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With 18 departments and spanning the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of NIU's six undergraduate colleges. By the nature of our mission, we touch virtually every new student to the university, regardless of their major, through the wide array of general education courses housed within our departments. We provide the solid liberal arts foundation that students can build upon. Your future career success begins here!


Clyde Kimball Photo

For five decades, physicist Clyde Kimball – a man of big ideas, immutable passion and abundant kindness – was a fixture on the Northern Illinois University campus.

An NIU distinguished research professor, he is credited with cementing the university’s collaborative ties with Argonne National Laboratory, attracting tens of millions of dollars in funding for research at NIU and co-founding the university’s Institute for Nano Science, Engineering, and Technology (InSET), serving as its first director.

Kimball, 87, died unexpectedly June 3, in Corvallis, Ore., where he had moved with his wife, Joan Truckenbrod.

His life and scientific contributions will be celebrated in a symposium honoring his legacy from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, in the Altgeld Auditorium. Titled “Clyde Kimball: A Life of Science,” the event is open to the public, but an RSVP would be appreciated to

Memorial Image

Family members of Heinz Osterle, an NIU professor emeritus of German foreign languages and literatures who died May 4, invites the university community to a celebration of his “life well-lived.”

The event takes place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Egyptian Theater, 135 N. Second St. in downtown DeKalb.



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