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Last Look

This blue heron has found a peaceful perch at the lagoon. A part of the university since its inception,...

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Class Notes

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Homecoming 2012

Come back to your alma mater for NIU’s 106th Homecoming celebration, sponsored by the NIU Alumni Association in partnership...

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Printmaking program ranks in top 20

The School of Art’s M.F.A. printmaking program was ranked by U.S. News and World Report as number 19 in the nation. NIU is one of only two schools on the list that are neither private art schools nor flagship institutions. The ranking is celebrated by Michael Barnes, associate professor...

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Change came quick to campus in the early 1950s

I was a resident assistant on the day Gilbert Hall was opened on September 10, 1952. I was in room 141 along with three other students. To put that in perspective, the rooms were about 12 feet by 8 feet. I didn’t measure, but I don’t think I am...

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From Gilbert to the movie theater

I enjoyed reading your Spring 2012 issue of Northern Now. The first letter to the editor (from Paul Nemecek, ’56) brought back some wonderful memories. I was not a close friend of Paul, but back then the college had about 1,800 students, and so one pretty much knew everyone....

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Finding love in the kitchen

In 1949–1950, Adams Hall dormitory opened (mostly to seniors). Because I was to be head waitress, I moved in my junior year. It was the first “million-dollar” dorm built on a state school campus. Two thrills: I served Adlai Stevenson in the private dining room. I met my husband,...

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President’s Letter: Discover the New NIU

This fall, you will begin to see news about NIU under the banner, “Discover the new NIU.” While much of the audience for these messages will be prospective students and their parents, I think the theme is especially meaningful for our alumni. I can’t begin to count the number...

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Back on the mound

Tom Pomatto, ’76, who arrived at NIU on a baseball scholarship in 1972, is back on the pitcher’s mound...

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