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The Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees has signed on to a bill that would guarantee stable funding for the school while imposing several performance standards.

NIU Hosts 'Engaged Learning' Conference

Mar 7, 2018
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Northern Illinois University hosted its first Engaged Learning, Teaching and Scholarship Conference on Tuesday.

The focus of the conference was for NIU faculty and staff to learn from one another. Participants were selected by a faculty panel.

NIU graduate student Chris Kraner expressed his enthusiasm for interacting more with his department.

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This WNIJ special originally aired in 2008 and is a compilation of news coverage, commentary, and event audio gathered by WNIJ's news team. Hosted by Bill Drake.

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Ten years ago today, a former Northern Illinois University student opened fire in a classroom. Five students were killed; 17 more were shot; and four others were injured while escaping. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens remembers what it was like to be on campus then and in the difficult days that followed.

There are five faces that stay with you. Five students who will always be here, on the NIU campus in DeKalb. Five students who will never get to follow the community motto adopted from the Huskie fight song, “Forward, Together Forward.”


Northern Illinois University is looking for companies willing to purchase naming rights for its Convocation Center. The facility is the home court for several of the school’s athletic teams. It also holds concerts and other large-scale events.

The university sent out a request for proposals at the end of January and is now holding tours for any interested parties upon request. Associate Athletics Director John Cheney says some local and Chicago-based companies have already expressed interest.