NIU to Host 9th Annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day

NIU is holding its 9th annual Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day on April 18th 2018. Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day is an annual showcase and celebration of the outstanding research and artistry projects that undergraduate students have participated in throughout the academic year. Projects include independent study, capstone projects, SEF, EURA, USOAR, SROP, Research Rookies or any other related research/artistry …

DeKalb High School Band Begins Efforts to Replace Aged Uniforms

DeKalb, IL — The DeKalb High School marching band recently began a campaign to update the ensemble’s exhausted uniforms. Chicago; Dublin, Ireland; Indianapolis, IN; New Orleans, LA, are just a few of the places the DeKalb High School Barbs have performed in the last dozen years, always in their distinctive black, orange and white uniforms. The current uniforms have lived …

New Community Choir – Looking to Grow

Have you, or a loved one had a stroke? Come join our choir! The Northern Illinois University Communication Disorders Department is conducting a study to determine if group singing is an effective way to increase communication and quality of life for people who have had a stroke. Existing research shows that singing can support language after a stroke, and any …

Huntley Middle School Chamber Orchestra Receives a Superior Rating

The Huntley Middle School Chamber Orchestra received a Superior Rating at the IGSMA State Contest on Saturday, April 29th. They qualified for a spot at State by receiving a Division I Rating at the IGSMA District 9 Contest back in March. The ensemble performed for three judges and participated in a clinic immediately following their performance. The Chamber Orchestra is composed …

Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

By mid-November of each year, the Ellwood mansion is decked for the holidays. Tour guides lead visitors room-by-room and deliver the history of the home while guests delight in the gilt and stenciled ceilings, rich woodwork, and elegant holiday decorations. Then, during the first weekend of December, things become even more festive as the mansion comes alive with twinkling lights, …

Making Dreams Come True

When NIU engineering student Oleseun Taiwo designed a prosthetic hand for a 12-year-old violinist, he made a difference in both of their lives. Playing the violin was a challenge for Sarah Valentiner, who was born without a right hand. With the help of the custom prosthesis Taiwo designed, making beautiful music just became easier. “When I started in engineering I …

Huntley MS Students Qualify for the ILMEA Competition

These Huntley Middle School students qualified for the ILMEA competition which will be held on November 19th at DeKalb High School.  Congratulations! BAND INSTRUMENT John (Billy) Adams (8) Bb Clarinet Annie Tyrrell (8) Trumpet Leah Valentiner (7) Flute Annika Burchell (7) Percussion Brianna Castillo (7) Percussion ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT Tess Moreno (8) Cello Sara Valentiner (8) Violin CHORUS Voice Ester Bugumba (7) Alto Bella De La Cruz (8) Soprano Amber …

KaBOOM! NIU STEAM Works named Play Everywhere Challenge finalist

Competition will fund play spaces in unexpected places in cities across America NIU STEAM Works has been selected as a finalist in the Play Everywhere Challenge, a $1 million national competition that will award funding to outside-the-box ideas that make play easy, available and fun for kids and families in cities across the United States. The challenge is hosted by KaBOOM!, …

Actress Barbara Hale Born in DeKalb

Barbara Hale (born April 18, 1922) is an American actress best known for her role as legal secretary Della Street on more than 270 episodes of the long-running Perry Mason television series. She reprised the role in 30 Perry Mason movies for television. Barbara Hale was born in DeKalb, Illinois, to Luther Ezra Hale, a landscape gardener, and his wife, Wilma …