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Northern Today - March 15, 2010

NIU President John G. PetersPeters honored with NASPA award

NIU President John G. Peters was honored March 9 with the NASPA President’s Award at the annual awards luncheon held during the 2010 NASPA Annual Conference.


Image of a dollar signPeters issues statement on state budget

President Peters issued the following statement Wednesday, March 10, after Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn’s noon budget message. It originally was published that afternoon in Northern Today Extra.

The budget proposal set forth by Gov. Quinn today foreshadows another difficult and challenging year for higher education in Illinois.

Under this budget plan, appropriations for higher education will be rolled back to pre-2006 levels. For NIU, this represents a reduction of more than $6.7 million, or 6.2 percent.


Judith HermansonNIU taps veteran NGO leader to head
new center specializing in nonprofits

For nearly 17 years, Judith Hermanson served as second in command of CHF International, helping grow the non-governmental organization (NGO) into a $400 million annual relief and development operation and powerful catalyst for positive change in communities worldwide.


Greg Long and Earl 'Gip' SeaverBaccalaureate Review group drafts purpose statement, awaits presentation on learning goals

Leaders of NIU’s initiative to revitalize undergraduate education will hear reports next week from faculty who are further developing the university’s goals for bachelor’s degree recipients.


Carolinda DouglassAnnual Assessment Expo to examine
outstanding practices of faculty, staff

As NIU contemplates the undergraduate experience through four lenses – critical thinking, communication, creativity and context – the third annual Assessment Expo will explore those exact concepts.


Sara Bianco and Sue OuelletteNIU counts sign language toward foreign language requirement

Even packed with students and a professor, the Wirtz Hall classroom is quieter than a library.


Liam TeagueSteelband to perform with Jazz Ensemble,
groups will play alum’s arrangments

Liam Teague and Cliff Alexis will come out “swinging” this week in their life’s mission to prove that the steelpan is about much more than Caribbean cruises.


$tart $mart logoWorkshops will teach female students
how to gain equal footing in workplace

NIU Presidential Research Professor Winifred Creamer and Alice Ralph, a retired NIU administrator, are teaming up to ensure that NIU’s female students are paid fairly when they enter the workforce.


Illinois Women Artists Program posterDirector of Illinois Women Artists Project
will deliver March 17 lecture at NIU

Illinois author Channy Lyons will deliver a public lecture at NIU on the Illinois Women Artists (IWA) Project as part of NIU’s celebration of Women’s History Month.


David BallantineChemistry Club turns copper into gold
to improve lives of DeKalb County youth

NIU’s Chemistry Club invites the public to its St. Patrick’s Chem Demo Night.

The magical evening of chemistry demonstrations will begin at 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in Faraday Hall 143.


Photo of soup and breadAnnual Empty Bowls fundraiser
to benefit Hope Haven shelter

NIU students have a way to feed you and the hungry in our community at the same time.

The 12th annual “Empty Bowls” project is scheduled for Wednesday, March 24, in the Chandelier Dining Room, 143 Adams Hall.