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NIU’s General Education program to undergo changes

By Kia Clair | February 10, 2013

Provost Raymond Alden created the General Education Visioning Task Force (GEVT), which will team up with the General Education Committee to make revisions to the NIU General Education program. The task force is composed of faculty, administration and...

Peters honored by DeKalb Chamber of Commerce

By Jessi Haish | February 4, 2013

The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting on Jan. 31 honored NIU President John Peters with the Community Pride Award for his service to DeKalb. Peters was recognized for his engagement with the community over 13 years. The event also recognized...

Gun control receives support from Pres. Peters, APLU

By Jessi Haish | January 16, 2013

NIU President John Peters has been working with the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) to relay suggestions for Vice President Joe Biden’s gun violence task force. NIU is a member institution of APLU. A group of college and university...

Gilbert Hall sits vacant September 26, 2012 during a re-construction phase during the 2012-2013 school year.

Gilbert Hall to reopen with new accommodations

By Kathleen Hauge | September 25, 2012

After 18 years, the doors of Gilbert Hall will re-open fall 2013. As a part of the Vision 2020 initiative, President John Peters has announced Gilbert Hall will be renovated to become a residence hall once again. “It’s a lot of work inside and out,”...

Ryan Agee holds his head in his hands as his mother, Kimberly
Agee, checks in on him during a memorial ceremony for his brother,
Steven Agee II, who was killed on Nov. 23 in an off-campus

Campus honors shooting victim at vigil

By Chelsey Boutan | November 29, 2011

As a slideshow played showing pictures of Steven Agee II, some students started crying when the last two slides appeared. "We will never forget 11-23-11...and though we must say goodbye we will never forget you," they read. More than 600 members of the...

NIU needs to spend money to benefit all students, not just student-athletes

By The Northern Star Editorial Board | November 21, 2011

There's nothing more appalling than watching NIU's money burst into flames in the shape of a firework.We're sure the pretty display roused some NIU football team spirit (despite the fact that it started before the game ended), but let's be honest; was...

Faculty Senate discusses concerns about state pension reform system

By Andrea Azzo | October 26, 2011

The Faculty Senate discussed their concerns about the state pension reform system during their Wednesday meeting.NIU President John Peters sent an email to his colleagues Oct. 25 about Senate Bill 512 (SB 512) Reform Bill."The very livelihood of NIU's...

NIU offers new online courses, plans to add 42 new degree programs

By Faith Healy | September 12, 2011

When students think about college courses, they may think of a professor standing at a podium lecturing. However, NIU also offers alternative class methods in online courses. While offering online classes is not new to the university, there has been an...

Peters authorizes 4-day summer work week

By Thomas Verschelde | April 27, 2011

NIU President John Peters has authorized that the university work week over the summer will be four days, according to a press release. The four-day work week will begin June 6 and will be implemented for 10 weeks until Aug. 12. The regular five-day work...

Local 963 union give petitions to Peters

By Kyla Gardner | December 2, 2010

Local 963 union members presented several signed petitions to NIU President John Peters Tuesday afternoon. The petitions, signed by NIU students, alumni and family members during NIU Homecoming on Oct. 15 asked Peters for fair wages for union workers....

Union president voices concerns at BOT meeting

By David Matz and Allyson Martin | December 2, 2010

DeKAlb- At Thursday morning's Board of Trustees meeting Darlene Seilheimer, union president for American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 963 Building Services, voiced her concerns regarding their negotiations with the...

SSDP alleges constitutional violations by SA

By Kyla Gardner | November 22, 2010

A letter sent of behalf of NIU Students for Sensible Drug Policy to President John Peters Thursday alleged that the Student Association Senate violated the U.S. Constitution in its treatment of the group. The letter, written by a representative from the...