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Last Look

Students enjoy a game of table tennis in Gilbert Hall in the late 1950s. This fall, students will once...

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Inside NIU

Huskies surpass national standards for academic progress

For the eighth straight year, all 17 Northern Illinois teams surpassed the national standards for academic progress measured by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) through the Academic Progress Rate (APR). Led by women’s cross country, which earned a Public Recognition Award as one of the top APR teams...

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Top chef

Paul Kahan, ’86, was named a 2013 outstanding chef by the James Beard Foundation. According to the foundation, the...

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A vital project

Calling themselves Vitalert, a team of four students has won the College of Business’ second annual Social Innovation Competition. The class challenges students to create business plans for companies that could be profitable as well as improve the lives of those in need. Vitalert developed a plan for a...

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Women at Northern

A new book by former NIU first lady Barbara Cole Peters provides a look at the roles women have played in  Northern’s history. The first installment in a four-part series, Women at Northern: The First Fifty Years was released this summer, and is the result of Peters’ research of...

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NIU welcomes Eric A. Weldy

Following an almost year-long search, Eric A. Weldy was named vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management. The Peoria, Illinois, native was formerly the associate vice president for Student Affairs at Florida State University, and began his duties at NIU on July 1. President Douglas D. Baker notes...

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Gilbert Hall re-opening

This fall, Gilbert Hall returned to its original purpose as a centrally located residence hall. The university’s first men’s...

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Why I love NIU

The Alumni Association received the following responses to a Facebook post asking alumni why they love NIU. Join the conversation  Making lifelong friends, meeting my wife, getting a degree that opened doors for me, experiencing things that became stories to share with our kids, and HUSKIE FOOTBALL!!! Can’t think...

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An outstanding education

I graduated in 1959 and received an outstanding education in my field (elementary education) that prepared me for classroom instruction, for advanced study (M.A. in education at Northwestern; Ed.D. at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), and a long teaching career in universities in the U.S. and internationally. I...

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A well-deserved tribute

I just finished reading the well-deserved tribute to Jack Parker and Dorothy Bishop in the Fall 2012 edition of Northern Now. Although I was never a debater, I did take undergraduate and graduate speech communication classes with Dr. Parker and found him to be challenging but also very affirming....

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Remembering a title season

John Almond writes that “1963 was a year when a growing university was blessed with an unusual number of quality football players and a coach who knew how to use the talent provided. It was a rare occasion when a foe came close to capturing a win.” In the...

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Jordan Lynch Heisman Trophy campaign

Northern Illinois has launched a Heisman Trophy campaign for senior quarterback Jordan Lynch at, with a Twitter account (@Lynchfor6), Facebook page (Jordan Lynch for 6), web series (“Lunch with Lynch”), and more. The Chicago native (Mt. Carmel HS) finished seventh in voting for the Heisman Trophy a year...

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NIU Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes new inductees

Northern Illinois will induct seven individuals and one team into the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, October 11, in conjunction with Homecoming on the NIU campus. The 31st class to be welcomed to the Hall of Fame is led by legendary football coach Joe Novak (1996–2007), and...

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Destination DeKalb

Planning is underway for DeKalb to host the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state football championships for the first time this November. Huskie Stadium will be the site of the IHSA state football finals in odd-numbered years from 2013 through 2021. More information, including sponsorship and volunteer opportunities, is...

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