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April 14, 2008

Water line work to begin

Work to install chilled water lines on the East Campus will begin this week.

Work will take place along the east/west sidewalk from Faraday Hall to Castle Drive and along the sidewalk on the east side of Faraday Hall from Watson Creek north. Heavy equipment and heavy truck traffic will pose a hazard to pedestrians in these areas. For safety reasons, pedestrians are urged to find alternate routes while work is in progress. Anticipated working hours for this week are from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Registration opens today
for Huskie Pup Camp

NIU Recreation Services will sponsor Huskie Pup Camp, a nine-week summer camp for children ages 6 to12. The camp is designed to help participants become more independent, enhance self-confidence and develop both mind and body in a fun and safe learning environment.

Camp registration begins today. Complete information is available online.

Public forum on gun violence
on tap tonight at NIU-Naperville

Members of the Illinois Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence will host a public forum tonight at NIU-Naperville that will feature speaker Garrett Evans, a Chicago native and Virginia Tech student wounded in the April 16, 2007, campus shootings.

The forum – “Gun Violence: What Can The Public Do To Prevent It?” – begins at 7 p.m. in Conference Room 101-C at NIU-Naperville, 1120 E. Diehl Road.

Discussion will focus on what role average citizens can play in helping to reduce gun violence as well as state legislation currently addressing the issue. Invited guests include law enforcement, clergy, NIU students and Illinois state legislators.

Visit for more information.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Café Italiano is scheduled for Tuesday, Amour de Nouritture takes over Wednesday and Asian Flair concludes the week Thursday.

Café Italiano features minestrone soup or Caesar salad for starters, cavatappi pasta or pasta con brio served with tomatoes parmesan for entrees and lemon ice or almond biscotti for dessert. Each table also will be served a basket of bread.

Amour de Nouritture features roasted garlic and shallot potato soup with cheesy croutons or fresh tomato and onion Napoleon with balsamic vinaigrette for starters, coq au vin and leek or roasted pepper quiche for entrees and chocolate covered éclairs or cherry clafoutis with French vanilla ice cream and a drizzle of cherry sauce for dessert. Each table also will be served sparkling apricot-pineapple punch.

Asian Flair features veggie lettuce wraps or baked pork egg rolls for starters, chunks of white meat chicken and vegetables or vegetable lo mein for entrees and Indian chai cheesecake or Chinese five-spice pears for dessert.

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.

Latino rights icon Huerta
to speak Wednesday at NIU

Prominent Latino rights leader Dolores Huerta, who with Cesar Chavez co-founded the United Farm Workers union, will visit NIU this week to speak on the labor movement, civic engagement and the importance of the Latino vote in the upcoming election.

Huerta will deliver an address titled, “The Need for Social Change: From the Fight in the Fields to the Halls of Congress,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. The event is open to the public.

Huerta began her career as an elementary schoolteacher but left the profession to join the labor movement. Today she is among the nation’s most powerful labor union leaders, having founded the United Farm Workers with Chavez in 1962. She worked with Chavez for more than 30 years until his death in 1993.

Alpha Delta Omega sponsors
Thursday’s ‘A Walk to Remember’

The Diamonds of Alpha Delta Omega National Christian Sorority will sponsor “A Walk to Remember” in honor of those killed or injured Feb. 14. The walk will begin at 3:06 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in Central Park (between Grant Towers South and Stevenson Towers) and end at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Commons.

Donations will be accepted with all proceeds benefitting the February 14 Student Scholarship Fund. Student organizations wishing to participate are encouraged to consider a $25 contribution. To make a contribution, visit the tables set up in DuSable Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today and in Wirtz Hall from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 15.

All are welcome to participate. For further information, contact Joy Jeffries at

Friends of NIU Libraries hosts
talk on Emerson poetry translation

The Friends of NIU Libraries invites the public to attend “Emersonian Borrowings: Sufi Poetry in 19th-Century America” at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 23.

Jeffrey Einboden, assistant professor in the Department of English, will talk about the evolution of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s translations of Sufi poetry as he introduced it to the American reading public. There will be an opportunity for discussion and light refreshments after the presentation.

The program will be held in the Staff Lounge, located on the lower level of Founders Memorial Library. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Visitor’s Parking Lot located on Carroll Avenue.

Call (815) 753-8091 for more information.

Author Stephen Kinzer to speak
on century of U.S. ‘regime change’

Stephen Kinzer, author of the recently published book “Overthrow: America’s Century of Regime Change from Hawaii to Iraq,” will speak Thursday, April 24, at NIU.

The presentation will focus particularly on U.S. intervention in the Middle East and Central America during his 7 p.m. address in Room 173 of the NIU Music Building. The talk is free and open to the public.

Kinzer comes at the invitation of the DeKalb Interfaith Network, the NIU departments of history and communications and the Center for Latino and Latin American Studies. 

An award-winning foreign correspondent who has spent 20 years working for the New York Times, Kinzer has covered more than 50 countries on five continents. He has reported on the emergence of post-Communist Europe and spent many years in Central America, including 1983-89 when he was bureau chief in Nicaragua.

Currently, Kinzer teaches journalism and political science at Northwestern University and contributes articles to the New York Review of Booksand other periodicals. He also is writing a book about Rwanda.

For more information, call (815) 793-0950 or visit

Research, Graduate Studies to hold
reception for outstanding students

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies will hold its Outstanding Graduate Student Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

An awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. to honor students who are receiving the following awards: the Carter G. Woodson Fellowship, Jeffrey T. Lunsford Fellowship, Dissertation Completion Award, University Fellowship, Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Graduate faculty and advisers are encouraged to attend the event. Refreshments will be served.

Farewell reception planned
for Student Affairs’ Micki Emmett

NIU’s Division of Student Affairs will bid farewell to Micki Emmett, assistant vice president for Student Services, and wish her good luck in her new adventures as executive director of the DeKalb County Red Cross.

The reception is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in Neptune Central. A program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Friends and guests are invited to bring photos, letters or stories to be included in a memory book; memories also can be sent in advance to

NIU Alumni Association plans
summer trips to Alaska, Russia

NIU’s Alumni Travel Program is getting ready for some exciting trips over the summer to Alaska and Russia.

Travelers can head to Russia to experience Moscow’s rich history, and then it’s off to Finland to discover the Nordic mystery of Helsinki.

Or, have an Alaskan adventure in July featuring majestic mountains, lush forests and magnificent national parks as well as immense glaciers and icy inlets. Explore it all by foot, rail, sea and motorcoach on this dynamic touring itinerary with a land and sea tour.

More information about these and other NIU Travel Programs is available online.

President invites nominations
to four presidential commissions

President John Peters invites nominations of faculty, staff and students for appointment to the four presidential commissions.

The nominations will be for appointments effective in the 2008-09 academic year. The four presidential commissions, and sources where additional detailed information on each commission can be found, are:

President’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities
Greg Long, chair
(815) 753-6508

President’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
Norden Gilbert, chair
(815) 753-8365

President’s Commission on the Status of Minorities
Ronnie Wooten, chair
(815) 753-4739

President’s Commission on the Status of Women
Rhonda Robinson, chair
(815) 753-9323

Self-nominations are welcome. Please forward nominations, including name, address, e-mail and telephone number to

Nominations should be submitted on or before Friday, April 18.

Operating Staff Council seeks
nominees for several positions

The Operating Staff Council is accepting candidate applications to fill several vacant positions.

If you are a union or non-union employee in a status position, have your supervisor’s permission and are willing to serve approximately six hours each month for monthly meeting and subcommittee participation, then you are eligible to run to fill a vacancy.

The council’s role is to promote the general welfare of Operating Staff employees through action in a communicative and advisory capacity to the NIU administration as well as any other applicable group, agency or individual. The council meets the second Thursday morning of every month.

More information and candidate data sheets for completion are available online.

HHS hosts open house

NIU students interested in becoming majors and/or involved in student organizations within the College of Health and Human Sciences can learn more about these programs today at the annual “Taste of Health and Human Sciences.”

Current majors also are invited to discover opportunities within student organizations. 

Organized by the HHS Student Advisory Committee, the event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Light Court of Wirtz Hall. Refreshments will be served.

“This is the time of year students are registering for the spring semester, and for those looking for a major, this is a good opportunity,” said Sandi Splansky, director of academic advising. 

Majors include audiology, child development, clinical laboratory sciences, public health, rehabilitation services, early childhood studies, family and individual development, family social services, health administration, health education, hospitality administration, nursing, nutrition and dietetics, physical therapy, speech pathology, teacher certification in family and consumer sciences, and textiles, apparel and merchandising. There also are several minors, including gerontology and military science.

Participants also will have an opportunity to learn about more student organizations in the college. For more information, call (815) 753-1891.

CLA workshop to explain
government budgeting, finances

A public budget is about policy choices: how much money, how to raise it, how to spend it and how to account for it? Because bud­gets are about choices, they reflect the priorities and values of those who shape them.

Next week’s Civic Leadership Academy workshop, scheduled for Thursday, April 17, will offer participants a critical understanding of the processes, policies and politics that surround governmental budgeting and finance through an introductory survey of public budgeting and financial management.

Participants will leave the course with a full appreciation of the ideas, concepts and techniques important to leader­ship’s understanding of budgets and financial management. The presenter is Brian Caputo, director of finance for the City of Aurora.

Registration and more information about CLA and its upcoming workshops are available online.

NIU Women’s Rights Alliance
presents ‘Vagina Monologues’

The Northern Illinois University Women’s Rights Alliance will sponsor two upcoming performances of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.”

The performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, in the Barsema Hall Auditorium.

The events aim to raise awareness of domestic violence issues. Ten percent of ticket sales will benefit Ensler’s anti-violence campaigns, and 90 percent of ticket sales will go to Safe Passage Inc., an organization that provides services to victims of domestic and sexual violence in DeKalb County.

Tickets will be available at the door, and are $5 for students with ID and seniors and $8 for the general public. For more information, contact Rebekah Kohli at (815) 753-1044 or or visit

Art Museum schedules bus trip
to ‘ARTropolis’ art, antique fair

Get-on-the-Bus trips hosted by the NIU Art Museum offer opportunities to enjoy regional culture and innovative historical exhibitions and to keep up with what’s happening in the art world without the hassle of traffic, tolls and parking.

The NIU Art Museum schedules the trip and makes the itinerary and arrangements. Travelers need only sign up and prepay by the deadlines posted. All trips depart from the NIU School of Art parking lot.

The bus will head Friday, April 25, to “ARTropolis: Art Chicago and International Antiques Fair,” a citywide celebration of arts, antiques and culture.

The Merchandise Mart will feature two main events: “Art Chicago” and The International Antiques Fair, including more than 100 galleries from around the world and more than 100 top antiques dealers. Also included in the ticket price are two contemporary art expos, NEXT and the Artist Project, as well as the Intuit Show of Folk and Outsider Art. More details are available online at

The vans depart DeKalb at 10:30 a.m. with return arrival to be mutually determined by the group but certainly by 10 p.m. Lunch and dinner costs are not included. Transportation and ticket costs are $30 for NIU Art Museum members, $33 for students and seniors 65 and older and $35 for others. The registration and repayment deadline is Tuesday, April 22.

To register stop by the museum on the first floor of Altgeld Hall, call (815) 753-1936 or e-mail 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.

Art Museum offers massages

Interested in trading a story about nature for a massage?

Just e-mail a nature story with your desired appointment time to artist Gabriel Akagawa at As part of the “Unpacked/Offset” exhibition at the NIU Art Museum, artist Gabriel Bizen Akagawa will give “free” massages every Friday (except April 25) in the gallery through May 10.

Akagawa has been giving free massages as part of his artwork for more than five years. He was taught by his family in Japan, who give massages as part of their barbering practice. He extends this into the gallery as an exchange program. He trades free head, neck, arm and hand massages for a story about nature in the DeKalb area. He is looking to create a gallery and online archive of the history of natural events, ecologies and any experiences with nature in this region.

There will be 10-minute sessions each Friday during gallery hours (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the museum. He will massage by appointment and limited walk-ins. To ensure a massage, please e-mail him at with a desired time and a nature story.

Participants also may choose to dictate an audio recorded story on site.

More details about “Unpacked/Offset” and other ways to participate in the project are available online.

Steam outage planned for May

To perform maintenance and repairs on high pressure steam lines on campus, the Physical Plant and Heating Plant will conduct the annual steam outage.

West Campus: 9 p.m. Monday, May 19, through noon Friday, May 23. This will include all buildings west of Carroll Avenue, except Stevenson and the Neptune Complex, and various other smaller buildings not served by steam. Domestic and heating hot water will not be available.

East Campus: 9 p.m. Sunday, May 25, or Monday, May 26, through noon Thursday, May 29. This will include all buildings east of Carroll Avenue and the Neptune Complex, except for various other smaller buildings not served by steam. Domestic and heating hot water will not be available.

Address any questions or concerns to Kevin Vines, chief engineer, at (815) 753-6090 or via e-mail at