In The Spotlight

Mark Vancil, ’83, of ESPN's 'The Last Dance,' Captured Sports Elite Excellence

There is a face in ESPN’s popular 10-part documentary “The Last Dance” you may not recognize at first glance. Amongst famous NBA elite, acclaimed sports journalist and publisher Mark Vancil, ’83, talks about his time covering Jordan and the Bulls.

Amy Fahey, ’84, Promotes Gender Equality on First Women’s Bank Board

NIU alumna Amy Fahey was recently named to the board of directors for the first bank start-up in the Chicago area in over a decade. First Women’s Bank will focus on its mission of supporting women in business when it opens its doors.

Alphie Jimenez, ’95, Brings NIU Greek Life Nostalgia to Facebook

Six years ago, Jimenez formed a private Facebook group called “We ruled Greek Row at NIU during the 1990s!” Last September, the group “just exploded," gaining 300 friends a day!

Marty Johnstone Felt Something Was Missing, So He Started Giving Back to NIU

Johnstone's love for NIU is apparent in his attendance at alumni events, his volunteer role as president of the NIU Huskie Marching Band Alumni Council, and his stepping up as one of the youngest members of the Alumni Association’s Board of Directors.

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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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