DeKalb choir students perform in ADCA conference

The DeKalb School District  was fortunate to have 12 students selected for the national honors choir at the recent American Choral Directors Association conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Between the four National Honor Choirs, approximately 1,600 students from all 50 states performed at the National Conference. These students auditioned against tens of thousands of other students across the United States …

U.S. News: NIU’s MPA program among best in nation

DeKalb, Ill. — Already ranked among the top five in the nation for its specialty field of local government management, NIU’s Master of Public Administration program now has even more bragging rights. “NIU is the program to be a part of,” said Lynnea Erickson Laskowski, who graduated with a nonprofit management specialization in her M.P.A. from NIU in 2013. She now works as …

‘Alternative Spring BAE’ to transport kinesiology students to Belize in March

Five Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education students will spend their Spring Break in Belize this March as part of a new Engage Global initiative called Alternative Spring BAE. Two master’s students and three undergraduates will train about 50 Belizean coaches, teachers and sport administrators in topics including teaching new sports in schools, first aid, facilities and equipment management, and even fundraising. More important, says Jenn …

DeKalb School District Art Show!

According to Art Education Coordinator Tricia Schumacher, the District 428 Art Show has been going on since at least 1999 when she started teaching in DeKalb. While it was previously held at the DeKalb High School Library (in the old building) it was clear that space was outgrown when there would be a line of people waiting to get into …

The Joys of Little Free Library

I’ve always been a bookworm. One day in elementary school, I tripped on my morning walk to school. I skinned up my knee, and there was even a little blood. When the school nurse asked what happened, I said, “I tripped while reading my book.” She didn’t think it was such a good idea to walk and read. However, that …

Lincoln Elementary Students Supporting Barb Food Mart!

  These Lincoln Elementary students collected 39 boxes of Kleenex, 2-500 napkin packs, 87 rolls of paper towels and 91 rolls of toilet paper for their second community service project supporting Barb Food Mart. Great job kids! #Proudlydekalb

NIU’s growing Antarctic footprint

Scientists on quest to assess risk of future ice sheet collapse. DeKalb, Ill. — On Jan. 18, Reed Scherer once again will venture into the depths of Antarctica, boarding the same ship he traveled elsewhere on decades ago as an eager young scientist striving to decipher geologic history. It’s a trip the NIU geologist and Board of Trustees professor has sought to take …

U.S. News raises NIU College of Ed score in annual online grad program rankings

The NIU College of Education remains in the country’s Top 10 among U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings of online graduate programs. NIU ties for ninth with Pennsylvania State University-World Campus, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Virginia (Curry). It lifts NIU’s string of high recognition to seven consecutive years. Meanwhile, the college’s overall score climbed to 93 out …