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Leyden speech postponed

A speaking event planned for Tuesday evening – “Turning Away From Hate” by Tom “TJ” Leyden – has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Mardi Gras is scheduled for Wednesday. Winter Warm-up takes over Thursday.

Mardi Gras features New Orleans vegetarian gumbo and crispy fried pickles with remoulade sauce for starters, salmon Creole with hot cooked rice and green bean bundle and red beans and rice with green and yellow pepper medley for entrees and creamy sweet potato pie and decadent white chocolate bread pudding for dessert. Each table also will be served fresh baked corn bread muffins and honey butter.

Winter Warm-up features hearty vegetarian chili and spinach soufflé with tortilla chips for starters, beef burgundy over noodles and vegetarian stuffed peppers, both served with zucchini medley, for entrees and warm apple crisp ala mode and chocolate lovin’ spoonful cake for dessert. Each table also will be served fresh baked rolls.

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.

Literacy scholar James Crawford
to speak Thursday at colloquium

James Crawford, president of the Institute for Language and Education Policy, will speak twice Thursday, Feb. 28, on topics related to English language learners. Both lectures are open to the public.

The first, “Educating English Learners: Putting the Pieces Together in Teacher Education,” takes place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in Gabel 146. The second, “Getting ‘Accountability’ Right: High Stakes for English Language Learners,” is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Gabel Hall’s Cavan Auditorium.

Crawford’s latest book, co-authored with Stephen Krashen, is “English Learners in American Classrooms: 101 Questions, 101 Answers” (Scholastic, Fall 2007). Over the past 20 years, he has specialized in these issues as an independent writer, lecturer and consultant. In the mid-1980s, he served as Washington, D.C. editor of “Education Week.”

Sponsors are the Department of Literacy Education, the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundations and the Graduate School Colloquium Committee.

Paleontologist who inspired
‘Jurassic Park’ character
will deliver Feb. 29 talk

One of most famous names in the world of paleontology will visit NIU Friday.

The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is hosting Jack Horner, curator of paleontology at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Mont. The museum boasts one of the world’s finest collections of Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaurs.

Horner will deliver a talk on dinosaur diversity and extinction at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29, in the Montgomery Auditorium. The event is open to the public.

He is considered among the top dinosaur experts in the world and reportedly inspired one of the lead characters in Michael Crichton’s “Jurassic Park.” Horner also served as a technical adviser on the Jurassic Park movies.

Horner’s groundbreaking discoveries have included dinosaur nests, dinosaur eggs with unhatched embryos, the largest known T. rex skull and the duck-billed dinosaur, Maiasaura. He has engaged debate on the theory that the fierce-looking T. rex was actually a scavenger, rather than a predator, and that dinosaurs cared for their young. He also is a top expert on dinosaur growth and behavior.

In addition to his NIU appearance, Horner will speak at 10 a.m. Sunday, March 2, at the Burpee Museum of Natural History in Rockford during its 10th annual PaleoFest symposium. Horner has advised the museum on its famous discovery of a juvenile T. rex, dubbed Jane. The dinosaur is now on display at the museum.

CLA workshop to address
new civics, responsibilities

Next week’s Civic Leadership Academy workshop provides an opportunity to explore group and individual leadership roles and responsibilities in the civic environment.

Topics will include understanding the need for civic responsibility, exploring the nature of citizen participation, changing demographics, societal trends and techniques for involving different groups in the civic enterprise. The workshop also will examine current trends affecting the northern Illinois region, including the region’s role in the global economy and the shifting demographics of the region. This workshop is one of two core sessions required to earn a certificate.

This workshop will be co-presented by Robert Gleeson, director of the Center for Governmental Studies and associate director of the Regional Development Institute, and Greg Kuhn, senior research associate.

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

NIU to hold assessment expo

NIU will hold its first Assessment Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, March 7, in the Heritage room of the Holmes Student Center.

The event is designed to highlight successful assessment practices on campus. There will be posters and a panel of speakers from departments across campus sharing their experiences with assessment. These departments have been selected by the University Assessment Panel as having outstanding assessment practices in one or more of their programs; three of these departments will be awarded a $500 cash prize to use in their future assessment efforts.

Contact the Office of Assessment Services at or (815) 753-8695 for more information and to register.

Bookstore to close for inventory

University Bookstore will close for inventory from Monday, March 10, through Wednesday, March 12. Regular store hours resume Thursday, March 13.

Students with disabilities can apply
for Izzo-Inge Family Award funding

NIU is proud to offer the Izzo-Inge Family Award for Students with Disabilities for the 2008-2009 academic year. This scholarship was made possible by a generous gift from Charmaine Izzo-Inge and David Inge. 

The scholarship is available to students who will be full-time (minimum 12 hours a semester), degree-seeking juniors or seniors at NIU.

Candidates must possess a grade point average of at least 2.5/4.0 and demonstrate a significant disability that affects the cognitive process. Qualified disabilities include learning disability, traumatic brain injury, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)/ Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), deafness or hard of hearing, visual impairment or other disabilities that affect the cognitive process.

Preference will be given to students who exhibit financial need (as determined by the Student Financial Aid office) and plan to teach special education. Students who do not exhibit financial need nor plan to teach special education are still encouraged to apply.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, April 1. For an application and/or more information, please contact the Office of the Dean, College of Health and Human Sciences, Wirtz Hall 227 or call (815) 753-1877 or TTY (815) 753-3000.

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.

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

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”

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.

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.