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Northern Today - September 14, 2009

President John PetersPresident Peters delivers tenth
State of the University Address

In a 10-year period characterized by reduced state support and increasing student demand, NIU has expanded its reach, improved facilities and student services, increased external funding and delivered on its promise to become one of the nation’s leading regional public universities.

That according to NIU President John Peters, whose annual State of the University Address provided a sweeping overview of the last decade and a view of the challenges that await his university in the next 10 years.


James T. CollinsCenter for Southeast Asian Studies wins
$534,000 to create online dictionary of Malay

Malaysia boasts the oldest written language in Southeast Asia, a growing modern economy, a population of more than 27 million people and a cordial relationship with its frequent trading partner, the United States.

Yet no American universities teach the Malay language on a regular basis.


Academic Advising CenterAcademic Advising Center moves

Getting a little advice on choosing a major got a whole lot more convenient for students this fall.


Linda SmergeIllinois Teacher of the Year Linda Smerge
provides wisdom on teaching at alma mater

NIU alumna Linda Smerge, on a year-long journey around Illinois and throughout the nation as an educational ambassador, visited NIU’s campus Friday morning to talk to dozens of pre-service teachers about “10 Things I Wish I’d Known About Teaching.”


Photo of construction barricadeSteam tunnel repairs cut hot water for some

Work to repair steam tunnels on the east side of campus will leave nearly a dozen buildings without hot water for about 10 days.


Photo of suitcaseNIU Study Abroad Fair set for Sept. 24

NIU’s Study Abroad Office will hold its 17th annual Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.


Photo of international flagsHundreds of local youth to march
in NIU’s annual Parade of Flags

Nearly 500 local fifth-graders will carry the international flags of more than 100 nations during the 10th annual Parade of Flags, set to step off at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 18, from the east side of Huskie Stadium.


Dee Palmer movie posterStudent’s documentary on Dee Palmer
will premiere Sept. 18 at Egyptian Theatre

NIU’s Department of Communication and filmmaker Andrew McCormick will debut the biographical documentary, “The Legendary Dee Palmer and his Fantastic Band,” at the historic Egyptian Theatre.