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In this Oct. 11 file photo, Dean of Students Kelly Wesener-Michael speaks during the University Council meeting Wednesday next to Sol Jensen, vice president for enrollment management, marketing and communications.

University Council discusses potential scholarships

By Fathima Siddiqui | October 11, 2018

DeKALB - The University Council met Wednesday to share student responses on the impact of the events held throughout the week.NIU has joined the Illinois Innovation Network to create the Northern Illinois Center for Community Sustainability, NICCS, which...

University Council addresses enrollment decline

University Council addresses enrollment decline

By James Krause | September 13, 2018

Student Association President Khiree Cross and Tristan Martin, speaker of the Senate, address the University Council during their meeting Wednesday.

Total enrollment down 4.8 percent, fourth consecutive semester

By Jessie Kern | September 13, 2018

DeKALB — Total enrollment has declined by 4.8 percent, making this fall the fourth consecutive semester for a near-five percent decline in enrollment, according to the 10-Day enrollment figures.Total enrollment, which consists of undergraduate, graduate...

Illinois public higher education takes hit to enrollment numbers

By James Krause | September 25, 2017

Enrollment at state universities in Illinois has been showing a downward trend, including NIU, and officials from universities across the state are looking for reasons and solutions.NIU’s ten-day enrollment numbers were released Sept. 12 and with them...

NIU uses Lipman Hearne consulting to bring in 22 students for spring 2015

By Northern Star staff | January 16, 2015

Eric Weldy, vice president for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, said a meeting with Lipman Hearne resulted in 44 spring 2015 applicants.Chicago-based Lipman Hearne specializes in marketing and communication, according to its website, and is...

Buster-Williams departing in May

By Northern Star Staff | April 1, 2014

Kimberley Buster-Williams has accepted the role of associate provost for Enrollment Management at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va.Buster-Williams has been the acting associate vice president for Enrollment Management at NIU since...

Nivek Kelly, freshman honors student statistics and probability
major, exits the Honors House located in Douglas Hall C wing.

Honors House plans to move into new residence hall complex

By Juliana Leprich | October 17, 2011

Honors House has found a new home. The floor, currently located in Douglas Hall, will move to the new freshman residence hall complex next fall. Christopher Jones, associate vice provost for University Honors, said he secured the move. Jones said he approached...

Junior Illustration major, Jaqueline Adamiak looks through books
at the Swap Meet in Neptune Central Wednesday. The swap meet helped
raise awareness of landfills and promote the reuse and recycling of

Swap meet attempts to help students realize the value of reusing items

By Chelsey Boutan | September 28, 2011

Freshman hospitality administration major Niambi Thompson had to stop when she saw a lime green sign with bold black letters that said, "FREE STUFF.""I saw the sign and wanted to find out what it was," Thompson said. "I like free stuff."As part of a new...

Out with the old and in with the “New to You.” Students can exchange their used items at Neptune

By Felix Sarver | September 27, 2011

Students who want to swap items they no longer need can attend the "New to You Swap" meet from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Neptune Central Southeast meeting room today. A focus group held last spring tested how interested students would be in swapping...

Student Association Supreme Court upholds Howard’s election to Black Student Union

By Matt Liparota | September 26, 2011

Today, the Student Association Supreme Court announced it will uphold the election of Darren Howard, Black Student Union president. Howard, who won the BSU presidency in April's executive elections, was dismissed after other BSU executives claimed to...

NIU on enrollment decrease

By Jessica Sabbah | April 27, 2011

Chicago resident Craig Thompson is a junior at Marist High School and has began his college search. He is looking for a college that is semi-close to home and somewhere he can have an enjoyable college experience. Thompson is just one example of the thousands...