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NIU Official Employee Announcements
Week of October 16, 2017

Notices

Employee Assistance Program invites you to EAP Coffee Hour

Are you dealing with new experiences or concerns? You are not alone. There are others on campus who are going through similar experiences as you. The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center is pleased to offer weekly Coffee Hours taking place on Fridays through December.

Coffee Hours will alternate subject matters to reach faculty and staff across campus and are offered in a nonjudgmental and confidential space at the Holmes Student Center. This semester the focus areas are on faculty who may be facing many stressors and pressures at NIU; staff dealing with common experiences and concerns; new employees or first-generation employees; and grief support. Dates, times, locations and information for each Coffee Hour segment is posted on the NIU Calendar, the EAP webpage at go.niu.edu/eapcoffeehour. Information is also available by calling our office at 815-753-9191.

Free professional headshots for faculty and staff

All faculty and staff are welcome to have a professional headshot taken during the Graduate and Professional School Fairon Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the Internship and Job Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for new faculty and staff to have a headshot taken, or for current faculty and staff to get an updated portrait. The photographers from Institutional Communications will have a photo booth set up, no appointment is necessary. Photos will be available for download on Friday, Nov. 3.

Training workshop series for university employees

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) and Training Center continues the training workshop series for university employees for this fall. Employees are reminded to stay current with all our available training opportunities by regularly visiting the Training Center web page.

Those interested in attending Training Center workshops are asked to register in advance of the training date, so we can be sure to have materials for all attendees. To register for any of our remaining training workshops, please contact the Training Center office at hrtraining@niu.edu or by calling 815-753-9191.

Nominate a student for the 2018 Orientation Team!

Do you know a successful and motivated student? Do you know a student who is a role model to others and an excellent example of what it means to be a Huskie?

Orientation and Family Connections is searching for orientation leaders and program interns to help welcome and transition new students to NIU. Visit go.niu.edu/nominateastudent to nominate a student who you think would make an excellent member of the 2018 Orientation Team!

You can find more information about both positions at go.niu.edu/joinourteam.

Napkin dispenser advertisements in Campus Dining Services

Campus Dining Services now has larger napkin dispensers. Advertisements must now be 5.5 inches wide by 10.5 inches long. To reserve the napkin dispenser for your department’s advertisement, go to go.niu.edu/napkindispensers

Nutrition coaching

Make sure to take advantage of the fall midterm special for nutrition coaching at NIU Recreation and Wellness! Starting Monday, Oct. 16, you can take advantage of our discounted rate of $29 (regular $39). This one-time fee allows you up to weekly visits with a nutrition coach through the fall semester.

Our coaches are graduate nutrition students and tailor the sessions toward your personal health and wellness goals.

Go to go.niu.edu/fallsale for more information and take advantage of this great deal today!

Deadlines

SECA giving campaign ends Nov. 8

The State and University Agencies Combined Appeal (SECA) Charitable Campaign, “Your Campaign – Your Choice,” a once-a-year volunteer workplace giving campaign, is underway from now until Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Please consider a contribution to the charity of your choice via the means noted below. Participating charities are listed on the SECA website. Complete the SECA Pledge Form.

Payroll Deduction Contribution

  1. Complete the payroll deduction portion of the SECA Pledge Form.
  2. Complete the NIU SECA 2017 Instruction/Payroll Deduction Form
  3. Send BOTH FORMS to Human Resource Services, ATTN: Mollie Montgomery.

One-Time Direct Gift 

  1. Complete the “One-Time Direct Gift” portion of the SECA Pledge Form.
  2. Make your check(s) payable to each individual charity (NOT TO SECA); include the seven-digit charity number in the memo section of each check.
  3. Sign and date the form, and send with your check(s) to Human Resource Services, ATTN: Mollie Montgomery.

Online Contribution

Visit the SECA website at www.secaillinois.org, click on the “Online Giving” link and follow the instructions.

Questions should be directed to Mollie Montgomery, Human Resource Services, at 815-753-0458 or mmontgomery@niu.edu.

Events

Fall Festival dining event Oct. 16

The dietetic interns in Campus Dining Services are hosting their Fall Festival special dinner on Monday, Oct. 16, from 4-8 p.m. in the Neptune dining facility. Join us for a night filled with fall food favorites, festivities and more.

Featured menu items will include create-your-own chili, pumpkin ravioli, savory sweet potato fries, harvest veggie pizza, fireside flannel BBQ burger, seasonal caramel apples, apple cider donuts, pumpkin pie, and hot and cold apple cider.

The event will include games, prizes and fun like corn hole, a photo booth, raffle, trick-or-treating and more.

Individuals without a meal plan can enjoy the special meal at a reduced price of $8. For more information, email dining@niu.edu.

Fall Internship and Job Fair Oct. 18

Two hundred employers will be at the Convocation Center on Wednesday, Oct. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. looking for NIU candidates for their internships and full-time positions. Please encourage students to connect with their possible future employer at our new one-day NIU Internship and Job Fair!

Students should dress professionally and bring several copies of their résumé. Admission and parking are free.

Before the fair, students can view the list of employers attending and find preparation help with Career Fair Success Tips.

Students needing assistance with their résumé can visit our Career Peer Mentors in the Career Resource Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, in Campus Life Building 235. The Career Resource Center will not be open on the day of the Internship and Job Fair.

Contact Career Services at 815-753-1641 or careerservices@niu.edu, or visit careerservices.niu.edu for information.

AAEC hosts ‘Got a Minute’ sessions Oct. 18 and 25

As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC) is hosting informational sessions on each Wednesday of October from 12 to 1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Heritage Room. These Got A Minute sessions are designed to provide students, faculty, staff and community members with quick information on resources and services available to domestic violence victims/survivors, and how others can assist someone involved in a domestic or dating violence situation.

On Wednesday, Oct. 18, AAEC will present Come on! Be an Active Bystander, providing tips for helping others in any negative situation. The ability to know when and how to help can be crucial when a split-second decision must be made.

On Wednesday, Oct. 25, Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Rape Crisis and 24-hour Domestic Violence Shelter, will explain how having a safe place to go can mean all the difference to a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence. Safe Passage will also discuss the many other resources and services available.

Questions about these events can be directed to aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.

These programs meet the requirements of the College of Business’ Passport Program and Honors Engaged. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance also thanks Alpha Phi Gamma for their support of this event.

Secretary of State Mobile Services is coming to NIU for your convenience

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

A complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

‘Positioning yourself as a researcher’ workshop Oct. 18

The PI Academy Professional Development Series workshop, "Positioning Yourself as a Researcher," will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Holmes Student Center, Sky Room.

Grant proposal writing is sometimes believed to be a mysterious and insurmountable task. At Sponsored Programs, we hear comments such as, “you have to have a grant to get a grant,” leaving people who have never had an award feeling disadvantaged. This workshop will show early investigators how to craft a plan that leads to that first successful proposal, which could in turn, lead to a career of funding for a robust line of inquiry. The workshop consists of a recorded lecture on the theoretical framework of positioning which can be reviewed at the participants’ convenience. The in-person workshop will allow participants focused time to turn that framework into an action plan for their research trajectory. There will also be a small faculty panel prepared to discuss how they have embraced the work of positioning. The recorded lecture is available online.

The full PI Academy Professional Development Series schedule can be found online. RSVP is strongly encouraged. Contact Shannon Walsh at swalsh5@niu.edu to RSVP.

Employees invited to learn about financial aid, scholarships and human resources Oct. 19

Come join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday, Oct. 19, for the second in a series of workshops presented by our experts to inform NIU faculty and staff about the stages of undergraduate recruitment, including marketing, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, housing and orientation. Thursday’s workshop, Financial Aid, Scholarships and Human Resources, will be held in the Blackhawk Annex of the Holmes Student Center (bring your own lunch). This session will share general FAFSA tips and how students can be considered for NIU-specific scholarships. Other topics that will be briefly covered include employee and dependent tuition waivers, training opportunities and the Employee Assistance Program.

Alumni volunteer program feedback workshops Oct. 19 and 23

As the NIU Alumni Association prepares to launch Northern’s first-ever comprehensive alumni volunteer program, we want to hear from you. All alumni are invited to participate in a workshop designed to provide key components of the program and get feedback about the program’s structure and implementation to help ensure its success.

We invite you to participate in one of two workshops, which will be held at the Naperville and DeKalb campuses. There are only 20 spots open per workshop, so be sure to sign up soon. Light hors d’oeuvres will be provided.

Workshop Dates:

Thursday, Oct. 19 
6 - 7:30 p.m.
NIU Naperville Campus
1120 E. Diehl Road
Naperville, IL
*No parking pass is needed for the NIU Naperville Campus.

Monday, Oct. 23
6 - 7:30 p.m
Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center
231 N. Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL
*A parking pass will be provided.

Your feedback is vital, no matter what your current level of engagement is with NIU.

Online registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact Liz McKee, director of alumni volunteer engagement, at lmckee1@niu.edu or 815-753-7400 with any questions.

Working with research methodology services: Research design, data management and more

The PI Academy Professional Development Series workshop, "Working with Research Methodology Services: Research Design, Data Management and More" will be held from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 20, in the Holmes Student Center Lincoln Room.

This session will introduce faculty to supports available through the Research Methodology Services group, a team of faculty research consultants, to maximize the quality of proposal research plans. The session will focus on designing and selecting quality measures to assess research outcomes.

View the fulll PI Academy Professional Development Series schedule.

RSVP strongly encouraged. Contact Shannon Walsh at swalsh5@niu.edu to RSVP.

Set your phasers to fun: STEMfest returns on Oct. 21

On Saturday, Oct. 21, NIU students, faculty and staff will present hundreds of hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering and math at STEMfest, the Midwest’s premier celebration of the STEM fields.

Adults and children of all ages will find something engaging and informative at STEMFest. Exhibits include the Haunted Physics Lab, a crime-scene booth to introduce visitors to innovations in forensic science, BLOCKfest®—an interactive building block experience for ages 8 months to 8 years and many more. Presentations by authors and experts will also take place throughout the day.

The event is free and open to the public at the NIU Convocation Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and no advanced registration is required. Free parking will be available.

For more information, visit www.stemfest.niu.edu.

First Amendment rights presentation Oct. 23

Students’ Legal Assistance presents “Know Your Rights,” a presentation to help you learn about your First Amendment right to protest and assemble. The event will take place at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, in the lower level of Founders Memorial Library, F020. For more information, call 815-753-1701.


Previous Announcements

Week of October 9, 2017

Notices

New information added to HR Managers Tools

Human Resource Services continues to add additional information to the HR Managers Tools section of the Human Resource Services website. Recently, HRS added a new section on compensation. This new section contains information about how compensation is determined as well as additional details regarding job changes, job descriptions, pay components, desk audits and exemption status.

Your Human Resource Services team is available to assist you with any of your human resource needs. Call the HRS Service Center at 815-753-6000.

This week is Tutor Appreciation Week

ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services encourages the NIU campus to thank a tutor during Tutor Appreciation Week, October 9 -13. Our Supplemental Instruction leaders and Peer Assisted Learning tutors provide academic assistance to over 1,560 students every year..

Volunteers needed for Huskie Hack 2017

The Midwest’s premier university and high-school hackathon event will return to NIU November 4-5.

For 24-hours, student hackers and medical experts will explore and develop hands-on solutions to current and future challenges in health and wellness.

We need volunteers with backgrounds in medical and health fields, as well as computer coding and engineering, to serve as mentors to students who will have varying abilities in coding and project management.

Visit www.huskiehack.org to find out more or to volunteer.

Deadlines

Research opportunities for faculty and students

Faculty and undergraduate students have an opportunity to apply for Student Engagement Funds (SEF) to support undergraduate student engagement projects. SEF provides funding for mentored-student research or community-based research projects, faculty-lead study abroad programs, and travel to conferences or competitions. Requests can be made for compensation of undergraduate students and/or for student expenses associated with engaged learning projects. Applications for Spring SEF are accepted until Sunday, Oct. 15.

Faculty may also apply on behalf of a student for the Research in Engagement and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant. This grant is specifically for projects involving social justice and diversity, social innovation or social entrepreneurship research. Interested faculty and students should complete the online application before Friday, Oct. 20.

For more information on undergraduate research or any of the above mentioned programs, contact an OSEEL staff member at UGResearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.

Events

Quilter Chawne Kimber explores intersections of activism and textile art

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a lecture by award-winning activist quilter Chawne Kimber at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Cole Hall room 100.

In her lecture “In Tall Cotton,” Kimber will present a series of quilts, explaining her development into an artist over the past decade. The main themes of her work are identity and difference, censorship, social justice and Black Lives Matter.

At noon Wednesday, Oct. 11, Kimber will present a graduate colloquium seminar at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality in Reavis Hall room 103. Her seminar, titled “Lab and/verses Studio,” will describe recent explorations of the artistic practices of a handful of women scientists, including herself.

“Quilts and Human Rights” is open now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU. The exhibit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Cordogan, Clark and Associates Inc., and all exhibit programming is co-sponsored by NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and The Graduate School.

Autism Caregiver Group meets Oct. 12

The monthly Autism Caregiver Group meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the NIU Speech Language Hearing Clinic (3100 Sycamore Road in DeKalb).

Guest speakers Janna Stahl and Natalie Andzik will share their experience and expertise on Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) use in children with autism. Stahl is a mother of three boys, including 9–year-old Wyatt who has been an AAC user since the age of 2. Dr. Andzik is a special education professor at NIU whose research focuses on supporting communication independence among individuals with developmental disabilities.

The Autism Caregiver Group meets the second Thursday of each month for discussion of personal experiences as well as educational, legal, medical, adaptive and transitional topics.

Childcare and refreshments are provided. For more information, visit our website at go.niu.edu/asdcaregiver or call 815-753-9126.

Positioning yourself as a researcher

The PI Academy Professional Development Series workshop, "Positioning Yourself as a Researcher," will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room.

This workshop will show early investigators how to craft a plan that leads to that first successful proposal, which could in turn, lead to a career of funding for a robust line of inquiry.

View the full PI Academy Professional Development Series schedule.

RSVP is encouraged but not required. Contact Shannon Walsh at swalsh5@niu.edu to RSVP.

Fall 2017 Common Reading Experience author visits Oct. 17

Students, faculty, staff, family, friends and community members are invited to attend Jennine Capó Crucet’s presentation “Making a Home Among Strangers: An Evening with Jennine Capó Crucet” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center.

Prior to the presentation, please join community members, students, staff and faculty, along with special guest Jennine Capó Crucet, at a community reception from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the DeKalb Public Library. This is a free event open to the public. Food from Jimmy Johns will be provided.

For more information, to learn about the book or explore more Common Reading Experience events, please visit go.niu.edu/CRE or contact First- and Second-Year Experience at fsye@niu.edu or 815-753-0028.

WNIJ hosts forum on state budget

WNIJ | 89.5 and NPR Illinois | 91.9 UIS are hosting a forum on the state’s financial health and the lasting impacts of the two-year-long state budget impasse. Support for the event is provided by the AARP.

The forum will take place in DeKalb at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at Faranda’s Banquet Center. Those planning to attend should register at WNIJ.org.

The panelists for the forum are Jeremy Groves, NIU Economics Department; Mary Ellen Schaid, Safe Passage; Matt Streb, NIU Administration; Deanna Cada, DeKalb County Community Mental Health Board; and Kristina Garcia, Conexión Comunidad.

WNIJ has a tradition of holding forums as part of its mission to enrich, inspire and inform the community. NPR Illinois is hosting free events across the state to talk about how different regions have been affected by the budget impasse. The forums sponsored by AARP are a chance to hear directly from Illinois residents about their experience without a state budget and panelists’ views on these impacts.

For those who cannot attend the event, a recording and coverage of the forum will be available at WNIJ.org.

Travel with the Professor to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Alphawood Galleries

On Thursday, Nov. 9, Professor Michael and Takako Day will lead an emotional and educational journey to the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, IL, and the “Then They Came for Me” exhibit at the Alphawood Gallery. External Programming is proud to offer this unique learning experience as part of its Travel with a Professor Series.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons to combat hatred, prejudice and indifference. The museum fulfills its mission through the exhibition, preservation, and interpretation of its collections and through educational programs and initiatives that foster not only the promotion of human rights, but also the elimination of genocide.

“Then They Came for Me” draws heavily on photographs taken by renowned photographers Dorthea Lange and Ansel Adams of the Japanese prisoners of the U.S. internment camps. A persistent message of the exhibit is that intolerance, fear and hysteria can have the same effect today.

The trip departs from the Normal Road entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, and returns at approximately 7 p.m. The cost is $70 per person and includes museum entry, the professor’s talk on the bus and transportation.

Week of October 2, 2017

Deadlines

Notice of financial month end close

The month of September is closing for all financial reporting activity at noon on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Journals not posted at that time will go into October business. Final September reports are scheduled to be available Monday, Oct. 9.

October reports are scheduled to be available Monday, Oct. 16. These dates, and other important dates related to the Controller’s Office can be found on the FMS Reports Calendar..

Events

Open forum set for Vice President for Administration and Finance candidate Oct. 4

The campus community is invited to open forums with the final candidate selected for the position of Vice President for Administration and Finance  (VPAF) on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from 10-11 a.m. and 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center room 506. The open forums provide faculty, staff and students with the opportunity to learn more about the candidate’s qualifications for the position and to provide feedback to the search committee.

The VPAF will be responsible for providing direction and management oversight for the following administrative functions: accounting and business operations, finance controls and reporting, audit, procurement and strategic sourcing, treasury functions, investment oversight, facilities and grounds operations, space planning and construction, and enterprise risk management.

Please contact Vicky Rippberger at vrippberger1@niu.edu with questions related to this search.

Everything You Need to Know about Sponsored Award Budgets Oct. 4

Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) will host the first Grants Administration and Management Series (GAMS) session “Everything You Need to Know about Sponsored Award Budgets – Rules, Rates and More” from 11 a.m. to  noon, Wednesday, Oct. 4. The session will be held in the Holmes Student Center room 406.

Faculty who are preparing proposals for external funding and administrative staff who help faculty with grant-funded purchases and hiring personnel will find this session useful.

View the full GAMS schedule. RSVP is encouraged but not required. Contact Shannon Walsh at swalsh5@niu.edu to RSVP.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance will be hosting informational sessions on each Wednesday of October from 12-1 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Holmes Student Center. These “Got A Minute” sessions are designed to provide students, faculty, staff and community members with quick information on resources and services available to domestic violence victims/survivors, and how others can provide assistance to someone involved in a domestic or dating violence situation. The schedule of speakers include:

  • October 4: NIU Police Department - NIU Police will highlight their R.A.D. Program which teaches self-defense techniques, as well as the many resources offered for victims/survivors of domestic or dating violence.
  • October 11: NIU Counseling and Consultation Services - Knowing the resources and services available when trying to help a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence can be essential information.
  • October 18: Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance - Come on! Be an Active Bystander, provides tips for helping others in any negative situation. The ability to know when and how to help can be crucial when a split-second decision must be made.
  • October 25: Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Rape Crisis and 24-hour Domestic Violence Shelter - Having a safe place to go can mean all the difference to a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence. Safe Passage will also discuss the many other resources and services available.

Questions about these events can be directed to aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.

These programs meet the requirements of the College of Business’ Passport Program and Honors Engaged. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance also thanks Alpha Phi Gamma for their support of this event.

Events scheduled to celebrate Gwendolyn Brooks at 100

NIU Libraries and the DeKalb Public Library have partnered to commemorate the centennial of Gwendolyn Brooks. Please join us in celebrating the life and works of the poet with “Sounds and Scenes of Gwendolyn Brooks’ Chicago” from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday. Oct. 6, at the DeKalb Public Library. Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. The program will begin at 7 p.m. This event is open to all. Also, be sure to visit the Gwendolyn Brooks exhibits on the second and fourth floors of Founders Memorial Library.

Quilter Chawne Kimber explores intersections of activism and textile art

Join the Pick Museum of Anthropology and NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality for a lecture by award-winning activist quilter Chawne Kimber at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in Cole Hall room 100.

In her lecture “In Tall Cotton,” Kimber will present a series of quilts, explaining her development into an artist over the past decade. The main themes of her work are identity and difference, censorship, social justice and Black Lives Matter.

At noon Wednesday, Oct. 11, Kimber will present a graduate colloquium seminar at the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality in Reavis Hall room 103. Her seminar, titled “Lab and/verses Studio,” will describe recent explorations of the artistic practices of a handful of women scientists, including herself.

“Quilts and Human Rights” is open now through Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at the Pick Museum of Anthropology at NIU. The exhibit is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Cordogan, Clark and Associates Inc., and all exhibit programming is co-sponsored by NIU’s Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality and The Graduate School.

Travel with External Programming: Private Tour of Soldier Field

NIU External Programming is pleased to announce an upcoming Travel with External Programming event on Monday, Oct. 23.

Go behind the scenes of the legendary home of the Chicago Bears. The stadium, built in 1924, is not only the home of football in Chicago but also a historic memorial to American soldiers.

On this private, 75-minute guided, VIP tour, you will see the South Courtyard, Doughboy statue, field, visitor’s locker room, Skyline Suite and Colonnades. This is on a non-game day.

Tours are outdoor walking tours conducted in rain or shine. Please dress accordingly.

Participants will also be able to explore around the stadium, shop and have plenty of time to visit the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium. Both institutions are admission-free while we are there.

The tour will depart from the Normal Road (east) entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 9:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 23, and will return at approximately 7 p.m. The $65 fee includes a VIP tour and bus transportation. Lunch is on your own.

Register now as tickets are very limited! Registration is also available by phone at 815-753-0277.

Notices

Alternative parking available during Lot 3 Homecoming Parade closure Oct. 5

The Student Association will stage the Homecoming Parade in Lot 3, south of the Music Building, on Thursday, Oct. 5. The lot will be closed all day for this event and will reopen at 7 p.m.

Alternative parking for blue permit holders will be the Anderson Hall lot, Campus Life Building lot, Gilbert Drive, the Parking Deck, Lot 14 or any open blue space in any blue lot.

If you have any questions, contact Campus Parking Services at 815-753-1045.

Ellington’s begins fall semester lunch service

Ellington’s, the student-run restaurant located in Holmes Student Center, begins its fall semester Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Menus showcase seasonal ingredients with heart-healthy and gluten-free options. This semester’s highlights include stuffed spinach pork chops, sweet potato quinoa cake, Champagne sorbet with pear chips, and sweet berry dumplings. View menus for the entire semester.

Students in the Hospitality and Tourism Management and Nutrition, Dietetics and Wellness degree programs prepare and serve delicious, three-course meals with a theme at Ellington’s as part of their course requirements. Along with enjoying a great meal on campus, you have the opportunity to help students by sharing your comments about your experience.

Continuing this semester is the option to enjoy wine with your meal for $5 a glass. Wine will be selected for the menu based on wine-and-food pairings made by the students.

Seating is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with service until 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The cost is $10 per person. Ellington’s is located on the main floor of the Holmes Student Center. Along with enjoying a great meal on campus, you have the opportunity to help students by sharing comments cards about your experience.

Reservations are suggested. Huskie Bucks, checks, NIU meal coupons, cash and most credit cards are accepted. Call 815-753-1763 or make reservations online.

DoIT announces upgrade to OnBase v16

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) will upgrade OnBase v16 to Unity Client users via System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) starting Wednesday, Oct. 4, and continuing through Wednesday, Oct. 11.

Since OnBase 14 and OnBase 16 are designed to run in parallel, there’s no problem with one office using v14 while another has been upgraded to v16. Even users within the same department can use either v14 or v16 without problems. (Note: each individual user can be on only one version at a time.)

DoIT will make OnBase 16 available gradually and provide detailed setup instructions as OnBase 16 is rolled out. Departments and LAN Admins will be contacted directly to coordinate their upgrade. Due to extensive testing, this upgrade is expected to go smoothly.

OnBase 16 has many new features including the much-anticipated updated support for browsers, including Firefox, Safari and now Chrome. Firefox ESR will no longer be required. With OnBase 16, you will see improved responsiveness and reliability built in because of the improvements DoIT has made to the underlying architecture and hardware. For the first time, we will have load balancing on multiple web and application servers. OnBase 16 will provide additional functions and development capability while retaining its already familiar user interface and appearance.

DoIT will continue to communicate progress and share instructions via email and the “OnBase at NIU” SharePoint site..

Free guided tours of “Quilts and Human Rights” at the Pick Museum of Anthropology

The Pick Museum of Anthropology’s fall exhibition “Quilts and Human Rights” is now open. It features over 40 quilts from around the world that honor champions of human rights and document events and experiences that show quilt-making as a means of coping with oppression. The exhibit examines how quilts can raise awareness about social issues.

The museum is offering free, customizable exhibit and collections tours, research and writing opportunities, and hands-on learning exercises to support students and faculty in the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Class tours can be tailored to cover a wide-range of topics including, but not limited to, activism, social justice, fiber arts, institutional racism, sexism, LGBTQ+ rights, Native American sovereignty, labor, anti-violence and more.
  • Scavenger hunts are available for students to conduct during class time or on their own time for class or extra credit.
  • Group curatorial projects can be customized to teach students how museums develop and design exhibits, allowing students to creatively reinterpret objects.
  • Object-based learning can get students out of the classroom and utilizing the museum’s collections for a variety of research and hands-on opportunities.
  • Student club events can be hosted at the museum and customized to fit any group’s needs.

To reserve a time for a guided tour or activity, fill out the Tour Reservation Form on the museum’s website. For more information on how the museum can support your course goals, please contact the museum curator, Laura McDowell Hopper, at lmcdowellhopper@niu.edu or 815-753-2011.

Participate in research study on work-home experiences and health behaviors

You are invited to participate in a research study on work-home experiences and health behaviors conducted by researchers in NIU’s Occupational Health and Stress Laboratory, directed by Larissa Barber. The purpose of the study is to understand how work experiences and interactions with family members at home are associated with different health habits and behaviors.

To qualify, you must be currently employed and working five days a week. Participants must also be willing to fill out short daily surveys each evening, and able to ask a family member who they currently live with to do the same.

Your total time commitment will be two hours spread across the course of two weeks and you will be paid up to $50. Half of this time will be spent in two, one-on-one meetings at the Psychology and Computer Science building at NIU. Your family member’s time commitment will be 30 minutes over the course of two weeks and will be paid up to $25.

To learn about additional qualifications and participation details, please visit the Health and Work-Home Experiences - Initial Survey webpage.

SECA 2017 Charitable Giving campaign underway

The State and University Agencies Combined Appeal (SECA) Charitable Campaign, “Your Campaign – Your Choice,” a once-a-year volunteer workplace giving campaign, is underway from now until Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Please consider a contribution to the charity of your choice via the means noted below. Participating charities are listed on the SECA website. Complete the SECA Pledge Form.

Payroll Deduction Contribution

  1. Complete the payroll deduction portion of the SECA Pledge Form.
  2. Complete the NIU SECA 2017 Instruction/Payroll Deduction Form.
  3. Send both forms to Human Resource Services, Attention: Mollie Montgomery.

One-Time Direct Gift

  1. Complete the “One-Time Direct Gift” portion of the SECA Pledge Form.
  2. Make your check(s) payable to each individual charity (not to SECA); include the seven-digit charity number in the memo section of each check.
  3. Sign and date the form, and send with your check(s) to Human Resource Services, Attention: Mollie Montgomery.

Online Contribution

Visit the SECA website at www.secaillinois.org, click on the “Online Giving” link and follow the instructions.

Questions should be directed to Mollie Montgomery, Human Resource Services, at 815-753-0458 or mmontgomery@niu.edu

Search for Review Committee members for the Student Engagement Fund

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is seeking individuals to serve on the Review Committee for the Student Engagement Fund (SEF). If you are unfamiliar with SEF, it is a collaborative effort between OSEEL and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide funding for students working on faculty-mentored research projects and to support undergraduate student engagement projects.

If you are interested in being a part of the committee, we would love to have you as a reviewer. Applications for SEF are reviewed three times per academic year – October (spring applications), March (summer applications) and April (fall applications). After applications are submitted, reviewers are given two weeks to review their assigned applications and provide feedback. All reviews are uploaded online into groups on Office 365 and review submission is through Office 365, so having familiarity with this tool is beneficial.

This program benefits all NIU undergraduate students, and we would greatly value your input on funding decisions. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please feel free to reach out to ugresearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.

Title IX training underway for students

It has been over a year since the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act went into effect. NIU’s Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC) ensures compliance with the Act. One mandate states, “each higher education institution shall provide sexual violence primary prevention and awareness programming for all students.” AAEC found that the best way to meet this requirement is through an online module in Blackboard. This year, students have from Oct. 1 to Dec. 1, to complete the training.

Last year, AAEC encouraged feedback, which has led to the development of a more streamlined and interactive training. Marketing now includes flyers placed on campus, digital signage, social media, student announcements, department notices and much more. More information is available at go.niu.edu/TitleIXTraining.

Staff and faculty are included in the mandate and will take the training Feb. 1 to April 1, 2018. The Act further requires AAEC to provide bystander training, as well as survivor-centered and trauma-informed response training. All trainings will be posted on our website. To schedule a training on any AAEC topic contact us at aaec_training@niu.edu.

Week of September 25, 2017

Deadlines

Notice of financial month end close

The month of September is closing for all financial reporting activity at noon on Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. Journals not posted at that time will go into October business. Final September reports are scheduled to be available Monday, Oct. 9.

October reports are scheduled to be available Monday, Oct. 16. These dates, and other important dates related to the Controller’s Office can be found on the FMS Reports Calendar..

Homecoming parade applications due Sept. 28

All groups, student organizations and departments are invited to participate in NIU’s Northern Lights Homecoming Parade. Show your group’s Huskie Spirit to the entire campus and surrounding communities. The Northern Lights Homecoming Parade will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5.

As suggested by the name, this year’s parade is once again a lights parade! Parade entrants comprised of vehicles, walking entries and floats will be decked out in lights to help light up the night and pump up the Huskie Pride. Additionally, in keeping with this year’s Homecoming theme, Destination Huskie Nation: 111 Year Strong, entrants are encouraged to decorate their entries in accordance with the theme. The parade will start at the NIU Art Building parking lot, follow Lucinda Avenue and end at the Chick Evans Field House.

Want to apply to be a participant in this year’s parade? The link to the application can be found on the Campus Activities Board website or at go.niu.edu/hoco-app. All parade applications and the $10 entry fee are due to Student Involvement and Leadership Development, Campus Life Building Room 150, by 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28.

For more information, contact this year’s Homecoming Parade Chair Alex Pitner at apitner1@niu.edu or 815-753-6505.

CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition 2017 applications due Oct. 16

The Community School of the Arts at Northern Illinois University invites musicians 18 years and younger to compete in the annual CSA Sinfonia Concerto Competition. The deadline for applications is Monday, Oct. 16. Auditions are scheduled in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building on Nov. 13, beginning at 5 p.m. More information and applications forms are available at http://www.csa.niu.edu or by calling the CSA office at 815-753-1450.

Honorary Degrees nominations due Nov. 1

Nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded from NIU are now open. This year’s nominations, with the required supporting information, should be submitted to Bradley Bond, dean of the Graduate School, by Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2017. For more information on the nomination process, please visit www.niu.edu/academicaffairs/awards/degrees.shtml.

Notices

Schedule an OSEEL presentation on hands-on learning for your class

If you are interested in informing your students about hands-on learning opportunities at NIU, the Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is offering brief classroom presentations on the many programs we have available! This is a beneficial way for undergraduate students to learn about the various ways they can receive funding and support to conduct research, participate in service learning projects and other engaged learning activities. If you are interested in having a member of OSEEL’s staff come to your classroom, please feel free to reach out to engage@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.

Free guided tours of “Quilts and Human Rights” at the Pick Museum of Anthropology

The Pick Museum of Anthropology’s fall exhibition, “Quilts and Human Rights” is now open. It features over 40 quilts from around the world that honor champions of human rights, document events and experiences that show quilt making as a means of coping with oppression. The exhibit examines how quilts can raise awareness about social issues.

The museum is offering free, customizable exhibit and collections tours, research and writing opportunities, and hands-on learning exercises to support students and faculty in the 2017-2018 academic year.

  • Class tours can be tailored to cover a wide range of topics including, but not limited to, activism, social justice, fiber arts, institutional racism, sexism, LGBTQ+ rights, Native American sovereignty, labor, anti-violence and more.
  • Scavenger hunts are available for students to conduct during class time or on their own time for class or extra credit.
  • Group curatorial projects can be customized to teach students how museums develop and design exhibits, allowing students to creatively reinterpret objects.
  • Object-based learning can get students out of the classroom and utilizing the museum’s collections for a variety of research and hands-on opportunities.
  • Student club events can be hosted at the museum and customized to fit any group’s needs.

To reserve a time for a guided tour or activity, fill out the Tour Reservation Form. For more information on how the museum can support your course goals, please contact the museum curator, Laura McDowell Hopper, at lmcdowellhopper@niu.edu or 815-753-2011.

Search for Review Committee members for the Student Engagement Fund

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is seeking individuals to serve on the Review Committee for the Student Engagement Fund (SEF). If you are unfamiliar with SEF, it is a collaborative effort between OSEEL and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to provide funding for students working on faculty-mentored research projects and to support undergraduate student engagement projects.

If you are interested in being a part of the committee, we would love to have you as a reviewer! Applications for SEF are reviewed three times per academic year – October (spring applications), March (summer applications) and April (fall applications). After applications are submitted, reviewers are given two weeks to review their assigned applications and provide feedback. All reviews are uploaded online into groups on Office 365 and review submission is through Office 365, so having familiarity with this tool is beneficial.

This program benefits all NIU undergraduate students, and we would greatly value your input on funding decisions. If you are interested in serving on this committee, please feel free to reach out to ugresearch@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.

NIU 403(b) Supplemental Retirement Plan approved vendor campus visits

Vendor

Campus Visit Dates

Vendor Information

Bob Intoccia

Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017
HSC Room 304

Call 800-642-7131
or visit www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations
to make an appointment

Hayden Lackey

Monday, Oct. 30, 2017
HSC Room 304

Call 800-642-7131
or visit www.fidelity.com/atwork/reservations 
to make an appointment.

Fidelity Investments

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017
HSC Room 404

For more information visit www.fidelity.com 

Patrick Windle

Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017
HSC Room 504

Call 800-732-8353
or visit www.tiaa.org/schedulenow  
to make an appointment.

Jennifer McClure

Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017
HSC Room 504

Call 800-732-8353
or visit www.tiaa.org/schedulenow  
to make an appointment.

TIAA

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
HSC Room 504

For more information visit www.tiaa.org 

To obtain more information on the NIU Supplemental Retirement Plan 403(b), please see the Human Resource Services web page.

Events

Vazquez to present Board of Trustees Professor Seminar Sept. 28

On Thursday, Sept. 28, Board of Trustees Professor Laura Vazquez will discuss her work in a presentation titled, “Behind the Lens: Engaging Students in the Creative Process of Social Justice Documentary Filmmaking.” The presentation will take place in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center. Refreshments will be served from 11:30 a.m. to noon, followed by the presentation and Q&A from noon to 1 p.m. Vazquez received her Ph.D. degree in radio, TV and film from Northwestern University and has been teaching media theory and production courses in the Department of Communication at NIU for 17 years. She currently chairs the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and is the undergraduate director for the Department of Communication.

For more information, see www.niu.edu/facdev/programs/2017-09-28-board-of-trustees-professor-seminar.shtml. This event is sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

Alumnus Cerrone to deliver Jobs PLUS presentation on Oct. 3

NIU Alumnus Rick Cerrone will deliver a Jobs PLUS presentation titled “Nice Guys Finish First” at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 3, in Campus Life Building 100.

The event will feature personal anecdotes and stories from Rick’s professional career that included time as senior director of media relations for the New York Yankees, where he worked side by side with some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. The presentation aims to transform the way attendees relate to others and inspire them to renew their efforts at building and maintaining relationships with their business associates, clients, customers, family and friends.

Rick has had an amazingly diverse career that spans more than 30 years – from editor and publisher of a national baseball magazine to Major League Baseball executive to talk show host to being at the helm of public relations for the Yankees. During his time with the Yankees, the club had a run of 11 post-season appearances, six Word Series and four world championships.

Limited seats for students remain and advanced registration is required at go.niu.edu/jobsplusevents.

Jobs PLUS events are free and open to all NIU students. If a student’s employer is a Jobs PLUS partner, the student may be eligible to attend select Jobs PLUS events on their paid work time with permission from their employer. Students interested in connecting their employer to Jobs PLUS can self-report where they are working.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance will be hosting informational sessions on each Wednesday of October from 12-1 p.m. in the Heritage Room in the Holmes Student Center. These “Got A Minute” sessions are designed to provide students, faculty, staff and community members with quick information on resources and services available to domestic violence victims/survivors, and how others can provide assistance to someone involved in a domestic or dating violence situation. The schedule of speakers include:

  • October 4: NIU Police Department - NIU Police will highlight their R.A.D. Program which teaches self-defense techniques, as well as the many resources offered for victims/survivors of domestic or dating violence.
  • October 11: NIU Counseling and Consultation Services - Knowing the resources and services available when trying to help a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence can be essential information.
  • October 18: Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance - Come on! Be an Active Bystander, provides tips for helping others in any negative situation. The ability to know when and how to help can be crucial when a split-second decision must be made.
  • October 25: Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s Rape Crisis and 24-hour Domestic Violence Shelter - Having a safe place to go can mean all the difference to a victim/survivor of domestic or dating violence. Safe Passage will also discuss the many other resources and services available.

Questions about these events can be directed to aaec_training@niu.edu or 815-753-1118.

These programs meet the requirements of the College of Business’ Passport Program and Honors Engaged. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance also thanks Alpha Phi Gamma for their support of this event.

NIU researchers seek fitness app study participants (Android only)

Professors Lynn Herrmann (Health Studies) and Philippe Giabbanelli (Computer Science) are recruiting participants for their mobile fitness app study, Health Behavior Theory-based App Development and Evaluation, to test efficacy of different fitness app features. The study will involve using a randomly assigned fitness app developed specifically for this study. Participants will need to:

  • download the app to their personal mobile device (Android only)
  • use the app as desired for approximately eight weeks
  • take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the eight weeks

Participants will receive $10 at the end of the study. Participants must be age 18 and older and not pregnant. To participate, contact Dr. Lynn Herrmann at LHerrmann@niu.edu for access to your unique participant PIN and the link to the pre-study survey.

UC-Irvine historian to discuss China’s Boxer Rebellion Oct. 5

Jeffrey Wasserstrom, a leading historian of modern China, will discuss the stories surrounding the Boxer Rebellion of 1900 during the 14th annual Lincoln Lecture, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5, in NIU’s Altgeld Auditorium. The presentation is free and open to the public.

This illustrated lecture, “China and the Ghosts of 1900: Stories of the Boxers and the First Global War,” revisits the anti-Christian uprising and international invasion that convulsed the Qing Empire during the final year of the 19th century, paying particular attention to the varied ways these events were understood in different places at the time and the diverse kinds of stories that have been told. Wasserstrom will move between regions, touching down everywhere from Shanghai to Chicago, and between genres, bringing in versions of episodes such as the 55-day siege of Beijing that have appeared in everything from poems to live battle reenactments and in novels, comic books and films.

To learn more about NIU’s Lincoln Lecture Series.

NIU Athletics Hall of Fame to welcome its 33rd induction class Oct. 6

More than 30 members of the NIU Athletics Hall of Fame and head coaches of Hall-of-Fame teams are expected to be on hand when the six-member “Class of 2017” is inducted at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6, in the historic Duke Ellington Ballroom at the Holmes Student Center. A cocktail reception begins at 5:30 p.m.

The “Class of 2017” includes Dee Abrahamson, Softball head coach, 1980-94; Athletics administrator, 1995-2011; and NCAA secretary-rules editor, 1996-2015; Steve Azar, Football, 2000-03; Mark Goodson, Men’s Gymnastics, 1976-80; Ed Kositzki, Men’s Soccer, 1969-71; Angela Lockett, Women’s Basketball, 1990-92, 1993-95; and Garrett Wolfe, Football, 2004-06.

Complimentary tickets to the 33rd induction ceremony can be reserved by emailing halloffame@niu.edu. Please include full name and number of tickets requested. An email confirmation will be sent and tickets can be picked up at the reception table outside the Duke Ellington Ballroom on Friday, Oct. 6.

Save the date: Common Reading Experience author Jennine Capó Crucet comes to NIU Oct. 17

NIU will welcome the 2017-2019 Common Reading Experience author Jennine Capó Crucet to campus at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. A book signing will follow in the HSC Gallery Lounge.

Crucet’s book, Make Your Home Among Strangers, is being read by first-year students in UNIV 101 (University Experience) and 201 (Transfer Experience) courses and has also been adopted by several other courses as part of their course-required readings or curriculum.

This powerful novel’s themes include social justice, quality/access to education, first-generation students, immigration, ethics (plagiarism), diversity, inclusion, identity, relationships, socioeconomic class, race and leaving home.

Each year, different events take place centering on the themes of the Common Reading Experience (CRE). In addition to Crucet’s visit, all campus and community members are welcome and encouraged to come and participate in any event you might find interesting.

Additional fall 2017 common reading events include:

  • Travel Challenge Escape Room - Tuesday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Capitol Room. Solve riddles and puzzles while you learn about the American Immigration experience.
  • Make Your Home Open Mic - Wednesday, Oct. 11, 3:30 p.m., Swen Parson room 170. Share your story of what home means to you.
  • Eight Countries in One Day - Friday, Oct. 13, 3-7 p.m., DeKalb Public Library. Explore culture, food and crafts from countries around the world.
  • Book Discussion - The Travel Ban: Immigration - Thursday, Oct. 26, 6:30 p.m., DeKalb Public Library.
  • Essay Contest open to all first-year students - Entries due Monday, Oct. 30, by 4 p.m. Submit your essay and cover sheet to Maribel Montelongo, First-Year Composition Office support specialist, Reavis 215
  • Make Your Home Essay Contest Awards Ceremony - Wednesday, Nov. 15, 3:30 p.m., Adams Hall, Chandelier Room.
  • Ju Hong - Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 5 p.m., Holmes Student Center, Carl Sandburg Auditorium. Ju Hong shares his story as one of the millions of undocumented immigrants living in America today. His documentary, “Halmoni,” follows his struggle to understand his identity and familial responsibility.

For more information, visit First- and Second-Year Experience, email fsye@niu.edu or call 815-753-0028.

Ninth Annual Graduate and Professional School Fair Oct. 17

Attending graduate or professional school can have a tremendous impact upon students’ career paths. We ask for your help educating NIU students about the importance of attending NIU's upcoming Graduate and Professional School Fair so they can talk with graduate school representatives at this once-per-year event, sponsored by Career Services. The ninth annual Graduate and Professional School Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. Over 100 schools/programs will be represented, including NIU programs. Visit careerfairs.niu.edu to view the list of schools/programs that will attend, which includes masters and doctoral programs in law, technology, health fields, business, psychology, education and sciences. For more information, please contact Joyce Keller at 815-753-9113 or jkeller@niu.edu.

Fall 2017 All-Majors Internship and Job Fair Oct. 18

Employers will be on campus seeking NIU talent at the Fall 2017 NIU Internship and Job Fair. Career Services has moved to a new one-day career fair format. Students from all majors can connect with employers for both internships and full-time positions on the same day. The Internship and Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, at the Convocation Center. A Career Fairs Prep Workshop is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 10, in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. Students also can visit our Career Peer Mentors in the Career Resource Center between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday-Friday in Campus Life Building 235, for resume review assistance. The Career Resource Center is not open on the day of the Internship and Job Fair. For more information, contact Career Services at 815-753-1641 or careerservices@niu.edu, or visit careerservices.niu.edu.

Week of September 18, 2017

Deadlines

International Education Week to be celebrated Nov. 13-17

The Division of International Affairs is gearing up for another exciting International Education Week, to be celebrated Nov. 13-17. If you have any cultural events, speakers, performances, etc., that you would like us to share on our calendar, please send Sarah Lindell the information by Wednesday, Oct. 4, at slindell@niu.edu.

Notices

PI Academy Professional Development schedule available

The 2017-2018 PI Academy Professional Development Series schedule is now available.

The emphasis of the PI Academy is to support faculty in positioning themselves for external funding and thriving research careers. This year's schedule covers a wide-range of funding development and research topics including two intensive grant-writing workshops, a campus visit by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and an interactive science communications session.

Updates will be made to the schedule as details are finalized. View the current schedule.

To accompany the PI Academy, Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) will also be offering a Grants Administration and Management Series (GAMS) for campus administrators who interact with SPA or their faculty on grant-related matters (e.g., completing Human Resources paperwork, purchasing and monitoring budgets). The session includes a series of pre-and post-award related topics intended to clarify the compliance and management framework for sponsored awards. Faculty are also welcome to attend.

Get more information about GAMS.

Title IX Training for NIU students to begin soon

In August 2016, the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act went into effect. To comply with this law, all students and employees must complete Title IX training every year. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC) has developed an online training module utilizing the Blackboard system.

The training will be open for students from Sunday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Dec. 1. Students who are new this semester are required to take Haven and AlcoholEdu and therefore, are not required to take this module.

Employees will complete the training between Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, and Sunday, April 1, 2018. The employee window will not be opened until Feb. 1, 2018.

Visit the AAEC website to review the FAQ and find out more information.

Energy conservation tips - campus edition

Conserving energy at home and on campus is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the impact you have on the environment.

One of the most effective ways to conserve energy is turning off lights and switching to energy efficient lighting. Around campus, you will find that many rooms are fitted with motion or heat sensors that turn the lights on when people are in the room and shut them off when the room is empty. If you are in a room that doesn't have these sensors, shut the lights off when you leave. Turning off lights is extremely important for cutting down the amount of energy that is wasted on campus.

Another source of energy consumption on campus is computer monitors in computer labs and offices. When you are done using a computer on campus, turn off the monitor.

These small steps can have a large impact on the campus energy usage if enough people participate.

Want to get more involved? There are numerous student-run organizations dedicated to sustainability, and the NIU Green Team is always looking for members interested in creating a more sustainable campus. For more information on Campus Sustainability, check out the Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability and Energy website.

NIU researchers seek fitness app study participants (Android only)

Professors Lynn Herrmann (Health Studies) and Philippe Giabbanelli (Computer Science) are recruiting participants for their mobile fitness app study, Health Behavior Theory-based App Development and Evaluation, to test efficacy of different fitness app features. The study will involve using a randomly assigned fitness app developed specifically for this study. Participants will need to:

  • download the app to their personal mobile device (Android only)
  • use the app as desired for approximately eight weeks
  • take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the eight weeks

Participants will receive $10 at the end of the study. Participants must be age 18 and older and not pregnant. To participate, contact Dr. Lynn Herrmann at LHerrmann@niu.edu for access to your unique participant PIN and the link to the pre-study survey.

Larger napkin dispensers new to campus dining services

Campus Dining Services has recently updated the napkin dispensers in the dining facilities. For those of you who typically advertise events and information in the dispensers, the size will now be 5.5 inches x 10.5 inches. However, there is a limited amount of napkin dispensers in each of the dining facilities. If you are still wanting to display information in them, please contact msmall2@niu.edu.

Athletics offers exclusive NIU All-Sports Pass for current NIU faculty and staff

For the second year in a row, Intercollegiate Athletics is offering the Faculty & Staff All-Sports Pass to current NIU employees. The pass provides free admission to all regular season home Huskie volleyball and men's and women's basketball games in 2017-18 with the purchase of a season football ticket. NIU faculty and staff also receive a discount on full football season tickets at a price of just $115 for all six NIU football home games

Faculty and staff will receive one All-Sports Pass per football season ticket purchased. This wallet-sized credential is non-transferable and must be presented at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center, along with their NIU OneCard, on the day of any regular season home volleyball and men's and women's basketball game for a FREE ticket to that game. Men's basketball tickets will be assigned seats while volleyball and women's basketball will be general admission seating. All-Sports Pass individual game tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and as long as tickets are available at the time of redemption. Ticket windows are open one hour prior to each home regular season volleyball and men's and women's basketball games. The Huskie All-Sports Passes will be sent out with season tickets.

Including all home regular season volleyball and men's and women's basketball game, NIU faculty and staff could see as many as 45 additional Huskie athletic events for the price of the discounted football season ticket. In addition, NIU offers Pup Club membership for children ages 13 and under for just $10 to all children. Members of the Pup Club receive free admission to all volleyball, men's and women's basketball games, along with other benefits like a T-Shirt, personalized birthday card and special access and events.

NIU Football season tickets are on sale now. To order, and receive your All-Sports Pass along with your football season tickets, call 815-753-PACK (7225), or stop by the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Events

Brown bag lunch presentation on "Intuitive Eating"

The Employee Assistance Program and Training Center will be hosting a brown bag lunch presentation titled, “Intuitive Eating: What Is It and How Do I Do It?” on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 12-1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Glidden Room. The 10 principles of intuitive eating and how we can practice eating intuitively in our day-to-day lives will be discussed. Additionally, we will distinguish different types of hunger (i.e., physical vs. emotional) and practice one or two intuitive eating exercises. Overall, the focus of the presentation will be on eliminating the diet mentality and learning how to listen to your body. To register for this presentation, please RSVP to employeeassistance@niu.edu or call 815-753-9191. 

On-campus flu vaccine clinic

The first 2017 Flu Vaccine Clinic on campus will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. If you are unable to attend on Wednesday, our next clinic on campus is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, in the same location.

We encourage you to go to the following webpage, NIU EAP Health Events, and print out the Vaccine Administration Record form to complete and bring with you. If you are unable to get to our webpage to print the form, we will have blank forms available at the clinic.

Once you arrive, you will need to stop at the first table to check in with the NIU verification table and from there we will direct you to your next step.

Remember to dress with clothing that allows the nurse to have easy access to your upper arm. The vaccine will not be given to anyone who is allergic to eggs or has had an adverse reaction to the influenza vaccine.

The flu vaccine is free to NIU employees on any of the State of Illinois Health Care Plans, as well as retired employees and survivors with State of Illinois coverage who are not yet eligible for Medicare. Vaccines for spouses, dependents and students cost $38. If you have any questions, please contact the Employee Assistance Program and Training Center at 815-753-9191.

Employees invited to learn about recruitment, marketing and admissions

Come join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 21, for the first in a series of workshops presented by our own experts to inform NIU faculty and staff about the stages of undergraduate recruitment, including marketing, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, housing and orientation. Thursday's workshop, Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions, will be held in the Blackhawk Annex of the Holmes Student Center (bring your own lunch). The session will cover general information about undergraduate recruitment practices, marketing efforts and the NIU admissions process. .

“How to be a Better Watchdog” seminar at NIU on Sept. 21

The Department of Communication, together with the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and the Better Government Association are co-sponsoring the seminar “How to be a Better Watchdog” from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, in Cole Hall 100. The event is free and open to the public.

This program will help citizens become better watchdogs of government at all levels. Matt Topic, a Chicago attorney who specializes in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and governmental transparency, will lead the program. He will be joined by Annum Haider, who serves as the civic engagement and research analyst at the Better Government Association.

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Please sign up online to attend. For more information about this program, please contact Jason Akst at 815-753-7009 or jakst@niu.edu.

Relax and recharge every week

The NIU Employee Assistance Program and Training Center is teaming up with University Recreation and Wellness this semester and to offer weekly programs over the noon hour focusing on the body, mind and spirit. We will be leading off this coming Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 12-1 p.m., in the Holmes Student Center, Glidden Room, with a demonstration on yoga. Attend this demonstration to learn the basics of yoga and to feel refreshed and recharged. The class will include yoga poses, balance, conscious breathing and relaxation. Bring your own mat, as we will have limited mats available. Registration is required via email at employeeassistance@niu.edu or calling 815-753-9191.

Who really invented homecoming?

Fact or Fiction: NIU was the first school in Illinois to play a homecoming game? Attend the presentation by NIU Sports Information Director Emeritus Mike Korcek for answers to this and many other questions about the history of homecoming at NIU. Korcek has over 50 years of experience as a sport staffer, writer and editor. He is best known for his 22-year tenure at NIU as the sports information director and his 37 years as the sports information office employee (1969-70, 1973-2009).

Come discover what you thought you knew about the history of homecoming. A few things may surprise you! The presentation begins 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Staff Lounge (lower level) of Founders Memorial Library. Guests are encouraged to view the “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong” exhibit in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library following the presentation. This is a free event and open to all. Contact us at rhcua@niu.edu or 815-753-1779 for more information.

‘Homecoming: 111 Years Strong' exhibit presented by the Regional History Center and University Archives

Please join the Regional History Center during the month of October in celebration of American Archives Month and the opening of our exhibit, “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong.” The exhibit focuses on the history of homecoming at Northern and highlights items from the University Archives, including school pennants, buttons, yearbooks, photographs, football programs, sports memorabilia and more. Come discover what you thought you knew about the Huskies' Homecoming. A few things may surprise you!

The exhibit will remain on display through the month of October. The main exhibit will be on display in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library and will continue in the Regional History Center (room 400).

Get more information about other Chicago Open Archives events for the month of October.

The exhibit is free and open to all. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. -10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - midnight. Regional History Center hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - noon; 1 - 4:30 p.m. Contact us at rhcua@niu.edu or 815-753-1779 for more information.

Help NIU compete for National Outdoor Champion honors

Hiking. Kayaking. Backpacking. Bicycling. Even bird-watching. These are just a few of the activities students, faculty and staff at NIU will be participating in through October 15 as they compete to win the fourth annual Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.

Interested participants should visit oncampuschallenge.org to download the app and follow NIU Outdoor Adventures Club on Facebook and/or Instagram for details on giveaways and special events.

Challenge aims to get students from more than 90 universities off the couch and into the wilderness. To participate, students simply download the Campus Challenge app, join their university's team, and log their outdoor activities during the Challenge to score points. Prizes for winners include national titles, free outdoor gear, and most importantly, bragging rights.

In addition to the National Outdoor Champion award, there are more than 30 other individual and regional awards up for grabs. The top winners will receive gear compliments of REI and The North Face. Each sponsor will also host a weekly challenge, giving students even more opportunities to score free gear.

Week of September 11, 2017

Deadlines

Call for nominations issued for Presidential and Board of Trustees Professorships

NIU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to nominate NIU professors for any of four different awards designed to honor excellence.

The 2018 Presidential Engagement Professorships, Presidential Teaching Professorships, Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorships, and the Board of Trustees Professorships will follow the same nomination and application deadlines this year:

  • Call for nominations: Friday, Sept. 8
  • Nomination deadline: Friday, Oct. 6
  • Application deadline: Friday, Nov. 10

Nominations for the Presidential Engagement Professorships should be sent to Anne Kaplan, vice president for Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, at akaplan@niu.edu.

Nominations for the Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorships should be sent to Jerry Blazey, vice president for Research and Innovation Partnerships, via ccradduc@niu.edu.

Nominations for the Presidential Teaching Professorships should be sent to Anne Birberick, vice provost, via jrat@niu.edu.

Nominations for the Board of Trustees Professorships should be sent to Chris McCord,  acting executive vice president and provost, via ewright1@niu.edu

The nature of each award and its application requirements may be found on the Presidential Professorships website at www.niu.edu/president/professorships.

Nominations for outstanding international educators, students due Oct. 10

NIU’s Division of International Affairs invites nominations for the 2017 awards to recognize outstanding practice in international education.

Recognition is planned for:

  • Outstanding International Educator
  • Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU
  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education at NIU (for a domestic student and a non-immigrant student)

Nominations are due by Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The awards will be announced during International Education Week at the International Recognition Reception, from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Homes Student Center Sky Room.

For complete descriptions of the awards, visit www.niu.edu/international/resources.

For more information on any or all of these awards, contact Sarah Lindell at 815-753-9526 or slindell@niu.edu.

Notices

Updated academic integrity online tutorials available

Online tutorials on academic integrity, previously developed in 2005 and made available in part through the “Project for Improvement of Undergraduate Education” grant by the NIU Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, have been updated and have been re-released at go.niu.edu/academic-integrity.

The purpose of these tutorials is to promote academic integrity at Northern Illinois University by increasing students’ awareness of the issues, offering strategies for students to protect themselves from academic dishonesty situations, and increasing faculty’s awareness of the issues and offering them strategies to address academic dishonesty incidents effectively. These tutorials are intended for self-paced learning by students and faculty and can be used as an educational resource to supplement classroom discussions on academic integrity. Over the past 12 months, the academic integrity tutorials have been view by more than 10,000 users and average over 1,300 hits each month.

Both a student tutorial and faculty tutorial are available. The tutorials are available to the public and can be accessed without any required login or password.

Faculty can use the tutorial as part of their classroom discussions on academic integrity and encourage students to review the content and complete the activities as part of a course activity. Students who complete the student tutorial successfully can print a certificate of completion which can by submitted as verification of their completion.

Special thanks to the staff of Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center for updating the tutorials and migrating them to NIU’s latest web templates.

New funding opportunities for engaged learning and undergraduate research projects

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is excited to announce two new grant opportunities, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel (USET) Grant and the Research, Engagement, and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant. Both grants provide students and faculty (READ only) with additional funding for engaged learning and scholarly endeavors. Our hope is that these additional funding sources will allow students and staff a chance to partake in experiences and explore topics that they normally would not have considered due to lack of resources available and increase overall involvement in engaged learning activities amongst colleges. For more information on these grant opportunities, visit www.niu.edu/engagedlearning/undergraduate-research or contact ugresearch@niu.edu.

Events

State of the University Address Sept. 20

Please join Acting President Lisa Freeman on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium for her State of the University Address.

On-campus flu vaccine clinics scheduled

The first Flu Vaccine Clinic on campus for employees and others is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, and the second clinic is schedule for Thursday, Oct. 26. The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

The flu vaccine is free to NIU employees who are the primary insured person on any of the State of Illinois Health Care Plans, including the HMOs or OAPs. Retired employees and survivors with State of Illinois Coverage who are not yet eligible for Medicare are eligible for a free flu vaccine as well. 

Retirees with Medicare Part B coverage do not pay as Medicare will be billed, but you will need to bring your Medicare card with you.

All employees who have opted out of State Insurance Plans, all dependents, and students including graduate assistants and teaching assistants will need to pay $38 at the clinic and may bill their insurance for reimbursement. Please be aware that not all insurance may reimburse. Students are encouraged to go to the University Health Services for the flu vaccine at a reduced price of $32. Check with University Health Services regarding payment options.

We encourage you to go to the following web page NIU EAP Health Events and print out the Vaccine Administration Record form to complete and bring with you. If you are unable to get to our webpage to print the form, we will have blank forms available at each clinic.

Once you arrive, you will need to stop at the first table to check-in with the NIU verification table and from there we will direct you to your next step.

Remember to dress with clothing that allows the nurse to have easy access to your upper arm.  The vaccine will not be given to anyone who is allergic to eggs or has had an adverse reaction to the influenza vaccine.

If you are unable to attend either of clinics offered on campus, you may contact the DeKalb County Health Department at 815-758-6673. 

WNIJ announces a new fundraising project

WNIJ 89.5 FM is pleased to announce the return of its Mission Possible fundraiser. The objective is to raise $150,000 without interrupting programs. This goal is the amount needed to continue bringing NPR news, information and music programming which thousands depend on in northern Illinois.

Public radio is supported by the public. For years, WNIJ preempted programming several times each year to ask listeners for their financial support. Last year, WNIJ launched Mission Possible, a “stealth drive” over several weeks, and listeners responded enthusiastically. The station will use regularly scheduled breaks to ask for this support. If the $150,000 campaign goal is not met by Wednesday, Sept. 29, staff will resume the traditional pledge drive until that goal is met.

To secure the future of public radio in your community, visit wnij.org and donate today. Those who support the station already can participate by increasing their monthly contribution or providing an additional one-time donation.

STEM Saturdays return for students ages 7 and up

Future scientists and engineers of the northern Illinois region will be gathering at NIU’s DeKalb campus this fall for the new season of STEM Saturdays and STEM Divas, classes that give students hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and math.

These popular classes are designed by NIU STEM educators to get kids fired up about fundamental STEM concepts, as well as problem solving, critical thinking and innovation. Students learn through hands-on activities, such as soldering electrical components, designing musical instruments, programming robots and editing photos.

Each class meets on either one Saturday or two consecutive Saturdays in the fall semester. Classes are recommended for either ages 7 through 12, or ages 12 and up.

The full schedule of classes, complete with location and registration information, is available at http://niu.edu/stem/programs/stem-saturdays.shtml.

NIU offers free computer science training for K-5 educators

NIU’s Center for P-20 Engagement is partnering with Code.org to offer a free Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop for K-5 educators, librarians, technology teachers and media center personnel.

The workshop will prepare participants to teach the free Code.org Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum in their schools. It is appropriate for educators who are new to teaching computer science, and professional development hours will be available.

It will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in room 100 of NIU’s Campus Life Building at 545 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb.

The workshop is free, but registration is required at goo.gl/QvuPHm.

With questions or for more information, contact Tracy Rogers-Tryba at tlrogers@niu.edu.

Relax and recharge every week

The NIU Employee Assistance Program and Training Center is teaming up with University Recreation and Wellness this semester and to offer weekly programs over the noon hour focusing on the body, mind and spirit. We will be leading off this coming Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 12-1 p.m., in the Holmes Student Center, Glidden Room, with a demonstration on yoga. Attend this demonstration to learn the basics of yoga and to feel refreshed and recharged. The class will include yoga poses, balance, conscious breathing and relaxation. Bring your own mat, as we will have limited mats available. Registration is required via email at employeeassistance@niu.edu or calling 815-753-9191.

Check out Neptune Dining's new renovations

We would like to invite you for lunch in Neptune's newly renovated dining facility. This week only, Monday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 15, we are offering a $6.50 lunch special (lunch at the Neptune Dining facility only). Neptune Dining is located on the second floor of Neptune Central. For more info, contact dining@niu.edu.

Fall Diversity Dialogues Series kicks off with documentary discussion

NIU will kick off its Diversity Dialogues Series this fall with a documentary screening and discussion with director Julie Winokur. The series, which began in 2016, aims to reinforce the university’s commitment to creating a rich learning environment and encouraging people to talk openly about diversity topics. Events are free and open to the public.

Kicking off the series this year is Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur with a discussion of her documentary, Bring it to the Table, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Altgeld Auditorium. The documentary chronicles her personal journey where she invited people to discuss the roots of their political beliefs. A workshop and discussion with Winokur will follow the screening.

In preparation for Winokur’s visit to NIU, the university is inviting the community to watch a screening of the documentary immediately following the Unity March, which begins at 6:30 p.m., on Sept. 19.

For more information on the Diversity Dialogues events, visit go.niu.edu/diversitydialogues.

Constitution Day activities planned for Sept. 18

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 forefathers on September 17, 1787. This day recognizes all who have become citizens whether born in the U.S. or by naturalization. This year, Constitution Day is Sunday, Sept. 17. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday. For information on campus events taking place, visit www.niu.edu/constitution.

Secretary of State Mobile Services returns to campus Sept. 18

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors, or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Get ready for Homecoming 2017!

Homecoming 2017 is just around the corner! This year’s theme is “Destination: Huskie Nation – 111 Years Strong.” Events begin Sunday, Oct. 1, and run through Saturday, Oct. 7. The complete list of events and additional details are now online at www.niu.edu/homecoming. Make plans to attend and show your Huskie Pride!

Week of September 5, 2017

Notices

Download the Everbridge App for safety communications

Safety bulletins from NIU proactively inform you about crimes that recently occurred on or near campus so you can take the appropriate precautions. They also work to prevent similar crimes and assist the Department of Police and Public Safety in identifying offenders. NIU provides a free app for employees to receive these important notifications. For instructions on downloading the app, visit www.niu.edu/emergencyinfo/register.

Tutoring resources are just one click away

TAs recommended by the tutoring committee from Program Prioritization, an informational website for tutoring services has been developed.

The website, go.niu.edu/tutoring, provides campus-wide information regarding tutoring that is available on campus. The site provides three links to view campus resources for specific course tutoring, study skills, and time management and writing support.

If you select “A specific course,” the site will direct you to all areas that provide tutoring for the identified course.

If you select “Study skills and time management,” the site will direct you to the A+ Program. The program is comprised of reading specialists who provide one-on-one and group support for reading effectiveness, study strategies and time management.

If you select “Writing,” you will be directed to the University Writing Center website, which provides services and other information on undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty and staff writing support. If you have a tutoring program or other support that you would like to include on this site, please contact Shevawn Eaton, seaton1@niu.edu, to help you connect with the appropriate resource service.

ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services wishes announce exciting new web resources

PAL Tutoring: Rather than coming to our office in Williston 100, students can now sign up online for an appointment tutor at: http://tutoring.niu.edu/access/help/pal.shtml 

On this same site, under Walk-In Tutoring, you can hit the link and type in the course, and our site will provide you with times, dates and locations for all of the PAL walk-in tutoring for your selected course as well as Supplemental Instruction availability. Walk-in tutoring is available at various times in the library, New Hall West basement and Grant South basement.

A+ Program: A+ is staffed with professional reading specialists who can assist students with building study strategies, reading more efficiently, managing time and organizational skills. To meet with a reading specialist, go to http://tutoring.niu.edu/access/help/aplus.shtml  and request an appointment.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI provides enhanced tutoring in weekly review sessions to help you with specific courses. For more information on SI check the web at: http://niu.edu/access/help/supplemental-instruction.shtml.

Workshops: ACCESS can provide study strategy workshops on request from faculty, staff and student groups. Contact Kenlyn Bialas at 815-753-1141 to schedule an event.

Events

Center for Training and Professional Development announces workshops

The Human Resource Services’ Center for Training and Professional Development is pleased to announce its fall 2017 workshop series. A wide variety of training opportunities will be available for employees. Presenters from HRS units and program specialists from departments across campus will again be providing workshops for university employees seeking professional skill development, supervisory skills, emerging leader development and even information for employees new to campus. To learn more about the workshops offered in the upcoming months, please visit our website. Registration information for each workshop is listed in the description of the program. Please visit the Training web page regularly as new workshops will be added. For questions about any of the workshops, please contact the Training Center at 815-753-9192

“Clean the Kish” on Sept. 17

Join us during National Illinois Waterways Cleanup Week to help clean trash out of our community treasure from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The “Kish” is an amazing river. The south branch has its humble beginnings in Shabbona, IL, and another branch starts in Woodstock, IL. For over 60 miles and many winding turns, it eventually feeds into the mighty Rock River. We are thankful for the recreation opportunities from fishing to paddling. The Kishwaukee River is classified as a Class A river and is home to 28 endangered, threatened or watch-listed species. Let’s show this river some love and help protect this important resource. For more information, visit go.niu.edu/cleanthekish

Feed Your Mind at the Sept. 13 Stem Café

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where you can eat, drink and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. The next Stem Café, Combating Cancer, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fatty’s Pub and Grill in DeKalb. Learn about new cancer therapies such as a gene-altering leukemia treatment from Dr. Barrie Bode, chair of NIU’s Biological Sciences Department. A cancer researcher, Dr. Bode will explore benefits, side-effects and costs of cutting-edge therapies. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

Working with the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships seminar

The PI Academy Professional Development Series will host its first seminar, “Working with the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at the University Suites in the Holmes Student Center. This is the first seminar session for the 2017-2018 academic year. Additional sessions for the year will be released shortly. RSVP to lmontag@niu.edu by Monday, Sept. 11, is encouraged but not required. Attendance for the full three hours is not mandatory, please stop in as your schedule allows. Questions about the session? Please contact Dara Little, assistant vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at dlittle@niu.edu.

Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers – Transform Your Course Now!

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to co-sponsor a series of five workshops with the Writing Across the Curriculum Program. The workshops will be led by Dr. Brad Peters of NIU's English department. The workshop series, “Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!,” is designed to provide faculty, teaching assistants and instructional staff tips to effectively engage students in critical thinking and writing assignments in their courses. The workshops include hands-on activities and strategies you can immediately apply in your course. Tips focus on providing effective feedback to students, managing the workload, avoiding plagiarism and more. Participants will learn and practice ways to engage students in the learning process. You may select individual workshops that meet your needs or attend all five in the series. For more information, visit the Faculty Development and Instructional Design website.

Breaking Barriers for first-generation students

Please share this information with your students.

NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, Counseling & Consultation Services, and Military and Post-Traditional Student Services have partnered on the development of Breaking Barriers. The mission of Breaking Barriers is to provide support and guidance to first-generation students.

Breaking Barriers provides a welcoming and supportive environment for first-generation students to connect with each other while gaining tools to be successful in college. Students will have an opportunity to network with faculty and staff at NIU who were also first-generation students in addition to current students who will provide guidance and support.

The first meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Campus Life Building, room 100. Snacks will be provided and students can enter a raffle to win cool prizes. For more information, please contact Nelisha Gray, AmeriCorps VISTA, at 815-753-8156 or ngray@niu.edu.

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Fall 2017 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshop schedule released

Registration is now open for 28 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshops scheduled for the fall semester. Information on the events and a link for online registration can be found at go.niu.edu/gradworkshops. Advanced registration is required.

Workshops are free and open to all NIU graduate students. They also reflect a partnership with five different units on campus: Career Services, Jobs PLUS, International Student and Faculty Office, NIU Writing Center, and the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety.

A wide range of themed-topics will be covered, including enhancing a grad student’s communication, leadership/management, professionalism, responsible conduct of research and career development. Workshops will be hands-on to assist graduate students in exploring and enhancing their career development pathway.

Week of August 28, 2017

Notices

Change in mail service to Northern Illinois Federal Credit Union

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, NIU’s Campus Mail Services will no longer be providing any mail service to the Northern Illinois Federal Credit Union. Any mail that we will receive for them on Thursday, Aug. 30, will be delivered on Friday, Aug. 31. Mail after Aug. 30 should be sent to the Credit Union via outgoing mail through the U.S. Post Office. Thank you for your assistance in helping us to provide a smooth transition. If you have any questions, please call Campus Mail Services at 815-753-6286.

Financial month end close

The month of August is closing for all financial reporting activity at noon on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Journals not posted at that time will go into September business. Final August reports are scheduled to be available Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. September reports are scheduled to be available Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. These dates, and other important dates related to The Controller’s office can be found on the FMS Reports Calendar.

Faculty personnel advisor

As the new academic year begins, faculty, administrators and other personnel bodies are urged to remember the services of the Faculty Personnel Advisor Sarah McHone-Chase.

The faculty personnel advisor is a resource person who can advise regarding the university’s personnel policies and procedures and the courses of action that are open to faculty. The personnel advisor can assist faculty who are experiencing difficulties with the personnel process, including frustration with personnel decisions such as evaluation, promotion and tenure.

Contact info 
Sarah McHone-Chase
Founders Memorial Library, 136
815-753-9860 or 815-217-9209
mchonechase@niu.edu

Please note that the SPS personnel advisor is Jeanne Meyer, jeanne@niu.edu and the Operating Staff personnel advisor is John Hulseberg, ospa@niu.edu.

New Blackboard mobile apps available for download

New studentandinstructor Blackboard Learn apps are now available for download. The new set of apps replace the older "Blackboard Mobile Learn" app, which is no longer supported. NIU students and faculty are encouraged to download the latest apps by following the links below.

For students: Student Apple Store and Student Google Store
For instructors:Instructor Apple Store and Instructor Google Store

Update your directory information

With the recent and upcoming changes that NIU is experiencing, all employees should take a few minutes to check their personal and departmental information in the NIU Online Directory for accuracy. Many departments have merged, consolidated and some have dissolved entirely. It is imperative that we update the directory to have an accurate reflection of current employees, department names and contact numbers. An updated directory ensures better customer service and a positive impression on both the students and community that we serve.

The directory needs to be updated by both the individual employee (using their own login number and password) and the department office staff.

To review and verify information, each employee should search their name in the "people search" section within the directory. If any information needs to be updated, select "Self-Service" and click on "Make a Process Request." Log in using your username and password. In the left menu area, click on "Make a Process Request" again. A pop-up box will come up. Click "Continue." Click on the appropriate resource that you want to change (i.e., title, office address, phone number, etc.) and fill out the reason for the request.

Similarly, each department needs to review their information under the "department search" entry and update anything that is incorrect or outdated. If any information needs to be corrected, please click on "Modify Department Entry" and fill out the questions that follow. If you need any further assistance with the forms, contact the Service Desk at ServiceDesk@niu.edu or 815-753-8100.
Events

Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming invites you to Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers on Thursday, Sept. 28. We will depart from the Holmes Student Center east side at noon and travel to the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, after which we will travel to downtown Chicago to visit the new American Writers Museum. Travelers will also have time to shop and dine on Michigan Ave, stroll Millennium Park, and just take it all in before returning to DeKalb at approximately 8 p.m. Tickets are just $65. Transportation and museum entry fees included. Registration is now open.

Join the Pick Museum at exhibit opening of "Quilts and Human Rights"

Join the NIU Pick Museum of Anthropology for the Exhibit Opening Reception of "Quilts and Human Rights," 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5. "Quilts and Human Rights" features quilts from around the world honoring champions of human rights and documenting quiltmaking as a means of coping with oppression, and examining how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. This event also includes a free quilt block workshop led by the Social Justice Sewing Academy. This exhibit is generously supported by Cordogan Clark & Associates Inc., Michigan State University Museum and NIU's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.

NIU GRE and LSAT Test Prep offerings this fall

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming is offering on-campus ACT, SAT, GRE and LSAT test prep courses this fall. For more information, visit the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming office's website.

NIU Lifelong Learning Institute fall term

The NIU Lifelong Learning Institute is proud to announce its fall 2017 study groups. The fall term is Tuesday, Sept. 12 – Thursday, Nov. 2. For program information, to download and print the catalog and/or registration form, or to register with a credit card online, please visit our website and click on “2017 Fall Programs” in the right-hand menu. You can also call 815-753-0277 to register over the phone.

Fall 2017 Jobs PLUS event schedule released

Registration is now open for 12 Jobs PLUS events scheduled during the fall semester. Information on the events and as well as a link for online registration can be found at go.niu.edu/jobsplusevents. Advanced registration is required.

Jobs PLUS events are free and open to all NIU students. If a student’s employer is a Jobs PLUS partner the student may be eligible to attend select Jobs PLUS events on their paid work time with permission of their employer. Students interested in connecting their employer to Jobs PLUS can self-report where they are working