Northern Illinois University

Northern Today

In Brief

October 1, 2007

‘Body Language’ artists to talk
about ideas behind their artwork

The NIU Art Museum invites the public to attend gallery talks by several artists from the Body Politic exhibition.

Chicago artists Mary Dritschel, Jennifer Yorke and Karen Savage will discuss their artworks in the South Galleries of Northern Illinois University Art Museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. Each will discuss the ideas behind these specific works, but also place them in the context of other artwork they have done. The “Body Politic” exhibition continues through Oct. 13. 

“Body Politic” focuses on the human body’s complex relationship to identification, meaning and individuality in the junction between public and private space. Artists Molly Carter, Dritschel, Anni Holm, Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Savage and Yorke explore the social and political ramifications of identity in this multi-media exhibition.

The NIU Art Museum’s South Galleries are located on the first floor, west end, of Altgeld Hall. The South Galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours.

Exhibition and lectures are free; donations are appreciated. The exhibitions of the NIU Art Museum are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum and the Arts Fund 21. For more information, visit or call
(815) 753-1936.

Recreation Services offers NIU
memberships, sports, adventures

There’s no time like the present to take advantage of one of the best amenities NIU has to offer. A Recreation Services membership is the perfect investment to help you achieve your personal fitness goals.

Among the many opportunities available for members: Tone your body in the Cardio and Strength Training Rooms, swim laps in Gabel Pool, shoot baskets in the Student Recreation Center or jog or walk on the track in either the Student Recreation Center or Field House.

A variety of membership options are available for NIU faculty, staff, alumni and community members and include use of the Student Recreation Center and Field House facilities and services. Payroll deduction for membership purchase is available for NIU faculty and staff. 

Outdoor Adventures and Equipment Rental

Try a new activity or participate in one you love. Whether it’s rock climbing, spelunking (caving), backpacking, camping, enhancing your outdoor skills or more, the Outing Centre provides exciting adventures for everyone to enjoy. Register for a pre-planned trip or let the staff help you plan your own.

Don't let a little thing like a lack of equipment stop your fun. The Outing Centre can supply you with a variety of different sports and outdoor equipment at affordable rates. Visit the Outing Center on the west side of the Student Recreation Center for gear rental and trip information.

Intramural Sports

Form a team and get in the action by playing Intramural Sports. Men’s, Women’s and Co-Rec leagues, tournaments, and special events are offered in sports including flag football, softball, tennis, racquetball, euchre, badminton, Ultimate Frisbee and more. Enjoy a healthy spirit of competition, sportsmanship, team work, and friendships in a campus tradition that emphasizes participation and fun.

Group Fitness Classes

Recreation Services is proud to offer a wide variety of challenging group exercise classes for all ages and fitness levels. Whether your goal is to lose some weight, gain strength, or just get motivated to stay on a regular fitness program, Recreation Services Group Fitness classes have something for you! FITPasses are required for participation and can be purchased at the Student Recreation Center by faculty and staff who have Recreation Services memberships.

Personal Training

Jump Start your exercise program this fall with a personal trainer. NEW Jump Start fitness programming with Recreation Services is designed for those who want help getting started, getting motivated, and getting fit. Jump Start packages include a complete fitness assessment and consultation, a program design, two one-on-one sessions with a personal trainer, and unlimited sessions with the nutrition staff.

For further details, visit or call (815) 753-0231.

Alumni Association announces
online travel seach engine

Book your next business or pleasure trip through The NIU Alumni Association has partnered with YTB Travel to give you great online travel savings. Search for the best travel deals and support alumni programming and scholarships.

October is LGBT History Month

NIU's annual celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Month will kick off on Monday, Oct. 1, with the fourth annual Banned Books Week drawing at the LGBT Resource Center and an evening presentation by Mark Bowman, project coordinator of the LGBT Religious Archives Network.

Other events during the month include Ally Program workshops, “Transgeneration” movie and discussion series, LGBT Studies 3rd Thursday series and more. The month will conclude with the annual fall reception Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Full details about these and all other events are available by calling (815) 753-5428, e-mailing or visiting the LGBT Resource Center Web site at

PCSW, Women’s Resource Center
sponsor Oct. 19 networking luncheon

Did you ever wonder what Guanxi has to do with business dealings in China, or what is meant by “face” in Eastern cultures or when “yes” really means “yes” in a global negotiation setting? If you have ever been puzzled by signs that announce “Our wines leave you nothing to hope for” or “We take your bags and send them in all directions,” you are not alone. 

Cross-cultural communication involves more than just language. It is a study of a broad range of subjects ranging from non-verbal and verbal language to cultural adiaphoras.

Tanuja Singh, chair and associate professor in the Department of Marketing in NIU’s College of Business, will present “Global Communication – The Cultural Dimension” as the featured speaker at a Friday, Oct. 19, networking luncheon.

Held in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall, the luncheon is co-sponsored by the Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s Resource Center. The cost is $8 per person. Reservations are due Tuesday, Oct. 9, at (815) 753-0320.

Singh’s talk offers you a glimpse of the role of effective communication in a global setting and offers strategies that would facilitate your next global assignment whether for business or for pleasure. It offers useful guidelines and basic frameworks that would help you understand how to avoid culture shock when dealing with business partners from other countries and help you enjoy cultural nuances when traveling to foreign destinations.

All NIU women - students, faculty and staff - are invited to gather informally over lunch. This is a chance to meet new people, see women you'd like to get to know better and gain the support that a network of contacts can provide.

For more information, visit

International Programs seeks
nominations for 2007 awards

The NIU Division of International Programs is seeking nominations for two awards that will be presented later this fall during the annual International Recognition Reception.

The Outstanding International Educator Award recognizes an NIU faculty or staff member who has contributed significantly toward international education at the university. The award also aims to heighten visibility and awareness of the internationalization of NIU.

The 2007 award recipient will have made sustained contributions to the enhancement of international education at NIU through teaching, research, public service and student-service efforts. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday, Oct. 19. See for nomination forms.

Professors Jorge Jeria and Robert Self were the 2006 award recipients. The International Recognition Reception will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room.

The second major honor, the award for Outstanding Contribution to International Education at NIU, recognizes the academic unit or support unit that has made the most significant contribution toward international education on campus during the last academic year. This will be the third year International Programs has presented the award. Faculty Development and Instructional Design won last year.

The deadline for the nominations is Friday, Oct. 26. See http://www3.niu/edu/intl_prgms/deptaward2007.htm for nomination forms.

For more information about the awards, contact Sara Clayton at (815) 753-9526.

Ally Program to offer
training workshops

The Ally Program is a campus-wide program designed to foster a welcoming and supportive campus environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender students, faculty and staff by creating a visible network of allies.

NIU employees and students interested in volunteering for the Ally Program can learn more and can register online. The online form at provides the specific workshop dates and times, and allows registrants to indicate first, second and third choices.

Training is divided into two two-hour workshops (Part I and Part II). Volunteers must attend both Part I and Part II. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Multiple dates are available.

Part I 

  • 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6

Part II

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2
  • 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24
  • 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13

The Ally Program is a program of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, Division of Student Affairs.

Campus Child Care Center
to host annual book fair

The NIU Campus Child Care will hold its annual Children’s Book Fair during the week of Oct. 1. Don’t miss this great opportunity to purchase quality children’s books for birthdays or holidays.

The book fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday at the Campus Child Care Center.

Come browse through this wide selection with multiple copies of books, early readers, parent resource materials, calendars and much more. Approximately 1,800 books and other items will be available for purchase. Checks and credit cards are welcome.

The center is located just off Annie Glidden Road on the west side of Gabel Hall. The main entrance can be accessed by the circle drive in front of the white stone building in parking lot 38.

Unity in Diversity to unveil
exhibition covering 20 years

NIU’s Unity in Diversity steering committee will present “Reflecting on Our Past, Looking to Our Future,” an exhibition of artifacts, art, documents and ephemera from the project’s past 20 years.

An opening and reception for the 20th anniversary celebration is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, in the Holmes Student Center Gallery.

Barbra Henley, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Chicago, is the keynote speaker. Henley will speak at 6:30 p.m. in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.

RSVP to Shirley Mashare in the Diversity and Equity Office at (815) 753-1513.

Female high schoolers
to view college, careers

Female high school students interested in exploring career possibilities and learning more about the academic side of college life are invited to attend the 2007 Conference for Young Women, hosted by NIU from 8:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Holmes Student Center.

The 12th annual conference will introduce young women in their sophomore through senior years of high school to a variety of career areas, including professions where women have been historically underrepresented.

The conference will include a panel discussion on career opportunities for women and presentations by faculty on topics related to women’s collegiate experiences and career options. Tours of the NIU campus and its facilities also will be offered.

This year’s speakers will focus on career opportunities in fields ranging from marketing and laboratory science to athletics and communication.

“Faculty and students enjoy this opportunity to showcase the best NIU has to offer young women,” said Amy Levin, director of the NIU Women’s Studies Program. “In turn, the high school girls who attend often comment on the way the event gives them a more realistic sense of what they can accomplish in college and afterward. They are excited by career opportunities they hadn’t imagined.”

The conference is sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the NIU Women’s Studies Program. To register, call (800) 345-9472. For additional information, call (815) 753-1038 or visit The registration fee is $38 before Oct. 15, with a $5 additional late charge. Limited scholarships are available.