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Last Look

Construction progresses on the new residence hall complex going up just north of Lincoln Hall. Set to open next...

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Alumni take helm of university boards

The NIU Alumni Association is proud to welcome Francine Pepitone, ’74, as president of its Board of Directors. Pepitone is vice president business development for InnerWorkings, Inc., and has over 30 years of experience in the hotel and promotional product industries. An active member of the Chicago business community,...

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Class Notes

Inside NIU

GEICO gecko helps out Huskies

The Northern Illinois University Alumni Association is proud to work with many highly regarded and committed corporate partners, but a crowd favorite at the annual Homecoming parade and football tailgates in Alumni Village is only seven inches tall—and he’s green. While the Alumni Association’s partnership with GEICO provides alumni...

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Gifts of all sizes help fund BIG priorities

A student from the telefund calls. You pick up. You give. Have you ever wondered what impact you’ve had? Here are just a few examples of what NIU alumni who give to the Northern Fund support: A student-run, college-wide green initiative to create  a comprehensive recycling program in the...

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Creative Gifts

Whether they gave their time and talent or they joined forces with others to make a larger gift, the...

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There’s a class for that app

NIU’s computer science department has partnered with Lextech Global Services, a developer of custom software applications, to offer a series of courses to teach students how to write apps for multiple platforms, culminating in a certificate in mobile device programming. Alex Bratton, president and CEO of Lextech, recognizes the...

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Student Lincoln Laureate makes most of NIU

“Little sleep and lots of coffee.” That’s how senior Nora Lindvall says she handles her busy schedule. Set to graduate with honors in May with degrees in English and political science, Lindvall has made the most of her time at NIU, serving on several university-related committees, winning grants to...

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College of Business celebrates 50 years

The NIU College of Business has come a long way since it began as a business education department in 1951. Launched with only three faculty members and 43 students, the department quickly expanded and became the College of Business in the 1960s. In 2002, the college benefited from the...

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Getting social

The NIU football team’s trip to Mobile, Alabama, for the 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl game illustrated the power of NIU’s social media presence and provided an opportunity for engagement as the university produced and posted pictures, stories, and videos about bowl week activities, and even tweeted updates during the game....

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Renovated Cole Hall a “crown jewel”

On January 17, classes resumed in Cole Hall for the first time in nearly four years. Originally built in 1968 to house two 500-seat lecture halls, the building was the site of a 2008 campus shooting that claimed the lives of five students. In the wake of the tragedy,...

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Alumni and faculty kudos

  For over 25 years, the Golden Apple Awards program has promoted teaching excellence by annually recognizing exceptional teachers...

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Misc. memorabilia

Recently I found enough time to sort through some boxes marked “Misc. Memorabilia.” Much of it had to do with Northern. I found: “Grade Reports.” My wife likes to point out the “D” in logic for some reason. Cartoons I had drawn for the Northern Star. Still funny. A...

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Inaugural class in Gilbert Hall

I picked up and enjoyed the Summer 2011 issue of Northern Now one more time and saw the picture of Gilbert Hall inside the back cover. The author states in the brief description of the picture that Gilbert Hall “opened in 1951.” To several Northern classmates and myself who...

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Letters

NIU Alumni Association President’s Letter

The beginning of my tenure as president of the NIU Alumni Association has been an exciting, rewarding time. During the past few months, I have met NIU alumni and friends across the country. I was there to celebrate the holiday season with you at the University Club of Chicago;...

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Memories in a metal wastebasket

How I laughed when I read the letter from Angela Gerlach with the question about metal wastebaskets ! I still have my metal wastebasket I brought to Williston Hall the fall of 1953. I had done a paint-by-number picture on the front and was so proud of that...

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Sports

NIU to host MAC championships

Northern Illinois will play host to the Mid-American Conference championships for gymnastics, men’s golf, and women’s tennis this spring. The MAC gymnastics championships will be held March 24 at 2 p.m. at the NIU Convocation Center. MAC women’s tennis teams will compete for the title April 26–29 on the...

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Coaching changes coming for women’s soccer and golf

Elmhurst, Illinois, native John Ross was named head coach of the Northern Illinois women’s soccer program in January after spending the past nine seasons as associate head coach and goalkeepers coach at North Dakota State. Ross is the fourth head coach in program history. NIU women’s golf coach Pam...

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Student-athletes honored

Six Huskie student-athletes were honored with All-America or Academic All-America honors. Leading the list is senior volleyball setter Kristin Hoffman, who earned recognition in both categories. A history major with a 3.97 GPA, Hoffman was a first-team Capital One Academic All-American after earning third-team honors a year ago. On...

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A Well-Rounded Athlete

When watching Northern Illinois senior Troy White play third base, swing a bat, and run the bases, it’s easy to see why he was a second-team All Mid-American Conference selection in 2011. His grace, grit, and determination have made him a cornerstone of the Huskie baseball program for the...

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Championships Abound

The football team was not the only Huskie squad to bring home Mid-American Conference Championship hardware this fall. Over...

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Sensational Season

The 2011 Northern Illinois University football season featured a brand new coaching staff, a record-setting quarterback, breathtaking athletic feats,...

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