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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.

Financial aid available
for Community School

Students 18 and younger who want to pursue their study of the arts, but who cannot afford the full cost, are invited to apply for financial aid for the spring semester. The NIU Community School of the Arts offers a wide variety of art, music, and theatre classes, including private music lessons and ensembles.

The deadline for financial aid applications is today. Application forms are available by calling (815) 753-1450 or online at

The NIU Community School of the Arts is located in Room 132 Music Building.

Workshop to explore dynamics
of governmental collaborations

“Governmental Cooperation, Collaboration, and Consolidation in the New Economy” is the title of the next CLA workshop, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 10. This workshop will explore the changing dynamics between units of govern­ment.

Current research and writings on the topic about “the strains on the system” will be debated. Do old models really work, and if so, for how long? What can be done better? What can be done together? What shouldn’t be done anymore?

Regions and regionalism also will be explored. Are they really dirty words or simply modern recognition that the world and inter­governmental relations has changed?

This workshop, which will be team-taught by Bob Gleeson, faculty from Public Administration and a panel of practitioners, also will take a closer look at networks and collaborations, particularly their logical models and some real-world local government examples.

Participants will be stimulated to ponder and critically assess “how long can we go on/operate like this?” Professional insight will be presented as to what’s realistic, what’s on the horizon and what might be mandated with regard to governmental consolidation and cooperation.

Registraion for the course and more information about CLA and its upcoming workshops are online.

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.

Community Dance School
begins spring session Jan. 14

The Community Dance School at NIU, sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education, begins its spring 12-week session Monday, Jan. 14.

Adult and children classes are taught in creative movement, ballet, tap, Irish step dancing, jazz/hip-hop and ballroom/Latin/swing. Registration is from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in Anderson Hall studio 130. The cost per class is $95.

For more information, call Diane Rimmer at (815) 756-4092 or Outreach Services at (815) 753-0277. 

LGBT, PRISM invite knitters

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.

Media Services offers
SMART classroom training

Media Services will offer training on the use of the audiovisual equipment in Provost-sponsored
SMART classrooms.

A new hardware keypad for equipment control is being added over winter break. Instructors either can continue using the podium control icon on the computer desktop or press buttons on the hardware keypad.

Both new and returning instructors should benefit from these brief seminars:

  • 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, in DuSable Hall 348
  • 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 10, in DuSable Hall 348
  • By appointment Friday, Jan. 11. Call (815) 753-0172.

These seminars are open-ended and run continually. A complete demonstration with hands-on practice could take 30 minutes.

If you cannot attend one of the above sessions, call a SMART classroom trainer to arrange a more convenient time. Please note that it is difficult to schedule a weekday training session once the semester begins because these rooms are in almost constant use.

Media Services offers training
in SMART monitor, Notebook

The computer monitors in all 106 Provost-sponsored general purpose SMART classrooms throughout campus have been replaced with SMART interactive monitors. These touch screens can activate software by using a stylus instead of a computer mouse. The stylus also can be used to annotate and highlight over anything displayed on the computer monitor in a variety of ways.

Media Services will offer an introductory training on the use of these interactive displays from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Cole Hall 101. SMART Technologies representatives will demonstrate the hardware and introduce the accompanying software.

HSC to host Bridal Expo

NIU will host the Northern Illinois Bridal Expo from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, at the Holmes Student Center Duke Ellington Ballroom. The expo will feature more than 40 exhibitors, a groom’s room, a bridal fashion show and taste testing. Admission is free and includes a complimentary buffet. Parking is available at the visitors’ lot on Carroll Avenue, just south of the Student Center. For more information, visit