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Northern Today - August 31, 2009

Crafting Maya IdentityCrafting Maya Identity

New exhibition at NIU will lend credibility
to emerging art form in northern Yucatán

Some art historians scoff at the notion of conducting academic research into the wood carvings sold to tourists at various archeological sites in the Puuc region of Yucatán, Mexico.


ARTLabNew School of Art ‘themed year’
to examine globalism through art

For two years, chatter spread through the School of Art about one of the intriguing premises of an exhibition being prepared for the Jack Olson Gallery.


Rena CotsonesCotsones to concentrate liaison duties
on Rockford’s challenges, opportunities

Rena Cotsones, NIU’s longtime executive director of community relations, has a new and exclusive focus: Rockford.


Photo of U.S. CapitolNIU’s congressional interns
rewarded with scholarships

Matthew Venaas wins Paul Simon Award

For the three NIU students who interned this past summer in Washington, D.C., the experience did not disappoint.


J. Carroll MoodyFormer Provost Moody helped lead
NIU through turbulent time in 1990s

Former Provost J. Carroll Moody, a champion of NIU faculty and students who helped successfully defend the university from state efforts in the 1990s to eliminate academic programs, died Tuesday, Aug. 18, in Corpus Christi, Texas.


America ReadsLiteracy Clinic helps more than 100 children
bridge summer interruption in reading, writing

Children love summer vacation but, for many, the months away from school can erode their academic abilities.

That’s not true, however, of the more than 100 children who received free tutoring through America Reads.


OrionNIU will hold workshops on how to use
robotic telescopes accessible via Internet

Calling all astronomy buffs.

NIU STEM Outreach will hold two upcoming workshops that will allow participants to capture spectacular photographs and explore the heavens using high-tech robotic telescopes that can be accessed online.