Golden Huskies

Join Your Fellow Golden Huskies At A 50+ Year Reunion

Mark your calendar for Oct. 17-19, and join your fellow Golden Huskies during NIU's 117th Homecoming weekend! For those that don't know, a Golden Huskie is anyone who graduated from NIU at least 50-years ago. Each reunion weekend, we feature those who are celebrating their 50th. This year, we are featuring the class of 1974.

  • Join our Golden Huskies 50+ Year Reunion Facebook Group to chat with your classmates.

  • Check out last year's photo album or reminisce as you look through the Class of 1974 Yearbook.

  • Let your friends know you’re coming, or share a little bit about what you have been up to since graduation by completing this form. Check out your classmates in our virtual gallery at the bottom of this page!

  • Join the Class of 1974 in leaving a legacy for future students by making a donation to the Golden Huskie Scholarship Fund, or any other area of interest at NIU!

  • Show off your 50+ years of Huskie Pride and pre-order your Golden Huskies t-shirt in July to wear your Huskie Pride throughout Homecoming weekend. 

  • Looking for a place to stay while visiting DeKalb? We have secured a limited block of rooms for Homecoming Weekend at the following hotels: 

    Hotel   Phone Number    Book Now    Rates / Notes
    Hotel at Holmes    815-753-1444  RSVP Fri./Sat. night minimum; Call to reserve for other night and reference "Golden Huskies".
    Hampton Inn   815-748-4323  RSVP $109 + tax
    Home2 Suites   815-375-5465   RSVP $129 + tax


If you have any questions about any of the events or the reunion in general, please email

Expand the tabs below for more information about the various aspects of the weekend. Registration for these activities will launch in July!


Reunion Weekend Schedule of Events 
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 Robert Zivin

35 years in medical / pharmaceutical research, inventor of FDA approved drug inventor.

 Mark Lamb

Graduation Year: 1973
Major: Journalism/Speech Communications
Residence Hall: Grant North, University Heights, College Square

My Journey Since NIU:
I married by girlfriend from Senior Year. We're coming up on 50 years of wedded bliss. Our two kids are doing well. We have 3 grandchildren who reside in Austin, Texas. I'm still working and plan to never retire.

My Favorite NIU Memory:
Concerts, riots, protests, working my NIU media jobs.

Who I Would Like to See at the Reunion:
Would love to see old Norther and TV-8 News vets. And old Grant North dorm mates.

 Michael Garfield

Graduation Year: 1973
Major: Meteorology

My Journey Since NIU:
Plans to be a TV weatherman ended when I lost a job to Tom Skilling. Found a great career in the EAP industry that shaped my family and lifepath.

My Favorite NIU Memory:
Cheerleading trip to Madison Square Garden for basketball game.

Who I Would Like to See at the Reunion:
I would like to see Dave Dion. I am very close with Lou Schoenburg.

 Steve Klein

Graduation Year: 1974, B.A.
Major: Speech Communication-Radio & TV, Journalism-News Broadcasting
Residence Hall: Stevenson South, Apartment on Kimberly on Greek Row

My Journey Since NIU:
Moved from Chicago to Hastings NE, south central Nebraska (population 20,000 - a culture shock), then to the middle of Kansas, Salina on the Dallas TX. Been here for46 years.

My Favorite NIU Memory:
Meeting Elton John & George Carlin backstage

Who I Would Like to See at the Reunion:
All of the students from Steven South 8th floor - "Scurge"

 Robert Odelson

Graduation Year: 1972
Major: Philosophy
Residence Hall: Grant South

My Journey Since NIU:
I have had quite the journey through life. Since Philosophy wasn't practical I became a Certified Nuclear Medicine Technologist. This enabled me to move to San Diego. CA and become an Administrator, Clinical Systems Engineer and a Project Manager.

My Favorite NIU Memory:
Seeing Elton John in concert at the Field House with my younger brother.

Who I?d Like to See at the Reunion:
Greg Zachwieja. I have not stayed in touch with any classmates.

 Glenn Hollister

Graduation Year: 1973

My Journey Since NIU:
After graduating went to work as an Assistant Product Manager at a privately held company in Sycamore, IDEAL INDUSTRIES INC. Retired after 41 years with the company in 2015. Held various, Marleting, Sales, Management and General Management positions. Travelled the world for business. As I typically had an NIU hat or shirt on during my off days when traveling, I met so many people who called out "Go Huskies!". Made me proud to be a Huskie! My wife got her Masters in Speech Pathology from NIU, and we have two grown sons, one of whom got his undergraduate degree along with his wife from NIU.

Who I Would Like to See at the Reunion:
Hope to reconnect with some fellow golfers

 Robert Edwards

Graduation Year: 1972; B.S.
Major: Journalism; Speech Minor - TV Production
Residence Hall: Freshman/Sophomore Yr. - Grant South / Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity House (230 Augusta) / Cardinelli Apartments.

My Journey Since NIU:
After Graduation I worked for WBBM-TV as a writer/producer, then worked at AT&T's management training center writing and producing audio visual training materials. That's was my Journalism career. Had various career changes after that.

My Favorite NIU Memory:
Shooting photographs of students for University Relations that were then sent to the students home town. Interviewing President Rhoten Smith for a TV Production Speech Class.

Who I Would Like to See at the Reunion:
Would love to see former room-mate Richard Vyborny / 1973 Alumni

 Dominic Nessi

 Susan Trump

Graduation Year: 1974, B.S. in Education

My Journey Since NIU:
Most of my career ended up being at a hospital in Cardiac Rehabilitation. I used my teaching degree to educate patients about diet, exercise and risk factors for heart disease.

My Favorite NIU Memory:
During my junior block for education our professor encouraged us to think outside the box when planning field trips. We went to the South Water Market in Chicago and Starved Rock in January. Both were great experiences.

Who I Would Like to See at the Reunion:
I have stayed in contact with sorority sisters since graduation. It will be nice to spend the Homecoming weekend with them.

 Kevin Wojdak

 Michael Sawicki

Graduation year: 1973
Major: Marketing
Residence Hall: Douglas

My journey since NIU: N/A
My favorite NIU memory: N/A
Who I would like to see at the reunion: N/A

 Shelley Epstein

Graduation Year: 1974
Major: Journalism

My Journey Since NIU:
After graduating in 1974 I went to work for the Peoria Journal Star. During a 33 year career I covered government and politics, interviewing mayors, governors and presidents to be. After retiring I worked as a VP/Communications at Bradley University until retiring in 2013.

My Favorite Memory at NIU:
Days and nights at the Star. Learning a profession and making lifelong friends.

Who I Would Like to See at the Reunion:
Rick Rock 74. Scott Stevens 75 and 77. Gary Benson 73. Bob McLeese 73.

 Lori Cromie

Just a hard-working, fun-loving wife, mom & business owner living life to its fullest!

Born and raised south of Oregon, IL along the Rock River. Attended NIU from 1981 thru 1983 where I was a Sigma Kappa and a member of the Silverette dance squad. After college, I taught junior high math for 3 years in the Chicago suburbs (Fox River Grove & Mt. Prospect). Worked a variety of jobs after that including conventions, small acting parts, print jobs, Snuggery, Chicago Health Club and as a property manager. Ended up getting my Certified Residential Appraisal license followed by a Managing Brokers license in Real Estate. Opened my own real estate company (Haus & Boden located in Barrington, IL) and currently working as a managing broker and Realtor. I married Steve Cromie in 1996 (still married) and have two sons, Colin (born in 1999) and Brendan (born in 2003). I currently live in Elgin, IL.

 Kath Conver

Graduation Year: 1974, B.S.
Major: Journalism-Broadcast Sequence

My Journey Since NIU:
I retired from Bradley University as the Senior Director of Public Relations. I currently serve as the President of the Alpha Omicron Pi Foundation.