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“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...
The NIU Foundation is calling for proposals for its annual Venture Grants, to be awarded in December.  The NIU Foundation Venture Grant program will focus support toward the university’s strategic planning initiatives. Grantees will be selected based on their potential to advance two of the plan’s major imperatives. The strategic imperatives previously chosen for the FY2010...
Matthew Streb
Matthew Streb, an associate professor of political science at NIU and frequent expert source in the news media on political matters, has been appointed to a year-long post serving as associate to President John Peters. Patterned after American Council on Education fellowships, the new NIU one-year position is designed to provide a leadership development opportunity...
Matt Streb
by Matt Streb, Associate Professor of Political Science If you have paid even minimal attention to coverage of the upcoming midterm elections, then you have probably heard an anchor, reporter or pundit refer to 2010 as the “year of the anti-incumbent.” It is understandable why such a perception exists. Consider the high profile losses in...
The David & Diane Graf Scholarship Celebration held Aug. 3 raised almost $18,000 for scholarships through sponsorships, auction items and attendance.  A tropical theme and a friendly game of “Huskie Feud” added to the evening festivities.  The scholarship fundraiser is hosted by the NIU Rockford Club, in partnership with the College of Business. The Rockford...
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Are you a woman in our campus community who loves to sing? Do you like jazz? NIU has just the thing for you! AURA: Women’s Vocal Ensemble. AURA is a legitimate one-credit course, undergraduate or graduate, within the NIU School of Music. It also is open to faculty and staff. The group will sing vocal jazz this...