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July 2, 2007

Aloha reception scheduled
for COE’s Chris Sorensen

Please join the College of Education in wishing Dean Christine Sorensen good luck and bon voyage as she begins her next adventure as dean of the College of Education at the University of Hawaii-Manoa.

The reception is scheduled from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 11, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. A short program will begin at approximately 4:15 p.m. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Paula McDowell at (815) 753-2935 or view the invitation online.

WNIJ to salute 15 years
of ‘The Saturday Blues’

Public radio announcer Dan Klefstad wants to make some noise to celebrate his 15 years of hosting the blues on WNIJ. Klefstad broadcasts a special anniversary edition of “The Saturday Blues” from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 7, on 89.5 FM.

Support from devoted blues fans contributes to the longevity of the music on the station, which is why the anniversary special encourages plenty of audience involvement in advance. A dedicated, 24-hour “comment line” has been set up at (815) 753-9300 to record listener feedback and blues tune requests to be featured in the special broadcast.

With limited knowledge of the genre, Klefstad put his first blues show on the air in July of 1992. “I knew that Led Zeppelin played bluesy stuff on their first two albums. So I looked at the album credits and noticed names like Willie Dixon and Sonny Boy Williamson. I listened and liked it!”

His expertise and appetite for The Blues has steadily grown since then.

“To this day, it’s my favorite kind of music,” Klefstad admits, adding that listeners hear songs with “great riffs and lyrics that relate to everyday situations” on the weekly show.

“The Saturday Blues” airs every Saturday afternoon from 1 to 4 p.m. with additional hours of blues programming Friday and Saturday nights starting at 9 p.m. For a complete list of WNIJ programs, information, and events, visit 89.5-WNIJ is the news/talk service of Northern Public Radio, the broadcast service of NIU.

NIU Get WISE program offers
summer camp for aspiring engineers

Aspiring engineers will experience a week of hands-on learning at a new NIU engineering summer camp that begins Monday, July 16.

The camp is sponsored by Get WISE (Women in Step with Engineering), an outreach program that encourages young women to explore the field of engineering through after-school activities, mentoring programs, scholarships and other opportunities.

The Get WISE residence camp is open to young women and men entering grades 8 through 12. Campers are encouraged to stay overnight, but they can choose to participate as day campers only. The $75 camp fee covers tuition, room and board for the five-day program.

Campers will have opportunities throughout the week to apply their science knowledge to real-world scenarios through activities such as interactive workshops and small group projects. Campers also will take a field trip to Argonne National Laboratory and enjoy evening recreational activities including bowling, a movie night, swimming and games.

The camp director is Regina Rahn, a member of NIU’s industrial engineering faculty. Rahn also serves as program director for Get WISE, and is responsible for coordinating outreach programs at middle schools and high schools in Aurora and Rockford.

For more information about this camp, call (815) 753-1269. Online registration is available at

Friends of NIU Libraries invites
visitors to inspect old printing press

Old and new friends are invited to “take a pull” on the newly working common press during the Friends of NIU Libraries Annual Meeting.

The event will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, July 19, in the Rare Books and Special Collections Department on the fourth floor of NIU’s Founders Memorial Library. A brief business meeting will commence at 3:30 p.m.

This meeting and opportunity to experience an 18th century printing press are open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

Call (815) 753-8091 or e-mail with questions regarding the common press or the business meeting.