coming leader in the field of college admissions and has been selected to become assistant...
Those looking to make a difference at NIU have a new tool to help raise much-needed financial support. NIU Impact, the NIU Foundation’s new crowdfunding program, launches today, April 1, at http://crowdfund.niu.edu and features ten campaigns. Growth of Digital Giving The NIU Foundation has experienced significant growth in its digital giving program, seeing an increase...
As the spring semester nears its end, many at Northern Illinois University are looking ahead to next year, working to attract next fall’s incoming class. Aiding in that effort is a suite of new tools to make enrolling at NIU easier. “We are adamant that a life-changing NIU education should be within reach of every...
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences proudly welcomes Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL 16) as the next guest in their Rebuilding Democracy Lecture Series at 6 p.m. CT March 30. The 45-minute event, conducted on Zoom, will feature Congressman Kinzinger discussing a variety of topics such as rebuilding democracy, energy, agriculture and foreign affairs with...
Celebrating the accomplishments of our fellow Huskies is an important part of the NIU experience and one of the most visible is the relatively new tradition of lighting the tower on the Holmes Student Center red to acknowledge a special achievement or day. It’s a stirring symbol that can be seen for miles in every...
Four-one-hundred-thousandths of a second. That’s the daily rate of progress sprinter Usain Bolt made between the 2008 and 2012 Olympic games in improving his already-record-setting time. Not much, P.J. Fleck told his online audience March 3 during his Spring 2021 Educator in Residence keynote address. But those minuscule and gradual gains paid off for Bolt in a huge way, the...
For Jermaine Stegall, composing the music for the long-awaited sequel to the Eddie Murphy hit movie “Coming To America” came with a set of challenges, seen and unforeseen, but the final product reflects a film where music is as much of a character as any of the recognizable faces on the screen. Stegall is a...
Internationally renowned aviation attorney Kenneth Quinn (FINA ’82) will serve as the keynote presenter for the NIU College of Business BELIEF Week spring 2021. Quinn is currently principal at International Aviation Law PLLC, which specializes in aviation, aerospace, transportation and unmanned aircraft systems. He has been instrumental in shaping the regulations on aviation and flight safety and has counseled aviation leaders before, during and after crises: including building internal cultures that manage risk and developing relationships...
From an early age,  Jack Tierney, ’75, M.S.Ed. ’78, was keen on making good investments. As a high school senior, he had to be practical about the cost of his education. The oldest of his family’s five children in Oak Park, Illinois, Tierney was used to paying his own way. He had worked to afford...
P.J. Fleck, student-teacher! P.J. Fleck will never forget his semester as a student-teacher at Clinton Rosette Middle School. It was Spring 2004, and the wide receiver for the NIU Huskies football team had tried to postpone that classroom immersion – he was training for his shot at the NFL, after all – but Professor Pamela Farris put her foot down. Her...
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