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Week of November 27, 2017

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Pick Museum of Anthropology calls for student proposals for research exhibition

Do you know a student who has conducted original research while attending NIU? Does this research address real-world problems and issues?

The Pick Museum of Anthropology is planning a spring semester exhibition that showcases original student research at NIU on specific themes that support the Pick Museum mission to foster understanding and appreciation for human diversity and human rights.

Any current NIU junior or senior undergraduate or graduate student who has conducted research within the following themes is eligible:

  • Social and/or environmental justice
  • Climate change
  • Human and cultural diversity and adaptation
  • Local engagement or impact

Awards and cash prizes will be given for winning posters. All applications will be judged by the Pick Museum Student Advocacy Board as well as by museum staff. Only the top applications will be accepted. Space is limited.

For more details and to submit your proposal, go to Proposals are due by Friday, Dec. 1, and students will be notified about their acceptance by Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. Questions? Contact Museum Director Jennifer Kirker at


Changes coming to parking spaces in Parking Deck, Field House

Changes will be made to the permit designations of the parking spots in the Parking Deck and Lot 20 (near the Chick Evans Field House) beginning Monday, Nov. 20.

Every semester, Campus Parking Services conducts an audit of the number of parking spaces available on campus, looking at peak parking hours and locations, and the number of permits sold. Based on that information, the following adjustments were recommended by the Campus Parking Committee:

  • In the Parking Deck, located at Normal Road and Lincoln Terrace, a portion of Level 2 and all of Levels 3, 4 and 5 will be available to those with blue or yellow parking permits. A portion of the second level (on the south end) as well as the entire first level will remain blue permit parking.
  • In Lot 20 (near the Chick Evans Field House), sixteen more yellow permit spaces will be available.

As a reminder, parking permit restrictions are enforced from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Students and employees with evening classes can park in any unreserved parking spaces after 5 p.m. During that time, certain areas are enforced by NIU Campus Police including no parking zones, handicapped spaces, reserved spaces and lots requiring permits at all times.

Parking for yellow (commuter student) permits is also available in Lot 15E, (by the Rec Center), Lot L (behind the Oderkirk House on Annie Glidden Road) and Lot K (off of W. Lincoln Hwy., near the Popeye’s restaurant). These lots are convenient for anyone taking classes near the area of Graham, Gabel and the DuSable Halls. Anyone driving to campus should allow ample time to travel to campus, park and walk or take the bus to their destination.

The Campus Parking Committee is comprised of four faculty, four operating staff employees, four supportive professional staff and four students, and acts as the standing advisory body to the president; the associate vice president for facilities management and campus services; and the university community pertaining to parking and traffic problems.

DeKalb P.B. & P.A. Phone Scam

The DeKalb Police Department is warning that someone is posing as a DeKalb police officer, acting on behalf of the DeKalb Police Benevolent & Protective Association, otherwise known as the DeKalb P.B. & P.A., attempting to solicit donations from people over the phone. The only time the DeKalb P.B. & P.A. solicits donations is for our annual golf outing. When soliciting for the golf outing we only solicit local businesses, not individuals. We are NOT currently asking for any donations or making any phone calls. If you receive this call, please let us know.

If you have a complaint or feel you were a victim of this scam, contact the DeKalb Police Department at (815) 748-8400.

Join the Pick Museum to support local community needs

Take ACTION with the Pick Museum of Anthropology now through February, as it partners with five local organizations to raise awareness of the needs in our local community: Huskie Food Pantry, Hope Haven of DeKalb County, Inc., Safe Passage, Inc., Family Service Agency of DeKalb County and the American Indian Center - Chicago. Visit the museum’s “Quilts and Human Rights” exhibition in Cole Hall. Learn about each organization’s mission and most-needed items by selecting your favorite Action Cards. Donate canned food, bedding and hygiene products, or show your support for children, seniors or indigenous communities in need. Nov. 28 is #GivingTuesday so kick it off by bringing a donation to the museum’s front desk. Call the Pick Museum at 815-753-2011 for more information.

Enroll kids for spring Early Music Education classes at the CSA

Development is a group music class is for children ages 3 – 5 that helps little ones get ready to begin music lessons. Children and parents enjoy songs, dances and rhythm games, plus basic music theory, demonstrations of musical instruments, and more. Laurie Rodriguez teaches this class on Saturdays from 10:35 – 11:05 a.m.

Prelude group music class for toddlers ages 1 – 3 and parents, with singing, dancing, and rhythm and music games. New songs and activities are added every semester. Laurie Rodriguez teaches this class on Saturdays from 10 - 10:30 a.m.

Prelude and Development classes meet Feb. 3 through Apr. 28, with no class meeting on Feb. 17. A parent or caregiver attends every class with their child. Early registration is recommended as these classes usually fill up quickly, and need-based scholarship assistance is available.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Call (815) 753-1450 for more information or for help with registration.

Community School of the Arts offers spring Group Guitar class for Kids

Group Guitar for Kids provides children ages 8-12 with an introduction to guitar playing through a fun, song-oriented approach to learning. Guitar teacher Aerie Bernard introduces music fundamentals such as scales, chords, rhythm, melody, harmony, and playing technique that allow students to begin building their own toolbox of musical skills. Group lessons foster an encouraging environment in which students can explore the art of making music. No previous guitar experience is required; however, students should bring a guitar to class.

Group Guitar for Kids class meets on Wednesdays at 5 – 5:55 p.m. Jan. 31 through Apr. 25, with no class meeting on Mar. 14.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Northern Illinois University. Call (815) 753-1450 for more information or for help with registration.

Try Qi Gong for health at the CSA this spring

Qi Gong (pronounced chee-gong) is an ancient Chinese exercise and healing technique that involves meditation, controlled breathing and movement exercises. Teacher Eric Schroeder leads participants in this class, focusing on 24 postures divided into three sets. The exercises can be done at one time during a day, or interspersed amid practice sessions, rehearsals, and other daily activities, to renew energy and release tension. Not for musicians only, Qi Gong postures also enable greater relaxation and concentration when practiced immediately before a music performance.

Qi Gong class meets on Mondays at 5 p.m. Feb. 5 through March 19, with no class meeting on March 12.

The NIU Community School of the Arts is sponsored by the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts. Call (815) 753-1450 for more information or for help with registration.

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