In The Spotlight

New Law Grad Madisson MacIsaac, J.D. ’21, Specializes in Elder Law

MacIsaac cites special opportunities offered through the college that made a huge positive impact in her journey.

Gary Timmins, '12, Named NIUAA’s 2022 Outstanding Young Alumnus

Timmins credits NIU Congressional Intern Program for career success in public service

Entrepreneur Jim Wong, ’92, Honored With Alumni Achievement in Business and Industry Award 

Wong is the former CEO and founder of Brilliant, which is an award-winning search, staffing and management resources firm.

Patient Access Expert Katherine H. Padgett, ’73, Recognized for Alumni Achievement in the Sciences

Padgett spent decades in healthcare, working in patient access, revenue cycle and software/sales consulting management.

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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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