Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

By mid-November of each year, the Ellwood mansion is decked for the holidays. Tour guides lead visitors room-by-room and deliver the history of the home while guests delight in the gilt and stenciled ceilings, rich woodwork, and elegant holiday decorations. Then, during the first weekend of December, things become even more festive as the mansion comes alive with twinkling lights, music, and the history of … Continue reading Holiday Traditions at the Ellwood House

Spotlight on Learning: Founders Elementary

Founders Elementary does a weekly signing of their book of success from each class. Mrs. Munro’s kindergarten class is having lots of fun in their sunglasses! Every week an NIU Student-Athlete visits the school to read to the students.  Pictured here is an NIU Basketball player who was reading to the class. Pictured here are students using their Chromebooks as part of the buddies program … Continue reading Spotlight on Learning: Founders Elementary

Pickleball Popularity Hits DeKalb

It’s fun just to say pickleball, now imagine how fun it is to play!  Invented in 1965 as a makeshift sport between family and friends, Pickleball has evolved into one of the fastest growing sports and recreation activities in the country. Pickleball combines elements of tennis and ping-pong using paddles and plastic whiffle balls.  It is played on a court similar in size to badminton … Continue reading Pickleball Popularity Hits DeKalb

Making Dreams Come True

When NIU engineering student Oleseun Taiwo designed a prosthetic hand for a 12-year-old violinist, he made a difference in both of their lives. Playing the violin was a challenge for Sarah Valentiner, who was born without a right hand. With the help of the custom prosthesis Taiwo designed, making beautiful music just became easier. “When I started in engineering I figured I’d just get my … Continue reading Making Dreams Come True

NIU Women’s Tugs Weekend 2016

Recently in DeKalb, a very exciting and well-known event took place at the University Plaza Back Fields: 2016 Northern Illinois Woman’s Tugs! Woman’s Tug’s is an event hosted by the PanHellenic Council for participating sororities and over the years, it has become a highly anticipated competition that many students look forward too. On Friday, October 7th, the games began with Delta Gamma vs. Alpha Delta … Continue reading NIU Women’s Tugs Weekend 2016

NIU Softball Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game

On Saturday, October 8th, NIU softball field held their first game in support of pediatric cancer awareness. Thanks to senior softball player, Kali Kosakowski, NIU teamed up with Cal’s Angels. This organization is based out of St. Charles and founded by Tom and Stacey Sutter who lost their 6 year old son, Cal, to leukemia. The goal of the organization is to grant wishes, promote … Continue reading NIU Softball Pediatric Cancer Awareness Game

Huntley MS Students Qualify for the ILMEA Competition

These Huntley Middle School students qualified for the ILMEA competition which will be held on November 19th at DeKalb High School.  Congratulations! BAND INSTRUMENT John (Billy) Adams (8) Bb Clarinet Annie Tyrrell (8) Trumpet Leah Valentiner (7) Flute Annika Burchell (7) Percussion Brianna Castillo (7) Percussion   ORCHESTRA INSTRUMENT Tess Moreno (8) Cello Sara Valentiner (8) Violin   CHORUS Voice Ester Bugumba (7) Alto Bella De La Cruz (8) Soprano Amber DeLap (8) Soprano I … Continue reading Huntley MS Students Qualify for the ILMEA Competition