NIU’s ROTC and military sciences director honored at Chicago Bears game

  Lt. Col. Karl Nilsen, NIU Military Sciences Department chair, will be the Soldier of the Game during the Chicago Bears vs. Seattle Seahawks game 7:15, Monday, at Soldier Field. A deserving member of the military is honored during an on-field recognition during the third quarter of each Bears home game. Nilsen will be accompanied by his wife Kathryn and sons Clark …

Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore awards $6.5K in literacy grants

There are so many ways to spell winners when it comes to the Altrusa International Community Spelling Bee. Altrusa International of DeKalb/Sycamore recently awarded $6,500 in grants to the following local schools, libraries and other literacy-focused organizations: 4-C (Community Coordinated Child Care), Clinton Rosette Middle School, Littlejohn Elementary School, NIU Campus Child Care, Children’s Learning Center, the DeKalb Public Library, …

Discover, NIU announce partnership for new student innovation program

DeKALB, ILLINOIS – Students soon will have the opportunity to help develop new technologies through a new partnership between Northern Illinois University and Discover Financial Services on NIU’s DeKalb campus. Starting in the fall, 40 to 50 students will be paid an hourly wage for no more than 19 hours a week to work on and help develop new Discover …

NIU Robotics beats out U of I, Northwestern to win regional title

The NIU Robotics team is flying high after securing its first-ever first-place finish at the Midwestern Robotics Design Competition, beating out such competitors as the University of Illinois and Northwestern. “I am incredibly proud of NIU Robotics and the hard work that went into this success,” NIU College of Engineering and Engineering Technology Dean Donald Peterson said. “Our students have the vision, …

History professor Aaron Fogleman wins Guggenheim Fellowship

With scarcely a day going by without proposals, protests or headlines surrounding the issue of immigration, Northern Illinois University historyprofessor Aaron Fogleman informs present-day issues by peering deep into the past. From 1492 to 1870, more than 22 million migrants made their way to the Americas, says Fogleman, who quantified the wave of migration through meticulous research. In many respects, current debates echo …

DeKalb County to host the IESA State Wrestling Finals for the 20th time, the event is estimated to bring $300,000 into the local economy.

Photo Credit: Illinois Elementary School Association The DeKalb County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Northern Illinois University (NIU) are proud to be hosting the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) State Wrestling Finals for its 20th year.  The economic impact for the area is estimated to be $300,000. We anticipate more than 5,000 visitors will attend this two-day event. The 2018 …

NIU Mock Trial teams excel in competition

NIU’s Mock Trial teams have once again had a successful season – and it’s not over yet! This past weekend, two NIU teams competed at the American Mock Trial Association’s (AMTA) Regional Tournament in Joliet, IL – one of 27 sanctioned regional tournaments in the country held over three weekends in February. There were a total of 26 teams at the …

Researchers find pathway to give advanced notice for hailstorms

A new study led by Northern Illinois University meteorologist Victor Gensini identifies a method for predicting the likelihood of damaging hailstorms in the United States—up to three weeks in advance. Hail is easily the most economically destructive hazard posed by severe thunderstorms, producing on average billions of dollars in U.S. losses each year, including damage to roofs, homes and especially crops. New research …