In The Spotlight

Chicago radio’s Mary Dixon, ’87, is big news

“Putting together solid, creative newscasts is like doing a puzzle—and then you bust it up and start all over again in 20 minutes."

Actress Joan Allen Reflects on Her Huskie Work Ethic

After four decades of stage and screen acting, Allen has not forgotten what she learned from NIU theater classes.

Rachel Stuehm, Au.D. ’19, Advocates for Audiology Patients on Capitol Hill

Stuehm, along with dozens of other audiologists, has advocated for the Medicare Audiologist Access and Services Act in Washington, D.C.

From NIU to HBO, Matt Walsh, ’87, Makes It Up as He Goes Along

Getting his start at NIU, Walsh has gone on to star in, write, produce and direct dozens of stage, TV and film projects.

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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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