Pass The Torch

Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark.

Jenna Dooley

Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark.

We continue our occasional series “Pass The Torch” in a workshop at DeKalb High School where the robotics team is getting ready to bring their creation to competition. 

NIU Steel Band Legends Keep On Inspiring

Apr 13, 2015
Katie Finlon / WNIJ

Cliff Alexis -- co-director of the Northern Illinois University Steel Band -- is considered a living legend within the steel pan world. Before that, he was a six-year-old aspiring pannist in a world that stigmatized pan players as violent gangsters.  

"I fell in love with it from an early age,” Alexis said. “The problem was, we were forbidden to go near those guys, because those guys were considered, you know, bad boys in the neighborhood."  

Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark. We continue our occasional series "Pass the Torch" in the middle of a guitar circle.

Deep within Northern Illinois University's music building sits a group of musicians. Some have studied jazz, others classical, but it doesn't matter, because their maestro is the epitome of fusion.

Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark. Sometimes, it takes more than a one-on-one relationship. WNIJ’s Susan Stephens reports, as part of our occasional series, “Pass The Torch.” 

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Training a new generation of effective leaders often involves mentoring through a shared passion. It involves someone with a strong skill set who is willing to help someone else feel the spark. We begin our occasional series "Pass the Torch" on the basketball court.

"If she wasn't competing, she was real interested in what the others were doing."

Assistant Athletic Director Steve Erwin coached Nichols-Hogle in track at Woodstock High School, but she is still known in the halls today for her achievements in basketball.