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Northern Today - April 20, 2009

Laurie Elish-Piper, David Gunkel and Stephen MartinElish-Piper, Gunkel, Martin named
2009 Presidential Teaching Professors

Laurie Elish-Piper prepares teachers to teach reading. Stephen Martin works to help his students understand the theoretical foundations of the subatomic of the universe. David Gunkel teaches students how to communicate using the latest technology, while placing that work into a philosophical perspective that is as old as the written word.


Provost Ray AldenInvestment, implementation launch
strategic plan’s goals, report shows

Less than two years after NIU embarked on an ambitious, campus-wide strategic planning process, a new report shows several key initiatives firmly in place and producing measureable impact, while others are leaning on the starting blocks with new funding and recently filled positions.


Mylan Engel, Lesley Rigg, Jeanette Rossetti and Ed BrataEngel, Rigg, Rossetti, Brata honored for excellence in undergrad teaching, instruction

Author and poet William Arthur Ward once said of teachers: “The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”

Mylan Engel, Lesley Rigg and Jeanette Rossetti are this year’s inspring recipients of the Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Joining them in honor is Ed Brata, an equally inspiring instructor.


Randall NewsomRandall Newsom ready for last dance at NIU

Farewell gala planned for Sunday, April 26

When Randall Newsom once heard from a professor of voice that he could sing well – but not yet “great” – it really didn’t matter.

Newsom possessed a much stronger instrument.


Brent Gage and Kelly WesenerNIU Foundation helps students
become more financially literate

The NIU Foundation is offering hope for NIU students as they struggle with the challenges presented by our troubled economy.


President John PetersPresident invites nominations
for presidential commissions

President John Peters invites nominations of faculty, staff and students for appointment to the four presidential commissions. The nominations will be for appointments effective in AY2009-10.