Giving it his all, NIU student competes on NBC’s ‘The Titan Games’

DeKalb, Ill. — To those working out beside him at the Student Recreation Center, Covenant “Covie” Falana is just another NIU student. To Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, he’s a Titan in Training. More than 100,000 people throughout the country auditioned for Johnson’s new NBC television show, “The Titan Games.” The action star chose 64 competitors, and 21-year-old Falana was one of them. “It’s …

#Proudlydekalb Street Team at the YMCA Ultimate Team Challenge!

The #Proudlydekalb Street Team paired with our friends from Pi Sigma Epsilon (the professional business fraternity at Northern Illinois University) to compete in todays YMCA Ultimate Team Challenge! They competed in a relay race, a boogie board race, inner tube water basketball, and more! This is the second year that the street team has participated in the Ultimate Team Challenge, …

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 …

A partnership for heroic change

    The NIU College of Business has entered into a partnership with Chicago-based incubator MATTER . The entity was established in 2015 and focuses on creating heroic change in the healthcare industry. It develops healthcare innovations through a coalition of experts, organizations, and startups. Jeff Aronin, NIU Business marketing alumnus, co-chairs MATTER. Based out of Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, MATTER’s extensive network …

From NIU to Hollywood: Music alumnus and film composer Jermaine Stegall

How do you compose a theme for a Star Wars project and make it “sound like Star Wars” without using any of John Williams’ iconic score? That’s a challenge NIU School of Music alumnus Jermaine Stegall took head on when charged with creating music for Lucasfilm’s Our Star Wars Stories. “For these episodes we didn’t have a license to use any of …

Huskie Spotlight: Paul Wright

Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KNPE) professor, Paul Wright, enhances the lives of youth who are often labeled as “at-risk” through his research, teaching, community outreach and partnership initiatives. “I specialize in the Teaching Personal and Social Responsibility (TPSR) instructional model,” explains Wright. “All of my research and teaching is very applied and positively impacts youth development, social and emotional …

$1.6 million grant helps NIU center expand preschool

  The Child Development and Family Center (CDFC) at NIU has received a $1.6 million award from the Illinois State Board of Education to provide full-day preschool services to more DeKalb children. The Preschool for All Expansion (PFA-E) program increases access to full-day early childhood education and comprehensive services to the most at-risk 4-year-olds. This grant provides funding for 40 …

Huskie Trio Advances at Midlands Championships

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Three Northern Illinois University wrestlers advanced to the second day of competition at the 56th Annual Ken Kraft Midlands Championships at the Sears Center after a strong day Saturday. Brit Wilson (Mexico, Mo./Mexico) advanced to the semifinals at 174, while Caden McWhirter (Prattville, Ala./Prattville) and Will Feldkamp (Dexter, Mich./Dexter) will battle their way through the consolation bracket at 165 and 184, …