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Megan Nordstrom wears many hats. Whether leading a group of Northern Ambassadors, running a Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA) or Music and Memory organization meeting, or directing hundreds of Huskie Marching Band members during a performance, she wears them well. Described by faculty and peers as enthusiastic, hard-working, and a leader who leads by supporting...
STEM Fest is back in person on Oct. 23, with interactive learning fun for all ages. NIU STEM Fest started more than a decade ago as a festival to celebrate innovations in science, technology, engineering and math. The free annual event has now become a family tradition that welcomes visitors of all ages to hear...
College students from all backgrounds often require assistance with even the most basic human needs, including food, housing and mental health. For those who are undocumented and worried about revealing their immigration status while in search of help, Sandy Lopez has a message. “Typically, the students I work with are first-generation, low-income students who are...
Among 19 “pathbreaking institutions,” NIU was chosen by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to host a new Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Campus Center. The honor further establishes NIU as a leader in the areas of racial and social justice, equity and inclusion. NIU joins a total of only 49 such centers—described as...
Eleven NIU faculty members have been selected to participate in the first cohort of the new Emerging Faculty Leaders Program, which aims to bolster leadership capacity across campus. The Provost’s Office earlier this fall launched the initiative, led by Alicia Schatteman, director of the Center for Nonprofit and NGO Studies and an associate professor of...
Northern Illinois University has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Sean T. Frazier agreeing to extend his contract. The university also intends to promote Frazier to vice president and director of Athletics and Recreation, pending Board of Trustees approval at a future meeting. The move extends Frazier’s contract through June 30, 2026. His new title...
Despite the pandemic, the university’s research, service and engagement enterprises are firing on all cylinders. External funding awarded to faculty and staff hit a 10-year high in Fiscal Year 2021. According to the latest Annual Report from NIU’s Sponsored Programs Administration, 127 faculty and staff members won 343 awards for research, instruction, outreach, public service and other...
Northern Illinois University is lighting up Holmes Student Center red and rolling out the red and black carpet for the 114th Homecoming celebration, Huskie Stars, Sept. 27 through Oct. 3. “We are very excited to be returning to in-person activities for homecoming this year,” said Executive Director of Northern Illinois University Alumni Association (NIUAA), Reggie Bustinza....
Among a group of universities leading the charge for diversity, equity and inclusion, NIU has earned national recognition. The university received the 2021 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. The national honor recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding...
NIU is among only 46 four-year institutions saluted in the 2021 roster of “Great Colleges to Work For,” one of the country’s largest and most respected workplace recognition programs. The university made its debut on the national list, which was unveiled Monday, thanks to excellent results in categories of shared governance; faculty experience; and diversity,...
NIU saw its new freshman enrollment climb this fall by nearly 12% over the same time last year—the largest year-over-year percentage increase in the freshman class in more than two decades. According to the official census on the 10th day of attendance, total freshman enrollment for fall 2021 increased to 2,285, up 238 students over...
Gabe Brown, a pioneer in the agricultural soil restoration movement that is successfully and sustainably changing farming methods across the country, will be the keynote speaker in an upcoming “Evening with Innovators,” focusing on innovations in food systems. The non-profit DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc. (DAAHA) and NIU’s Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships...
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