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If actions speak louder than words, Kurt Thurmaier is sending a message loud and clear. The NIU Presidential Engagement Professor and chair of the Department of Public Administration, School of Public and Global Affairs, successfully completed his second trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro, on Jan. 30. Thurmaier’s efforts were on...
Rachel McBride
When Rachel McBride transferred to NIU as an underclassman in 2011 to study nutrition, she unwittingly opened the door to a world of new and unexpected learning opportunities. As an undergraduate in the College of Health and Human Sciences, she studied abroad in Tanzania where she assessed student nutrition needs. This past December, as a...
New NIU alumna Lucia Hoffman and Caren, a pre-school student who lives at the Amka Afrika hostel.
Lucia Hoffman could have done her student teaching in the suburbs or in Chicago. She chose instead an eight-week internship at Amka Afrika School in Babati, Tanzania, during January and February 2014. An early childhood major in the NIU College of Education, Hoffman worked with her Tanzanian co-teacher Paschalina and 25 pre-schoolers in an English-language...
Walk with Water
Tanzania Development Support (TDS), a non-governmental organization based in DeKalb and co-founded by NIU Department of Public Administration Chair Kurt Thurmaier, is sponsoring its third Walk with Water fundraising event. The event will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons on the NIU campus....
TDS volunteer Carol Forseth passes a bag of sand to a volunteer to help build the Nyegina Library and Community Resource Center.
The University Women’s Club will host a potluck at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, at Bethany Lutheran Church 1915 N. First St. in DeKalb. Husbands, partners and families also are welcome. To attend, bring a salad, vegetable or dessert. RSVP with food information and number of guests by Monday, Nov. 11, to [email protected] Enter through...
An NIU study abroad trip to Tanzania brought together 10 students from various programs to unite for one cause while also enriching their own individual interests. For four weeks this past summer, the study abroad group explored the role of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries, specifically in Nyegina, Tanzania. The program is part of...
Engineers Without Borders
Students in NIU’s Engineers Without Borders organization are dedicated to making the world a better place by bringing sustainable First World technologies to Third World countries. “To make a technology sustainable, it has to be simple and easily maintained. For example, when you want to help a Third World country with farming, you can’t give...
Professor Kurt Thurmaier, director of the Division of Public Administration at NIU in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has succeeded in his quest to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. Thurmaier and fellow climbers set out to raise money in conjunction with Tanzania Development Support (TDS), a nonprofit organization that he co-founded with...
An “audience” watches the site-measuring process at the Nyegina library. Courtesy AFH Chicago.
What do a mountain, a nonprofit organization and the Division of Public Administration at NIU all have in common? Kurt Thurmaier. The director of the division in the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is planning to climb Africa’s highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro, in June. Tanzania Development Support (TDS), a nonprofit organization co-founded by Thurmaier...
Kurt Thurmaier and Lucy
NIU professor Kurt Thurmaier will deliver a talk about educating young women in Tanzania to mark International Women’s Day on Wednesday, March 7. The 45-minute presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m. in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall. Thurmaier serves as director of NIU’s Division of Public Administration and also is president and cofounder of...
Engineers Without Borders
Instead of skiing or sledding down snow-covered slopes, or lounging near swimming pools in warmer climes, a half-dozen NIU students who are members of the organization Engineers Without Borders will spend their holiday break in Nyegina, Tanzania. NIU’s students will get their hands dirty at the Nyegina Secondary School, rebuilding the oven used to cook...
The Division of Public Administration at Northern Illinois University has long played a major role in advancing statewide and national good-government movements. Now it’s becoming a player on the global stage, with the latest development getting a boost from alumnus Obuya Bagaka. In 2009, Bagaka earned his Ph.D. in political science at NIU, specializing in...