In The Spotlight

Mission III joins the Huskie Nation as NIU’s New Mascot

Mission II will be retiring due to food and environmental allergies.

Lisa Richardson, Ed. D. ’21, Fights for Student Success at Waubonsee Community College

Richardson was drawn to NIU's executive Ed.D. program because of its flexibility and the cohort component.

Professional Soccer Player Sean Totsch, ’14, is Proud to be a Role Model

Totsch's competitive nature and ability to grind through adversity have led him to success on and off the field.

Ashleigh Draft, M.A. ’09, Advocates for Clients as Labor and Employment Attorney

Draft does compliance analysis, handles employment litigation and conducts labor arbitration at Varnum Law.

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Donor Stories

Donor Spotlight: Jan Half, M.S.Ed. ’80

Half funds ‘win-win’ relationship between Leland, Illinois, Schools and College of Ed.

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.
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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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