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October 15, 2007

Carlos Ojeda Jr. to speak
at NIU for Latino month

As part of the Latino Heritage Month Closing Celebration at NIU, the Latino Resource Center is proud to present the most dynamic speaker younger than 30 in America today.

Carlos Ojeda Jr. is a community advocate who has worked with high school and college Latinos, spreading his message of education, leadership, community activism and entrepreneurship.

The NIU and DeKalb communities are invited to join in this unique opportunity. This free event takes place at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

For more information, call the Latino Resource Center at (815) 753-1986 or visit

Historian will discuss
Civil War, prostitution

Historian LeeAnn Whites, a professor at the University of Missouri, will visit NIU to present a public lecture titled “The Tale of Three Kates: Prostitution, Loyalty, and the Long Guerilla War.”

The event is open to the public and will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Professor Whites specializes in the Civil War era and in the areas of gender and sexuality studies. Her research proposes that the Civil War not only offered a wider playing field for “bad boys,” such as guerilla fighters, but also offered structural opportunities for “bad girls” engaged in prostitution. Whites will look closely at the case of Kate Clark (Quantrill), a woman caught up in the chaos along the border states during the Civil War.

Kishwaukee Concert Band
will open season Oct. 21

The Greater Kishwaukee Area Concert Band will present the first concert of its sixth season at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21. The concert takes place in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, which is accessible to all.

John Hansen will direct the all volunteer band in show tunes, marches, spirituals and big band
sounds. Midred and Joan Sulaver are sponsors of the free concert.

University Women’s Club
to hold fall potluck dinner

The University’s Women's Club will host its second annual potluck dinner from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in the American National Bank Community Room, 1985 DeKalb Avenue, in Sycamore. The event is free, but attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass.

The University Women’s Club is open to all women associated with the university: current or retired faculty or staff member, or wife of a current, retired or deceased faculty or staff member.

The club offers social and cultural events as well as fundraising opportunities to support scholarships to deserving NIU women students.

Call Dorothy Razniewski at (815) 895-8046 by Thursday, Oct. 18, to RSVP for the potluck dinner.

Specialist in science education
to lecture on professional identity

April Lynn Luehmann, a professor at the University of Rochester and specialist in science education, will visit NIU to present a public lecture titled, “Nurturing the Development of a Professional Identity.”

The lecture will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Luehmann teaches in the science teacher preparation and doctoral programs at the University of Rochester. She completed graduate degrees in science education and industrial and operations engineering, and previously taught mathematics and science to secondary school students in Illinois, Michigan and Indiana.

Luehmann also instructed science and math teachers in the Chicago Public Schools in a special professional development initiative at the Illinois Institute of Technology, and she served on the Board of Trustees for Girls, Inc., a national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold.

Luehmann joined the Margaret Warner Graduate School of Education and Human Development at the University of Rochester in 2002.

Her research focuses on the use of new media literacies to support the work and development of secondary science teachers, learning in rich out-of-school contexts to complement classroom-based learning for both science students and teachers, and the development of innovative teacher education programs. She also has designed and worked with graduate students to teach science summer camps and school-year programs to develop or capitalize on girls’ interest in science.

The colloquium is presented by the STEM Education Research Group and the Division of Research and Graduate Studies.

Unity in Diversity seeks theme

NIU’s Unity in Diversity Steering Committee selects a theme each year that is used during the following academic year to promote diversity awareness on campus. The theme must be 10 words or less and reflect the idea of Unity in Diversity.

Applicants (faculty, staff and students) may submit more than one entry; forms are available in Campus Life 150. Themes must be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, to Angela Dreessen, Student Involvement and Leadership Development, Campus Life 150. Entries will be judged by UID Steering Committee.

The winner receives a $100 prize, which may be subject to taxes.

The winning theme will be used in the design of the Unity in Diversity poster, which will be professionally printed and distributed throughout campus, and will also be framed and mounted as part of the permanent UID poster collection display in the Holmes Student Center. The theme contest winner will be recognized at the Unity in Diversity Award Ceremony.

Examples of past winning themes include “Experience the University through Unity in Diversity,” “Unity in Diversity: Celebrating Differences that Make us One” and “Unlocking Doors, Opening Minds, Conquering Our Fears.”

Faculty Development invites
proposals for SPS grants

NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and Human Resource Services are offering grants up to $1,000 each to Supportive Professional Staff (SPS) pursuing professional development activities that benefit the individuals as well as their academic units.

Proposal guidelines and other information are available at Five copies of each proposal, including other relevant documents, must be submitted to the SPS Awards Committee, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, 319 Adams Hall, by Friday, Nov. 16, for activities proposed between Jan. 1 and June 2008.

SPS who plan to submit a proposal by the Nov. 16 deadline and need more information are encouraged to register to attend the grant writing seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2. Register online at or e-mail to

Financial system to go offline
for required maintenance, updates

NIU’s financial system for accounting, asset management, budgets, commercial receivables, procurement and receiving will be down Friday, Oct. 26, through Monday, Oct. 29, for the application of required maintenance and tax and regulatory updates.

Central Office staff will not be able to complete data entry, and checks, purchase orders and commercial invoices will not be produced during the shutdown. The shutdown also applies to the NIU Foundation.

Campus financial queries will be unavailable beginning at noon Friday, Oct. 26, but will be available when the system is restored.

Access to distributed financial, budgetary and increment reports should be unaffected by the shutdown.

Normal operations should resume Tuesday, Oct. 30.