Northern Star Alumni Awards Banquet 2018

10/12/18 DeKalb, IL

Over 120 “Star Types” were on hand at the Barsema Alumni Center on homecoming weekend to honor some very special Northern Star Alumni who have made an impact in some very special ways.   The evening’s program included a keynote speech from former Northern Star Editor and Chicago Sun-Times columnist, Mark Brown and a 55 year reunion event for the Tri-Swine Omega group from the 1960s headed up by Mike Korcek. 

This year’s honorees were:

Hall of Fame:

• Rick Baert: '78, senior reporter for Crain Communications.

• Dr. Larry Bolles: in the "Friends of the Star" category, former director of the Office of Community Standards and Student Conduct at NIU.

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

The new Hall of Fame class joins 84 previous inductees from 2000 to 2016.

2018 Innovators:

Chris Belec
Eric Krol 
Laura McHale-Dodd
Kevin Wendt


2018 Rising Stars:

Mark Bieganski
Jamie Swanson
Alex Wilkinson




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




The members of Tri-Swine Omega


Northern Star Alumni

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