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Leaders from Northern Illinois University and Nankai University signed a historic agreement between the two institutions in Tianjin, China, NIU announced. The agreement forms Nankai-NIU International College (NNIC) and will provide an opportunity for top students throughout China to earn degrees from both Nankai and NIU. “Our focus is student career success in a global...
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Education-based nonprofit Econ Illinois, the state’s leading provider of economic education and financial literacy programs for K-12 schools, held the eighth annual American Dream Dinner April 30 at the Union League Club of Chicago. The event welcomed nearly 250 guests and was one of the most successful in the history of the organization. All proceeds...
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Until we find that goose laying golden eggs, we are all going to have to learn to manage credit and debt wisely. Luckily, NIU’s Center for Economic Education and STEM Outreach are offering a workshop for educators and a STEM Café for the general public to help people learn about financial literacy. And, in the...
Lori Berkes-Nelson
Lori Berkes-Nelson has been named executive director of the NIU-based Illinois Council on Economic Education, doing business as Econ Illinois. She replaces outgoing director Joanne Dempsey, who is retiring after leading the not-for-profit group for 17 years. “I’ll work to build on the successes Joanne has brought to the organization,” Berkes-Nelson said. “She should be...
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The Great Recession of 2008 lingers on, with daily reminders that our economy is a fragile entity which we ignore at our own peril. Yet the study of economics and the basic principles of financial literacy remain on the periphery of public education at all levels. For 60 years, NIU-housed organization Econ Illinois has worked...
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If you had a time machine, you might go back and make smarter decisions to improve your financial future. We’re not talking about picking winning lottery numbers or inventing Facebook before Mark Zuckerberg, but about everyday decisions that would safeguard you against recession — spending responsibly, understanding the stock market, avoiding credit traps and foreclosures....