|Northern Illinois University|
|Motto:||Forward, Together Forward|
|President:||John G. Peters|
|Provost:||Raymond W. Alden III|
|Location:||DeKalb, Illinois, United States|
|Colors:||Cardinal and Black|
Northern Illinois University (NIU) is a public university located in DeKalb, Illinois. A motto (from the Italian word motto, meaning witticism sentence is a phrase meant to formally describe the general motivation or intention of a social group The date of establishment or date of founding of an Institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point A financial endowment is a Transfer of Money or Property donated to an Institution, usually with the stipulation that it be invested University president is the title of the highest ranking officer within a University, within university systems that prefer that appellation over other variations such as John G Peters is the current president of Northern Illinois University (NIU Provost is the title of a senior Academic administrator at many institutions of Higher education in the United States and Canada, the equivalent Dr Raymond W Alden III is the current Provost of Northern Illinois University. The word student is etymologically derived through Middle English from the Latin second-type conjugation Verb "studēre" In some Educational systems undergraduate education is Post-secondary education up to the level of a Bachelor's degree. See also Postgraduate Training in Education Postgraduate education (synonymous in North America with graduate education, and sometimes described DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 39018 at the 2000 census. The State of Illinois ( roughly ill-i-NOY is a state of the United States of America, the 21st to be admitted to the Union. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the School colors are the Colors chosen by a School to represent it on uniforms and other items of identification A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages A public university is a University that is predominantly funded by public means through a national or subnational government as opposed to private universities. DeKalb is a city in DeKalb County, Illinois, United States. The population was 39018 at the 2000 census. It was founded on May 22, 1895 by Illinois Governor John P. Altgeld as a satellite campus for what is now Illinois State University. Events 334 BC - The Greek army of Alexander the Great defeats Darius III of Persia in the Battle of the Granicus. Year 1895 ( MDCCCXCV) was a Common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar (or a Common year John Peter Altgeld ( December 30 1847 - March 12 1902) was the Governor of the U A satellite campus is a Campus of a College or University that is physically detached from the main university or college area Illinois State University is a Public university in Normal Illinois and is the oldest public institution of Higher education in the state. The DeKalb campus was originally called Northern Illinois State Normal School. Today named Northern Illinois University, it is an independent public university and has grown larger than its parent school with a student enrollment of more than 25,000. NIU is a member of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and is the second largest university in the state of Illinois after University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. The National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC is the oldest higher-education association within the US. This article is about the flagship campus For other uses and locations of University of Illinois, see University of Illinois (disambiguation The University of NIU's main campus is located approximately 65 miles (104 km) west of Chicago. The kilometre ( American spelling: kilometer) symbol km is a unit of Length in the Metric system, equal to one thousand Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The university has satellite centers in Hoffman Estates, Naperville, Rockford, and Oregon. Naperville ( is an affluent city in the Chicago metropolitan area in Illinois in the United States, voted the second and third best place to live Rockford is a mid-sized city located on both banks of the Rock River in far northern Illinois Oregon is a city located in Ogle County Illinois. As of the 2000 census the city had a total population of 4060
Over the past three decades NIU has undergone tremendous expansion, including the addition of its College of Law in 1979. Northern Illinois University College of Law is a Law school in DeKalb Illinois. Today, the university is composed of seven degree-granting colleges that together offer 54 undergraduate and 74 graduate programs, as well as 12 doctoral programs. An academic major, major concentration, concentration, or simply major is mainly a U A graduate school or ("grad school" is a school that awards advanced degrees such as doctoral degrees with the general requirement that students must have earned A doctorate is an Academic degree that indicates the highest level of academic achievement
Northern Illinois University was founded through the creation of a Board of Trustees for the governance of the Northern Illinois Normal School, as the first expansion of the normal school program established in 1857 in Normal, Illinois. normal school was a school created to train high school graduates to be teachers Normal is an Incorporated town in McLean County, Illinois, United States. In July, 1917, the Illinois Senate consolidated the boards of trustees for the five state normal schools into one state Normal School Board (Eastern Illinois State Normal School, Illinois State Normal School, Northern Illinois State Normal School, Southern Illinois State Normal University, and Western Illinois State Normal School)
Over the next fifty years both the school and the governing board had their names change several times. Eastern Illinois University is a state University located in Charleston, Illinois. Southern Illinois University is a state university located in Southern Illinois with two institutions and multiple campuses Western Illinois University is a public university founded in 1899 as Western Illinois State Normal School In 1921, the legislature gave the institution the name Northern Illinois State Teachers College and empowered it to award the four-year degree Bachelor of Education. In 1941 the Normal School Board changed its name to the Teachers College Board. In 1951 the Teachers College Board authorized the college to grant the degree Master of Science in Education, and the institution’s Graduate School was established. On July 1, 1955 , the state legislature renamed the college Northern Illinois State College and authorized the college to broaden its educational services by offering academic work in areas other than teacher education. The Teachers College Board granted permission for the college to add curricula leading to the degrees Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science. On July 1, 1957 the Seventieth General Assembly reamed Northern Illinois State College as Northern Illinois University in recognition of its expanded status as a liberal arts university.
In 1965, the Illinois State Teachers College Board became the Board of Governors of State Colleges and Universities and was reorganized to include Northeastern University, Governor's State, and Chicago State Universities. In 1967 authority for Northern Illinois University, Illinois State University, and Sangamon State University were passed on to the Board of Regents which governed the three Regency universities until the board was disbanded at the end of 1995. On January 1, 1996 authority for Northern Illinois University was transferred to an independent Board of Trustees. 
The Northern Illinois State Normal School opened its doors to 163 students on September 11, 1899. Over the course of the 20th century, NIU underwent tremendous expansion, growing into a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of more than 25,000.
The Northern Illinois University shooting was an incident that took place on February 14, 2008, during which former NIU student Steven Kazmierczak shot multiple people in Cole Hall, on the campus of Northern Illinois University. The Northern Illinois University shooting was an incident that took place on February 14 2008 during which a gunman shot multiple people on the campus of Northern Illinois University Events 842 - Charles the Bald and Louis the German swear the Oaths of Strasbourg in the French and German 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common The Northern Illinois University shooting was an incident that took place on February 14 2008 during which a gunman shot multiple people on the campus of Northern Illinois University Five of his victims were killed. The school was locked down for several hours until authorities were able to determine that Kazmierczak had killed himself, was acting alone, and thus the danger had passed. There are several definitions of the slang word lockdown, the most common of which pertains to a state of containment or a restriction of progression It was the fourth-deadliest university shooting in U. S. history.
The first residence halls were built to house women only. Williston Hall, in 1915, was named after Northern's first President, John Williston Cook. It provided such luxuries for women students as formal table cloths, fresh cut flowers on cafeteria tables, and oriental rugs in the common rooms and was also home to the annual Christmas Ball -- a formal dance in which men wore tuxedos and women wore evening dresses. Williston Hall was converted into administrative offices in 1969. It currently houses the Office of Admissions, Records and Registration, Educational Services and Programs, Division of International Programs, University Office of Teacher Certification and the Transfer Center.
Adams Hall opened in 1949 and is named for Karl L. Adams, President of NIU from 1929-1948. Joliet marble shaped in a Collegiate Gothic design constitutes the exterior of the building that provided nearly luxurious accommodations, not found on campus today. Women students were provided with amenities such as furnished linens laundered twice a week, Bavarian china and fine silver for meal service, and silver hollowware for tea each afternoon. The building was converted for administrative use in 1967. It currently houses the Graduate School, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Testing Services, the Office for Teaching Assistant Training and Development, the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and faculty offices. It also is home to the Chandelier Room, a nonprofit, student-run dining and catering service. Students in the School of Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences (FCNS) work in the Chandelier Room for laboratory experience for food service courses.
The first men's dormitory, Gilbert Hall, opened in 1952. It was named for Newell D. Gilbert, a prominent early faculty member (1899-1924). After turning coed, it was also converted to an office building housing the Office of Publications.
Northern Illinois University currently has five dormitory complexes (Neptune, Lincoln, Douglas, Grant and Stevenson). All freshmen attending NIU are required to live in the residence halls their first year; after that, they can choose to continue living on-campus or choose to move off-campus.
The Neptune Hall Complex is centrally located on campus, right next to the Holmes Student Center, and serves a large population of art students. The buildings are made of red brick and are about 3-4 stories. Originally for women only, it was built over a period of several years. Neptune North opened in 1955, Neptune West in 1959, and Neptune East along with Neptune Central, the dining-recreation center, in 1960. The complex was named for Celine Neptune, another prominent faculty member (1922-1948).
The remaining dormitories, located west of Annie Glidden Road, were built in two phases and named for prominent Illinois politicians. The older two complexes Lincoln and Douglas opened in 1962 and 1963. Each complex consists of four five-story halls which connect to alternating sides of an octagonal one story common building containing a cafeteria and multi-purpose rooms.
Grant Towers opened in 1966. Stevenson Towers were opened in two phases in 1967 and 1968. They lie to the northwest of Lincoln and Douglas. These two high rise complexes are also nearly-identical to each other. Each features four 12-story triangular-shaped towers which connect to a low rise rectangular building housing cafeteria and multi-purpose rooms. A university bus system serves all of the above residence halls with several stops across campus.
Since the residence halls only provide housing for about a third of the students at NIU, large areas of off-campus housing in close proximity to the campus exist. There exists a large section of student housing north of campus, including townhomes, apartments and the houses of "Greek Row", as well as the University Plaza, which offers dorm-style living. A secondary area of student housing exists in the form of apartment complexes along Lincoln Highway, south of campus. Both areas are heavily populated by students and are serviced by separate lines on the NIU student-funded Huskie Bus Line. 
Facilities that exist on campus to enhance Student Life include the Campus Life Building,computer science department, which serves as the headquarters for the Student Association, Campus Activities Board, Northern Star newspaper, and offices for a variety of important groups on campus. There is also a meeting room here.
Additional facilities include the Holmes Student Center, which serves as the headquarters for visitors on campus, featuring a hotel, numerous offices, classrooms, meeting rooms, banquet halls, lounges, and a food court anchored by Subway. Subway Restaurants, commonly known as Subway, is a Fast food restaurant franchise that primarily sells Sandwiches and Salads called A branch of TCF Bank is also located here. TCF Bank is the wholly owned Banking subsidiary of TCF Financial Corporation, a Financial services Holding company headquartered in Wayzata In the basement of the Holmes Student Center is the Huskie's Den, which features bowling lanes, billiards, video games, and other entertainment offerings for students.
On the west side of campus near the residence halls is the sprawling Campus Recreational Building, which offers students a weight room, aerobics mats, a gymnasium, and a large room featuring dozens of treadmills as well as more weight machines, elliptical machines, and also stationary bicycles. An elliptical trainer (also cross trainer or simply elliptical) is a stationary Exercise machine used to simulate Walking or Running Also on the west side of campus is the recently-built Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, located just east of Huskie Stadium, which serves as an important visitors center and banquet venue for formal events on campus.
Over 200 student organizations exist on campus exist, including a large community of Fraternities and Sororities, political groups, including the College Democrats and College Republicans, advocacy groups such as the LGBT Resource Center and Black Student Union, special-interest groups, academic clubs, and so forth.
NIU's Student Association governs the NIU community and makes decisions which affect the quality of life of students at NIU. The association is organized similar to that of the U. S. government, with executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The NIU Student Association is one of the largest student governments in the United States and has a $1. 3 million budget. Much of the money goes to the University's extensive bus system, which is one of the largest student-run bus systems in the United States. Additional resources are provided to Health Enhancement, Recreation Services, Campus Childcare, the Campus Activities Board, and every registered group on campus. Much of the activity on campus is headquartered out of the Campus Life Building.
The Student Association operates Organizational Expos throughout the year which gives all the organizations on campus the opportunity to showcase their groups and recruit students.
The Campus Activities Board is responsible for bringing activity to the campus, and is also responsible for bringing performers to the Convocation Center.
At the corner of Annie Glidden Road and Lucinda Avenue is the Chick Evans Field House, a building which consists of a series of gymnasiums, which has since been under-used due to usage of the Convocation Center. Chick Evans Field House was a 6000-seat multi-purpose Arena in DeKalb Illinois, USA Nevertheless, the fieldhouse continues to host expositions and sporting events of a smaller scale, and serves as the headquarters for the campus ROTC program. ROTC links here For other uses see ROTC (disambiguation A Reserve Officers' Training Corps ( ROTC) ROTC produces officers in all branches
NIU's athletic department experienced some growth in reputation in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The Northern Illinois Huskies are the athletic teams that represent Northern Illinois University. Almost completely unknown to observers from outside of Illinois before the mid-1990s, NIU experienced success as a NCAA Division I school, especially in football, attending bowl games in 2004—a victory over Troy State in the Silicon Valley Classic—and a loss to Texas Christian in the 2006 Poinsettia Bowl. Division I (or D-I) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with In the United States, a bowl game is traditionally a post-season College football game however the term "bowl" has become synonymous with a major American Troy University is a public University located in Troy, Alabama and founded in 1887, as "Troy Normal School" The Silicon Valley Football Classic, sometimes referred to simply as the Silicon Valley Bowl or Silicon Valley Classic, was an NCAA -certified Division Texas Christian University is a private, Coeducational University located in Fort Worth, Texas. The Poinsettia Bowl is a post-season NCAA -sanctioned Division I-A College football Bowl game that was created in 2005.   Currently, the NIU Huskies compete in the Mid-American Conference. The Mid-American Conference ( MAC) is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division I college athletic conference with a membership In 1982 the women's badminton team won the AIAW national collegiate championship. The Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women was founded in 1971 to govern collegiate women's athletics in the United States and to administer national championships
On the west side of campus is Brigham Field at Huskie Stadium, the home of NIU football games, which also often plays host to other significant outdoor events. For the home field of the University of Washington, see Husky Stadium. Huskie Stadium, which has a seating capacity over 30,000, is surrounded by large open grassy areas which provide recreation, and also serve as the tailgating lots for football games. In North America, a tailgate party is a Social event held on and around the open Tailgate of a vehicle. There is also a baseball field, Ralph McKinzie Field, softball field, Mary M. Bell Field, soccer field, Huskie Soccer Complex, and tennis court, Gullikson Tennis Courts, which flank Huskie Stadium. At the Stadium's north end zone is the $14-million Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon Academic and Athletic Performance Center whose namesakes donated $2. 5 million in the fall of 2006 to help with the construction. The facility opened in August 2007, but the actual costs of equipment, computers and other resources which are housed in the Yordon Center were never released.
On the far west side of campus is the Convocation Center, a state-of-the-art 10,000 seat arena which hosts NIU Men's and Women's Basketball, Gymnastics, Wrestling and Volleyball, Victor E. Convocation Center is a 10000-seat multi-purpose Arena @ 1525 W Lincoln Hwy in DeKalb Illinois, 60115-2854 USA Court, games, the opening Convocation Ceremony for incoming freshmen, music concerts, and a variety of events throughout the year including Job Fairs, Internship Fairs, and other expositions.
The residence halls, which are located in the same area as the above athletic facilities are also flanked by numerous sand volleyball areas, a large quad between the dorms, basketball courts, skating courts, Eco Lake, and numerous open fields which offer numerous opportunities for outdoor student recreation.