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June 9, 2009

NIU Art Museum prepares
to rent artworks for offices

It is time once again for the NIU Art Museum’s annual “Art to Lend” exhibition. Works from this exhibition from the permanent collection are available to hang in secure campus offices.

Those who are interested in considering the selections should stop by the Altgeld Gallery (first floor, west end) between Monday, June 29, and Thursday, July 9. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. As in previous years, works will be assigned by lottery-based preferred selections. The lottery drawing will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 9.

There are nominal fees for this service to cover part of the Art Museum’s incurred costs and for the direct care and maintenance of the collection, including matting and framing to make new selections available.

Check for more information on the rental policy. For any other questions, contact Pete Olson at (815) 753-7867 or via e-mail at

Alumni Association hosts family fun
at Kane County Cougars game

Join the NIU Alumni Association for a Kane County Cougars game Saturday, July 11, at Elfstrom Stadium in Geneva. Tickets are $17 and include lawn seats, a hot dog and a small drink.

More baseball fun is scheduled later in the month: a Cubs game event Friday, July 24, and a Chicago White Sox event Friday, July 31, both in Chicago. Visit for more information about these games.

CSA Band in the Park
to perform three concerts

High school band students will enjoy playing lively and fun music in a band at the Hopkins Park Band Shell this summer.

CSA Band in the Park rehearses in the NIU Music Building for three consecutive evenings and performs an hour after the third rehearsal at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. This program is offered by the NIU Community School of the Arts.

CSA Band in the Park is directed by Mike Kasper, spring band director at Sycamore High School. The band is offered in three sessions, and students can sign up for all three or for any one of the sessions.

The dates of the sessions are June 15 to 17, July 6 to 8 and July 27 to 29. 

Each session features a different style of music. The material chosen for the June session focuses on music from around the world and features every continent. The music chosen for the first July session has a patriotic flair, and the final session features pops and film music.

The band meets from 6 to 9 p.m. Mondays, from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Concerts at Hopkins Park in DeKalb begin at 7:30 p.m.

More information about this and the many other summer offerings for children and adults at the NIU Community School of the Arts is available by calling the office at (815) 753-1450 or online at

Free seminar to explain
use of Word 2007 Citation

A free seminar on how to use the Word 2007 Citation application will be offered from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at the Learning Center located in the lower level of Gabel Hall, Room 01D.

Using this function makes writing research and other papers much easier. This seminar is especially valuable for those who might have several papers to complete in a single semester. Staff members and faculty also are encouraged to attend.

The seminar is sponsored by NIU’s Commuter and Non-Traditional Student Services and the Writing Center.

Annuitants to visit museum,
mansion, Illinois State Fair

Members of the NIU Annuitants Association and guests plan to attend the Illinois State Fair and visit the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in honor of Lincoln’s 200th birthday year. 

The group also will visit the historic Hegeler-Carus Mansion. Reservations are now being accepted.

The group departs DeKalb at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16, and will depart the state fairgrounds in Springfield around 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 17. Travelers will spend the night in the unique Chateau Hotel in Bloomington.

Space is available and information is available from Steven Johnson, More details about the NIU Annuitants Association can be found at

Free ‘Huskie’ T-shirts await
new Alumni Association members

Each alum and friend of the university who joins the NIU Alumni Association before June 30, 2009 will receive an exclusive members-only “Alumni. Employee. Huskie For Life” T-shirt.

The membership program launched last July is an excellent way to show support for NIU and pride in the university. Members enjoy many benefits on campus and in the community. Membership opportunities are available at two levels: Cardinal & Black and Legacy. Visit for more information.

Faculty Development to offer
Teaching Effectiveness Institute

The Fall 2009 Teaching Effectiveness Institute is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 13, and Friday, Aug. 14, in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center. The event is sponsored by the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center.

Day One is designed to introduce faculty to basic principles of teaching, offer information about support resources related to teaching and discuss how faculty deal with students’ needs. It is geared toward an audience who is new to teaching and to those wanting to refresh their knowledge of teaching fundamentals.

Participants will have opportunities to network with both new and experienced faculty at NIU. This institute will include interactive presentations by NIU faculty and staff.

Among the day’s 10 topics: “Planning an Effective Syllabus,” “Strategies to Energize the Classroom Experience,” “Managing Academic Integrity,” “Students with Emotional and/or Behavioral Concerns,” “Accommodating the Needs of Students with Disabilities.”

Day Two – “Teaching Strategies to Help First-Year Students Do Their Best” – will feature speaker Constance Staley, professor of communication at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.

According to recent reports, many new college students accept disengagement over engagement and less academic investment over more. When faced with a demanding course, the easiest solution is often to give up or change majors. What can those who value higher learning do to help students with lower expectations dig in and grapple with the challenge? How to raise the bar?

Some of the day’s six topics include “Understanding General Principles of Engagement and Disengagement,” “Introducing Initial Teaching Strategies that Generate Motivation and Engagement” and “Designing Specific Hands-on Teaching Strategies for Kisesthetic Learners.”

These workshops are open only to NIU faculty and staff.

Registered participants will receive workshop materials, lunch and refreshments and certificates of participation. Advanced registration is required by Friday, July 24, and early registration is encouraged. Register online for Day One and/or Day Two.

Call (815) 753-0595 for more information.