NIU official announcements for students

Week of January 16, 2018


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Changes to University Information 753-1000 number


Effective Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, the 753-1000 University Information line will be automated. Callers to the number will receive a menu of call forwarding options. As this is not a comprehensive or interactive system, to find a specific person or department, please use the A-Z index on the NIU website or use the online NIU Directory, which can be found at


Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award Applications Now Available


Are you an involved student leader? Do you believe you should be recognized for all you do as a leader at NIU? If so, consider applying for a Kevin D. Knight Leadership Award. Student Involvement and Leadership Development, Orientation & Family Connections, Career Services and the University Women's Club are offering students the opportunity to be recognized for their leadership and involvement at NIU. Institutional Tuition Waivers and Leadership Awards for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students are just a few of the awards available. All award winners will be formally recognized at the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 29, 2018.


Please visit Student Involvement & Leadership Development’s Leadership Awards website at to learn more about the application process for each award and to access the link to each award’s online application. Students MUST submit all applications by Monday, February 12, 2018 at 11:45 p.m.


Please contact Alex Pitner, assistant director for leadership in Student Involvement and Leadership Development, at or 815-753-6505 with any questions.


Lambda Sigma membership information nights


Lambda Sigma is a national honor society for second-year students that is dedicated to fostering leadership, scholarship, fellowship and the spirit of service among its members.


This spring, we will be selecting freshmen students for membership who have taken at least 12 credit hours and achieved at least a 3.0 GPA in their first semester at NIU. Membership in the organization is for one year.


At information nights, we will discuss the interview and application process. Information nights dates are listed below and you must attend an information night in order to apply.


·         1/22/18 in the New Hall Swing Space at 7pm

·          1/24/18 in the Holmes Student Center Capitol Room at 7pm

·         1/25/18 in the Stevenson Smart Classroom at 7pm


For questions and further information, please contact


Spring 2018 Graduate School Career and Professional Development Workshop schedule released


Registration is now open for over 30 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshops scheduled for the spring semester. Information on the events and a link for online registration can be found at Advanced registration is required.


Workshops are free and open to all NIU graduate students. They also reflect partnership with seven different units on campus: Career Services, Jobs PLUS, International Student and Faculty Office, NIU Writing Center, Office of Research Compliance, Integrity, and Safety, Office of the Ombudsperson and Thesis/Dissertation Office.


Faculty are asked to share the workshop link with their masters and doctoral students and encourage participation. A wide range of themed-topics will be covered, including enhancing a grad student’s communication, leadership/management, professionalism, responsible conduct of research and career development. Workshops will be hands-on to assist graduate students in exploring and enhancing their career development pathway.


It’s not too late to register for Spring 2018 Music Lessons and Classes


Spring 2018 registration at the NIU Community School of the Arts is now open.


Learn to play a new musical instrument, or brush up your skills by taking private music lessonsregister soon and start lessons the week of Jan. 22.


Guitar and piano group classes for adults and for kids make learning to play music more fun – register soon for classes that begin in late January.


Toddlers ages 1 to 5 sing, dance and play with rhythm and song in Prelude and Development classesregister soon and bring your kids for their first music classes starting Feb. 3.


NIUkulele, CSA Steelpan and CSA Guitar ensembles, Suzuki music instruction and Qi Gong all start new spring sessions soon.


Read more information about CSA Spring activities at the new NIU Arts Blog.


Please call the CSA for more information at 753-1450, and visit our website for details and to register.


New streaming video resource available through NIU Libraries


The on-demand, streaming service Kanopy is now available through NIU Libraries and provides access to thousands of documentaries, feature and independent films, and training videos from a variety of subject areas, including the arts, business, education, health, social sciences and much more. Showcasing award winners, hard-to-find titles, film festival favorites, indie and classic films and world cinema, Kanopy is accessible from both on and off-campus by an unlimited number of simultaneous viewers. Films can be streamed from any computer or from a mobile device by downloading the Kanopy app.


Faculty and students can easily embed Kanopy films into Blackboard courses, as well as create clips and playlists, making it an ideal resource for use in the classroom or as required viewing outside of the classroom. Closed-captioning, subtitles and transcripts also are available. "I have to say I'm impressed and thrilled that it will be available for my students," said NIU Professor of History Heide Fehrenbach.


To explore and stream Kanopy, visit the library's home page and search for Kanopy under Article Databases. To go directly to the resource, visit:


Questions? Contact the reference desk at 753-0152.


NIU communicative disorders programs seeking feedback


The NIU Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology graduate programs are being evaluated for reaccreditation by the Council for Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in February. Public feedback is a part of that process.


All are invited to a public comment meeting 4:30 p.m., Feb. 19, at the Health Wellness and Literacy Center, 3100 Sycamore Road, DeKalb, room 230.


This is a chance to meet the accreditation site visitors, give feedback about the programs and the NIU Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic, and ask and answer questions. For more information call 753-1484 or email


In addition to these opportunities for providing public comment regarding a program’s accreditation status, the CAA has separate procedures for filing written feedback or a formal complaint about a CAA-accredited program. Individuals who wish to provide written feedback or file a formal complaint should contact the Accreditation Office to obtain a copy of the complaint procedures. A copy of the Standards for Accreditation and/or the CAA’s Policy on Public Comment can be obtained by contacting the Accreditation Office at ASHA, 2200 Research Boulevard, #310, Rockville, Maryland 20850, calling ASHA’s Action Center at 1-800-498-2071, or accessing the documents online at


NIU STEM Outreach offers a new season of STEM Saturdays for students ages 7 and up


Registration is open for the new season of NIU STEM Saturdays and STEM Divas classes for students ages 7 and up.


The popular classes, which offer hands-on lessons about topics ranging from woodworking to gardening to speaker construction and the science of sound, are designed by the STEM Outreach department of NIU’s P-20 Center to get students fired up about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts and encourage problem solving, innovation and critical thinking.


Each class meets on either one Saturday or two consecutive Saturdays in the spring semester. Classes are recommended for either ages 7 and up or ages 12 and up. Parents are encouraged to attend with their children and join in the fun.


The full schedule of classes, complete with location and registration information, is available online.


Scholarships are available for students who qualify for discounted school lunch programs.


Contact with questions, or for more information about scholarships.


NIU researchers seek fitness app study participants (Android only)


Professors Lynn Herrmann (Health Studies) and Philippe Giabbanelli (Computer Science) are recruiting participants for their mobile fitness app study, Health Behavior Theory-based App Development and Evaluation, to test efficacy of different fitness app features.


The study will involve using a randomly assigned fitness app developed specifically for this study. Participants will need to:

  • Download the app to their personal mobile device (Android only);
  • Use the app as desired for approximately 8 weeks;
  • Take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the 8 weeks.

Participants will receive $10 at the end of the study. Participants must be age 18 and older and not pregnant. To participate, contact Herrmann at for access to your unique participant PIN and the link to the pre-study survey.

FREE Tours for Student Groups. Quilts Exhibit Extended at the Pick Museum


The Pick Museum of Anthropology's exhibition, “Quilts and Human Rights” has been extended through May 11, 2018. The Museum is offering FREE customizable exhibit tours, and hands-on learning activities to support student groups.


·         Guided Tours can be tailored to cover a wide range of topics including but not limited to activism, social justice, fiber arts, institutional racism, sexism, LGBTQ+ rights, Native American sovereignty, labor, anti-violence, and more.

·         Special events can be hosted at the Museum and customized to fit any faculty, staff or student group’s needs.

The Pick Museum is always thrilled to stay open for students. Reserve a tour today or contact the museum curator, Laura McDowell Hopper at or 815-753-2011 today.



Sophomore Days of Service 2018-Feed My Starving Children

Students must pre-register by Jan. 31, 2018 List item one

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