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March 10, 2008

University Archives staff seeks
documentation of Feb. 14 incident

NIU’s Regional History Center/University Archives has the mission of preserving and documenting the history of the university, including the tragic Feb. 14 event.

Although staff members already have been working with various departments on campus, they need to expand their outreach by asking faculty, staff, students and the larger university community to share their items and to spread the word.

No item is too small to be included in the archives, including e-mails, correspondence, poems, official documents, class projects, photographs and videotape.

For more information, or to share, contact the Regional History Center/University Archives in Room 400 of Founders Memorial Library or call (815) 753-1779 during regular office hours.

NIU Central Stores to host
annual office supply expo

NIU Central Stores and Office Max Office Products will host the ninth annual Office Supply Expo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

The expo will feature manufacturers of quality office supplies showing their product lines and new product offerings.

Those who have not received personal e-mail invitations should e-mail matmgmt in GroupWise or call (815) 753-0406 to be added to the invitation list.

Christian prayer lunch
scheduled for March 18

The Christian Faculty and Staff Prayer Luncheon is scheduled for noon Tuesday, March 18, in the East Room of the Blackhawk Cafeteria.

Participants may bring a lunch or purchase one there. All are welcome.

Women’s Resource Center
to explore ‘Sex and the City’

Wouldn’t it be fabulous to have designer clothes, a great apartment and a job that provides you with all of the luxuries of life?

Join the Women’s Resource Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, to talk about the myths and the realities of the popular HBO hit “Sex and the City” during a discussion of balancing careers, relationships and sexuality.

The event, held at the women’s Resource Center on Normal Road, is co-sponsored by the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

DeKalb’s Nehring Gallery to host
‘Polish Connection’ exhibition

The Nehring Gallery in downtown DeKalb will host “The Polish Connection,” an exhibition of work by the NIU art students and faculty who participated in a Study Abroad Program in Poland last spring. The exhibition is on display from March 20 through May 3, with the opening reception scheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

Before traveling to Poland, students studied Polish language, culture, history and art at NIU. The works created by the students after traveling throughout Poland suggest the historical, social and cultural life of the Polish community.

The exhibition includes examples of Polish folk art with such work as Pysanky eggs and traditional wooden birds as well as works by students addressing contemporary issues such as the desecration of Jewish cemeteries.

A drawing will be held for a Pysanky egg decorated by artist Billie Giese. Pysanky are a part of a rich history of tradition in Polish culture, as well as all over Eastern Europe. In Poland, they historically were an integral part of the cultural heritage and ritualistic practices.

Pysanky are a special type of decorative egg decorated with batik; that is, beeswax is used to trace designs on eggs that then are dyed in different colors according to the intention of the designer. Designs on eggs may be painted, scratched or dyed without design, but only Pysanky eggs are decorated using the beeswax-and-dye method. Tickets for the drawing are $1 each or 6 for $5. All proceeds will benefit the Nehring Gallery.

“The Polish Connection” is open and free to the public during regular gallery hours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday or by appointment. Nehring Gallery is located on the second floor of the Nehring Center for Culture and Tourism in the historic First National Bank building. The gallery is cooperatively operated by the DeKalb Park District and the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts Division of Outreach. An entrance accessible to all is available and located at the 111 S. Second Street entrance.

Call (815) 758-6363 or visit for more information.

Field Museum’s artist-in-residence
to exhibit ‘Nature Studies’ at NIU

NIU’s Art Museum will host “Peggy Macnamara: Nature Studies” from March 25 through May 10 in the North Gallery.

The exhibition features studies, sketches and large-scale watercolor paintings of flora and fauna depicted by The Field Museum of Natural History’s artist-in-residence and is part of a suite of nature-themed exhibitions at the NIU Art Museum.

The public is invited to a reception with the artist from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27. From 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 5, Macnamara will present an artist’s talk in Altgeld 315.

From 2 to 4 p.m. that same day, she will conduct a drawing workshop in the art museum corridor using the taxidermy birds and animals in the hallcase exhibit “Specimens and Studies” as models. Pre-register for this free workshop for ages 16 and older by calling (815) 753-7867. Space is limited.

“Peggy Macnamara: Nature Studies” will contain large watercolors from her most recent “Migration and Nest” series, which she has undertaken with two Field Museum scientists as well as past works based on museum collections. Several of her smaller drawings and field studies also will be included in this solo exhibition.

Macnamara is currently adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute (of Chicago) as well as an associate of the Zoology Department at the Field Museum, where several of her large-scale watercolors are on permanent display.

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end, of Altgeld Hall. The galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours. Exhibitions are free; donations are appreciated. Exhibitions of the NIU Art Museum are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum, and the Arts Fund 21.

For more information, call (815) 753-1936 or visit

Artist ‘unpacks’ 21st century’s
complex relationship to nature

NIU’s Art Museum will host “Gabriel Bizen Akagawa: Unpacked / Offset” from March 25 through May 10 as part of a suite of nature-themed exhibitions. A public reception for the artist is scheduled from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 27.

Throughout the course of the exhibition, Akagawa is encouraging and seeking further community participation such as contributing a “tree story,” joining him on a nature walk and contributing to a dialogue by contacting him directly at Anyone can contribute to the project in this way. More information about these and other related projects is available at

The “Unpacked / Offset” exhibition is a collaborative installation project in which area students, community artists and visiting artist/curator Akagawa recreate “nature” within reclaimed art shipping crates and contribute additional artwork commenting on environmental concerns, such as offsetting carbon emissions. A publication with essay by Audrey Peiper is in production.

Akagawa has exhibited at such Chicago venues as the Janet Wallace Fine Arts Center, Walsh Gallery, Gallery 400, Gene Siskel Film Center, The Beverly Arts Center and Berlin’s Galerie Lifebomb. He recently was awarded a yearlong residency at the Alternator Gallery for Contemporary Art in Canada, in which he conducted environment-based, community-collaborative projects.

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end, of Altgeld Hall. The galleries are open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours. Exhibitions are free; donations are appreciated. Exhibitions of the NIU Art Museum are funded in part by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency, the Friends of the NIU Art Museum, and the Arts Fund 21.

For more information, call (815) 753-1936 or visit

Women invited to luncheon

NIU women faculty, staff and students are invited to a networking luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, March 28, in the Chandelier Room of Adams Hall. The presentation begins at 12:05 p.m.

Jeanette Rossetti, assistant professor in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, part of the College of Health and Human Sciences, will speak.

“Factors that Make Outstanding Professors Successful in Teaching” will highlight findings from Rossetti’s dissertation in which she conducted an interpretive analysis of the educational philosophy and goal statements of 35 professors who received NIU’s prestigious Presidential Teaching Professor award. The findings of the study and the narratives of the Presidential Teaching Professors give meaning to successful and inspirational teaching.

A Caesar salad lunch will be served at the cost of $9 per person. Please reserve before Tuesday, March 18. To make a reservation, call (815) 753-0320.

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.

An overview session is scheduled for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Illinois Room of the Holmes Student Center to share more information about teaching these courses. Please RSVP to

More information and application materials are available online. Contact First-Year Connections at

LA&S External Programming
announces summer camp lineup

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming announces its academic summer camp lineup.

It will include Speech Camp, Creative Writing Camp, Sci-Camp Explorations Jr., Sci-Camp Explorations Sr., Film Camp and the Muggle Academy.

Each of the five-day residential camps for pre-collegiate students will be held on the NIU DeKalb campus, with the exception of Sci-Camp Explorations Jr., which will take place at the Lorado Taft Field Campus.

The camps for middle and high school students are designed to foster friendships and keep young minds active over the summer. NIU has a rich history of offering excellent Academic Summer Camps at very competitive prices.

For more information, call (815) 753-5200, e-mail or visit

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.

Kishwaukee Concert Band to play
March 16 concert of Irish songs

The Greater Kishwaukee Area Concert Band will present “Echoes of Erin” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall. 

The concert is sponsored by Gordon and Virginia Rasmussen. The all-volunteer band will play many Irish songs under the direction of John Hansen. The concert is free, and the building is accessible to all.

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

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.