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Jessica Ebert
Jessica Ebert

Jack King
Jack King

Penny McIntire
Penny McIntire


Three academic advisers honored
through Target Campus Grants

May 4, 2009

NIU Career Services, through the Target Campus Grants program, has recognized three academic advisers with the “Target” The Faculty/Advisor awards for spring 2009.

  • Jessica Ebert, internship coordinator for the Department of Communications.
  • Jack King, internship/placement coordinator for the Department of Sociology.
  • Penny McIntire, assistant to the chair in the Department of Computer Science.

Ebert, King and McIntire were selected based on how their partnership with Career Services has furthered the impact of work experiences within their academic college related to curriculum, programming and the enhancement of student learning outside the classroom.

Each received a $500 grant to expand or enhance experiential learning opportunities in their academic areas. The awards were funded through the 2009 Target Campus Grants for the purpose of developing business and community leaders.

“Jessica Ebert has been a longtime friend of Career Services and is a strong advocate of experiential education,” said Bob Huffstutler of NIU Career Services. “Her extensive support of students who are looking for a helping hand or knowledgeable guidance as they forward their careers is evident by the number of qualified alumni who have spoken highly of her insight and caring attitude.”

“Jack King is always at the internship fair assisting, supporting and encouraging sociology students,” said Teri Schmidgall, counselor with Career Services. “He encourages employers to post (positions) with Career Services to increase access for all students. Students often say that Mr. King inspired them to go into the helping professions.”

“Ms. McIntire has been instrumental in introducing me to faculty for the purpose of introducing and explaining our internship program and other resources,” NIU career counselor Bob Norwood said. “This has opened the door for numerous classroom and student organization presentations.”

Career Services is part of the Division of Student Affairs. For more information about these awards, as well as other programs offered by Career Services, call (815) 753-1641 or visit