Steven Bautista

Steven was born and raised in Chicago therefore making him a hometown native. He is a published writer for several local magazines including High Fashion Living, Scene Chicago and Brooklyn Cloth. He has also been Read more...

Oluseun Taiwo

Raised in Naperville, IL, Oluseun Taiwo is currently a senior at Northern Illinois University. He is pursuing his B.S. at Northern Illinois University’s Manufacturing Engineering Technology Program. He is also a student researcher for Northern Read more...

Ghada Shakir

Ghada Shakir is an Arabic from/intoEnglish translator, localizer and interpreter, born in Iraq and raised between Iraq and the United Kingdom. Ghada holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from Eastern Michigan University and a Read more...

Syed Umar Warsi

Syed Umar Warsi is a spoken-word artist and entrepreneur, originally from Flushing, NY. He graduated from NIU in 2013 with a B.S. in Family, Consumer, and Nutrition Sciences and then completed his MBA at Indiana Read more...

Barrie Bode

Raised in St. Louis (Ferguson) Missouri, Barrie is a lifelong Blues and Cardinals fan, and a passionate advocate for science. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois Read more...

Tim Aurand

Tim Aurand is the James E. Thompson Professor of Marketing at Northern Illinois University where he teaches marketing principles, marketing management, and brand management. Tim’s research interests include branding, sport and higher education marketing, and Read more...

Kelly Gaither

Brought up by educators, Kelly was raised in an era of innovation and change. She has seen the birth and death of space flight, Alan Turing’s introduction of the modern programmable computer, and science fiction Read more...

Jim Elliot

Born and raised in the western suburbs of Chicagoland, Jim is an alumni of Northern Illinois University. He left a successful media career with the Tribune company to found Diveheart, a non profit based in Read more...