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NIU alumni looking to network with fellow Huskies and learn more about the university’s exciting programs and initiatives are invited to a Cultural Meet and Greet on March 28 at the National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St. in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. Hosted by NIU’s Chief Diversity Officer, Vernese Edghill-Walden, the event is an...
Longtime DeKalb residents Dorothy G. O’Brien and Genevieve A. O’Brien grew up on a farm south of DeKalb. The sisters were very grateful for their educational opportunities and life experiences and have left a legacy which reflects that. Genevieve O’Brien went on to marry Ed Vrba, and through a testamentary trust they established the O’Brien-Vrba Scholarship...
Seven Northern Illinois University Huskies, from the former general manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers to individuals who are dedicated to community outreach, will receive 2019 awards from the NIU Alumni Association for their outstanding achievements. “This is among the most impressive groups of award recipients we have ever honored,” NIU Alumni Association Executive Director Reggie Bustinza said....
If Mike Chihoski, ‘96, M.S. ‘08, could go back in time and tell his student-self what the future had in store, past-Mike would never believe him. Chihoski, a double graduate of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, has traveled a long way since graduation day — as in all over the world. He has had speaking...
When reflecting on his life, Gil Ankenbauer (B.S. ’73, M.S. ’75) identifies his time at NIU as transformational in more ways than one. NIU is where he studied under Dr. Samuel S. Goldich and developed his passion for geology. It’s where he made and deepened friendships that would follow him through his long and successful...
Abraham Lincoln walks into a bar … but what does he order? According to NIU alumnus and local historian Clint Cargile, “Lincoln didn’t drink alcohol outside of the occasional toast or official function. So if Lincoln walked into a bar, he’d probably order his favorite drink … water.” However, this Thursday, Feb. 21, visitors to...
Graduating seniors in NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) showcased how their creations can help improve lives as they presented their final projects at the college’s fall 2018 Senior Design Day. Each semester, seniors within CEET form teams and compete in the college-wide competition. The students draw upon years of instruction in NIU’s engineering...
There is so much more than football that could explain the love and regard new NIU head football coach Thomas Hammock, ’02, has for his alma mater. “[NIU] has always been a special place for me in my development as a man,” Hammock said. “Coach (Joe) Novak took me in, nurtured me, and made sure...
NIU Athletics will recognize the contributions and accomplishments of Huskie women student-athlete alumni from the pre-Title IX era (1961-1981) during the NIU Legacy Celebration, Friday-Saturday, Feb. 15-16. Among the highlights of the weekend’s events will be the awarding of varsity letters to student-athlete alumni during a breakfast reception in the South Lobby of the Convocation...
Members of the Northern Illinois University community are partners with NIU leadership in creating a positive NIU experience. With that in mind, President Freeman invites NIU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members, to meet with her during newly scheduled office hours. “I welcome respectful and constructive dialogue about NIU,” says President Freeman. “I am excited about...
Evelyn Brand traveled to Houston in January 2017 with her eyes wide open. A junior Elementary Education major at the time, Brand’s senses crackled from “how much Houston has to offer,” from its metropolitan culture and world-class Italian and Mexican restaurants to its warm winter weather. Yet the Educate U.S. participant was equally impressed by what she found at Sinclair...
A faculty and shared-governance working group has created new drafts of the university mission, vision and values statements, and now invites members of the  university community to comment on their work. “At this critical point in the life of our university, it is important for us to clearly articulate our guiding principles,” explained NIU President Lisa...
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