DeKalb Welcomes IESA State Wrestling Finals

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 19th year.  The estimated impact of the event for our area is $255,000. 450 hotel room nights have been booked for the event.  Restaurants and shops can expect to see an increase …

NIU Engineering students named finalists in NASA competition to develop startup company

Two Northern Illinois University seniors in mechanical engineering have been named finalists in the SPACE RACE Startup Challenge, a first-of-its-kind initiative to encourage entrepreneurs to use federally funded NASA technologies in their startup companies. “It was a lot of fun,” Frey says. “This was more of an entrepreneur-based competition. So I learned a lot about business that I’ll be able …

Making Dreams Come True

When NIU engineering student Oleseun Taiwo designed a prosthetic hand for a 12-year-old violinist, he made a difference in both of their lives. Playing the violin was a challenge for Sarah Valentiner, who was born without a right hand. With the help of the custom prosthesis Taiwo designed, making beautiful music just became easier. “When I started in engineering I …

NIU Women’s Tugs Weekend 2016

Recently in DeKalb, a very exciting and well-known event took place at the University Plaza Back Fields: 2016 Northern Illinois Woman’s Tugs! Woman’s Tug’s is an event hosted by the PanHellenic Council for participating sororities and over the years, it has become a highly anticipated competition that many students look forward too. On Friday, October 7th, the games began with …

NIU Softball Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game

On Saturday, October 8th, NIU softball field held their first game in support of pediatric cancer awareness. Thanks to senior softball player, Kali Kosakowski, NIU teamed up with Cal’s Angels. This organization is based out of St. Charles and founded by Tom and Stacey Sutter who lost their 6 year old son, Cal, to leukemia. The goal of the organization …

NIU NAACP student advocacy group now up and running

By RHONDA GILLESPIE – rgillespie@shawmedia.com DeKALB – When Amirius Clinton arrived on the Northern Illinois University campus in 2013 to start his freshman year, he said two things stood out for him: a sizable campus and city police presence, and the absence of an advocacy organization. Coming from Chicago, a city he knew to have controversial police-community relations, Clinton said …

October is STEMfest time at NIU

If you are into science, technology, engineering and/or math, Northern Illinois University’s STEMfest is the place to be this weekend.   The popular annual event will amaze and inform thousand when it hits the NIU Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 8. Now in its seventh year, STEMfest is a free, family-friendly festival that celebrates innovations in …

NIU P-20 Center Presents BLOCK Fest

NIU’s P-20 Center was thrilled to bring BLOCK Fest® to families in DeKalb this summer in partnership with the DeKalb Public Library. BLOCK Fest® is a research based multi-dimensional learning experience for children ages 8 months to 8 years and their caregivers. Families take what they learn about block play at the event and continue the experience at home, increasing …