World record snowflake event to unfold at Founders Memorial Library


Courtesy of Andy Dolan

Students of NIU School of Art and Design presenting their world record setting paper snowflake. Multiple events will be happening on March 23 in Founders Memorial Library to celebrate the students’ achievement.

By Rachel Cormier, News Reporter

DeKALB – Midwest weather patterns aren’t the only thing keeping snow at NIU.

NIU is revisiting its world record paper snowflake, originally created by NIU’s Advanced Photography course last year. The anniversary of the snowflake will celebrate the record that was broken by NIU art and design students who doubled the existing paper snowflake size at 44 feet, 6 inches.

The snowflake will be on display from March 20 to April 10 at the Founders Memorial Library.

A special reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on March 23 at Founders Memorial Library which will feature several snow themed events hosted by NIU staff and students.

Participants can take a picture in front of the world record paper snowflake and entertain themselves with a “create your own paper snowflake” workshop with a real-time snowfall count on the “Science on a Sphere” globe.

At 4:30 p.m., talks from Joseph O’Brien, an atmospheric science software specialist at Argonne National Laboratory’s Environmental Science Division and Victor Gensini as well as associate professor in the NIU Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment will occur.

Jessica Labette, associate professor and head of the photography department that broke the record will hold an art talk with NIU photography students at 5:30 p.m.

The event is free of charge and open to the public.