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Northern Today - June 29, 2009

Marc J. StraussRockford executive Marc J. Strauss
elected chair of NIU Board of Trustees

Marc J. Strauss, general counsel for First Rockford Group in Rockford, Ill., has been elected chair of the Board of Trustees of Northern Illinois University.

Strauss, who was first appointed to the board in 2005 and most recently served as its vice chair, said “respect, transparency and accountability” will mark his tenure as board chair.


Earl 'Gip' Seaver and Brian O. HemphillReorganization focuses on student
recruitment and success

NIU officials have announced a reorganization aimed at improving student success from enrollment through graduation.

Effective July 1, a new unit called the Office of Student Academic Success will provide what Provost Ray Alden calls a “one-stop shop” for coordination of all services that support student academic progress.


QuarkNetNIU involving high school teachers
in cutting-edge physics research

Forget about “R and R,” shorthand for rest and relaxation.

Physics teachers Elisa Gatz of Sterling High School and Jim Browne of Amboy High School are using their summer break to get a little “R and D.”


NIUNetNIUNet reaches Hoffman Estates, Rockford

NIU Outreach Centers in Rockford and Hoffman Estates are finally seeing the light – the one coming through fiber optic cables.

Both centers were connected earlier this month to the university’s high-speed fiber optic network – NIUNet – dramatically improving Internet service to those buildings.


SciCampSciCamp: The next generation

Future scientists, engineers visit NIU campus

The next generation of scientists visited campus this past week, building water-powered rockets, assembling model roller coasters, making solar ovens, constructing wind turbines and experimenting with miniature fuel cell cars.

Oh, and, they also enjoyed ice cream that they made themselves – using liquid nitrogen.