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Two transfers, one life together

I met my husband, Efrem, my junior year. He was just an obnoxious guy who lived across the hall. After time, he grew on me (as we say, like a fine wine). We realized how much we had in common. Our families were similar; we liked many of the...

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Alumnus celebrates new role as chief judge

John T. Elsner, J.D. ’78, was selected chief judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit of the state of Illinois. He gathered with fellow NIU College of Law alumni to celebrate the new position: (front row, from left) NIU Trustee Anthony A. Iosco, J.D. ’78; John T. Elsner, J.D. ’78;...

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Last Look

Double Huskies ensure the spot of their engagement remains for future generations.

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Class Notes

Inside NIU

Get great value with new HuskieLand Plan

While season tickets to the 2012 Northern Illinois football schedule remain on sale throughout the summer, fans looking for the best games for the best value can look no further than the new HuskieLand Plan. For just $60, see the Huskie Stadium season-opener versus Tennessee-Martin on Sept. 8, the...

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Huskies headed to the next level

Record-setting NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish became the 33rd Northern Illinois player to be drafted when he was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the seventh round. Five other Northern Illinois seniors—center Scott Wedige (Cardinals), offensive tackle Trevor Olson (Bucs), fullback Cameron Bell (49ers), wide receiver Nathan Palmer (49ers), and...

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Tyska takes next step

Pam Tyska, the longest-tenured coach at Northern Illinois, will officially retire on June 30 after 26 years at the helm of the Huskies’ women’s golf program. Tyska took over the program in 1986 and led Northern Illinois to 20 tournament wins, 29 runner-up showings, and 102 top-five finishes in...

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NIU leads to 50th anniversary

We both graduated from Crystal Lake Community High School and were also both members of Bethany Lutheran Church in Crystal Lake. But, we did not date until we were both at Northern. I was in physical education and mathematics as well as competing on the track and cross country...

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Sociologist studies daredevil profession

As a bike messenger, Jeffrey Kidder once risked life and limb in downtown traffic to make rush deliveries—everything from legal documents to a model’s dress to a vial of blood for the Red Cross. Now a professor of sociology at NIU, Kidder has published a study of the courier...

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Foundation endowment outshines Harvard, Yale

Under the leadership of the NIU Foundation finance committee, the NIU Foundation endowment finished the year with the kind of financial performance usually posted by Ivy League universities. At 22.3 percent, NIU’s returns bested the returns of both Harvard and Yale, traditionally the nation’s endowment return leaders. This wasn’t...

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College of Education ranks first in nation

  NIU’s oldest college was named to U.S. News and World Report’s 2012 Honor Roll for Online Graduate Education Programs, a distinction afforded to only 14 programs in the nation. From an initial field of over 1,000 graduate programs in education, the NIU College of Education was ranked first...

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Time is Money

When Grant Simmon, ’00, isn’t directing events like Lollapalooza, the Hangout Music Festival, or President Obama’s inauguration, he’s setting...

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President’s Message: It’s all happening here

Northern Illinois University is frantic with activity each spring. We are preparing for commencement, honoring students receiving departmental and college awards, welcoming our award-winning alumni back to campus for the annual Alumni Awards dinner, and planning for the beginning of a new academic year, suddenly only a few months...

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“Hall mom” introduced couple

I met the bride of my dreams in the cafeteria of Stevenson North. It was partially arranged by Judy, the ID checker, who served students with a smile for so many years. I had attended NIU in the fall of 1989 as a freshman, and met Judy; she was...

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Love sprouted in Neptune Hall

We met in the fall of 1976. I was a nursing student; he was at Northern to work on his M.B.A. I was assigned to Lincoln Hall on the first co-ed study floor. He was supposed to be in graduate student housing in Neptune Hall, but it was full...

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Double Huskies celebrate 20 years

Joe and I met at NIU in 1986. Joe graduated in 1987, but we continued to date as he resided in Park Ridge. I graduated in 1989, and a month later, we got married. The funny thing is, I grew up in Singapore, and often, people ask me how...

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