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. All members of the NIU and local community are invited to submit nominations for those key moments. Suggested categories include:

  • Academics
  • Alumni
  • Athletics
  • Community
  • Culture
  • Diversity
  • Faculty and staff
  • Finance
  • Governance and administration
  • Greek life
  • Leadership
  • Philanthropy
  • Physical Plant and buildings
  • Research and discoveries
  • Student Life
  • Technology

A committee of distinguished NIU and community leaders will select the 125 most compelling suggestions. Submissions should be short but complete enough for the selection committee to understand why each moment should be considered for inclusion. If you do not know the exact date or every detail, tell us as much as you do know, and we will do our best to fill in the blanks.

Examples might include moments such as:

  • DeKalb chosen as site for Northern Illinois State Normal School, July 15, 1895.
  • General Assembly gives normal schools power to confer baccalaureate degrees, May, 1907.
  • First national social sorority installed (Delta Sigma Epsilon), April 1944; first national social fraternity installed (Phi Sigma Epsilon), May 19, 1947.
  • Students protesting the Vietnam War shut down Lincoln Highway; NIU President Rhoten Smith averts violence by calmly sitting with them (May 1970). 
  • Huskies triumph over perennial football powerhouse Alabama, Sept. 20, 2003.

The following are potential sources of information:

  • NIU history books (Earl Hayter, Bill Monat, Glen Gildemeister)
  • Regional History Center
  • Northern Star Archives
  • Northern Now Archives
  • NIU Today Archives
  • DeKalb and Sycamore public libraries
  • Archives of community organizations

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