The NIU Convocation Center is excited to welcome Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley back to DeKalb fresh from the Grammy’s show! With special guest Thomas Rhett, Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley will be here this Thursday, February 14th. The show will start at 7:30pm and doors will open at 6:30pm.
Tickets for the Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley tour are on sale now. Tickets are $27.00 and $51.75. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Livenation.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. More information here.
The NIU Convocation Center will welcome Miranda Lambert and Dierks Bentley back to campus Thursday, February 14th. Special guest Thomas Rhett will open the show, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Lambert, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and reigning two-time CMA and reigning three-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year, is the first country artist in the 47-year history of Billboard’s Top Country Chart to have each of her first four albums debut at No. 1.
Bentley, a multi-platinum-selling singer-songwriter, has forged his own brand of country music combining classic country songwriting, influences of bluegrass instrumentation and the energy of rock ’n’ roll. His sixth studio album HOME, released earlier this year, debuted at No. 1.
Tickets are $27 and $51.75. All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at the Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Livenation.com or by phone at (800) 745-3000. For more information, visit the Convocation Center website, call (815) 752-6800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of Nashville’s most prolific and versatile stars is coming to DeKalb County. Phil Vassar’s unbounded energy and limitless talent will be at the Convocation Center this Saturday, November 17th. Doors will open at 6:00pm with the show starting at 7:00pm. Opening for Phil Vassar will be DJ Waldo and DeKalb’s very own Back Country Roads.
All tickets are reserved seats and are $32. Tickets can be purchased at the NIU Convocation Center box office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. NIU Students get a $5.00 discount with a valid NIU OneCard at the Convocation Center box office (limit 2).
Phil Vassar is a Virginia-born songwriter and musician who has made his mark in Nashville as an acclaimed artist. Phil’s known not only for his gift for hit songwriting, but also for his compelling and highly entertaining skills on the piano. His uniquely piano-based, rhythm and blues-infused, infectiously buoyant brand of music has carried Phil throughout his career and remains his specialty in the genre.
His resume boasts numerous hits for artists including Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Jo Dee Messina, and Collin Raye, and many more hits as an artist in his own right. He’s been named the ASCAP Songwriter of the Year twice and has taken top honors from the Academy of Country Music, Billboard MusicRow, and also honored by the the CMA’s. Some of Phil’s accolades include two time ASCAP Songwriter of the Year, Billboard Magazine Top New Country Artist, Billboard Country Songwriter of the Year, Music Row Magazine Breakthrough Artist of the Year, and ACM Top New Male Vocalist of the Year and Song of The Year- just to name a few.
Bring the kids out to STEMfest this Saturday, October 20th, from 10am – 5pm at the NIU Convocation Center. STEMfest celebrates innovations in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). NIU STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. They hope to increase awareness of the critical role science and other STEM fields play in our world every day.
There will be hands-on activities such as navigating a laser maze, exhibitors such as NIU’s Davis Hall Observatory, demonstrations of technologies and intriguing science phenomena including the popular Creepy Chemistry and Haunted Physics Labs and so much more. Watch the video below to see more of the fun! NIU’s Convocation Center is located at 1525 West Lincoln Highway in DeKalb. Visit the STEM website to learn much more!
Daughtry is set to showcase Chris’ emotionally resonant voice and knack for relentless melodic hooks at the NIU Convocation Center this Wednesday, March 7th. Doors will open at 6:30 and the show will begin at 7:30pm. Special guests to be announced.
In the course of only five years, Chris Daughtry has had more than his share of career highlights. The singer, songwriter, and musician from North Carolina has released back-to-back No. 1 albums, the 4x-platinum DAUGHTRY (which became the fastest-selling rock debut in Soundscan history) and 2009’s platinum Leave This Town. DAUGHTRY has scored four No. 1 Top 40 hits (“It’s Not Over, “Home,” “Feels Like Tonight,” and “No Surprise”), earned four Grammy Award nominations (including “Best Rock Album” for DAUGHTRY), won four American Music Awards, and brought its electrifying live show to all corners of the world, including sold-out arenas in South Africa, Singapore, and The Philippines.
DAYGLOW, “The World’s Largest Paint Party,” is coming to the Northern Illinois Campus this Saturday. February 25th will mark a day where Huskie Community can witness fuses of high-energy music, art, dance, and PAINT all in one mind blowing combination. That is, of course, if you have a ticket. The event is currently sold out and ticketholders are getting excited. The party will start at 9:00pm and end at 1:00am. Doors open at 8:00pm.
DAYGLOW, “The World’s Largest Paint Party,” began in 2006 on college campuses in Florida. Since then, it has quickly taken the nation by storm by positioning itself as a one of a kind experience. What initially began as a college tradition has transformed into a world-renowned live concert, featuring spectacular DJs, soaring aerial acts, stilt-walkers, contortion acts, fire shows and cannons to deliver the famous “Paint Blast,” along with many other unforgettable live performances. Watch video below.
NIU is holding both an Internship Fair and a Spring Job Fair this week at the NIU Convocation Cener. The NIU Internship Fair will be held this Tuesday, Feb 21st, 2012, from 10am-3pm. There will be many large companies and several local companies looking to employ interns at the event.
On the day of the fair, please bring enough resumes for all of the companies you are interested in meeting. Leave one with the Internship Fair Candidate Registration Desk to be used in place of filling out a registration form. Photocopy service is not available at the Convocation Center, so bring extra copies of any document you may plan to give employers. Please read the Internship Fair Preparation Tips.
The NIU Spring Job Fair will be held on Wednesday, Feb 22nd, 2012 from 10am-3pm and is open to the public. Make sure to dress in business attire and bring plenty of resumes. On the day of the fair, please bring enough résumés for all of your interview sessions and to leave one with the Job Fair Candidate Registration Desk, to be used in place of filling out a registration form. Photocopy service is not easily available at the Convocation Center, so bring extra copies of any document you may plan to give employers.
Held every January for the last 30 years, the 30th annual Northern Illinois Farm Show will take place this Wednesday and Thursday, January 11-12 at the NIU Convocation Center in DeKalb. The event is produced by the Cygnus Business Media and will host over 250 local and leading exhibitors showcasing the latest in products and services in the agriculture industry. Coupled with the strong educational programs developed by Extension Services and local Farm Bureaus, as well as the annual Pesticide Applicator Testing, the Northern Illinois Farm Show continues to thrive. Read more →
Bring your family to STEMfest, an annual event that helps kids explore science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). They are jam-packing NIU’s Convocation Center full of spooky, slimy, sciency fun for the whole family. Experience learning like never before with hands-on activities, presentations, games, and exhibits from local and national STEM professionals.
NIU STEM departments, student groups, regional corporations, museums, educators, and national labs are joining forces to present hundreds of activities that range in complexity to entertain people of all ages. The idea is to increase awareness of the critical role science and other STEM fields play in our world every day.
See the exhibitors such as NIU’s Davis Hall Observatory and The Cave of the Mounds. Experience hands-on activities such as navigating a laser maze. Get in on activities such as Creepy Chemistry, Haunted Physics Labsand cow eye dissections. There will also be competitions such as the Science Video contest and the Rube Goldberg Wacky Contraptions Poster contest
STEMfest will be held at the NIU Convocation Center, 1525 West Lincoln Highway, in DeKalb on Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information contact Pati Sievert NIU STEM Outreach Coordinator 815-753-1201 or visit their website now.
Pretty Lights, a musical vision for music lovers of all subcultures and genre’s will be in DeKalb at the NIU Convocation Center on Thursday, October 6th. Doors will open at 7:00pm with the show starting promptly at 8:00pm. Watch video below.
Pretty Lights is the musical vision of the ultra-versatile Colorado based producer Derek Vincent Smith. At a time when music lovers from almost all subcultures and genres are finding common ground in the basic form of bangin’ beats, Pretty Lights is giving the people what they want; electro organic cutting-edge party rocking beats that fill venues with energy and emotion and send dance floors into frenzies. And the people are responding. Pretty Lights’ six albums have been downloaded over 1.4 million times from PrettyLightsMusic.com. A 2010 sold out North American fall tour and two sold out shows in Chicago for New Years Eve have propelled Pretty Lights into 2011.
Tickets are $30.00 either general admission or reserved seating. NIU Students can get a $3.00 discount with a valid NIU OneCard at the NIU Convocation Center Box Office. Tickets on the day of the show will increase $2.00. Tickets are available at ticketmaster.com, all TicketMaster Outlets, by phone 800-745-3000, or at the NIU Convocation Center Box Office.
Lupe Fiasco is ready to take over the NIU Convocation Center and the NIU Campus on Tuesday, October 4th with new support from The Cool Kids. Doors open at 6:30pm and the show will begin at 7:30.
Tickets for Lupe Fiasco and Cool Kids are available at the NIU Convocation Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 800-745-3000. Tickets for Lupe Fiasco are $37.00. NIU Student tickets are $32.00 with a valid NIU OneCard at the NIU Convocation Center Box Office.
Critically acclaimed rapper Lupe Fiasco returns with one of the most heavily anticipated releases in recent years, a revolutionary album called LASERS, reaching new heights of lyrical and musical mastery, while aiming to reach even bigger audiences.
The album has already spawned an exuberant hit single, “The Show Goes On,” which re-introduced Fiasco to fans after a four-year absence. It will undoubtedly continue to earn attention over the next year and beyond with mind-expanding and ear-catching singles like the incendiary “Words I Never Said” featuring Skylar Grey and produced by Alex Da Kid (Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie”), the thought-provoking “All Black Everything,” and “Out of My Head,” a collaboration with labelmate Trey Songz.
LASERS is an acronym for “Love Always Shines Everytime: Remember to Smile,” and the album is a reflection of a 14-point manifesto the Chicago-born MC composed to guide him on the project, including items like “We want substance in the place of popularity” and “We will not compromise who we are to be accepted by the crowd.”
“I want to start a popular uprising,” says Fiasco. “The music is the bait to get people to come in and listen to what I’m saying.”
In the packed confines of clubs around their hometown of Chicago and throughout the world The Cool Kids’ irresistible, hooky rhymes and club cramming beats seamlessly bridge the old and new schools of hip hop while assuring them a sure-fire path to world-wide attention. In their short amount of time as a duo The Cool Kids have been featured in Rolling Stone, XXL, The Source, Spin, Paper Magazine, CBS News, The New Yorker, The Fader, and on the cover of The Urb – all without a single release to their name!
Join the Bike MS Tour de Farms this weekend, June 25th and 26th. Ordinary people, just like you, are taking extraordinary challenges to make this a world free of Multiple Sclerosis. Are you up for the challenge? Get your heart pumping and your mind racing as you push yourself beyond limits you never dreamed possible while taking in the countryside of DeKalb County.
The start and finish location for both days of this year’s ride is the Northern Illinois University Convocation Center in DeKalb. An overnight location on the NIU campus provides the opportunity for riders to choose free camping with teammates. Riders have four route options Saturday: 35, 75, 50,100 or 124 miles. All riders will start at 7am. Riders are fully supported with rest stops every 10-15 miles and SAG vehicles along the way.
After returning to the start/finish line on Saturday, riders will enjoy a full buffet style dinner, a beer garden, team tent village, music and more. At 7:30pm Saturday, join them for a college style bonfire in celebration of the 30th anniversary of Bike MS: Tour de Farms as well as a fireworks display at 9:pm to cap off the evening. The funds raised by participants of the Bike MS: Tour de Farms support research and provide programs and services to individuals with MS and their families. For much more information please visit the Bike MS Tour de Farms website now.
Grace Mott is an NIU alumni with a BS in Family Social Services graduating with high honors. She began her working career as a Juvenile Probation Officer, then was in charge of the teenage runaways through the DeKalb County Youth Service Bureau. She owned and operated a campground in southern DeKalb County from 1990 to 2000. Since then, she does both sales and fulfillment for DeKalb County Online's parent company, eWorldLinx.
Gracie has served as Board President of the DeKalb County YSB; on the Board of Directors of the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum and for the DeKalb County Building and Development Association.