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In Brief

January 14, 2008

Northern Pride hosts
weekly lunch in HSC

Northern Pride, a social support network for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender faculty and staff, invites interested LGBT and Ally individuals to join them for a weekly lunch.

The group meets at noon Thursdays in the Blackhawk East room of the Blackhawk Dining Room in the Holmes Student Center. For more information about Northern Pride or other lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender resources, contact the LGBT Resource Center at (815) 753-LGBT or

A calendar of events is available online at

Law Library posts hours
for spring semester

The David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library has announced hours for the spring semester.

Hours from Monday, Jan. 14, through Friday, April 25, are 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 11:30 p.m. Sundays. The library is open from 1 to 10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.

Hours during Spring Break are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 10, through Friday, March 14. The library is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 8, Sunday, March 9, and Saturday, March 15. Hours Sunday, March 16, are noon to 11:30 p.m.

Call (815) 753-0505 for more information.

LGBT film series resumes

Join the LGBT Resource Center, PRISM and the Women’s Resource Center for a continuation of last semester’s successful movie series. This semester, the series will take a look at the intersections between LGBT and other identities.

The films are shown at noon in the LGBT Resource Center and 9 p.m. at the Women’s Resource Center. The first date is Wednesday, Jan. 16. Other dates are Feb. 6 and 20, March 5 and 26 and April 23.

Bring a friend for snacks, movies and fun discussion as organizers screen films exploring the experiences of people who are LGBT and Asian, African American, Latino, Jewish, Native American and other identities.

Annuitants Association plans
trip to Lyric Opera’s ‘Seville’

The NIU Annuitants Association presents “A Night at the Opera,” the Lyric Opera of Chicago’s production of “The Barber of Seville” by Giaochino Rossini. The trip is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 19.

This is a wonderful evening featuring the beauty, pageantry and thrill of grand opera, designed especially for members of the NIU Annuitants Association.

Departure is at 3:30 p.m. from the Normal Road entrance to the Holmes Student Center. Cost includes round-trip motor coach from DeKalb, a pre-opera dinner at Lloyd’s Chicago, tickets to the Lyric Opera (seats are in the first balcony and main floor), all taxes and gratuities.

Tickets are limited, so reserve soon. The deadline is Friday, Jan. 18. For more information, contact Steven Johnson at

Ally Program to sponsor
spring training workshops

The Ally Program is a campus-wide program designed to foster a welcoming and supportive campus environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, faculty and staff by creating a visible network of allies.

NIU employees and students interested in volunteering for the Ally Program can learn more and register online. The online form provides the specific workshop dates and times and allows registrants to indicate first, second and third choices.

Training is divided into two two-hour workshops (Part I and Part II). Volunteers must attend both Part I and Part II. Space is limited, and advance registration is required. Multiple dates are available.

Part I
Monday, Jan. 28: 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 5: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 13: 2 to 4 p.m.

Part II
Wednesday, Feb. 20: 2 to 4 p.m.
Monday, Feb. 25: 9 to 11 a.m.
Tuesday, March 4: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The Ally Program is a program of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center, Division of Student Affairs.

Monique Bernoudy to speak
at women’s networking luncheon

Monique Bernoudy, associate athletics director at NIU, is the speaker at a Friday, Feb. 8, networking luncheon for NIU women faculty, staff and students.

The luncheon takes place from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall. Bernoudy’s presentation begins at 12:05 p.m. The event is co-sponsored by the NIU Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and the Women’s Resource Center.

The cost is $8 per person. Reserve a place by Tuesday, Jan. 29, by calling (815) 753-0320.

Bernoudy’s presentation will focus on the current status of women in sports in relation to Title IX and how universities across the United States fare on a comparison scale. Findings indicate that much work still needs to be done.

She will conclude with recommendations for improving women’s equality and status in sports.

Kishwaukee Concert Band
to begin spring rehearsals

The Greater Kishwaukee Area Concert Band will resume rehearsals Wednesday, Jan. 30, for the March 16 concert.

Rehearsals are held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday (except Feb. 6, which is Ash Wednesday) in the Huntley Middle School band room. The school is located at the corner of South 7th and Taylor streets in DeKalb.

Membership is open to anyone 18 and older who has played a wind or percussion instrument in the past. For more information, call (815) 899-4867 or (815) 825-2350.

NIU Foundation invites
Venture Grants applications

The NIU Foundation invites applications for the 2008 Venture Grants. All proposals must be received in the Foundation Office by Friday, Feb. 1. Awards will be announced no later than the first week of April.

The Foundation anticipates awarding between two and four grants at a minimum level of $5,000 and up to $25,000, with a total amount available of $55,000. All faculty and staff from units within the Division of Academic and Student Affairs, the Division of Administration and University Outreach and Intercollegiate Athletics are eligible to apply. 

For complete information about the grants as well as application information and forms, visit the NIU Foundation Web page.

The NIU Foundation looks forward to supporting faculty and staff in the pursuit of excellence in research, teaching and outreach to the larger community. Call (815) 753-7539 for more information.

Target helps Community School
link museum with hands-on art

DeKalb’s Target store recently presented the NIU Community School of the Arts and the NIU Art Museum with an award of $1,500 to provide arts programs for children and adults in the community.

The award was made as part of Target’s community relations program to support local initiatives.

“Seeing Art/Making Art” is a project that connects museum exhibits shown at the NIU Art Museum with hands-on art projects taught by NIU artists and faculty.

Children ages 7 to 11 and parents are invited Saturday, Jan. 26, for a private tour of Japanese prints on exhibit in Altgeld Hall. Participants learn some historical aspects of Japanese printmaking, mostly examining the works of the Modern Creative Print Movement in Japan.

The tour moves to the Art Building for a project in which participants learn how to make their own prints using a technique that mimics the soft color mixing of some of the Japanese prints on display.

Leading the tour and teaching the class is NIU Art Museum curator and artist Jessica Witte will lead the tour and teach the class. The class is free, but pre-registration is required and space is limited. Today is the deadline for pre-registration.

More information is available at or by calling (815) 753-1450. More information the NIU Art Museum is available at or by calling (815) 753-1936.

Exciting spring semester planned
for Community School students

The NIU Community School of the Arts has an exciting spring semester planned.

Classes, lessons and ensembles begin in January. Highlights of the season include the Honors Recital featuring the six winners of the talent scholarship competition perform Saturday, Jan. 26. On Wednesday, Feb. 20, DeKalb teen Jaimie Sachay performs a viola concerto with the CSA Sinfonia.

Many soloists can be heard Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Performathon, the event that raises money to provide scholarship support for young people in the community to further their studies of the arts. The event features an afternoon of solo and group performances, a bake sale, a music swap, face painting and a raffle. This year’s Performathon is a celebration of the community school’s 20th anniversary.

Private music lessons begin in January and are available on all instruments. Teachers are students and faculty in the NIU School Music as well as community artists. String ensembles for children, a Celtic band, a guitar ensemble, a group guitar class and a full orchestra are a few of the music offerings in spring. 

Art classes for adults and children are also available, including a new class, “Drawing from Nature.” The popular theater games class for children returns.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts. Classes and lessons are taught on campus. Scholarships for families in financial need are available. Applications forms are due today. More information about the program, the Performathon and scholarships, as well as application and registration forms, are available at or by calling (815) 753-1450.

LGBT, PRISM, WRC invite knitters
to Neptune Central's Fireside Loung

What do Katharine Hepburn, Vanna White, and Sarah Jessica Parker have in common? They are all avid knitters.

Whether new to knitting, a skilled crocheter or somewhere in between, join the gathering at Neptune Central’s Fireside Lounge from 9 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, for snacks and creativity. Finished crafts will be donated to Hope Haven, DeKalb’s homeless shelter.

Other dates are Feb. 13, March 12 and April 16. The Women’s Resource Center, the LGBT Resource Center and PRISM are co-sponsors.

Class promotes art to reach
students with special needs

NIU will offer a class at University Center in Grayslake for teachers interested in learning how art can be used to help students with special needs. The course begins Thursday, Jan. 17, and meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday evenings. “Art for Special Needs Populations” is designed for teachers and includes a wide variety of teaching styles and content. No art experience is required.

The course is available for undergraduate and graduate credit to those who have the academic credentials. The class explores these topics through group activities, stations, games, and art making. Among the topics covered are:

  • theories of special needs.
  • outsider artists.
  • adaptations of lessons, curriculum and art media/tools.
  • IEPs.
  • assessment issues for special needs students.
  • the culture of disability.
  • developmentally delayed signifiers and social implications.
  • prejudice and stereotypes.
  • fears of difference.
  • multiple intelligences and non-traditional intelligence.
  • classroom climate.
  • attitudes.
  • compassion.

The instructor is Susan Metcalf, a visiting assistant professor in the NIU School of Art. Metcalf received her doctorate in education (specializing in art education) from NIU in 2001. She was awarded a certificate of recognition by the NIU Center for Accessibility Resources in 2001. She was an elementary art teacher for many years in Buffalo Grove and has written many articles on the topic of art education and special needs.

Students must be registered as an NIU student to take the class. Information is available on the NIU Web site about how to register as an NIU student and for the class at On the A-Z index, click on Registration and Records.

Contact Deborah Booth, director of the Office of External Programs in the College of Visual and Performing Arts at (815) 753-1450 or for more information.

NIU memorabilia featured
at January DAWC exhibition

NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming retiree Steven Johnson will exhibit items from his collection of NIU and DeKalb postcards, as well as NIU collectibles such as spoons, pitchers, candy dishes, ash trays and bowls, during January in the DeKalb Area Women’s Center (DAWC) Galleries.

Johnson’s collection began shortly after his employment at NIU in 1981.

“I came across some old postcards of Altgeld Hall at an auction, bought them and that started the collection. I then added postcards of DeKalb schools, homes, businesses and the main street, and have always enjoyed showing them to people from DeKalb and NIU,” he says.

“A few years later, a friend found a candlestick with a picture of Altgeld Hall and asked if I wanted it,” Johnson recalls. “Since then friends have found many additional ceramic and china pieces decorated with NIU’s most famous landmark.”

A free, public reception is scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20. The exhibition of DeKalb postcards and NIU memorabilia is open for public viewing from 7 to 9 p.m. Fridays, from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, 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 more information, or to arrange a group showing, call gallery director Anna Marie Coveny at (815) 758-1351.

Retirement reception scheduled
for College of Ed’s Jim Lockard

The NIU community is invited to help wish Jim Lockard a happy retirement and to celebrate his contributions to the College of Education and NIU during his many years on campus.

The event takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

PCSOGI offers travel funding
for professional development

NIU’s Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity has limited travel funds available to help support faculty, staff and students who wish to attend conferences, workshops or seminars for the purpose of learning about or presenting scholarship on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender topics.

Individuals requesting funds will be asked to submit a PCSOGI Request for Travel Support form, including a breakdown of costs and other sources of funding support. Travel taking place during the current fiscal year (through June 30) is eligible for funding. More information and an online request form is available at

For more information, contact Julia Lamb, PCSOGI finance committee chair, at (815) 753-1591 or via e-mail

Alumni Association invites
explorers to Costa Rica, Holland

Tired of all the snow and ice? Plan an exciting getaway with the Alumni Association. Trips are planned to Costa Rica in March and to Holland in April.

Unsurpassed natural beauty awaits travelers on this exploration of Costa Rica’s natural wonders. This tropical and secure paradise features lush rainforests, beautiful beaches, cloud forests, abundant wildlife, dynamic volcanoes, vanishing ecosystems and warm and hospitable people. It’s nature’s museum.

In Holland, visitors will find vibrant flower gardens, quaint villages, windmills and markets of all kinds. This touring itinerary includes the Anne Frank House, Keukenhof Gardens and the annual Flower Parade in Noordwijk. Visit the famous cheese market of Zaanse Schans and learn first-hand how the Dutch make their wooden shoes.

Visit the Alumni Association Web site or call (815) 753-1452 for more information.