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April 13, 2009

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Nuestra Inspiracion is scheduled for Tuesday. Athena’s Place takes over Thursday.

Continuing this semester is the option to enjoy wine with your meal. One red and one white wine choice will be available with meal service. Wine will be selected for the menu based on wine-and-food pairings made by the students. Wine selections will range from $4.50 to $6.50 per glass.

Nuestra Inspiracion features chorizo a la llama or flatbread with tomato vinaigrette for starters, chicken kabob with remeso sauce or tortilla Espanola for entrees and pineapple ice cream or churros with chocolate sauce for dessert. Both entrees are served with traditional Spanish baked rice.

Athena’s Place features avgolemono soup or Greek salad for starters, chicken oreganata or Mediterranean lasagna for entrees and Greek-style yogurt with honey and walnuts or baklava for dessert. Each table also will be served tzatziki with pita pieces.

Seating is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with service until 1 p.m. The cost is $9 per person. Ellington’s is located on the main floor of the Holmes Student Center. Call (815) 753-1763 or visit to make reservations.

NIU Women’s Golf invites
foursomes to spring outing

The NIU women’s golf team will hold its annual spring outing Sunday, April 19, at Whisper Creek Golf Club in Huntley.

Be a part of one of the most unique events in golf: Your foursome will be paired with talented NIU women golfers, allowing you to use their shots on the challenging track at Whisper Creek Golf Club.

All skill levels are welcome in this fun, interactive scramble format. Check-in is at noon. Tee times are from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. or a modified 12:30 p.m. shotgun start. Cost is $125 per player.

A cocktail hour, awards and raffle will follow Sunday’s play. Register by Thursday, April 16. Contact coach Pam Tyska at (815) 753-1548 or

Law symposium on mental illness
will feature renowned speakers

The 18th annual NIU College of Law Review Symposium will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Riley Courtroom.

The symposium, “Confronting the Challenges of Persons Who Are Mentally Ill: Best Practices and Remaining Issues in the Law,” will feature internationally renowned speakers Chief Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren of the Broward County Florida Mental Health Court and New York Law School Professor Michael Perlin.

It will focus on how the legal system and laws have changed in an effort to meet the needs of persons with mental illness. Topics include adequate representation of a person who is mentally ill, the emergence of mental health courts across the United States and legal issues surrounding the recent changes in Illinois’ civil commitment procedures.

Lerner-Wren will present the luncheon keynote address, “Why Jurisdictions Should Consider Establishing Mental Health Courts.”

Perlin, an internationally recognized expert on mental disability law, has devoted his career to championing legal rights for people with mental disabilities. He will present the afternoon keynote address“A Change Is Gonna Come: The Implications of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for the Domestic Practice of Constitutional Mental Disability Law.”

A special rate of $25 is available for NIU faculty and staff. Call (815) 753-2515 to register for this rate. Additional symposium details are also available at Full-time students interested in attending should contact the College of Law Office of Alumni Events and Public Relations at (815) 753-9655.

Nehring Gallery hosts
‘Peter Squared’ exhibition

The final exhibit of the 2008-2009 gallery season is a significant show of drawings and prints at the Nehring Gallery, in the historic bank building on the corner of Lincoln Highway and Second Street in downtown DeKalb.

“P2: Peter Squared” is a collection of contemporary artwork by NIU artists Peter Olson and Peter Van Ael that was assembled to coincide with the Southern Graphics Council, held last month in Chicago.

Olson, assistant director of the NIU Art Museum in Altgeld Hall, holds a master’s degree in printmaking and has accumulated a wide record of exhibitions. He works with an ornithological theme conveying a sense of his vast knowledge of species found in Illinois, Oregon and Costa Rica. Visit for more information.

Olson will share his expertise in bird walks from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on two upcoming Sundays: May 3 at Afton Forest Preserve on Crego Road, and May 10 at Wilkinson-Renwick Marsh on Annie Glidden Road.

Van Ael, coordinator of the Jack Olson Gallery on the second floor of the NIU Visual Arts Building, comes to residency in Illinois with an extensive exhibition record from Belgium and throughout the United States. Van Ael’s specialty is reduction wood cuts in which the wood block is carved, inked and printed; it then is further carved to develop the design in layers of intense hues. For more information and visuals, visit

The public is invited to a free reception to meet the two artists from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, and to participate in their gallery talks beginning at 5:00 p.m. Additional viewing hours are from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturdays through May 2, and by appointment at (815) 758-1351.

Artworks are available for purchase from the artists, and a drawing for one print by Olson and one by Van Ael will be held to benefit the gallery.

Free parking is available on-street and in the city lots to the south. Entrance is under the logo awning at 111 S. Second Street to use the stairs or elevator to the second floor. All ages are welcome.

NIU Art Museum presents
‘Life and Art of Käthe Kollwitz’

NIU’s Art Museum will present “The Life and Art of Käthe Kollwitz,” a lecture by Eva-Maria Worthington, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 18, in Altgeld Hall Room 315.

Worthington, an art historian, founded the Worthington Gallery Chicago in 1970. The gallery specializes in German Expressionism as well as contemporary painters and sculptors. She has curated many exhibitions, including 10 featuring the art of Kollwitz. She will share insights into the life and work of Kollwitz and other German artists of the early 20th century, a time when Germany was in great turmoil before, during and after the two world wars.

Kollwitz (1867-1945) is recognized as one of the premier artists of the early 20th century. She is known primarily for her emphasis on the social content of her work, but this often overshadows her technical and artistic mastery. The current exhibition at the NIU Art Museum is a selection of original etchings, woodcuts and lithographs that span her long career and showcase her unmistakable graphic style, empathic humanity and mordant social commentary.

This exhibition was curated by Peter Olson, assistant director of the NIU Art Museum, and is part of the spring printmaking suite that also includes contemporary posters by Jay Ryan, hand- printed, hand-bound books by David Johnson and a retrospective of the distinguished career of
printmaker and NIU Professor Emeritus David Driesbach.

The exhibition will run through Saturday, May 9.

Located on the west-end first floor 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 and lectures are free; donations are appreciated.

The 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, visit or call (815) 753-1936.

PRSSA plans benefit concert

NIU’s Public Relations Student Society of America will host the “Rock 4 Life” benefit concert from 5 p.m. to midnight Saturday, April 18, at Molly’s Eatery and Drinkery, 1022 W. Lincoln Hwy.

All proceeds will be donated to the February 14th Fund for the Forward, Together Forward Scholarship.

The concert features Train Company, a blues/jazz/rock band; Whiskey and a Gun, a funk band; and 80’s Proof, a 1980s tribute hair band.

Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Admission includes drinks, food from 5 to 7 p.m., live entertainment and raffle prizes. E-mail to reserve tickets at the advance sale price, or purchase tickets in person in DuSable Hall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 16. 

For more information, contact Michele Westergaard at

Secretary of State to bring
mobile services to campus

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses or state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors or conduct other transactions with the Secretary of State’s Office on campus Monday, April 20.

The office will provide certain driver and vehicle services until 3 p.m. on the lower level of the Holmes Student Center. Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, cash, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards.

Customers can purchase vehicle registration renewal stickers for license plates as well as passenger vehicle license plates, motorcycle license plates and B-Truck plates. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities. A complete list of acceptable forms of identification is available at

Latino Resource Center to host
‘Crime Against Humanity’ play

NIU’s Latino Resource Center will host “Crime Against Humanity,” a play presented by the Latino Cultural Awareness Committee and based on the real life experiences of 14 Puerto Rican political prisoners who spent more than two decades in prisons for seditious conspiracy.

Discover what these prisoners endured to raise consciousness and support for the campaign to free the remaining Puerto Rican political prisoners.

The event takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 21, in the Holmes Student Center, Room 506. Admission is free and open to all. For more information, contact (815) 753-1986 or

Software, system maintenance
to take down PeopleSoft financial

All business managers and departments are advised that the NIU PeopleSoft financial system will be down from the close of business Thursday, April 23, through Monday, April 27, for required software and system maintenance.

Journals, budget journals, purchase orders, vouchers, checks and student refunds, etc., will not be processed on these business days. Campus queries also will not be available.

Access to financial and budget reports, accounting and procurement forms via the Web will not be affected by the outage. Normal operations should resume Tuesday, April 28.

Speaker to address literacy
of history, chemistry, math

NIU’s Interdisciplinary Institute for the Study of Language & Literacy will host a talk with Timothy Shanahan, director of the Center for Literacy at UIC.

Shanahan will discuss “Disciplinary Literacy: Teaching the Literacy of History, Chemistry, & Mathematics” at 4 p.m. Friday, April 24, in Room 2305 of the NIU Wellness & Literacy Center, 3100 Sycamore Road. 

For more information, call (815) 753-5793 or e-mail

WNIJ to preview documentary
on ‘Prairie Home’ creator, host

Fans of “A Prairie Home Companion,” broadcast each weekend on 89.5 FM-WNIJ, might be interested in a new feature-length documentary which looks behind the scenes and inside the imagination of the man who created it: Garrison Keillor.

WNIJ presents an exclusive sneak-preview of this new film by Peter Rosen at the Sycamore Theater, 420 W. State St. in Sycamore.

Show times are 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25, and noon Sunday, April 26. Admission is $4 per person, and all ticket proceeds from these weekend screenings benefit the station. In addition, the back side of WNIJ’s souvenir movie pass lists several Sycamore vendors offering money-saving specials to ticket holders.

More details about the documentary can be found at

NIU joins global V-Day effort
to stop violence against females

The NIU Women’s Rights Alliance will host a benefit production of Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues,” raising funds for the Women’s Rights Alliance and V-Day

The production takes place in the Barsema Auditorium inside Barsema Hall. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26. Tickets are $5 for students and senior citizens and $7 for the general public and are sold at the door.

For more information, contact

Convo Center to host
‘Colossal Clean Sweep’

Calling all sellers of antiques, collectibles, sports cards, crafts and garage sale items.

The NIU Convocation Center will host the first “Convo’s Colossal Clean Sweep” from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 2, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children ages 6 and younger.

Vendors are encouraged to register by Monday, April 27, with the added incentive of a 10 percent discount for those who register by Friday, April 17. All NIU students with a valid NIU OneCard will receive a 15 percent rental fee discount. Only indoor space is available for rent.

To reserve your spot, download a registration form or visit the Convocation Center ticket office. For more details, call (815) 752-6800.

Volunteers needed for track meet

Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 9, to assist with NIU Athletics’ Inaugural Track and Field Meet. E-mail Sue Hansfield at with name and contact information.

Trip planned to ‘Twelfth Night’

The NIU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming will sponsor a trip Wednesday, June 3, to Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night,” performed at the Chicago Shakespeare Theater on Navy Pier.

Depart from the Normal Road entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 2 p.m. and return at approximately 12:30 a.m. Explore Navy Pier and enjoy dinner on your own before the performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $85 or $55 for students. Fee includes theater ticket and transportation. Parking is available at the NIU visitor parking lot for a $5 fee.

For more information, contact (815) 753-5200 or

Summer ‘Toolkit’ online

NIU’s Office of Assessment Services presents the Summer 2009 issue of Toolkit, its quarterly “nuts and bolts” e-newsletter. Toolkit is specifically designed to assist the NIU community with practical assessment issues in a user friendly format.

This issue looks at highlights from the 2009 Assessment Expo, including links to view each poster presented at the event. Also included are the debut of NIU’s Assessment Manual, a new resource for assessment on campus; a tool for assessing poster presentations; a look at assessment myths; and results from the class of 2007 alumni survey and annual update reports.

Back issues are posted on the Assessment Services Web site under Toolkit. Contributions to the newsletter are welcome at any time.

Asian American Heritage Month
Includes ‘Tour of Asia’ exhibition

To help celebrate April 2009 Asian American Heritage Month at NIU, faculty, staff and students have displayed 30 enlarged photos of their travels in Asian countries such as Taiwan, China, Japan, Vietnam, Cambodia and others.

Photos displayed through Tuesday, April 14, in the Holmes Student Center’s Gallery Lounge portray historical sites such as the Terra Cotta Soldiers, Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, as well as everyday photos that depict the heritage and culture of people, foods and lifestyle.

The purpose of the “Tour of Asia” exhibition is to visually represent and raise global awareness of Asian heritage through the use of photography.

Photographers include Leo Ku, Philip Wilkinson, Linh-Han Nguyen, Lavinia Lement and F. Michelle Bringas.

Visit for a compete calendar of events for Asian American Heritage Month. For more information, call (815) 752-1167.

Academic Convocation extends
deadline for faculty submissions

The submission deadline for Academic Convocation faculty presentations has been extended to April 15.

Don’t miss this opportunity to showcase your faculty/undergraduate student academic and/or research project to 3,000 new students and 150 of your faculty colleagues. Submissions from every discipline are encouraged; this opportunity is not limited to the traditional sciences.

Committee members will make presentation selections based on the following:

  • A one-page proposal describing the collaborative project;
  • A description of the positive student/faculty interaction that resulted from the project;
  • A statement of how incoming students can become involved in undergraduate academic and/or research projects in your college;
  • A list of grant funding, awards or special recognition for the project (lack of funding or previous awards will not eliminate projects).

Student and faculty team members must be available to present for five to 10 minutes at the Academic Convocation, scheduled for 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, in the Convocation Center.

A proposal form can be downloaded at Submit proposals to
Academic Convocation Committee, c/o Mary Spring, Student Affairs, AL 208, or fax to (815) 753-5100.

Literacy Clinic to hold
book fair at Barnes & Noble

NIU’s Literacy Clinic will hold a book fair Friday, April 17, at Barnes & Noble, 2439 Sycamore Road.

A percentage of the net sales during the fair – exclusions include gift cards, bookstore memberships, textbooks and magazine subscriptions – is donated to the Literacy Clinic. Customers must present Literacy Clinic vouchers prior to making their purchases.

Children can create pictures of their favorite stories for the Literacy Clinic Student Art Gallery. Several other events also are planned:

  • 10 to 11 a.m.: Earth Day story time for children
  • Noon to 1 p.m.: A book discussion to include “One Dog Happy” author Molly McNett
  • 1 to 2 p.m.: Author Edward Callary to share stories and autograph copies of his new book, “Place Names of Illinois”
  • 4 to 5 p.m.: Poetry for children
  • 5 to 6 p.m.: Victor E. Huskie gives “pawtographs” and author Ashley LePard autographs her book, “Hello Victor E. Huskie”
  • 6 to 7 p.m.: Author Pam Farris interacts with children and signs her book, “Crossover Dribble”
  • 7 to 9 p.m.: Music by guitarist Jim Barwegen

The Literacy Clinic also is accepting donations of books purchased that day. A “wish list” will be available at the store.

Supporters unable to attend can call in orders to the store at (815) 787-3234, prepay and reference the Literacy Clinic book fair number: 505099.

For more information, call the Literacy Clinic at (815) 753-1416 or e-mail

Research, Graduate Studies to hold
reception for outstanding students

The Division of Research and Graduate Studies will hold its Outstanding Graduate Student Reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 22, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.

An awards ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. to honor students who are receiving the following awards: the Carter G. Woodson Fellowship, Jeffrey T. Lunsford Fellowship, Dissertation Completion Award, University Fellowship, Diversifying Higher Education Faculty in Illinois Award and the Outstanding Graduate Student Award.

Graduate faculty and advisers are encouraged to attend the event. Refreshments will be served.

Law Library announces hours
for reading period, final exams

The David C. Shapiro Memorial Law Library has announced its schedule covering April 25 through May 31, which includes reading period and final exams.

Extended hours for Saturday, April 25, through Tuesday, May 12, are from 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays, from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sundays. The library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 13.

Hours from Thursday, May 14, through the end of the month are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. The library is closed Saturdays. An exception comes Memorial Day Weekend, when the library is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 23, and closed Sunday, May 24, and Monday, May 25.

Call (815) 753-0505 for more information.

ACT test prep scheduled

Registration is open for ACT test prep scheduled for four Saturdays in May.

Classes meet from 9 a.m. to noon May 9, May 16, May 23 and May 30 in the Monat Building, 148 N. Third St. in DeKalb.

The program covers English, math, reading and science reasoning. The final session covers a sample testing of an actual retired ACT test and scoring.

Cost is $175 (or $200 one week before start of class) and includes instruction, textbook, CD-ROM and retired ACT tests. It does not include registration to take the actual ACT test.

For more information, contact Mark Pietrowski at (815) 753-1456 or

Summer camps announced

Students are now able to apply for the NIU Speech Camp, Creative Writing Camp, Film Camp, Sci-Camp Discovery, Sci-Camp Explorations, Sci-Camp Investigations and, for the first time, the KEMPA Journalism Workshop.

The camps allow students to explore topics of interest to them, experience life on a college campus and have fun learning.

The camp fees include room and board. An early bird discount applies until June 1, but parents and students are urged to apply as soon as possible to guarantee spots in their camps of choice.

A full application packet is available for download at under Academic Summer Camps. 

  • Creative Writing Camp: June 21-26, for students who have completed grades 8 to 12.
  • Sci-Camp Discovery: June 21-26, located at Lorado Taft Campus in Oregon, Ill., for students who have completed grades 5 and 6.
  • Sci-Camp Explorations: June 21-26, located at Lorado Taft Campus for students who have completed grades 7 and 8.
  • Film Camp: July 5-10, for students who have completed grades 8 to 12.
  • Speech Camp: July 12-17, for students who have completed grades 8 to 12.
  • Sci-Camp Investigations: July 12-17, for students who have completed grades 9 to 12.
  • KEMPA Journalism Workshop: July 12-15, for students who have completed grades 8 to 12.

For more camp details, contact Mark Pietrowski at (815) 753-1456 or or visit

Alumni Association hosts
trip to Iceland in July

Experience the cultural explosion and natural beauty of Iceland with the NIU Alumni Association from July 20 to July 26.

Where else can travelers witness such marvels as a tremendous icecap and slow grinding glaciers, spouting geysers, magnificent waterfalls, a multitude of birds, cavorting whales just offshore and fearless little puffins? Meanwhile, because of Iceland’s endless supply of geothermal energy, pollution is nonexistent.

Visit or call (815) 753-1512 for more information.

Health Enhancement marks
Sexual Assault Awareness Month

Nearly one dozen programs and activities are planned throughout the month to raise awareness of and help bring an end to sexual assault and other forms of relationship violence.

“This month is designed to create many different avenues for people to discuss and learn about issues surrounding sexual violence,” said Andrea Drott, health educator for NIU’s Health Enhancement. “Everyone is encouraged to support the events and be a part of the solution.”

A complete schedule of discussions, performances and other activities is available online.

Events include:

  • Wednesday, April 22
    Join us for “Divas and Desserts” and celebrate women involved in the civil rights and sexual assault awareness movements. The event will be held between 7 and 9 p.m. in the Women’s Resource Center at the corner of Normal Road and West Lincoln Highway.
  • Thursday, April 23
    The movie “Higher Learning” will be screened followed by a discussion of the impact of sexual violence. The event takes place at 5 p.m. in Grant Tower D’s formal lounge.
  • Friday to Sunday, April 24 to April 26
    Three performances of Eve Ensler’s “Vagina Monologues,” a play that aims to raise awareness of issues related to sexual violence, are planned. Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 24 and 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 26, in Barsema Hall, Barsema Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for students (with ID) and seniors, and $7 for the general public, and are available at the door.

All events are open to the public and, unless otherwise noted, are free. Sign language interpreters will be provided upon request; call (815) 753-6515. One week’s notice is preferred.

Event sponsors include NIU Health Enhancement; Men Against Sexual and Interpersonal Violence; Women’s Resource Center; Women’s Rights Alliance; PRSSA; Women’s Studies; and Safe Passage.

For more information, call Health Enhancement at (815) 753-9767.

Final candidate forum Wednesday
for Honors Program top job

Candidate interviews for the position of director of NIU’s University Honors Program have been scheduled. A 20-minute candidate presentation will be followed by an open interview forum for faculty and staff.

  • Mary Pritchard, associate dean, College of Health and Human Sciences
    1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, Altgeld Hall 315 

Faculty invited 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 2009! 

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 2008, more than 1,600 first-year NIU students enrolled in 84 sections of UNIV 101/201. 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;
  • Have prior teaching experience.

If candidates do not meet the last two criteria, they can be paired with a teaching coach.

Instructor overview sessions are being offered from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, and Monday, April 6. The meetings take place in Holmes Student Center Room 306. If you are interested, please RSVP to

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, department meetings, and participate in course feedback through e-mail correspondence and surveys.

More information and application materials are available online or by e-mail at

April is LGBT Awareness Month

Education, activism, art and entertainment are all part of the calendar of events for April’s celebration of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Awareness Month.

A new art installation focused on the themes of pride, empowerment and community is taking shape at the LGBT Resource Center; there will be multiple dates in April for participation.

  • Activist Mia Mingus will visit campus Wednesday, April 15, to present “Wrong is Not My Name: The Intersections of Disability, Queerness, Race and Gender.”
  • Author Toni McNaron will speak Thursday, April 23, and Friday, April 24, to address contemporary gay and lesbian writing, and lingering homophobia in academia.
  • Two current NIU students will present Tuesday, April 28, about their internships in national LGBT organizations and their involvement in fighting for LGBT equality on the national stage.
  • Students in Professor Debbie Smith-Shank’s “LGBT Issues in Art” course will mount an exhibit in downtown DeKalb from Wednesday, April 15, through Saturday, April 25.

Many other events are also planned throughout April. Full details about all events are available by visiting the online calendar of events at Request a printed or electronic copy of the calendar by contacting the LGBT Resource Center at (815) 753-5428 or

Trip planned to I&M Canal

Join the Lifelong Learning Institute in a fascinating and picturesque trip Friday, April 24, through regional and national history: A professional tour guide will take participants on a day-long tour of the Illinois-Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor.

The opening of the 100 mile-long canal in 1848, from Chicago to LaSalle-Peru, linked the Gulf of Mexico with the Great Lakes and launched Chicago on its greatest period of growth. While eventually superseded by the Sanitary and Ship Canal, a rediscovery of the old canal and the communities along it has resulted in an impressive array of restored buildings, landscapes and historic sites. 

Participants will go to the St. James of the Sag Church in Lemont, the headquarters of the I&M Canal at Lockport. Members will visit the marvelously restored Gaylord Building along with a small museum devoted to the canal as well as the Public Landing Restaurant, where they will have lunch. Afterward, they will continue on a driving tour of Lockport and the Joliet Museum, featuring a replica lock used on the I&M and a Route 66 Experience Exhibit.

The trip will depart from the Normal Road entrance of the Holmes Student Center at 8:15 a.m. and return at approximately 6:30 p.m. Fee includes professional guide, lunch, entrance fees and transportation.

The field trip is open to everyone in the community, while LLI members, NIU Cardinal & Black Alumni members and University Women’s Club members are eligible for a discounted rate.

For more information or to register for the field trip, contact the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences External Programming at (815) 753-5200, online at or in person in Room 152 of the Monat Building, 148 N. Third St.

A minimum of 25 registrants is needed by Friday, April 10, to offer this trip.