In The Spotlight

Jeff Lietz, ’96, Builds the Future at Charles Vincent George Architects

Lietz's time in interior architecture courses on the DeKalb campus helped prepare him for a career in the industry.

Michael Verbic, ’92, Brings Teamwork to NIU

His team is charged with deployment, operation and maintenance for systems that are streaming broadcasts of Huskie sports, meetings, and more.

Yazmin Nambo, ’17, Advocates for Underdogs as Preschool and HUB Director in Rochelle, Illinois

As a Mexican immigrant and an ESL learner, Nambo understands the power of education.

Michael Crawford, ’05, M.S.Ed. ’08, Supports Current Students Through Black Alumni Council

Crawford found support through mentors at high school, college levels, and now gives back to NIU

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Donor Stories

Giving From the Heart: Dave and Sherry LaCerra

LaCerras give back through estate plans

University Librarian Alex Wenner Understood the Power of Legacy

Alex Wenner established an endowment to provide the Gisela Wenner Memorial Scholarship in the NIU School of Nursing.

Professor Provides Best Lab Experience

An estate gift from Dr. Allen Staver provides state-of-the-art technology.
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Student Stories

Student Frederick McClure Credits Patterson Scholarship for Musical Therapy Vision

An avid percussionist, McClure is pursuing dual degrees in music education and music performance.

Unleashing a Passion to Help Others: Krista Ekberg, NIU Foundation Impact Scholar

Recent graduate, Krista Ekberg, reflects on how the scholarship she received from the NIU Foundation helped to unleash her passion for research and psychology.

The Heart to Care and Knowledge to Help: DaQuan Russell-Watts, NIU Foundation Impact Scholar

Anthropology major, DaQuan Russell-Watts, was born with a natural curiosity. The scholarship he received from the NIU Foundation is helping to Unleash his curiosity.
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