Northern Illinois University

Illinois
6:46 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Former WREX Meteorologist, NIU Alumnus In Stable Condition After Being Shot

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Northern Illinois University alumnus Patrick Crawford was shot three times after leaving his job as a TV weatherman in Texas. 

Crawford underwent surgery yesterday and is now in stable condition.

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Criminal charges still pending
6:20 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Lawsuit Against NIU Fraternity Dismissed In Drinking Death

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A Cook County judge has thrown out a lawsuit against a fraternity in the death of a Northern Illinois University student.

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VAWA Act
4:58 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Campus Sexual Assault: Prevention And Awareness

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Northern Illinois University is moving forward on a sweeping plan to deal with sexual assault on campus.

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Health
7:06 am
Mon November 3, 2014

Prolonged Touch-Screen Typing Causes Shoulder Problems

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Prolonged use of a tablet’s touch-screen keyboard can cause shoulder discomfort.

That’s according to a study led by Northern Illinois University faculty, which was published in the journal Applied Ergonomics.

Researchers found users must keep their fingers hovering to avoid accidentally activating the keys. According to NIU professor Jeong Ho (Jay) Kim, this causes prolonged static in shoulders and causes pain.

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NIU
6:48 am
Thu October 30, 2014

NIU Southeast Asia Studies Program Gets $2.5 Million Grant

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The U.S. education department awarded NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies more than $2 million. The two grants are for program language and culture study and research over the next four years.

This is the fifth time the program has received funding since 1997.

Education/Jobs
6:49 am
Tue October 21, 2014

NIU Hosts Internship Fair Today

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Northern Illinois University will host an internship fair today at the NIU Convocation Center. The event is free and requires resume copies and professional dress.

There will be a full-time job fair tomorrow, also at the NIU Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. It's free for enrolled NIU students, $5 for alumni and $10 for other attendees.

Both events are for all majors. For more information about attending companies and other career enhancement programs, visit the NIU Career Fairs page.

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Monday's ceremony
6:04 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Update: NIU's Stevens Building Overhaul Is Halfway There

Governor Pat Quinn and NIU students throw some dirt at the site of the major rehabilitation of Stevens Hall.
Zack Zerndt WNIJ

Northern Illinois University broke ground Monday on the $27 million expansion of the Stevens Building. The renovation of the university’s home of theater, dance, and anthropology has been on the school’s priority list for years.

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NIU
5:04 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

NIU Move-In Day: 4,000 Students Moving Into Dorms On Friday

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Tomorrow is Move-In Day at NIU. 4,000 students are expected to move into their dorms throughout the day.

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Education
7:12 am
Wed June 18, 2014

The Starting Line For Common Core Training

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There's a push across the U.S. to align common core standards in classrooms. The standards, which have been adopted by dozens of states, are defined goals for what students should know and be able to do by the end of each grade.

But the implementation process doesn't just involve making sure veteran teachers are up to speed. Teaching universities face pressure to prepare tomorrow's educators about what they'll encounter.

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John La Tourette returns for inauguration
2:54 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Former NIU President "Enthusiastic" About School's New Leader

Retired NIU President John La Tourette visits campus
Susan Stephens WNIJ

An important figure in Northern Illinois University’s history is back on campus today to celebrate the school’s future. NIU’s tenth president John La Tourette will attend the inauguration of the 12th president, Doug Baker. 

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