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November 19, 2007

President, Mrs. Peters host
annual holiday luncheon

NIU President John and Mrs. Barbara Peters have announced their annual holiday luncheon for the NIU community, a festive tradition for all friends and colleagues of the university.

This spirited event to celebrate the joy of the holiday season is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. A buffet lunch will be served.

Contact Ellen Andersen at (815) 753-1999 or via e-mail at for more information.

Winter ‘Toolkit’ online

The Office of Assessment Services presents the Winter 2007 issue of Toolkit, its quarterly “nuts and bolts” e-newsletter. Toolkit is specifically designed to assist the NIU community with practical assessment issues in a user friendly format.

This issue features a look at the Voluntary System of Accountability approach to measuring student engagement; suggestions about how to effectively utilize survey data; and a video interview with Richard Holly, associate dean of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Also featured is a brief look at the Annual Assessment Update results, and the final installment of the Problem-Solving Analysis Protocol series.

Back issues are posted on the Assessment Services Web site under Toolkit. Contributions to the newsletter are welcome at any time. The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is Wednesday, Jan. 2.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this Tuesday: Fuego, a spicy infusion of international cuisine.

Fuego features spicy corn chowder and cayenne stuffed mushrooms for starters, vegetarian stuffed tomatoes and pork tenderloin medallions with apricot salsa for entrees and chocolate tort and mini fruit goblet for desserts.

Seating is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with service until 1 p.m. The cost is $8 per person. Ellington’s is located on the main floor of the Holmes Student Center. Call (815) 753-1763 or visit to make reservations.

Christian prayer lunch
scheduled for Nov. 20

The Christian Faculty and Staff Prayer Luncheon is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Nov. 20, in the East Room of the Blackhawk Cafeteria.

Participants may bring a lunch or purchase one there. All are welcome.

Glassblowing demo,
sale set for Nov. 27, 28

The NIU Chemistry Club invites the public to its annual glassblowing demonstration at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Faraday West 200.

It will be the last chance to see chemistry department glassblower Dan Edwards ply his trade. Edwards will retire in the coming year.

A glass sale will be held after the demonstration, when items made by Edwards will be available for purchase. They will include Christmas ornaments, icicles, dragons, hummingbirds and beaker mugs. The sale will continue from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the lobby of Faraday West.

“This is always a popular event in the community,” said Professor David Ballantine in the NIU Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. “It’s a great opportunity to get in some early holiday shopping. What’s even better is the modest pricing. Many of the items Dan makes could be sold in novelty shops for two or three times what we charge.”

Proceeds will help support various activities held by the NIU Chemistry Club. The club is a student affiliate chapter of the American Chemical Society and pre-professional program that promotes the chemistry field to undergraduate students.

For more information on the demonstration and sale, contact Ballantine at (815) 753-6857 or

Friends of NIU Libraries
to host talk on Honest Abe

The Friends of NIU Libraries invites the public to attend a presentation titled, “The Interpersonal Intelligence of Abraham Lincoln,” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, in the staff lounge on the lower level of Founders Memorial Library.

Robert Cotner, an independent scholar and member of the Caxton Club, will present the program. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call (815) 753-8091.

Civic Leadership Academy
hosts workshop on conflict

Whether you are leading a team, dealing with the public or managing the cross-currents of organizational life, conflict management is an essential skill. “Understanding and Managing Conflict,” a workshop offered by NIU’s Civic Leadership Academy, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29.

The course will cover innovative conflict techniques from the Conflict Unraveled Toolkit.

From the latest in brain behavior to new skills in bridging differences, you will be surprised and delighted by these trademarked techniques. Even if you have taken courses on active listening or win-win negotiation, you will discover new skills that will unlock your potential and make your life easier.

Andra Medea, author of “Conflict Unraveled” and the developer of the Conflict Unraveled Toolkit, will guide the group through practical hands-on learning. A faculty member at the Leadership Institute of Loyola University, Medea developed the system while teaching conflict management at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago. Articles and interviews about her innovative techniques have appeared in The Washington Post, Entrepreneur and National Public Radio.

Registration is available online along with more information about CLA and its upcoming workshops.

Nehring Gallery extends
‘Art & Artifacts’ exhibition

The Nehring Gallery in downtown DeKalb is extending the exhibit “Art & Artifacts of WWII” through the end of November. The exhibit, which includes more than 50 WWII propaganda posters and artifacts, will be on display through Friday, Nov. 30, in lieu of the Holiday Artist’s Market.

Two rare original prints created for a poster design contest in 1942 at the New York Museum of Modern Art also are part of the exhibition. One of these winning submissions, “America, Step on It,” is a one-of-a-kind original oil painting from which later posters were based. Wright also has generously donated an original 1945 print of “7th Now … All Together” by C.C. Beall to be raffled off. Tickets for the raffle are for sale throughout the exhibition for $1 each or six for $5. All proceeds help support the Nehring Gallery.

“Art & Artifacts of WWII” is open and free to the public during regular gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday and by appointment.

Nehring Gallery is located on the second floor of the Nehring Center for Culture and Tourism in the historic First National Bank building on the corner of Lincoln Highway and Second Street in downtown DeKalb. The gallery is cooperatively operated by the DeKalb Park District and the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Division of Outreach. An entrance accessible to all is located at the 111 S. Second Street entrance.

Human Resource Services
to host annual blood drive

Human Resource Services will host its annual blood drive Wednesday, Dec. 5. It will be held in rooms HR166 and HR178 of the Affirmative Action and Diversity Resources section of the HR building.

The blood drive will run from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Average time for blood donation is 45 minutes. 

Heartland Blood Centers will conduct the blood drive. HBC is a community blood center open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It provides and delivers all blood products to local hospitals for total patient care. HBC works toward collecting more than 100,000 units of blood annually, and at least 1,900 donors are needed each week to meet this need. One blood donation can save up to three people since the pint is broken down into three distinct components – plasma, platelets and red blood cells.

Appointments can be made by calling (815) 753-6000. Walk-ins also are welcome, but appointments will be taken first. Donors should remember to bring a photo ID to the drive. Each donor will receive a free pair of “Drop Everything Donate Blood” boxer shorts.

LLI, Alumni Association
sponsor winter field trip

NIU’s Lifelong Learning Institute and Alumni Association will sponsor a special inter-generational field trip, “Tails on the Trails,” Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.

The event features Siberian Husky sled dogs in three activities: an Iditarod race demonstration, a presentation on the Iditarod’s history and the opportunity to meet and pet some friendly, lovable huskies available for adoption. In addition, there will be a one-hour guided coach tour of the beautiful winter landscape of Morton Arboretum.

This field trip is open to children 7 and older, so invite a grandchild, niece/nephew or a young friend to join you.

Details, including cost, departure times and registration, are available online.

LLI hosts trip to museum
dedicated to U.S. freedoms

Join NIU’s Lifelong Learning Institute Friday, Feb. 8, for a visit to the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum, the nation’s first museum dedicated to freedom and the First Amendment.

Through interactive exploration, visitors will gain a greater understanding of the struggle for freedom in the United States and the role the First Amendment plays in our daily lives.

The museum’s ideal Michigan Avenue location gives individuals the opportunity to visit some of Chicago’s other nearby museums, or enjoy shopping along Chicago’s Magnificent Mile during the afternoon.

Details, including cost, departure times and registration, are available online.

PCSW seeking nominations
of outstanding women students

NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women is accepting nominations for the 2008 NIU Outstanding Women Student Awards. This recognition process, begun in 1980 as the Women’s Student Leadership Awards, is intended to foster the development of leadership among women students, both graduate and undergraduate.

The nomination deadline is Monday, Dec. 17.

For details regarding eligibility, criteria and the nomination procedure, visit or call (815) 753-0320.

To access the nomination form, visit

MCTI invites participants

NIU’s next Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute will take place the week of May 12, the Office of the Provost and the Committee on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation have announced.

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructors and supportive professional staff are invited to participate in the institute, which assists participants in incorporating multicultural perspectives and content into their courses, improving communication with students and preparing alumni to participate in a diverse workplace and society.

Qualified faculty and instructional staff interested in participating in the institute are encouraged to apply for Multicultural Curriculum Transformation stipends. Each individual selected will receive a $1,000 stipend to support transforming existing courses or developing new classes that address multiculturalism. Faculty and staff on 12-month contracts can participate in the institute but are not eligible for the stipend.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1; the review of applications will begin Jan. 15. Information about applications for the institute is available on the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Web site at Applications should be submitted electronically to

The institute features plenary sessions by prominent specialists, focused thematic discussions by NIU faculty and students, syllabi critiques, video presentations and small group discussions. The institute’s sessions focus on topics related to race, gender, social class, disabilities and sexual orientation. Plenary sessions and some panels are open to the public; small group sessions are restricted to participants.

Approximately 220 individuals have participated in the institute since its inception, and they have benefited from opportunities to learn about multicultural issues, share experiences and ideas and establish lasting professional relationships. Participants have made a significant impact on NIU’s programs at all levels across all colleges.

Contact Nakia Brown at (815) 753-8557 or via e-mail at for more information.

SPS seeks nominations
for excellence awards

NIU’s Supportive Professional Staff Council is requesting nominations for the Presidential Supportive Professional Staff Award for Excellence.

This award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the university. All Supportive Professional Staff are eligible. If you have previously nominated an individual, please consider re-nominating them.

Four awards will be presented, and each award will be for the amount of $1,500. In addition, each recipient will receive a plaque in recognition of their accomplishments. To be eligible to receive this award, an employee must be actively employed at the time the award is presented in April 2008.

The nominator is asked to address the following topics in a letter addressed to the SPSC Awards Coordinator:

  • Significant contributions made by this individual to the university, beyond the expectations for this position. (Consider service, significance of contribution to NIU, support and professionalism.)
  • Evidence of commitment to her/his professional development.
  • Nominee’s involvement with committees or organizations at NIU, or within their profession.

A completed nomination packet consists of the Nomination Referral Form and four letters: a nomination letter and three letters of support. The support letters must address the above topics. Only these four letters will be considered for each nominee. All nominations must include the nominee’s name and nominator’s name, title and department. Awards will be announced by President Peters in February, and the awards will be presented at a reception hosted by the President, scheduled for April 1. Nominators are responsible for submitting the complete set of nomination materials.

The Nomination Referral Form, nomination letter and letters of support should be sent to Deborah Haliczer, SPSC awards coordinator, and must be received in the Office of Human Resource Services, 1515 W. Lincoln Hwy, by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5.

There will be no extensions of the deadline. Direct any questions to Deborah Haliczer at (815) 753-6039 or by e-mail at

Celebrate New Year’s Eve
in London with NIU Alumni

Treat yourself to a New Year’s getaway in London, where old English charm and endless sightseeing await.

This Alumni Association trip includes round-trip airfare, seven nights accommodation in London, ground transportation, daily breakfast, an energetic New Year’s Eve Party, a backstage tour of the Duke of York’s Theatre and two theater performances of your choice.

There is a limited amount of time to book your holiday trip. Visit the Alumni Web site or call (815) 753-1452 soon.