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NIU Dean of Students Kelly Wesener Michael will join the College of Education’s Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE) as a Practitioner-Scholar in Residence, effective July 1. Wesener Michael, who holds an Ed.D. in Higher Education/Higher Education Administration from Indiana University Bloomington, will teach classes in higher education and student affairs, mentor dissertating doctoral...
One of the most unique and iconic aspects of the School of Music at Northern Illinois University, and the university as a whole, is the success and prominence of its Steelpan program. It is fitting that a man who has had both a direct and indirect influence will have his lifetime of accomplishment and impact on others...
Lynn Gibson Like everyone working to navigate COVID-19, Lynn Gibson has questions. “Is this our new normal?” asks Gibson, a clinical assistant professor in the Educational Administration program and an interim superintendent of Paw Paw Community Unit School District 271. Regardless of her active role in Lee County, and her interactions with current professionals in the field who are also...
After surviving a crash course in comedy, a cohort of NIU researchers will perform their stand-up comedy talks on June 11 and 18. The STEM experts from NIU, Argonne National Laboratory and the Shedd Aquarium have been working with Science Riot, a nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists harness the power of laughter to connect with broad audiences and...
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...
As new Huskies attend orientation during the summer months, staff throughout NIU are busy planning activities for Week of Welcome (WOW), scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Aug.22. This annual event is an extension of the orientation experience and provides opportunities for new Huskies to connect with their peers while becoming acquainted with campus...
Huskie students, staff and partners to Northern Illinois University’s Student Affairs team were recognized in the division’s annual awards ceremonies in May. About thirty individuals and groups received accolades in the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards on May 3, while the division’s Annual Recognition Program on May 5 highlighted the academic year’s outstanding employees, as...
Maddi Bodine Maddi Bodine knew in advance that she needed to gather with her Kingston Elementary School community at half-past nine that Thursday morning. Yet the teacher of Pre-K students with special needs only had part of the story. Children and their teachers at Kingston had been counting the last 26 days of school by letters of the...
Jamie Mayer, associate professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders, is NIU’s winner of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) 2021 Outstanding Faculty Award for Student Success. In its second year, the award recognizes one faculty member from each of the 12 MAC institutions for their outstanding efforts in developing students both inside and...
Mary Lynn Doherty, assistant director and coordinator of Music Education in the School of Music, Gwen Gregory, associate dean of Collections Management for University Libraries, Jamie Mayer, associate professor of Speech-Language Pathology, and Jessica Reyman, professor of English and acting director of the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, are representing NIU...
“This is a place where even a small donation can make a big impact.” Dr. Larry Lurio has called NIU his home for 20  years.  “I’m almost at the point where I know how to get around campus as well as the upperclassmen,” he shares, jokingly. Lurio served for many years as the chair of...
“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...
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