Faculty, staff, students and friends of NIU “got the scoop” as they gathered Thursday, Sept. 10, for an ice cream social after President Peters’ State of the University Address to celebrate the launch of the faculty and staff campaign.
NIU’s first-ever comprehensive fundraising campaign, True North, has surpassed its $150 million goal – almost a year early in spite of the extraordinary challenges faced by the university, state and nation in recent years – also gave the crowd good reason to celebrate.
“We have reached our dollar goal, but our work is not done,” Peters said in his address. “Our students are under greater financial pressure than at any other time in recent memory.”
The president cited the uncertain status of state MAP grant funding, decreases in parents’ college savings funds, and the scarcity of student loans and jobs as major obstacles for students today: “Keeping our students in school, on the path to opportunity, is an act of kindness from a caring university. At the end of the campaign, we will know that we did all that we could for our students.”