Initially, we had a very different issue of Northern Now than the one you are reading today. In the throes of the pandemic, the alumni relations team had to do what was so common this spring: change direction. As with so many other aspects of our lives, the novel coronavirus dictated our plans.

Something about this COVID-19 pandemic feels different from other crises in the past. I couldn’t put my finger on it for a while, but it finally came to me. This crisis is both global and deeply personal. Whether it is the constant worry about the health of ourselves and those we love, the economic fallout of the required shelter-at-home orders, the concerns about our civil liberties, the daily struggle of how to handle e-learning or anything else that may be happening, this pandemic affects each of us in a personal and profound way.

While we are all impacted by this global phenomenon, some of us are affected more than others. This Northern Now calls attention to Huskies everywhere who are on the front lines as we fight the virus. We certainly highlight healthcare workers, but also share stories of educators, researchers, and public servants who have had their worlds changed while working to heal ours.

I hope you will find this issue interesting and relevant. As always, NIU Huskies are helping and changing the world. It makes me very proud to be a Huskie, and I hope it will do the same for you.

Go Huskies!

Reggie Bustinza
Executive Director
Northern Illinois University Alumni Association