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Cliff Alexis, co-founder of NIU’s world-renowned steelpan studies program has passed away at 82. He was an invaluable part of the School of Music for more than 30 years even after his retirement from NIU in 2017. A Memorial Visitation will be held from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. with a service at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday,...
One NIU faculty member, two students and an entire department were recognized for their outstanding contributions to international education during the 2018 International Recognition reception held Nov. 13. “The university is committed to recognizing individuals who exceed expectations,” said Bradley Bond, associate vice president, Division of International Affairs. “Each year, we recognize a faculty member,...
Evelyn Brand traveled to Houston in January 2017 with her eyes wide open. A junior Elementary Education major at the time, Brand’s senses crackled from “how much Houston has to offer,” from its metropolitan culture and world-class Italian and Mexican restaurants to its warm winter weather. Yet the Educate U.S. participant was equally impressed by what she found at Sinclair...
When Debra Boughton, senior associate Athletics director and chief of staff in NIU Athletics, looked around the room of the first ATHENA-Women of Accomplishment Award Reception she attended as a newcomer to the community she asked, “How did these women become who they are?” “How do they connect?” “How did they rise?” “And how were...
NIU’s Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic will open its 10th Little Free Library next semester in front of the historic Joseph F. Glidden Homestead and Historical Center. Kristine Wilke, the clinic’s new director, is excited to secure the 921 W. Lincoln Hwy. location just steps from a pair of Huskie Bus Line Route 2Rstops to “give everybody the opportunity to...
Kimberly Hart Some jobs are harder than others. Take counseling, for example. Counselors know that each and every word they say to their clients carries great weight, and it’s impossible for the practitioners not to become invested in the lives of those who have come for the right words or just the open ears. “In...
Contingent on approval from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the University of Tetovo(UT) anticipates welcoming NIU Business faculty in spring 2019 when they travel to the Balkan Peninsula to provide MBA instruction to students from Macedonia. This academic proposal – created through a strong partnership that the NIU College of Business established with UT, and with...
Northern Illinois University is extending the contract of Sean T. Frazier, NIU associate vice president and director of Athletics. The move, which keeps Frazier at the helm of NIU Athletics until 2023, comes amid a prosperous period of continued and unparalleled success for the more than 400 student-athletes in competition and in the classroom. It...
On a cold Thursday afternoon, a group gathers around a table in room 338 of Founders Memorial Library. They’re in the NIU Digital Convergence Lab, but they’re not here today to explore new media technology. Instead, their hands filled with colorful yarn, these knitters and crocheters are using their lunch hour to give back to...
Bernadette Heitschmidt Bernadette Heitschmidt didn’t start her college journey with an eye on staying there. Raised in Garfield Ridge, near Midway Airport, she attended Marquette University to study advertising with a minor in graphic design. “I had a rough first year. I didn’t do so great in my academics. I wasn’t involved, which was a...
Northern Illinois University has released the results of the Sexual Harassment, Assault and Relationship Experience (SHARE) Survey, a comprehensive survey gauging the experiences and perceptions concerning issues of sexual assault and misconduct at the university. The SHARE survey was provided to all NIU undergraduate, graduate and law students via an open link in the spring...
When Spring Piatek was treated for Kawasaki disease at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago at age 4, she remembers a nurse staying with her in the middle of the night to tend to her fever. The nurse gave her a grape Popsicle to soothe her raw throat from crying and reduced her fever by placing...
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