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Northern Illinois University has named the next leader of its College of Business. 

  Balaji Rajagopalan starts his job as Dean July 1st. Currently, he heads the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. 

NIU provost Lisa Freeman praised him for his collaborative style. 

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Faculty members at Northern Illinois University are moving to form a union.  NIU faculty on Thursday filed an intent to unionize with the Illinois Education Labor Relations Board. 

NIU Associate Professor of History Rosemary Feurer says in a news release announcing the filing that a union will give faculty a greater voice to improve NIU, for the benefit of students and the community.

The United Faculty Alliance of Northern Illinois University would represent more than 600 tenured and tenure-track faculty members across NIU.

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As some colleges and universities head toward a fiscal cliff, lawmakers are talking about ways to keep them afloat. 

One plan would only fund five schools. State Rep. Rita Mayfield, a Waukegan Democrat, says money would go to Chicago State University, Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Northeastern Illinois University, and Southern Illinois University. 

She says those are the schools most at risk of shutting down. 

Hmong History On Display At NIU's Pick Museum

Apr 9, 2016
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The Northern Illinois University Pick Museum of Anthropology is hosting an exhibition and oral history exhibit about the Hmong. 

This Southeast Asian group has lived across China, Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand, but has a very recent history.  During the 1960s, the Hmong were recruited by the CIA to fight against the North Vietnamese in Laos.  The clandestine nature of these operations gave the brief conflict its name,  "the Secret War."  

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Northern Illinois University recently signed an agreement with Kishwaukee College Wednesday making it easier for students studying manufacturing to earn a four-year degree.  Kishwaukee students can take additional courses online and after a third year of instruction, transfer to NIU.  After the final two semesters, they will receive a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree. 

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Northern Illinois University police observed Women’s History Month by hosting an event called "Women of the Shield" that commemorated women officers rising through the ranks.

NIU officer Weyni Langdon says she didn’t see a lot of people that looked like her at the beginning of her career, but she had a lot of women police mentors that inspired her. She wanted to create this type of gathering for the DeKalb area after she attended something similar when she first started out as a police officer.

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A three-year-old FBI probe of Northern Illinois University is over, according to the school. But the FBI won’t confirm that. 

In March 2013, FBI agents searched NIU’s public safety building, removing boxes of records, but not revealing what they were looking for. It was believed to be focused on former police chief Don Grady and head of finance Eddie Williams.

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Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark.

We continue our occasional series “Pass The Torch” in a workshop at DeKalb High School where the robotics team is getting ready to bring their creation to competition. 

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Northern Illinois University’s president responded this week to complaints about his travel expenses.

UPDATE: 1/8/16: The request to move the case from Chicago's Eastern Division to Rockford's Western Division has been granted. Jackson's attorney, Alejandro Caffarelli confirmed the decision to WNIJ.

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Keith Jackson has been NIU’s Comptroller since 1999. He was placed on paid administrative leave, and filed a federal wrongful-termination lawsuit Oct. 2 against Northern Illinois University, the Board of Trustees, President Doug Baker, and former interim CFO Nancy Suttenfield.

NIU Holds December 2015 Commencement (Photos)

Dec 13, 2015
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Northern Illinois University hosted its December commencement ceremonies last weekend. Hundreds of students gathered in the Convocation Center for graduation activities.

NIU President Doug Baker acknowledged a handful of students for what he calls notable achievements. This is his third year as president.

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The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees and President Doug Baker intend to file a Motion to Dismiss a case involving Keith Jackson, who was suspended from his job as university Controller. Additionally, court documents show the defendants want to change the venue from Chicago to Rockford.

A Parties' planning meeting was held Nov. 24 by telephone including Alejandro Caffarelli, representing Keith Jackson, and Helena Wright for the Board of Trustees and President Doug Baker.

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Northern Illinois University students will rally Thursday to bring attention to the state’s budget impasse.

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner is the keynote speaker at the DeKalb County Economic Development Corporation Dinner.

Before he takes the stage, students, staff, and other community leaders will be in the center of campus calling for awareness of cuts to MAP grants, social services, and the halt in construction of the Stevens Building.

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Northern Illinois University Police concluded their investigation into the death of Oluwarotimi Okedina, who died Saturday, Sept. 26, 2015, after falling from a window in the Stevenson Towers residence hall complex.

NIU Homecoming Events Begin This Week

Oct 19, 2015

Homecoming events are set to kick off this week at Northern Illinois University.

The Huskies will play against Eastern Michigan at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday. As a warm up, NIU students are welcome to tailgate at The Yard.

The spirit of Homecoming is expanding beyond game day.

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Bilingual employees are in hot demand. At least that’s what a recent survey by Northern Illinois University found. One of the greatest areas of need is for teachers with skills in more than one language. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with NIU Professor James Cohen, who specializes in bilingual education.

                                                                                                                         

NIU Interim Budget Considers 'Worst Case' Cuts

Sep 23, 2015
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The chief financial officer at Northern Illinois University says cuts already are being considered after NIU trustees announced an interim budget last week due to the state budget stalemate.

Al Phillips, the vice president of finance at NIU, says those university cuts include food costs and program prioritization.

“While furloughs or layoffs -- depending on what happens with the state -- could be a possibility, it’s not something that we’re actively considering at this time,” Phillips said.

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Northern Illinois University leaders held a town hall meeting with employees yesterday to outline budget challenges. NIU President Doug Baker and top administrators talked about efforts to bring in more students and streamlining operations. They also answered questions about whether people will lose jobs under the state’s budget uncertainties.

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Northern Illinois University's goal for football game attendance this year is 6,000 students at each of the six home games. Officials announced a multi-thousand dollar incentive for them to attend. 

If a student attends all six home football games and checks into a special app every time to prove they stayed the whole time, they are eligible to enter a drawing to win tuition for the Spring 2016 semester. 

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Northern Illinois University Athletics announced the cannon that would signify a touchdown at home games will no longer be in the stadium starting this season.

But how is the community and student body responding?

NIU will replace the cannon with a hospitality tent on one end zone and a fireworks show on the other...but not everyone is happy about the stadium renovations.

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The word “hacker” can strike fear into the heart of anyone who has a credit card, a computer, or a smart phone. Saturday, June 6th, thousands of “civic hackers” across the country will reclaim the art of accessing data. Northern Illinois University is one of the sites where people can get together to observe the National Day of Civic Hacking. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens spoke with Tracy Rogers-Tryba of NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies.

NIU Hazing Case Gets Final Day In Court

May 8, 2015
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All 22 former Northern Illinois University fraternity brothers charged in the hazing death of a freshman pledge appeared one by one in front of DeKalb County Circuit Judge Thomas Doherty Friday afternoon.

All of the defendants began the session by waiving their rights to a jury trial so this 30-month-old case finally can be put to rest.

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Five former Northern Illinois University students are expected to make plea deals today in the hazing death of a fellow student. 

 

In November 2012, NIU Freshman David Bogenberger died after a night of heavy drinking in Pi Kappa Alpha’s fraternity house in DeKalb. The 19 year old’s heart stopped…his blood alcohol level was .40, five times the legal limit.

 

Artigras Parade Kicks Off Arts Celebration

May 4, 2015
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Mix the visual and performing arts with a gorgeous spring afternoon outdoors. Add a lot of color and an evening of music and you've got Artigras.

The art-themed parade is a first for Northern Illinois University and DeKalb. It started in downtown DeKalb Saturday afternoon and made its way to NIU's art building. Post-parade music included concerts by the NIU Steel Band, the university's ukulele ensemble, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.                                             

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Public universities in Illinois continue to lobby lawmakers in hopes of preventing deep cuts to education. On Tuesday, State Comptroller Leslie Munger toured Northern Illinois University to get a sense of what a 31 percent reduction in state funding would mean to the school.

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Scientists who depend on federal funding for their research could find themselves on more secure ground in the future. 

Senator Dick Durbin met with researchers at Northern Illinois University Tuesday to talk about two proposals that would guarantee increases in research and development funding.

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A recently released audit from the Illinois Office of the Auditor General found in a testing of travel expenditures, $31,945 of the $46,501 tested were reimbursements to an employee for travel between the employee’s home and the official headquarters listed on filed forms. The audit says "travel expenses between an employee’s official headquarters and home are not reimbursable."

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The Smoke-Free Northern Illinois University Task Force and students discussed a draft policy for smoking last night. 

The Smoke-Free Campus Act will go into effect July 1st and applies to all NIU campuses.  The draft also prohibits the use of e-cigarettes and smoking in privately-owned parked cars. 

The prohibition does not include smoking associated with a recognized religious ritual and tobacco use exclusively conducted for medical or scientific research.

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Wednesday was “change the world” day at Northern Illinois University. And since the students were away on Spring Break, it was a good opportunity to invite local high schoolers interested in medical careers to meet one of their own.  

Rauner Proposes Deep Spending Cuts In First Budget Address

Feb 18, 2015
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Gov. Rauner presented his first budget proposal to lawmakers Wednesday.

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Illinois’ finances are ailing. That’s been a story for years, but the situation got a lot worse at the beginning of the year when a tax cut took effect.

The Republican is proposing significant cuts to everything from healthcare for the poor to colleges and universities.

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