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When Illinois Gov. John Peter Altgeld approved funding in the spring of 1895 to open two new “normal schools” to prepare teachers in northern and eastern Illinois, many cities in our region engaged in a spirited competition to win those prizes. Loyal residents of DeKalb, like their counterparts in Dixon, Freeport, Fulton, Oregon, Polo and...
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As we return to our critical work of teaching and learning this week, national media attention is focused on our state’s budget crisis and its possible impact on Illinois higher education. In spite of the severe challenges for some schools, let me reassure you that NIU will fully operate through the fiscal year. When I...
MLK Oratorical Competition 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was a man of vision, courage and cautious optimism. “We have come a long, long way,” he told an audience Feb. 10, 1966, inside Illinois Wesleyan University’s Fred Young Fieldhouse, “but we have a long, long way to go.” Visiting Chicago that August to encourage desegregation of its neighborhoods, he...
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Coach Rod Carey and the NIU Huskie football team kick off the 2015 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. Like every fan, I’m hoping for a win – and part of that is highly personal. Following every thrilling gridiron victory, our Mid-American Conference West champs come together for a rousing...
One was working at a warehouse to put food on the table for his wife and three daughters. One was seeking a new direction in life after an injury ended his two-decade career as a firefighter. One rose above the adversity of not only her difficult illness but the more devastating diagnosis given to her...
Brianno Coller
Baseball Hall of Famer Dizzy Dean, whose illustrious career included four seasons with the Chicago Cubs, left a legacy of athleticism and personality often summed up by his famous declaration that “it ain’t braggin’ if you can back it up.” Please allow me to brag. For the second consecutive year, NIU is the home of...
NIU-Rockford
America doesn’t make things anymore. We’ve all heard that sadly common complaint, and maybe we’ve thought it true. But, I’m happy to say, the naysayers who spread that idea are entirely wrong. Proof that our country is still working – still dreaming, still brainstorming, still building, still creating the kinds of jobs that forge a...
Where were you in 1965? If you were here on our DeKalb campus that fall, you probably were celebrating the dedication of Huskie Stadium and screaming through the first football game played – and, yes, the first NIU victory recorded – there. You probably cheered as Homecoming Queen Sue Corrao waved at you from her...
NIU Career Fairs-Spring 2015
When I was a college student, I had a number of jobs. I worked for a lumber company. I was a roughneck on an oil rig near the intersection of Wyoming, Nebraska and Colorado. I worked in a sugar factory and a center pivot irrigation plant. These weren’t exactly internships – but these jobs taught...
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More than 20 years after the approval of the federal Violence Against Women Act, the mission to protect women of all ages from sexual assault remains a visible priority at the highest levels of our government. During the spring of 2014, the newly established White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault issued...
Jonathan Furr, director of the NIU Office of Education System Innovation, provided an updated on state policy.
People across Illinois continue to look toward Springfield in the hopes of a resolution to the long budget stalemate that has created considerable worry for many state-funded institutions and initiatives. NIU is working with faculty, staff, students, alumni and supporters to make the case for higher education and its critical role in helping the state...
NIU staff members listen during the Sept. 2 town hall meeting.NIU staff members listen during the Sept. 2 town hall meeting.
In recent weeks a number of senior NIU leaders and I met with more than 200 of our department chairs and supervisors. Thanks to those conversations, the beginning of my third fall semester here comes with an even-deeper understanding of our organization and a greater sense of the feelings of our people. In turn, those...
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