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October 9, 2007

Graduate School invites
honorary-degree nominations

Rathindra Bose, NIU vice president for research and dean of the Graduate School, is once again issuing a call for nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be awarded from the university.

An honorary degree provides an opportunity for the university to recognize someone especially outstanding in a field of interest to the university. Recipients must be clearly exceptional among other outstanding persons in his or her field.

While a connection to NIU or the State of Illinois is not a requirement for nomination, any such relationship will be considered during the selection process.

A nomination must be accompanied by:

  • A supporting narrative that indicates the nominee’s distinction in business, education, the liberal arts and sciences, technology, the fine arts, other professional fields or public service.
  • One or more standard biographical statements from appropriate reference sources.
  • The current mailing address of the nominee.

Any person affiliated with NIU may submit a nomination. The Honorary Degree Committee encourages nominations by groups as well as by individuals. Nominators should alert all university departments and divisions related to the area of the nominee’s accomplishments and invite those units to provide the committee with input regarding the merits of the nomination.

This year’s nominations, with the required supporting information, should be submitted to Bose by Friday, Dec. 14.

Past recipients of NIU honorary degrees have included Hermann A. Grunder, director emeritus of Argonne National Laboratory; J. Dennis Hastert, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; distinguished historian and Pulitzer Prize-winner Arthur Schlesinger Jr.; astronomer Carl Sagan; and Leon Lederman, former Fermilab director and winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize in physics.

Jack Olson Gallery hosts
‘Materializations’ exhibition

The Jack Olson Gallery at the NIU School of Art is pleased to present “Materializations,” a photography exhibition guest curated by Andrew John Liccardo, an assistant professor of photography at NIU.

“Materializations” opens Tuesday, Oct. 9, and continues through Sunday, Nov. 11, in Room 200 of the Art Building. Three contemporary photographers are featured: Robin Dru Germany, Glenn Kawabata and Janet Pritchard.

The gallery will host a reception and curator’s talk on from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11. Kawabata will host an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct 10. Germany will host an artist’s talk at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 30. Both take place in room 111 of the Art Building. Germany and Kawabata will be involved in graduate and undergraduate student critiques during their visits to NIU.

The exhibition and special events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

NPR stations to conduct
fall membership campaign

Northern Public Radio stations WNIJ and WNIU will conduct a fall membership campaign from Wednesday, Oct. 10, through Saturday, Oct. 20. During this time, listeners are encouraged to become members by making financial pledges of support toward the public radio programming they appreciate.

Classical WNIU (90.5 FM) broadcasts classical music 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. During a select set of WNIU fundraising dates, Oct. 10 to 13, classical music listeners will be encouraged to voice their support of the format by calling in a pledge.

WNIJ (89.5 FM), featuring such NPR news programs as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered,” will hold its on-air membership drive Oct. 13 to 20.

Throughout the campaign dates, radio hosts will direct listeners to call a dedicated “Pledge Line” staffed by volunteers. The radio station Web sites also are equipped to receive secure pledges online at either or

Northern Public Radio is the broadcast service of NIU.

Jerusalem Post correspondent
to speak Thursday at NIU

Yaakov Katz, military correspondent for the Jerusalem Post, will present a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 11, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Katz will speak on the war between Israel and Hezbollah and Israel’s current strategic situation in its aftermath, mainly focusing on Iran and Syria.

The event is sponsored by NIU Hillel and all are welcome. For details, contact Robert Rubinson, Israel intern and vice president of NIU Hillel, at

Bus trips scheduled
by NIU Art Museum

Want to meet other art lovers, keep up with what’s happening in the art world, see innovative historical exhibits and travel without the hassle of traffic, tolls and parking?

Then Get-on-the-Bus and enjoy the ride.

The NIU Art Museum schedules the trip, makes the itinerary and arrangements. Riders simply need to sign up and prepay by the deadlines posted. All trips depart from the NIU School of Art parking lot at the northeast corner of Gilbert and College Avenue.

Saturday, Oct. 20: Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford

This bus trip primes us for the NIU Art Museum’s Spring 2008 shows: Ukiyo-e Prints from Richard F. Grott Family, Revisiting Modern Japanese Prints: Selected works from the Richard F. Grott Family and Ayomi Yoshida Installation.

Once in Rockford, lunch costs are on your own at Shogun Japanese Restaurant. Then enjoy the fall colors as you take a self-guided tour of the 14-acre Anderson Gardens for a taste of Japanese aesthetics in two different gardens: a formal Japanese garden in the style of the Kamakura period, 1185 to 1333 A.D., and The Garden of Reflection, a contemporary international garden with a strong Japanese influence. The Guest House and Teahouse are 16th century Sukiya style architecture. This fine example of Japanese culture was rated the No. 2 Japanese Garden in North America and Europe by the Roth Journal of Japanese Gardening.

The bus departs from DeKalb at 10 a.m. with return arrival at 4:30 p.m. Transportation and admission costs: NIU Art Museum members: $18; students/seniors 65 and older: $20; others: $22. Prepayment and registration deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 16.

Friday, Nov. 2: Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Chicago 2007, Museum of Contemporary Art, and/or River North Galleries Excursion

Join us on vans or a bus to the 14th Annual International Exposition of Sculptural Objects and Functional Art. Inside the Festival Hall of Navy Pier, nearly 100 international galleries and dealers will present masterworks bridging design and fine art. Special exhibitions “Offering Reconciliation” – ceramic bowls designed by 135 prominent Israeli and Palestinian artists on the theme of reconciliation – and “Contemporary Furniture at Crab Tree Farm” are included with your SOFA admission.

Meal costs and SOFA admission (students/seniors: $12; others: $15) on your own. From Navy Pier, take a free art trolley for an optional side trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art (no admission charged that day) or the River North Galleries District. The vans depart the School of Art parking lot in DeKalb at noon with return arrival at 8 p.m.

Transportation costs: NIU Art Museum members: $12; students/seniors 65 and older: $15; others: $18. Prepayment and registration deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 30.

To register for these trips, please stop by the museum on the first floor, west end, of Altgeld Hall, call (815) 753-1936 or e-mail Jess Witte at More information about the museum and its programming is online at Payment may be made with cash, a check made out to NIU or a major credit card.

Payment must be made in advance to guarantee a seat on the bus. NIU Art Museum members receive discounts on our bus trips as well as access to Members’ Only Trips. Please note dates and prices of bus trips are subject to change, and trips are frequently added throughout the year, so please check the Web site for the most updated information. 

Interested in becoming an NIU Art Museum member? Membership entitles you to priority registration and discounted fees on Get-On-The-Bus Trips, first-class mailings of exhibition announcements, special members-only previews, receptions and special events, a subscription to Museum Notes newsletter, and a 20 percent discount on NIU Art Museum catalogues. Friend, or basic, membership rates are $25 for individual, $45 for dual, $10 for student, $15 for senior and $25 for dual senior. Sponsor- and patron-level memberships, at $100 and $250 respectively, include an artist print as a premium. Payment may be made by credit card, cash or check. Students must attach a current student ID to their membership application.

The NIU Art Museum can process membership over the phone at (815) 753-1936. Membership applications are also available at the museum or online: Print the online form and mail with your payment to the NIU Art Museum, 116 Altgeld Hall, DeKalb, IL 60115.

NIU professor, mother
to exhibit artwork at DAWC

NIU professor Meryl Domina and her mother, Janice Greer, will feature their artwork in a mother/daughter show through Friday, Oct. 26, at the DeKalb Area Women's Center (DAWC) OnStage Gallery.

Domina, an assistant professor in the College of Education’s Department of Teaching and Learning, enjoys making art and feels that her strengths are in creating teaching situations that utilize creative activities. As principal and teacher at Sullivan House Alternative High School in Chicago, she created an environment that allowed formerly unsuccessful students to flourish. She also has served as creativity specialist at a religious school and lecturer in alternative/at-risk education at Indiana University, South Bend.

Domina has exhibited at Art Beat, the IUSB Library in South Bend, the Fine Arts Building Gallery, University of Illinois at Chicago Student Gallery and at American Educational Research Association conferences. Her work includes painting in acrylic, pen drawing and photography.

Greer is founder and executive director of Sullivan House Child Welfare Agency in Chicago. She believes her painting has encouraged her to be a risk-taker who is aware of the many alternatives available in any given situation.

She has taken art classes at the North Shore Art League, the University of Chicago Midway Studios, the Art Institute of Chicago, Oxbow and the Fine Arts Building Studio of Carol Dolan. Greer has exhibited at the Renaissance Gallery of the Chicago Cultural Center, the 57th Street Art Fair, Old Orchard Art Fair, the State of Illinois Building, the Beverly Arts Center and the Hyde Park Arts Center. Her current work involves collage, acrylic, watercolor and pastel.

The DAWC galleries are open each Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. or by appointment at (815) 758-1351, and are located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb with a parking lot one-half block south, off Eleventh Street. Call to use the accessible lift from the alley north of the building.

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.

Art faculty join in Biennial,
show studio arts, scholarship

NIU’s Art Museum will host the NIU School of Art Faculty Biennial 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. For details on lectures offered in conjunction with the exhibition, visit The museum will close from Nov. 21 through Nov. 26 for Thanksgiving recess. 

The Faculty Biennial features recent work by the School of Art faculty, visiting faculty and members of the supportive professional staff in a variety of studio media including ceramics, design, drawing, fiber, illustration, jewelry, metalsmithing, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, video and visual communication. Research in art education and art history also are included.

Spanning all four galleries of the museum, this exhibition provides an opportunity for the
NIU and greater DeKalb/Sycamore community to discover or become reacquainted with the research, ideas and artwork of these faculty members.

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.

Nehring Gallery seeks
artists for holiday sale

Wanted: artists seeking holiday shoppers.

The Nehring Gallery is issuing a call for local artists to submit a sample of their work for inclusion in the annual juried show and art sale, the 2007 Holiday Artist’s Market. The Holiday Artist’s Market will be held at Nehring Gallery from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17.

This event requires a $10 entry/jury fee. If invited to participate, a $15 space fee does apply in lieu of sales commission. To participate, please submit contact information, including e-mail address, a description of your work and three photographs or jpeg samples of your work with a $10 check written to the DeKalb Park District by Saturday, Nov. 3. Mail to: Holiday Artist’s Market, Nehring Gallery, 211 S. 2nd St. Suite #204, DeKalb, IL 60115.

Nehring Gallery is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays or by appointment. The 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 2nd Street in downtown DeKalb.

Nehring 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 handicap is available and located at the 111 S. Second Street entrance.

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

  • 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.