125 Key Moments
Significant anniversaries are often commemorated with historical retrospectives for future generations. For NIU’s 125th Anniversary, we are creating a digital repository of 125 Key Moments in NIU history – key turning points that made NIU what it is today.
Members of the NIU community were invited to submit potential entries, and a committee of distinguished faculty, staff, trustees and retirees selected the 125 most compelling nominations. The selection committee chose events that did the following:
- Enhanced NIU’s reputation
- Had a lasting effect
- Set direction for some significant period
- Were a cause for celebration
- Were a cause for deep reflection
- Represented either a joyous or a difficult time
- Had significant impact of students and/or the university community
- Built institutional pride
Each month in 2020, we will release the stories of 10 or 11 key moments, illustrated with photos and video from the NIU Archives and Regional History Center.