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Last Look

A sellout crowd looks on as massive Omaha defenders attempt to prevent George Bork from completing a pass. —1963 Norther...

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Alumni Association launches NIU Alumni Connections

Higher education is in a time of change and uncertainty, and in Illinois, the financial model that has supported our public universities for generations has eroded dramatically. Declining state support, millions of dollars of unfunded mandates, increased regulation and compliance, and rising operational costs have resulted in the burden...

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The Alumni Association’s got you covered

One of the first challenges faced by new graduates—even before landing a job—is finding the right insurance to protect their transition into a new life phase. The NIU Alumni Association is here to help by sponsoring the Alumni Insurance Program, which helps fulfill the association’s goal of assisting alumni...

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Affinity Group news

Regional Events Round-up NIU alumni all over the country are connecting with friends old and new with the help...

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Class Notes

Inside NIU

Strike up the band

Skeptics need only watch junior Zach Haas perform “Let’s Groove Tonight” on his 45-pound sousaphone during a Huskie halftime...

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African Odyssey

In the pre-dawn hours of May 23, NIU engineering student Alan Hurt found himself perched on the slopes of...

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Chemist helps crack cold cases

Oliver Hofstetter, NIU associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, is part of an international team of scientists developing a novel method for recovering old fingerprints using gold-antibody nanoparticles. While not seen as a replacement for current techniques of recovering fresh prints, the new method is particularly effective for enhancing...

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NIU welcomes new associate vice president

In August, NIU President John G. Peters announced Bill Nicklas as the university’s new  associate vice president for institutional planning and sustainability. In this role, Nicklas will guide the university’s institutional planning efforts and oversee community-based strategic and economic development initiatives. He will focus heavily on helping the university...

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Kudos to library faculty

NIU’s Founders Memorial Library staff has been ranked 11th in the country for being prolific in writing and publishing material. Officials of the Special Library Association credit Founders’ 24 faculty librarians with outshining Harvard, Cornell University, and the University of Michigan. “This is a great accomplishment,” says Patrick Dawson,...

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Grant supports student vets

NIU was one of nine colleges and non-profits awarded grants from the proceeds of Veterans’ Cash scratch-off lottery ticket sales, according to the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs. The university received $68,000 to support the Military Student Services program, which is dedicated to improving the university experience for the...

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Campus construction update

Renovations progress on Cole Hall, set to reopen for the spring 2012 semester. The remodeled hall will feature a collaborative learning pod classroom and a state-of-the-art auditorium, and will be the new home of the NIU Anthropology Museum. A dedication ceremony will be held on February 12, 2012.

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Board of Trustees officers elected

This September, Cherilyn G. Murer was elected chair of the NIU Board of Trustees. Murer, first appointed to the board in 2005 and reappointed this spring, most recently served as the fourth member of the executive cabinet. Before that, she served a two-year term as chair of the board...

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Lifelong friends made on move-in day

I still vividly remember my “move-in day” freshman year to the 9th floor of Grant South in September 1970. Carrying boxes, clothes, and stereo components down an unfamiliar dark hallway accompanied by Mom and Dad, I was soon welcomed by a cheerful sophomore, Rich Fitzgerald (’76). He was followed...

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Letters

Metal wastebaskets, memories, and embarrassment

I have a minute to comment on the Opening Day on the Last Look of the Northern Now Fall 2011 issue. It was August 1986, not sure the exact date, but first time away from home when my brother, who was a senior at NIU at the time, dropped...

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President’s Message: Alumni step forward

In this issue you will find two stories showing how our alumni and friends have rallied to support NIU students through private giving. As many of you have heard, thanks to the amazing generosity of long time NIU donors Kenneth and Ellen Chessick we were able to kick off...

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Sports

2011 Huskie football

Several events brought NIU alumni and friends together during the 2011 football season. A special part of the season was the Huskies’ return to Soldier Field on September 17, which was declared NIU Day in the city of Chicago by Alderman Bob Fioretti, J.D. ’78. Thousands of NIU alumni...

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NIU Women’s Basketball: Huskies are hungry

Northern Illinois is in its second year under Head Coach Kathi Bennett and the 2011–12 squad promises to look and play more like a “Bennett-style” team. The latest edition of the Huskies will embody Bennett’s “pack,” defense-first philosophy despite a roster that features just nine underclassmen. Normally, faced with...

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NIU Men’s Basketball: Montgomery brings new vision

Northern Illinois men’s basketball begins a new era in 2011–12 as Mark Montgomery takes over as head coach of the Huskie men’s basketball program. Montgomery, the 27th head coach in NIU history, comes to NIU following 10 seasons at his alma mater, Michigan State University, as an assistant coach...

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Championship Building

NIU’s 105th Homecoming will be remembered as the day it became official: during pre-game activities, the campaign for the...

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