Jul 02

What is a “RED RIOT”?

“Red Riot” is the student organization of athletic supporters from Northern Illinois University who come together in force (like a “riot”, albeit in a fun way!), to support NIU and the NIU athletes.  The group are known for “over the top” ways of showing their support from painted faces, crazy-wild costumes, and just about anything else fun that will demonstrate school spirit. Red Riot will always be there to demonstrate NIU student support for all our athletes in a variety of sports.

May 19

Northern Illinois loses 47-27 to Bowling Green

network.yardbarker.com – Jordan Lynch and No. 16 Northern Illinois failed to take advantage of opportunity to impress Heisman Trophy voters and earn a BCS bowl game bid. Matt Johnson threw four of his career-high five touchdown passes in the first half and Bowling Green routed the Huskies 47-27 on Friday night for the Mid-American Conference title, ending their shot at playing in a marquee bowl game. ”We came out kind of flat,” Lynch acknowledged. The Northern Illinois (12-1) loss improves the chances of Baylor or Oregon being an at-large team in a BCS bowl game. ”This game doesn’t define us – we’re not going to let it,” Huskies coach Rod Carey said. ”We’ve got another game, we don’t know where yet. We still have a lot to play for.” Instead of going back to a BCS game and helping the MAC get a big check to split among its schools, Northern Illinois might end up coming back to Detroit in a few weeks for the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl. ”We never talked about the BCS,” Lynch insisted. Lynch ran f…

May 19

Falcons bust Northern Illinois BCS dream

network.yardbarker.com – DETROIT — Northern Illinois and Jordan Lynch were ready for their coronation ceremony Friday night. No one told Matt Johnson and Bowling Green. Johnson threw for 393 yards and a title game-record five touchdowns as the Falcons won the Mid-American Conference championship game 47-27, ruining Northern Illinois’ bid for a second straight BCS berth. “We got a lot of motivation from listening to the media all week,” the sophomore said. “All we heard about was how they were going to bust the BCS again, and we wanted to remind everyone that they still had to beat us if they wanted to do it.” Johnson was also fired up by his individual matchup with Lynch, the Huskies’ record-setting quarterback. “There’s been all kinds of talk about Jordan Lynch, and how he’s in contention for the Heisman Trophy and everything else,” he said. “He deserves all of that, but, yeah, I started taking it a little personally after a while. We didn’t want people to forget we were here.” Lynch had a decent ga…

May 19

Bowling Green Falcons vs. Northern Illinois Huskies: Betting Odds, Point Spread, Over/Under and tv info

network.yardbarker.com – On Friday the Bowling Green Falcons and Northern Illinois Huskies will match-up with the MAC title on the line.
Bowling Green (9-3, 7-1 MAC) will be trying to stop No. 14 Northern Illinois (12-0, 8-0 MAC) from busting the BCS for a second straight season.
Coverage of the game between Bowling Green and Northern Illinois will air on ESPN2 beginning at 8:00 pm ET from Ford Field in Detroit, MI.
The Odds: The Northern Illinois Huskies are a 4.5 point favorite against the Bowling Green Falcons. The over/under for this contest is 58.5 total points.
Will Northern Illinois bust its way into another BCS?

May 19

Northern Illinois tries to focus on only MAC title

network.yardbarker.com – No. 16 Northern Illinois is trying to focus only on the Mid-American Conference championship game. That might not be easy. If the Huskies beat Bowling Green on Friday night in Detroit, they will likely earn a second straight BCS bowl bid. Northern Illinois coach Rod Carey said the Falcons are probably better in all three phases of the game than any opponent his team has faced this season. Bowling Green will need to be really good on offense, defense and special teams to do enough to beat Huskies quarterback Jordan Lynch. The Heisman Trophy candidate has accounted for 4,212 yards and 43 touchdowns this season. Lynch is 25-2 as a Northern Illinois starting quarterback and hasn’t lost a MAC game. Here are five things to watch when the Huskies (12-0, 8-0 MAC) face the Falcons (9-3, 7-1) at Ford Field: HIGH STAKES: Northern Illinois’ most difficult task might be to avoid looking ahead to a probable invitation to play in the Fiesta Bowl, one of three BCS bowls expected to se…

May 17

NIU roundup: Track finishes fourth at MAC behind five champs

The Northern Illinois University women’s track and field team completed the 2015 Mid-American Conference Outdoor Track with several program bests, posting its top finish, point total and number of champions in school history at the conference championships with a sensational Saturday performance.

May 15

NIU roundup: Baseball keeps playoff hopes alive with win over Ball State

With any hope of making the conference baseball tournament hanging in the balance, Northern Illinois senior Ben Neumann delivered a gem on Thursday.

May 14

Huskies come into final series likely needing a sweep

DeKALB – With the Northern Illinois baseball team currently on the outside looking in for the Mid-American Conference tournament, the final series of the regular season is gut-check time for the Huskies.

May 13

NIU names La Vonne I. Neal associate vice president for process improvement & operational effectiveness

LaVonne Neal

La Vonne I. Neal

Northern Illinois University announced that College of Education Dean La Vonne I. Neal has been named associate vice president for process improvement & operational effectiveness, effective July 1. Laurie Elish-Piper has agreed to serve as acting dean of the college beginning at that time, and a national search will be initiated next fall to recruit the college’s next permanent dean.

The newly-created position, which reports to the vice president of Administration and Finance, will collaborate across campus to develop the strategy and implementation for process engineering efforts at NIU, working with senior leadership to assess gaps in current systems and prioritize enhancements in order to improve operational efficiency and effectiveness.

“Dr. Neal brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and expertise to the position and will be a tremendous asset as we work to improve our processes and increase our operational effectiveness,” said Vice President of Administration and Finance Alan Phillips. “In an era of declining resources, she is the person we need to help us determine how to efficiently and effectively move the institution forward in the best way possible, and I have no doubt that she will help us to do just that.”

Neal has served as dean since July 2010 after serving in the same capacity at the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

After earning a bachelor’s degree in political science from LaSalle University, Neal entered the United States Army as a 2nd lieutenant and later earned the rank of captain. There she gained experience in leadership and strategic planning that helped her lead transformation efforts at Johnson and Johnson, Kraft Foods and Miller Brewing Company. Neal’s professional experiences and personal commitment to the development of human potential converged when she decided to become an educator. She earned a master’s degree in education at The University of Texas at Austin, followed by a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education with an emphasis in multicultural education.

Over the course of her academic career at UCCS and NIU, Neal implemented a new culture of assessment and led transformation throughout the colleges’ programs. She has demonstrated experience in fostering improvement while serving in both academic and administrative roles.

“I look forward to leading process improvement and operational effectiveness at NIU because when we collaborate, our scholars graduate,” Neal said.

Neal’s specific responsibilities as associate vice president are consistent with her leadership experience as a change agent throughout her career and include the following:

  • Provide leadership in identifying opportunities for continuous quality improvement and advocate for effective solutions that can be realized through process re-engineering;
  • Drive measurable improvements of key processes through leadership, training, and mentorship of teams across the division;
  • Provide leadership for operational units to adopt a culture of service and operational effectiveness through ongoing assessment of appropriate goals and metrics;
  • Promote a culture of evidence-based decision making by promoting the development and implementation of effective data management practices; and
  • Manage projects, budgets and personnel assigned for process improvement activities.
Laurie Elish-Piper

Laurie Elish-Piper

“Laurie Elish-Piper has provided collaborative leadership to many campus and regional education initiatives, including the NIU Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy and the Northern Illinois P-20 Network,” said NIU Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman. “She is very familiar with the challenges and opportunities facing K–12 and postsecondary education in Illinois as a result of her service as NIU presidential advisor on college and career readiness. I am confident that Dr. Elish-Piper will excel in the role of acting dean of the College of Education.”

A Distinguished Teaching Professor and Presidential Engagement Professor in the Department of Literacy and Elementary Education, Elish-Piper teaches graduate courses in literacy assessment and instruction, adult literacy, and literacy research. She is director of the Jerry L. Johns Literacy Clinic and co-director of the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Language and Literacy, interim chair for the Department of Literacy Education, and has served as acting deputy provost. In that role, she has been actively involved in developing NIU’s mentoring programs and internship expansion as well as retention initiatives such as the first year composition initiative.

“I have built my entire career in higher education here at NIU, and I have to admit that I love this institution,” said Elish-Piper, who was elected to the International Literacy Association’s board of directors in 2013. “I’m honored to have this opportunity to serve as dean of the College of Education.  I look forward to working collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, alumni and the community to build on the college’s successes and to move forward into the future.”










May 12

Three former Huskies sign with pro football teams

A pair of former Northern Illinois football players are joining Da’Ron Brown on NFL rosters.

May 09

Northern Illinois seniors balance home meet, graduation

DeKALB – Northern Illinois senior Alexandra Schad finished her final triple jump of the day – and final attempt ever at a home meet – at 2:59 p.m.

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