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December 14, 2009

Health Department expands
availability of H1N1 vaccine

The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that all Illinoisans will be eligible to receive the H1N1 flu vaccination beginning Tuesday, Dec. 15.

The DeKalb County Health Department, located at 2550 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, will offer the injectible H1N1 vaccine to anyone six months of age or older. Call (888) 726-2412 to schedule an appointment. The vaccine is free of charge.

More information, including clinic schedule, consent forms and vaccine fact sheet, is available online.

Rec Services will host
open house in January

NIU Recreation Services will host a faculty/staff open house from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, through Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Student Recreation Center. All faculty and staff are invited to visit on any one or all three days to see what the center has to offer.

Play a favorite sport, participate in the special activities planned, take a tour or pick up membership information. 

For other details and a complete list of “Try Us Out” activities, visit

Convocation Center offers
packages for BMX Triples

NIU’s Convocation Center is offering two packages for the ASA Big Air BMX Triples competition scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 20. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

This special offer expires Monday, Dec. 21.

The VIP 4-Pack ($100) includes four lower-bowl tickets, four hot dogs, four fountain drinks and four meet-and-greet passes. The Fun Pack ($75) includes four upper-bowl tickets, four hot dogs and four fountain drinks.

Regularly priced tickets are $37 for reserved floor seats, $27 for reserved lower-bowl seats and $22 for reserved upper-bowl seats. NIU students with a valid NIU OneCard get a $4 discount at the Convocation Center Box Office.

Discounts are not applicable to prior sales, subject to availability and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Campus community urged
to register for text alerts

All members of the NIU community are encouraged to register for the NIU Alert text messaging system. The system will send a text message to registered cell phones in the event of a campus emergency. More than 10,640 cell phone users have signed up to receive NIU emergency text messages.

Enrollment is quick and free. Your registration information is private and will not be shared. You provide your name, cell phone number, service provider and e-mail address.

Once you have registered, a confirmation message will be sent to your phone and your e-mail address. Cell phone users who do not have unlimited texting might incur charges for this text message and should check their plans.

For more information and to register, visit

Media Services to provide
SMART classroom training

Media Services will offer training on the use of the audiovisual equipment in provost-sponsored SMART classrooms from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 6, and Thursday, Jan. 7, in DuSable Hall 348, or by appointment Friday, Jan. 8. Call Keith Bisplinghoff at (815) 753-0172.

These seminars are open-ended and run continually. A complete demonstration with hands-on practice takes about 30 minutes.

Sociology, LAS open registration
for ‘Travel with the Professor’

NIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Department of Sociology are accepting registrations for their Travel with the Professor program, “From Theory to Practice: Examining Community Organizations.”

The Orlando, Fla., portion of the program will be held Monday, Jan. 4, through Friday, Jan. 8. The Illinois portion begins Saturday, Jan. 23, and ends Saturday, May 1.

This year’s program addresses the structural issues of poverty and its impact on individuals, the family, the community and the organizations created to provide services and advocacy.

Participants will have the opportunity to observe and participate meaningfully in projects designed to alleviate criminality, poverty, homelessness and addiction. The program includes a travel seminar with a combination of lectures, readings, guest speakers and site visits to selected organizations in Illinois and Florida. Participants also will have the opportunity to participate actively in one of several group projects and to present their groups’ findings in a formal report to the appropriate local service providers.

Program leaders are Jack King, faculty member and internship coordinator in the NIU Department of Sociology; Deanna Cada, DeKalb County Community Foundation program manager; and Keri Nelson, American Cancer Society income development manager.

More details, including tentative schedule, site visits, accommodations, transportation, academic credit option and registration information, are available online.

FIT program offers exercise

The NIU Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education’s Fitness Images Today (FIT) Program is an exercise program for NIU employees, family members, retirees and residents of the surrounding community.

Membership in FIT includes access to cardio and weight training facilities, Anderson Pool and a variety of group exercise classes. FIT members have exclusive use of FIT facilities during FIT hours. All FIT staff hold bachelor’s or master’s degrees in exercise physiology. The experienced staff will help members begin and maintain scientifically based exercise programs.

Fees are $65 for spring and $35 for summer. The fees also include health/fitness assessments. 

Registration is available from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, through Friday, Jan. 8, in Room 126 of Anderson Hall. A free trial of FIT is offered from Monday, Jan. 11, through Friday, Jan.15.

Visit or call 753-0335 for more information.

Jazz Ensemble prepares
for pair of Chicago gigs

Members of the legendary NIU Jazz Ensemble will perform twice in Chicago during December.

The ensemble, directed by Board of Trustees Professor Ron Carter, will play two shows at 8 and 10 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16, at the Jazz Showcase-Dearborn Station, 806 S Plymouth Court in Chicago. Special guest artists for the evening, which also doubles as a CD release party for both the ensemble and the NIU Liberace Jazztet, will include the NIU jazz studies faculty and the Warren Township High School Jazz Ensemble.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 17, the ensemble and its roster of special guest from the night before will appear on the program of the Midwest Clinic, the world’s largest convention of music educators. This year’s convention is held at McCormick Place West; NIU plays in Ballroom W196. 

TLC deadline extended

The Office of the Vice Provost is seeking proposals from NIU faculty to create themed learning communities for fall 2010. All proposals are due by Friday, Jan 15.

In these communities, faculty will offer incoming freshmen a unique opportunity to engage deeply with the course theme, connect learning across the linked course(s) in collaborative and active ways, develop relationships with peers and faculty and ease the transition to college.

The goal is to create between seven and 10 themed learning communities for fall 2010. The full
Request for Proposals and proposal form are online at