Jason Goode: the Chill of Honors

What do you do for fun? I do a lot of different things for fun. I like to go to Dave and Busters with my wife and kids because we can all play games and eat there. When we are home, we usually have movie nights with popcorn, jump on our trampoline, or go outside…

Steve Uhren: the Bow Tie Wearing New Guy

What do you do for fun? Currently, I am enjoying setting up my plans and itinerary for a 5-day backpacking trip to the Porcupine Mountains. Asides from that, in the short term I thoroughly enjoy ‘hanging out’ in my hammock with my kindle. 2. How are you connected to the Honors Program? I am an…

Courtney Vandreese: the Advising Fellow

What do you do for fun? I LOVE the outdoors and being active. Running, biking, hiking, rollerblading, camping, you name it. It’s a great way to keep in shape while enjoying God’s beauty. 2. How are you connected to the Honors Program? I am one of the University Honors Fellows. As a fellow, I am…

Maggie Miller

Major: Psychology and Biochemistry Hometown: Rockton, IL Responsibilities: Coordinator Coordinate assignments and responsibilities for other bloggers Submit Study Abroad information for honors students Act as a liaison between Honors and the Luminary executive board   Why I joined the Luminary: I joined the Luminary my freshman year as a columnist. I fell in love with the…

Ashley Heins

Major: Visual Communications Minor: Marketing Hometown:  Tinley Park, IL Responsibilities: Head Photography Submitting personal photography work Reviewing all photography submissions Why I joined the Luminary: I joined this organization very recently. Being an art major, I have a love for all artistic forms, whether it is writing, drawing, photography, or especially digital art! I have also…

Emma Harvey

Major: Bachelor’s of Fine Arts Acting Emphasis Minor: Spanish Hometown: Portage, WI Responsibilities: Public Relations Utilize Social Media to promote the Luminary and share submissions Why I joined the Luminary:  I love the arts, I love writing, and I wanted to be more involved with the University Honors Program; the Luminary was the perfect chance to…

Lydia Moore

Major: Health and Human Sciences with a Pre-Physical Therapy Emphasis Minor: Kinesiology Hometown: Sycamore, IL Responsibilities: Copy Editor Correspond with students and editorial board Review monthly submissions Why I joined the Luminary: I joined this organization my freshman year at NIU because I wanted to get more involved with the honors program and I thought…

Jessica Cross

Major: History for Teacher Licensure Minor: Psychology Hometown: Belvidere, IL Responsibilities: Staff Blogger  Write monthly submissions Why I Joined The Luminary: I am a senior here and I have been involved in the Honors Program since my freshman year. I wanted to become involved in the program in a different way than I have in the past,…

Alex Nash

Major: Undecided Hometown: Poplar Grove, IL Responsibilities: Staff Blogger Why I joined the Luminary: I joined The Luminary in part because of a scholarship I received through the honors program, and in part because I love to write. I am excited to be able to write creatively and to be part of a journal, which is a…

Nicki Sablotny

Major: Electrical Engineering with an Emphasis in Biomedical Engineering Minor: Computer Science Hometown: Taylorville, IL Responsibilities: Staff Blogger Why I joined the Luminary: After working with the Honors Program for the past few years as scholarship recipient and peer mentor, I have had the pleasure of witnessing the Luminary expand into its current state. After submitting several pieces…

Rachel Jacob

Major: History & Political Science Minor: Southeast Asian Studies Hometown: Long Grove, IL Responsibilities: Staff Blogger   Write about current and upcoming internship opportunities for honors students Interview honors students about past internship experiences I also take minutes at the meetings because I have OCD Why I joined The Luminary: I joined The Luminary because…

Greg Sassi

Major: Mechanical Engineering Minor: Applied Mathematics Hometown: Island Lake, IL Responsibilities: Staff Blogger Why I joined the Luminary: I joined the Luminary in the fall of 2015 for two reasons: I love writing and I needed to fulfill an honors requirement. That’s the whole truth of the matter! I greatly enjoy being a part of…