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Raymond Banks, M.S. ’86, says when he and his husband, Dr. Eric Erickson, attended college, they each received a helping hand in the form of financial assistance, which allowed them to pursue advanced degrees and gave them greater opportunities. Giving back is a way they can be a force for good in the world, Banks...
“Sprint ready.” That’s how NIU students who are part of the 40TUDE Business team describe the work they’re doing to support local businesses affected by the pandemic. During each two-week sprint, the team follows a highly structured schedule to analyze the problem a local small business is facing and implement a solution – usually in...
NIU is home to the next generation of talented, dedicated students preparing for a brighter future for themselves, their families and the world around them. On June 23-24, Huskie Nation has a unique opportunity to unite around the mission, vision and values of Northern Illinois University through the NIU Foundation’s Huskies United. This online day...
A collaboration between public radio station WNIJ and students in NIU’s data visualization courses helps to build student portfolios and improve reporting in the region. In early 2016, local public radio station WNIJ obtained a data set related to overdose deaths in a northern Illinois county. WNIJ reporter Jenna Dooley (who has since become the station’s...
There are at least two things that incoming Huskies have in common: they never quit, and they will read Born a Crime by Trevor Noah. Noah’s collection of personal stories has been selected for NIU’s Common Reading Experience for the 2021-23 academic years. Originally from South Africa, Trevor Noah is the current host of the...
Chemistry Professor Tao Xu is one of the many NIU faculty members known for being an innovator. Since joining NIU in 2006, Xu has worked to develop new highly efficient solar cells, discover a new electrocatalyst that converts carbon dioxide (CO2) and water into ethanol, and create other novel materials through his lab’s nanotechnology research....
October 2 Homecoming game highlights football promotional schedule With season tickets on sale and fans ready to fill the stands at Huskie Stadium again for the 2021 Northern Illinois University football season, NIU has set its initial promotional schedule for the Huskies’ four Saturday home games. The 2021 home opener on Saturday, September 11 will...
Since 2020, many of NIU’s popular summer camps for elementary through high school students have been offered online. Using imagination, ingenuity and creative problem solving, camp directors from NIU STEAM and Summer in the Arts have developed online communities of creative and curious learners. Online camps are returning this summer with an even wider variety...
Leaders from Northern Illinois University and the City of DeKalb gathered April 13 to express their desire to work together on improving race relations in DeKalb through the soon-to-be-launched Belonging Council. The event at NIU’s Center for Black Studies was motivated by recent instances that made national headlines in Minnesota and Virginia, where people of...
While the pandemic has been keeping people apart, the City of DeKalb, Northern Illinois University and a collection of local agencies have been working to bring the DeKalb community closer together through the Belonging initiative. The initiative to develop a belonging community was sparked by a virtual conversation in October 2020, led by Dr. john...
“Mini disk recorder slash player.” “The old cassette recorder.” “DAT tape, known for failing miserably and getting lots of crackles as you play them back.” “Ooh. That is a… What is it? …. Tube transformer?” A lot has changed in the 30 years since WNIJ 89.5 signed on the air, as Reporter Susan Stephens and...
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...
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