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October 5, 2009

Art Education speaker
to address ‘activist art’

NIU’s art education program will welcome Karen Keifer-Boyd, professor of art education and affiliate professor of women’s studies at The Pennsylvania State University, for a 5 p.m. speech today in Room 111 of the Art Building.

Boyd will focus on contemporary technology and feminist pedagogy in a lecture titled “Activist Art and Disruptive Technologies: reStAGE<deep breadth>.”

Feminist masquerade pedagogy is more than wearing a mask to try new ways of experiencing the world; it also is the act of unmasking in the sense of exposing and critiquing assumptions. Student-enacted virtual fictions can make explicit situational circumstances that privilege some bodies over others.

Keifer-Boyd is co-editor of Visual Culture & Gender. Her research on feminist pedagogy, visual culture and cyberactivism is published in more than 40 peer-reviewed research publications and translated into several languages.

For more information, contact Deb Smith-Shank at

Duo XXI to perform tonight

NIU’s School of Music will host guest artists Duo XXI in concert at 8 p.m. today in the Recital Hall.

Duo XXI, made up of Anna Cromwell on violin and Mira Frisch on cello, will present a program of six new works for violin and cello. They include “Blue Refracted,” composed by NIU School of Music faculty member David Maki. Other composers on the program are John Allemeier, Stephen Anderson, Joseph Dangerfield and Robert Keith Parks.

Founded in the spring of 2007, Duo XXI is committed to developing the musical culture of the 21st century through commissioning, performing and recording new music.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the building is accessible to all. The concert might be broadcast live over the Internet; check the evening of the concert and click on “Live HD Webcasts.”

For more information, call (815) 753-1546.

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Castello Nascoto is scheduled for Tuesday. Taste of Thai takes over Wednesday. Comfort Café concludes the week 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.

Castello Nascoto features tomato bruschetta or vegetable minestrone for starters, Italian turkey sausage with red peppers or pasta con brio for entrees and ricotta cheesecake with strawberry topping or dark chocolate gelato for dessert. Each table will be served parmesan bread twists with garlic herb oil.

Taste of Thai features Thai veggie rolls or crab salad on cucumber rounds for starters, spicy Thai chicken kabobs or Taste of Thai veggie tofu for entrees and Thai fried bananas or Thai fruit salad with papaya mint sauce for dessert. Each table also will be served grilled chile salsa with rice crackers.

Comfort Café features apple pear salad or hazelnut squash soup for starters, classic beef pot roast or broccoli mac and cheese gratin for entrees and baked apples or pumpkin bread pudding for dessert. Each table will be served cornbread with butter and honey.

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.

Operating Staff Council
to host meet-and-greet

Members of the Operating Staff Council will host a meet-and-greet in an informal session from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the annex room of the Blackhawk Cafeteria in the Holmes Student Center.

OSC members will be on hand to answer questions and listen to new ideas. The OSC represents all operating staff in the shared governance system at NIU. 

Participants may bring a lunch or purchase one in the cafeteria. For other details, contact or visit

Art Museum, Dance Theatre
join to present ‘Technodance’

NIU’s Art Museum and the Northern Dance Theatre will present “TECHNODANCE,” a collaboration highlighting performance and visual art through interpretations of art works displayed in the current “Technology and Art” exhibition suite.

Events are scheduled at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7; 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8; and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

Students under the direction of School of Theatre and Dance professor Paula Frasz will present four dance pieces of approximately three minutes each. Each arrangement will take place twice each day to allow visitors to see every dance in the galleries.

“Acephilopod” features dancers Bryan Hurd and Caitlin Foster amongst the work of Elona Van Gent in the South Gallery. In the next room, Katy Odenweller and Brittany Barnwell evoke emotions that can be sensed from Gerald Guthrie’s “boxes” and digital images in Guthrie Dialogues.

In the Rotunda Gallery, Melanie Windland, Rachel Lopez, Amaris Gholar, Ashleigh Muhammad and Elizabeth Kraus will present “Funnel Series” and “Sagrada Familia,” named after the Jessica Gondek works to which they correspond.

“RetroTech,” a solo by Monique Hickman, will be performed in Karen Hanmer’s installation of the same name.

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.

College’s Linguistics Initiative
to host documentary screenings

The CLAS Interdisciplinary Linguistics Initiative will host two screenings of the award-winning documentary, “The Linguists.”

Screenings are scheduled at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Reavis Hall 211, and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Davis Hall 116.

This film chronicles some of the work of K. David Harrison and Greg Anderson, two scientists consumed with documenting endangered languages. In Siberia, India, and Bolivia, the linguists confront head-on the very forces silencing languages: institutionalized racism and violent economic unrest.

Their journey takes them deep into the heart of the cultures, knowledge, and communities at stake. To view a trailer of the film, visit

Harrison will speak about “Language Extinction: Global and Local Trends” from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, in Reavis Hall. For more information, contact Doris Macdonald at (815) 753-6601 or

Opera Theater to explore
‘Beautiful Nights of Love’

For its opening program of the year, the NIU Opera Theater will present “Beautiful Nights of Love: Scenes from French Opera.” Performances are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, and 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in the Recital Hall of the Music Building.

The program takes its title from lyrics of the opening number, the famous “Barcarole” from Offenbach’s “The Tales of Hoffmann.” Excerpts from two of Offenbach’s comic operettas, “La Perichole” and “Orpheus in the Underworld,” also are featured, as well as arias from Gounod’s “Romeo and Juliet,” Gluck’s “Alceste” and Meyerbeer’s “The Prohphet.”

Composer Ambroise Thomas is represented by numbers from two of his operas, “Mignon” and “Hamlet.” The works of Jules Massenet are highlighted in scenes from “Cendrillion,” “Werther” and “Manon.”

The program is co-directed by conductor Lucia Matos and stage director James Tucker, with assistance from faculty pianist JeongSoo Kim and graduate accompanist Glenda Courtois-Garcia.

The concert is free and open to the public, and the building is accessible to all. The concert might be broadcast live over the Internet; check the evening of the concert and click on “Live HD Webcasts.”

For more information, call (815) 753-1546.

Observatory invites public
to witness lunar crash

On the morning of Friday, Oct. 9, the NIU Observatory atop Davis Hall will train its sights on the moon with hopes of observing a spectacular crash.

A NASA spacecraft known as LCROSS is scheduled to deliberately crash a launch rocket into a lunar crater, with hopes that the resulting cloud of debris will reveal evidence that water exists beneath the lunar surface.

The NIU Observatory will be open to the public for viewing that day from 5 to 7 a.m. If skies are clear, the debris plume should be viewable several seconds after impact and will peak in brightness at 30 to 100 seconds after impact, according to NASA.

It’s also expected that the morning will provide prime-time viewing of other celestial objects, including Venus and Mars.

“In case of clouds or rain, we will still meet at the same time to watch the crash via NASA TV,” said Matt Wiesner, observatory manager.

For more information, e-mail, call (815) 753-1305 or visit

Campus Child Care Center
to hold annual book fair

NIU’s Campus Child Care Center will hold its annual Children’s Book Fair during the week of Oct. 12.

The book fair will be open from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Checks and credit cards are welcome.

Come browse through a wide selection with multiple copies of books, early readers, parent resource materials, calendars and more. Approximately 1,700 books and other items are available for purchase.

The center is located just off Annie Glidden Road on the west side of Gabel Hall. The main entrance can be accessed by the circle drive in front of the white stone building in parking lot 38/S. For community visitors, parking is available in lot 38/S outside the building (request a visitor’s pass at the front desk).

Call (815) 753-0125 for more information.

Noted linguist to speak
about language extinction

Half of the world’s languages are on the verge of extinction. Who will record them before they are gone? 

K. David Harrison will speak about the demise of many of the world's languages and efforts to preserve them. Harrison is the author of “When Languages Die: The Extinction of the World’s Languages and the Erosion of Human Knowledge,” and one of the linguists featured in the 2007 documentary “The Linguists.”

He is currently chair of the Linguistics Department at Swarthmore College and also is the co-founder and director of research for the Living Tongues Institute for Endangered Languages, a non-profit foundation committed to language preservation and revitalization.

Harrison’s presentation will begin at 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, after a brief reception beginning at 4:30 p.m. in Reavis Hall 211. Screenings of the documentary featuring Harrison and his colleague, Greg Anderson, will be held at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in Reavis Hall 211, and at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, in Davis Hall 116.

These events are sponsored by the CLAS Interdisciplinary Linguistics Initiative. Contact Doris Macdonald for more information at (815) 753-6601 or

PRP nominations sought

Nominations are being sought for NIU’s 2010 Presidential Research Professorships, which recognize outstanding accomplishment and future potential in academic research or creative artistry.

Faculty members may be nominated, or may initiate their own candidacy, by submitting letters of nominations or self-nominations to James Erman, interim vice president for research, by Monday, Oct. 12.

The nomination and self-nomination letters must include the candidate’s qualifications in accordance with the award specifications. Four complete sets of application materials must then be submitted to Erman’s office by Monday, Nov. 2.

Up to three new Presidential Research Professors are designated each year. Upon appointment, each award recipient will receive a base-salary increment of $2,000.

Additionally, a grant of $5,000 will be provided during each year of the appointment, provided the recipient remains a full-time NIU faculty member. The grant money is to be used for scholarly activities. Award recipients also receive one semester of release from teaching and other non-research responsibilities. 

More detailed information on the award and on the call for nominations is available online.

Christian faculty-staff group
to meet for prayer Oct. 13

NIU’s Christian faculty-staff prayer group will meet from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, in Blackhawk East. For more information, contact Tom Bough at (815) 753-7978 or via e-mail at

USOAR proposals invited

NIU’s Committee on the Undergraduate Academic Environment (CUAE) is seeking proposals from undergraduate students for the 2009-10 USOAR awards. The deadline for students to submit 10 copies of their proposals to the appropriate college office is Wednesday, Dec. 2.

The USOAR program provides funds to students to carry out an independent artistry or research project under the guidance of a NIU faculty or staff member. 

All undergraduates in every major are eligible to apply. Students must be available to carry out their USOAR project during part or all of the period March 1, 2010, through Feb. 28, 2011. Students can receive up to $2,500 to fund their independent artistry or research project. Proposal materials can be found online.

Information sessions are scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, and Thursday, Oct. 15, in Room 405 of the Holmes Student Center. Current USOAR students will share experiences and projects. For more information, contact Julia Spears at (815) 753-8152 or

CLA workshop Oct. 15 to cover
economic development, land use

NIU’s Civic Leadership Academy will launch its 2009-10 series Thursday, Oct. 15, with a workshop titled, “The Game Has Changed: Do the Fundamentals of Economic Development and Land Use Policies Still Apply?”

This workshop will present insights into economic development and the role governments increasingly play in this critical piece of community health in light of the historic economic downturn of 2009. Recent trends and debates in approaches, tools and the relationship between land use decisions, planning, zoning and other regulatory frameworks also will be covered.

Participants will hear key concepts and models of economic development and land use planning which, coupled with realistic expectations and strategies, equip a foundation for supporting their own existing economic development strategies.

Workshops are held at NIU-Naperville from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. A continental breakfast, buffet lunch and afternoon snack are included in the registration fee. 

Registration and more information about CLA and its upcoming workshops are available online.

Anne Feeney, David Rovics
to present concert on campus

Pittsburgh-based agitator Anne Feeney and David Rovics, the “musical voice of the progressive movement,” will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15, in Room 173 of the Music Building.

Feeney has performed at thousands of rallies, picket lines and demonstrations over the years, including the WTO demonstrations in Seattle, the Solidarity Day in Washington, D.C., and for 1.5 million at the April 25, 2004, March for Women’s Lives.

Her “Have You Been to Jail for Justice?” anthem is included on Peter, Paul and Mary’s CD, “In These Times,” and also was featured in “Get Up/Stand Up: The History of Pop and Protest,” a documentary of the greatest protest songs of all time that aired nationally on PBS and worldwide.

Since the mid-1990s, Rovics has spent most of his time on the road, playing hundreds of shows every year throughout North America, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Japan. He and his songs have been featured on national radio programs in the United States, Canada, Britain, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and elsewhere.

The event is co-sponsored by the NIU History Department, the UUFD Social Justice Committee and DeKalb Interfaith Network. For more information, call Dan Kenney at (815) 793-0950.

Campus community invited
to join CROP Walk Oct. 18

The Sondra King CROP Walk will be held Sunday, Oct. 18. Registration begins at 2 p.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 830 N. Annie Glidden Road, DeKalb, with step-off at 3 p.m.

CROP (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) is a four-mile or “one golden mile” walk against hunger.

Proceeds from this year’s walk will benefit DeKalb County agencies including food pantries, Meals on Wheels, Hope Haven and Safe Passage, as well as Church World Services and other international agencies that provide disaster relief and self-help development.

To learn more about the Sondra King CROP Walk, contact Amy Ozier at

To learn more about CROP or to register early online, visit Participants may register as individuals or as a team of at least three people. Participants also may register the day of the walk.

Financial donations are not required; just walking can help make a difference.

College of Business club
to host scholarship dinner

The Northern Illinois University Executive Club will hold its 11th Annual Scholarship Dinner Dance Saturday, Nov. 7, at the Oak Brook Hills Marriot Resort.

The event raises funds for scholarships for students attending the NIU College of Business.

The black-tie optional event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a reception and silent auction, followed by dinner and a live auction at 7:30. Entertainment and dancing will commence at 9 p.m. For more information, or to purchase tickets, contact NIU’s College of Business alumni office (815) 753-1433.

Established in 1996, the NIU Executive Club is an alumni organization specifically designed for business executives. It was formed to bridge the business community and the NIU College of Business, providing opportunities for networking and professional development for alumni and business students alike.

Annuitants Association president
to hold meet-and-greet Nov. 11

NIU Annuitants Association President Linda Schwarz will hold a meet-and-greet with coffee from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Barnes & Noble, 2439 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. Refreshments are provided by the NIU Credit Union.

October is LGBT History Month

LGBT History Month this year will feature several NIU faculty presentations along with the popular "Do Ask, Do Tell" sticker day and annual Creating Community fall reception.

Faculty presentations include:

  • Thursday, Oct. 15: “Legal and Statistical Consciousness Among Gay and Lesbian Couples”
  • Tuesday, Oct. 20: “Ann and Myself: Rhetoric, Sexuality, and Silences at Lowell”
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27: “She Prefers Girls: Making Sense of Teen Girls’ Same-Sex Desire in the 1950s”

Full details about these and all other events are available by calling (815) 753-5428, e-mailing or visiting the LGBT Resource Center Web site.

Community School class teaches
documentary photography project

Learn how to use photographs to tell a story in a new two-day class offered this fall by the NIU Community School of the Arts. The class is for those 12 and older.

The Documentary Photography Project offers a chance for amateur photographers to learn to document a story through candid photography.

Saturday, Oct. 17, is the first day. Students bring their cameras to class and learn basic photography techniques for taking skillful candid (not posed) pictures. The group travels around the NIU campus with a list of places to photograph.

Saturday, Oct. 24, is the second day. Students bring prints of their photographs to class and meet for a critique session and discussion.

The class meets from 1 to 3 p.m. both days in Room 211 of the Visual Arts Building.

Teacher Jeni Lodolce is studying for her master’s degree in art education at NIU. She earned her bachelor’s degree in photography from NIU in 2006. She has been a photographer with the Northern Star and the Beacon News of Aurora.

To learn more about this and other classes offered by the NIU Community School of the Arts, call (815) 753-1450 or visit

Community School workshop
teaches craft of Pysanky eggs

Learn to design one-of-a-kind eggs, which can be given as gifts, kept as family heirlooms or treasured as holiday decorations.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is offering a workshop, Creating Pysanky Eggs. The class meets from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, in the Visual Arts Building. The workshop is for anyone ages 13 through adult.

Egg decorating is a skill that has been handed down through many generations, usually from mother to daughter. Pysanky are Ukrainian/Polish eggs, decorated using beeswax and dyes that are applied in layers.

Students learn to decorate eggs using two different styles of Pysanky: the Polish drop/pull folk style and the Ukrainian method, which uses the delrin kista tool. Both use hot wax applied to the egg surface and color dye baths. The fee includes the cost of materials.

The class is ideal for mothers and daughters or for friends; there is a discount when two people register together.

Instructor Billie Giese is an associate professor of drawing in the NIU School of the Art.

For registration forms or information about this and other programs of the NIU Community School of the Arts, visit or call (815) 753-1450.

Friends of NIU Libraries
presents ‘John Deere Story’

The Friends of NIU Libraries invite the public to attend a talk titled, “The John Deere Story: Building a Frontier Business,” presented by Neil Dahlstrom at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Dahlstrom, co-author of “The John Deere Story: A Biography of Plowmakers John and Charles Deere,” will provide insight into the first 70 years of John Deere – from the “invention” of the steel plow in 1837 to becoming the largest steel plow manufacturer in the world by 1900.

The program is free and will be held in the Rare Books and Special Collections department on the fourth floor of Founders Memorial Library. Free parking is available after 7 p.m. in the Visitor’s Parking Lot located on Carroll Avenue.

For more information, call (815) 753-8091.

Northern Public Radio seeks
volunteers to field pledge calls

NIU’s public radio stations, WNIJ and WNIU, need volunteers to help answer pledge drive phone calls during the Fall Membership Campaign.

WNIJ (89.5 FM) will fundraise during various hours between Friday, Oct. 16, and Friday, Oct. 23. Weekday morning shifts start as early as 6 a.m. with Monday through Thursday evening shifts ending at 7 p.m. There are some mid-day and weekend hours to fill as well.

Classical WNIU (90.5 FM) will fundraise on just one day, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 28.

E-mail for more information about pledge drive volunteering at the Broadcast Center, 801 N. First St. in DeKalb.

International Programs seeks
nominations for 2009 awards

The NIU Division of International Programs is seeking nominations for two awards that will be presented this fall during the annual International Recognition Reception.

The “Outstanding International Educator Award” honors an NIU faculty or staff member who has contributed significantly toward international education at the university. The Division of International Programs will recognize the award recipient with a travel reimbursement of $500. 

The 2009 award recipient will have made sustained contributions to the enhancement of international education through teaching, research, public service and student-service efforts. The deadline for submitting completed nominations is Friday, Oct. 16.

The second major honor, the award for Outstanding Contribution to International Education at NIU, recognizes the academic unit or support unit that made the most significant contribution toward international education on campus during the last academic year. The deadline for submitting completed nominations is Friday, Oct. 23.

The International Recognition Reception will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, in the Holmes Student Center Sky Room. Deputy Provost Harold Kafer will speak at the event.

More information on the awards and nomination forms are available online at or by calling Sara Clayton at (815) 753-9526.

Fair to showcase diverse
suppliers of products, services

Procurement Services and Human Resource Services invite faculty, staff and student organization officers to attend NIU’s fourth annual Supplier Diversity Networking Fair.

Scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center, the fair will showcase products and services from 100 businesses primarily owned and operated by minorities, females and/or persons with disabilities.

Visitors can compare and sample a wide variety of quality products and services in a low-key, non-pressure setting. They also can enjoy free breakfast, a lunch buffet, give-aways and door prizes.

To register, e-mail name and position title, department/organization and the names and titles of those attending to by Tuesday, Oct. 6. Registration also will be taken at the door.

For more information, visit or call (815) 753-6000.

Blood drive scheduled

Phi Sigma Biology Honors Society, the Pre Professional Association and the Chemistry Club will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in the Holmes Student Center Capital Room.

Refreshments will be provided after the donation, and every donor will receive a free pair of flannel pants.

To schedule a time to donate, contact Kate Krise at (815) 821-5688 or by e-mail at Walk-ins also are welcome.

Alumni plans trip to Paris, Normandy

Join NIU’s Alumni Association on a trip to France next March. This travel program combines the ambiance and culture of Paris with the history and geography of Normandy.

Whether it’s the lovely tree-lined boulevards with their animated cafes or the brilliantly illuminated monuments and squares or the exciting nightlife, Paris is inviting. The “City of Light” offers a vast array of scenic, cultural, culinary and emotional experiences.

Normandy is a distinct region on the northern coast of France famous for the D-Day landings of June 1944. Normandy also offers the beautiful French countryside with deep river valleys and forests, fine manor houses, thatched cottages and picturesque seaport villages.

International Programs hosts
series of brown bag lunches

The Division of International Programs will host its Fall 2009 Brown Bag Series from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in Faraday West, Room 300.

Attendees are invited to bring lunch and listen to speakers covering a variety of topics such as international perspectives, cultural diversity and study abroad experiences.

Upcoming lunches:

  • Oct. 8: Kurt Thurmaier presents “Integrating Service Learning and Study Abroad in Tanzania.”
  • Oct. 15: Mark Rosenbaum presents “Reflections of a Fulbright Scholar in Cambodia.”
  • Oct. 22: Lynn Richards presents “It’s Not Just a Good Idea – It’s the Law”
  • Oct. 29: J.D. Bowers presents “Crossing the Divide: Research, Teaching and Learning in a Divided Society.”
  • Nov. 5: Siew-Sim Chin presents “Being in the World: Narrating the Intersection of Spirituality and Global Identity.”
  • Nov. 12: Shiraz Tata presents “Managing Stress Related to Culture Shock: Going Through the Transacation Process.”
  • Nov. 19: Jean-Philippe Schmitt presents “The Psychological Effect of Studying Abroad.”

For other details, contact Heesun Majcher, director of the International Student and Faculty Office, at (815) 753-8275 or