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Provost’s Office unveils
new online publication

“The Multiculturalist,” a new online publicaton of the Office of the Provost, is availalbe online.

Published twice yearly, “The Multiculturalist” welcomes submissions of multicultural methodology or success story to editor-in-chief Donna Askins. Interviews can be arranged. For all questions related to the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute, contact or call (815) 753.8557.

National Chemistry Week
boasts night of demonstrations

NIU’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry invites the public to celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Chemistry Week (Oct. 21 to Oct. 27) with an evening of spectacular chemistry demonstrations.

The demonstrations will be held at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Faraday Hall 143. This year’s theme of National Chemistry Week is “The Many Faces of Chemistry,” celebrating the diversity of the discipline and of its practitioners.

Featured experiments will include a demonstration of kinetics, showing how things burn explosively when particle sizes are very small. Another demonstration will illustrate how nitrate cellulose burns without residue. The evening will conclude with the ever-popular making of ice cream with liquid nitrogen.

Some of the experiments planned for the evening could involve loud noises and produce some smoke and/or unpleasant smells and might not be appropriate for small children.

To ensure the safety of the audience and the presenters, flash photography will not be permitted. For some experiments, members of the audience may be asked to move away from the demonstration area, again for safety precautions.

Parking will be available in the NIU Parking Deck.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Fuego, a spicy infusion of international cuisine, is scheduled for Tuesday. California Grill takes over Thursday.

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.

California Grill features California chilled vegetable soup and panzanella for starters, roast salmon with lemon and herbs and campanelle pasta with mozzarella cheese for entrees and California gingered fruit salsa and flourless chocolate cake with chocolate glaze for desserts. Each table also will receive complimentary pita points with a red pepper hummus.

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.

Business Enterprise Program
to host MAFBE networking fair

NIU’s second annual Minority, Female and/or Persons with Disabilities Business Enterprise Program Networking Fair is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Faculty and staff responsible for selecting and purchasing goods, supplies and services for NIU are encouraged to attend the free fair in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. A buffet brunch will be served.

More than 60 business owners who are minority, female and/or persons with disabilities will exhibit their commodities, supplies and services. Some might provide a more competitive price for products and services than those currently purchased.

Procurement Services buyers also will attend to answer questions and provide assistance with NIU procurement processes.

NIU is committed to supporting the economic development of minority and diverse businesses. As part of the Business Enterprise Program, NIU has established a goal of increasing the level of procurement activity with MAFBE-certified business enterprises.

To register, e-mail the number of those attending from your department to

For more information on the fair, call Roselyn Snell at (815) 753-6038. For more information on NIU’s Business Enterprise Program, call Al Mueller at (815) 753-6045.

‘Depression Screening Day’
scheduled for Thursday

NIU’s Counseling and Student Development Center will host a “Depression Screening Day” from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Holmes Student Center’s Lincoln Room. Students, faculty and staff are invited.

The goal is to raise awareness about depression, to share information about mental health resources and to help people who might not typically see a counselor. 

Those interested will complete a brief written survey, which will take about five minutes. After the survey, there will be a brief meeting with a counselor who will review the survey with the participant. The entire process is free and confidential.

Call (815) 753-1206 for more information.

PCSOGI invites campus
to ‘Creating Community’

All members of the university community are invited to the Creating Community Fall Reception, sponsored by the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender History Month.

The event with dessert reception takes place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the Gallery Lounge on the main floor of the Holmes Student Center.

Costumes are encouraged. Winners of the “Color It Queer!” coloring contest will be announced at 12:45 p.m.

Call (815) 753-LGBT (5428) for more information.

Art Museum to host speaker series
For School of Art Faculty Biennial

NIU’s Art Museum will host several faculty lectures in conjunction with the NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial exhibition, which runs from Tuesday, Oct. 30, through Saturday, Dec. 8. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The speaker series and exhibition gives the public an opportunity to share in the research, ideas and artwork of NIU School of Art faculty. All lectures will be held at 5 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 315 unless otherwise noted. 

  • Thursday, Nov. 1: “Hybrid Journeys: Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Berlin, London, Tokyo” by Michael Salmond.
  • Monday, Nov. 5: Christine LoFaso and other faculty will give informal gallery talks on studio practice from 6 to 9 p.m. in the museum galleries on the first floor, west end, of Altgeld Hall.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 6: “Life as an Artist and Designer” by Harry Wirth.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 7: “Hot Rocks and Cool Blocks” by Nina Rizzo.
  • Thursday, Nov. 8: “Twin Tollans: Some New Interpretations of the Relationship between Chichen Itza, Tula and Greater Mesoamerica during the Epiclassic to Early Postclassic Periods” by Jeff Kowalski.
  • Thursday, Nov. 15: “The Other Emerald Buddha Temple: Interpreting the Architectural History of the Ho Phrakeo Museum in Vientiane, Laos, and the Iconography of Its Superb Collection” by Catherine Raymond.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 20: “Sacred Transitions” by Cynthia Hellyer-Heinz.
  • Tuesday, Nov. 27: “National/International Consciousness in Japan: Self, Place, and Society During the Nineteenth, Twentieth and Twenty-First Centuries” by Helen Nagata.

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall. The 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.

Exhibitions 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.

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.