For two decades Cheryl Porter has been teaching kids in Italy to sing in English

Cheryl Porter, a Chicago native who studied opera in the NIU School of Music from 1990-1995, went to Italy in 1996 to "further [her] studies in music and opera."  She tells Public Radio International's Carol Hills that she had no idea there was "so much love for...

Art and Design’s Mike Rea’s work on exhibit in Philadelphia

Mike Rea, associate professor of sculpture in the School of Art and Design is part of an exhibition titled, "Reveries: Monsters & Melodies" at Globe Dye Works in Philadelphia. He is co-exhibiting with Roger Allan Cleaves, an artist based in Memphis, Tenn. View a...

Long-time Art and Design grad student assistant has an interesting retirement plan

For many, retirement is the end of one chapter and the beginning of another.  Some people take that concept more literally than others.  Joan Smola, office support specialist in the College of Education, will retire from NIU at the end of June after 15 years.  Her...

Alumni spotlight: Korkut Akacik, illustrator, animator, and educator

Korkut Akacik earned his Master of Fine Arts in animation from the NIU School of Art and Design in 2018.  He is currently the creative director at Econ Illinois, a non-profit organization through NIU that has been developing interesting and interactive...

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