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By Eva Richards As a third-generation movie-theater owner, Mark Stern was born with entrepreneurism in his blood. His grandfather opened his first movie theater in 1927 in Chicago, just before the first ‘talkies’ were created and distributed. Stern’s father also went into the theater business, owning several theaters in Chicago and the suburbs. “We lived...
The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology is sad to share the news of the passing of former professor of engineering technology and former interim chair of the Industrial Engineering Department, Dennis Stoia on July 2, 2021. Professor Stoia joined NIU in 1978 as an associate professor in Engineering Technology. He retired in February of...
Professor Colleen Boraca is the 2021 recipient of the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Jay Leonard Schrager Award of Excellence. The Award was established to recognize exemplary attorneys in academia who, in the spirit of Schrager’s legacy, have made significant and lasting contributions to improving access to justice. Professor Boraca has focused her entire career making a difference...
NIU engineering students may become the next generation of accelerator engineers The College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (CEET) at NIU is proud to kick off a new program with Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory that provides an immersive STEM learning experience to underrepresented engineering students. Students who are upper-level undergraduates and master’s-level engineering students who...
Local artists are invited to share their vision as the station looks back on three decades and forward to the future of public radio. Vani Subramony doesn’t fully remember why she entered the WNIJ 20th anniversary design contest ten years ago (she was only seven years old at the time), but she does remember embracing...
Just as Agnes Ma, M.F.A. ’15, was finishing up her bachelor’s degree in molecular and cellular biology from University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, she was also discovering a totally different career path as an artist. “Up until my senior year of college, I had been working towards applying to medical school,” she said. “But senior...
Christine Sobek Christine Sobek is fascinated by the mechanisms of the mind. What makes us individuals? What shapes our personalities? What motivates us? What drives the way we learn? Questions like these led her to major in psychology at Purdue University, where she involved herself in campus organizations and activities and found mentors in those programs...
Balaji Rajagopalan has been appointed to a second five-year term as dean of the NIU College of Business. He has served in this capacity since July 2016.  During Rajagopalan’s first term, he continued to lead the exceptional work of the college’s Strategic Planning Council. Under his leadership, the college recast its vision, mission and core values, and developed five themes as the foundation of initiatives to focus on the impact created...
Merlynette Griffin has held many job titles at NIU, but each position had one thing in common – the need to counsel students and others with whom she worked. That knack for providing guidance and compassion will come in very useful in her new job as the interim ombudsperson. She takes over the position Aug....
With Move-In just three weeks away, Housing and Residential Services is seeking students and employees from across Northern Illinois University to help out new Huskies. Volunteers can sign up for shifts as individuals or collectively as Student Organizations seeking to gain service hours. Help is needed Aug. 18, 19 and 20, and each shift is...
With an upcoming in-person program and a future virtual option, NIU’s CODE Institute invites faculty, staff and graduate students to become CODE facilitators. The CODE Institute trains facilitators for the university’s Conversations on Diversity and Equity (CODE) Workshops, a series that engages students, faculty and staff in learning about cultural differences. Offered as an online experience...
Henna Muzaffar, assistant professor of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Nancy Prange, Dietetic Internship Director, were named the 2021 Nutrition Education for the Public Award of Excellence winners by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. They received the award for their work with Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program in Northern Illinois. NIU staff, faculty and students have...
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