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Northern Today - October 1, 2007

Strategic plan to focus new investments
on pursuit of academic excellence

October 1, 2007

NIU will invest millions of dollars over the next five years on programs to enhance academic excellence, according to NIU President John Peters.

Peters made the announcement Thursday in his annual State of the University Address, which focused on the outcomes from the university’s year-long strategic planning process.

“Fifty years ago this year, Northern Illinois State Teachers College became Northern Illinois University,” Peters said. “Our predecessors had to define what it means to be a university. Today, we are defining what it means to be the nation’s premier global-regional public university.”

Four imperatives will drive implementation of the strategic plan, Peters said:

  1. Preserving, strengthening and extending NIU’s teaching and learning environment;
  2. Supporting multidisciplinary research that complements individual scholarly and artistic achievement;
  3. Strengthening and extending NIU’s global and regional impact; and
  4. Making NIU an institution of first choice for students, faculty and staff.

Among the specific task force recommendations Peters chose to highlight in his address were programs to improve student access to courses and majors; new research initiatives that address emerging regional needs and invite student participation; a renewed focus on regional engagement; enhanced efforts to make campus operations more environmentally friendly; investment in institutional branding and other efforts to enhance NIU’s visibility; and support for the university’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign.

Peters said progress on key aspects of the university’s strategic plan will be charted on a special website that tags new investments as part of the NIU Great Journeys Strategic Plan.

“For students seeking a start in life; for faculty seeking answers to enduring mysteries; and for all who seek an intellectual home, NIU is where great journeys begin,” he explained.

In addition to investments in academic programs, Peters announced new salary enhancement plans aimed at recruiting and retaining top faculty and staff. Under the Great Journeys program, faculty promotional increments – achieved in promotions from assistant to associate and from associate to full professor – will be doubled. Peters said those increases will begin this spring and will be made retroactive to include faculty promotions made over the past two years.

Additionally, NIU will establish 15 Board of Trustees Professorships with $10,000 annual stipends to reward and retain top research faculty who have involved students in their scholarly work.

All told, Peters said academic program improvements and salary enhancements called for in the Great Journeys strategic plan could total as much as $60 million over five years. A combination of new dollars, reallocations, and money from gifts and contracts has been identified to fund the program. The university’s first comprehensive capital campaign, currently in the works, could push that total even higher, Peters said.

“In the end, we will have made investments that matter, and that will have a measurable impact on the life of our institution and the people we serve,” he said.

A copy of the president’s remarks is available online at www.niu.edu/president.

Chinese consul general names
COB ‘preferred educational partner’

First impressions matter.

Just ask NIU College of Business Dean Denise Schoenbachler, whose college soon will play host to a cohort of Chinese government officials based upon the success of a single meeting with Chinese Consul General Jun Liu.

Schoenbachler, along with Associate Dean Paul Prabhaker and the college’s Global Action Team, met Wednesday, Sept. 19, with Liu to discuss programs of interest. Scarcely a week later, the college was confirmed as a preferred educational partner, and plans already are being developed to provide management training to Chinese officials beginning in December.

“Mr. Liu was very impressed with what he saw here and has already identified a group of mid-to-senior level government employees that will spend next semester at NIU receiving MBA-level training,” said Prabhaker who had previously worked with Liu to establish similar programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

The list of officials includes mayors, deans and vice chairmen of various agencies.

“This is an extraordinary turn of events,” said Schoenbachler, who cited the strength of programs in the college and the attitude of the Global Action Team as factors she believes helped sway Liu.

“The team did a fantastic job of not only describing what we can provide in the classroom, but also explained our relationships with Chicago-area businesses and industries and the unique opportunities that creates for our students,” Schoenbachler said. “We approached Mr. Liu as we would a company that we hoped to partner with – looking for ways to match our strengths with his needs.”

Liu commented that no other university had ever approached him in that fashion.

While business was the topic of the day, there were indications that other colleges on campus might find similar opportunities to partner with the Chinese government. Liu was intrigued to hear more about programs in the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology, and the Master’s in Public Administration and science programs in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, that relate to environmental issues.

The fact that NIU can address such a wide variety of needs is part of its appeal, said Prabhaker, and it is a strength that will be useful as the university begins pursuing more international opportunities.

“Very few universities have the complete portfolio of education services that we have at our disposal and I am confident that we can put together a team that will meet their needs,” Prabhaker said.

The successful meeting with the Chinese Consul comes on the heels of a visit to China last spring by Schoenbachler, CEET Dean Promod Vohra, Provost Ray Alden and Executive Director of International Programs Deborah Pierce. That group established cooperative relationships with several Chinese business and engineering schools that also will send cohorts of students to campus in the near future.

NIU anthropologist finds cultural emphasis
on group over one might hinder democracy

When it comes to establishing democracy, a me-first attitude isn’t such a bad thing. In fact, it might be a necessity, according to NIU anthropologist Giovanni Bennardo.

Bennardo spent the tail end of the summer in Tonga, the only remaining Polynesian monarchy. Budding democratic movements there have failed to take firm root, and Bennardo says the problem can be traced to a culturally ingrained way of thinking that always puts groups before individuals.

“Democracy puts the rights of the individual first, but Tongans are trained from birth to do the opposite,” Bennardo says. “In their society, the extreme importance is attributed to the group over the individual. The ego is highly constrained. That doesn’t mean they can’t understand freedom and democracy, but putting individuals ahead of the group is a tough task for them.”

Bennardo won a $35,000 grant from the National Science Foundation earlier this year to continue his research on democratic movements in the Kingdom of Tonga. He spent a month there interviewing some of the country’s nobles, government representatives and church officials about their notions of democracy.

The interviews complement data Bennardo collected previously from the nation’s commoners as he examines how culturally informed ways of thinking might slow down democratic movements in Tonga. He is a specialist in linguistic and cognitive anthropology.

“Ultimately, the research will inform policymakers and development specialists about difficulties they may encounter when encouraging democracy in countries with historically different ways of thinking about social and political hierarchy, including nations such as Iraq, Afghanistan and Cambodia,” Bennardo says.

The Kingdom of Tonga consists of about 170 tropical islands. The nation boasts one of the highest literacy rates in the Pacific, with its 98,000 inhabitants receiving free education. The current monarch, King George Tupou V, is heir to a dynasty that goes back at least a millennium.

In November 2006, political riots broke out in Tonga’s capital city, leaving widespread damage from fire and looting and eight dead. While the debate between loyalists to the monarchy and the recently established democratic movement has been exacerbated, the legitimacy of the monarch system has largely gone unchallenged.

“My research has shown that among both commoners and the nation’s elite, Tongans feel that their cultural history is congruent with their monarchy,” Bennardo says.

Bennardo’s latest research is an extension of work that began by examining the way Tongans conceptualize spatial relationships. He found they use a frame of reference that differs from Westerners. Unlike Westerners, Tongans typically don’t use themselves as a reference point but instead seek out an object of importance in their environment.

For example, a Westerner might describe a building location as “in front of me,” whereas a Tongan would describe it as being “toward the church.” In experiments, Bennardo asked test subjects to draw pictures of their island. They typically placed the major town in the center of the island, even when in reality it was at or near the coast.

Working with researchers in Germany and at UCLA, Bennardo demonstrated that this way of thinking also applies to concepts of time, kinship and social relationships, the latter of which is closely tied to the political realm.

“One person, one vote is difficult to implement,” he says. “Tongans aren’t accustomed to viewing themselves in terms of equality of individuals.”

Bennardo found no major differences between the views of the country’s commoners and the elite. “Members of the elite also talk about the group as paramount in the social fabric,” he says. “They say political change is inevitable but must occur slowly because the real Tongan way cannot be uprooted, which is a contradiction. Tradition is at odds with the concept of democracy.”

Charles Cappell, a professor of sociology at NIU, is working with Bennardo on an analysis of social networks in Tonga. Lisita Taufa, a graduate student in anthropology who is from Tonga, and six NIU undergraduates also have participated in the project.

Bennardo has contracted with Cambridge University Press to write a book on the research. In addition to the NSF grant, his work was supported by an NIU Research and Artistry grant of $8,500 and by a Graduate School equipment grant of $2,400.

AgTech to help farmers grow crops
that become alternative biodiesel fuel

Farmers and others in Boone County could soon fire up their tractors and trucks with fuel created from their own crops, thanks to a project nurtured by the AgTech Initiative, a public-private partnership that includes NIU, the City of Belvidere and Growth Dimensions.

BioVantage Fuels LLC, a developer of cost-effective alternative fuels that has been nurtured and supported by the AgTech Initiative, broke ground last week for a 10,000-square-foot refinery that will turn soybean oil and used vegetable oil from restaurants into diesel fuel that can be blended with regular diesel to create a cleaner, renewable fuel.

The $5 million refinery, which will be capable of producing up to 5 million gallons of fuel annually, is scheduled to go online next spring.

One major reason for locating the refinery in Belvidere was the support of AgTech. That group’s New Uses Entrepreneur Development Center has been working with BioVantage since 2005, when AgTech sponsored a symposium on the potential for developing “green” energy projects in the region.

“At that time it was more of a concept than a plan,” said Norb Ziemer, director of the AgTech Initiative’s NUEDC as part of his role for NIU Outreach. “We’ve worked with them to tighten the focus of the plan and establish connections within the community with groups like the farm bureau.”

The plant initially will create about a dozen jobs, but should also have a ripple effect on the county’s economy, Ziemer said. “Aside from providing farmers a new market and creating some technical and production jobs,” he said, “this plant will also create jobs in trucking and other services that will be required to support it.”

One of the unique aspects of the BioVantage approach, Ziemer said, is its portability.

The company envisions being able to create a series of refineries in agricultural areas, each supported by a supply chain of local farmers who would produce soy beans (or other raw materials) that would be converted into fuel, which they would then consume (with excess being sold to others.)

While the viability of that model is tested in Belvidere, Ziemer anticipates that BioVantage also will work with chemists and other researchers at NIU to investigate other sources of raw materials to create the fuel and to investigate potential commercial uses for byproducts of the process, such as glycerin.

The BioVantage project is the largest undertaking by AgTech to come to fruition to date and represents the payoff on many man-hours of investment, Ziemer said.

“This process takes a significant amount of time,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty related to this sort of entrepreneurship, and we are delighted to see it moving forward.”

Anthropology Museum debuts new exhibit
on post-Khmer Rouge life in Cambodia

The NIU Anthropology Museum is launching “Cambodia Born Anew,” a major exhibit on Cambodia’s remarkable recovery from the devastation of war and revolution.

The campus community is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5, at the Anthropology Museum, located in the Stevens Building on the NIU campus.

NIU Cambodian students, anthropologist Judy Ledgerwood and political scientist Kheang Un will be on hand to speak briefly about the exhibit, which will run through May. The museum is free and open to the public, with normal hours from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays or by appointment.

“Cambodia Born Anew” examines the country’s recovery in the wake of the Vietnam War and later the horrors of the Khmer Rouge-led genocide. The genocide claimed the lives of about 2 million people between the years of 1975 and 1979 and resulted in widespread destruction of institutions and infrastructure. The period was followed by 12 years of civil war.

“The exhibit takes a broad look at aspects of rural and urban life in present-day Cambodia, illustrated through exceptional photographs and artifacts,” said Ann Wright-Parsons, museum director. “We all gain a bit more understanding about ourselves, our institutions and our social systems by viewing exhibits about other ways of life.”

The exhibit depicts the revival of crafts and institutions as Cambodia races to catch up with its neighbors in Southeast Asia. Crafts and weaving are crucial for the reconstructed rural economy.

“In many ways, Cambodia’s recovery has been quite remarkable,” Ledgerwood said. “The country was devastated, its infrastructure destroyed and a quarter of its population dead or missing. Today Cambodia is reclaiming its vibrant heritage. The education system has been slowly rebuilt, and young people who were part of a post-Khmer Rouge baby boom are coming of age, replacing a generation of intellectuals who were killed or fled during the war years. The Buddhist religion is experiencing resurgence as well. About 4,000 temples have been rebuilt and about 60,000 men have been ordained as monks.

“All this is happening as war crimes tribunals are only now convening and the perpetrators of the genocide are being brought to trial,” Ledgerwood added.

Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot died in 1998, shortly after Cambodia’s government asked for the United Nations’ help in setting up a court to prosecute regime leaders. Nuon Chea, Pol Pot’s second-in-command, was arrested just last month.

The NIU exhibit was made possible by a $115,000 grant from the Henry J. Luce Foundation in support of the Cambodia cultural heritage project, directed by Ledgerwood and Wright-Parsons, both specialists in Southeast Asia.

The NIU museum collaborated on the exhibit with the Cambodian American Heritage Museum & Killing Fields Memorial on Chicago’s North Side at 2831 W. Lawrence Ave.

Representatives of the two museums traveled to Cambodia to collect artifacts and are launching complementary exhibits. “Khmer Spirit” – depicting Cambodian fine arts, including sculpture, painting and music – opens this month at the Chicago museum.

The NIU exhibit is divided into four major themes: fishing and marine ecology; the revival of traditional silk weaving; agricultural life, the primary occupation of most Khmer people; and Theravada Buddhism, the religion of some 90 percent of Cambodians. Photographs taken by renowned Cambodian photographer Chan Vitharin add vibrancy to the text and artifacts.

The exhibit also boasts photographs from the collection of May Ebihara, the only American anthropologist to conduct research in pre-war Cambodia. Ebihara lived in a Cambodian village for a year in 1959-60. Her writings remain as classic sources on pre-revolutionary society. Ebihara died in 2005, leaving her collection of photos and field notes to Ledgerwood.

With the assistance of an NIU Venture grant, Ebihara’s photos are being scanned by the Digitization Unit at Founders Memorial Library and will be made available to the public online as part of the library’s Southeast Asia Digitization Project. 

Throughout the coming year, NIU will hold a series of lectures and films on the Cambodian genocide and Cambodian society. And, under the direction of Ledgerwood, NIU graduate students have been enlisted to work with the Chicago museum volunteers on collecting the stories of survivors of the killing fields who now live in Illinois. The oral histories exhibit will debut in 2008.

NIU has long had a research emphasis in Southeast Asia. The university’s Center for Southeast Asian Studies, founded in 1963, is the second oldest of its kind nationwide and one of seven National Resource Centers for Southeast Asian studies.

“It is a pleasure for me to work at NIU with scholars who willingly share their expertise in exhibit development,” Wright-Parsons said. “NIU is fortunate to have a well-established institution like the Center for Southeast Asia that supports scholars and students who add to our knowledge base in the exhibits.”

More information on the “Cambodia Born Anew” exhibit is online at http://www.niu.edu/anthro_museum/.

Anthropologist who worked on ‘Lucy’
will deliver Oct. 9 public lecture at NIU

C. Owen Lovejoy, a professor at Kent State University and a pre-eminent biological anthropologist who worked on Lucy, the world’s most famous fossilized human ancestor, will visit NIU to deliver a public lecture at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, in Room 201 of Faraday West.

Lovejoy’s lecture is titled “The Chimpanzee Has No Clothes: A Deeper Look at Human Origins.” It will focus on recent developments in the human fossil record showing that humans emerged on a distinctly separate path from our nearest relatives, the great apes.

Lovejoy has dedicated his career to the paleo-demography and human origins modeling, including the theory that upright walking was closely tied to monogamous mating in early hominids. One of his most recognized achievements is the reconstruction of the skeleton of “Lucy,” a fossil of a human ancestor that walked upright more than 3 million years ago.

“Professor Lovejoy is a newly elected member to the National Academy of Sciences, the most prestigious scientific body in the country, and he is the leading expert in the world on the evolution of human bipedalism,” said Dan Gebo, a Distinguished Research Professor of anthropology at NIU.

“His work on human skeletal remains, as well as on fossil humans such as Lucy, has made him a world-renowned scientist,” Gebo added. “Professor Lovejoy also is an engaging speaker, and his lecture title hints at his unique perspective concerning human evolution.” 

The event is sponsored by the Graduate School and Department of Anthropology.

Kudos

Deborah Haliczer, director of employee relations, is quoted in an article in the September 2007 issue of HR Magazine.

The article, “Supporting Ethical Employees,” is about training employees to act ethically. Haliczer is quoted in regard to the annual computer-based, state-mandated ethics training.

“The training has raised awareness about (employees’) personal behaviors,” Haliczer says, citing an example: “They can’t use departmental fax machines to fax notices about selling a house or having a garage sale.”

Jean Thilmany’s HR Magazine article also paraphrases Haliczer as saying that “training can start a useful dialogue about right and wrong behavior that employees could remember when murky situations arise.”

‘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 www.vpa.niu.edu/museum 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 http://www.rs.niu.edu or call (815) 753-0231.

Alumni Association announces
online travel seach engine

Book your next business or pleasure trip through niutravel.com. 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 lgbt@niu.edu or visiting the LGBT Resource Center Web site at http://www.niu.edu/lgbt/resourcecenter/index.shtml.

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 www.niu.edu/women/PCSW.

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 http://www3.niu.edu/intl_prgms/IntlEd07.htm 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 http://www.niu.edu/lgbt/resourcecenter/programs/ally.shtml 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 www.clas.niu.edu/wstudies/ywc2007.htm. The registration fee is $38 before Oct. 15, with a $5 additional late charge. Limited scholarships are available.