Rich Holly’s road to the deanship of the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts truly began decades ago with a television variety show.
The 6-year-old boy had scampered down the stairs into the living room of his family’s Long Island home to find his mother and father watching a musical performance on TV.
“I just stopped,” Holly said. “The camera zoomed in on the drummer. They stayed on the drummer for 15 seconds. I turned around and said to my parents, ‘I want to play drums.’ ”
His father brought home a pair of drum sticks the next afternoon.
NIU Cares Day, an annual service event that brings students, faculty and staff members together to complete service projects throughout Sycamore and DeKalb, is scheduled for Saturday, April 18.
The event begins at 9 a.m. with a kickoff at the Chick Evans Field House and continues through 4 p.m.