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Past, Present, Future Northern Star Alumni Feted during September 16-17

DeKALB, IL --- The biennial celebration of The Northern Star's past, present, and future resumes this September.

 The event:  The 12th Northern Star Alumni Awards Banquet and Hall of Fame Banquet on Friday, September 16, at Northern Illinois University’s Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center, plus the 1970s-era Star reunion continues on Saturday, September 17 with a tailgate and the NIU / Vanderbilt football game at Huskie Stadium.

“It’s an extraordinary legacy event that recognizes outstanding Northern Star alums old and new.  Our distinguished list of hall of famers date back to 1899 and the beginnings of the university,” said Mike Korcek (NIU, class of 1970), the president of the Star Alumni Association.  “Take a look at the hall of fame roster.  It’s quite a list and the 2022 induction class maintains the strong Star tradition.

 “That’s not to forget the Star 1970s-era reunion,” Korcek added.  “It should be a great weekend.  Four years ago, the 1960s Tri-Swine-Omega had a blast reminiscing.  Plus the 1970s reunion committee will be announcing their Phil Kadner endowment initiative.  Exciting news for future Star journalists.”

     The Northern Star Alumni Hall of Fame class of 2022:

    —Diane Dungey (NIU, 1981), former senior deputy managing editor at the Arlington Heights Daily Herald

    —Kathy Gosnell Seiler (NIU, 1967), former copy editor at the Arlington Heights Daily Herald and Los Angeles Times

    —Marcus Leshock (NIU, 2005), anchor and reporter at WGN-TV and radio

    —Jeremy Norman (NIU, 2004), co-founder and director of product development of

    —Bob Scarpelli (NIU, 1974), former chairman and chief creative officer at DDB Worldwide

The five new inductees bring the hall of fame membership to 87 since the charter class in 2000.

 In addition, three younger Northern Star alums will be honored:  Tim Tilton (NIU, 1995), as the recipient of the Making A+Difference Award, plus Marissa (McArthur) LeMaster (2011) and Derek Noel (NIU, 2016) with the Rising Star Awards.

 Keynote speaker for the evening will be Kelly Bauer (NIU, 2015), a former Northern Star editor-in-chief and currently the breaking news editor at Block Club Chicago.
 Another highlight of the weekend is the Star 1970s-era reunion committee’s announcement of the Phil Kadner / Northern Star Endowment for Student Journalists.  Kadner (NIU, 1974), a retired Daily Southtown and Chicago Sun-Times columnist, was the 2013 Illinois Journalist of the Year.  Seventies-types should contact reunion chair Shelley Epstein (NIU, 1974) at (309) 370-9188 or at <>

 The social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by dinner at 6:30, and the recognition program at 7:15.  For further information or to RSVP, please contact Northern Star business adviser Maria Krull at (815) 753-0707 or at <>.  The deadline is August 30.

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70s Reunion (Sept. 16-17, 2022)

CALLING ALL 1970s ERA NORTHERN STAR TYPES: Mark your calendars for the 11th Northern Star Hall of Fame & Awards Banquet, and 1970s era reunion Friday / Saturday, September 16-17, 2022, in DeKalb. Contact Star business adviser Maria Krull (,> or reunion chair Shelley Epstein <> for further information. This image from 1968-69? Kishwaukee Hall back in the day was infested by the Northern Star, the Norther, and WNIU radio. These are some of the esteemed members of Tri-Swine-Omega.

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Hall of Fame 2018

Photo left to right: Mark Bieganski, Jaime Swanson, Ed Murnane, Rick Baert, Dr. Larry Bolles, Kevin Wendt, Alex Wilkinson, and Eric Krol.

The Hall Of Fame recipients were:

Rick Baert: ’78, senior reporter for Crain

Dr. Larry Bolles: in the “Friends of the Star” category, former director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct at NIU;   (10/12/2018)

Ed Murnane: ’66, former political editor at the Daily Herald, staff member for presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush

The Star Innovator Award recipients were:

Chris Belec
Eric Krol
Laura McHale-Dodd
Kevin Wendt

The Rising Star Award recipients were:

Mark Bieganski
Jamie Swanson
Alex Wilkinson

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