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Briana Smith
How is the state budget impasse, now in its eighth month, hurting DeKalb County? Bianka Rios has an answer. Rios, who’s pursuing a degree in human resources from Kishwaukee College with a minor in accounting, plans to transfer to NIU. A wife, and the mother of a 3-year-old son, Rios already juggles two jobs, one...
Altgeld Hall in winter
Almost immediately upon my arrival at NIU, I set forth Ethically Inspired Leadership as one of the pillars that would support all of my administration’s efforts on behalf of the university. Key to delivering on this commitment is to be clear and transparent in our response to issues raised about our stewardship of university resources....
#proudlydekalb
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...
Photo of a red umbrella and its reflection in a puddle
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...
NIU President Doug Baker
Members of the the Higher Education Commission on the Future of the Workforce, including NIU President Doug Baker, will hold their inaugural meeting this afternoon in Springfield. Created by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the commission is comprised of legislators, presidents of institutions and representatives of business and industry. The group’s purpose is to:...
NIU President Doug Baker
To the university community, During this time when the new year brings hope for new beginnings and resolutions to do better, it is difficult to come to grips with the tragic loss of Quintonio LeGrier. Quintonio, a student on our campus this past semester, was shot and killed during an incident with Chicago police the...
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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...
Northern Illinois University will maintain in-state, undergraduate tuition at the current level through the 2016-17 academic year. Members of the NIU Board of Trustees agreed today with President Doug Baker’s recommendation for no increase in tuition for full-time students. Costs for room and board also will remain at current levels through the spring semester of...
Leyla Nora Puskar, a junior art + design education major from Sycamore, is the winner of the NIU President Doug Baker’s 2015 Holiday Card Contest. Puskar hand-painted her design, called “The Gift of NIU,” in acrylic paint and edited it with PicsArt digital media. She wanted to keep her design simple and playful to excite...
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...
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