In The Spotlight

Academic Advisor Karla Vilchez-Neal, Ed. D. ’17, Joins the NIUAA Board

Vilchez-Neal hopes to share her students’ experiences with her fellow board members, working to improve the alumni association and the University however she can.

John Norton,’03, Developing Therapeutic for COVID-19 

Norton hopes the drug will treat severe COVID-19 patients, preventing organ failure and the need for ventilators.

Wells Fargo Advisors' Paul Green, ’81, Joins NIUAA’s Board of Directors

Green believes Huskies don’t expect good things to just come their way. They understand that hard work and effort are required to make great things happen, he says.

Lisa Katzenberger, ’96, Finds Success as Children’s Author

Katzenberger's National Regular Average Ordinary Day landed on the Today Show’s list of “25 books your children and teens won’t be able to put down this summer."

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Donor Stories

Always a Huskie: Sally Stevens extends her tradition of generosity

A generous estate gift from Sally Stevens will forevermore provide scholarships to countless students who have financial need.

Alumni Strengthen NIU Ties Through Scholarships

A pair of Northern Illinois University alumni who lived at the same time on opposite sides of Huskie Stadium—but never crossed paths—are proof that it’s never too late to forge strong ties that benefit the NIU community.

Gil Ankenbauer on giving back to the department that gave him so much

When reflecting on his life, Gil Ankenbauer identifies his time at NIU as transformational in more ways than one.
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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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