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Eastern Illinois University

 A fund set up to help Eastern Illinois University employees who lost jobs due to the state's budget stalemate is taking applications from potential recipients. According to the Mattoon Journal-Gazette, the group called Support EIU Employees has raised more than $12,000. 

The group is taking applications from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesdays in the upstairs lounge in the County Market grocery store in Charleston. Eastern Illinois is located in Charleston, about 50 miles south of Champaign. 

NIU Retiree Rose From Student To Dean

May 30, 2016

Promod Vohra chose Northern Illinois University for graduate studies three decades ago because he found the campus a friendly and welcoming place.

As he prepares to retire as dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology he has good memories and high hopes for his university.

Vohra is looking forward to his newest plans, which include being Senior Vice President for global human resources and talent management strategies at American Cyber Systems, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

Gillian King-Cargile / NIU Press

A new STEM children’s book about a toy bunny and his human friend explore several different facets of science will debut at the end of this month.

The first book of the Stuffed Bunny Science Adventure Series is The Toy and the Twister, which talks about tornadoes. The second and newest book is titled The Toy and the Tide Pool.

Low-income high-school students enrolled in courses at three Illinois community colleges can now qualify for federally funded Pell Grants through an experimental program announced this week by the U.S. Department of Education.

Among the 44 U.S. colleges invited to participate in the program are Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, Illinois Central College in East Peoria, and Southwestern Illinois College in Belleville.

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The U.S. Departments of Justice and Education wrote a letter to schools across the country last week regarding the rights of transgender students. The list includes best practices to ensure the safety and comfort of students who identify as a different gender from their sex assigned at birth. It advises school officials on matters like using preferred gender pronouns of those students. WNIJ contacted a number of area school districts about the policy: only two replied, including LaSalle-Peru Township High School.

NIU Spring Graduates Recognized For Achievements

May 14, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

More than 2,500 students were honored during the Saturday undergraduate commencement ceremonies at Northern Illinois University.

Friends, family, and relatives filled the stands of the Convocation Center for graduate activities. 

NIU President Doug Baker acknowledged three students for what he calls notable achievements. ROTC graduate Maria Colompos was one of those students recognized for their accomplishments while attending NIU. 

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

63 years ago, the Korean War came between a Northern Illinois University graduate and his cap and gown. Now, he’s back on campus to make the long-delayed march with his fellow grads. 

In May of 1953, Gus Trantham’s parents took a train from Chicago to DeKalb to accept his diploma in a ceremony he couldn’t attend.  Trantham was in the Navy by then, behind enemy lines in Korea.

Kishwaukee College

A familiar man “behind the scenes” in DeKalb County has a new position at Kishwaukee College.

Bill Nicklas has been chosen to help Kishwaukee President Laurie Borowicz develop strategic partnerships with businesses and communities. He'll also evaluate the school's strengths and opportunities for expansion. The position is temporary: he'll report his findings in six months.

Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University administrators approved parking permit price increases for the coming year. 

The last time NIU increased parking permit prices was in 2011. NIU officials say the hike is to help raise additional revenue for the $5 million backlog of necessary parking lot repairs. 

The change affects students and faculty who wish to purchase parking permits. 

Reserved parking prices were increased more than other permits; remote parking passes will now be free.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

A Northern Illinois University committee says the school should revoke Dennis Hastert’s honorary law doctoral degree. That’s according to a news release from the university.

According to a news release, the committee said in a memo to President Doug Baker that Hastert’s recent felony conviction and sexual abuse testimony “do not reflect the values of the institution.”

Baker will take the recommendation to the NIU Board of Trustees during its 2 p.m. May 19 meeting. Additional comment from NIU officials was unavailable.

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