Alumni and faculty kudos

Ronald Hale


For over 25 years, the Golden Apple Awards program has promoted teaching excellence by annually recognizing exceptional teachers in the Chicago area. Two of the ten 2011 Golden Apple Award recipients were NIU alumni: Ronald Hale, ’02, who teaches science and character education at Chicago International Charter School–Avalon, and Arleta Ingram, ’91, who teaches science at Carnegie Elementary School.

Meteorologist Terry Schaeffer, ’71, was presented the Oliver Atkins Award of Excellence by the California Avocado Society for providing over 30 years of reliable forecasts to avocado growers. “Especially during the winter, regularly recording two or more forecasts per day, he has been an invaluable aid to the ag industry,” says Carl Stucky, a member of the society’s Board of Directors.

Arleta Ingram

The National Latino Education Institute has recognized Rosita Lopez, an associate professor in NIU’s College of Education, as its 2011 Hispanic Hero. The award commends Lopez’s leadership in education, her resolve in pursuit of excellence, and her work in creating avenues for others to achieve their full potential.

Alan Zollman, a professor in NIU’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, has received the Outstanding Leadership Award from the international School Science and Mathematics Association, a professional community that seeks to promote research, scholarship, and practice for the improvement and integration of school science and mathematics.