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The 2024 Northern Star Hall of Fame Banquet and 1980s reunion will be held on September 20 and 21.  Details will be posted here as

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6 days ago

We have terrific new photos of 1980s Star types courtesy of Karen Schill Clegg, who was a photographer at that time! Take a look!

These photos will be another great conversation topic at the Northern Star Alumni Hall of Fame and Award Banquet Friday, Sept. 20, in the Barsema Alumni Visitors Center, with additional activities to follow Saturday, Sept. 21! This year, we are incorporating a reunion of those who worked at the Star in the 1980s, but alums from any era are welcome and encouraged to attend.The big league batting order features, left to right, Steve "Spin" with a last name unfortunately not known at the moment, Clegg, Dave Duschene and Kari Brackett Gippert. The playing field contains, left to right, Al Slezak, Chris Whildin, Dave Tuley and Dan Moran. The final photo is Patte Semple Geary with the graduation cap. "Spin" and Whildin worked in production; Duschene was the editor in the 1987-88 school year; and Tuley, Gippert and Moran worked in sports. Tuley was a sports editor during his time at the Star. Geary ran the copy desk.Additional information or corrections about these photos? Go ahead and post. Do you have other photos? We would love to see them! ... See MoreSee Less

We have terrific new photos of 1980s Star types courtesy of Karen Schill Clegg, who was a photographer at that time! Take a look!

These photos will be another great conversation topic at the Northern Star Alumni Hall of Fame and Award Banquet Friday, Sept. 20, in the Barsema Alumni Visitors Center, with additional activities to follow Saturday, Sept. 21! This year, we are incorporating a reunion of those who worked at the Star in the 1980s, but alums from any era are welcome and encouraged to attend.

The big league batting order features, left to right, Steve Spin with a last name unfortunately not known at the moment, Clegg, Dave Duschene and Kari Brackett Gippert. The playing field  contains, left to right, Al Slezak, Chris Whildin, Dave Tuley and Dan Moran. The final photo is Patte Semple Geary with the graduation cap. 

Spin and Whildin worked in production; Duschene was the editor in the 1987-88 school year; and Tuley, Gippert and Moran worked in sports. Tuley was a sports editor during his time at the Star. Geary ran the copy desk.

Additional information or corrections about these photos? Go ahead and post. Do you have other photos? We would love to see them!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Rally those Star troops, Woz!!!

Karen is not on Facebook but Tom Clegg, her husband, is! She sent to me, I forwarded to Jim! Thanks for posting! She sent pics of people she knew…I’m working on her to send more! Even if we don’t know who they are!

I believe the “unknown” is Al Slezak

2 weeks ago

Rest in peace Jon "The Toad" Lawrence. This is the man I remember. ... See MoreSee Less

Rest in peace Jon The Toad Lawrence. This is the man I remember.

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RIP

When was he at the Star?

3 weeks ago

Check out this wonderful photo from Maria Krull of The Northern Star staff in the late 1980s outside Campbell Hall! Those of you who are in the photo are welcome to share your thoughts. It will also be a great conversation piece at the Northern Star Alumni Hall of Fame and Award Banquet Friday, Sept. 20, in the Barsema Alumni Visitors Center. Additional activities will take place Saturday, Sept. 21! The events will include a reunion of those who worked at the Star in the 1980s, but staffers from any decade are encouraged to attend. More details are coming. Be sure to join us and tell others about these events! ... See MoreSee Less

Check out this wonderful photo from Maria Krull of The Northern Star staff in the late 1980s outside Campbell Hall! Those of you who are in the photo are welcome to share your thoughts. It will also be a great conversation piece at the Northern Star Alumni Hall of Fame and Award Banquet Friday, Sept. 20, in the Barsema Alumni Visitors Center. Additional activities will take place Saturday, Sept. 21! The events will include a reunion of those who worked at the Star in the 1980s, but staffers from any decade are encouraged to attend. More details are coming. Be sure to join us and tell others about these events!

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That was us! I know everyone in that photo! ❤️

What year was this?

That is a whole lot of hair. Big hair. Puffy hair. Lotsa hair. 😆

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4 weeks ago

We have a date! The 12th Northern Star Alumni Hall of Fame and Award Banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 20, in the Barsema Alumni Visitors Center. Additional activities, including the NIU football game against the University of Buffalo, will take place Saturday, Sept. 21.

Remember, this weekend will also incorporate a special reunion of those who worked at the Star in the 1980s,. However, alums of all decades are welcome.More details will be coming, but we encourage you to make your plans now to join your fellow Star alums! You can contact the wonderful Maria Krull, business adviser, at mkrull@niu.edu or 815-753-0707.We look forward to seeing you! Spread the word!The photos are one of our front pages from the mid-'80s as well as from the reunions of the '60s and '70s Star employees. A current one for the '80s crew will be coming in September! ... See MoreSee Less

We have a date! The 12th Northern Star Alumni Hall of Fame and Award Banquet will be held Friday, Sept. 20, in the Barsema Alumni Visitors Center. Additional activities, including the NIU football game against the University of Buffalo, will take place Saturday, Sept. 21.
Remember, this weekend will also incorporate a special reunion of those who worked at the Star in the 1980s,. However, alums of all decades are welcome.
More details will be coming, but we encourage you to make your plans now to join your fellow Star alums! You can contact the wonderful Maria Krull, business adviser, at mkrull@niu.edu or 815-753-0707.
We look forward to seeing you! Spread the word!
The photos are one of our front pages from the mid-80s as well as from the reunions of the 60s and 70s Star employees. A current one for the 80s crew will be coming in September!Image attachmentImage attachment

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Great to hear! I have put it on my calendar.

Jan Gary can you join us?

Laura McHale, Angela Nugent Rudny, Jim Rudny, Amy Overmyer, Deb Hendricks-Fredrickson - Let’s GO!

2 months ago

We introduce you to the committee working on the 2024 Hall of Fame Banquet, which will also include a reunion for 1980s Star employees.

· Jack Goldberg, Chair· Mike Korcek, Northern Star Alumni Association President· Mark Bonne· Kari Brackett Gippert· Diane Dungey· Shelley Epstein· John Kringas· Kevin Sheldon· Scott Williams· Jim WozniakAs we mentioned the other day, we are waiting on the football schedule to be finalized before we set a date. We will share details as soon as we can. Remember, alums of all eras, not just the 1980s, are welcome. Our beloved Maria Krull, who many of you remember, is the main contact for our group at 815-753-0707 or mkrull@niu.edu. Below is a photo circa 1987 in which a few Northern Star employees gathered on the NIU basketball court in Chick Evans Field House. This photo is from Dave Tuley, who served as a sports reporter and sports editor during his service at the Star.Back row, left to right, are unknown, Dan Moran and Dave Tuley. Front row, left to right, are Jeff Kirik, Kari Brackett Gippert and Jim Wozniak. If you know the name of the person on the top left, please share it.We also welcome any other photos, particularly of the early 1980s or late 1980s. Any other time period is welcome, too. ... See MoreSee Less

We introduce you to the committee working on the 2024 Hall of Fame Banquet, which will also include a reunion for 1980s Star employees.

· Jack Goldberg, Chair
· Mike Korcek, Northern Star Alumni Association President
· Mark Bonne
· Kari Brackett Gippert
· Diane Dungey
· Shelley Epstein
· John Kringas
· Kevin Sheldon
· Scott Williams
· Jim Wozniak

As we mentioned the other day, we are waiting on the football schedule to be finalized before we set a date. We will share details as soon as we can. Remember, alums of all eras, not just the 1980s, are welcome. Our beloved Maria Krull, who many of you remember, is the main contact for our group at 815-753-0707 or mkrull@niu.edu. 
Below is a photo circa 1987 in which a few Northern Star employees gathered on the NIU basketball court in Chick Evans Field House. This photo is from Dave Tuley, who served as a sports reporter and sports editor during his service at the Star.
Back row, left to right, are unknown, Dan Moran and Dave Tuley. Front row, left to right, are Jeff Kirik, Kari Brackett Gippert and Jim Wozniak. If you know the name of the person on the top left, please share it.
We also welcome any other photos, particularly of the early 1980s or late 1980s. Any other time period is welcome, too.

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Can’t wait to see the folks from 1988-90

God, are we really that old?

Good job, Woz. Keep posting those 1980s Star photos!!!

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Dan Moran batting, not sure of the others

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Lisa Taylor?

2 months ago

The committee working on the next Northern Star Hall of Fame banquet is waiting on the NIU football schedule to be set before we pick a date. It will be on a home football weekend, but not Homecoming. We will let you know the date and other details as soon as we can. This year, we are placing a special focus on a reunion of those who worked at the Star during the 1980s. However, Star alums of any era are welcome. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos from Kari Brackett Gippert, who worked on the sports staff when she was a student. These are from one of our end-of-the-year Star picnics. The Star employees she and others have identified accompany the photo. We encourage you to provide missing names and share your memories of Star social get-togethers and any other aspects of your Star experience. Post any photos or other memorabilia you have. But, most of all, plan to be at the banquet/reunion in the fall! ... See MoreSee Less

The committee working on the next Northern Star Hall of Fame banquet is waiting on the NIU football schedule to be set before we pick a date. It will be on a home football weekend, but not Homecoming. We will let you know the date and other details as soon as we can. This year, we are placing a special focus on a reunion of those who worked at the Star during the 1980s. However, Star alums of any era are welcome. In the meantime, please enjoy these photos from Kari Brackett Gippert, who worked on the sports staff when she was a student. These are from one of our end-of-the-year Star picnics. The Star employees she and others have identified accompany the photo. We encourage you to provide missing names and share your memories of Star social get-togethers and any other aspects of your Star experience. Post any photos or other memorabilia you have. But, most of all, plan to be at the banquet/reunion in the fall!Image attachmentImage attachment+8Image attachment

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Looking forward to it

Scott thanks for tagging me. I'd like to try to fly in for this, hopefully it's on a weekend.day

David Razowsky Karen Ross Karen Smith Green Michael Burke Cay Wiggs Svob Melanie Lenart Phil Dabney Philip Jurik Lori Botterman Mark Bonne Roy Bernard Sharyl Holtzman Lonny Cain KJ Botts Jeff Laubenstein Mark Ridolfi Sean McGowan

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