NIU President Lisa Freeman has selected student artwork to showcase the incredible talent that NIU students possess.

Of the entries submitted for consideration, three were selected and the artists received scholarships for their winning designs. Their work will be featured on the official NIU president’s electronic holiday card.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners!

2019 Holiday Card 1st PlaceRinging in the New Year
(125th anniversary)

Jenna Cavin is a senior illustration major from Aurora, Ill.

“With NIU’s 125th Anniversary just around the corner, I thought immediately of the old saying “Ringing in the New Year”. I wanted to celebrate this year’s Huskie pride with our two new additions: Mission II and the NIU sculpture in the MLK commons.” said Cavin.

After graduation, she plans on utilizing her illustration and marketing skills within the nonprofit sector.

(First place)

2019 Holiday Card Second PlaceThe Huskie Spirit

Todd Weber is a graduate student from Union, Ill.

“I love dogs and paint a lot of pet portraits so I knew I wanted to incorporate a festive “Huskie” to represent NIU. I wanted to show a sense of unity and diversity with different symbols representing some of the many holiday traditions that are celebrated.” said Weber.

He received his bachelor’s degree from NIU back in 2009 and decided to come back in hopes of getting his teaching license to pursue a future career as an elementary art teacher.

(Second place)



2019 Holiday Card Winners Third PlaceHappy Holidays from NIU!

Sarah Navigato is a senior illustration major from Mount Prospect, Ill.

“I am proud to be a part of a school that is so inclusive and values diversity as much as NIU does. For my piece, I wanted to draw some of our campus geese with our school mascots Mission and Mission II to emphasize how warm and welcoming NIU is.” said Navigato.

Her ultimate dream is to be a self sufficient children’s book author and illustrator. She enjoys incorporating animals in her illustrations and creating stories with them is something she loves doing.

(Third place)