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April 5, 2010

Spring ‘Toolkit’ online

NIU’s Office of Assessment Services has announced the publication of “Toolkit,” the assessment newsletter. Toolkit is published quarterly and is concluding its eighth consecutive year of production. This issue features highlights from the 2010 Assessment Expo, a rubric to measure undergraduate papers and interviews with the College of Business “A Team.”

What’s cooking at Ellington’s?

On the menu at Ellington’s this week: Bangkok Palace is scheduled for Tuesday. Kalamata Greek Café takes over 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 are $6.50 per glass.

Bangkok Palace features spicy Thai shrimp with mint raita or cucumber salad for starters, Thai-style chicken with white rice or Thai-style vegetarian curry with noodles for entrees and mango sorbet or star fruit in orange sauce for dessert. Each table will be served Thai iced tea.

Kalamata Greek Café features tomato and lentil soup or Greek salad for starters, Greek-style pork chops with rosemary potatoes and fresh steamed broccoli or vegetable orzo pasta for entrees and vanilla almond panna cotta or granola ginger baked apples for dessert. Each table will be served tzatziki dip with pita chips, celery sticks and baby carrots.

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.

Tenth ‘Reality Bytes’ brings
14 student films to DeKalb

The Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival, sponsored by NIU’s Department of Communication, will take place April 6, 7 and 8 on campus. The festival is free and open to the public and anyone with an interest in film is encouraged to attend.

“The quality and breadth of subject matter this year is a huge step forward for Reality Bytes,” said T.J. Hicks, graduate student and assistant director of the festival, “by employing a new online submission system and aggressively marketing the festival to colleges and universities all over the world, we have seen a huge increase in film submissions.”

The film festival, originally started by Media Studies professor Laura Vazquez to give NIU students the ability to competitively screen their work, received more than 40 entries from all over the United States and as far away as the United Kingdom, South Africa and New Zealand.

Fourteen short student films have been chosen for screening at this year’s festival. A mix of both documentary and fiction films will be shown, all with running times of 30 minutes or less. The films chosen for screening range from comedy and drama to experimental pieces. Student film screenings will take place from 8:45 to 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, in the Rom 100 of the Visual Arts Building.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, April 8, the festival welcomes special guest Justine Nagan, executive director of Chicago’s Kartemquin Films (“Hoop Dreams”), who will screen her new documentary, “Typeface,” in Room 100 of the Visual Arts Building.

Nagan directed and served as a producer on the film, which chronicles a rural Midwestern museum and print shop in Two Rivers, Wis., where international artists meet retired craftsmen and together navigate the convergence of modern design and traditional technique.

According to Kartemquin, the documentary brings “a fascinating junction of historical and contemporary, as well as rural and urban America together for enjoyment and contemplation. The film will be of interest to art and graphic design enthusiasts, to teachers as an educational resource and to anyone looking for a film about perseverance and preservation in the heart of America.” More information can be found at

Festival awards will follow the Thursday evening screening.

For more information about this year’s Reality Bytes Independent Student Film Festival, including a full schedule with film descriptions, visit

International Programs hosts
series of brown bag lunches

The Division of International Programs hosts its Spring 2010 Brown Bag Series from noon to 1 p.m. Thursdays in John E. La Tourette Hall (formerly Faraday West), Room 300. Attendees are invited to bring a lunch and listen to speakers covering a variety of topics such as international perspectives, cultural diversity and study abroad experiences.

  • Thursday, April 8: NIU student Maimouna Konate presents “One Finger Cannot Lift a Stone.” In Africa, poverty, lack of education, religious oppression, and patriarchy have excluded women from positions of leadership and responsibility in the family, society and employment. In Mali, male domination, poverty, illiteracy and the cultural interpretation of religion (Islam) result in marginalizing women. Through grassroots organizations and movements, women are learning about their rights, as well as acquiring literacy, leadership and income-generating skills. As a result, women are gaining self-confidence and are challenging the patriarchal hegemony and the socio-cultural and religious oppression. They are getting transformed and empowered through political and economic participation.

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

Jazz Ensemble to perform

The NIU Jazz Ensemble will present its spring jazz concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 8, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom, featuring special guest artist, jazz legend and Verve recording artist Lewis Nash.

The concert is free and open to the public.

CSEAS hosts speaker series

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies Spring 2010 speaker series is under way. Unless otherwise noted, all talks take place from noon to 12:50 p.m. Fridays in Campus Life Building 110. To order a Thai lunch, call (815) 753-1771 or e-mail by noon Thursday.

  • Friday, April 9: Jason Nguyen, Indiana University master’s degree candidate in ethnomusicology, “Sketches on One String: A Brief Introduction to the Dan Bau (One-String Instrument).”

PCPD seeks nominations
for Clogston Spirit Award

NIU’s Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities is accepting nominations for the Clogston Spirit Award.

This award honors the legacy of NIU Journalism faculty member John Clogston, a strong advocate for improving accessibility for people with disabilities on the campus. The recipient will be an individual or organization that has demonstrated significant efforts to enhancing the campus climate for persons with disabilities. Nominations are due Friday, April 9.

Nomination forms are available on the Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities Web site at

‘Vagina Monologues’ returns

The NIU Women’s Rights Alliance invites the campus community to its 2010 V-Day production of “The Vagina Monologues,” a montage of stories put together by author Eve Ensler. 

The sparkling cast of NIU ladies relays a variety of first-hand experiences dealing with female gender identity, self identity, sex workers, genital mutilation, rape, orgasms and child birth. Ensler’s production is wildly popular and has been staged internationally as well as a production sponsored by HBO featuring Ensler herself.

Now the production comes to NIU for the sake of women’s anti-violence with a fresh cast of NIU students. 

“Our production is that of storytelling combined with advocacy,” said Director Chelsea DuVall, of the NIU School of Theatre and Dance. “Eve Ensler has created a beautiful script that has the ability to reach the diverse population of women around the world. The women in the stories are real as are their experiences. The most moving portion of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ is its relationship with V-Day; this is art for advocacy, art for a cause.”

All proceeds for the production are contributed to V-Day, a global non-profit movement that has raised millions of dollars for women’s anti-violence groups through benefits of “The Vagina Monologues” since 1998. This year the profits will go to DeKalb’s Safe Passage, an organization whose mission is to reduce or prevent domestic violence and sexual assault in DeKalb County.

The show plays at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 11. Tickets are on sale now at the NIU Box Office in the Holmes Student Center.

World Music Festival planned

NIU’s annual Spring World Music Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 11, the in Boutell Memorial Concert. The concert is free and open to the public. Children of all ages are welcome.

This year’s concert follows two days of festival activities. Faculty in the world music program of the NIU School of Music have invited guest artists to perform and give workshops and lectures Friday, April 9, and Saturday, April 10.

Friday, April 9

  • Jason Nguyen will give a lecture titled “Sketches on One String: A Brief Introduction to the Dan Bau (One-String Instrument)” at noon in the Campus Life Building.
  • Sezen Ozeke and Ruhi Ozeke of Turkey will present “An Introduction to Turkish Folk Music and Dance at noon in Room 171 of the Music Building.
  • Tunkul Percusiones Mexico will present a 3 p.m. workshop in room 153 of the Music Building titled “New Music for the Long Dead: Pre-Columbian Instruments and Music.” They will follow that with a 6 p.m. concert in the Music Building’s Recital Hall.

Saturday, April 10

  • Hewar Syria will present a concert of contemporary Middle Eastern music at 1 p.m. in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.
  • Sezen Ozeke and Ruhi Ozeke will give a 3 p.m. lecture at the DeKalb Public Library, 309 Oak St.

The events are sponsored by the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts, the School of Music, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, the DeKalb Public Library and Net of the Nations in DeKalb.

Contact Jui-Ching Wang at or (815) 753-7979 for more information.

Performathon coming Saturday

Performathon fever has struck the NIU Music Building.

Final preparations are being put into place for this biennial fund raising event scheduled for Saturday, April 10. Nearly 100 students are performing in the Recital Hall beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing until about 3:30 p.m.

All those performing have helped raise funds by mailing pledge forms to family and friends; as of March 30, a total of $5,303 has been raised. All donations are used to support the scholarship programs of the NIU Community School of the Arts.

In addition to many performances by students playing solos, audiences will hear performances by the CSA Children’s Choir, the most advanced Suzuki violin group, the Vermillion String Quartet, teachers Cheryl Haines and Jennifer Griffin and the Development Class.

Other fun activities planned are a raffle, a silent auction of art and a used music sale. For a sneak preview of the artwork and musical instruments on sale Saturday, go online to see photos at www. 

Donations can be mailed to the NIU Community School of the Arts, College of Visual and Performing Arts, 1425 W. Lincoln Hwy., NIU, DeKalb, IL 60115 or dropped off in Room 132 of the Music Building. Checks should be made payable to the NIU Foundation. Although all performances are free, donations also will be welcome Saturday. 

Keynote speaker to address
brain’s ‘language, politics’

George Lakoff of the University of California-Berkeley, will present “The Brain’s Language and its Politics” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 10, in the Sky Room of the Holmes Student Center.

This presentation is a part of the Midwestern Conference on Literature, Language and Media (MCLLM) to be held April 9 and 10. For more information, visit

Conference promotes
literacy for adolescents

NIU’s Collaborative on Early Adolescence & Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Language & Literacy will present “Promoting Literacy for Young Adolescents” from 8:15 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, April 12, in the Holmes Student Center.

More details on this conference and registration are available online.

Chamber Choir to perform

In preparation for their 2010 summer residency at Canterbury Cathedral, England, members of the NIU Chamber Choir will present their final concert of the year, “Echoes of Evensong,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall.

Presented in conjunction with NIU faculty organist James Brown, the NIU Chamber Choir will perform a wide variety of compositions from the Anglican Evensong Service. Featured composers span centuries of music, from the Renaissance master Thomas Tallis to contemporary English composer Gabriel Jackson.

Call (815) 753-1546 for more information.

CLAS caps 50th anniversary
with forum on liberal learning

The entire university community is invited to attend a public recognition event honoring 10 prominent faculty and staff who are receiving Golden Anniversary Awards for distinguished leadership and service to NIU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences over the past five decades.

The program will begin at 2 p.m. Friday, April 16, at Altgeld Auditorium and include a keynote address on liberal learning in the 21st century by Terrel Rhodes of the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

NIU Lincoln Laureate Shay Galto; Professor Emerita Linda Sons; and John Landgraf, president of Global Pharmaceutical Operations for Abbott Laboratories, will participate in a panel discussion and audience Q&A to follow.

The program concludes with a reception at 3:30 p.m. Visit for further details and information about the honorees.

Alumni Association invites
travelers to Rockies Webinar

Travelers planning to join the NIU Alumni Association for an autumn adventure of the Canadian Rockies can learn more at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, from the comfort of their own computers.

An Internet and phone connection provides access to real-time commentary and the ability to ask questions of the presenter about this great destination. Registration is available online.

Asian American Center will
recognize April heritage month

April is Asian American Heritage Month. NIU’s Asian American Center has several activities planned, including a fifth anniversary celebration.

The full calendar of events is available online.

Children’s Choir to perform

The CSA Children’s Choir gives its spring recital at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 14.

This dynamic singing group is directed by NIU faculty member Mary Lynn Doherty and meets for weekly practice in the NIU Music Building. The performance is in the Recital Hall.

Details will be available at the recital about a new scholarship program for choir members that will debut in this fall. This scholarship program has been made possible by the generosity of the now defunct Northern Illinois Children’s Choir.

The CSA Children’s Choir is one of many ensembles offered by the NIU Community School of the Arts. For a complete list of spring recitals, visit or call (815) 753-1450. 

Alumni Association to host
Avalon Quartet concert

Described by the Chicago Tribune as “an ensemble that invites you – ears, mind and spirit – into its music,” NIU’s Avalon String Quartet has established itself as one of the country’s leading ensembles.

NIU’s Alumni Association invites alumni to a Sunday, April 18, reception and concert at the Merit School of Music’s Joy Faith Knapp Music Center, 38 S. Peoria St. in Chicago.

The reception begins at 2:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $25 for Cardinal & Black and Legacy members and $30 for non-dues-paying members. Cost includes appetizers, non alcoholic beverages and a general seating ticket to the concert.

PCSM to host annual
‘Friendship’ luncheon

NIU’s Presidential Commission on the Status of Minorities will host the 11th annual “Friendship Abloom” spring luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 20, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

Brief remarks and an awards presentation will begin at 12:15 p.m.

For more information, contact Camyle Tate at or visit

Graduate School to honor
its outstanding students

NIU’s Division of Research and Graduate Studies will host its annual Outstanding Graduate Student Recognition Wednesday, April 21, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom.

The reception begins at 3:30 p.m. and the award presentation is at 4 p.m. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.

Journalism program to host
50th annual awards banquet

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the journalism program and its awards banquet.

Join in the celebration Friday, April 23, at the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. Cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner and award ceremony.

Scholarships and awards will be presented to more than 30 journalism majors and minors.

For more information, contact Craig Seymour at or (815) 753-6989.

‘5K the Night Away’ race
supports Grad Sport Society

“5K the Night Away” is a unique, night race around the west campus of NIU. 

The event starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23. Start and finish at the Convocation Center, stride through by the residence halls, loop around Huskie Stadium, and finish strong by the Yordon Center. 

The event will benefit the NIU Grad Sport Society. Visit for registration and complete details.

Families sought to host
youth leadership programs 

NIU is looking for area families to act as hosts in April and May for participants in two programs bringing in high school students and adult leaders from Burma, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

Home stays for the Southeast Asia Youth Fellowship Program are scheduled for April 11 to 22; home stays for the Philippine Youth Leadership Program are set for May 2 to15. Students will be placed in pairs and adults may be placed as singles.

For details, contact coordinator Leslie Shive at (815) 753-9546 or e-mail

CLA workshop to cover
‘new civic responsibilities’

NIU’s Civic Leadership Academy will present a Thursday, April 8, seminar on “New Civics/Changing Responsibilities: It’s a New World.”

This workshop provides an opportunity to explore group and individual leadership roles and responsibilities in the civic environment. Topics will include understanding the need for civic responsibility, exploring the nature of citizen participation and techniques for involving different groups in the civic enterprise.

The workshop will also examine current trends affecting the northern Illinois region, including the region’s role in the global economy and the shifting demographics of the region. This workshop is one of two core sessions required to earn a certificate.

Co-presenters are Bob Gleeson, director of the Center for Governmental Studies and associate director of the Regional Development Institute, and Greg Kuhn, assistant director and senior research associate for the Center for Governmental Studies.

Workshops are held at the NIU Naperville campus from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 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.

Speaker to address diversity
concepts in corporate America

NIU’s Sociology Department Graduate Colloquium will host a 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, speech by David Embrick on “Corporate America: Diversity Ideology.”

Embrick is co-editor of “Globalization and America: Race, Human Rights & Inequality” (Rowman and Littlefield, 2008). His areas of interest include U.S race and ethnic relations, race/gender diversity, human rights and social inequalities. Embrick currently is working on a book titled, “The Making and Selling of an Illusion: An Examination of Racial and Gender Diversity in Post Civil-Rights U.S. Corporations.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (815) 753-0365.

Kick­off volunteers needed
for April 17 NIU Cares Day

Kick­off volunteers are needed from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, April 17, to help with registration and distribution of T­shirts and boxed lunches before NIU cleans up the community.

Registration is available online. For more information, visit

College of Law to host
5K run-walk, barbecue

NIU’s College of Law invites the university community to the first Race NIjUdicata, a 5K run-walk and barbecue that begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 24.

More information about this family-friendly event, and sign-up for a day of fun, prizes, special awards and food by Inboden’s, is available online. Group registration discounts are available.

Test prep registration open

Registration for the NIU Spring Session II GRE, GMAT and LSAT test prep is now open.

Courses will be held in Barsema Hall, rooms 310 and 315. Register by phone at (800) 345-9472 or online at

Discounts are available for NIU alumni, students and employees. For more information, contact Mark Pietrowski at (815) 753-1456 or

Convo Center seeks sellers
for ‘Colossal Clean Sweep’

Calling all sellers of antiques, collectibles, sports cards, crafts and garage sale items.

NIU’s Convocation Center will host its second Convo’s Colossal Clean Sweep from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 24, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April 25. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children 6 and younger.

Vendors are encouraged to register by Monday, April 1. Only indoor space will be available for rent; rental fees range from $20 to $100 covering both Saturday and Sunday. Loading and unloading assistance will be provided.

Items prohibited from sale include, but are not limited to: guns, knives, contraband, fireworks, drugs, tires, suggestive material and animals.

To reserve a spot, visit and download a registration form or pick one up at the NIU Convocation Center box office.

All vendors must complete a registration form and return it to the NIU Convocation Center box office in person, by fax at (815) 752-6801 or by mail at 1525 W. Lincoln Hwy., DeKalb, Ill., 60115. 

Athletics seeks volunteers
for two April track meets

Athletics is looking for volunteers to assist in working at two home track and field meets Saturday, April 17, and Thursday, April 29, at the Soccer and Track & Field Complex.

Shifts are 9 a.m. to noon, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering can contact Sue Hansfield at (815) 751-0066 or via e-mail at

Accounting sets cutoff dates

As NIU prepares to finalize Fiscal Year 2010, the following cutoff dates have been established.

Purchase order thresholds and the deadlines for receiving FY2010 requisitions in the Accounting Office are:

  • $25,000 to $250,000 – Friday, April 9
  • Less than $25,000 – Thursday, June 3

Finalizing purchases for FY2010:

  • General Revenue (02 funds) – All goods must be received, invoiced and all payment paperwork is due in Accounting no later than Thursday, Aug. 5.
  • All other NIU funds – All goods and/or services must be received/completed and invoices dated by Wednesday, June 30. Payment paperwork is due in Accounting no later than Wednesday, July 14.

FY2011 Requisitions:

  • FY2011 purchase requisitions, either for open orders or for specific purchases, can be submitted now.

Call Procurement Services at (815) 753-1671 or the Accounting Office at (815) 753-1514 with any questions.

Geology hosts spring colloquia

The NIU Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences has announced dates for its Spring 2010 Colloquia, co-sponsored by NIU’s Graduate Colloquium Committee.

All talks will be held at 4 p.m. Fridays in Davis Hall 308 unless otherwise noted. For directions and updates to the schedule, visit Call (815) 753-1943 for more information.

  • April 9: Chris Greer, NIU, “Recharge Analyses into Shallow Glacial and Deep Bedrock Aquifers Associated with the Troy Bedrock Valley, DeKalb County, Illinois,” and Cheyenne Morgan, NIU, “Assessing the Vulnerability of Groundwater to Fecal Contamination along the Riviera Maya, Quintana Roo, Mexico.”
  • April 16: Harold Rowe, University of Texas, “Evaluation of Late Quarternary Climate using Speleothems.”
  • April 23: Adino Paytan, University of California-Santa Cruz, “Using Isotopes of Phosphate to Trace Phosphorus Sources and Cycling in Lakes.”