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Tom Tumminaro (from left), Suzanna Strangmeier and Jeanne Baxter unload several bags of potatoes. The Huskie Food Pantry requires volunteers to unload, sort and shelf theor donated materials. (Joseph Howerton | Northern Star)

Inside the Huskie Food Pantry

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 28, 2024

The Huskie Food Pantry stands as an institution to distribute food and groceries to those in NIU who need it. Members of NIU's Student Success center give us a tour of bringing food to the pantry to your plate.

The south side of the Holmes Student Center on a foggy day. The hospitality and tourism major has been dissolved, instead becoming an emphasis in the College of Business. (Mingda Wu | Northern Star)

Hospitality and tourism management major to change, move

By Joseph Howerton, Video Editor | April 9, 2023

DeKALB – In 2021, NIU decided the hospitality and tourism management major would be shifted from the College of Health and Human Sciences to an emphasis in the College of Business. Students previously enrolled in the program are set to graduate in...

NIU President Lisa Freeman and Director of Employee Experience Cathy Doederlein answer questions on stage following the State of the University Address on Nov. 29. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

Freeman says NIU’s ‘efforts are yielding results’ in State of the University address

By Colin Kempsell | November 29, 2022

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman reflected on a year of accomplishments Tuesday in her annual State of the University address, outlining future plans for increased leadership, student success and sustainability projects in her speech. Introduced...

NIU President Lisa Freeman arrives at the podium to begin her State of the University address on Tuesday in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. (Sean Reed | Northern Star)

IN PICTURES: President Freeman’s ‘State of the University’ address

By Sean Reed, Photo Editor | November 29, 2022

DeKALB – NIU President Lisa Freeman delivered the annual State of the University address on Tuesday, followed by a live Q&A for attendees. Read more about Freeman’s address in the Star’s companion piece.

Home page of Navigate Student system. The software  encourages student success and connections between faculty and students.

Navigate Student encourages student success

By Elisa Reamer | February 18, 2022

DeKALB — NIU launched Navigate Student on Feb. 15 to encourage student success, make it easier for students and faculty to connect and improve graduation rates. Students can access Navigate Student through the App Store, Google Play or the web.  The...

NIU needs to adopt more realistic goals

By Northern Star Editorial Board | February 25, 2014

NIU spokesman Paul Palian said Vision 2020’s goals  — improved enrollment in quantity and quality and higher retention and graduation rates, among other things — are still benchmarks for the university, but they are “constantly being reviewed...

Baker’s focus: student success

By Jack Manning | January 15, 2014

Doug Baker enters his second semester as NIU president after using his first months on the job to put into motion plans he hopes will improve the university’s infrastructure.Since Baker’s Nov. 13 inauguration, he has met with officials from Sycamore...

NIU offers help for soon-to-be graduates

By Jacqueline Evans | March 28, 2011

The Office of Student Academic Success will host Destination Graduation in the Altgeld Auditorium today from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Wednesday from 5 to 7 p.m. The program will include sessions on negotiating salaries, health insurance and benefits, graduate...

Domestic partnerships, accreditation focus of BOT committee meeting

By Kyla Gardner | November 11, 2010

NIU Board of Trustees committees discussed proposed changes to employee benefits for domestic partners and received reports on student success academic program accreditation Thursday morning. Domestic Partnership Benefits The BOT Legislation, Audit and...