Northern Illinois University Magazine • Summer 2010
Building Peace Through Cultural Exchange
You have undoubtedly read the news stories detailing the budget woes that threaten
schools, universities, hospitals, and all other state agencies in Illinois. At NIU, we
are nearing the end of the fiscal year and yet the state has delivered just over half the
money pledged for educating and caring for our 24,000 students.
But at NIU, we must move forward.
In just one example of planning that is not reliant on state revenue, we are
exploring new ways to bring new, state-of-the-art student housing to the next
generation of Huskies. This spring the NIU Board of Trustees approved a plan that
would allow us to explore a partnership with a private developer to build residence
halls featuring private room configurations for up to 1,000 students as the first step
in a comprehensive plan to replace and renovate the university’s aging on-campus
Under a public-private partnership arrangement, a private company would
assume the cost of constructing the buildings, but they would be managed by the
university. For a period of years, revenue generated by the buildings would pay down
the cost, with interest, much like a mortgage on a private home. At the end of a
pre-determined period of time, the university would take ownership of the facilities.
Like your own home mortgage, there is a buy-out provision that would allow us to
complete the purchase early if we so desired.
Many of you likely have fond memories of your student days in Grant, or
Douglas, or Neptune. But the facts are that the newest of our student housing stock
John Peters, President was built 40 years ago. Recent student surveys indicate that the lack of upgraded,
Northern Illinois University modernized student housing was seen as a major negative by prospective students.
Today’s students prefer housing options that provide a greater level of indepen-
dence and privacy than is available in most existing halls at NIU. The new buildings
would feature primarily single rooms with a private bath or two single rooms sharing
a private bath. The overall setting, however, would retain the most desirable features
of on-campus housing: convenience, security, community and peer support, strong
ties to the university and availability of food service.
This is an affordable way for us to address what has been one of the greatest
needs on our campus for many years and we can do it ourselves, through our own
initiative and our own planning.
Northern Illinois University Magazine • Summer 2010
page 6 Features
La Tourette’s Legacy 6
NIU honors its 10th president with the naming
of John E. La Tourette Hall
Peace Builders 8
NIU program inspires Philippine youth to resolve
page 8 conflict through social action
2010 Alumni Award Recipients 12
The NIU Alumni Association recognizes the
university’s most notable graduates
Northern Letters 2
Inside NIU 3
Supporting Northern 18
Huskie Sports 20
Northern Notes 22
Alumni Travel Programs
Marriages and Births
Last Look 33
Vo l u m e 9 , I s s u e 4
Su mmer 2010
a decade after I was president of APO
Michael P. Malone
(1949). I can say, without fear of contra-
Associate Editor diction, that our founding sponsor, M. C.
Virginia Seymour, ’73 “Doc” Hayes would have been extremely
pleased to know that his beloved fraternity
Jeff Strohm had inspired the longterm comradeship
and dedication to service demonstrated by
Business Manager this group of former members and their
Lee Ann Henry
Contributors In the ’40s, Phi Sigma Epsilon was
Linda Alberty, ’08, M.A. ’09, Pat Anderson, M.S. ’04, It brought back lots of memories reading the only other fraternity at NISTC, and
Andrea Bradley, Liz Poppens Denius, about the boy tug teams in Northern Now. it was a challenge between the two fra-
Angela Johansson, M.A. ’05, Joe King, There have been girl tug teams and they ternities that initiated the “tugs.” The site
Mark McGowan, ’92, Tom Parisi,
should grace your pages, too. Here’s one chosen for the tugs was very near Jimmy’s
Lorraine Propheter, Jessica Schultz, ’98,
Benjamin Steckler, Donna Turner of my campus champion girls tug team Tea Room, and the teams were located on
from Lincoln Hall Third Floor in 1968. I opposite sides of the Kishwaukee River. It
Photographers can’t identify everyone but that’s Jeannie was easy to distinguish between winners
Robert Banke, Don Butler, ’71, M.S.Ed. ’03, Linders, ’70 (author and producer of and losers; the losers were pulled down
Wade Duerkes, ’99, M.F.A. ’06,
Menopause the Musical) standing at left; the embankment and into the river.
George Tarbay, ’71, M.S.Ed. ’84, Scott Walstrom
she was our RA and tug team organizer —Donald G. Westlake, ’50
and coach. That’s me in the middle with
the furry collar, to my left is Nancy
Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees
White, ’71, and to her left, Lynn Guss, When I arrived at NIU in ’83, the only
Robert T. Boey
John R. Butler, ’92, M.A. ’94 ’71, M.A. ’74. Hope to see some girls on transportation I brought was a unicycle.
Cherilyn G. Murer, J.D. ’78 your pages. Between the Huskie Bus service, and the
Manuel “Manny” Sanchez, ’70 —Sue Fischer Hakala, ’71 unicycle, I was able to get just about any-
Myron E. Siegel, ’74, M.B.A. ’75 [Ed.—In the Winter 2005 Northern Now where in DeKalb or Sycamore. I would
Marc J. Strauss
Letters section, we ran a photo of the 1971 board the bus, and put the unicycle next
Barbara Giorgi Vella, M.S.Ed. ’87, J.D. ’92
women champs “Vet’s Pets.” ] to me, and ride another mile or two from
the bus stop.
John G. Peters, President —Sharon Rhebergen Pearce, ’85
Thanks as always for the update on hap- “No Gears, No Brakes, No Handlebars...
The opinions expressed in Northern Now do not necessarily reflect penings in DeKalb. Great story on Jake No Problem”
the official policies of Northern Illinois University.
Coffman—a real role model for kids to
Northern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative look up to and a true American Hero!
Action Institution. Printed by authority of the State of Illinois.
5/10 65M T092 —Greg Lindgren, ’76
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Cole, Stevens projects going forward
With the release of $10.3 million by Gov. Pat Quinn in January for
construction projects at NIU, planning is underway for the renovation of Cole
Huskies take on
Hall and the adjacent Stevens Building. Big Ten Teams
The funds—approved as part of the state’s capital spending appropriation
passed in July 2009—provided $8 million to renovate Cole Hall, which has The Huskies took down a Big Ten
remained closed since February 14, 2008, when five students were killed and 21 team last September when they
others injured when a gunman opened fire on a geology class in Room 101. An beat Purdue (28-21). This fall,
additional $2.3 million has been allotted NIU has an opportunity to do it
to plan for the renovation of the Stevens again—twice—when the Huskies
Building, which houses the Department face Illinois and Minnesota on their
of Anthropology and the School of home turfs. On September 18, the
Theatre and Dance. Huskies take on the Fighting Illini.
Aspects of the Cole-Stevens Then, on September 25, they battle
Complex project include repurposing Cole the Golden Gophers.
Hall Room 101 for non-classroom use and transforming the remaining lecture
hall (Room 100) into a state-of-the-art space featuring smart classroom technolo- For more information on
gies. The auditorium eliminated in Cole Hall will be replaced by a new lecture pre-game receptions hosted
hall which will be added to the north end of the Stevens Building. A major over- by the Alumni Association
haul of Stevens will address decades of deterioration to the 51-year-old building. at both Champaign and
All of the structure’s major systems—including heating, cooling, ventilation, Minneapolis, see page 24.
plumbing and electrical—are on the verge of failure, sections of the roof are
beyond repair, and portions of the building’s exterior are crumbling. For season ticket information
No timeline has yet been announced for the Stevens overhaul, but work on and the full 2010 football
Cole Hall could begin by late summer. For more information, visit www.niu.edu/ schedule see back page.
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universities in the U.S. But when it came time for her to make a decision, the outstanding faculty and
coursework in NIU’s electrical engineering program won her over.
Nitisha, like so many students, understands that a great college is defined not just by its programs,
but more importantly, by the experiences it provides for students inside and outside the classroom.
Support from alumni and friends like you help make NIU a diverse and culturally rich campus.
It is your continued support of internationally recognized programs and student scholarships
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Peters honored for
President John G. Peters received
national recognition in March for his leader-
ship and support of student life on campus.
Spring break with a twist
The President’s Award, an honor given annu- A dedicated group of 41 volunteers from NIU spent their spring break
ally by NASPA, the national organization toiling in the sun rather than basking in it as they continued a long-running
for Student Affairs Administrators in Higher tradition of building Habitat for Humanity homes in Pensacola, Florida.
Education, was presented to Peters at an Jack King, M.A.P.A. ’84, internship coordinator in the Department of Sociology
awards luncheon held during NASPA’s 2010 who serves as trip leader, notes that this year marked the 16th annual sociol-
Conference in March. ogy student advisory committee alternative spring break Habitat for Humanity
The President’s Award recognizes a college service trip.
or university president The group consists largely of sociology majors each year, but also includes
who has, over a sustained students, alumni, faculty, and friends from other disciplines—some of them
period of time, advanced repeat participants. Working in coordination with the Pensacola Habitat for
the quality of student life Humanity chapter, volunteers constructed two homes during this year’s spring
on campus by supporting break. Over the years the NIU group has built some 25 Habitat for Humanity
student affairs staff and homes. For more information about this annual trip or to share memories as a
programs. past participant, contact King at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“NASPA is pleased
to recognize dedicated
leaders like John Peters,
who truly see higher education administration
NIU supports medical records initiative
as a calling,” said NASPA Executive Director Northern Illinois University is a recipient of a federal grant whose ulti-
Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy. “His vision for and mate goal is to create a nationwide electronic medical records system that puts
stewardship of Northern Illinois University patients’ pertinent medical information at their medical provider’s fingertips.
over the past decade, particularly during the Two Illinois universities—NIU and Northwestern—will each receive
tragic shooting incident in 2008, have brought approximately $7.5 million over two years to establish regional extension centers
the student, faculty, and local community that will provide technical assistance and outreach
together to achieve impressive goals.” to primary care providers and hospitals throughout
Campus administrators and student leaders Illinois to help them create electronic health records
who nominated Peters cited not only his leader- systems. The two universities will coordinate efforts
ship during the 2008 campus shooting but also to make a statewide system that will ultimately inte-
his strong record as a champion of students grate with a nationwide exchange.
who is personally open and accessible to stu- As one of 70 such facilities nationwide, the NIU
dents and dedicated to shared governance. center will educate physicians about the benefits of
“He has set himself as a model of under- electronic health records, help them identify certified
standing, compassion and hope and has products that best meet their needs, connect them
sought and endorsed multiple healing initia- with vendors to install and implement the systems,
tives to move the entire NIU and local com- and assist in getting those systems up and running.
munity forward,” wrote NIU Vice President of The grant is funded by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of
Student Affairs Brian Hemphill in his nomi- 2009 that allotted $19 billion to develop a nationwide electronic health records
nating letter. exchange by 2014. For more information, visit www.niu.edu/mediarelations/
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Forward Together Forward Scholarship recipients
Five outstanding students have been selected as recipients of the 2010 Forward Together Forward Scholarships, one of the most prestigious honors NIU
bestows on students. This year’s winners—Deidre Cwian, Michele Johnson, Yesenia Juarez, Caley Lanahan and Brittany Sheldon—were selected from an initial
field of 74 applicants who were asked to write essays on what it means to be an NIU Huskie; on how tragedy shapes character; and about their dreams for
the future. They were also asked how they will honor the memories of the five students who lost their lives in the February 14, 2008, campus shooting.
Deidre Cwian of St. Charles is a sophomore her high school on Chicago’s southwest side where she spoke to
pre-physical therapy major who chose her students, assuring them that NIU was a safe and friendly campus.
field of study because she likes making a During her sophomore year, Juarez joined the ROTC at
difference and seeing results. She competes NIU and was awarded the Cadet Achievement Ribbon. She
on the NIU Equestrian Team and serves as mentors younger cadets in academics and is taking advanced
an usher for the School of Theatre and Dance ROTC courses. After graduation, Juarez will be commissioned
through the Lambda Sigma honor society. as an officer to serve with the Army Reserves or National
Cwian is also active in 4H, performs Guard, where she hopes to work in military medical services,
with her church’s bell choir and gives riding lessons on her providing social work or other health-related services.
family’s horse farm. During the summer, she’s a wrangler at
Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico, taking Boy Scouts on Caley Lanahan of North Aurora played
horse treks and trail rides. a key role in helping ease the concerns of
Although Cwian was a high school senior February 14, 2008, prospective students and their parents in
the events of that day hit home. Her older brother Joseph was a the wake of the February 14 tragedy—as
student at NIU, her chosen university. Cwian feels bolstered by an orientation leader who guided campus
NIU’s “rising above” the shootings, and will use her scholarship tours, she made a point to call attention
to “honor those who passed by being a positive influence.” to Cole Hall, the site of the tragedy, and
calmly invited questions. “It was like the
Michele Johnson of Chicago is a elephant in the room, so we addressed the tragedy to get it out
first-generation college student who is in the open.”
majoring in public health with a minor Named Orientation Leader of the Year for 2009, Lanahan
in gerontology; she plans to pursue a went on to train orientation leaders and now works as a Career
master’s degree to become a physician’s Services intern, assisting peers with career development. The
assistant. Johnson is motivated from NIU junior psychology major hopes to work as a professional
her own experience as both a patient counselor for young people. “I want to make an impact on
and a caregiver. Blind in one eye, she people’s lives for the better,” she says. “I will counsel students to
worked as an ophthalmic technician to better understand her take advantage of the opportunities they have and to never take
condition. That spawned her interest in gerontology. She also a single breath for granted.”
suffers from fibromyalgia and, last year, was diagnosed with
lymphadenopathy. February 14 inspires her to “live every day Brittany Sheldon of Sycamore was a friend
to the fullest.” of one of the five fallen students, Ryanne
“I want to be a shining example of what NIU can produce Mace.
despite the tragedy,” she says. “Before Feb. 14, I was one of those The senior, who is double majoring in
people who let life happen to me a little bit. Now feeling tired is elementary education and Spanish, thinks
no longer an excuse to me. It makes me push through.” the best way to honor Ryanne and the other
victims, “is through my teaching, helping
Yesenia Juarez of Chicago views others pursue their dreams.” That goal is
community service as a life-learning in keeping with her history of serving others. She is active with
experience. The junior sociology major Rotaract, a collegiate branch of Rotary, and her involvement
has mentored young students in the Boys with Lutheran Campus Ministries included a mission trip to
and Girls Clubs of Chicago, helped build Guatemala where she helped build a school.
homes for Habitat for Humanity, serves “That trip took place about a month after the shootings and
as an NIU Open House volunteer and has I did a lot of healing there. It turned my life’s plan on its head,”
been involved with the Campus Activities says Sheldon. “It opened my eyes to some of the important
Board and NIU Cares Day. things that need to be done in the world, and it made me realize
Following the 2008 campus tragedy, Juarez returned to that it’s up to me to make the change.”
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La Tourette’s Legacy
NIU honors its 10th president with the naming of John E. La Tourette Hall
On April 13, the day officially proclaimed by the State of Illinois potential with the growth of the suburbs. It seemed to me this
as “John La Tourette Day,” NIU paid tribute to its 10th presi- was an institution that could go somewhere quickly.”
dent by naming a major campus building in his honor. And under La Tourette’s leadership that “sleeping giant”
The building formerly known as Faraday Hall West now began to show its potential as the university experienced a period
bears the name “John E. La Tourette Hall,” and serves as a of growth and transition.
symbol of La Tourette’s role in furthering the university’s pursuit During his tenure as provost, and ultimately as president
and defense of its doctoral mission. from 1986 to 2000, the university doubled its landholdings and
A unanimous vote by the NIU Board of Trustees in launched more than $200 million in capital improvements. Three
December made the name change possible. major off-campus education centers were established in Hoffman
In his comments at the naming ceremony which attracted Estates (1992), Rockford (1994), and Naperville (2000), and the
hundreds of well-wishers, La Tourette noted that the original construction of several major buildings transformed the DeKalb
opening of Faraday West in 1995 represented one of many high- campus, notably the Engineering Building, Public Administration
lights of his career, but that its renaming in his honor “represents (Illinois ASBO) Building, Campus Life Building, Campus Child
the culmination of my academic career” capping a period of Care Center, and Faraday Hall West, which now bears his name.
some 40 years. Additionally, La Tourette helped secure funding for restoration of
“I was heavily involved in the planning and construction Altgeld Hall and construction of the Convocation Center, projects
of Faraday West, and in a way the building represents my own that were completed after his retirement.
career path, which focuses on nurturing graduate education,” He also championed the university’s academic programs,
La Tourette noted. “Even before coming to NIU, I intro- playing a major role in the development of the College of Law
duced a doctoral program in economics at SUNY Binghamton and the creation of the College of Engineering and Engineering
and served as the head of graduate studies and research at Technology. During his tenure, more than a dozen academic
Binghamton and Bowling Green State University.” programs came to fruition at both the undergraduate and gradu-
La Tourette came to NIU from Bowling Green in 1979 to ate levels, including four Ph.D. programs—in biological sci-
serve as provost. “I remember the sales pitch. NIU was portrayed ences, geology and environmental geosciences, mathematical
to me as a sleeping giant, and I agreed. I saw the university’s sciences, and physics.
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When La Tourette arrived at NIU in 1979, NIU had six Ph.D. THE LEgACy
programs (in chemistry, economics, English, history, political sci- John E. La Tourette’s tenure at NIU—beginning with
ence, and psychology). In his first months as provost, he lobbied his arrival in 1979 as provost through his 14 years as
Springfield with NIU’s then President Bill Monat for Ph.D. pro- president—produced numerous program additions, build-
grams in geology and physics (the geology program was approved in ing projects, and beautification efforts. The following are
1979; the physics program 20 years later). among the highlights.
Calling La Tourette “a champion of graduate studies,” President
Peters added, “He saw the opportunities that lay ahead for expanded Academic Programs
collaborations with our nearby national laboratories, Fermilab and (approval date in parentheses)
Argonne. In fact, he lobbied two decades for the physics Ph.D. It Ph.D. in Geology (1979)
was among his toughest battles, waged during an era when academic Department of Computer Science (1981)
programs were being taken away from state-run universities.” Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (1982)
M.F.A. in Theatre Arts (1982)
Ultimately, it was the building of Faraday Hall West in 1995 Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences (1983)
(constructed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for science pro- College of Engineering and Engineering Technology (1985)
grams) and the creation in 1996 of an independent NIU Board of M.A. in Foreign Languages (1988)
Trustees (whose members carried the torch for a physics Ph.D. to B.S. in Early Childhood Studies (1989)
the Board of Higher Education and the state legislature) that helped B.S. in Business Administration (1995)
B.S. in Health Education (1997)
generate state approval of the physics Ph.D. program in 1999—four
Master of Science in Taxation (1997)
years after the building opened. B.S. in Health Sciences (1998)
Located in the heart of campus adjacent to the original Faraday Master of Physical Therapy (1998)
Hall (built in 1964), John La Tourette Hall houses the Department Ph.D. in Physics (1999)
of Physics and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and
contains 40 laboratories, two lecture halls, three seminar rooms, 45 Building Projects
(cost in parentheses)
offices, and machine, electronics, and glassblowing shops.
“It took 30 years of persistent articulation of the strength of the Campus Life Building construction ($7.1 million)
Health Center renovation ($4 million)
faculty, the department’s strategic relationship with Argonne and
Anderson Hall renovation ($600,000)
Fermi, and the program’s contributions to the Illinois economy to Faraday Hall West construction ($27.7 million)
bring the program to this building,” La Tourette said. University Resources for Women renovation ($200,000)
“It is especially gratifying to me to be here today and accept MLK Commons renovation ($1.2 million)
this honor on behalf of all those many people who made this build- Engineering Building construction ($27.1 million)
ing and the doctoral mission of the university possible.” NIU Broadcast Center renovation ($900,000)
Holmes Student Center renovation ($2.5 million)
To view a video of the dedication ceremony, visit www.niu.edu/ University fiberoptic backbone construction ($1.8 million)
mediarelations/news/2010/april/latourettenaming.shtml. N Human Resources Building renovation ($1 million)
NIU Hoffman Estates construction ($6 million)
Parking Deck construction ($7.6 million)
“John La Tourette certainly left his mark on Center for Black Studies construction ($400,000)
all corners of this campus. It couldn’t be Heating Plant renovation ($1.3 million)
Huskie Bus Shelters construction ($62,000)
more fitting to name this building, this hub Lincoln Hall renovation ($500,000)
NIU Rockford construction ($6.6 million)
of scientific activity and learning, right here
Williston–Adams Corridor construction ($500,000)
in the heart of our campus, in his honor.” Founders Memorial Library build-out planning ($1 million)
Huskie Stadium renovation ($4.7 million)
— NIU President John Peters, at the naming Cavan Auditorium renovation ($350,000)
ceremony of John E. La Tourette Hall Dance Studio renovation ($350,000)
DuSable Hall renovation ($1 million)
Recreation Center addition ($3 million)
East Campus entrance renovation ($200,000)
Stevenson Towers renovation ($26 million)
Public Administration building construction ($1.8 million)
West Campus site improvements ($6 million)
Latino Resource Center construction ($850,000)
NIU Naperville construction ($20 million)
Child Care Center construction ($3.2 million)
Convocation Center construction ($35 million)
Altgeld Hall renovation ($19 million)
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NIU program inspires Philippine youth to resolve conflict through social action
The cornfields of northern Illinois may seem an unlikely setting for
sowing kernels of world peace, but for the past seven years, that is
exactly what NIU anthropologist Susan Russell and International
Training Office director Lina Davide Ong, Ed.D. ’95, have been
cultivating through their work with young people from a war-torn
By Liz Poppens Denius region of the Philippines.
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ince 2004, Russell and Ong, a native Mindanao, the International Visitors Program-
Filipino, have brought more than 200 Philippines Alumni Foundation, Inc., and the
Muslim, Christian, and indigenous U.S. Embassy in Manila—to develop a recruit-
high school students and adult leaders from ment and training program for 15- to 17-year-
the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao Susan Russell Lina Davide Ong olds from all ethnic and religious groups in
and surrounding provinces to NIU for up to Mindanao. The State Department approved
five weeks of intensive conflict-resolution and leadership training the program and in 2004, the first group of 33 students and youth
under the auspices of the Philippine Youth Leadership Program leaders came to DeKalb.
(PYLP). After seven years, the result is a growing network of As is still the case, following three days of orientation on cam-
individuals committed to building peace in Mindanao through pus by Russell, Ong, and International Training Office staff, the
community projects, such as distributing school supplies to poor program kicks off with an official welcome lunch in the Sky Room
villages or tutoring refugee children, planting trees, and cleaning at the Holmes Student Center during which participants introduce
up wetlands. It is hoped that these youth-led community service themselves with ethnic music and dance performances. On the
projects will restore trust between peoples in Mindanao and help third week of the program, participants break up into pairs and
rehabilitate settlements damaged from four decades of war. move in with host families, who have been meticulously recruited
PYLP, formerly known as the ACCESS (Access to by the ITO’s Leslie Shive (and many of whom have hosted more
Community and Civic Enrichment for Students) Philippines than one group over the years). Every day, the students come to
program, came to NIU through the U.S. State Department’s campus where they are immersed in a variety of on- and off-campus
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which developed workshops, community service activities, and field trips. In the eve-
its first youth leadership program in 1999 in post-war Bosnia ning and on weekends, they go back “home” to experience typical
and Herzegovina in the Balkans, according to the bureau’s youth American daily life through cooking, eating, sharing stories, going
program officer Carolyn Lantz. “Since this pilot program, we’ve to movies, bowling, playing video games, and other family activities.
expanded from one country, 12 participants, and $50,000 to PYLP workshops and projects are carefully designed to give
over 90 countries, over 1,200 participants, and about $10 mil- students real-life lessons in civic responsibility, volunteerism,
lion,” Lantz said, attributing that growth at least in part to the communication, conflict management, and creative problem solv-
U.S. terror attacks of September 11, 2001. ing, Ong said. During the most recent program this past spring,
“Exchanges have long been recognized as important com- participants learned how to use theatrical techniques as a medium
ponents in the United States’ ability to promote mutual under- for social action; spent two days studying native American cul-
standing and also help countries in transition, such as the former ture, learning survival skills, crafts, and teambuilding at NIU’s
Soviet Union,” Lantz said. “September 11 was a sharp reminder Lorado Taft Field Campus in Oregon, Illinois; helped local 4-H
of how much it matters.” In the current fiscal year, the State
Department is supporting 18 youth exchange programs like
PYLP, four of them with universities. Remarkably, two of those
“Exchanges have long been recognized as
are at NIU (including PYLP and the brand-new Southeast important components in the United States’
Asia Youth Leadership Program, which is administered by the
Center for Southeast Asian Studies. See sidebar, page 11). ability to promote mutual understanding and
Two years after 9/11, the State Department contacted also help countries in transition.”
Russell, a Philippine specialist and then-director of NIU’s
Center for Southeast Asian Studies, about applying for a grant — Carolyn Lantz, U.S. State Department Youth Program Officer
to create a program for Mindanao, a historically Muslim and
mineral-rich island in the Philippines that has seen decades of
civil unrest as the region has pressed for independence.
“While I had experienced a number of extended trips to
Mindanao and traveled relatively widely during my 25 years of
working in the country, political tensions and conflict flare-ups
always prevented me from conducting any long-term research in
the predominantly Muslim areas [there],” Russell recalled in a
background paper about the program.
Russell worked with Ong—and partners in the Philippines,
including Professor Nagasura Madale of Capitol University in
Opposite page: Launching of the Peace Dove at the Follow On Program
in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines. Right: PYLP students participate in a
workshop at the NIU Holmes Student Center.
clubs clean up trails at Russell Woods Forest Preserve in Genoa; alumni are working on. “As a person, the program has helped
visited with senior citizens at the Oak Crest Retirement Center me grow immensely and acquire an innate love for community
in DeKalb; and spent two days with students at Rochelle High and a desire to always contribute to the greater good,” she said.
School in Rochelle and the Islamic Foundation High School Upon her return from NIU, Andrada and other PYLP
in Villa Park. Site visits included the DeKalb mosque, two alumni from Zamboanga started a still-active project called
volunteer projects in Chicago, the Baha’i Temple in Wilmette, Place at the Table, which supplies speakers, resource persons,
the Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, and volunteers, and organizers for community projects.
Pres. Ronald Reagan’s childhood home in Dixon. For the Andrada is also active in Operation Shoebox, an outreach
first time, the spring 2010 program concluded with five days initiative begun by Dorothy Joann Lei O. Labrador, a 2007 PYLP
in Washington, D.C., where the group visited Capitol Hill, alumna, to supply needy schoolchildren in her community with
the U.S. Institute of Peace, the Smithsonian Institution, other decorated boxes filled with donated supplies of paper, pens, pen-
historic sites, and the State Department, where Lantz presented cils, coloring materials, and most importantly, letters of encour-
them with certificates of completion. agement. Lei, a Christian studying to be a teacher at Zamboanga
While the content of the program has changed every year, University, organized her first Operation Shoebox with some
Russell said the basic purpose is always the same: to inspire of her fellow university students, who donated 155 shoeboxes
participants to break down “invisible walls” of prejudice, identify wrapped in bright gift paper to be given to needy schoolchildren
in a poor, predominantly Muslim section of Zamboanga City.
“Seeing our participants come together “The idea of this project is to adopt a child when preparing
a shoebox,” Lei wrote in her short but eloquent follow-on report
and implement peace awareness or for Russell. “What separates this project from other char-
civic action programs in their home ity activities are the letter and the concept of a ‘gift.’ The giver
should write a letter of encouragement to the child, regardless
communities is a great feeling.”
of whoever will receive his shoebox. This adds a personal touch
–Susan Russell, NIU Professor of Anthropology on the part of the giver and inspiration on the part of the recipi-
ent…. To make the experience more meaningful, the boxes
common goals, learn how to work together, and appreciate should be wrapped in colorful gift wrappers. This makes the
different points of view. After their time at NIU, participants project more of a gift than a donation … [and] makes the recipi-
return to Mindanao with projects they’ve devised for their home ent’s experience more joyful.”
communities. A few months later, they meet again for a follow- Lei’s idea is fast becoming PYLP’s signature project,
on session to compare notes on progress they’ve made in imple- Russell says. Since 2007, other program alumni and other vol-
menting their plans. unteers have joined the Operation Shoebox network and to date,
Many PYLP alumni describe their experience as “life- the group has distributed more than 3,000 shoeboxes through-
changing” as can be seen in many of their activities since going out Mindanao. The State Department’s Carolyn Lantz singles
through the program. Mary Rose Jean Andrada, who repre- out the project as a “star example” of a simple and successful
sented Zamboanga City, Mindanao, with the first PYLP group youth leadership project.
in April 2004, is now a graduate student in communications With peace negotiations between Muslim separatists in
at Ateneo de Manila University on study leave from her home Mindanao and the Philippine government scuttled in 2008, and
school of Ateneo de Zamboanga University. She frequently continued political violence connected to elections, the outlook
corresponds with Russell about projects she and fellow PYLP in the region remains challenging, Russell said in a public lecture
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about the region in January. But Russell has learned as much from SEAyLP brings regional focus to
the PYLP experience as the students have learned from theirs, she
youth leadership training
noted in her last program report. The emphasis of the program,
Russell said, has shifted from conflict resolution and peace build- With the success of the Philippine Youth Leadership
ing to leadership development and social activism. Program (PYLP) at NIU, the U.S. State Department in fall
“With the first group of young people from Mindanao, 2009 granted funding to NIU’s Center for Southeast Asian
every day offered surprising insights into their own lives and Studies to begin a new youth leadership program for all of
the situation in the conflict-affected areas of their homeland. It Southeast Asia.
The first class of the Southeast Asia Youth Leadership
was very emotional at times for them and for me as the realities
Program (SEAYLP) consisted of high school students and
and stories of discrimination, fear, and war are painful to hear,
adult leaders from Brunei, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore,
especially coming from young people,” she said. and Vietnam. They came to NIU in November 2009 for
“I also think that I was constantly comparing the history three weeks just before Thanksgiving, ending with a week
of the United States with that of the Philippines in that first in Washington, D.C. While they were in the United States,
year, and I was thinking that the rebel groups in Mindanao and many experienced snow for the first time in between cultural
the government of the Philippines must be just about ready to sign exchange activities, service projects, field trips to Chicago,
a peace agreement. That was seven years ago, and I am not so and leadership training. The program, similar in format to
naive now about the peace process as to think it will be that easy.” PYLP but with more of a regional Southeast Asia focus, was
Nevertheless, Russell said, she and Ong are inspired by the led by assistant anthropology professor Katharine Wiegele,
continuing efforts of program alumni to use the lessons learned M.A. ’93 (anthropology) and center director Jim Collins
at NIU to change their own society. The Mindanao alumni have (foreign languages and literatures).
In early April 2010, another group—from Myanmar/
formed their own group in Mindanao complete with an active
Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines, and Thailand—came to
Facebook page (www.facebook.com/pages/Philippine-Youth-
NIU for the spring session, which was led by Ph.D. candidate
Leadership-Program/115768076877) and continue to mount other Coral Carlson (history) and focused on the twin themes
successful collaborative projects like Operation Shoebox. It is of Abraham Lincoln’s leadership style and river ecology. In
Russell and Ong’s fervent hope that these small actions will eventu- addition to traveling to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential
ally build on themselves, and contribute to real peace in the region. Library and Museum in Springfield, the group tested water
“Seeing our participants come together and implement for contaminants at the South Branch of the Chicago River
peace awareness or civic action programs in their home commu- near the highly polluted Bubbly Creek, worked on a wetlands
nities is a great feeling,” said Russell, who was recently asked by restoration service project, visited the Mississippi River,
the State Department to brief the new U.S. ambassador to the and studied the impact of development on the region’s
Philippines on the peace process in Mindanao. “I don’t think watersheds.
I’ve ever done anything that seemed more important or had “Just as rivers cross regional and national borders
today, the world’s future leaders will need to work across
such impact.” N
boundaries, making rivers both a metaphor and a focus of the
Images shown are of PYLP program participants. Students are immersed in program,” Collins said. “Rivers are commonalities between
a series of on- and off-campus workshops, community service projects, and nations that have a profound impact on the people of a
field trips designed to give the students real-life lessons in civic responsibility, region and need cooperative action to solve problems. Such
conflict management, and creative problem solving. They then apply what problem-solving ability will be key for tomorrow’s leaders.”
they’ve learned to implement programs in their home communities.
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NIU Alumni Association honors 2010 award recipients
The NIU Alumni Association annually recognizes the diverse accomplishments and contributions of the university’s most
notable graduates. Recipients are selected based on outstanding professional and personal success, as well as involvement in
civic, cultural, or charitable activities. The Alumni Association honored the 2010 recipients, presented here, at an awards
program and dinner on April 29 at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center.
Distinguished Alumni Award serves as a member of the NIU Foundation Board of Directors.
The most prestigious award presented by the NIU Alumni She was appointed to the NIU College of Law Board
Association, the Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to of Visitors in 2002 and was honored with the college’s
an alumnus who has achieved outstanding success. Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003. In September 2007,
Murer was selected to present the university’s first annual
Cherilyn G. Murer Executive Speaker Series presentation, “Conversation with a
J.D. Law, 1978 CEO,” co-sponsored by NIU’s College of Engineering and
President and CEO, Engineering Technology and College of Business.
the Murer Group Murer has developed specialized expertise in proton therapy
while serving on the Board of Managers of the Northern
Cherilyn G. Murer, J.D., C.R.A., Illinois Proton Treatment and Research Center. Currently
is president and CEO of the under construction 30 miles west of Chicago, the NIPTRC will
Murer Group, a legal-based be a world-class, state-of-the-art proton cancer treatment and
healthcare consulting group that research facility.
represents hospitals and health Her concern for the future direction of healthcare prompted
systems, providing strategic Murer to accept an appointment by then Vice President George
planning services and assistance in Bush to serve as national co-chair of the Disability Coalition.
complying with complex state and federal regulations. She has She was subsequently appointed as President Bush’s national
long been an active voice in the advancement of quality, cost- co-chair of the Access to Opportunity Committee and also
effective healthcare. She was formerly director of rehabilitation served as a member of the U.S. International Cultural and Trade
medicine at Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Center Commission Advisory Committee on Foreign Language
holds an appointment to the faculty of the University of Illinois Needs of Business.
at Chicago College of Medicine as a clinical assistant professor Murer and her husband, Michael, have provided a
of law in the Department of Family Medicine. philanthropic gift to NIU to establish the Murer Initiative
In May 2005, Murer was appointed to a six-year term on as a forum for scholarly discussion, policy analysis and cross
the Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees. She served as disciplinary integration of medicine, law, technology and finance.
board chair from 2007 to 2009 and is currently the fourth member Murer is a much sought-after lecturer and the co-author of
of the board’s Executive Committee. In addition, she currently five books focusing on healthcare management.
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F. R. Geigle Service Award Outstanding Young Alumni Award
The F. R. Geigle Service Award is traditionally presented to The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is presented to an
an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service and individual who has exhibited outstanding accomplishments
commitment to the best interests of Northern Illinois University. within 10 years of earning an undergraduate degree from NIU.
Barbara Cole Peters Ryan J. Hayman
First Lady of Northern Illinois B.S. Accountancy, 2003
University Vice President, HSBC‒North
In her capacity as First Lady of
Northern Illinois University, During his time at NIU, Ryan
Barbara Cole Peters has J. Hayman was heavily involved
represented NIU with dignity, with student organizations.
intelligence and compassion. At Based on his academic
countless events, many of them credentials, he was initiated into
held in the president’s residence, the Department of Accountancy’s
she has hosted a wide variety chapter of Beta Alpha Psi and
of guests and dignitaries since June 2000 when her husband, was elected president of the chapter during the 2002-03
John G. Peters, became NIU’s 11th president. Peters has been academic year.
an invaluable asset to NIU in the cultivation of alumni leaders Hayman started his career at HSBC Finance Corporation
and donors. Her capacity to make others feel part of the “NIU during college as an internal audit intern. After graduation,
Family” has helped to increase the numbers of highly engaged HSBC hired him as a general auditor where he helped to
alumni in support of NIU. Those who watched closely as the develop and draft the internal audit engagement approach used
university responded to the tragic events of February 14, 2008 by HSBC.
admired her compassion and grace as she represented NIU in its In four years, he had attained the title of vice president in
darkest hours. the Consumer and Mortgage Lending Division. In this role,
Peters received her B.A. degree with honors in political he manages quality assurance and control activities for a variety
science and her M.A. degree in labor and industrial relations, of strategic business initiatives. Currently, he serves in the
both from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her Corporate Risk Department. In addition, Hayman collaborates
extensive resume includes 23 years in professional and executive with business partners to assist in the implementation of
level positions as a corporate executive, entrepreneur, consultant progressive products and services.
and human resources professional. She is also an avid collector While employed at HSBC, Hayman has continued
of vintage clothing, having amassed a private collection of some to remain connected with NIU. He participates in college
1,000 items during the last 30 years. recruiting efforts to hire interns and full-time employees
As a dedicated student of 20th century women’s fashion, her at HSBC, facilitating on-campus events, job postings, and
admiration of garments as historical and cultural artifacts has interviews.
gone beyond the mere collecting. In 2002, Peters combined her He led the effort at HSBC to maintain the corporation’s
love of fashion with a desire to see cultural artifacts preserved funding for a Department of Accountancy professorship.
and used for educational purposes by opening the studio and Hayman has also financially supported the Department of
gallery, Studio 513, in Sycamore, Illinois. This was her first Accountancy’s student scholarship program and the Huskie
attempt to share her extensive collection with a larger audience. Athletic Scholarship Fund.
Peters has also organized numerous exhibits featuring items In addition to his career endeavors and his continued
from her collection that focus on central historical themes. These relationship with his alma mater, Hayman volunteers as Junior
exhibits, most in partnerships with the NIU Art Museum, Achievement instructor and has been a member of the Institute
the Women’s Studies Program, and the Nehring Art Gallery of Internal Auditors in the Metro Chicago Chapter.
in DeKalb, serve as a venue to offer historical insight through
fashion. The important role women played in the development
of NIU is also a topic that fascinates Peters; she is working on
a manuscript detailing how women historically shaped much of
what we think of today as the culture of the university.
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Outstanding College Alumni Awards College of Education
Outstanding College Alumni Awards are presented to
individuals from each of the university’s seven colleges who
exemplify the diverse disciplines of a comprehensive university.
College of Business
Sheila G. Talton
B.S. Marketing, 1980
Vice President, Globalization Thomas and
Strategy, Cisco Systems Timothy Gullikson
Sheila Talton is a business leader Thomas Gullikson
with over 25 years of experience B.S.Ed. Physical Education, 1974
in helping companies increase Chair, Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, Professional Tennis
value through technology. She is Coach and former Professional Tennis Player
a pioneer in defining the network
integration consulting segment. Timothy Gullikson
Her career path has paralleled the B.S.Ed. Physical Education, 1974
growth cycle of the network integration business, beginning Professional Tennis Player and Coach
with the early days of local area networks and continuing
through development of sophisticated communications systems Before establishing themselves in the world of professional
for the Euro-Tunnel and today’s demands for optimum tennis, Tim and Tom Gullikson played tennis at NIU from
efficiencies across all business functions. 1969 to 1973 and qualified for the NCAA Championships
As vice president of the Office of Globalization Strategy at three straight years. Both were inducted into the Intercollegiate
Cisco Systems, Talton is part of the company’s aggressive new Tennis Association Men’s Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame in
effort to focus on emerging markets worldwide. In this capacity, 1999.
she identifies growth opportunities, develops unique solutions Left-hander Tom played on the ATP Tour from 1976 to
based on competencies in the market, establishes global teams to 1986 and won 16 top-level doubles titles, 10 of them as partners
support local sales teams to build the go-to-market strategy, and with his identical twin, Tim, a right-hander.
coordinates all Cisco Services with the other major functional Tim’s professional tennis career began in 1977 with three
activities in each market. singles titles and accolades as the ATP Newcomer of the Year.
Talton’s responsibilities include reviewing how Cisco’s Two years later, he toppled John McEnroe at Wimbledon.
global development and solution centers should be rationalized Then, in 1983, Tom and Tim partnered in the doubles
for optimization and/or integrated for optimum customer value. finals at Wimbledon, losing the title to John McEnroe and
She is also responsible for the overall public sector strategy and Peter Fleming. In 1984, Tom won the U.S. Open mixed doubles
solutions for Cisco’s targeted emerging markets. championship with Manuela Maleeva. His career-high world
Her honors include selection as one of Enterprising Women’s rankings were No. 34 in singles and No. 9 in doubles (both in
Top 10 Women in Technology, and Entrepreneur of the Year 1984). During his professional career, Tim reached a career-best
by the National Federation of Black Women Business Owners. ranking of 18th (1978) and in total won 4 singles and 16 doubles
Talton is also a recipient of the Entrepreneurial Excellence titles.
Award from Working Woman. She was named a 2007 “Woman The Gullikson brothers were ranked in the U.S. top 10 for
Worth Watching” by Profiles in Diversity Journal, received the four consecutive years (1982-85), finishing No. 4 in 1982 and
Egretha Award from the African American Women’s Business 1983, and climbing to No. 3 in 1985.
and Career Conference, and was named a 2009 Business Leader Both brothers pursued successful coaching careers after
of Color by Chicago United. leaving the professional circuit. After his retirement in 1987,
Tom became one of the original members of the United States
Tennis Association Player Development Program, coaching
players such as Jennifer Capriati, Todd Martin and Andy
Roddick. During his tenure as the U.S. Davis Cup captain
(1994-99), Tom led the United States to its record 31st Davis
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Cup title (1995), winning against Russia. His coaching career private and public sectors and is now sharing his expertise in the
reached another milestone when he was chosen to serve as classroom as a professor in the NIU College of Engineering and
the coach for the U.S. Olympic men’s tennis team at the 1996 Engineering Technology.
Atlanta games. The team included Andre Agassi, who fulfilled His teaching responsibilities include teaching both
his Olympic dream by winning the gold medal. undergraduate and graduate courses in international
Tim retired as a player in 1986 and became a highly management, high performance teaming, industrial systems
regarded coach for leading tennis players, including Aaron management, leadership, technology and society, manufacturing
Krickstein, Mary Joe Fernandez, and Martina Navratilova. His systems, and industrial quality control. His research interests
most notable coaching success was with Pete Sampras, regarded include operations engineering, plant management, strategic
by many as one of the greatest players of all time, whom Tim planning, lean manufacturing, product development, foreign
coached to the No. 1 world ranking in 1993. sourcing economics, and organization and development.
In 1995 Tim was diagnosed with brain tumors. In battling Bittorf has created the Joseph Bittorf Memorial Expendable
his cancer, Tim and his family recognized a critical need for Scholarship Fund in Industrial and Systems Engineering in
helping brain tumor patients and their families in managing the memory of his father, Joseph D. Bittorf, who guided him into
physical, emotional and social challenges of the illness. In order his industrial and systems engineering career.
to fulfill that need, Tim and Tom Gullikson, along with their
families, founded the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation in 1995.
A year later, Tim lost his battle with brain cancer, but his College of Health and Human Sciences
vision for the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation has flourished.
With support from the tennis community, business leaders, Monique C. Ryan
and concerned individuals, TTGF has raised more than $5 B.S. Dietetics, Nutrition, and Food
million over the years to advocate for cancer patients and their Science, 1984
caregivers. Author, Lecturer, and Founder,
Recently, Tim’s widow, Rosemary, established the Tim Personal Nutrition Designs
Gullikson Education Scholarship, which is intended to help
NIU students who are studying to be high school teachers and Monique Ryan, M.S., R.D.,
who have a desire to coach young athletes. LDN, is a nationally recognized
nutritionist with over 25 years of
professional experience. She is
College of Engineering and Engineering Technology the founder of Personal Nutrition
Designs, a nutrition consulting
Joseph L. Bittorf company based in the Chicago area which provides nutrition
M.S. Industrial Engineering, 2005 programs for diverse groups of people with an emphasis on long-
Professor, College of Engineering term follow-up and support programming.
and Engineering Technology, In her work, Ryan has developed thousands of nutrition
Northern Illinois University plans for clients in the areas of sports nutrition, weight manage-
ment, women’s health, eating disorder recovery, and disease pre-
Joseph Bittorf joined the NIU vention and wellness.
College of Engineering and Ryan received a Master of Science Degree in Nutrition from
Engineering Technology after Finch University’s College of Health Sciences in 2002 and com-
spending 25 years building a career pleted her clinical training at Northwestern Memorial Hospital
in the field of manufacturing, Medical Center in Chicago. She is a registered dietitian (R.D.)
ultimately progressing to the level and licensed in the state of Illinois (LDN). Ryan is also a mem-
of senior vice president with National Manufacturing Company, ber of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and
a family business started by his great-grandfather in 1901 that is an ACSM Health Fitness Instructor (HFI).
produced home and builders’ hardware, including hundreds of Leading up to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Ryan was
manufacturing processes. a member of the Performance Enhancement Team for USA
After graduating from NIU with a degree in industrial Triathlon, USA Cycling (Women’s Road Team), and Synchro
engineering, Bittorf initially worked as an industrial engineer for Swimming USA. She has consulted for multiple seasons with
Weyerhaeuser and Honeywell before joining the family business. the Timex Multisport Team, the Chicago Fire Soccer Team,
With years of successful mergers, management initiatives, and was the nutritionist for the Saturn Cycling Team for the
and reducing cost overhead, Bittorf has excelled in both the 1994 to 2000 racing seasons.
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The author of more than 175 published articles on nutri- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
tion, Monique has written for VeloNews ‒The Journal of Competi-
tive Cycling, Inside Triathlon, Her Sports, Triathlete, and Women’s Leonard M. Lieberman
Sports and Fitness. She is also a regular contributor to Outside B.S. Social Sciences—Teaching,
and Oxygen magazines and has appeared on CLTV, FOX TV, 1969
WGN, ABC and CBS. Associate Vice President, State
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
College of Law Chicago
Vincent F. Cornelius In his nearly 30-year career with
J.D. Law, 1989 the Jewish Federation, Leonard
Attorney at Law, Principal in the M. Lieberman served as the lead
Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius government affairs representative
in the federation’s Springfield office since it was established in
Vincent F. Cornelius has been May 1981 until his retirement in December 2009.
a sole practitioner since 1994, Lieberman led the advocacy effort on behalf of the Jewish
with offices in Wheaton and Federation in numerous endeavors, notably by: leading the
Joliet, Illinois. The Law Office of advocacy effort to establish the first state-funded program for
Vincent F. Cornelius is a general the homeless; helping to pass bills on kosher food labeling
practice with a focus in litigation and mandating Sunday burials where religiously required;
and represents a wide range of and helping to support and shape state government Medicaid
individual and corporate clients. reforms that maintain essential funding for Mt. Sinai Hospital
Cornelius began the practice of law in 1989 as an assistant in Chicago, in addition to securing and maintaining $42 million
state’s attorney in the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s in grants and contracts to other Jewish Federation Agencies in
Office in Wheaton, where he served as a felony prosecutor. He the Chicago area. Statewide, most assistance to local Jewish
obtained extensive bench and jury trial experience in felony, Federations is through senior nutrition services funding and
misdemeanor, DUI, juvenile and domestic violence cases. Prior securing Member Initiative grants.
to establishing his own practice, Cornelius was an associate Other endeavors have included assisting local Jewish
attorney with James D. Montgomery and Associates in Chicago Community Relations Councils in state legislative interests,
(now known as Cochran and Montgomery), where he practiced such as the passage of ethnic intimidation criminal statutes
in the areas of civil and criminal litigation. (1982), banning paramilitary training (1987), limiting fund
A frequent speaker at NIU’s College of Law, Cornelius raising for terrorist activities (1998), and exempting
currently serves as a member of the College of Law Alumni Holocaust reparations from state taxation or means testing
Council. In 2005, he received the College of Law Outstanding for programs (1999).
Service Award. Cornelius received his BBA in Business More recently, he helped enact state pensions funds Iran
Administration from the University of St. Francis in 1986, divestiture legislation and supported ending discrimination
where he was an Academic All-American Athlete; he also by life insurance companies of travelers to Israel. He has been
currently serves on the University of St. Francis Board of active in health and human services public policy generally and
Trustees. in issues of concern to non-profit organizations and parochial
Cornelius’s participation in the legal community is schools.
extensive, as illustrated by a few of his affiliations: President, Lieberman received a master’s degree in public
Illinois Bar Foundation; Chancellor, ISBA Academy of Illinois administration in 1973 from Sangamon State University (now
Lawyers; ISBA Special Committee on Capital Punishment; University of Illinois–Springfield) and worked for the State
Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors; Illinois Bar of Illinois for over 10 years in a variety of planning and policy
Foundation Gold Fellow; Illinois State Bar Association Board positions for the Department of Corrections, the Illinois Law
of Governors; Governor’s Criminal Law Edit, Alignment and Enforcement Commission and IDOT. He has stayed connected
Reform Commission; Pro Bono Attorney, Court Appointed to his alma mater by serving on the NIU Alumni Association
Special Advocates of DuPage County. Board of Directors from 1996 to 2002.
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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences high school, he was named the first recipient of the John Philip
Sousa Award at Naperville Community High School.
Kristina A. Valaitis His studies in music education at NIU paved the way for
B.S.Ed. English, 1967 a 43-year career in education. He worked as a public school
M.A. English, 1969 teacher for 32 years, including 18 as coordinator of music for
Ph.D. English, 1974 Naperville schools. He retired from teaching in 1993.
Executive Director, Illinois As director of the Naperville Municipal Band since 1966,
Humanities Council Keller has poured his energy into developing this band into
one of the premier musical organizations in the country. In
After receiving three degrees 1991, the Naperville Municipal Band received the prestigious
from Northern Illinois University, Sudler Silver Scroll Award presented by the John Philip Sousa
Kristina Valaitis began her career Foundation. Additionally, Keller received the President’s Award
at Arizona State University where for Service to the Association of Concert Bands. And in 2000,
she taught for several years. he was awarded the local Legacy Award (WMB) from the
Since 1993 Valaitis has been the executive director of United States Library of Congress.
the Illinois Humanities Council, an educational organization As a member of Windjammers Unlimited, Keller has
dedicated to fostering a culture in which the humanities are a served on its board of directors and as president in 2007. He is
vital part of the lives of individuals and communities. She was a member of the American School Band Directors Association,
first employed as a program officer at the IHC in 1979. Masonic Lodge and the Burlington Route Historical Society.
As its executive director, Valaitis has built the organization’s He is also the past president of the Association of Concert
budget from approximately a quarter million dollars to $2 million Bands (life member).
per annum. For more than 30 years, through its programs
and grants, the IHC has promoted greater understanding of
the humanities by all Illinoisans, regardless of their economic
resources, cultural background, or geographic location. Call for Nominations:
Valaitis also lends her expertise by serving on the boards
of the Illinois Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, the Chicago 2011 Alumni Association Awards
Metro History Education Center, the Donors Forum, and the
The preceding pages provide just a few examples of the
Clemente Course in the Humanities, Inc. Additionally she
served as vice chair of the NIU Foundation Board, providing her countless NIU alumni who are making a difference in
expertise on the grants committee. the world today. This year’s outstanding recipients of
She as an active scholar as well, having published essays the Alumni Association Awards join the ranks of many
on literature, the humanities, and education, as well as text to others who have been recognized for their outstanding
accompany two books, Illinois: A Photographic Portrait of the Prairie professional and personal successes, as well as
State and Reflections‒Riflessioni, a book of photographs of Venice. involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities.
We invite you to nominate a fellow NIU alumnus for
one of our awards for 2011:
College of Visual and Performing Arts
Distinguished Alumni Award
Ronald J. Keller F. R. Geigle Service Award
B.M. Music Education, 1961 Outstanding Young Alumni Award
Conductor, Naperville Municipal Outstanding College Alumni Awards
Emeritus Coordinator of Music, Nomination forms will be available at http://www.
School District 203 myniu.com/alumni/programs-awards.html. Also be sure
to read about award recipients from previous years. For
Ronald Keller was introduced to
more information or to nominate a fellow Huskie, e-mail
music at the age of eight when he
the Alumni Association at email@example.com or call 815-
first played the tuba in elementary
school. By the time he reached 753-1452. The awards will be presented at a dinner and
high school, Keller’s passion for reception next spring.
music was evident—as student director during his senior year in
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The Gift of a Great Teacher By Angela Johansson, M.A. ’05
Think for a moment about your favorite professor. Maybe she opened
your eyes to a new world…or paved the way to your career path.
Perhaps he challenged you when you really needed it…or believed in
you even before you believed in yourself.
Professors like the one you just remembered make NIU great. stopped by the office for some photos during our most recent
They’re the teachers who fearlessly perform amazing—even out- round of endowment reporting,” recalls Diane Johnson, asso-
rageous—feats at the front of their classrooms to get students’ ciate director of donor relations. “As they posed for pictures,
attention. They spend hours in their offices and labs answering they began to play an impromptu duet. From the moment they
questions, giving advice, and delivering much-needed pep talks. began, it’s as if everything else stopped. Their music was stun-
A great teacher can change a student’s life. ning…absolutely beautiful and totally unforgettable.”
In fact, some students choose a university specifically to Of course, both Julie and Hannaha work hard to perfect
work with a particular faculty member. That’s what music majors their art. “I’m continually amazed by their motivation and
Julie and Hannaha Lee did. The gifted violinists came from focus,” says Magniere.
the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory to work with Blaise “I leave my lessons with Blaise feeling like my brain has been
Magniere, assistant music professor. extended,” says Hannaha. “Our conversations go beyond the
“The first time I saw Blaise perform, I knew I had to work violin. We talk about things that happen in the world. He teaches
with him,” says Hannaha Lee. “I loved San Francisco, but I love me to see the world differently, and I relate that to my music.”
working with such a great teacher even more. It was quite an Hannaha and Julie admit that working with a great teacher
adjustment coming to DeKalb, but it’s completely worth it.” isn’t always easy. “Blaise has no qualms about telling us what we
The respect is mutual. “Once I heard
Julie and Hannaha perform, I was imme-
diately impressed. They are both mag-
nificent,” says Magniere. “They are twins,
but have very different musical person-
alities, which are really complementary.
I’m honored to have helped bring such
extraordinary talent to NIU.”
The girls’ talent has touched people
across campus. “Julie and Hannaha
Twins Julie and Hannaha Lee
chose NIU to study under the
direction of Blaise Magniere,
founder of the Avalon Quartet.
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NIU’s Avalon Quartet. From left: Cheng-Hou Lee,
cello; Blaise Magniere, first violin; Marie Wang,
second violin; Anthony Devroye, viola.
can do better,” says Hannaha. “But, he also tells us what we’ve
done well, and I’ve always known that he believes in me, and
that means everything.”
“Blaise sees students’ potential and knows how to adapt his
teaching accordingly,” says Julie. “It’s like magic when you find
the right instrument, and the same magic is there when you find
the right teacher.”
Donors make it possible
Experiences like Julie and Hannaha’s are made possible by “Bringing prestigious new faculty members to NIU creates
generous alumni and friends like Richard Ryan. It all started a ripple effect,” says Simpson. “It attracts great students and it
in 2006, when the long-time friend and supporter stepped raises the bar. Our pride increases and we all raise our levels of
up with a leadership gift to True North, the first campaign expectation.”
for NIU. His gift created an endowed chair in violin for the True North created 21 named professorships and chairs
School of Music, and it was that chair that brought the Avalon in disciplines across the university.
String Quartet to NIU. “True North donors helped create and reinforce our
Today, Avalon founder, Blaise Magniere, is the Richard O. values and direction as we move forward,” Simpson says. “This
Ryan Endowed Chair in Violin at NIU. He and the other mem- campaign bonded our alumni and friends with the university
bers of the brilliant young quartet delight the community with they love.”
their brilliant performances, reach out to young string players
as recruiters, and teach strings to talented music students like
Hannaha and Julie.
“Competition for faculty can be intense,” adds Rich Holly,
dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. “Donor sup-
Giving makes a huge impact.
port plays a critical role in keeping us in the game.” Here’s how you can help.
“Not only can an endowed faculty position attract highly
sought-after faculty members to NIU,” says Paul Bauer, director Visit www.truenorth4niu.com
of the School of Music. “An endowment gift allows the univer-
sity to make the long-term commitment necessary to keep great Call 1-877-GIV2NIU to make an annual gift
“When Rich made this historic gift, he said he hoped it
or call 815-753-1386 to learn more about
would attract some of the best string players in the world,” estate and major giving opportunities
says Mallory M. Simpson, president and CEO of the NIU
Foundation. “His vision is becoming a reality.”
Holly agrees. “Highly sought-after students are choosing
NIU over other nationally renowned schools in order to study
with the Avalon. Students like Julie and Hannaha are represen-
tative of many, many stories to come. We are only beginning to
realize the impact of this gift.”
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NIU Life Skills Director Leads by Example By Andrea Bradley
Monique Bernoudy never saw the importance of the pens Bernoudy has been volunteering for the Mombasa Relief
lying around her Convocation Center office until she traveled Initiative for eight years, getting into it by what she calls an
to Mombasa, Kenya over spring break to volunteer with the accident. A friend asked her to help load containers one week-
Mombasa Relief Initiative (MRI). end, and she had the free time. The containers, she recalled,
“To see the things we take for granted is astounding,” says were filled with school, medical, and other daily living supplies.
Bernoudy, NIU associate athletic director for CHAMPS/Life When she learned where the items were headed, she immedi-
Skills. “Pens and pencils are like a luxury item in Mombasa, and ately found a passion for the program.
here we’ve got them everywhere. Rulers were also a big hit with “We ask the student-athletes here to volunteer all the
the kids. They were lining up, they couldn’t wait to get a ruler. time, so how can I ask them to volunteer if I’m not going to?”
I’m thinking, ‘I have a couple of those laying around the office.’” Bernoudy says. “I guess it’s like leading by example. Everyone
Bernoudy and MRI work hard to just needs to understand that a really small invest-
help the city of Mombasa with education, ment can have a big impact.”
“Everyone just needs to
health, and economic developmental aid. Though she’s actively volunteered for years,
For example, this year the group donated understand that a really Bernoudy’s spring trip across the Atlantic was a
supplies ranging from pencils and wheel- small investment can have first. Usually, Bernoudy cannot find the time to
chairs to a chicken coop with over 100 travel during the school year, but she was finally
chickens. Their primary goal is to help
a big impact.” lucky enough to find both the time and the
Mombasa’s residents stabilize their city — Monique Bernoudy money. Since volunteers must provide their own
amidst heartbreaking poverty. travel expenses, including airfare and hotel stays,
Bernoudy not only had to free her schedule, she
had to do some saving as well.
“It’s funny because [MRI members] tell you to
stay in a nice hotel the first time you go because
the adjustment can be difficult,” she says. “Some
people have asked how I can justify staying in
a nice hotel, but we do not use any of the dona-
tions for ourselves. I tell them I paid for it myself.
Even if we raised $1 million, we would still send
It is a good thing she listened to the hotel
advice, as both the time and culture adjustments
were hard to make. Bernoudy says she never felt
so tired in her life.
“I was ok when we were walking around,
meeting the kids at the schools, but as soon as we
sat down for meetings I’d pray ‘please God don’t
let me fall asleep,’” she says.
Still, some parts of the trip were easy, espe-
cially the moments where Bernoudy was able to
meet with the city’s residents and explore the
town’s ocean-side beauty.
Monique Bernoudy greeting children at Bombolulu school in Mombasa, Kenya.
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➤ After an 18-month, campus-wide effort to study its intercolle-
“Going to Mombasa
giate athletics program as part of the National Collegiate Athletic
was like gaining a breadth
Association (NCAA) Division I athletics certification program,
of knowledge, everything
Northern Illinois University earned the highest classification of
there is so beautiful,”
“certified” in April. This is the third time Northern Illinois has suc-
Bernoudy says. “The level of
cessfully gone through the organization’s certification process. An
opportunity is much lower,
institution that has been certified is considered to be operating
but the people are proud
its athletics program in substantial conformity with the operating
beyond words. They have
principles set forth by the NCAA which cover four basic areas:
such a strong sense of pride,
governance and commitment to rules compliance, academic
and they have the urgency
integrity, fiscal integrity, and equity, welfare and sportsmanship.
to help. Every day I was
➤ Northern Illinois student-athletes, coaches
reminded of what I have, and what they didn’t. It made me feel
and staff from all 17 Huskie sports programs
came together on April 26 at Victor E. Court
To bring her trip full-circle, Bernoudy communicated
in the Convocation Center to celebrate “The
often with NIU track runner Nancy Maritim, a Kenyan. While
Victors,” a unique awards ceremony that hon-
Bernoudy physically met the city’s students and residents, Maritim
ored NIU student-athletes, teams and coaches.
touched their lives with a letter sent with a powerful message—
Huskie football’s Jake Coffman and women’s
don’t give up. The letter detailed Nancy’s hard work and dedi-
soccer goalkeeper Lindsey Curnock took
cation to running track at an American university, and even
top honors as the NIU Alumni Association
contained sentences written in Swahili, Kenya’s native language.
Male and Female Athlete of the Year, respec-
“Nancy just wrote this beautiful letter, and everybody
tively, while track and field’s Rochelle Muskeyvalley was named
loved it, they were fascinated by it,” Bernoudy says. “They were
Northern Illinois’ Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year with a
so excited. It’s funny because it was not planned, but we were
3.764 grade point average in industrial engineering, while golfer
both trying to give this message of not giving up. They may not
Tim Kay earned Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors with a
have much in terms of material
3.97 GPA in accountancy.
items, but they have this hard
➤ Huskie freshman tennis player Maksym Bartiuk capped off
work ethic, where if they are
his stellar debut campaign by being named the Mid-American
going to make it, they are going
Conference Newcomer of the Year, and a first
to work hard for it.”
team All-MAC performer. In addition, league
Back in DeKalb, Bernoudy
head coaches selected NIU senior Javier
still works hard to promote
Bernabe as the winner of the Jack Vredevelt
Mombasa relief efforts. The
Sportsmanship Award. Bartiuk was the only
Mombasa Relief Initiative con-
freshman in the league to start every match
tinues to gather money for school and medical supplies to bring
at the No. 1 singles position; he compiled a
much-needed help to the city. Bernoudy hopes to make it back
13-6 record, including a 3-1 mark in MAC play.
to Mombasa as soon as she can, saying the city, which is doing
Bernabe, a 2009 second-team all-conference
better, still has a high level of need.
and Academic All-MAC selection, played for three coaches in
“There is no experience that can mirror what it’s like to see
four years, and served as a team captain this season. One of just
things from another point of view,” she says.
two players on the NIU roster during the fall campaign, Bernabe
is set to graduate with a 3.337 grade point average in finance.
Andrea Bradley is a senior student assistant in the Athletics Media
Relations Office at NIU.
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The following class notes were 103 soldiers at the famed Confederate
NIU A lUmNI A ssocIAtIoN received from January through prison. It is available at the author’s
March 2010. website at www.boboconnorbooks.
Calendar of Events com.
Thursday, June 3 Friday, July 30 Anthony L. Manne is back in the ’68
Summer Wine Tasting Chicago White Sox vs. classroom at age 87, teaching friends Mary Kay Morrison, M.S.Ed. ’89,
and neighbors in the Arts Club at and Chip (Charles) Lutz, M.S.Ed.
House Red Wine Shop Oakland Athletics
Trilogy La Quinta, California, how ’00, serve on the Board of Directors
Forest Park, Illinois U.S. Cellular Field to make chocolates with the unique for the Association for Applied and
Chicago, Illinois methods from his recently published Therapeutic Humor (AATH) and were
Friday, June 4 book, Anthony’s Chocolates On-the-Go, co-chairs for this year’s conference at
50th Reunion Event July TBD “Done My Way.” Disneyland in April. Morrison taught
Barsema Alumni and NIU Los Angeles Regional the three-hour graduate college credit
Visitors Center Group Event ’57 class at the conference using her book,
Los Angeles Dodgers vs. James Benton, M.S. ’65, is president Using Humor to Maximize Learning,
Saturday, June 5 of the Lake County Retired Teachers as a text. For more information about
NIU Annual Alumni Board Association for 2010-2011. AATH, visit www.aath.org.
Los Angeles, California Robert Pacyga was inducted
of Directors Meeting
Barsema Alumni and Friday, August 20
’60 into the Partners in Science Hall
William D. Curran, M.S. ’62, of Fame in recognition of his
Visitors Center Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta continues his academic interest in outstanding performance in, and
Braves geology and geography even though lasting contributions to, science
Saturday, June 12 Wrigley Field he retired in 1995, and again in 2005, and mathematics for 20 years in the
Colorado Regional Event Chicago, Illinois from teaching on both the college Partners in Science program. The
Castle Rock, Colorado and university level. Curran’s 2009 national conference was held in San
Saturday, September 11 visit to the Dominican Republic Diego, California, and was sponsored
Thursday, June 24 NIU vs. North Dakota and pre-earthquake Haiti were his by M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust in
Chicago Speaker Series 80th and 81st foreign ports of call. Vancouver, Washington.
DeKalb, Illinois His 82nd foreign country is in the Allen R. Warner, M.S.Ed. ’69,
Finance Alumni Council
planning stage. He reports that his Ed.D. ’73, was awarded the
NIU Chicago Office Saturday, September 18
daughter, Traci Curran Zrelak, ’86, is Distinguished Teacher Educator
NIU vs. Illinois Pregame also a world traveler, with 26 foreign Award by the Association of Teacher
Saturday, June 26 Reception countries visited. Educators at its 90th annual meeting
NIU Family Day at Morton Champaign, Illinois in Chicago. Warner is currently a
Arboretum ’66 professor and former dean of the
Lisle, Illinois Saturday, September 25 Jay F. Thurston, M.S.Ed., has College of Education at the University
NIU vs. Minnesota Pregame published his fourth book, titled Spring of Houston.
Friday, July 2 Creek Treasure, Wisconsin’s 100 Best
Chicago Cubs vs. Minneapolis, Minnesota
Trout Streams. Published in 2010 by ’70
Cincinnati Reds Nightengale Press, this book describes Joseph Belonax, Jr., M.B.A. ’71,
where and when to fish trout with 60 retired as Professor Emeritus in the
Wrigley Field Saturday, October 9
stories, 150 trout tips, and the 100 best Department of Marketing at Western
Chicago, Illinois NIU vs. Temple trout streams in Wisconsin listed in Michigan University after 31 years. He
DeKalb, Illinois order of priority. lives with his wife, Barbara Belonax,
Wednesday, July 28
’73, in Goodyear, Arizona.
NIU Faculty & Back to School Saturday, October 16 ’67
Family Night at Costco NIU Homecoming 2010 Bob O’Connor published his fourth ’71
St. Charles, Illinois DeKalb, Illinois book—this one a non-fiction Civil War Jim Deligianis, M.S.Ed. ’73,
book titled The U.S. Colored Troops at retired from his job as a teacher in
For more information and to register, visit myniu. Andersonville Prison. While his other Montgomery County, Maryland in
books are historical fiction, the latest 2003. He taught elementary school,
com or call the Alumni Association at 815-753-1452.
book centers on the untold story of middle school, and finally, high school
22 Northern Now
mathematics. He began a career as
a financial services representative
former professor of management at the
University of Arkansas at Little Rock. you Belong Here!
with MetLife in 2004. Deligianis is Wayne Witwicki served in Vietnam
All graduates of Northern Illinois University belong to the
now an independent advisor. He is as a medic in the 1st Squadron, 4th
the president of Deligianis Financial U.S. Cavalry of the 1st Infantry
NIU Alumni Association and enjoy access to the online alumni
Services, LLC, focusing on assisting Division, the famed Big Red One. The directory, quality alumni events and programming, and special
people with retirement planning and experiences of his unit are depicted discounts and incentives with our corporate partners. And now,
long-term care planning for clients in by his task force commander in the dues-paying members can support NIU while enjoying the
Maryland, Washington, D.C., and recently released book One Hell of a advantages of additional discounts and benefits.
Virginia. Ride: Inside an Armored Cavalry Task
Show pride in your alma mater and become a “card-
Janice Spikes, M.S. ’73, is a Force in Vietnam. The 560-page book
contributor to the book Women as includes numerous photos and sketch carrying” member of the NIU Alumni
Healers: Voices of Vibrancy. maps, and is available at Amazon.com Association. Membership opportunities
Theresa Prater was elected vice
and other online bookstores.
are available at two levels: Cardinal
& Black and Legacy. For more
information on membership benefits,
president and director of profession Steve Rosswurm, M.A. ’74, Ph.D. ’79,
development of the National has written a book, The FBI and the
visit www.myniu.com and become a
Federation of Paralegal Associations. Catholic Church, 1935-1962, a probing member today.
She has been a litigation paralegal for analysis of the relationship between
nearly 30 years, having practiced in two powerful institutions in 20th-
Florida, Georgia, and for the past 18 century America. Cardinal & Black $40 annually; $55 joint membership
years, in Arizona. • 15% off all NIU souvenirs and apparel at the Holmes Student Center Bookstore
’73 Jacqueline Gommel, M.A. ’93,
• 20% off all merchandise at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center alumni shop
Vicky Edwards, M.S.Ed. ’95, retired ASID, IIDA, of Gommel Design in • Discounts for select Alumni Association events
as the English department chair at Rockford, Illinois, has successfully • Founders Memorial Library privileges
Willowbrook High School in Villa fulfilled the requirements to become
Park, Illinois, where she also taught an LEED accredited professional
• Four issues annually of Northern Now magazine
creative writing, A.P. language, for commercial interiors. LEED • Discounts for performances by the College of Visual and Performing Arts on
American literature, and film studies. (Leadership in Energy and campus and in Chicago
She is freelance writing for the Chicago Environmental Design) provides
Tribune and serves as a supervisor for a set of standards to assist in the • Discounts for select NIU Outreach professional development/continuing
student teachers at National Louis creation of high performance “green” education courses
University. buildings that are healthy, productive
• An NIU e-mail account
Art Holbrook, M.A. ’77, an Edward places to work; less costly to operate
Jones financial advisor in Newnan, and maintain; and have a reduced • Advance notice of select Convocation Center events with exclusive
Georgia, for the past 19 years, has environmental impact. Gommel member discounts
been named a principal with the firm’s Design, established in 1995, provides
• Discounted football season tickets courtesy of Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund
holding company, the Jones Financial interior design services throughout
Companies, LLLP. He is one of only northern and central Illinois, and
34 individuals chosen from more than southern Wisconsin.
40,000 associates across the globe to Legacy $250 annually; $300 joint membership
join the firm’s 316 principals. ’76 Includes all benefits available at the Cardinal & Black level plus:
William C. Scholl, M.B.A, president Rick Cerrone has joined the
• Invitation to one president’s pregame reception
of First Security Bancorp in Searcy, Goodman Speakers Bureau. He served
Arkansas, has been reappointed to as a keynote speaker for the Financial • Invitation to two special “Legacy Only” events throughout the year
a three-year term on the board of & Insurance Conference Planners (webinars – financial, cultural, etc.; meet and greet events with distinguished alumni,
directors of the Little Rock Branch of Northeast Chapter Annual Meeting in
the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Tarrytown, New York.
professional athletes, and others)
Scholl is also a member of the board of Janet Heinicke, Ed.D., M.F.A. ’77, • 30-minute career consultation with a professional career expert at Career Vision
directors of the Little Rock Regional showed her painting, “Untended
Chamber of Commerce and is a Grape Vines,” at the Arizona Aqueous
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Big Ten Fun on the Road!
The Alumni Association is hosting two pregame
receptions this fall when the Huskies take on
Big Ten teams Illinois and Minnesota.
On September 18, the Huskies take on the Fighting Illini
in Champaign. Then, it’s on to Minnesota on September 25, as
they battle the Golden Gophers at the new TCF Bank Stadium
in Minneapolis. Your Huskies took down a Big Ten team last
year; now it’s time to root them on to another memorable victory!
Join us at both of these exciting events.
Saturday, September 18 Saturday, September 25
NIU vs. Illinois Pregame Reception NIU vs. Minnesota Pregame Reception
Tent at the I Hotel & Conference Center Williams Arena Club Room
(three blocks from stadium) (across the street from stadium)
1900 South 1st Street 1925 University Avenue SE
Champaign, Illinois Minneapolis, Minnesota
Reception: $30. Includes full buffet, assorted sodas and Reception: $30. Includes full buffet, assorted sodas and
water, entertainment and cash bar. HASF members and water, entertainment and cash bar. HASF members and
Cardinal & Black and Legacy members receive two free Cardinal & Black and Legacy members receive two free
drink tickets per member (four tickets maximum). drink tickets per member (four tickets maximum).
For more information and to register for the pregame receptions,
visit www.myniu.com or call the Alumni Association at 815-753-1452.
24 Exhibition, a national juried the city’s Historic Commission. Chicago and the Goodman Theatre, Champaign, Illinois.
competition. The piece was comprised Sharon Johnson Coleman has been and a member of the Chicago Jeffrey Weber has released his
of water soluble dyes on Japanese nominated by President Obama to Network, the Economic Club, and the new book, I.D.E.A. to Exit: An
Hosho paper, a technique she has been serve on the U.S. District Court for Executive Club. She is married and has Entrepreneurial Journey, From Basement
working intensely with during the past the Northern District of Illinois. She one daughter, age 10. to Big Time (Mill City Press). It tells
year. The exhibition was sponsored is currently a justice on the Illinois Mark Vogt is the business process the true story of an average guy who
by the Tubac Center of the Arts in Appellate Court for the First Judicial analyst at Zurich Insurance in starts a business that grows rapidly and
Tucson, Arizona, in February. Circuit. Previously she served as a Schaumburg, Illinois. is acquired by a prominent Fortune 500
judge on the Circuit Court of Cook company. All of the pains, struggles,
’77 County (1996-2008) and was a ’85 and mistakes endured are shared to
Ginger Frederick writes that she supervisor in the Cook County State’s Philip Cekal is the senior ETL help the reader learn what it takes to
has an art gallery in Milwaukee, Attorney’s Office and an assistant U.S. developer at the Planet in Dallas, become a successful entrepreneur.
Wisconsin, and is a professional attorney in the Northern District of Texas.
artist. She is featured and quoted in Illinois. Martin Tepoele is channel ’90
the American Art Collector magazine Rick Moser is president and creative development manager for Trend Micro Anthony Nettis, M.S. ’91, is owner
November 2009 issue, and has won director of WideSpark Design, a in Aurora, Illinois. He is married and and president of Nettis Consulting,
numerous awards for her paintings. branding and website design firm has two children, ages 17 and 14. LLC, in Spring Hill, Florida.
Gordon J. Tedeschi announces his located in St. Charles, Illinois. He has Jim Waring has resigned his Arizona
retirement after 32 years as orchestra owned the firm for the past 25 years. ’86 State Senate seat, held since 2002, to
director at East Brunswick Public For more information, visit www. Kathy Holem Miller is the assistant run for U. S. Congress. In addition to
School. widespark.com. vice president of business systems at his numerous fiscal and public safety
Michael Walsdorf, M.A., M.A. ’88, TTX Company in Chicago. legislative accomplishments, Waring
’80 has been appointed director of research has been recognized for his work on
Cynthia Ciesielski is a registered at Stonegate Advisors, a health and ’87 behalf of victims of domestic violence.
nurse on the trauma unit at Baylor wellness research and strategy firm. He John Costigan has unveiled a unique For these efforts, he was named Man
University Medical Center in Dallas, brings more than 25 years of market sales training tool, believed to be of the Year by the Men’s Anti-Violence
Texas. She passed the Medical- research experience to the position. the first in its field to incorporate an Network, and twice named Legislator
Surgical Nursing Certification Board iPhone/iPod application download of the Year by the Arizona Coalition
national examination in October ’82 system. “Sales Tool” was designed to Against Domestic Violence.
2009. She and her husband, Stephen, John Hill, M.A. ’85, is now a professor give sales professionals quick access of
have two grown children and reside of law at the Indiana University School what to say when faced with common ’91
in Allen, Texas, with their three of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana. He sales objections. Brendan McLaughlin, M.A.,
miniature dachshunds. has written a book entitled The Political Art Coulter retired from the U.S. was appointed executive director
Denise Moran notes that her son, Erik Centrist. Army Judge Advocate General’s of the intergovernmental agency
Moran, and nephew, Nick Ries, are Trudy Smith Nicholls is retired. Corp in January 2010 after 20 years dedicated to reducing aircraft noise
both freshmen at NIU this year. She previously held several positions of military service. He is now a affecting communities near O’Hare
in Kansas and Illinois, and was a trial attorney with the Department International Airport by the O’Hare
’81 systems analyst for the University of of Justice’s Commercial Litigation Noise Compatibility Commission.
Barbara Dutton has established Connecticut from 2005 to 2008. Branch in Washington, D.C.
Column Communications, in Glen ’92
Ellyn, Illinois, to provide marketing ’83 ’88 Matt Gilmore is a loss control
communications consulting services to Dean Rein has been named executive Joseph Meyer is IT project manager consultant with Marsh USA in
businesses and organizations, focusing vice president of the Waukesha for JPM Chase Bank in Chicago. Chicago, and was recently promoted to
particularly on entities concerned Memorial Hospital Foundation in Elisa Schwartz Barnabee is the vice president.
with the built environment. She Waukesha, Wisconsin. He has over instructional technology advisor at Cheri Leavitt Godek, M.S.Ed. ’98,
has earned a certificate through the 25 years of experience in non-profit Woodland Middle School in Gurnee, M.S.Ed. ’00, was named principal
Program for Developing Managers at management and development. Illinois. of Gotha Middle School in Gotha,
Simmons College Graduate School Tad Vogl, M.S.Ed. ’95, Ed.D. ’06, Florida. Since moving to Florida four
of Management, Boston, and a ’84 published the activity book Face Cards years ago, she was assistant principal at
certificate in historic preservation from Amy Fahey is president of Midwest for Emotional Awareness, written for Ocoee High School in Ocoee, Florida.
Northwestern University’s School of Commercial Banking for JPMorgan educators and counselors working Prior to that, she taught middle school
Continuing Studies. She resides in Chase in Chicago. She is a board in middle and high schools. It is math and was principal of Grayslake
Wheaton, Illinois, where she serves on member of United Way Metro available through Research Press of Middle School, Grayslake, Illinois.
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Alumni Association Travel Programs
All prices are per person based on double occupancy; a limited number of single supplements are available.
Cost includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago, accommodations, and some meals. Touring itineraries are subject
to change. For more information please call the NIU Alumni Association at 815-753-1512.
International traveling may involve considerable walking, often on uneven cobblestone streets, or hilly
terrain. Many sites have limited coach access and involve steps and inclines. Travelers should be in reasonably
good health. Please consult your physician for pre-trip medical advice.
Canadian Rockies Adventure
September 25 – October 3, 2010
Snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, scenic roadways and awe-inspiring mountain
vistas, not to mention the excitement of wildlife viewing, await travelers on this Canadian
adventure. A special feature of this trip will be training overnight on nostalgic VIA Rail’s
“The Canadian.” This touring itinerary features the Canadian Rockies, Jasper, Banff and
Yoho National Park. Special sightseeing on this travel program includes Stanley Park
in Vancouver, the Monashee Mountains, Pyramid Falls, Maligne Canyon, the Icefields
Parkway, Athabasca Falls and Glacier, Columbia Icefields, Peyto Lake, Valley of the Ten
Peaks, and the Spiral Tunnels and Takakkaw Falls of Yoho National Park. This is the
adventure for those who love nature, wildlife, and spectacular scenery.
• Round-trip airfare from Chicago
• Accommodations and ground transportation
• Six breakfasts, one lunch, and four evening dinners
• One night in Vancouver, two nights in Jasper, three nights in
Banff, and one night in Calgary
• One overnight aboard VIA Rail’s “The Canadian”
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Contact the NIU Alumni Association at
815-753-1512 for more travel information.
To make your reservation, visit myniu.com
and click on “Travel.”
Classical Italy—Rome and Florence
October 22-31, 2010
With its mighty ruins, superb art, and amazing Italian
cuisine, Rome has attracted the world’s people for
centuries. Visit the Vatican Museums, the Basilica
of San Pietro, the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, the
Coliseum, the Roman Forum, or just relax at one of
the many luxurious cafes. With its romantic hues and
graceful piazzas, Florence is a delightful city to stroll
through, but you will want to do much more. Be inspired by works of art by
Michelangelo, Botticelli, Rembrandt, and Caravaggio at the Uffizi Gallery
and the Academia Gallery, bargain for jewelry and other souvenirs on the
Ponte Vecchio, climb to the top of Il Duomo or delight in the inspiring Italian
cuisine. This two-destination tour includes city tours in Rome and Florence,
guided tour of Vatican City, Vatican Museums, Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum,
and touring in Orvieto, Pisa and Lucca.
• Round-trip airfare from Chicago
• Accommodations and ground transportation
• Buffet breakfast each morning and two evening dinners
• Four nights in Rome and four nights in Florence
New Year’s Eve in
December 27, 2010 – January 4, 2011
Treat yourself to a New Year’s getaway in London, where olde
English charm and endless sightseeing await. London is one of the
most famous cities in the world with an exciting and intriguing
history. Whether you want to visit the London Bridge, Madame
Tussauds, Big Ben, Hyde Park, the London Eye, Buckingham Palace,
Trip includes: discover glorious shopping at Harrods, or lose yourself in one of the
• Round-trip airfare from Chicago many theatre possibilities, London will delight you. This year our
• Accommodations and ground transportation London travel program includes a New Year’s Eve party of medieval
• Buffet breakfast each morning proportions and a theatre package where you’ll have a list of West
• New Year’s Eve medieval banquet dinner celebration End shows that include an ever changing lineup of ballet, classical,
• Seven nights in London comedy, drama, family and musicals to choose from.
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Contact the NIU Alumni Association at
815-753-1512 for more travel information.
Check myniu.com for updates on all of
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March 10-19, 2011
Experience the exotic allure of the spectacular Land of the
Rising Sun as we discover the treasures of Japan. From the
cutting-edge culture of Tokyo to Kyoto where history and
age-old traditions live on, we’ll see the best of this fascinating
country. We’ll discover how Japan has undergone centuries
of transformations, from the first ancient capital Nara, to its
present vibrant capital of Tokyo. Temples, shrines, castles,
stunning gardens, ancient Japanese customs and traditions,
skilled craftsmen, tea ceremonies, Geisha history, unique
cultural experiences, day trip to Hiroshima, special shopping
opportunities and the exciting bullet train await you on this one-of-a-kind journey.
This adventure includes touring in Tokyo, Kyoto, Uji, Nara, Hiroshima,
and Miyajima Island.
• Round-trip airfare from Chicago
• Accommodations and ground transportation, including tickets
on Japan’s high-speed railway
• Eight breakfasts and two evening dinners
• Three nights in Tokyo and five nights in Kyoto
Discover Ireland and the Solheim Cup
September 16-26, 2011 The Solheim Cup is an international golfing event that brings
Cost: To be determined the best European and American female golfers on the planet
together to do battle at Killeen Castle, County Meath, in Ireland.
Our travel program provides fascinating touring of the Emerald
Isle the week prior to the Solheim Cup and options for golfing
throughout the trip. We’ll explore the scenic southwest, often
considered to have some of the most picturesque views in all of
Ireland; tour the rugged Dingle Peninsula; and delight in the history of Killarney,
Cashel, Cobh, and County Kildare, home of the Irish National Stud Farm and
Museum. Our week of touring will conclude in Dublin with an option to attend the
2011 Solheim Cup competition. For non-golfers there will be options for touring and
exploring. Ireland brings back the joy of traveling with breathtaking Irish landscapes,
historical forts and palaces, famous coastlines, and ancient accounts that mingle
myth and legend. Whether you fancy the ragged landscapes and lush pastures of the
Midlands or the lush greens of the golf course, the Celtic spirits will be with you.
28 Northern Now
Right, the Dupuys visit with Pat
Anderson, Alumni Relations Director.
From left: Mathis, Allison, Jean-Yves,
Pat and Dawson. Below the Dupuys
joined the NIU travel group for lunch
in Les Andelys, France.
Alumni travelers meet an alumna in France
By Pat Anderson, M.S. ’04 When Allison (Dingley) Dupuy read at a language school in Paris, she took time out to raise a family
about an upcoming travel program and then moved to Normandy. Today Allison is an independent
through the NIU Alumni Association in her monthly e-News, translator working mainly for the tourism and cosmetics
she had no idea that the entire tour group would be meeting her industries. She also teaches English to the three 7-year-olds at
and her family many months later in the town she now calls home, her sons’ school.
historic Les Andelys. As she read about the trip to Normandy and Allison says she and her family love Normandy because
Paris that the Alumni Association was hosting, she thought it was of its calm environment, history and relative closeness to Paris
exciting that alumni and friends from her alma mater would be and Rouen. She loves France because of the beautiful language,
coming to her part of the world in Normandy, France. the history and of course, the bread! She misses the easy-going
After contacting Pat Anderson in the Alumni Office to friendliness of Americans and the holiday traditions. Having
welcome the travelers to France, Allison found out that on their a few hours to socialize with our group and reconnect with
way from Paris to Honfleur the group was planning a lunch stop Northern Illinois University was definitely a special occasion for
in Les Andelys. When she mentioned she lived right in town, she her. She wanted to hear about NIU’s campus, what has changed,
was invited to join the group for lunch. Happily, she accepted. and if students still enjoy Corn Fest and stuffed pizza.
Allison graduated from NIU in 1986, earning a B.A. in The group enjoyed reminiscing about college life in the ’80s
French with an emphasis in Translation and Business French. and hearing how her NIU education prepared Allison for life in
She has kept in touch with two close friends from her school France. She says NIU helped her obtain the career she has now—
days, but since her family lives in New Jersey she never gets back where she can enjoy success in her own business, draw on her
to the DeKalb area and misses having a connection with NIU. NIU educational background, and have a family in the beautiful
She couldn’t believe that NIU was coming to her—in France! Normandy countryside.
While a student at Northern, Allison belonged to AIESEC, Our travelers enjoyed the interaction with Allison, her
a global non-political independent not-for-profit organization run husband, Jean-Yves, and sons, Dawson, 8, and Mathis, 6,
by students and recent graduates of higher education institutions. who are bilingual. We loved their delightful French accents
At NIU, AIESEC is managed through the College of Business and hearing about what they were doing in school. And they
and provides its members with an integrated development loved our American accents! Allison says she works hard to
experience comprised of leadership opportunities, international keep America in front of her family and does so by observing
internships, and participation in a global learning environment, American holidays. Last year on the Fourth of July she prepared
committed to the development a traditional backyard barbeque
of professional and academic for her extended French family
success of students. complete with imported Jell-O!
Allison’s membership in Our meeting with a fellow
AIESEC led to an internship NIU alumna and her family
in a company in France was a memorable event. For a
(where she met her husband, few hours, the distance between
Jean-Yves). Allison then NIU and Normandy did not
got a job with Euro Disney seem so far. We celebrated
working mainly in internal our travels in France and our
communications and press meeting with the Dupuys over
relations. After starting up her a beautiful lunch, and yes, the
own translation department bread was merveilleux!
S u m m e r 2 010 29
She is passionate about reaching all is the technical consultant project
A ffINIty GroUp profIle students and doing whatever it takes to manager at HSBC in Mettawa,
Honors Alumni Council help them be successful.
Carrie Provost, M.M., was presented
Lisa Marie Nathan, M.P.H., has been
with the Outstanding School Orchestra awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for
For decades, freshmen honors students have started their Teacher award for 2009 by the Illinois research aimed at reducing Rwanda’s
NIU experience with an overnight retreat at the Lorado American String Teachers Association. high rate of maternal mortality. She
Taft Field Campus, NIU’s 141-acre outdoor education Thomas Svatos, M.M. ’95, announces is the only New York State Fulbright
and conference center located 35 miles west of DeKalb on the publication of “Sovietizing grant recipient in the medical sciences
Czechoslovak Music: The ‘Hatchet- category for the 2009-2010 academic
the Rock River near Oregon, Illinois.
Man’ Miroslav Barvik and his Speech year.
This August, for the first time, Honors alumni will ‘The Composers Go with the People’”
be invited to the Lorado Taft in the winter 2010 edition of Music & ’01
orientation to welcome fresh- Politics (http://www.music.ucsb.edu/ Jonathan Horton is a professional
men to Northern and the NIU projects/musicandpolitics/). cheerleader with the Baltimore Ravens
Honors Program. NFL football team. He was recently
This overnight orientation,
’93 in Bahrain and Djibouti, Africa, to
Sherri Arrigo has been named among perform on a USO tour. His first tour
which includes dinner, games, the top attorneys in Illinois for 2010 was in 2004, performing for the troops
and stories around a bonfire, is by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine. in Kuwait, Balad, Baghdad, and the
where students often say they She was also featured in the February U.A.E.
first met their roommates and issue of Chicago magazine. She has
best friends. Steve Vesta, Honors broad litigation experience focusing on ’06
the defense of professional negligence Thavann Saing was a tax intern at
alumnus and member of the claims and disciplinary actions against the ServiceMaster Company, and an
Honors Alumni Council, says, hospitals, physicians, and attorneys. accountant at Empire-Today LLC for
“When I was a student at NIU, three years. She graduated with an
I served as a guide at the Honors ’94 M.B.A. from Elmhurst College in
Taft retreat for three consecu- James Falzone teaches at Columbia 2009 and accepted a new role at BP
College Chicago, participating in Oil as a fixed assets FECR analyst in
tive years. At the retreats, I met
a new interdisciplinary curriculum November 2009.
new friends as well as my future offered within the humanities Mark Tarkowski graduated from
spouse. Now, by including alumni in the retreat, NIU program. His recent activities include Roosevelt University with an M.B.A.
Honors Program alumni have another way to give back the premiere of new work for orchestra in December 2009. He has worked at
and reconnect with NIU, the Honors Program and and choir at North Central College, Acxion for the past four years.
and performances of some of his own
Participation from alumni in this retreat is part of
music with the ensemble Tapestry at ’07
the Library of Congress and the Frick Angela Bottorff, M.B.A., was
the Honors Alumni Council’s endeavor to further engage Museum in New York City. promoted to human resources
honors alumni. Notes Kate Braser, Honors Program manager, Western Region, xpedx
coordinator and Honors Alumni Council chair, “The ’99 International Paper.
upcoming 40th anniversary of the Honors Program has Julie M. Balensiefen was recently
energized alumni to advance the efforts of the Honors
promoted to her current rank as Navy ’09
Lieutenant Commander and has Karen Patton, M.M., is an adjunct
Alumni Council.” reported for duty in Florida at Naval instructor in the audio production
Other Honors Alumni Council events will include Hospital Pensacola. program at the Illinois Institute of
a Cubs game on July 2 in partnership with the NIU Kristyn Hume was mentioned recently Art‒Schaumburg. She has had two
Alumni Association and a volunteer project in the fall. in a New York Times article for her original computer music compositions
work in designing the opening credits accepted for performance in 2009.
As is the case for other Alumni Councils, member-
for the film Precious. These include “21 Elevators,”
ship in the Honors Alumni Council is free, and everyone is performed at Boston Cyberarts/Wired
encouraged to join. For more information, visit myniu.com. ’00 for Sound Festival in April 2009, and
Karen Mueller Abernathy, M.S. ’05, “An Open and Shut Case,” performed
30 Northern Now
as part of Rutgers University’s Erik Koster married Laura Jacobson
Sounds from the Weave multimedia on June 6, 2009, at St. John Berchmans Introducing the NIU Alumni Association’s
installation in November 2009 (the in Chicago. They currently reside in
newest affinity group:
link for the latter is: http://finearts. Vernon Hills, Illinois.
camden.rutgers.edu/soundweave. Finance Alumni Council
php). In addition, her article entitled ’03
“Future Traces: Current Trends in Kelly Marie Doogan, Ed.D., and If you are interested in networking opportunities in the
Electroacoustic Music” was published in Dale Doogan announce the birth of finance, investment, marketing and banking fields,
the online academic journal, “eContact!” their second child, David Arthur,
you’ll want to join the Finance Alumni Council.
(December 2009, Vol. 11.4: http://cec. on December 15, 2009. He joins big
concordia.ca/econtact/11_4/patton_ brother Dale, 4.
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future.html). Michelle Spina Hawk and husband,
Justin, welcomed their first child, Riley
Marie, on June 12, 2009.
Marriages and Births Jason Randall, M.A., married Crystal
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’88 18, 2009, at St. Michael’s Catholic
Elissa Schwartz was married to Church in Wheaton. The couple and Visitors Center
William Barnabee on August 1, 2009,
in Las Vegas. The couple resides in
Gurnee with their two children, Shana
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Daniel Diehl and Kristina Sunstrom
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child, baby boy Bryce, on January 8,
2010. Mildred Marie Jacobek Reihl, ’31, on
Megan Drager Stransky and husband, January 27, 2010.
Erik, welcomed their second child, June Carlton Street, ’33, on
Addison Nora, on February 11, 2010. September 6, 2009, in Elizabethtown,
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Irene E. Hubbell, ’37, on May 5, Faculty and Staff News To Share
2009. Donald E. Ary, retired professor,
Verle Sack, ’46, on March 11, 2010, in Department of Educational
Tucson, Arizona. Psychology, Counseling, and Special Name Former Name
Royce A. Thompson, ’47, on January Education, on April 2, 2010, in
16, 2010, in DeKalb, Illinois. DeKalb, Illinois.
Class Year E-mail
Carlton Richard Whitney, ’51, Patricia E. Boehning, ’98, M.S.Ed.
M.S.Ed. ’54, on February 11, 2010, in ’03, staff secretary, on March 12, 2010,
Elgin, Illinois. in Cortland, Illinois Address
Mary Ann “Molly” Andrews Khan, Susan L. Brown, retired account
’53, on August 1, 2009, in St. Joseph, technician, March 5, 2010, in Franklin News
Michigan. Grove, Illinois.
Marlene Grace Geiken Sisler, ’56, on Sonya Brotman Conway, professor of
July 28, 2009. biological sciences, on March 14, 2010,
Donna Grace Kelly Heyer, ’57, on in California.
May 18, 2009, in Waukegan, Illinois. John Dewar, retired professor,
Wayne Anthony Nelson, ’68, on Department of Curriculum and
November 8, 2009, in Scottsdale, Instruction, on February 2, 2010, in
Arizona. San Angelo, Texas.
Diana G. Dembicki Craft, ’69, on Edward F. Diedrich, retired instructor
January 26, 2010, in Waukesha, of law, College of Business, on March
Mail to: Alumni Association, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115,
Dorothy Oehlert, ’69, M.S.Ed. ’82, on
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Elizabeth “Bette” Jacky-Coleman,
April 14, 2010, in DeKalb, Illinois. housing and dining secretary, on April
Laura N. Peterson, ’70, on May 10, 3, 2010, in Lexington, South Carolina.
2009, in Naperville, Illinois. Jenny “Lynn” Jones, retired building
Moving? Let us know!
Joanna Host Lindberg, ’71, on May services worker, on March 22, 2010, in
23, 2007. Rockford, Illinois. Name Last First Former/Middle
Bonnie O’Toole, ’75, on November B.J. Lamb, retired building services
13, 2009. worker, on January 13, 2010, in
James Gibbs, J.D. ’78, on December 5, DeKalb, Illinois. Address
2008, in Chicago. Evelyn J. Schwartz-Elster, retired
Nancy Lynn Bogda Etheredge, nurse, on January 15, 2010, in City State Zip
’80, on January 9, 2010, in Yorkville, Waukegan, Illinois.
Illinois. Sandra L. Scott, food service cashier,
Home e-mail address Work e-mail address
Steven Rurka, ’81, on November 5, on January 23, 2010, in Sycamore,
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in Cortland, Illinois. on January 23, 2010, in Sycamore, Work Phone Home Phone
David Madigan, ’98, on February 18, Illinois.
2010. John S. “Jay” Wagle III, retired Major Class Year
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Emily May Harper, ’05, on October Mary Margaret “Meg” Walker Ed.D. printed on the back cover.
20, 2009, in New Zealand. ’80, retired counselor, University
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32 Northern Now
A new venue for an old tradition brought renewed excitement to the Tugs competition held this
year in conjunction with the spring football game and the NIU Alumni Association’s Grad Bash,
collectively dubbed NIU’s “Spring Homecoming.” The move to a new location just east of Huskie
Stadium brought increased exposure to the Tugs, a competition first introduced in 1951 as a May
Fete activity. Phi Sigma Kappa was this year’s champion, defeating team PKP. Shown here is
third-place team Pi Kappa Alpha. Do you have a Tugs memory?
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2010 Huskie FootBall
Sept. 2 at Iowa State
Sept. 11 NORTH DAKOTA (family weekend)
Sept. 18 at Illinois
Sept. 25 at Minnesota (Big Ten Network)
SEASoN TICkETS Oct. 2 at Akron*
Five home games start at $74 oR Oct. 9 TEMPLE*
get the three-game Mini-Plan (you Oct. 16 BUFFALO* (Homecoming)
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Oct. 30 at Western Michigan*
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Nov. 20 at Ball State*
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Nov. 26 at Eastern Michigan* (ESPNU/ESPN360.com^)
Dec. 3 Marathon MAC Championship (ESPN2)
*Mid-American Conference game. Schedule subject to change.
^Final TV selection to be made at later date.