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Mark W. Cordes
Mark W. Cordes, interim dean of the NIU College of Law, recently answered questions from the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin about his ideas and goals for the next year. According to the article, published Sept. 1, Cordes is preparing the school for its American Bar Association accreditation visit in 2017 and developing a new strategic...
Watering the flowers
John V. Heckmann Jr. has been named associate vice president for Facilities Management and Campus Services, effective Sept. 1. Heckmann reports to Vice President of Administration and Finance Alan D. Phillips, and will be responsible for management of the physical plant, Building Services, Grounds, Materials Management and other key campus facilities and services. “John brings...
Avalon String Quartet: Illuminations
NIU’s Avalon String Quartet earned the praise of New York Times music reviewer Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim, who enjoyed the group’s new CD, titled “Illuminations.” In the Sept. 2 edition of the “Classical Playlist,” the critic calls the new CD a “deeply satisfying recording.” “The Avalon String Quartet, playing with great warmth and tenderness, appears to...
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The Pleiades chapter at NIU was among the outstanding Mortar Board chapters recognized at the 2015 Mortar Board National Conference, held in Phoenix in August. NIU’s Pleiades chapter received the Silver Torch Award. This honor is presented to chapters executing timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Silver Torch Award...
An NIU professor earned a prestigious grant from the National Institutes of Health to launch innovative research targeting issues affecting bisexual women’s health and well-being. Wendy Bostwick, associate professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies (NUHS), Public Health and Health Education programs, was awarded the $371,538 grant to pursue her research into the...
Book cover of “The Toy and the Twister”
Northern Illinois University Press and the NIU Center for P-20 Engagement are creating a series of STEM-based storybooks, the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series, which will include a total of eight books to be published over the course of the next two years. The books in the series focus on the adventures of a toy...
Abby Dean
Abby Dean might have just started as NIU’s director of University Marketing, but she begins with more than a decade of Huskie experience. “I am really excited to take this position and have the team that I have,” said Dean, who has worked for NIU since 2003 and took over the newly created director position...
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NIU ranks fifth on PayScale’s new list of “Best Schools by Salary Potential for Education Majors,” released Wednesday. The report ranks more than 1,000 colleges and universities by median alumni salaries. According to PayScale, the median salary for NIU education alumni with zero to five years of experience is $34,700; that median climbs to $58,300...
J. Ivan Legg
J. Ivan Legg, provost at NIU from July of 2001 until his retirement in the spring of 2006, died Aug. 4 in Vancouver, Wash. He was 77. Legg became well-known rather quickly in DeKalb when he chose to live in a second-floor apartment in Stevenson Towers for the fall semester of 2001. “Students are what...
Starting next fall, engineering students from the Rockford area can earn bachelor’s degrees and master’s degrees from NIU without leaving the campus of Rock Valley College. Presidents and other leaders of both institutions made the announcement and signed letters of intent this morning before a standing-room-only and energetic crowd gathered inside the Woodward Technology Center....
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NIU’s Division of Information Technology has announced the first set of awards for the Broadband Innovation Grant Opportunity established in February of this year. The grant offers up to $30,000 in funding per year for three years to NIU students, faculty and staff who can develop applications that help society leverage broadband connectivity for the...
Robert L. LaConto
Robert L. LaConto, who taught broadcast journalism at NIU from 1964 until his retirement in 1990, died Thursday, July 30, in DeKalb. He was 91. LaConto won NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award during his final semester on the faculty. Students considered him not only an aspirational teacher and mentor but a friend. “Professor LaConto...
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