Education

Rockford College Name Change
2:08 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Are You Ready For Rockford University?

Rockford University President Robert Head speaks Monday at the announcement of the name change from Rockford College.
Chelsey Fulbright WNIJ

Hundreds of alumni and supporters gathered on a sunny lawn in Rockford this morning for the official unveiling of Rockford University, formerly known as Rockford College.

Susan Stephens' story about Rockford University's dedication ceremonies, as aired on WNIJ 7/1/13

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NIU investigations
12:06 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

'Coffee Fund' Case Comes To An End

Kenneth Pugh

The Northern Illinois University “coffee fund” investigation has come to an end with a plea agreement this week with the last of nine original defendants.

Kenneth Pugh, 57, director of NIU’s Materials Management department, was one of three supervisors who pled guilty to a misdemeanor for their roles in the case.

Charges against six of the nine NIU employees charged with felonies were dismissed. Seven of the defendants have returned to work at NIU and one more is expected to return soon. One retired before charges were filed

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

NIU Summer Term Gets In Gear

Graduate Student Mahmoud Shehadeh talks with WNIJ intern Emilee Fannon about his summer academic experience.
Credit Chelsey Fulbright/WNIJ

The first week of the Northern Illinois University summer session has begun as students returned to campus Monday, making campus look and feel like its normal self.  

The Office of Admissions has already noticed a difference in students’ activity. “The pace has picked up in the past week,” said Associate Director of Admissions Chuck Walz, “with students acquiring information about enrollment as well as applying for financial aid.”

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Barbara Cole Peters
6:10 am
Mon May 13, 2013

NIU's First Lady Tells Stories Of "Women At Northern"

Barbara Cole Peters and John Peters
Credit NIU Media Services

NIU president John Peters isn’t the only one saying goodbye to the university at the end of June…so is his wife, Barbara Cole Peters.      

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Peters leaves June 30th
5:05 am
Tue May 7, 2013

A Send-off For NIU President Peters

Official portrait of NIU President John Peters: he says to look for symbolism within the painting.
Susan Stephens WNIJ

Northern Illinois University President John Peters still has seven weeks left on the job – but Monday, the campus and community came together to say goodbye.

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Stabbing Incident Leaves 14 Injured On Houston-Area College Campus

Fourteen people were injured after a stabbing incident at a Houston-area college.

The Lone Star College System put its Cy-Fair campus on lockdown on Tuesday following the stabbing. One suspect — a 21-year-old man who was enrolled in the school — was apprehended.

Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that medical personnel said 14 people were "wounded in the stabbing in which a suspect was detained this morning."

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The Two-Way
3:50 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Stabbing Incident Leaves 14 Injured On Houston-Area College Campus

Fourteen people were injured after a stabbing incident at a Houston-area college.

The Lone Star College System put its Cy-Fair campus on lockdown on Tuesday following the stabbing. One suspect — a 21-year-old man who was enrolled in the school — was apprehended.

Harris County Sheriff's Office said in a statement that medical personnel said 14 people were "wounded in the stabbing in which a suspect was detained this morning."

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Higher Education
9:28 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Durbin Continues Criticism Of For-Profit Colleges

Dick Durbin at NIU

Concerns are still being raised about the marketing practices of for-profit colleges when it comes to recruiting military veterans. The topic came up during a recent event highlighting outreach efforts at NIU.

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Coffee Fund
4:02 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Theft Charges Against Two More NIU Workers Dismissed

Credit NIU

Felony theft charges have been thrown out against two more NIU employees.

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Interview
4:33 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Next President Baker Has Big Plans For NIU

Doug Baker and Dana Stover
Credit Media Services / NIU

Enthusiasm ran high on the campus of Northern Illinois University yesterday as the public met the school’s next president for the first time. The Board of Trustees hired 57-year-old Doug Baker from the University of Idaho to lead the school beginning July First.

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