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Teaching isn’t what Lisa Finkelstein does; it’s who she is. The 2021 NIU Presidential Teaching Professorship award winner and professor in the Department of Psychology has been sharing her passion with Huskie students for almost 25 years. “Coming to realize that teaching is not just what I do – but it’s who I am –...
The Presidential Commission on Race and Ethnicity (PCORE), formerly the Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PSCM), has reimagined the annual Diversity and Inclusion luncheon as a virtual summit. The event will take place on Wednesday, April 14 beginning at noon. The summit offers three programs including an afternoon awards ceremony, and afternoon program...
Valerie Garver, professor and chair of the Department of History, is the recipient of the 2021 University Honors Great Professor Award. Garver, who has been active in honors programming during her 17 years at NIU, is a trained early medievalist, focusing on the study of northwest Europe in the Early Middle Ages. She is currently...
Four outstanding employees have been recognized for their contributions to NIU beyond a narrow reading of their job descriptions. The Operating Staff Council named Jonie Barshinger, Robert Botts, Angie Flannery and Ellen Hamrick as recipients of the 2021 Operating Staff Outstanding Service Award. Recipients are chosen for demonstrating outstanding service and making significant contributions to...
Four members of NIU’s Supportive Professional Staff are winners of the 2021 Presidential Awards for Excellence. Each is an ambassador for the university in their own unique way, but all work to innovatively and professionally ensure the success of their departments, building programs and the campus as a whole. These SPS Presidential Award recipients play a...
For as long as he can remember, Chenaire Barmore says, he has wanted to make a difference in the lives of others. Since the age of 13, the NIU junior has volunteered and worked with local nonprofit organizations such as Goodwill, United Way and the YMCA in his hometown of Rockford. “I see the daily...
In more than 12 years at NIU, Debra Miller, the outgoing Director of the Disability Resource Center has seen a lot of dramatic, positive changes in how the university supports students with disabilities. Her accomplishments, and those of the center under her leadership, are reflected in her selection as this year’s winner of the Presidential...
King Chung, NIU professor of Audiology, was recognized by the American Academy of Audiology as the recipient of the 2020 Humanitarian Award for her significant contributions to humanitarian research and services.  Chung will accept the Humanitarian Award during the Academy’s virtual meeting in April 2021. “I am thrilled to receive the Humanitarian Award, which really belongs to all my international collaborators, my...
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) is excited to announce that for the third consecutive year its ranking increased in the category for undergraduate engineering programs without a doctorate program as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. CEET increased to 33rd out of 220 schools for 2021, which is up from 38th...
There’s an impressive new faculty award on campus. NIU’s Excellence in Online Teaching Award both encourages and honors outstanding online and hybrid teaching. Beginning this semester, one to three award recipients will be recognized annually for their commitment to excellence in online teaching, course development and student engagement. The honor will become a permanent fixture...
Each year the Graduate School recognizes select graduate students with the Outstanding Dissertation and Thesis Awards.  In addition, select faculty are recognized with the Distinguished Graduate Faculty Awards. In light of the pandemic, the awards ceremony for the fall 2020 semester has been postponed but these individual’s accomplishments remain noteworthy. Distinguished Graduate Faculty Awards The...
The COVID-19 pandemic might have curtailed international travel this year, but it hasn’t dampened the spirit of international education at NIU. The International Recognition Reception in November honored individuals in the NIU community for their contributions and achievements in international education during the past year. “Our international education efforts continue, even during the most challenging...
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