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“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...
Ten cadets were commissioned as officers in the United States Army during the 2021 Commissioning Ceremony for Northern Illinois University Army Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) on May 7. “It is my pleasure to have served with these excellent students, cadets, and now newly commissioned officers in the U.S. Army,” said Lt. Col. Andrew Spring, chair...
Their story begins at the University of Minnesota.   Carolinda Douglass – “I’m sort of from a lot of different places; we moved a lot when I was little,” she says –  went to study human development with an emphasis in aging. She’d “always been drawn to older adults,” she says. “It probably has to...
NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) congratulates five teams that were presented with awards from the Engineering and Technology Alumni Society on Senior Design Day on April 23, 2021. During the pandemic the event has been held virtually. Next year the college plans to return to its traditional event where students showcase their...
A year ago, commencement ceremony plans were disrupted by the pandemic, but that didn’t stop NIU from conferring an honorary doctorate degree to a centenarian for his groundbreaking work in agriculture. The life’s work of 102-year-old Sherret S. Chase, Ph.D., has been in development of techniques in plant breeding via haploids, doubled haploid and hybrids. “His...
Sue Dalton NIU is now a distribution center for free iBill currency readers that enable people with visual disabilities to sort their paper money. The designation from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing comes thanks to the work of Sue Dalton, an instructor in the Department of Special and Early Education. Dalton believes that the devices, powered...
NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) announced that Associate Professor Shun Takai, Ph. D. was named its 2021 Faculty of the Year for Excellence in Undergraduate Education. The goal of the award is to recognize a faculty member that has excelled in teaching effectiveness, educational research, lab innovations, and much more. Faculty are nominated...
The Communicative Disorders Student Association (COMDSA) was recognized for their contributions to NIU and the community as winners of the 2021 Kevin D. Knight Outstanding Student Organization Award. The Kevin D. Knight Awards are presented annually and commemorate the life of Knight, an NIU alumnus who embodied what it means to be a student leader. For the Outstanding...
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...
Northern Illinois University College of Law alumna Sonni Choi Williams, ’99, was elected Third Vice-President of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  Sonni is now in succession to become the first woman of color, first person of Asian American heritage, first person of Korean heritage, and the sixth woman president of the ISBA in its 144-year...
First-year law student Matthew Novotney had no idea what was about to happen when he was asked to join a Zoom call with NIU College of Law Dean Cassandra L. Hill. He thought he was there to discuss his 1L experience as a law student, but he quickly learned that story was just a ruse...
Paige Bohne and Janet Guadarrama Fifteen newly minted teachers are ready to return to the school districts where they grew up and, thanks to a partnership between Elgin Community College and Northern Illinois University, never really left. The students completed their first two years at ECC and then, with no relocation or commute required, earned their B.S.Ed. degrees...
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