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January 22, 2008

NIU Athletic Board seeks
opinions of faculty, staff

As the Athletic Board strives to provide a world-class experience for the members of the NIU community, the board is asking for participation in a brief online survey.

Click on and answer 10 questions as they pertain to your interests in NIU intercollegiate athletics. The survey should take only a couple of minutes to complete.

Vote for new OneCard design

The OneCard ID is about to undergo a face lift. Check out the new sample designs at and vote for your favorite.

The design with the most votes will become the new face of the NIU OneCard ID. Voting ends on Sunday, Jan. 27.

Retirement reception scheduled
for Graduate School’s Mitchell

Gail Mitchell, assistant vice president for technology transfer and development in Research and Graduate Studies, will retire after 25 years of service to NIU.

A reception is scheduled for 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in the College of Law’s Thurgood Marshall Gallery in Swen Parson Hall.

MCTI invites participants

NIU’s next Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Institute will take place the week of May 12, the Office of the Provost and the Committee on Multicultural Curriculum Transformation have announced.

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, instructors and supportive professional staff are invited to participate in the institute, which assists participants in incorporating multicultural perspectives and content into their courses, improving communication with students and preparing alumni to participate in a diverse workplace and society.

Qualified faculty and instructional staff interested in participating in the institute are encouraged to apply for Multicultural Curriculum Transformation stipends. Each individual selected will receive a $1,000 stipend to support transforming existing courses or developing new classes that address multiculturalism. Faculty and staff on 12-month contracts can participate in the institute but are not eligible for the stipend.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 1. Information about applications for the institute is available on the Multicultural Curriculum Transformation Web site at Applications should be submitted electronically to

The institute features plenary sessions by prominent specialists, focused thematic discussions by NIU faculty and students, syllabi critiques, video presentations and small group discussions. The institute’s sessions focus on topics related to race, gender, social class, disabilities and sexual orientation. Plenary sessions and some panels are open to the public; small group sessions are restricted to participants.

Approximately 220 individuals have participated in the institute since its inception, and they have benefited from opportunities to learn about multicultural issues, share experiences and ideas and establish lasting professional relationships. Participants have made a significant impact on NIU’s programs at all levels across all colleges.

Contact Nakia Brown at (815) 753-8557 or via e-mail at for more information.

Application deadline approaches
for faculty travel fellowships

The NIU Division of International Programs is accepting applications for Lillian Cobb Faculty Travel Fellowships, supporting faculty members who seek international teaching and public service experiences.

The fellowships will support faculty members for international travel through Aug. 15. All tenured or tenure-track faculty members at NIU are eligible to apply.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, Feb. 8. Applicants will be notified whether they have received an award by March 15.

A total of $8,000 will be available for awards of varying amounts. Except for extraordinary circumstances, a match of 20 percent (with a maximum of $500) is expected from the faculty member’s department and/or college.

The travel fellowship was established with an endowment from the estate of Lillian Cobb, the first chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

More information is available at

Art Museum sponsors
‘Get-on-the-Bus’ trips

Interested in artwork, antiques or art fairs? Want to enjoy regional culture, see innovative historical exhibits, keep up with what’s happening in the art world and travel without the
hassle of traffic, tolls and parking?

Then get on the bus and enjoy the ride.

The NIU Art Museum schedules the trip, makes the itinerary and arrangements. Travelers just need to sign up and pre-pay by the deadlines posted. All trips depart from the NIU School of Art parking lot on the northeast corner of Gilbert and College.

Saturday, Feb. 23: Winslow Homer and Edward Hopper, Chicago.
Head to the Art Institute of Chicago to view large exhibitions of two American art icons, “Watercolors of Winslow Homer: The Color of Light” and Edward Hopper.

“Watercolors of Winslow Homer: The Color of Light” includes more than 100 watercolors, drawings and oil paintings from Homer (1836-1910), regarded as America’s first modernist. The work spans 30 years of production from this artist who created influential works in the watercolor media.

Hopper (1882-1967) is perhaps America’s best known realist and creator of the iconic 1942
painting “Nighthawks.” Hopper’s themes of solitude and introspection are prevalent in the exhibition which includes 50 oil paintings and 30 watercolors displayed in a literary and historical context.

These are timed tickets in a limited number, so reserve your spot early. The bus will depart from DeKalb at noon with return arrival at 6:30 p.m. Transportation and ticket costs are $21 for NIU Art Museum members, $24 for students and senior citizens 65 and older and $26 for others. No refunds for cancellation after the payment deadline will be given since these are pre-paid

Members of the Art Institute of Chicago can ride with us and use their membership perk (being aware that tickets might not be available the same time or day due to volume). Transportation costs for those with their own tickets are $10 for NIU Art Museum members, $15 for students and seniors and $15 for others.

The registration and pre-payment deadline is Thursday, Jan. 31. 

To register, visit the museum on the west-end first floor of Altgeld Hall, call (815) 753-1936 or e-mail Jo Burke 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 your seat on the bus.

More information about the NIU Art Museum and its programming is available online.

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.

Faculty Development to honor
three outstanding graduate TAs

NIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is seeking nominations for the 2008 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Awards. Nominations are due Friday, Feb. 29.

These awards acknowledge and recognize outstanding graduate teaching assistants for their contributions to the teaching mission of NIU. Each recipient of the award will be presented with a plaque and recognized at a reception held at the end of the spring semester. At least one will be presented to an outstanding teaching assistant pursuing a master’s degree.

To be eligible for this award, each candidate must be enrolled as a graduate student in good standing at NIU during the semester the award nominations are due, have been employed as a graduate teaching assistant for at least two complete semesters (excluding the semester of nomination) during the past two years at NIU, have been responsible for teaching a course fully or teaching-related support that involved student contact as part of the graduate teaching assistant employment, and have not previously received this award at NIU.

Each academic or academic support unit that employs graduate TAs for teaching and related activities is invited to nominate two outstanding graduate teaching assistants (one at the master’s level and the other at the doctoral level) from its department for the awards.

Nominations submitted to the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center must include supporting documents to be considered for the award. The nominations can be submitted by the head of the unit or designee, and each nomination should include five hardcopies of the following:

  • Nominee information – name, degree, major, phone, e-mail address, department where graduate teaching assistantship was/is held, semesters and years employed as a GTA in that department, course(s) responsible for as a GTA, and responsibilities handled (primary responsibilities for teaching, tutoring, recitation, lab development or supervision, etc.).
  • Nominator information – name, title, department, phone, e-mail address, how long have known the nominee, and in what capacity related to the nominee’s GTA responsibilities.
  • Reasons for nomination – explain the nominee’s outstanding contributions as a GTA at NIU, impact on the course(s) handled by the nominee and the students, efforts made by the nominee to improve teaching by participating in TA development programs, etc.
  • Supporting documents – evidence of outstanding teaching or related support, such as student evaluations, reviews by supervisors, department/college recognition, etc.

A subcommittee of the Faculty Development Advisory Committee will review the nominations and select the recipients of the award. The committee may request additional information or clarifications from the nominees or nominators.

Submit nominations to the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center, 319 Adams Hall. Call (815) 753-0595 for more information.

Operating Staff seeks nominees
for Outstanding Service Awards

Nominations for the Outstanding Service Award are now being accepted.

Presented each year to up to four NIU Civil Service employees, the objective of this award program is to recognize individual Civil Service employees who have demonstrated outstanding service and have made significant contributions to the university community.

A $1,500 award, which is considered taxable wages and subject to payroll deductions, and a plaque will be presented to each recipient of the award at the Annual Operating Staff Service Awards Banquet in Spring.

Nomination packets must be received in Human Resource Services no later than 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28.

For details, including nomination forms, visit

NIU Athletics announces
faculty/staff night at Convo

NIU Athletics will host faculty/staff night at the Convocation Center as the Huskies battle Miami (Ohio) with tip-off set for 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30.

All NIU faculty and staff are invited to purchase up to two tickets for only $2 each, and cheer on the men’s basketball team. Call the Convocation Center ticket office at (815) 752-6800 and mention this promotion to receive the special ticket price.

CLA workshop will help
leaders appreciate personnel

The most expensive and expansive asset of a governmental organization is its human capital.

“Managing Personnel and the Human Capital of Your Organization” is a two-part workshop that will help leaders better appreciate and under­stand this strategic component of any service organization. Part I is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 31.

The sessions will explore and explain why the management of governmental employ­ees is somewhat unique. How does employee recruitment, selection and retention actually work? Do these techniques matter? How do you find and select the right people? What are the ramifications if you don’t? Why are management employees different? Are they worth the money?

Leaders will learn to appreciate the impact of described but misunderstood concepts such as organizational culture and silent leadership. Are all the pieces or your organization in place, or in the right place?

Greg Kuhn, senior research associate with NIU’s Center for Governmental Studies, will present the workshops. Part II is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 14.

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

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.

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.