In The Spotlight

Abigail Shields Rocks as High School Counselor and Bears Drummer

Shields and many other NIU graduates play for the Chicago Bears Drum Line.

Marc Largent Turns Hard Work Into ‘Freaky Fast’ Success

With 13 restaurants in Illinois and Texas, Largent credits NIU for building his leadership skills.

Mike Disa, ’87, Brings Dreams of Animation to Life 

Disa has had 25 years of experience in television and film, specializing in animation. He has worked for companies such as Disney, Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros.

Tim Sleep, M.S.Ed., ’89, Chimes in on His Lifelong Music Career

As Naperville City Carilloneur, Sleep plays the Millennium Carillon's 72 bells and acts as the instrument's spokesperson and as a teacher for interested students at Moser Tower.

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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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