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Katie Finlon / WNIJ

The Gender and Sexuality Resource Center at Northern Illinois University recently hosted a screening for a movie about the role of women in different media in the U.S.

The film was called Miss Representation, which was about how women are portrayed in American television, magazines, music and broadcast news and the issues those women face. It was the first time NIU’s Gender and Sexuality Resource Center hosted a documentary screening like this, and the idea was to have people come watch it and discuss what they saw afterwards and relate it to their own experiences.

Acting Dean Will Head NIU College Of Education

Apr 29, 2016

Following a nationwide search, the Northern Illinois University College of Education has turned to one of its own as its leader.

Dr. Laurie Elish-Piper, acting dean since 2015, will become permanent dean July 1.

NIU Provost Lisa Freeman praised her extensive knowledge of education issues and her two decades of experience at NIU.

Elish-Piper is a Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education.

Northern Illinois University has named the next leader of its College of Business. 

  Balaji Rajagopalan starts his job as Dean July 1st. Currently, he heads the Black School of Business at Penn State Behrend. 

NIU provost Lisa Freeman praised him for his collaborative style. 

Vicki Snyder Chura / Rochelle High School

A tradition continues at Rochelle High School this morning: it’s “Ag Day,” a showcase for the area’s farming heritage.

Non-farmers will get the chance to climb on tractors, check out the school’s greenhouse, and learn which animals you can pet -- and which ones you shouldn’t.

U.S. News & World Report

A few high schools in the WNIJ listening area ranked in the state’s top 50. That’s according to two national lists released yesterday.

Those schools include ones in Saint Charles, Cary, Barrington, Aurora and Naperville.

Clifford Mirman

Apr 19, 2016

Clifford R. Mirman is currently the Chair of the Department of Technology at NIU.

Dr. Mirman was awarded the NIU Presidential Engagement Professorship Award in 2011 for his work in both academic and industrial transfer within the university. Dr. Mirman has a long history of developing engineering and technology programs for various level of study, both in the United States and abroad.

Kendall Thu

Apr 19, 2016

Kendall Thu is a Presidential Engagement Professor and Chair of the Department of Anthropology at Northern Illinois University.

He has been the editor of Culture and Agriculture, served on the Boards of the National Association of Practicing Anthropologists and the Central States Anthropological Society, is a Fellow in the Society for Applied Anthropology, and served as President of Culture and Agriculture. He also served a two-year term on the National Agricultural Air Quality Task Force under U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman.

NIU And China: The Case Of BTBU

Apr 18, 2016

Major universities often have working relationships with their foreign counterparts.  While these often lead to collaboration and exchanges of students and faculty, it takes something extra to get those relationships started and keep them going.

“The clock has started” for a potential Chicago Teacher’s Union strike. That’s according to union president Karen Lewis.

The countdown to the possible strike began after the union rejected the recommendation of a neutral arbitrator to accept a contract offer from the nation's third-largest school system.

The union says the earliest a strike could begin is May 16, about a month before the last day of school. It says it also could strike in September, when school resumes for about 400-thousand students.

NIU May Soon Install More Gender-Neutral Bathrooms

Apr 13, 2016
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Northern Illinois University is in the early stages of a proposal that would implement gender-neutral bathrooms.

NIU’s chief diversity officer Vernese Edghill Walden says the proposal is still in the planning stage, but a draft should be completed sometime during the summer or fall semesters.

Kristen Myers directs the Gender and Woman Studies department at NIU. She says the school has ranked as one of the most LGBT-friendly schools in the past … but the only thing that would help is gender-neutral bathrooms.

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