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Movie Mentor

Painting, says Mike Disa, died with abstract expressionism. Most theater “is not just dead but embarrassing. I point you to the last few years of Broadway.” The American short story? “Disintegrated into technique.” Musicals? “Gone.” It’s film that Disa holds in the highest esteem, calling it “the only really...

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Alumni advocates

The Alumni Association recently traveled to our state and national capitals to rally support for the university and public higher...

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Last Look

On Opening Day each fall, thousands of new and returning students arrive at the residence halls and are welcomed to campus by administrators, faculty, and staff members who volunteer to help carry boxes, fans, and all the essentials. Nothing says welcome to the NIU family like a helping hand when...

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Alumni Association scholarships

Do you know a current NIU student who could use some money for college? The Alumni Association can help. For more than 50 years, the NIU Alumni Association has provided qualified students with financial assistance. This academic year, the Alumni Association awarded more than $25,000 in scholarships to students...

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Affinity Group news

CSAC Awards Scholarship The Computer Science Alumni Council (CSAC) is proud to announce Kevin Deichl as the first recipient of the  CSAC scholarship. Kevin completed his bachelor’s degree at NIU in 2009 and his master’s this summer in computer science. He was awarded the $1,250 scholarship this past spring....

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Are you a member yet?

“Card-carrying” members of the NIU Alumni Association can take pride in knowing that they are an important part of the university community. Thanks to dues-paying members, the Alumni Association is better able to serve the entire NIU family with programming including scholarships for students, networking events for job seekers,...

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Memories Not Included

During the early 1980s, Scott and Joan Bolzan spent many Saturday afternoons relaxing and feeding geese at NIU’s scenic...

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Class Notes

Inside NIU

NIU a force for good

“NIU and Our Region’s Prosperity,” an economic impact report released this June, demonstrates that the university is a force for economic and societal good in DeKalb County and beyond. Completed by NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies, the report focuses primarily on financial issues but also points out a variety...

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NIU on the go

This summer marked the debut of a free application that brings an interactive campus experience to smartphone users. NIU Mobile is available on Android, Apple iOS, and BlackBerry and Palm devices; a mobile web version for browser-enabled phones and devices is also available. Visit http://m.niu.edu for more information.

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NIU physicist accepts White House post

Gerald Blazey, distinguished research professor of physics at NIU and special advisor for science to NIU President John Peters, now lends his expertise to another president: Barack Obama. Blazey accepted a two-year post as a senior policy advisor for the physical sciences in the White House Office of Science...

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NIU goes “Hollywood”

A production team composed of NIU students and faculty members have been immersed in shooting The $30,000 Bequest, an adaptation...

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Students to lend helping hand

Junior Megan Maloney, a member of NIU’s Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity, is surrounded by hundreds of donated plastic bags that members will crochet into durable mats for Chicago’s homeless this fall. For more information, contact Becky Harlow at rharlow@niu.edu.  

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NIU’s 2020 vision

In his 2010 State of the University Address last September, President John Peters announced the creation of the Vision 2020 Initiative designed to identify and establish strategic goals for the coming decade in the areas of student, faculty and facility excellence. In the months since, Vision 2020 working groups...

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New administrators named

A newcomer and two current NIU employees have assumed new positions at the university: Jerry Blakemore as vice president and general counsel, Bradley Bond as dean of the Graduate School and associate vice president for Graduate Studies, and Christopher Jones as associate vice provost for University Honors. A first-generation college student,...

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Get involved with Victor E.

Get a glimpse of all the ways students have gotten involved on campus with the Victor E. and Me video series (www.victoreandme.niu.edu) developed by the Division of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. Students can submit their Victor E. and Me stories for potential airing during the fall 2011 semester....

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Campus construction

If you haven’t checked out the “NEW/NORTHERN” tab on NIU’s homepage (www.niu.edu) yet, you’re missing out. From virtual tours to construction site webcams, the website chronicles the progress of several campus improvement projects, the first of which reach completion this academic year with the reopening of Grant Tower C and...

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Castle prevails as new NIU logo

Following an extensive campus marketing and branding initiative, a new university logo has been developed to convey a unified and consistent visual identity for NIU. The new logo works hand-in-hand with the tagline, “Learning Today, Leading Tomorrow,” introduced in December 2010. More than 100 logo concepts were created by...

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Four appointed to Board of Trustees

NIU’s governing board recently welcomed newcomers Anthony A. Iosco and Robert T. Marshall Jr., and saw the reappointments of two veteran trustees, Cherilyn G. Murer and Marc J. Strauss. A member of the NIU College of Law’s inaugural class (1978), Iosco currently serves as a judge in the Circuit...

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First days on campus

It was September of 1968. I was so lost and bewildered my first week at NIU, about all I could do was trip over the sidewalk and bump into trees! After a lot of wandering and being late to my first classes, I finally found my way after a...

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The Gilbert Hall polka

Although built as a men’s dorm in 1951, Gilbert Hall was an all-women’s dorm by 1971 when I arrived there as a freshman. I lived at Gilbert Hall for my four years of college. During my sophomore year, we created men’s shower hours on some of the floors in...

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A most adventurous trip

Ed.—The following letter comes from a participant in NIU’s Alumni Association travel program who arrived in Japan on March 11, just before the 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit: I recently was part of the NIU trip to Japan led by Pat Anderson. I cannot tell you how impressed I was...

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Homecoming 2011

Saturday, October 15 Alumni Village Tents: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. NIU vs. Western Michigan: 2:30 p.m. Come back to campus for NIU’s 105th Homecoming celebration, sponsored by the NIU Alumni Association in partnership with Geico and Goose Island! Before cheering on the Huskies, join fellow alumni, friends, and...

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Research Rookies

Evan Wittke spent the spring 2011 semester seeking a cure for cancer. Not bad for a college freshman. As...

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Letters

President’s Message: Vision 2020

Last September I announced the launch of the Vision 2020 Initiative, the overarching goal of which is to set NIU on a course to becoming the most student-centered public research university in the Midwest. That process began with an extensive benchmarking effort. A team of 109 dedicated faculty, staff,...

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NIU Alumni Association President’s Letter

Greetings fellow alumni: My name is Francine Pepitone and I am honored to serve you as president of the NIU Alumni Association. I have served on the association’s board of directors for several years, and I am thrilled to enter this exciting new role. This is an important time...

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Sports

Student-athletes excel in academics

Led by the Huskie football team, one of only 14 football programs in the country to be publicly recognized, all 17 of NIU’s intercollegiate athletic teams surpassed the academic standards measured by the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) for 2009–10. This is the sixth straight year...

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New roles for assistant coaches

A trio of former Northern Illinois assistant coaches will take on new roles for the Huskies in 2011–12. Ryan Ludwig, who spent six seasons as an assistant to Dave Grant, takes over the wrestling program after Grant’s retirement. Former Huskie gymnast Sam Morreale was named as the new women’s...

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2011 Huskie football

Single game tickets for NIU’s 2011 football schedule are on sale through the fall for the Huskies’ seven home games this year. NIU will play six home games at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb, and will play host to Wisconsin at Chicago’s Soldier Field on Sept. 17. Single game tickets...

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