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For the past four years, NIU senior Alex Kramer has witnessed the growth of collegiate esports firsthand as a player, a student worker and a community ambassador, and through lectures and academics. Esports – the field of organized, competitive video gaming – is a multimillion-dollar industry with the same opportunities for coaching, marketing, management, data...
“Mini disk recorder slash player.” “The old cassette recorder.” “DAT tape, known for failing miserably and getting lots of crackles as you play them back.” “Ooh. That is a… What is it? …. Tube transformer?” A lot has changed in the 30 years since WNIJ 89.5 signed on the air, as Reporter Susan Stephens and...
NIU STEM Read is known for mind-blowing field trips that use games to bring to life the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts behind popular fiction books. In a normal year, each field trip would gather 400 to 1,000 students in a ballroom, gym or even the convocation center to design costumes, practice their...
In the fall of 2021, NIU’s Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) was one of the many programs that switched to an online meeting format to keep members safe during COVID. The LLI organizers were well aware of the risk the virus presented. They also knew that the chance to connect with peers and continue learning about...
When Adejumoke Olopade was searching for a graduate assistantship, she noticed a job ad for the NIU Center for P-20 Engagement – a center that brings together educational partners from NIU and across the region to increase educational access and success from pre-kindergarten through adult learners. While the center may not seem an obvious choice...
For his field research, NIU Professor of Geology and Environmental Geosciences Reed Scherer has spent 10 seasons on the continent of Antarctica and has been part of five shipboard expeditions around the world. His research focuses on evaluating climate change over time, especially changes in the Antarctic ice sheet. Scherer and his team of student...
In June of this year, the MAC announced the creation of an independent esports conference – the Esports Collegiate Conference (ESC) – to facilitate and foster high-quality competition among college esports teams. With a history of competitive club esports, NIU was a natural fit as one of the founding members of the conference, which now...
John Newquist, an occupational safety and health instructor with NIU Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), wants people to know that amputations happen all too regularly due to workplace injuries, but they don’t have to. “The machine guarding standards from OSHA have been out for about fifty years, but we’re still seeing probably 5,000 amputations a...
While technical skills can be learned on the job, certain individual traits and interpersonal skills are essential for career growth. Teamwork, communication, accountability, critical thinking and problem-solving are a few of the 10 essential employability competencies identified by the state of Illinois in the Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness Act. But how can these competencies be...
It’s always exciting to hear from and live chat with experts from NASA, Fermilab and Argonne National Lab. But the real stars of NIU’s Oct. 31 STEM Fest Celebration might be the NIU student presenters who are majoring in diverse fields such as computer science, electrical engineering, communicative disorders, art, chemistry and math. Have you...
This summer, NIU’s Division of Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development (OERD) coordinated with community and campus partners to respond to the needs of small businesses and nonprofits during the COVID crisis. The result was 40TUDE Business and 40TUDE Nonprofit. “40TUDE is community/university engagement at its finest,” says Jennifer Groce, NIU director of community promotions and...
For more than 10 years, Northern Illinois University’s STEM Fest has introduced thousands of visitors of all ages to the wonders of science, technology, engineering and math. After last year’s record-breaking 8,200 visitors, the NIU STEAM team is looking forward to making STEM Fest 2020 better than ever. And they’re embracing the challenge of bringing...
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