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Each year NIU recognizes and honors outstanding undergraduate teaching. Tenured faculty members are honored with the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and full-time instructors are honored with the Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction Award. Undergraduate students take the lead in the nominating process and student advisory committees in each college nominate faculty members by assembling student...
The increased demand for nurses who hold bachelor of science degrees continues, with some organizations recommending 80% of registered nurses hold a B.S. degree by 2020. To help meet the demand, NIU’s nursing program has received funding aimed to increase the number of RNs returning to school. Research shows patients are safer when they are...
Finding new ways to prevent and treat disease. Improving incubators for premature babies. Inventing a new type of solar cell. These are just a few of the exciting innovations of NIU faculty and staff who were honored recently during the Research and Innovation Partnerships Recognition Ceremony on campus. “We are pleased to highlight the incredible...
Donna Plonczynski
Informatics. Motivational interviewing. Diversity competence. Apps. None of these terms was around when Donna Plonczynski began her nursing education career 20 years ago at Northern Illinois University. But today her students are ready for health care’s revolutionary changes, thanks to her and her colleagues. The NIU nursing professor is devoted to her career, as both...
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Diseases that were once nearly eradicated in the Western world are again threatening both young children and adults. Although numerous studies have proven the safety of vaccinations, low vaccination rates in some communities are causing outbreaks of whooping cough, measles and other serious but preventable diseases. At the next STEM Café, DeKalb County Public Health...
Samantha Garbacz is a leader. Whether in class, in campus organizations, working a part-time job or volunteering, she has proven to be a leader at NIU. “Samantha won the NIU Leadership Award during her freshmen, sophomore, and junior year,” said Missy Lugo, NIU student success specialist. “This award recognizes student’s initiative, outstanding involvement, how they...
Courtney Crutchfield
Volunteering isn’t something Courtney Crutchfield does, it’s part of who she is. As a member of Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, Crutchfield is dedicated to helping others on campus and in the community. “Giving back to the community has also altered my mindset on volunteering,” said the sophomore from Manchester, Mo. “I think of volunteering...
Donna Munroe
A memorial event to celebrate the life and contributions of NIU nursing professor Donna Munroe will begin at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 5. Students, colleagues and friends are invited to the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center to share memories of an educator remembered for her passion toward improving the university through service on...
Donna Munroe
When any sort of meeting in the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences wandered off track, faculty, administrators and staff knew they could count on Donna Munroe to restore focus. Possessing a sharp mind, a kind heart and a keen ability to make decisions, Munroe’s calm voice of wisdom and strong leadership extended across...
Senior Kim Gotlund (Wadsworth, Ill./Warren Township HS) and juniors Kelly Nortz (Bay Village, Ohio/Magnificat HS) and Amanda Stepp (Lapeer, Mich./Lapeer East HS) of the 2014 Northern Illinois University women’s gymnastics team have been named to the Academic All Mid-American Conference team, the league office announced Monday. Gotlund, a three-time All-MAC gymnast, was named to the...
Laura Anderko
Laura Anderko, winner of the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus Award from the NIU College of Health and Human Sciences, will return to campus Friday, April 25, to speak. Anderko will talk at 2 p.m. in Wirtz Hall 103A on “Public Health Issues in a Changing Climate.” Nationally known for her environmental work, Anderko earned her Master...
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The pilot alumni mentoring program just started in January. But word is getting out on the airwaves about its success. Lizzy de Guia, a junior in nursing, and a few other students went on the air last week on WREX, the NBC station in Rockford, to share how they are blossoming with the help of...
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