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Hannah Jenkins would have spent her summer gardening at NIU for free. But, as the first paid intern for the college’s Communiversity Gardens, she was happy to earn a paycheck. Jenkins, a 21-year-old environmental studies major at NIU, earned the position as part of a Tyson Foods Summer Community Internship Program. A partnership between Campus...
Increased energy efficiency, water conservation, expansion of recycling efforts and more are all happening at NIU, and the work of a diverse cross-section of NIU faculty, staff, students and community members are working together to make it happen. Raising awareness of the efforts of the Green Team is what Melissa Burlingame, assistant director of the...
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NIU student Angela Burke hails from blue-collar Burbank, Ill. With its prevalence of mom-and-pop restaurants and the regular roar of low-flying passenger jets from Chicago’s Midway Airport nearby, the southwest suburb certainly seems more city. So, for a week in August, it must have seemed to Burke like she was on another planet – or...
About 10 years ago, Nay Yan Oo was working toward a degree in computer science at the Government Computer College in Pathein, Myanmar. But he kept running into a major snafu – access to a computer. “I got a degree in computer science but didn’t get many chances to use the computer lab,” says the...
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NIU’s Engineers Without Borders (EWB) returns to Mexico again this month to continue its five-year sustainability improvement contract for CATIS-Mexico. For the first time, these engineers will be joined by students and advisers from multiple disciplines across NIU’s campus. With the support and guidance of iCatis (International Centers for Appropriate Technology and Indigenous Sustainability), EWB...
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Christopher McCord, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is announcing administrative changes in the college, including a new leader for the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies. McCord selected professor Kristin Huffine of the Department of History as the center’s new acting director, effective Aug. 16 through June 30, 2015. “Dr....
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Northern Illinois University students are accustomed to the annual Move-in Day, kicking off the start of the fall semester. Now there’s a new end-of-the-school-year wrinkle: Move-out Week. NIU has been selected as one of five colleges and universities nationwide to partner up with Goodwill Industries and Keep America Beautiful on a pilot “move-out week” program....
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Northern Illinois University is launching two new bachelor degree programs, both of which will appeal to students who seek careers that will make a difference in the world around them. The Illinois Board of Higher Education earlier this month approved the new interdisciplinary majors—one in environmental studies and the other in community leadership and civic engagement....
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin
A classroom of NIU students who share a passion for the environment had an opportunity Wednesday to open a dialogue about climate, clean energy and green jobs with one of Washington, D.C.’s movers and shakers: U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The students interacted via videoconference with the Democratic senator as he discussed a wide range of environmental...
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G.P. Yeh, a division scientist with the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, will visit NIU to speak at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24, on “The Energy Transformation.” Yeh’s lecture comes as part of the NIU Department of Physics colloquium and takes place in Room 200 of John E. La Tourette Hall. Refreshments are served at 3 p.m. The...
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NIU alumna Frances Whitehead — designist, embedded artist, environmentalist, futurist — is ARTLab’s first guest of the fall season.  Whitehead will visit NIU at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, in Room 100 of the Visual Arts Building to present examples of her inspiring site-specific work, projects that exist at the intersection of public policy, environmental reclamation...