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Northern Today - April 26, 2010

La Vonne I. NealLa Vonne I. Neal named dean
of NIU College of Education

An educator whose background includes world-class accomplishment in track and field, military intelligence for the U.S. Army and management roles inside Fortune 500 companies is the new dean of the NIU College of Education.

La Vonne I. Neal, currently dean of the College of Education at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, will assume the top job July 1 pending Board of Trustees approval.


Marcia Dick, Jennifer Gregory, Lee Ann Henry and Lenita HepkerOperating Staff honors winners
of Outstanding Service Awards

Four members of NIU’s Operating Staff have been chosen to receive the Outstanding Service Award for 2010.

The recipients are Marcia Dick, a senior library specialist in the Reference Department of the University Libraries; Jennifer Gregory, office support specialist in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders; Lee Ann Henry, administrative assistant in University Advancement; and Lenita Hepker, administrative assistant in the Office of the Dean in the College of Business.


Geology Ph.D. student Jim NewmanNIU launches Ph.D. in geography

Location, location, location.

The mantra of real estate agents also could be the motto of the NIU Department of Geography, which kicked off a new academic program this semester leading to a doctorate degree.


Photo of a microscopeUndergraduate Research Day will shine
spotlight on more than 100 projects Thursday

Eight weeks ago, nine NIU students had registered their projects the first Undergraduate Research Day.

When the event begins at 9 a.m. Thursday, April 29, more than 100 students are prepared to show off their scholarship inside the Altgeld Hall auditorium.


Cecelia and Harold KaferHarold and Cecelia Kafer to perform
‘farewell’ concert of American music

Harold and Cecelia Kafer will celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary this August shortly after Harold retires from his current role as deputy provost at NIU and Cecelia closes her private voice studio.

First, however, the two will reprise their popular “American Words and Music from the Stage, Screen and Heart” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, in the Recital Hall of the NIU Music Building.


Cliff Mirman, Rebecca Pritchard and Lee RushCareer Services selects recipients
of ‘Target’ faculty, adviser awards

NIU Career Services has announced the recipients of the “Target” the Faculty/Advisor Awards for spring 2010.

Career Services, through the Target Campus Grants program, has recognized three NIU academic advisers or faculty for their partnership with Career Services in promoting experiential learning opportunities for NIU students.


Photo of a piggy bankBenefits Choice Fair scheduled for May 6

The annual Benefits Choice Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Employees will have the opportunity to talk with representatives from Human Resources and from the various benefits vendors in preparation for making benefit choices and changes during the annual Benefits Choice Period from May 1 to May 31.