Huskie Spotlight

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Our Huskie Spotlight Q&As elevate the variety of voices across NIU’s diverse campus community. Experience the stories of students, professors and staff members in their own words.

Jason Rivera

Jason Rivera

Business Administration major


Ferald Bryan

Ferald Bryan

Associate Professor, Rhetoric and Public Communication



Maddie Mackey

Maddie Mackey

Sport management major


Courtney Vinson

Courtney Vinson

Senior Associate Athletic Director for Sport Administration, Intercollegiate Athletics



Caroline Melsa

Caroline Melsa

Rehabilitation and disability services major


Sarah O’Connor

Sarah O’Connor

Clinical Supervisor, Allied Health and Communicative Disorders



More Spotlight Students

Anjishnu Chakrabarti
Psychology major

Emely Hernandez
Geographic information science graduate student

Matt McCoy
Mechanical Engineering and Saxophone Performance: Jazz Studies double major

Peytonn Weaver
Elementary education major

Jasmine Ivy
Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate student

Luke Harmon
Theatre Design and Technology major

Wieteke Holthuijzen
Biology graduate student

Princess Jeremie
Biomedical Engineering major

Michael Rhode
Accountancy major

Diana García
Public Health graduate student

More Spotlights

Isabelle Vondra
Biomedical Engineering major

Abby Walsh
Accountancy, Operations Management and Information Systems Major

Diamond Williams
Business major

Madalynn Derro
Industrial and Systems Engineering major

Guzette Espinal
Nursing major

Pen Novus
Communication Studies major

Corey Brown
Business Administration major

Anica Protity
Biology Ph.D. student

Maricela Cruz
Nursing major

Jake Lloyd
Electrical Engineering major

Celine Taylor
Public Health major

Sarah Fleck
Mechanical Engineering major

Wilfredo Najarro
Political Science and Nonprofit and NGO Studies major

Ariel Levitt
Medical Laboratory Sciences major

Ian Pearson
Political Science, Nonprofit and NGO Studies double major

Breanna Reynolds
Fashion Merchandising major

Robert Quinn Carolan
French and Francophone Studies, Political Science double major

Myah Sauer
Special Education major

Kamren Davis
Business Administration major

Siyu Tao
Statistics major

Sara Ruvalcaba
Accountancy Major

Evadne Bowlin
Elementary education major, Spanish minor

Grace Piotrowski
Accountancy Major

Zachary Juan Villegas
Special education major

Zayra Estupinan
Operations Management and Information Systems major

Arlene Elias
Rehabilitation and Disability Services major

Penelope McKeehan
Elementary education major, with special education emphasis

Frank Acheampong
Operations Management and Information Systems major

Iris Espinoza
Communicative Disorders major

Gariecia Rose
Secondary History Education major

Samantha Lindberg
Journalism major

Miguel San Juan
Accountancy Major

Randi Reis
Kinesiology major

Gabrielle Sims
Human Development and Family Sciences major

Daniel Guerrero
College of Law student

Sylwia Miniewicz
Elementary education major, with an endorsement in bilingual

Jahleel Shepherd
Sociology major

Cassandra Mohr
General Mathematics, Spanish Language and Literature double major; Computer Science minor

Emma Stettner
Management major, emphasis in entrepreneurship and social responsibility

Gabriel Sonntag
History major; minors in LGBT Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, Japanese Studies

Emma Villella
Nonprofit and NGO Studies major, Spanish minor

Roland Hacker
Journalism major

Cordnei Gibson
Leadership and management major, marketing minor

Judith Gil
Public Health Administration major

Ronan Kaiser
History major and LGBT Studies and Women and Gender Studies minor

Marilyn Chakkalamuri
Biological sciences major, Chemistry and Spanish minor

Ashley Grazutis
Middle Level Teaching and Learning / Spanish Language and Literature double major

Ryan Scheri
Communicative Disorders major

Jehvania Whyte
Organizational/Corporate Communication major

Margaret Hitchcock
English and Philosophy major

Justin Wilson
Marketing major, Nonprofit and NGO Studies and Social Entrepreneurship minor

Emily Basara
Journalism major, Spanish and Communication minor

Wenhao Tang
Statistics major

Sadie Filipski
Elementary Education major

Revela Odhuno
Nursing major

I Younan An
Political Science major, Economics and Sociology minors

Diana Jarocki
Communicative Disorders major

Mitchell Huftalin
Communication Studies / Spanish Business and Translation double major

Fan Hu
Accountancy Major

Skyler Imhoff
Communication Studies major

Tomiloba Ogundipe
Management Information Systems graduate student

Kiley Niemeyer
Mechanical Engineering major

Ben Lee
Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis Major

Kassandra Worden
Pre-Veterinary Medicine major

Rachel Gathman
Medical Laboratory Science major

Ari Norris
Studio Art - Sculpture major

Robert Bishop
Accountancy major

Mary Carter
Biomedical Engineering major

Erica Vivaldo
Nonprofit and NGO Studies major and Family Social Services major

Abriana Willis
Dance major

Thomas Corbett
Mechanical Engineering major

Erin Hernandez
Political Science major, Spanish major

Olivia Elliot
Business Administration major

Pablo Valencia-Garcia
Athletic Training major

Skylar Alexeas
History major

Drew Donnally
Chemistry major, Marketing minor

Edgar Favela
Human Development and Family Sciences student

Megan Haduch
Speech Language Pathology graduate student

Sydney Johnson
Communication Studies and Nonprofit and NGO Studies majors

Josh Helsper
Mechanical Engineering major

Cristal Medina
Nutrition and Dietetics graduate student

Lee Bell
Physical Education major

Rachel Bicksler
Elementary Education major

Stephen Samuels
Second-Year Law Student

Heriberto Ponce
Master of Fine Arts student

Zeinab Saab
Master of Fine Arts student

Rachel Jacob
History and Political Science major

Lenard Simpson
Jazz Studies major

Sandra Gallant-Jones
College of Law student

Glennita Williams
Political Science major

Luis Hernandez
Kinesiology, Exercise Physiology graduate student

Helen Spader
Foreign Languages and Literatures graduate

Kamila Krupiarz
Mechanical Engineering graduate

Parrys Jones
Technology major

Miranda Hernandez
College of Law graduate

Jenna Bujarski
Communication graduate

Chenfang Su
Finance major

Tyler Hayes
Kinesiology major

Adam Pope
Anthropology major

Jessica Christofersen
Journalism major

Tamir Hargana
World Music graduate student

Spencer Janis
Psychology and Mathematics double major

Stephanie Torres
Public Health major

Chantel Davis
Violin Performance major

Alfredo Cervantes
Athletic Training major

Nicole Hoffmann
Engineering major

Phillip Wilson
OMIS major

Nicole Krakowiak
Public Health major

Daisy Campuzano
Sociology major

Mike Sooley
Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness major

Keeayla Jones
Psychology major

Kaitlyn Monteer
Graduate student in Mathematics

Elvin Gonzaga
Political Science major

Fabian Yanez
Kinesiology major

Zohra Sattar
Chemistry major

Ryan Sims
Technology major

Shanna Metzger
Accountancy major

More Spotlight Faculty & Staff

Balaji Rajagopalan
Dean of the College of Business

Adrianna Carr
Freshman Admissions Counselor, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Judy Santacaterina
Bachelor of General Studies Director and Director of Forensics

Mark Groza
Associate Professor of Sales, Department of Marketing

Andrea Guzman
Assistant Professor of Journalism, Department of Communication

David Walker
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Educational Technology, Research, and Assessment

Steph Horgan
Academic Advisor, Management Department, College of Business

Gregory Beyer
Professor and Director of Percussion Studies in the School of Music

Lichuan Liu
Professor of Electrical Engineering

Monique Bernoudy
Assistant Vice President, Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

More Spotlights

Laura Johnson
Associate Professor of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment

Bill Cassidy
Professor in Department of Communication

Beverly McCall
Associate Director, Academic Advising Center

Mahdi Vaezi
Assistant Professor of Engineering Technology

Jui-Ching Wang
Associate Professor in the School of Music

Quinton Clay
Director, Office of Undergraduate Admissions

Brittany Wereminski
Coordinator of Recruitment, College of Education

Ray Earl-Jackson
Senior Director of Advancement, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mohammad Moghimi
Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering

Jorie O’Brien
Middle Level Program Advisor, College of Education

Jennifer “Jenny” Johnson
Director of Teacher Preparation and Development

Kelly Langenberg
Applied Artist in the School of Music

Christine Nguyen
Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering

Kendra Holton
Assistant Professor of Theatre

Dan Pedersen
Director of NIU Housing and Residential Services

Elizabeth “Beth” Squires
Program Coordinator for Public Health

Marc Macaranas
Assistant Professor of Dance

Denise Schoenbachler
Endowed Professor in College of Business, Marketing

Clayton Camic
Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology

Tim Michaelis
Assistant professor of Entrepreneurship

Xiaodan Hu
Assistant professor of higher education

Charles Pudrith
Assistant professor of audiology

Alicia Schatteman
Associate Professor in Nonprofit and NGO Studies/Public and Global Affairs

Anne Britt
Professor of cognitive and instructional psychology

Dawn Brown
Clinical assistant professor and director of clinical education

Kristie Crane
Undergraduate Advisor in Department of Sociology

Janice Hamlet
Associate Professor in Department of Communication

Jennifer Jacobs
Assistant professor in Kinesiology and Physical Education

Pettee Guerrero
Director of the National Safety Education Center at NIU

Simón E. Weffer-Elizondo
Associate Professor of Sociology

Myoungwhon ‘Myoung’ Jung
Associate professor of Special and Early Education

Ellen Cabrera
Office Manager for Department of Public Administration

Mary Landeros
Professor of Sociology

Ron Barshinger
Library Operations Associate

Kathryn ‘Kate’ Cady
Associate Professor in Department of Communication

Timothy Ryan
Associate English Professor

Leila Porter
Professor of Anthropology

Susana Das Neves
Director of Migrant Education Services

Tao Xu
Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor

Kathleen McFadden
Operations Management and Information System Professor

Jeffrey Einboden
English Professor

Laverne Gyant
Professor in the Department of Counseling and Adult Higher Education

Mary Strub
Assistant Director of Center for Governmental Studies

Laurence Lurio
Physics Professor

Natalie Young
Assistant professor of Early Childhood Education

Karinne Bredberg
Assistant director for Commercialization and Innovation for the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships (RIPS)

Joseph Flynn
Associate director of Academic Affairs at the Center for Black Studies, Associate professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Shanthi Muthuswamy
Associate professor in Department of Technology

Christina Abreu
Director of Center for Latino and Latin American Studies and Associate Professor of History

Alan Clemens
Director of the Illinois Interactive Report Cards office

Angela Baron-Jeffrey
Director of NIU Center for Child Welfare and Education

Jie Chen
Associate professor of Nursing

Mylan Engel Jr.
Professor of Philosophy

Dan Libman
Professor of English

Liam Teague
Professor of Music and Chair of Steelpan Studies

Emma Kuby
History Professor

Philippe Piot
Physics professor

Paul Wright
Kinesiology and Physical Education professor

Jeremy Benson
STEM educator in the NIU Center for P-20 Engagement

Dan Gebo
Professor of Anthropology

Kathryn “Kathi” Buffington
Office Manager in Undergraduate Advising and Student Resources department

Carrie Zack
Associate director of Educator Licensure and Preparation

Walker Ashley
Professor of Geographic and Atmospheric Sciences

Julie Miller
Electronic Research Administration (eRA) coordinator for the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships (RIPS)

Amanda Littauer
Professor of History and Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Debbie Rempfer
Scholarship coordinator in the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office

Denise Burchard
Assistant to the chair of the Department of Public Administration

Jessica Labatte
School of Art and Design Instructor of Photography

Gillian King-Cargile
Director of NIU STEM Read program

Katy Whitelaw
Information Technology Accessibility Officer

Blythe Kitner
Audiology instructor

Federico Sciammarella
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Jeanette Rossetti
School of Nursing Professor

Alex Gelman
Director of School of Theatre and Dance

Tom Smith
Education Professor

Jan Reynolds
Sociology Instructor

Katja Wiemer
Psychology Professor

Diane Rodgers
Associate Sociology Professor

Abul Azad
Professor in the Department of Technology

Heide Fehrenbach
History Professor

Douglas Klumpp
Chemistry and Biochemistry Professor

Michelle Demaray
Psychology Professor

Reed Scherer
Geology and Environmental Geosciences Professor

Lynn Retherford
Coordinator of Teacher Certification for the School of Music

Ross Powell
Geology and Environmental Geosciences Professor

Jay Monteiro
Assistant to the dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts

Jo Burke
Director of the NIU Art Museum

Laura Lundelius
Director of Campus Services

Mark Pietrowski
Acting director of External Programming

Karen Baker
Associate Vice President, Title IX Coordinator

Theresa LaRocco
Records Supervisor for the Graduate School

Jeanne Isabel
Program director and associate professor for Medical Laboratory Sciences

Melissa Burlingame
Assistant Director

Mark McGowan
manager of college communications

Jason Akst
Instructor of Journalism in Department of Communication

Qingkai Kong
Mathematical sciences professor

Brenda Hart
Office Administrator

Ruperto Herrera
Application Programming Analyst

Mahesh Subramony
Professor of Management

Teresa Wasonga and Andrew Otieno
Professors in the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations and the Department of Technology

Gulsat Aygen
Professor of Linguistics in the Department of English

Jason Hanna
Professor of Philosophy

Toni Van Laarhoven
Professor in the Department of Special and Early Education

Swapan Chattopadhyay and Omar Chmaissem
Presidential Research Professorships

Laura Vazquez
Undergraduate Program Director for the Department of Communication

Greg Barker
Director of Testing Services and Academic Affairs Research Support

Lise Schlosser
Office manager

Cheng-Hou Lee
Professor of Cello in the School of Music

Federico Sciammarella
Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Amy Newman
English Professor


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