Awards & Recognition

Eckard Wins National Award from U.S. Air Force

Theresa Eckard in Iraq

Theresa Eckard, a doctoral candidate in the department of Political Science specializing in comparative politics and international relations, has been selected as "FY09 Air Force Outstanding Junior NCO Individual Reservist of the Year." This is a major national award from the U.S. Department of Air Force.

Theresa, who is a TSgt (Technical Sergeant), is now authorized to wear the distinguished Air Force Recognition Ribbon. She was chosen for this award based on her outstanding service during her recent tour to Iraq as well as her civilian achievements, including her doctoral work in political science at NIU.

We thank Theresa for her service to our country and congratulate her on this impressive accomplishment!