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Northern Today - June 9, 2009

John Peters & Melanie MagaraPublic Affairs wins nation's top PR award for handling of 2008 campus tragedy

The Office of Public Affairs received the nation’s top award for public relations at a ceremony last week in New York City. The office was honored by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for its work following the tragic February 14, 2008, campus shooting that brought intense public and news media attention to campus. Public Affairs won both a category award – Best Crisis Communications – and the overall Best of the Silver Anvil Award. President John Peters and Assistant Vice President for Public Affairs Melanie Magara accepted the awards on behalf of NIU.


Project REALProject REAL camp returns for fifth year

Some high school students will ‘teach’ incoming freshmen

Last fall’s end of the federally funded “Project REAL” partnership between NIU, the Rockford Public Schools and Rock Valley College hasn’t deterred Judy Cox-Henderson’s mission.


Mary LarsonIn new book, NIU professor warns parents
to ‘watch it’ on kids’ TV, video game time

NIU communication professor Mary Larson isn’t out to frighten parents, but she is urging them to “watch it” when it comes to the amount of time their children and adolescents spend in front of TV sets, video games and computers.


40 yearsNIU will screen documentary
on 1960s purge in Indonesia

The public is invited to a free screening of the new film, “40 Years of Silence: An Indonesian Tragedy,” a moving feature-length documentary about one of the darkest chapters in the Southeast Asian country’s history.