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April 7, 2008

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.

LGBT Awareness Month workshop
to prevent, combat hate on campus

Shane Windmeyer, founder of Stop the Hate, will present free workshops today on “The Impact of Hate: Preventing and Combating Hate on Campus.” Students, faculty and staff can learn social justice tools for combating bias and hate crimes in all forms. 

The workshops are scheduled for 2:30 to 4 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m. Space is limited and an RSVP is required. Call (815) 753-5428.

Stop the Hate is the only resource of its kind specifically for college campuses. It helps administrators, student affairs professionals, faculty and students learn innovative tools to take action on hate crimes and bias-motivated violence on their campuses.

Stop the Hate was developed in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League, Association of College Unions International, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the Center for the Prevention of Hate Violence, the Matthew Shepard Foundation, Wilbron Institute and the Higher Education Center for Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse and Violence Prevention.

This LGBT Awareness Month event is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs, LGBT Resource Center, Prism, Housing & Dining, Student Involvement & Leadership Development and Greek Affairs.

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.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Arabian Nights is scheduled for Tuesday. Tropical Paradise is the theme for Wednesday. Home Sweet Holmes takes over Thursday.

Arabian Nights features red lentil soup or Lebanese tabouleh salad for starters, shawarma or stuffed grape leaves for entrees with stouf or macerated apricots and nuts for desserts. Each table also will be served hummus and pita bread.

Tropical Paradise features Jamaican carrot soup or tropical island salad for starters, Caribbean chicken with honey pineapple sauce or linguine with black beans and Caribbean sauce for entrees and gilled pineapples with cinnamon vanilla ice cream or coconut meringue pie topped with whipped cream and strawberries for desserts. Each table also will be served sparkling apricot-pineapple punch.

Home Sweet Holmes features Waldorf salad or French onion soup for starters, asparagus and cheese-stuffed turkey breast served with rosemary roasted garlic potato puree or baked ditalini with three cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes for entrees with apple pie a la mode or blueberry and maple-pecan granola parfaits for desserts. Each table also will be served warm whole-wheat dinner rolls with honey butter.

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.

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 Monday, April 14, 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.

Judge James F. Holderman to speak
at NIU Law Review Symposium

James F. Holderman, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, is the keynote speaker at Wednesday’s 17th annual NIU Law Review Symposium: “The Modern American Jury.”

The symposium is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration is required and available on the College of Law Web site. Call (800) 345-9472 for more information.

Public Interest Law Society
to hold annual auction Friday

The 13th annual Public Interest Law Society Auction is scheduled for Friday, April 11, in the Marshall Gallery and the Law Library of Swen Parson Hall.

Bidding for the silent auction begins at 5 p.m. The live auction begins at 7:30 p.m. There is a complimentary dinner buffet and open bar.

Auction items of interest include a 42-inch flat-screen television; a Nintendo Wii; iPod; autographed items from Tiger Woods, Al Gore, Mike Ditka and Gale Sayers; and more than 150 other items.

Faculty, staff invited to join,
form Relay for Life teams

Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer, NIU’s American Cancer Society Relay for Life begins at 6 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Convocation Center. The overnight fundraising gala features entertainment, games, food and the moving luminaria ceremony.

This year’s theme is “Follow the Cancer-Free Road.” NIU faculty and staff are encouraged to form a team or join an existing one (or just contribute). Cancer survivors are invited to sign up for the survivor’s celebration as well.

For details, visit or contact Blake Horras at Colleges against Cancer,

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.

Local quilters to sew tribute
to victims of Feb. 14 tragedy

The NIU Library Memorial Quilt Committee is sponsoring a community quilt project in memory of the victims of the Feb. 14 tragedy. The goal is to create a king-size quilt, as a gift from the community, which will be housed permanently in Founders Memorial Library.

The project is open to the NIU community including students, staff, faculty, affiliates and members of the greater DeKalb/Sycamore community.

Through Tuesday, April 8, the committee will distribute red, white and black fabric squares to be used in the quilt. The number of squares available will be limited to 288, and they will be provided free, one square per person. Those wishing to receive the fabric can stop by the information desk in the Founders Memorial Library lobby from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Saturday or from 1 to 8:30 p.m. Sunday.

Each participant is invited to create a tribute on their square; guidelines will be provided. Once all submissions are collected, the quilters will arrange them and sew them together.

Completed quilt squares must be turned in no later than Wednesday, April 30. Once the quilt is finished, all participants will be invited to a dedication ceremony.

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin at (815) 753-9896 or

April is LGBT Awareness Month

April is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Awareness Month. A online calendar for the full schedule and details about events is available.

Some events include:

  • Tuesday, April 8, 7 p.m.: featured presenter Shane Windmeyer, “Leaders and Allies.”
  • Wednesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m.: featured presenter Dylan Scholinski, “Mental (ST)ealth, Part 1.”
  • Thursday, April 10, 11 a.m.: featured presenter Dylan Scholinski, “Mental (ST)ealth, Part 2.”

‘Girls Under the Hood’ offers
practical tips in auto mechanics

Would you know what to do if you got a flat? Does your dad change your oil and check the tire pressure on your car for you? Do you think it’s time to learn how to do it yourself?

Join the Women’s Resource Center at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, for a workshop on the basics you need to know – and often are not taught growing up – in order to deal with and maintain a vehicle. Learn how to check fluid levels, change a tire and jump a dead battery.

The group will meet in Parking Lot J, east of Grant Towers.

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.

NIU Huskies baseball team to face
Notre Dame at U.S. Celluar Field

NIU’s baseball team will face Notre Dame in a 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, contest at U.S. Cellular Field, home of the Chicago White Sox. Tickets are on sale today.

Proceeds from tickets sales will benefit NIU’s February 14 Student Scholarship Fund. The Huskies and Fighting Irish last met on the diamond in 2005.

“It is an incredible show of support from the Chicago White Sox and from [head coach] Dave Schrage and the University of Notre Dame to be able to do this,” NIU head coach Ed Mathey said. “To have the ability to put together an event like this at an amazing facility like U.S. Cellular Field to generate financial support for the scholarship fund is tremendous.”

All tickets are $10 for lower-level reserved seating and are available at, Ticketmaster phone lines, Chicagoland Ticketmaster outlets, the NIU campus box office and the U.S. Cellular Field box office.

Gates to the ballpark will open at 6 p.m. Parking is free in Lots A (bus parking), B and C, and concession stands will be open during the game.

“We look forward to a great contest on the field and hope that all the NIU alumni and fans in the Chicago area will come out to support this endeavor,” Mathey said. “Because the proceeds for this event are going to the February 14 Student Scholarship Fund, I would certainly like to see this become one of the highest-attended college games in the Midwest this season.”

“The White Sox are honored to host Northern Illinois and Notre Dame at U.S. Cellular Field for this special game and important cause,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox chief marketing officer and vice president. “Both schools boast a significant fan base in Chicago that will make for a great night of baseball while serving a much more important cause.”

PCSM seeks nominations
for Deacon Davis award

The NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities (PCSM) invites nominations for the 2008 Deacon Davis Diversity Award. Created in 2004, this award recognizes the significant contributions made to the improvement of the status of minorities on campus by members of the university community.

The PCSM encourages nominations from the university community including current NIU undergraduate, graduate or professional students; faculty, SPS or Civil Service staff; academic units, offices, programs or organizations. Nominations and an additional letter of support must be in writing and be received by Thursday, April 10.

The Deacon Davis Award is named in honor of the founder and former director of the CHANCE (College Help & Assistance Necessary for College Education) Program. Davis died March 20, 2003.

Award recipients in 2007 were Promod Vohra, dean of the College of Engineering and Engineering Technology; Luis and Clersida Garcia, associate professors in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education; and Nicole Gabriel, Ruth Molokwu and Heema Soni, student officers of the Minority Science Association.

The Deacon Davis Award is a non-monetary honor. Awards will be bestowed upon the selected recipients Tuesday, April 22, during the Annual PCSM Spring Banquet. Nomination forms and guidelines can be found at or by contacting Melody Mitchell at (815) 753-1027 or

Latino Resource Center seeks
nominees for community awards

NIU’s Latino Resource Center, along with Castle Bank, is seeking nominees for the 2007-08 Outstanding Latino Community Awards.

Self-nominations are welcome as are nominations of NIU students, NIU faculty and staff, Latino student organizations and local businesses. Nominations are due Friday, April 11, to the Latino Resource Center, LC-515 Garden Road, NIU, DeKalb, Ill., 60115.

Winners will be announced Saturday, May 3, at the annual Outstanding Latino Community Awards gala luncheon.

Nomination applications are available online. For more information, call (815) 753-1986.

Notre Dame professor to speak
on ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’

David Solomon, a professor at the University of Notre Dame, will speak at NIU at 3 p.m. Friday, April 11, on “Elizabeth Anscombe’s ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’ and Virtue Ethics.”

Solomon’s lecture is co-sponsored by the Graduate Colloquium Committee and the Department of Philosophy. It takes place in the University Suite of the Holmes Student Center.

Call (815) 753-0331 for more information.

Annual NIU seminar to salute
administrative professionals

NIU will salute administrative professionals Tuesday, April 22, during the 11th annual Administrative Professionals Day Seminar in the Altgeld Hall ballroom.

The event takes place from 7:45 to 10 a.m. and includes a deluxe breakfast buffet and several door prizes contributed by local businesses. Rita Emmett, author of “The Procrastinator’s Handbook” and “The Clutter-Busting Handbook,” will speak on “Blast Away Procrastination! Mastering the Art of Doing It Now.”

Parking is available for $5 in the NIU visitor’s parking lot for off-campus registrants. Parking passes are mailed with receipts if registration is received by Friday, April 11.

Registration is $44 per person (or $54 after April 11) and includes breakfast, the presentation and all materials. Employees of NIU and other governmental agencies are invited at a special rate of $34 per person ($44 after April 11). Registrations are not accepted without full payment, and there are no refunds on or after April 11. Parking payments are not refundable.

To register, call (815) 753-0277 or visit For more information, call (815) 753-5200 or e-mail

PCSM announces 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.

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