Featured Adult Learners

Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services (OCNTSS) works to welcome, incorporate, and promote non-traditional students in the NIU community. This includes recognizing those students who have taken a different path, taken extra steps, persevered over struggles or simply have a great story to tell about their academic and life journey. Recognizing the contributions that these students provide to NIU fosters their sense of visibility and advocacy on campus, in addition to encouraging a stronger presence on campus. These nominees will be considered for our annual Eli Whitney Award.

To learn about the initiative click on the criteria link below.

Featured Adult Learners Nomination Criteria

To nominate  complete the following form

Featured Adult Learners Online Nomination Form

Jennifer Komis


Previous Studies: College of DuPage, A.A., Kishwaukee Community College, A.S.

Current Studies: Dual Degree- Community Leadership and Civic Engagement/ Family Child Studies- Emphasis in Family and Individual Development

Mrs. Jennifer Komis is a dynamic and dedicated student. Throughout her years of academic endeavors, she has maintained a passion to learn and endure any challenge. After graduating from Downer’s Grove South High School in 2005, she married her husband Warren in 2008. Warren, who is a United States Navy Veteran, balances three jobs and six classes. Jennifer describes Warren as “extremely hard-working and devoted.” The couple was previously stationed at four different locations and have two loving children: Quinten, four and Wyatt, two.

Following her strong inclination toward advocacy and service, Jennifer returned to school and graduated from Kishwaukee Community College in 2013 with her second Associate’s Degree in Science and joined the Northern Illinois University community in the summer of 2014.

Jennifer was the recipient of an NIU Transfer Scholarship and was involved in President Baker’s “Bold Futures” initiative as a speaker for non-traditional students. Jennifer is currently the Policy Council Representative and Treasurer for the Two Rivers Headstart. 

Jennifer prides herself in having motivation to get through her busy class load, where her advice to other students would be — “Find the importance in organization! Physically write things down to help you systematically complete daily tasks. Also, learn to appreciate different perspectives: question things, never look at something from one angle.” Her personal motto is — “Do the best you can with what you have.”