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Category: Engagement
Logo of the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition
The Illinois Science & Technology Coalition – NIU President Doug Baker serves as chair of the board – realized unprecedented growth and impact in 2014 that strengthened Illinois’ position as a hub for innovation. Created by the State of Illinois 25 years ago as a public-private partnership, ISTC now harnesses a network of more than 40 academic,...
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Northern Illinois University is getting results for businesses by connecting them with a team of student interns. Springboard was launched last year to provide customized assessments to small and midsized companies while providing internships to students. The program helps businesses develop international markets, learn about competitors, enhance their websites, expand social media, improve marketing messages...
Dan Gebo
From monkey business to monkey fossils, monkeys hold a prominent place in humor as well as in scholarly research. STEM Café’s January presentation will explore the ways that our primate cousins offer keys to understanding the development of human life. On Tuesday, Jan. 20, Northern Illinois University’s STEM Café will present “More Fun than a...
Northern Illinois University President Douglas Baker addressed a large Radisson Hotel and Conference Center audience at Thursday’s Rockford Chamber of Commerce luncheon, focusing on the important role of higher education in regional transformation. “I asked people at NIU to point me toward the best examples of where the university is actively engaged with the community,...
A student in one of the very first STEM Divas classes, held on campus at Northern Illinois University and facilitated by STEM Outreach, works with her Doodler 3D printer pen to create 3-dimensional jewelry.
Pettee Guerrero is the embodiment of a STEM Diva. An educator with NIU STEM Outreach in the Center for P-20 Engagement, Guerrero lives for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has an infectious enthusiasm for both STEM learning and NIU that is on full display in her high-energy demonstrations. She can be seen on...
Campus snowball fun – Winter 2013
Last year’s polar vortex caused some of the most severe winter weather Illinois has seen in the past 50 years, and the recent cold snap has everyone wondering what this winter will bring. Is the polar vortex part of global warming or proof that it doesn’t exist? STEM Café invites you to find out at...
Toy Drive
Generous hearts often want to make the holidays magical for needy children, but for the third consecutive year, NIU students are brightening the season for a group that often goes forgotten: adolescents in foster care. As part of an engaged-learning project in two group-communication classes taught by Department of Communication professor David Henningsen, the NIU...
Five students of NIU’s Community Leadership and Civic Engagement (CLCE) program spent the fall semester interning with nonprofit agencies in DeKalb and Sycamore. This is the first semester of an innovative communiversity partnership designed to provide students with experiences that will lead to career success while benefiting the local nonprofit sector. Students earn course credit...
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The Remember Project, a nonprofit organization that engages college students in building a better Chicago through service, will host a “One Voice” project from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18. One Voice will unite between 100 and 125 college students from NIU to speak and provide positive inspiration to eighth-grade students at 10 Chicago Public...
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Health. Leadership. Maturity. Self-reflection. Adventure. Children everywhere need these and other building blocks to lead productive, successful lives – and faculty in NIU’s Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education are working to deliver those strong foundations. Research and engagement programs already making differences locally are poised to create a broader impact across the country and...
Project ROAR at Cortland Elementary School
Sitting in clusters of three, the Cortland Elementary School second-graders write things for which they are thankful onto “leaves” and “pumpkins” cut from red, orange and yellow construction paper. Friends. Clothes. Cousins. Mama. Teacher. Food. Halloween. Next, they squirt Tacky Glue onto their harvest-colored shapes and press them onto paper plates as they create Thanksgiving...
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Longtime friends Corrine Wickens and Elsa Glover were jogging together a few years ago when the conversation turned – naturally – to education. What happened next reads like the script of a classic TV commercial for Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. NIU’s Wickens, an associate professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education, and Glover,...
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