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January 9, 2014


I hope each and every member of the NIU community enjoyed a holiday season full of joy and great memories. I want to thank the many who maintained essential university operations over the break and during our recent cold snap. I am proud of the ‘can-do’ Huskie spirit of all those who keep NIU running strong.

The start of each new year is time of great hope as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. The 2013 calendar year was one of great accomplishment for NIU, its faculty, students and alumni, and the university is already receiving accolades in 2014.

The 2014 calendar year promises to be exceptional as the university community works together to achieve our goals to further student career success in support of our mission. This year will not be without challenges; change is never easy. However, by building on the momentum of 2013’s successes and actively working to shape our own future as the region’s premier student-centered public research university, we can and will accomplish great things.

Thank you for being a part of this great university. I anticipate many more bold futures in the years to come, and I am looking forward to celebrating the many achievements of students, faculty, staff and alumni when the semester comes to a close.

Forward Together,

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Best Online ProgramClick this: College of Ed tops U.S. News ranking
NIU is the best place in the nation to earn online master’s degrees in education.

Meet the new boss! Baker to take Welcome Tour
This spring and summer, President Baker will hit the road to get acquainted with NIU alumni and friends across the nation.

Faculty: Transform your large lecture courses
The Course Transformation Project (CTP) invites faculty interested in finding ways to make large lecture-based introductory classes more interactive and engaging to attend one of three CTP informational sessions this month.

New year’s resolution: complete FAFSA early
The NIU Student Financial Aid Office recommends getting an early start on the college financial aid process with early FAFSA completion, as the U.S. Department of Education began accepting FAFSA forms for the 2014-15 school year on Jan. 1.


USOAR ExperienceSpring USOAR deadline set for Friday, Feb. 7
Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR) is now accepting proposals from current undergraduates interested in conducting an independent artistry or research project in 2014-2015.

Summer research opportunities available
The summer weeks are a great time for undergraduate students to participate in internships and research programs. One opportunity NIU undergraduate students can participate in is the Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP).

Thinking about grad school?
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Jared TorrenceWrestlers declaw SIU-E Cougars, 33-15
The Northern Illinois University wrestling team opened the second half of their season on a positive note Saturday in Victor E. Court with an easy 33-15 victory over SIU Edwardsville.

Men’s hoops ends non-conference play with win
Northern Illinois University men’s basketball team closed non-conference play with a 65-51 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Friday night at the NIU Convocation Center.

Bowl week: NIU in San Diego
A look back at bowl week as the Northern Illinois Huskies traveled to San Diego for the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl on Dec. 26.

Thanks, Jordan! QB receives book of gratitude
Lynch was honored recently with a collection of letters and photos from alumni, friends, staff and faculty from the College of Education.


Timothy S. MahoneyNIU Law alum earns special honor
NIU College  of Law alumnus Timothy S. Mahoney (’92) was recently certified as a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

NIU alumna to lead Sherman Hospital
Advocate Sherman Hospital is pleased to announce Advocate Health Care has selected Northern Illinois University alumna Linda Deering to serve as Sherman’s new president, effective January 1, 2014.

NIU grad named new Ace GMM
Oak Brook-based Ace Hardware Corporation, the largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative in the industry, recently announced the hiring of Frank Carroll as General Merchandise Manager.

Former women’s basketball player Hill embraces journey from player to coach
With over two decades of experience in both collegiate and professional women’s basketball, University of Arizona assistant coach E.C. Hill has made a name for herself on a national level.

NIU Grad Walsh Lands Major Movie Role
Gabrielle Walsh, a 2011 NIU graduate, has landed the lead female role in the movie Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, which hit theaters this month.

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