Successful Students and Alumni


Welcome, Huskies! We're proud of our current students and our alumni.  Read on to hear what your amazing things our students and alumni have been doing! We'd love to know what you've been doing, whether that be last year or way back. So send us your news, and we'll let your fellow Huskies know what you've been up to.

Featured Students and Alumni

 plumerAs deputy director of Mexican affairs for the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans, Morgan Plumer (B.A., 2008) helps develop policy regarding Mexico and U.S. southern border issues. Her team serves as the primary point of international engagement between the Department of Homeland Security and the government of Mexico. “I really enjoy being able to interact with my Mexican and U.S. government counterparts to understand differing perspectives and create sound policies and engagements,” said Plumer, who is fluent in Spanish and speaks Portuguese. The foundation for her career began at Northern with a B.A. in history, with minors in international development and Spanish, and then she earned an M.A. in human rights studies with an emphasis in immigration, human trafficking and forced migration from Columbia University. With the goal of working in international affairs, Plumer served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador for two years and then worked for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services as an asylum officer and refugee officer.

Alumnus of the Year

cargileClint Cargile (M.A., 2014) is an author, editor, historian, and radio producer. Mr. Cargile earned his MFA in fiction from Southern Illinois University and his MA in history from Northern Illinois University. He is the author of Five Mile Spur Line: A Railroad History of Sycamore, Illinois (2014) and In Search of a Fair Wind: The Sea Letters of Georgia Townsend Yates, 1891-1892 (2017). He is also the creator and host of Drinkin' with Lincoln on WNIJ, Northern Public Radio, where he fulfills two of his lifelong passions: drinking beer and talking to Abraham Lincoln.

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