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NIU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Celebrating 50 Years



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News Release

April 12, 2010

Liberal Arts & Sciences caps golden anniversary
with faculty/staff awards, forum on liberal learning

DeKalb, Ill. — The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Northern Illinois University is recognizing the accomplishments of 10 prominent faculty and staff, past and present, at an awards ceremony on Friday, April 16. The ceremony will conclude a year-long celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary.

The honorees distinguished themselves by making a strong, positive difference in the development, growth and stature of the college over the last five decades and represent a diverse cross-section of the college’s 17 departments, two divisions, seven research centers and three interdisciplinary research and teaching programs.

“Each Golden Anniversary Faculty/Staff Award recipient has left a lasting mark on the college in varying ways,” said Christopher K. McCord, dean of the NIU College of Liberal Arts & Sciences.

“Some were instrumental in founding and growing hallmark programs of the college. Some distinguished themselves in leadership roles. Some led by example and have been the dedicated college citizens that an institution founded on shared governance must have to flourish. All have dedicated themselves to an institution and a cause that they have believed in deeply, and have translated their commitment into tangible impacts that all of us can see and celebrate.”

A complete listing of the award winners with their biographies appears on the college’s golden anniversary Web site.

The university community and general public are invited to attend the awards presentation at 2 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium on April 16. The program will include an address on liberal learning in the 21st century by Dr. Terrel Rhodes, vice president of the Office of Quality, Curriculum and Assessment for the Association of American Colleges and Universities. The program also includes a brief panel discussion, interactive audience Q&A, and reception.

Liberal Arts & Sciences is the largest of NIU’s six undergraduate colleges. It boasts numerous graduate programs, including 11 at the doctoral level, for more than 1,200 master’s-level and doctoral students. The college is also home to seven research centers and three interdisciplinary research and teaching programs: the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies, Center for Southeast Asian Studies and the Women’s Studies Program.

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences employs more than 500 faculty and staff, currently accounts for 7,500 students and has more than 70,000 alumni. Virtually all NIU students, regardless of their career choices, benefit from the college’s general education and service courses.

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Media Contact:
Tom Parisi, NIU Media Relations and Internal Communications
(815) 753-3635