In The Spotlight

Black, Female Visual Effects Producer Dawn Turner, '94, Earns Success in Hollywood

Turner has worked at nearly all the major studios, including Disney, Warner Brothers, Lucasfilm, and The Jim Henson Company.

Dr. Patrick Foley, ’73, Named President of The American Board of Orthodontics

After 30 years in his own orthodontics practice, Foley works as a full-time instructor and administrator for the Center for Advanced Dental Education at Saint Louis University.

Nestlé’s Jasmin Nava, B.F.A. ’17, M.B.A. ’21, Brings Entrepreneurial Mindset to NIUAA Board

Nava hopes to engage with other NIU alumni and future students in her new role.

Rory Weiler, ’75, Named President of Illinois State Bar Association

After developing his practice over the last 43 years, Weiler & Lengle, P.C. has an excellent professional reputation among clients and colleagues.

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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

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.

Talon Diaz

Anthropology major, Talon Diaz, dreams of working as a cultural resource management anthropologist. The scholarship he received from the NIU Foundation is helping those dreams become a reality.
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