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August 6, 2013

President BakerBAKER REPORT:
Campus improvements show investment in student success

Dana and I recently had the opportunity to join President Emeritus Peters, Eric Weldy, Steve Cunningham and others on a tour of the newly renovated Gilbert Hall, which will return to service as a student residence this fall. NIU listened well to what students wanted and developed a state-of-the-art facility designed around student interaction.

This is the same type of thoughtful consideration that the university undertook in investing in facility improvements across the campus, as other projects such as the Grant D Tower renovation, the new Outdoor Recreation Sports Complex, the privately-funded Chessick Indoor Practice Center and other campus improvements take shape for this fall.

The past six month period has been among the most aggressive in terms of the number of campus improvements that are transforming our living-learning environment, and I am looking forward to seeing the impact these improvements will have on student success.


Top Stories


newsWeldy hits the ground running
Eric Weldy has been on the job as vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management for just over a month, and he has been busy as the division prepares for the upcoming school year.

Mayor John Rey: vibrancy ahead for DeKalb
DeKalb Mayor John Rey and NIU President Doug Baker spoke to business leaders Thursday morning about some of the ways the two groups will work together in the future. (From Northern Public Radio)

NIU Center for Governmental Studies lends assistance after Prophetstown blaze
Two weeks ago, a fire destroyed eight downtown buildings in Prophetstown, Ill., including a popular restaurant, several retail stores and the Prophetstown Historical Society in the community of just over 2,000 residents in Whiteside County. NIU's Center for Governmental Studies sent a team to Prophetstown, led by Senior Research Scholar Norm Walzer, to help community leaders develop a rebuilding plan. (From Northern Public Radio)


academicsThree reasons campus is buzzing this summer
Recent additions of three specially focused summer programs is ratcheting up efforts to introduce both NIU and non-NIU students to the ins and outs of research and nurture their interests in science and artistry.

NIU to roll out red carpet for visiting royalty
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand is scheduled to visit the university Sept. 18, when she will be awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree during a special ceremony at Altgeld Hall.

Community can learn art, music, theater at NIU
Registration is open for the fall semester at the NIU Community School of the Arts, which offers year-round programming, with 80 teachers and 400 students who come from 50 towns and cities for classes, lessons and ensembles.


alumniFormer Huskie Schmack named Valpo head
Valparaiso University recently announced that former Northern Illinois University pitcher Brian Schmack has been named head baseball coach.

Alum wins NY Book Festival award
By sharing her experiences as a seasoned female executive in a positive way, NIU alum Janet Pucino garnered her fourth book award by raising awareness about how biases in both men and women impact women in leadership roles. (From PR Newswire)

Two years, 200 students, two phases to go
More than 200 Malaysian students currently are pursuing an engineering technology degree in Pahang, thanks to the mentorship, guidance and partnership of NIU.


SubArchie, Peyton, Eli and Jordan
Northern Illinois University quarterback Jordan Lynch continues to garner preseason attention as he was named to the 2013 Manning Award Watch List.

NIU seeks opponents for Soldier Field games
Northern Illinois athletic director Sean Frazier said Thursday at the Huskies’ Chicago Media Day that there will be announcements in the “near future” about having a BCS opponent at Soldier Field. (From Daily Chronicle)

Camp Carey begins
Northern Illinois head coach Rod Carey welcomed 105 Huskies, including 28 newcomers, to the start of 2013 preseason football camp Sunday.

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