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April 21, 2008

Office of the Provost posts
spring ‘Multiculturalist’ issue

The Office of the Provost presents the second issue of “The Multiculturalist,” the online publication that focuses on multicultural curriculum transformation at NIU.

This issue features tips on working with students who have disabilities and integrating LGBT materials throughout one’s curriculum. Professors Greg Long and Sally Conklin share insights and methodologies.

Direct questions and suggestions for “The Multiculturalist” to Donna Askins at or (815) 753-0816.

Faculty, staff can obtain
new-look NIU OneCards

Eligible faculty and staff now can obtain their new NIU OneCards.

To get new IDs, members of the faculty and staff should bring their current NIU OneCards to the OneCard Office, located on the lower level of the Holmes Student Center across from the University Bookstore, from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Lost ID charges will apply for failure to return current cards. Call (815) 753-9569 for more information.

PCSM hosts annual luncheon

The Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) will host its ninth annual Friendships Abloom Spring Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22.

All are invited to attend the luncheon in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. Brief remarks and award presentations begin at 12:15 p.m.

Nobel Prize winner to lecture
Tuesday on particle physics

Nobel Laureate Gerard ’t Hooft, a professor of theoretical physics at the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, will deliver a lecture titled “Black Holes in Particle Physics” at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium.

The 1999 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to ’t Hooft and Martinus Veltman for having placed particle physics theory on a firmer mathematical foundation. ’t Hooft continues to be a highly active researcher in many branches related to particle physics, studying such topics as gauge theories, quantum gravity, black holes and determinism in quantum mechanics.

His NIU presentation will be geared for students and faculty in physics and the hard sciences. He will discuss how the very nature of black holes causes unforeseen difficulties when scientists try to formulate theories consistent with quantum mechanics.

The event is sponsored by the Graduate Colloquium Committee.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Passaporte a Brazil is scheduled for Tuesday, The Dancing Sombreros takes over Wednesday and Garden of Eden concludes the week Thursday.

Passaporte a Brazil features Brazilian parmesan-filled cheese puffs or mango jicama chopped salad for starters, Brazilian churrasco beef skewers or Brazilian churrasco vegetable skewers for entrees and coconut bread pudding with dried apricots or Brazilian coffee banana surprise for dessert. Each table also will be served a guacho bean dip with tri-colored tortilla chips.

The Dancing Sombreros features chili con carne or Mexican toastadas for starters, Mexican flank steak or chili rellono soufflé for entrees and churro with chocolate dipping sauce or margarita angel food cake for dessert. Each table also will be served a basket of tortilla chips with fresh guacamole and sour cream.

Garden of Eden features mango spring rolls or fiery carrot and avocado soup for starters, stuffed green peppers with a side of basked sweet potato fries or spaghetti with roasted zucchini and olives for entrees and peach melba crisp or chocolate cake for dessert. Each table also will be served vegan blueberry smoothies.

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.

Thursday reception to honor
awarded professors, instructor

Congratulate the newly named Presidential Teaching Professors and Presidential Research Professors and the recipients of the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and Instruction Award at a ceremony and reception held in their honor from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 24, in the Altgeld Auditorium.

The awards ceremony will begin at 4 p.m. Direct questions to the Office of Special Events at (815) 753-1999 or

Law Library announces hours
for reading period, final exams

The David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library has announced its schedule through May 30, which includes reading period and final exams.

Extended hours from Thursday, May 1, through Wednesday, May 14, are from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays. The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 15.

Hours from Friday, May 16, through Friday, May 30, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The exception is Memorial Day Weekend, when the library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 24, and closed Sunday, May 25, and Monday, May 26.

Call (815) 753-0505 for more information.

Friends of NIU Libraries hosts
second annual Book Appraisal Fair

Friends of the NIU Libraries invites the public to attend its second annual Book Appraisal Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in the Heritage Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Members of the Friends of NIU Libraries will receive their first three books appraised free of charge, with additional appraisals at a rate of $5 each. Appraisals for non-members will cost $10.

“We will gladly accept new members that day for non-members who wish to take advantage of the ‘member rate’ for appraisals,” said Lynne Thomas, faculty liaison to the Friends of NIU Libraries and head of Rare Books and Special Collections.

Thomas Joyce of Thomas J. Joyce & Company and the Chicago Rare Book Center, who has also appeared on HGTV’s “Appraisal Fair,” and Bill Butts of Main Street Fine Books in Galena, will serve as book appraisers. Joyce specializes in printed books, and Butts has extensive experience in appraising autographs and other ephemeral materials.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Friends of the NIU Libraries. For more information on the book fair, call (815) 753-8091.

New women’s chorus open
to faculty, staff, alumni singers

NIU’s School of Music will offer a new choral ensemble during the fall 2008 semester.

Women’s Chorus, a one-credit, non-auditioned elective course is open to NIU undergraduate students (MUSC 369, Sect. P-2) and graduate students (MUSC 769, Sect. P-2). NIU full- and part-time female faculty and staff and alumni also are invited to join. 

The chorus will rehearse from 4:30 to 6:40 p.m. Mondays in Room 171 of the Music Building and will hold one performance each semester. Glenda Cosenza, associate professor of music education and an experienced choral conductor, will be the group’s director.

Repertoire will include treble voice works by male and female composers from the Western art music tradition and from non-Western oral traditions as well. While the ensemble will be primarily a vocal one, instruction also will be given on ethnic instruments, and performances occasionally will include dances and mimes.

MUSC 369/769 cannot be considered as meeting required choral ensemble credits for NIU music majors. Applied voice majors are admitted by permission of School of Music Voice Area only.

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.

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.

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