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, …

NIU Business ranks among the very best … again

The NIU College of Business continues to be ranked among an exclusive group of the best undergraduate business schools in the country.  The latest ranking results come from Poets&Quants, the leading online publication for undergraduate business education news.  In its third annual ranking, the publication ranks NIU’s business college in the top 100 (80th) within a prestigious group of schools. Collectively, these schools …

NIU’s Smith Earns Back-to-Back Walter Camp All-America Honors

Huskie defensive end named to second All-America team this season DEKALB, Ill. – For the second consecutive season, Northern Illinois University defensive end Sutton Smith was honored as a Walter Camp All-American, when the Huskie junior was named to the organization’s second team Thursday. Smith, who became the first Huskie to earn first team All-America honors in back-to-back years when he was named …

Freeman hosts President’s Holiday Appreciation Gathering for faculty and staff

DeKALB — NIU President Lisa Freeman hosted the President’s Holiday Appreciation Gathering from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday as a way for faculty and staff to bring in the holiday season. The event was in the Altgeld Hall auditorium and featured music performed by the NIU Jazztet, one of the jazz combos directed by Reggie Thomas. Representatives from the Huskie …

NIU football: Huskies storm back from 19-point deficit to claim MAC title

Rod Carey had been saying it. Marcus Childers had been saying it. The whole offense had been saying it. On Friday, Childers showed what Northern Illinois has been saying all year – that the offense is capable of scoring in bunches. Childers delivered the drive of a lifetime, culminating in his rollout, 35-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Brown with 1:09 …

Cambodian student one of four to receive the Lincoln Laureate award

DeKALB — International Cambodian student I Younan An, who is also a senior political science major, proves anything is possible by becoming the first international NIU student to win the Lincoln Laureate award. An said he believes taking advantage of his time played a vital role in being honored with NIU`s Lincoln Laureate Award. The award is given to an …

Karlen opens up on Type 1 Diabetes

The NIU volleyball team held a Diabetes Awareness Night during the Huskies’ match-up versus the Bowling Green State University Falcons Saturday. The Huskies brought the Juvenile Diabetes Research to the Convocation Center to help educate attendees about the disease. The JDRF is a global organization funding Type 1 diabetes research. Their mission is to “accelerate life-changing breakthroughs to cure, prevent …