Celebrating Excellence highlights the accomplishments and contributions of NIU students, faculty, staff and alumni to the university’s mission of promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research and scholarship, creativity and artistry, and outreach and service during the academic year.
The events will take place between Saturday, April 12 and Thursday, May 1. Next year's events will be posted here in the spring of 2014. Check back.
Interested in becoming a Celebrating Excellence Partner? Email the Celebrating Excellence Coordinator for more information or if you have questions about this event. You may also register your event on the NIU calendar by entering it and tagging it “Celebrating Excellence.”
2014 Celebrating Excellence Events:
Wednesday, April 9
10th Annual Ally Awards
Honors those who have shown their support for the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) community by contributing to campus awareness about LGBTQ issues or taking actions that help improve the university climate for LGBTQ people and more. Sponsored LGBT, The Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Prism and Women's Resource Center
Saturday, April 12
NIU Cares Day
Campus-wide day of community service with volunteers comprised of NIU students, faculty and staff who come together to complete projects that benefit DeKalb County's organizations and residents.
Thank-you Lunch Featuring Nancy Lublin
Free luncheon for NIU Cares Day volunteers. Guest Speaker Nancy Lublin, CEO of Dosomething.org and founder of Dress for Success, will speak about how to actively do something to change the world.
Sunday, April 13
Graduating Honors students are celebrated and publicly recognized for their hard work, dedication to excellence and academic achievements. Students and faculty awards are presented. Hosted by the University Honors Program at NIU.
Tuesday, April 15
Supportive Professional Staff Awards Reception
Honors four for Presidential Awards for Excellence, two SPS Council Service Award recipients, and over two dozen SPS employees receive Certificates of Recognition to celebrate their accomplishments.
Tuesday, April 22
Undergraduate Research and Artistry Day
Undergraduate students who participated in a faculty-mentored research or artistry project will showcase his/her work at this annual event. The research projects include independent study, capstone projects, URAP, EURA, UARAP, USOAR, URA and Research Rookies.
Thursday, April 24
Annual Faculty Awards Ceremony and Reception
Annual ceremony that recognizes new Board of Trustee Professors, Presidential Teaching Professors, Presidential Research Professors, Presidential Engagement Professors and the recipients of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Instruction Award.
Pi Sigma Epsilon Kohls Fashion Show
Fashion show presented by the Fashion Industry Organization (FIO) and Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE-Marketing Fraternity)
Friday, April 25
Pride Awards Dinner
Students, alumni, faculty, and staff gather to recognize award winners and outstanding contributions made to the LGBTQ community.
Sunday, April 27
Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony
Honors all students who have received awards for outstanding leadership on NIU's campus. Outstanding student organizations and outstanding student organization advisors will also be recognized.
Monday, April 28
The Victors Awards
Celebrates athletic, academic and community successes of NIU's student-athletes.