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February 11, 2008

Candidates for library dean
begin campus visits this week

In coming days, the NIU community will have an opportunity to meet in public forums with each of three finalists for the position of dean of University Libraries.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend the sessions. The candidate forum schedule is as follows.

Myrna McCallister
Public forum: 10 to 10:55 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Altgeld Hall 315. McCallister is currently dean of the library at Indiana State University.

Patrick Dawson
Public forum: 10 to 10:55 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, in Altgeld Hall 315. Dawson is currently associate university librarian for information and research services at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Yolanda Cooper
Public Forum: 11 to 11:55 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, in Altgeld Hall 315. Cooper is currently deputy university librarian at the University of Miami.

Women’s Basketball urges fans
to ‘Think Pink’ for breast cancer

Huskies fans are invited to “Think Pink” and cheer on the NIU Women’s Basketball team as they take on MAC opponent Ohio University at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, in the Convocation Center.

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Day, NIU will attempt to set a single game attendance record and donate half of the game’s ticket sales to breast cancer research. Fans are encouraged to buy a ticket, wear pink and be a fan in the stands to create the best home court advantage in the MAC.

For details, visit and click on the Think Pink icon or call Elaine Russell, assistant director of marketing, at (815) 753-0801.

Health Enhancement launches
safer drinking idea campaign

Health Enhancement is offering $250 prizes for the two best campaign ideas that promote safer drinking submitted by NIU students and NIU recognized student organizations.

Entries are due by 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 18, in Room 139 of the Chick Evans Field House.

The two students or organizations with winning ideas will work with a graphic designer to turn the ideas into reality. Entrants are encouraged to consult with the Health Enhancement staff prior to submission. Visit for contest details or call (815) 753-9755.

Vote for ‘Best of DeKalb’
on Northern Star’s Web site

Choose your favorite DeKalb establishments in the Northern Star’s annual readers poll. Vote online until Monday, Feb. 18, at

Winners will be posted online, honored at halftime during the NIU Women’s Basketball game Saturday, March 1, and announced in a special section of the March 3 print edition of the Northern Star.

DAWC exhibits student’s
campus winter scenes

NIU doctoral student Mary B. Turner will present her view of the beauty and harshness of an Illinois winter in an exhibit titled “Fiber & Ice” on display at the DeKalb Area Women’s Center throughout the month of February.

Many of the photographs, taken on the NIU campus where Turner is pursuing a doctoral degree in instructional technology, feature images of ice-coated vegetation. Turner also presents fiber artworks, which entail stitching, crocheting and wrapping techniques. Her fiber works reference organisms and patterns from nature. All of the works in the exhibit are recent, dating from June 2007 to the present.

A public reception will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22. The DeKalb Area Women’s Center is open for public viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays and by appointment throughout the month. 

The DAWC is located at 1021 State Street in DeKalb. Parking is available in the paved lot off of Eleventh Street, one-half block south of the building. The handicapped-accessible lift can be reached from the alley north of the building. For further information, or to arrange a group showing, call Anna Marie Coveny, gallery director, at (815) 758-1351.

Faculty needed this fall
to teach UNIV 101/201

Interested in helping first-year students learn how to succeed at NIU? Become a UNIV 101/201 instructor for fall 2008.

UNIV 101 is a one-credit, 12-week course focused on helping freshmen develop the essential academic and social skills needed to make an enjoyable and successful transition to NIU. UNIV 201 is a similar course designed specifically for transfer students.

In fall 2007, NIU offered 91 sections of UNIV 101/201; more than 1,800 first-year NIU students enrolled. As a UNIV 101/201 instructor, you can impact the experiences of these new students and provide them with resources to help them adjust to life at NIU.

Instructors must be a current or retired member of the NIU faculty, staff, or administration, hold a master’s degree and have prior teaching experience. Candidates who do not meet the last two criteria might be paired with teaching coaches.

UNIV 101/201 instructors typically receive a stipend of $1,000 for teaching an individual section or $500 for co-instructing. Once hired, all instructors are required to attend training workshops and department meetings and participate in course feedback through e-mail correspondence and surveys.

Two instructor overview sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 28, and Monday, March 3, in Holmes Student Center Room 308 to share more information about teaching these courses. Please RSVP to

For more information and application materials, contact First-Year Connections at

LGBT Resource Center calls
for Ally Award nominations

NIU’s LGBT Resource Center, the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the LGBT Studies Program are seeking nominations for the fourth annual Ally Awards.

The awards recognize individuals, departments and groups who have shown support for the LGBT community over the 2007-2008 school year. The Ally Awards were created to recognize the many ways people make NIU a better place for LGBT students, faculty and staff. All nominees who are qualified receive the award. 

Nomination forms are available online. The deadline for nominations is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 7. Recipients will be recognized during LGBT Awareness Month in April.

For more information, contact the LGBT Resource Center at or (815) 753-5428.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
with NIU’s Alumni Association

Join the Alumni Association Saturday, March 8, at the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Enjoy traditional Irish fare, a cash bar and live entertainment, including Irish dancers and the Irish band Switchback. Tickets for the event are $30 and include a plentiful buffet. Wear plenty of green – prizes will be awarded for the most festive outfits.

More information and event registration is available online.

PCSOGI, Prism seek nominees
for annual Eychaner Awards

The NIU Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (PCSOGI) and Prism of NIU are seeking nominations for the Eychaner Award, which is presented annually to recognize individuals affiliated with NIU who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and service on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and/or transgender community.

The award is presented in two categories, one recognizing contributions made by an NIU student and one recognizing the contributions of a faculty or staff member or an NIU alumnus/a.

A full description of the award, including eligibility and nomination guidelines, is available online at The Web page also includes a list of past recipients and a printable nomination form.

The nomination deadline is 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 21. For questions, contact the LGBT
Resource Center at (815) 753-LGBT(5428) or

Geology department announces
spring colloquia schedule

NIU’s Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has announced the schedule for its Spring 2008 Colloquia.

All talks will be held at 4 p.m. in Davis Hall 308 unless otherwise noted and are co-sponsored by NIU’s Graduate Colloquium Committee. Call (815) 753-1943 or click here for schedule updates and more information.

Friday, Feb. 15: Kevin Smart, Southwest Research Institute, “Applications of Geomechanical Modeling to Problems in Structural Geology and Tectonics”

Friday, Feb. 22: Paul Wallace, University of Oregon, “The Role of Water in Subduction Zone Magmatism: New Insights from Melt Inclusions in High-Mg Basalts from the Trans-Mexican Volcanic Belt”

Wednesday, Feb. 27: Michael Celia, Princeton University, National Groundwater Association 2008 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture, “Geological Storage as a Carbon Mitigation Option”

Friday, Feb. 29: Jack Horner, Montana State University, “Dinosaur Diversity and Extinction Approaching the K-T Boundary” – LOCATION CHANGED TO MONTGOMERY HALL AUDITORIUM

Friday, March 7: Enrique Gomezdelcampo, Bowling Green State University, “A Modified DRASTIC Model for Siting Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFOs) in Williams County, Ohio”

Friday, March 28: Sallie Greenberg, Illinois State Geological Survey, Illinois carbon sequestration, title TBA

Friday, April 4: Bryce Willems, Northern Illinois University, “Jokulhlaups of Disenchantment Bay, Alaska: Actions of a Misbehaving Glacier” / John Sosulski, Northern Illinois University, “Utilizing Ichnology to Understand the Depositional Environment of McMurdo Sound, Antarctica, during the late Oligocene and early Miocene”

Friday, April 11: Cliff Clark, Sr. Division Geologist/Geophysicist, Cohort Energy Company, “Exploration Trends in the U.S. Domestic Energy Industry with an Emphasis on Shale Gas Developments”

Friday, April 25: Beth Aarestad, Northern Illinois University, “CH3OH in high-pressure phases of H2O: Implications for Ice-rich Planets”

Women’s Resource Center
screens ‘DreamWorlds’ video

Join the Women’s Resource Center for a screening of “DreamWorlds 3,” the groundbreaking video exploring the stories told in music videos about girls and women.

Audience members will discuss how these videos help shape individual and cultural attitudes about sexuality and how pop culture filters the identities of young men and women through a very narrow set of myths about sexuality and gender.

The event takes place from 9 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in the New Orleans room of Stevenson Towers.

Workshop to explore dynamics
of governmental human resources

Part Two of the personnel workshop series, “Managing Personnel and the Human Capital of Your Organization,” will press into matters concern­ing wages, benefits, job content, classifications and labor relations.

Do governments compete in the market place for employees? Do the wages you offer matter? Is inter­nal equity an important issue? Is interest-based bargaining a myth or realistic option? These are some of the common policy themes that come up year after year in organizations, but are often ignored until a cri­sis emerges.

Other topics to be covered Thursday, Feb. 14, are: What are the benefits of “designed” HR management systems? The policies and practices of HR management aren’t just an afterthought; it’s the primary system available to manage the most expensive and important assets: people.

Presenter Greg Kuhn has 25 years of combined experience in government administration, consulting and academics. Kuhn is a senior associate at NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies.

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

Black Heritage Month speaker
to address ‘turning away’ hate

After 15 years as a neo-Nazi white supremacist activist and recruiter, Tom “TJ” Leyden experienced a profound change of heart, turned away from hate and began teaching tolerance.

Leyden is the featured speaker for “Turning Away from Hate,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium of the Holmes Student Center. For more information, call the Center for Black Studies at (815) 753-1709.

Faculty Development offers
grants for training activities

NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is offering grants of up to $2,000 each annually to regular continuing faculty (tenured and tenure track).

The purpose of the grants is to encourage and support faculty development activities that directly benefit the applicants’ departments, colleges and/or the university. Equal matching funds from the applicants’ academic units or appropriate external sources are required.

Five copies of each proposal, including the proposal cover sheet, accompanying letters of support and other relevant documents must be submitted to the Grant Review Subcommittee, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, by Friday, April 4, for activities scheduled between July and December 2008.

Complete proposal guidelines and cover sheet can be obtained online. Tenured or tenure-track faculty who plan to submit proposals by the April 4 deadline and need more information are encouraged to register and attend the grant-writing seminar that will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 5. Register online or e-mail

SPS employees encouraged
to apply for development grants

NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center and Human Resource Services are offering grants of up to $1,000 each to Supportive Professional Staff (SPS) pursuing professional development activities that benefit the individuals as well as their academic units.

Proposal guidelines and other information are available online. Five copies of each proposal, including other relevant documents, must be submitted to the SPS Awards Committee, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, by Friday, April 18, for activities proposed between July 1 and Dec. 31, 2008.

SPS who plan to submit a proposal by the April 18 deadline and need more information are encouraged to register to attend the grant writing seminar from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, April 4. Register online or e-mail

Alumni Association to travel
to Holland for Spring Break

Join the NIU Alumni Association for a beautiful Spring Break trip to Holland from April 19 to 27.

Vibrant flower gardens, quaint villages and windmills await. Spring is the most popular time to visit when the tulips and other bulb flowers are spectacular. This touring itinerary includes visits to the Anne Frank House, Aalsmeer Flower Auction, Keukenhof Gardens and the annual Flower Parade in Noordwijk.

Visit or call (815) 753-1512 for more information.

Faculty Development seeks
proposals for Raymond grant

David W. Raymond, while a member of the first NIU Board of Trustees, created an endowment to fund an annual grant to faculty who are working on ways to use new technologies in their teaching.

Income from the endowment is supplemented with funds from the Provost’s Office to provide a $2,500 grant to the faculty member with the best proposal for incorporating new technologies into his or her teaching. Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for the grant.

Grant funds may be used for software purchases, equipment upgrades, graduate assistantship time or other costs associated with developing courseware or supportive materials that make effective and innovative use of instructional technology.

The proposal must include a budget for the project and a letter of support from the chair of the applicant’s department, school or division. Five copies of each proposal should be submitted to the Grant Review Committee, Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, Adams Hall 319, by Monday, March 17.

proposal format and additional information about the grant are available online. For more information, contact or (815) 753-0595.

PCSW seeks nominations for awards

NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women is seeking nominations for four awards to be presented in April.

All nominations are due Monday, March 3, to Betty Baugh, Women’s Resource Center, 105 Normal Road, DeKalb, Ill., 60115. Fax to (815) 753-0337 or e-mail to Call (815) 753-9614 for more information.

The Wilma D. Stricklin Award for the Enhancement of the Climate for Women on Campus is given to an NIU-affiliated individual who has distinguished herself or himself by making continual and extraordinary contributions to the climate for women across campus.

Created in 2007, the Outstanding Mentor Award is presented to one or two NIU civil service, professional staff or faculty employees (male or female) who have shown exceptional commitment to advancing the career and/or educational goals of NIU women students, staff and/or faculty.

The Women Who Make a Difference Award honors one or two NIU civil service, professional staff or faculty women who have shown outstanding dedication to the empowerment of NIU women by making changes at the unit level; by making important contributions to addressing issues that are important to women; and going “the extra mile” to assist others on campus.

Established in 1997, the Martha Cooper Journalism Award recognizes outstanding writing on women’s issues at NIU. Named for Cooper, a journalism alumna, the award is open to all NIU students and alumni who have written and published about women’s issues at NIU during the time frame of March 1, 2007, to the present. Eligible entries include news coverage and/or commentary, either individual articles or a series of articles on a topic or topics related to NIU women.

For details regarding eligibility, criteria and nomination process for each of these awards, call (815) 753-9614 or visit and click on Awards.

Mortar Board seeks members

Mortar Board Senior Honor Society, one of the most distinguished active honor societies in higher education, is looking for members for the 2008-2009 NIU chapter.

Eligible students must have senior status by fall 2008, have at least a 3.2 GPA and have demonstrated commitment to Mortar Board’s ideals of scholarship, leadership and service. Mortar Board is a selective senior honor society and will choose only 50 to 60 eligible students for membership.

Founded in 1918, Mortar Board has a long history of recognizing outstanding students for their active contributions to the community. 

Please encourage eligible students to visit the chapter Web site for more information and to apply for membership: Applications are due Friday, Feb. 15. For more information contact chapter adviser, Daniel Turner,, in the NIU Academic Advising Center.