‘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 …

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 …