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March 13, 2014


Spring break has hit the NIU campus, but that didn't stop the snow from falling. And it didn't stop the Huskie basketball teams from advancing to Cleveland in the MAC  Tournament.  Congratulations to both the men and women's basketball squads, which won thrilling games this week before dropping out in the second round.

Next week we begin our second round of Bold Futures workshops. Half of the sessions will be for those who participated in the first round of workshops in the fall and the other half will be for newcomers. In the two-part workshops, we will examine our current fiscal and enrollment challenges and opportunities and then develop plans to affect enrollment through increased student retention. These will be important sessions to unleash the creativity and good ideas of the NIU community. Please participate if you can. You can check the schedule and sign up at

Red and Black celebrationOver the weekend, I had the opportunity to attend my first-ever Red and Black celebration, which brings Northern Illinois University alumni and friends together to recognize our great faculty, hard-working students and generous donors. The annual event is a celebration of everything that makes NIU such an outstanding institution.

Dana and I enjoyed our time spent with more than 500 dedicated members of the NIU community. I have been impressed by the passionate and thoughtful ideas on how to provide the best educational experiences that will promote student career success.

Thanks to all those who work hard to provide opportunities for our students through your generous gifts of experience, creativity and talent. Many also provide financial support for students, faculty, programs and facilities, which are critical for ensuring NIU’s continued success, fostering growth and stability for our entire university. These gifts reflect the confidence the NIU community has in the potential of our programs, faculty and staff in fulfilling our mission of promoting excellence and engagement in teaching and learning, research, scholarship, creativity, artistry, outreach and service.

To bold futures,

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Bold FuturesBold Futures workshops resume March 19
Following spring break, NIU will hold the next round of Bold Futures workshops to continue the critically important work of creating and implementing solutions to the student recruitment and retention challenges the university is facing.

Saluting the progress of Illinois’ women lawyers
A panel of six female Illinois justices, including the three who serve on the Illinois Supreme Court, and the woman president of the state’s largest bar association, are coming to NIU to headline “Myra Bradwell: The Practice of Law in the Wake of Her Legacy.”

Baker, Stover to host youth exchange students
NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) and the International Training Office (ITO) are actively seeking host families for two U.S. Department of State youth leadership programs this spring.


‘The No. 1 predictor of Student Career Success’
NIU President Doug Baker makes his thoughts on internships abundantly clear. NIU President Doug Baker makes his thoughts on internships abundantly clear.

MyNIU portal gets facelift
In response to feedback from Northern Illinois University students, the MyNIU portal is getting a new look.

Student project aims to help veterans, K9s
Students working in the Northern Illinois University Experiential Learning Center are racing toward a deadline in their quest to help military veterans, both human and canine.


mentoring programRockford TV station covers mentoring program
The pilot alumni mentoring program just started in January. But word is getting out on the airwaves about its success.

Alumni Association to explore Pacific Northwest
The NIU Alumni Association invites the public to explore mountains, ancient forests, dense rain forests and rugged beaches on a trip from Thursday, June 19, to Saturday, June 28, in the Pacific Northwest.

Theatre alumna to star in Japanese drama
Charlotte Kate Fox, who just graduated last year from the NIU School of Theatre and Dance with a master’s degree in fine arts, is already making a mark in the acting world.


sportsMAC tourney ride ends for men’s hoops
With the loss, NIU ends its season with a 15-17 overall record. The 15 wins is a 10-win turnaround from a season ago, the largest single-season turnaround in school history.

Women’s hoops falls at MAC Tournament
Northern Illinois ends the season 11-19, having advanced to at least the second round of the MAC Tournament in Cleveland for the second time in the last three years under head coach Kathi Bennett.

Volleyball unveils 2014 spring schedule
The Northern Illinois University volleyball team will compete in a four-weekend schedule this spring.


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