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August 14, 2013

President BakerBAKER REPORT:
Summer research opportunities pave way to student success

As the excitement builds with the approach of a new school year, I have set a series of strategic focus areas for NIU. Among them are the growth of our academic and research programs and student career success. Over the past few weeks, I've had the privilege of meeting dozens of NIU students well on their way to career success as a result of the opportunities NIU provided. Just a few days ago, we held a Summer Research Programs Symposium for students engaged in summer research. I am continually amazed by the quality of the research and insights produced by our students and the faculty mentors who guide these experiences.

The enthusiasm and momentum at NIU for our academic programs, our great new facilities, our faculty, staff and, of course, our students, is energizing as Dana and I prepare to welcome new and returning students to DeKalb next week.


Top Stories


NewsWhy it’s great to be an NIU congressional intern
The Illinois State Society of Washington, D.C., has awarded scholarships to each of the four NIU students who interned this summer in the nation’s capital.

College of Business: It pays to study here
The best bang for your business-degree buck in Illinois is found inside NIU’s Barsema Hall, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.

NIU noted for variety of studio art programs
A baker’s dozen of programs in studio art places NIU at No. 35 among the top “50 U.S. Colleges Where Art Programs Abound,” a list touted by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.


NewsJoliet West grad aims to turn research into societal help
Joliet West graduate Novella Blackmon came to Northern Illinois University with a plan for her future (Joliet Herald-News).

Teachers: Here’s how to build STEM pipeline
NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology introduced more than 30 middle and high school teachers of science, math and technology to engineering careers through an ASM Materials Science professional development program.

Volleyball nets fifth AVCA academic award
The Northern Illinois volleyball team has earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Award for the fifth consecutive season.


NewsSummer spotlight shines on student research
Over 30 undergraduates gave presentations and displayed posters on their research during the Summer Research Programs Symposium inside Altgeld Hall.

Trip to Tanzania ‘life-changing’
Jennifer Mejia, who this month completed her master’s degree in public administration, traveled to Tanzania with a group of NIU students for a four-week study-abroad course this summer with Kurt Thurmaier (DeKalb MidWeek).

Football holds first extended scrimmage
The NIU football team held its first scrimmage just three weeks from the kickoff of its 2013 season opening game at Iowa.


NewsNabal Jefferson wins Bob James Memorial Award
NIU football's Nabal Jefferson added another prestigious honor and postgraduate scholarship to his trophy case when was named the male winner of the 2013 Bob James Memorial Award by the Mid-American Conference (

NIU alum’s first novel based on author’s diary of days in DeKalb
Ed Posega wrote his first novel, “Kish: A man, a town, a river, and proof that life is more myth than reality,” based largely on his diary entries as an NIU student from 1989 - 1991 (DeKalb MidWeek).

Linda Manning returns to run NIU Press
The new director of NIU Press has a familiar face--Linda Manning.

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