Northern Illinois University

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Contact: Mark McGowan, NIU Office of Public Affairs
(815) 753-9472

April 6, 2006

Hospitality students at NIU plan volunteer work
with funds from dinner theater, silent auction

DeKalb — Members of the Society for Hospitality Administration, a new student organization at Northern Illinois University, want to perform community service work related to their studies.

But they need money to support those activities.

The first “A Night at the Theatre,” scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, will feature a full dinner and an hour of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres at NIU's Chandelier Dining Room. Limited seating is available.

The 7:30 p.m. Spring Dance Concert, presented by the NIU School of Theatre and Dance, immediately follows in the Stevens Building. This year's concert features guest artists from the Mark Morris Dance Group in New York and will mark the premiere performance of a multimedia and multidisciplinary dance event based on artist Irene Belknap's “Dressed in Words,” an oil-on-linen series of paintings.

Funds raised will help students purchase supplies they can use while cooking or cleaning at local charitable agencies, such as shelters for the homeless or victims of domestic abuse.

Diners can choose a stuffed chicken breast in a creamy shallot sauce or grilled vegetables in a port beurre. Both are served with a salad, angel hair pasta and green beans almondine. A chocolate fountain is planned for dessert.

A silent auction, featuring numerous packages at Hyatt and Marriott hotels, a round of golf at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort and several gift certificates from local restaurants and other businesses, takes place during the dinner. More donations for the auction are arriving daily.

Tickets are $45, which includes an open bar and a seat at the Spring Dance Concert. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact Jodie Hart at (815) 973-2376 or via e-mail at

“Quite a few of us want to go into food service,” said Hart, president of the Society for Hospitality Administration and a senior from Rochelle. “We want to use what we've learned, and what we can learn, by getting involved in community service.”

Hart's group, in its first year, has about 35 members headed for management careers in businesses such as hotels, restaurants, casinos and kitchens or in meeting- and event-planning.

The Nutrition, Dietetics and Hospitality Administration program is housed in the NIU School of Family, Consumer and Nutrition Sciences, part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, and enrolls about 65 students.

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