Track and field’s future is anchored by youth

DeKALB — The track & field team is full of young athletes. These underclassmen have contributed top finishes and meet records in their short collegiate careers. Head Coach Connie Teaberry said she has faith in the team for the coming years as the athletes continue to grow. “The program right now is very young,” Teaberry said. “We have a lot of …

DREAM Action NIU hosts sixth annual Coming out of the Shadows

DeKALB — Undocumented students came out of the shadows to tell personal stories to students and faculty while reflecting on the hardships they face in America. DREAM Action NIU hosted its 6th annual Coming Out of the Shadows event in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Due to the rain and cold weather, the event didn’t hold a unity march as it …

NIU Department of Communication to host Reality Bytes Film Festival

DeKalb, IL. –The​ ​NIU Department of Communication​ is bringing three nights of student films to Cole Hall’s Jameson Auditorium with the 18th installment ofthe Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival, beginning at 9 p.m. Tuesday, April 9. The events are free and open to the public. Films screenings are also scheduled for Wednesday, April 10, beginning at 9 p.m. Producer …

Community struts toward survivor support

DeKALB — Safe Passage’s Walk A Mile Fundraiser brought men, women and children to Sycamore High School to strut for a cause. Walk A Mile is an annual event held by Safe Passage, a local domestic violence shelter. The event has been hosted by Safe Passage since 2015, with other shelters holding similar events across the country as well. Attendees can …

NIU accepts $930,000 NIH grant for FoodMASTER program

DeKALB, Ill. — Science education has never tasted so good. NIU received a $930,000 National Institutes of Health Science Education Partnership Award for a FoodMASTER initiative. FoodMASTER uses food as a tool to teach mathematics and science. The NIH grant aims to expand the existing FoodMASTER initiative science curriculum to K-12 teachers and educators throughout Illinois and nationally.  FoodMASTER is already being …

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 …

Center for Southeast Asian Studies receives $2.5M grant for sixth time

DeKALB — The Center for Southeast Asian Studies was recognized as an outstanding cultural center after being awarded $2.5 million in government funding which will be allocated to the center and its students’ educational expenses. The $2.5 million grant from Title VI can be reawarded every four years, and this year marks the sixth time the center has received funding …

NIU to Host IESA State Wrestling Finals for 21st Year

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 21st year. The economic impact for the area is estimated to be more than $400,000. They anticipate more than 5,000 visitors will attend this two-day event. The 2019 IESA State Wrestling Finals will be …