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March 3, 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.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Arabian Nights is scheduled for Tuesday. Tropical Paradise is the theme for Wednesday. Home Sweet Holmes takes over Thursday.

Arabian Nights features red lentil soup and Lebanese tabouleh salad for starters, shawarma and stuffed grape leaves for entrees with stouf and macerated apricots and nuts for desserts. Each table also will be served hummus and pita bread.

Tropical Paradise features Jamaican carrot soup and tropical island salad for starters, Caribbean chicken with honey pineapple sauce and linguine with black beans and Caribbean sauce for entrees and gilled pineapples with cinnamon vanilla ice cream and coconut meringue pie topped with whipped cream and strawberries for desserts. Each table also will be served sparkling apricot-pineapple punch.

Home Sweet Holmes features Waldorf salad and French onion soup for starters, asparagus and cheese-stuffed turkey breast served with rosemary roasted garlic potato puree and baked ditalini with three cheeses and sun-dried tomatoes for entrees with apple pie a la mode and blueberry and maple-pecan granola parfaits for desserts. Each table also will be served warm whole-wheat dinner rolls with honey butter.

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.

CLA workshop to address
new civics, responsibilities

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

Topics for the March 6 event 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 9:30 a.m. to noon 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.

Operating Staff extends deadline
for outstanding service nominations

The nomination deadline for the Outstanding Service Award has been extended to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 7.

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.

For details, including nomination forms, 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.

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


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.

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.