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 An e-newsletter for high school counselors


Degree/Program Updates

Students Want to Study with Award-Winning Professors? At NIU, They Can!  

Several professors in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been selected for top honors from NIU.

Professors are awarded these highly competitive, very selective awards based on national and international renown, teaching impact, research and scholarship – particularly when such activities directly involve students – and service to community and region.

Imagine all that your students can learn from these professors and the numerous other award-wining scholars in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. 

The Course Transformation Project

Several Liberal Arts and Sciences courses are receiving overhauls as part of our Course Transformation Project (CTP). 

CTP courses are designed to be a whole lot more than your average college course. Instructors are invested in giving the best possible experience, and students can expect a lot more hand-on, interactive learning on a flexible schedule. 

View a list of CTP courses and

Freshmen Success Stories
What can your students do with an NIU degree? Help them discover all the possibilities.   

We have a new electronic publication that will give you and your students an idea of the numerous opportunities available in the NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Exploration and Discovery: The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Northern Illinois University provides a broad overview of our college and departments, along with profiles of our accomplished alumni and testimonials from current students. 

Biological Sciences:  Professor Karen Samonds was one of five women explorers featured as part of National Geographic’s celebration of International Women’s Day.  

Communication:  Professor Randy Caspersen has been awarded a $15,000 Research and Artistry Grant from NIU’s Division of Research and Graduate Studies. This Opportunity Grant will be used to help fund a project entitled The Penguin Process. Caspersen will be working with media students in the Department of Communication to produce a documentary about the collaboration between Dekalb Children’s Community Theatre and the Penguin Project, an organization that “provides children and young adults, ages 10-22, with developmental disabilities the opportunity to take center stage in a Broadway-style musical production, filling all roles from leads to ensemble.” For further information see the Penguin Project website.

Congratulations to the NIU Forensics Team for winning the Team of Excellence Award at the Pi Kappa Delta Nationals in St. Louis recently.  


Deadlines and Events

Huskie Chat Nights 

Got questions? We have answers! Sign up to participate in one of our upcoming Chats.  Log in from your home, office, Starbucks-- anywhere you have Internet access-- post questions, get answers and find out what you-- and others-- need to know about our programs and NIU from faculty, current students, and CLAS Advising and NIU Admissions staff.  Chats last one hour, from 6:00-7:00 PM.  Join us for lively and fast-moving discussions!

Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday, May 22: Final Steps Chats

ACT Test preparation is available for any students who may need help preparing for this important exam. The ACT Test Prep program promotes individualized attention to a small classroom setting and offers sstudents a chance to be ready. 

More information can be found here

NIU Summer Camps

The College of Liberal Arts and Science is proud to support many outstanding summer camps  students interested in subjects like journalism, and archaeology. Learn more at our External Programming website.

Program Showcase: Freshmen Opportunity at NIU!

Meredith WoodPhysics freshman names research experience, social connections as keys to her early success

Affordability and convenient location were not the primary reasons that freshman physics major Gabriela Arriaga chose NIU.

It was the opportunity to be involved in research as a freshman through NIU’s Research Rookies program that provided the deciding factor.

“The best part about being involved with Research Rookies is being able to get hands-on experience in my major,” Arriaga says. “I am enjoying every moment of it!”

Read more at NIU Today!


Cathy Doederlein

Humanities students can find vital opportunites for internships in renovated Reavis Hall office

Cathy Doederlein, internship coordinator for the humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, spent a lot of time on campus growing up: “I definitely consider myself a kid of the university,” she says.

Both of her parents, Sue and Arthur Doederlein, came to the area in 1969. Since then, the Doederlein name has been a fixture at NIU.

Read more at NIU Today!



My NIU Experience


In today’s challenging job market, internships provide that competitive edge that will help students land that critical first job after graduation. A December 2012 study conducted by, which surveyed more than 7300 students and recent graduates along with over 300 human resources and recruitment professionals, underscored the benefits of an internship experience:

  • 53% of companies plan to hire more interns in 2013 that they did in 2012
  • Relevant work experience, such as that obtained through internships related to your major, is more important to employers than strong academic performance
  • Internships DO lead to job offers: 69% of companies with 100+ employees made full-time job offers to their interns in 2012. 

Recognizing the critical role that internships play in career opportunities, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has established an Internship Office dedicated to finding internship placements and working with students to prepare them to land these prime opportunities. Cathy Doederlein, coordinator of internships in the humanities, has helped countless students land some pretty impressive internships. Recent students have interned at Rockford and Chicago television stations, publishing companies, and various university offices, including those focusing on media services, communication and marketing. The office has also prepared students to apply for positions with the Sundance Film Festival and the Daily Show with Jon Stewart.  

Study Abroad

From Cambodia to Tanzania, numerous faculty in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are hosting study abroad experiences this summer, and many are open to students from other institutions. Visit the NIU Study Abroad website for more details, including costs of each experience.

Virtual Tour of NIU Campus

Want to learn more about campus, but don't feel like driving out to DeKalb? We've got you covered

Department News

Student Profile

CLCE majors are encouraged to take part in real-world experiences to supplement their classroom activities. Amanda Insalaco is a student who has embraced this philosophy wholeheartedly. Over the past year, she took part in the CLCE in Washington D.C. spring break trip, was selected for an Undergraduate Research Assistantship, co-authored a case study to be published later in 2013, is presenting a research poster at NIU’s Research and Artistry Day, and was asked to travel to Springfield to talk about her research with state legislators. Amanda was recently selected as one of NIU’s Outstanding Women and will take part in an internship at the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington D.C. this summer.

Summer/Fall course listing up on CSEAS website

The Summer 2013/Fall 2013 SEA Studies Course Listing for courses that can be applied toward
SEA studies minors/contract majors or SEA studies graduate concentrations has been posted on
the Center website. New course offerings will continue to be added, so check back frequently. If you have any questions, please contact the center at 815-753-1771.

Burnish your resumé: Sign up for SEA Studies minor or grad concentration

Adding a minor to an undergraduate degree or a graduate concentration to an advanced degree can put a resumé at the top of the pile. In a global marketplace, an internationally focused area of study can open more doors. To learn about NIU’s Southeast Asian Studies programs, visit the CSEAS website or stop by Pottenger House, 520 College View Court. Undergraduates may make an appointment with Outreach Coordinator Julie Lamb at Graduate students should contact Assistant Director Trude Jacobsen at

Advising News

The CLAS Advising Office website offers a host of specialized information to help you answer your students’ questions.  Can’t find an answer?  Contact one of our Advising Office staff

Afterword: From the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Jill Boersema

Dear Colleagues,

As of the end of April 2013, I will be retiring from NIU.  I look forward to walking through the National Parks and, in anticipation of that new adventure, I already have an atlas, a couple of comprehensive guidebooks, and a lot of enthusiasm.

Steve Estes has stepped in as the Acting Director of Undergraduate Studies in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.  Many of you already know him; he has been here for many years and is extraordinarily knowledgeable. I know you will help welcome him to his new role.  Please feel free to email him at, or he may be reached by calling (815) 753-0114.

Thank you for your patience and kindnesses over the years.  I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with you.  

Jill BoersmaJill Boersma
Director, Undergraduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences





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