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Trained by experts at NIU, community organizers from a conflict-torn region of the southern Philippines are now teaching their neighbors to look at the bigger picture, resolve differences peacefully and be more active in mainstream society. The activists participated in a three-week summer workshop led by NIU faculty who have expertise in conflict resolution and...
NIU’s women’s soccer team will begin its first full weekend of regular season competition Friday. The Huskies travel to Iowa City, Iowa, to take on the University of Iowa in a 7 p.m. contest at the inaugural Iowa Tournament. Competition at the tournament will continue Sunday, Aug. 29, when NIU faces Northern Iowa in an 11...
The fall 2010 issue of Northern Now celebrates the successful completion of True North, NIU’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign. In true NIU style, alumni and friends came forward to exceed the campaign’s $150 million goal with more than $160 million in gifts to the university. Read also about NIU alumnus Anies Baswedan, president of Paramadina...
NIU’s Office of Assessment Services has posted the Fall 2010 issue of Toolkit, its quarterly “nuts and bolts” e-newsletter. Toolkit is specifically designed to assist the NIU community with practical assessment issues in a user-friendly format. This issue highlights findings from the recent alumni survey of baccalaureate graduates from 2000, nine years after their graduation...
Robert Sorsby, NIU’s new student trustee, was sworn in Thursday morning before the meeting of the Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel Committee of the Board of Trustees. Sorsby, whose term officially began July 1, is a senior who expects to graduate next May with a bachelor of science degree in business administration and a minor...
“The lands are lit with all the autumn blaze of golden-rod,” wrote Helen Hunt Jackson, a 19th century American journalist and novelist, “and everywhere the purple asters nod and bend and wave and flit.” Jackson’s quote — along with several others like it, all in celebration of fall — adorns a wall of the NIU...
NIU tailback Chad Spann is one of 49 running backs named a candidate for the 2010 Doak Walker Award, announced Wednesday by the PricewaterhouseCoopers SMU Athletic Forum. Given to the nation’s top college running back, the award is named in honor of SMU’s three-time All-America running back Doak Walker. “I think it’s great for Chad,” NIU...
NIU President John G. Peters will deliver his annual State of the University Address at 3 p.m. today in the Altgeld Hall auditorium. The speech is open to the public and will be streamed live here at NIU Today. University release time policies pertain to employee attendance at this event subject to operational needs.  Hourly Operating...
A pair of May NIU graduates have received Fulbright grants to teach and study in Austria. Brandi Smith, 27, of Chicago, and Melissa Shalter, 27, of Ottawa, will travel to Austria in September to begin their teaching assignments. Shalter, who earned her certificate to teach in secondary education, will work with high school students. Smith...
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The U.S. Department of Education has awarded NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) two four-year grants totaling $2.4 million, up 45 percent from $1.7 million the center received in 2006. The highly competitive grants were awarded under Title VI of the Higher Education Act, which gives funding to educational institutions every four years to...
Student volunteers are needed to help host STEMfest, NIU’s first science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 23, at the Convocation Center. More than 5,000 people of all ages are expected to explore hands-on activities for children, presentations for all ages and mind-blowing exhibits. “We need hundreds of students to help to...
Northern Illinois defensive end Jake Coffman, the United States Marine Corps veteran who showed his commitment to his Huskie teammates by electing to return to the team for his senior year at age 26, has been named a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for football. Coffman is one of just 30 candidates...