In The Spotlight

David Poitras, ’85, and Rick Wholey, ’83, Invest in Their Clients

It’s not common to find an advisory team that invests their personal capital in exactly the same way as they invest their clients’ capital. Poitras and Wholey's needs are completely aligned with that of their clients.

U.S. Army Africa Provost Marshal Craig Giancaterino, ’03, Reflects on His Career

"It’s been challenging—physically and mentally—but it’s something I would do again," Giancaterino said.

Cherilyn Murer, ’78, ‘Paved Her Own Roads In Order to Cross Them’

As the founder, president and CEO of CGM Advisory Group LLC, Murer made lasting contributions to society while cracking plenty of ceilings for women during her 40-year career.

Three Decades, Two Friends, One NIU Community

Two alumnae use 35 years of friendship and experience to help Northern students.

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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

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.

The Deciding Factor: Scholarship recruits top student to NIU

An OMRON Electronics Scholarship made NIU the top choice for high-achieving engineering student Natalia Dmitruk.
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