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Northern Today - September 17, 2007

Cellist to perform Lou Reed’s
‘Metal Machine Music’ at NIU

In a 1975 review in Rolling Stone, critic James Wolcott proclaims it “an act of provocation, a jab of contempt” and a work of “droning, shapeless indifference.”

Mark Deming, a reviewer for, believes listeners “brave enough to listen to the whole thing” will encounter “an experience that’s both brutal and numbing.”

And when those legendary and infamous sounds are reproduced at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, NIU School of Music Professor James Phelps expects it will enlighten some and maybe repel others.

The piece in question is Lou Reed’s “Metal Machine Music,” a 32-year-old double album featuring an atonal hour’s worth of distorted electronic guitar squeals and feedback melded with the rumble of amplifiers and the occasional chirps of electronic gadgets.

Regarded as perhaps an insolent prank, maybe a contractual obligation or quite possibly the birth of “noise” and industrial music, “MMM” remains an intensely debated source of conversation among critics and fans.

After only three weeks on the market, Reed’s record company yanked the album off the shelves.

But in 2002, it became an orchestral work, transcribed, arranged and scored by Ulrich Krieger and Luca Venitucci. Both are members of Zeitkratzer, a Berlin-based ensemble that also includes cellist Ulrich Maiss.

Maiss later transformed the Zeitkratzer score into an opus for solo cello.

His appearance at NIU will mark the last North American performance of “Cello Machine,” slated to follow the intermission. The first half of the concert features the U.S. premieres of two works: Krieger’s “naglfar” and “Cello Titan” by Kasper T. Toeplitz, both from Maiss’ “ZenMan Project” of 2005.

Staff from the NIU School of Music will make a professional audio recording of the concert while three to six others located strategically among the seats will film with digital cameras.

The evening is free to the public, including the brave, the curious and all others.

“It’s not a pops concert,” laughs Phelps, a professor of computer music studies. “Some might be seriously challenged. I wouldn’t be surprised if a few left. I wouldn’t be surprised if no one left. But the people who are looking for tunes and harmonies to sing on their way out to the car might not want to attend.”

Yet Phelps hopes that all who come arrive with open minds eager for something new and different.

The professor himself often spends good money for admission to concerts that he expects to dislike – simply to experience the music for himself, to become aware of it and to observe how others in the same audience absorb the art.

“As a professor dealing with students, I consider it a major part of my responsibility to suggest that we do need to broaden our horizons, that we challenge ourselves to change the way we view things, to change the way we create things and to change the way we consider things,” he says. “I am not an evangelist for new music. I do what I do. If people like it, I’m pleased. If they don’t, I understand. But I believe there’s something gained by showing up and experiencing it.”

The professor, of course, is excited for the opportunity. He has heard a good portion “Cello Machine,” but not in its entirety, so the Sept. 30 event will provide a true awakening.

“I’ve been a fan of Lou Reed going back to my teenage years,” says Phelps, whose love of music is rooted in rock ’n’ roll and pioneering bands such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd.

“His work very often is not traditionally commercial, going back to Velvet Underground or just taking any slice of his music, but ‘Metal Machine Music’ is the most perfect example,” Phelps adds. “That a famous commercial artist would do this, knowing his other work – who knows why? I’m glad that it came about. It’s famous, and infamous. Clearly it is a work that you immerse yourself into.”

The Zeitkratzer interpretation certainly enlightened Reed, who played guitar with the group for a March 17, 2002, concert in the Berlin Opera House. A CD/DVD of the concert, including a 25-minute interview with Reed as a bonus feature, was released earlier this month on the Asphodel label.

When group members originally contacted Reed in search of permission to play “MMM” live, he told them such a feat was impossible. A recording they sent changed his mind.

“I listened to it, and the results were unbelievable,” Reed says in a Zeitkratzer press release. “It’s extraordinary, because all those years ago, it was considered a career ender.”

That obviously didn’t happen.

“Coney Island Baby,” Reed’s 1976 follow-up, “began to move into warmer, more compassionate territory,” according to “Reed stripped his band back down to guitar, bass and drums, and the results were both leaner and a lot more comfortable.”

But Reed has never disavowed “MMM,” says Phelps, who remembers reading accounts where Reed could not believe how some listeners regarded his intentions on that album.

“It’s not just noise – not that there’s anything wrong with noise. It’s awash in harmonies,” Phelps says. “Many people will walk out of this concert with maybe a little different kind of head, so to speak, even if they’re saying ‘I absolutely hated the music’ or ‘I absolutely loved the music.’ ”

The Boutell Memorial Concert Hall, located in the NIU Music Building, is accessible to all. Call (815) 753-1551 for more information.

David Raymond Grant winner uses
technology to merge lectures, videos

Class time has become much more productive, says Marketing Professor Mark Rosenbaum, ever since he ditched old-fashioned lectures.

Actually, Rosenbaum still does plenty of lecturing. However, his students now often access that material online, leaving him free to devote much more class time to discussion of current events and video clips that help illustrate the lesson of the day.

“It has made the class much more engaging,” says Rosenbaum, explaining that by eliminating the constraints that forced him to divide time between lecture, video and discussions all aspects of the class have been enriched.

Helping Rosenbaum offset the cost of the equipment needed to facilitate that change in teaching style is the David W. Raymond Grant.

Created by (and named after) one of the first members of the NIU Board of Trustees, the grant is intended to encourage the incorporation of new technologies in the classroom.

While the software that Rosenbaum employs (Lecture 1-2-3) is free for use by professors, he needed a tablet computer (to write on a virtual chalkboard during lectures) and a video camera (to tape lectures, interviews and more) to make optimal use of the tool. The grant covered the cost of those items, and also could have been used to purchase software, to pay for graduate assistantship time or to cover other costs associated with new technology.

For Rosenbaum, the grant was less about technology and more about finding ways to connect with all sorts of learners.

“The combination of lecture and the videos I incorporate is important because it allows me to present material in ways that are accessible to both visual and auditory learners,” he says. “If you offer a concept and emphasize it with a video, it helps visual learners who are often lost in a standard lecture format. Some people need to see it as well as hear it.”

International students also have benefited from the new approach, telling Rosenbaum that they appreciate the ability to listen to lectures online in a format that allows them to stop as needed so that they can take better notes. Students also can download lectures to their iPods.

The lectures, which Rosenbaum often records days in advance, play online, synchronized with his PowerPoint slides for the day. As students view the lecture, they can stop it at any point and e-mail questions, which arrive with a note letting Rosenbaum know precisely what part of the lecture they were viewing at the time. The questions and answers are then made available for all students to view should they have similar questions.

Currently, Rosenbaum does not post entire classes (lecture, slide, video, etc.) online, but he envisions times when that might be useful.

“If there should ever be a snow day, or a guest speaker pre-empts a regular class, I could certainly post everything online,” he says. Doing so, he says, requires just a few mouse clicks.

While he is just beginning to incorporate Lecture 1-2-3 into the UBIS-310 section that he teaches, Rosenbaum said the early response has been overwhelmingly positive.

“I think it’s an incredible program,” he says. “It creates a tremendous amount of flexibility that I would never have without it.”

Proposals for the Raymond Grant should be sent to Grant Review Committee, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, 319 Adams Hall. The deadline is in March.

HHS professor elected NGNA president

After only five years of membership in the National Gerontological Nursing Association, Judith Hertz wasn’t sure if she had invested enough time to run for president of the organization.

“But as I thought about it,” said Hertz, an associate professor in the NIU School of Nursing and Health Studies, “I realized I have lengthy experience in gerontological nursing, so I have a knowledge base. I’ve been very involved in a lot of professional organizations. I’ve held leadership positions. I thought maybe I could do it.”

She wasn’t alone in that thinking.

Hertz will become president of the Pensacola, Fla.-based group next month at its annual meeting in Orlando, ending a year’s time as president-elect. She will serve a two-year term as president and remain on the board as past-president for the year after that.

Boasting approximately 1,700 members, the association strives to improve the quality of nursing care for older adults.

Its goals are to enhance high-quality health care and outcomes, to ensure that older adults have access to a well-prepared work force of nurses, to recognize gerontological nurses for their expertise and to build a reputation as a source of expert knowledge.

Members are nurses who provide care to older adults in long-term, acute and community care settings. They are staff nurses, clinical nurse specialists, managers, administrators, clinical and academic educators, researchers and nurse practitioners.

“What I’ve learned in the last year as president-elect while I’ve been mentored into this presidential role is that we are in demand. There is not a week that goes by that some national organization, person or entity is asking us for help and to share our expertise,” Hertz said.

“This is coming from some of the major federal organizations, such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services,” she added. “What’s happening is that all these initiatives are coming forward as the population ages, and there’s a realization that perhaps they should have input from nurses who know something about caring for older adults.”

NGNA provides specialized continuing education activities for members, sponsors the most widely circulated gerontological nursing journal containing the latest information on the nursing care of older adults and offers networking opportunities and information on its Web site.

It also funds scholarships and research grant programs, publishes a newsletter on current issues and the organization’s activities and endorses legislation and policy initiatives that affect the health care of older adults and their caregivers.

Hertz is among the first class of the state’s new Nurse Educator Fellowship Program meant to ensure the retention of well-qualified nursing educators. 

In 2004, she and colleague Donna Munroe received a $200,000 grant from the Retirement Research Foundation of Chicago to help undergraduate nursing students learn more about caring for the aging population.

Two years earlier, Hertz was named a 2002-2004 John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Post-Doctoral Scholar.

Her interest in gerontological nursing stems from a close relationship with her maternal grandparents when she was young.

“I grew up appreciating grandparents – older adults – and then I became a nurse,” she said.

“When I went back to work on my bachelor’s degree at the University of San Diego, almost every clinical learning experience I had was with older adults in some way, shape or form. That’s when I started realizing this was something I love,” she added. “I love working with older people. When I moved through master’s and doctoral education, I continued to focus on the care of older adults. I’ve been interested in this for well over 25 years.”

As president of NGNA, Hertz said she will serve as the official representative of the group and the point person when inquiries are received. She also will lead the eight-member board of directors, bring forward issues and opportunities and then carry out the board’s decisions.

She also expects to make a unique contribution. “Because of my background as an educator, and my understanding of nursing students, I hope to attract nursing students into the gerontological field,” she said.

Meanwhile, Hertz hopes her students in NIU’s College of Health and Human Sciences take advantage of the close-up exposure to a national organization.

“I would also like them to benefit financially,” she said. “For the last four years, I’ve been encouraging them to apply for the $1,500 scholarship NGNA offers. So far, I’ve had no takers.”

For more information, visit

Grafs announce challenge gift
for NIU scholarship fund

Diane Graf spends her summers in the north woods of Wisconsin.

The rest of the year, she joins her husband David in the United Arab Emirates, where he is dean of a business school. No matter where you find the two of them, however, their hearts and their thoughts don’t stray too far from Rockford and Northern Illinois University.

“Rockford is our home and NIU was a huge part of our lives,” says Diane, explaining that the couple has spent nearly 15 years living in the Rockford area. Much of that time came during the 12 years that David served as dean of the NIU College of Business, where Diane not only taught but also earned her undergraduate degree.

The couple works to give back to both the Rockford and NIU communities through the David and Diane Graf College of Business Rockford Endowed Scholarship, which they are now trying to build by offering a challenge gift of $10,000 a year for the next five years.

Each year, the fund provides a partial scholarship to a freshman business student who enrolls at NIU’s main campus in DeKalb, and another to a transfer student who enrolls in the university’s bachelor’s of science in business administration program, which is taught exclusively at NIU-Rockford.

First preference for scholarships is given to students from Rockford, but students from surrounding towns also may apply. Past winners of the scholarship have included top students from Rockford Jefferson High School, Hononegah High School and Freeport High School.

“When selecting recipients, we try to identify students with a passion for business, who have excelled in their preparation for college and who have a strong history of extracurricular activities,” Diane says. “Both David and I were always impressed by how well-rounded the students at NIU were, and those are the types of individuals we hope will benefit from these scholarships.”

The fund was begun with gifts from the Grafs and the College of Business’ NIU Rockford Alumni Club in 2005, when David departed NIU to become dean of the College of Business and Economics at United Arab Emirates University. It currently has about $75,000 in assets and has provided support to six students. Looking to increase the impact of the scholarship, the Grafs have announced a challenge gift, pledging up to $10,000 a year in dollar-for-dollar matching funds for every gift made to the scholarship fund or to the NIU College of Business.

The Grafs have committed to giving $50,000 over five years.

“This carries on our commitment to the NIU College of Business, which has been such an important part of our lives, and it allows us to support the Rockford community, which means so much to us,” David says. “We hope that others who share our love for Rockford and for NIU will take up this challenge and help us grow this scholarship fund so it can benefit many more students and provide ever greater support.”

To learn more about the David and Diane Graf College of Business Rockford Endowed Scholarship, or to apply, contact Sue Braffet in the NIU College of Business at (815) 753-1433 or

Literacy instructor elected president
of Northern Illinois Reading Council

Mary E. Gardner, a reading specialist in the Oregon School District and an instructor in NIU’s Department of Literacy Education, has been elected president of the Northern Illinois Reading Council.

Gardner has been a member of the group for two decades and a part of the board of directors for six years; the 1997 master’s degree graduate from NIU has taught courses at her alma mater for seven years.

“NIRC is a wonderful organization, and I’ve participated in its events for a long time,” said Gardner, who is looking forward to the challenge of her year as NIRC president. “Our council has a long history of strong leaders, and quite a reputation to live up to, so I’ve got some big shoes to fill.”

The Northern Illinois Reading Council, a branch of the Illinois Reading Council, serves DeKalb, Boone, Ogle, Winnebago and eastern Lee counties.

Its 300 members host a fall conference at Kishwaukee College – “Literacy: Unleashing the Power” is scheduled from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20 – and are co-sponsors of NIU’s Summer Reading Conference. They also are launching “Teachers as Readers” discussion groups this fall in Rockford and Oregon.

“Our mission is to provide support and leadership to educators as they promote and teach lifelong literacy,” Gardner said. “In the world we’re teaching in, of accountability and getting every child caught up, we need organizations like this for the collaboration, for the professional development they offer and for the resources they offer.”

Gardner, named one of three Illinois Reading Council Reading Educators of the Year in 2001, began her 31-year teaching career in a first-grade classroom. After 12 years, she wanted to help “solve the mystery” of children who struggle with reading.

The work has two components: teaching children the skills they need to read and giving them the experiences that make them want to read. “They don’t automatically go together,” she said.

She also stresses to children that literacy is integral in a world where computers are everywhere and information is key.

“I keep telling my fourth-graders that if they cannot read – if they can’t read the information from the computer – that they may not survive,” she said. “They’ve got to have these skills.”

Sept. 21 Parade of Flags celebrates NIU diversity

More than 500 local fifth graders will carry the international flags of the more than 80 nations represented at NIU during the eighth annual Parade of Flags, set to step off at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, from the east side of Huskie Stadium.

Participants will march along Lucinda Avenue to the Martin Luther King Commons, where Lemuel Watson, NIU’s new dean of the College of Education, and Paul Beilfuss, superintendent of DeKalb School District 428, will address the audience.

“A main goal of the parade is to help fifth-graders in DeKalb understand how much fun it is to learn about other nations and cultures,” said Deborah Pierce, executive director of the Division of International Programs at NIU. “Through our partnership with District 428 and area private schools, I think we’re accomplishing that.”

Sally Stevens, who served as secretary to six university presidents over a span of 32 years before retiring from NIU, is again sponsoring a pre-parade luncheon for students, teachers, chaperones and other parade participants. Also prior to the parade, students from DeKalb-area public and private schools will have an opportunity to meet with NIU international students and study-abroad participants.

Students from 82 countries are attending NIU this semester, including substantial student contingents from India and China. NIU also enrolls students from such countries as Aruba, Burma, Iran, Kazakhstan, Malawi, Moldova, Slovakia, Rwanda, Tonga and Zimbabwe.

“NIU’s entire student body realizes tremendous benefits from the diversity that our international students bring to campus,” Pierce said. “Students from Illinois have the chance to learn about other countries and cultures without ever leaving DeKalb.

“We value diversity on our campus and are continuing to raise our promotional activities to attract international undergraduate students from even more countries,” Pierce added.


The Pleiades chapter of Mortar Board at NIU was presented with the Silver Torch Award for the 2006-2007 academic year at the organization’s recent national conference.

NIU’s chapter was one of 51 chapters to take home the Silver Torch Award, selected for their timeliness and dedication while exemplifying the ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Patrick Kaiser, 2007-2008 chapter president, was present to accept the award on behalf of the group.

Mortar Board is a national honor society that recognizes college seniors for outstanding achievement in scholarship, leadership and service. Since its founding in 1918, the organization has grown from the four founding chapters to 223 chartered collegiate and 25 active alumni chapters with nearly a quarter of a million initiated members across the nation.

The Pleiades chapter at Northern Illinois University was founded in 1971.

Mortar Board provides opportunities for continued leadership development, promotes service to colleges and universities and encourages lifelong contributions to the global community.

State of the University Address
scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 27

Join NIU President John G. Peters as he delivers his annual State of the University Address.

The address begins at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium. A reception immediately follows the address in the Altgeld Auditorium Foyer.

For more information, call the Office of Special Events at (815) 753-1999 or e-mail

Latino Heritage Month continues through Oct. 15

NIU’s Latino Resource Center is proud to present the month-long celebration of Latino Heritage Month 2007 through Monday, Oct. 15.

Please join the NIU Latino Community and celebrate with us our culture, food, music and heritage. A calendar of events is online at

Fall ‘Toolkit’ online

The Office of Assessment Services presents the Fall 2007 issue of Toolkit, its quarterly “nuts and bolts” e-newsletter. Toolkit is specifically designed to assist the NIU community with practical assessment issues in a user friendly format.

This issue explores the Spellings Commissions recommendation for a comparative public database on institutional performance, and parallel efforts by NASULGC and AASCU in developing a Voluntary System of Accountability in which participating institutions will publish institutional data measuring each area of accountability.

Also featured are a look at YFCY survey outcomes in critical thinking and research ability; further information about the Problem-Solving Analysis Protocol, an instrument for assessing problem solving skills; and a look at how teacher certification programs can make their assessment reports do double duty, meeting both university assessment and UOTC data requirements.

Back issues are posted on the Assessment Services Web site under Toolkit. Contributions to the newsletter are welcome at any time. The deadline for submitting articles for the next issue is Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Financial system to go offline
for maintenance, updates

The financial system for accounting, procurement, budgets and commercial receivables will be down Friday, Sept. 21, through Monday, Sept. 24, for the application of required maintenance and tax and regulatory updates.

Checks, purchase orders and commercial invoices will not be produced during the shutdown. Campus financial queries will not be available after noon Friday, Sept. 21, but will be available when the system is back up.

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

Normal operations should resume Tuesday, Sept. 25.

Disney Institute to present ‘Creativity: Disney Style’

Experience what it feels like to work on a creative team.

NIU Outreach brings Disney Institute’s renowned professional development program, “Team Creativity: Disney Style,” to NIU Naperville on Monday, Sept. 24. This one-day interactive seminar helps teams learn to communicate effectively, bring out the best in each other and become more productive.

This interactive workshop is designed to help you:

  • Learn skills and behaviors to encourage others to express ideas.
  • Implement communication strategies to foster a positive team environment. 
  • Describe and apply elements essential to teamwork and team creativity.
  • Engage others in creative thinking.
  • Identify criteria for analyzing the value of ideas.
  • Learn processes to help you execute new ideas and achieve measurable results.

Registration is $399 per person. Groups of three or more from the same organization will pay $379 per person. Price includes continental breakfast, lunch, breaks and program materials.

Register now at or call 1-800-345-9472.

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

  • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25
  • 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.

Jostens representative to visit HSC Bookstore

Darryl Polak, college division sales representative from Jostens, will come to the Holmes Student Center Bookstore from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, and Thursday, Sept. 27, to sell complete sets of Ph.D. regalia.

The cost for Ph.D. regalia is $349.95; master's regalia costs slightly less.

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 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 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.

Geology posts schedule for Fall 2007 Colloquia

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has announced the schedule for its Fall 2007 Colloquia.

All talks are held at 4 p.m. in Davis Hall 308 unless otherwise indicated and are co-sponsored by the Graduate Colloquium Committee of NIU. Call (815) 753-1943 for more information.

Friday, Sept. 21: to be announced.

Friday, Sept. 28: Greg Wiles, College of Wooster, “Changes in Alaskan Glaciers and Climate Over the Past Two Millennia.”

Friday, Oct. 12: Roy Plotnick, University of Illinois at Chicago, Paleontological Society Distinguished Lecturer, “Let Us Prey: Trace Fossils, Foraging Ecology, Chemoreception, and the Origins of Marine Landscapes.”

Friday, Oct. 19: Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University, AAPG Distinguished Lecturer, “Craquelure in Masterpieces of the Louvre (Paris, France) as Analogue Models for Development of Joints in Fractured Reservoirs.”

Friday, Oct. 26: Anders Carlson, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “North Atlantic Ice Sheets and Ocean Circulation During the Last Deglaciation.”

Friday, Nov. 9, 4:30 p.m.: Charlotte Schreiber, University of Washington, International Association of Sedimentologists Distinguished Lecturer, “Reworking of Evaporites: Case Histories from the Messinian of Italy.”

Friday, Nov. 16: Eric Erslev, Colorado State University, Structural Geology, title to be announced.

Friday, Nov. 30: John Luczaj, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, “Paleo-fluids/MVT deposits/Arsenic-contaminated Groundwater.”

Operating Staff will elect SUCS committee delegate

NIU will hold an election Tuesday, Oct. 16, to determine who will represent the university’s Operating Staff employees on the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee (also known as the Employee Advisory Committee “EAC”).

Balloting will be conducted at Human Resource Services, the Holmes Student Center and Transportation. The term of office for this representative is from Jan. 1, 2008, through Dec. 31, 2011.

Civil Service employees interested in running for this position must pick up petitions and Statement of Candidacy forms at Human Resource Services beginning Monday, Sept. 17. These forms must be completed and returned no later than 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

To be eligible for nomination and election to membership on this committee, a Civil Service employee must hold a certified status position (not a student or extra help) and have at least three current consecutive years of employment in an institution currently served by the system.

For additional information, contact Jodi Tyrrell at (815) 753-0094.

Christian prayer lunch scheduled for Sept. 18

The Christian Faculty and Staff Prayer Luncheon is scheduled for noon Tuesday, Sept. 18, in the East Room of the Blackhawk Cafeteria.

Participants may bring a lunch or purchase one there. All are welcome.

Art Museum to host talks
on ‘Body Politic’ exhibition

Peter Olson, NIU Art Museum assistant director, will give a curator’s talk on the “Body Politic” exhibition at the museum at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Several artists from the exhibition will present gallery talks at the museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. All three events are free and open to the public. The museum will continue to host “Body Politic” in its South Galleries through Saturday, Oct. 13. 

“What we think about when we contemplate our corporeal selves, and what others
assume about our identity based on their observations, make for unpredictable and fertile territory,” Olson said, “out of which can spring myriad allusion and interpretations, including this exhibition.”

“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, Mary Dritschel, Anni Holm, Coke Wisdom O’Neal, Karen Savage and Jennifer 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.

Lifelong Learning Institute invites field trip participants

The NIU Lifelong Learning Institute invites participatants in its fall 2007 field trips.

To sign up for the field trips, call (815) 753-0277 or visit and click on Field Trips to register online. For further details, contact Anne Petty Johnson at or (815) 753-5200.

Exploring Majors Fair scheduled for Oct. 2

NIU’s Academic Advising Center will host the Exploring Majors Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.

Designed for all students who want to learn more about majors, minors and other academic opportunities, the fair offers a chance to speak with faculty members and staff from each of NIU’s academic units in a centralized location. Additionally, the program provides departments with an opportunity to showcase particular majors, minors and programs to a broad group of NIU students.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to promote this event in classes and in conversation with students. Also, please remember that the Exploring Majors Fair is for all students exploring their academic options, and not just for those who are currently without a major.

For further details, contact the Academic Advising Center at (815) 753-2536.

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.

Nominations sought for Presidential Teaching Professors

All letters of nomination for the 2008 Presidential Teaching Professorships should be submitted to Earl Seaver, Vice Provost, Office of the Provost, Altgeld Hall 215, no later than Monday, Oct. 1.

Following receipt of a letter of nomination, the selection committee will invite each nominated faculty member to prepare materials in accordance with the published procedure. Only full professors with tenure and at least six years service at NIU are eligible for the award.

The Presidential Teaching Professorships were established in 1990 to recognize those outstanding teachers who have demonstrated over time that they:

  • instill and develop in students an intensity of inter­est in, and an apprecia­tion for, the value of the subject;
  • apply rigorous standards to student performance, in­spire students to become the best that they can be, and stimulate student growth;
  • command respect and esteem as a teacher rather than merely being popular;
  • demonstrate extraordinary commitment to students and their welfare, not only that the nominee is knowledge­able and prepared for class but is available to them outside of class for help with materials, for advising them, for listening to their concerns, and for assist­ing them with extra-class projects or activities;
  • explore and develop effective instructional methods and technologies;
  • work actively with students, faculty, and administra­tors to improve under­gradu­ate and/or graduate education at NIU, and other activities directed toward the im­provement of instruction.

The procedure calls for a rigorous and thorough portfolio review including contacting former students. The 2008 recipients will be announced next spring.

Nehring Center Gallery season opens with ‘Natural Selections’

The fall exhibition season at the Nehring Center Gallery opens with “Natural Selections: Artwork by Kimberly Mullarkey” from Friday, Sept. 14, through Sunday, Oct. 14. The public is invited to an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.

Mullarkey’s work combines elements of scientific illustration, charcoal drawing and mixed media.

Displayed in conjunction with her pieces is a selection of Mullarkey’s personal natural science collection that both inspired and directed her works: She is a self-described collector of unusual things who believes the art of collecting and labeling is as important as the resulting artwork itself.

As the collection grows, she has started developing a 21st century Cabinet of Curiosities.

Mullarkey received her BFA from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and obtained her MFA at NIU. She studied Northern Renaissance oil painting in Monflanquin, France, at the Atelier Néo Médicis. She now teaches botanical art and illustration at the Morton Arboretum, the College of DuPage and the Fine Line in St. Charles. She currently maintains a studio in DeKalb.

“Natural Selections” is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday. The Nehring Gallery also is open by appointment.

Located on the second floor of the historic First National Bank building on the corner of Lincoln Highway and Second Street in downtown DeKalb, the 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 is available at the 111 S. Second Street entrance.

Women’s Resource Center launches fall programs

The Women’s Resource Center has posted its 2007 Fall Events Calendar. Visit for the latest information on support groups, speakers, services and other valuable resources offered by WRC.

All NIU women – students, faculty and staff – are invited to the Networking Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 28, in the Chandelier Room, Adams Hall. Department of Geography associate professor Lesley Rigg and assistant professor David Goldblum will present “Living and Working Environmentally: One Family at a Time.”

The cost is $8 per person. Make a reservation by Tuesday, Sept. 18, by calling (815) 753-0320. For details, visit

NIU Art Museum hosts Big Band Dance Night

In conjunction with one of its current exhibitions, “Some Enchanted Evening: 100 Years of Evening Gowns (1900-1999),” the NIU Art Museum is hosting a Big Band Dance Night with dessert buffet and cash bar at the Altgeld Auditorium from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20.

Swing dance lessons with Barb Heimendinger begin at 7:15 p.m. in the auditorium. The Grand Avenue Big Band will perform from 8 to 11 p.m. Dance lessons and a dessert bar are included in the ticket price. Formal or vintage attire is encouraged, but not required.

All of the NIU Art Museum’s galleries on the first floor, west end, will be open from 7 to 10 p.m. during the event.

The museum also is offering free foxtrot and cha cha dance lessons from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, to those who register in advance.

Advance ticket prices for members are $25 for a single or $45 for a couple. Non-members pay $36 for a single or $65 for a couple. Tickets also are available at the door during the event. Members pay $30 for a single or $50 for a couple; non-members pay $40 for a single or $70 for a couple.

Advance tickets can be purchased by credit card or check payable to NIU. To purchase advance tickets, call the museum at (815) 753-1936 or visit for a ticket order form. Print and return completed order form by mail or deliver to the museum with payment. The mailing address is NIU Art Museum, Altgeld 116, NIU, DeKalb, IL, 60115.

Free parking is available during this special event in the lot northeast of Gilbert and College Drives. Campus parking is available without a permit after 7 p.m. except for designated service and reserved spaces.

University Women’s Club hosts annual fall open house

The University Women’s Club of NIU will host its annual fall open house from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the home of Barbara Peters, 901 Woodlawn Drive, DeKalb.

The University Women’s Club invites every woman associated with the university, whether she is a current or retired faculty or staff member, or the wife of a current, retired or deceased faculty or staff member, to join this long-standing organization of NIU women.

Meet people with a common interest in N IU, participate in distinct interest groups, enjoy social events and support the club’s philanthropic endeavor of providing scholarships to deserving NIU women students.