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NIU Official Employee Announcements
Week of September 18, 2017


International Education Week to be celebrated Nov. 13-17

The Division of International Affairs is gearing up for another exciting International Education Week, to be celebrated Nov. 13-17. If you have any cultural events, speakers, performances, etc., that you would like us to share on our calendar, please send Sarah Lindell the information by Wednesday, Oct. 4, at


PI Academy Professional Development schedule available

The 2017-2018 PI Academy Professional Development Series schedule is now available.

The emphasis of the PI Academy is to support faculty in positioning themselves for external funding and thriving research careers. This year's schedule covers a wide-range of funding development and research topics including two intensive grant-writing workshops, a campus visit by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and an interactive science communications session.

Updates will be made to the schedule as details are finalized. View the current schedule.

To accompany the PI Academy, Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) will also be offering a Grants Administration and Management Series (GAMS) for campus administrators who interact with SPA or their faculty on grant-related matters (e.g., completing Human Resources paperwork, purchasing and monitoring budgets). The session includes a series of pre-and post-award related topics intended to clarify the compliance and management framework for sponsored awards. Faculty are also welcome to attend.

Get more information about GAMS.

Title IX Training for NIU students to begin soon

In August 2016, the Illinois Preventing Sexual Violence in Higher Education Act went into effect. To comply with this law, all students and employees must complete Title IX training every year. Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance (AAEC) has developed an online training module utilizing the Blackboard system.

The training will be open for students from Sunday, Oct. 1, through Friday, Dec. 1. Students who are new this semester are required to take Haven and AlcoholEdu and therefore, are not required to take this module.

Employees will complete the training between Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, and Sunday, April 1, 2018. The employee window will not be opened until Feb. 1, 2018.

Visit the AAEC website to review the FAQ and find out more information.

Energy conservation tips - campus edition

Conserving energy at home and on campus is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and reduce the impact you have on the environment.

One of the most effective ways to conserve energy is turning off lights and switching to energy efficient lighting. Around campus, you will find that many rooms are fitted with motion or heat sensors that turn the lights on when people are in the room and shut them off when the room is empty. If you are in a room that doesn't have these sensors, shut the lights off when you leave. Turning off lights is extremely important for cutting down the amount of energy that is wasted on campus.

Another source of energy consumption on campus is computer monitors in computer labs and offices. When you are done using a computer on campus, turn off the monitor.

These small steps can have a large impact on the campus energy usage if enough people participate.

Want to get more involved? There are numerous student-run organizations dedicated to sustainability, and the NIU Green Team is always looking for members interested in creating a more sustainable campus. For more information on Campus Sustainability, check out the Institute for the Study of Environment, Sustainability and Energy website.

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 eight weeks
  • take a survey on health behaviors at the beginning and end of the eight weeks

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

Larger napkin dispensers new to campus dining services

Campus Dining Services has recently updated the napkin dispensers in the dining facilities. For those of you who typically advertise events and information in the dispensers, the size will now be 5.5 inches x 10.5 inches. However, there is a limited amount of napkin dispensers in each of the dining facilities. If you are still wanting to display information in them, please contact

Athletics offers exclusive NIU All-Sports Pass for current NIU faculty and staff

For the second year in a row, Intercollegiate Athletics is offering the Faculty & Staff All-Sports Pass to current NIU employees. The pass provides free admission to all regular season home Huskie volleyball and men's and women's basketball games in 2017-18 with the purchase of a season football ticket. NIU faculty and staff also receive a discount on full football season tickets at a price of just $115 for all six NIU football home games

Faculty and staff will receive one All-Sports Pass per football season ticket purchased. This wallet-sized credential is non-transferable and must be presented at the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center, along with their NIU OneCard, on the day of any regular season home volleyball and men's and women's basketball game for a FREE ticket to that game. Men's basketball tickets will be assigned seats while volleyball and women's basketball will be general admission seating. All-Sports Pass individual game tickets will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis and as long as tickets are available at the time of redemption. Ticket windows are open one hour prior to each home regular season volleyball and men's and women's basketball games. The Huskie All-Sports Passes will be sent out with season tickets.

Including all home regular season volleyball and men's and women's basketball game, NIU faculty and staff could see as many as 45 additional Huskie athletic events for the price of the discounted football season ticket. In addition, NIU offers Pup Club membership for children ages 13 and under for just $10 to all children. Members of the Pup Club receive free admission to all volleyball, men's and women's basketball games, along with other benefits like a T-Shirt, personalized birthday card and special access and events.

NIU Football season tickets are on sale now. To order, and receive your All-Sports Pass along with your football season tickets, call 815-753-PACK (7225), or stop by the NIU Athletics Ticket Office in the Convocation Center Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.


Brown bag lunch presentation on "Intuitive Eating"

The Employee Assistance Program and Training Center will be hosting a brown bag lunch presentation titled, “Intuitive Eating: What Is It and How Do I Do It?” on Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 12-1 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Glidden Room. The 10 principles of intuitive eating and how we can practice eating intuitively in our day-to-day lives will be discussed. Additionally, we will distinguish different types of hunger (i.e., physical vs. emotional) and practice one or two intuitive eating exercises. Overall, the focus of the presentation will be on eliminating the diet mentality and learning how to listen to your body. To register for this presentation, please RSVP to or call 815-753-9191. 

On-campus flu vaccine clinic

The first 2017 Flu Vaccine Clinic on campus will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center. If you are unable to attend on Wednesday, our next clinic on campus is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, in the same location.

We encourage you to go to the following webpage, NIU EAP Health Events, and print out the Vaccine Administration Record form to complete and bring with you. If you are unable to get to our webpage to print the form, we will have blank forms available at the clinic.

Once you arrive, you will need to stop at the first table to check in with the NIU verification table and from there we will direct you to your next step.

Remember to dress with clothing that allows the nurse to have easy access to your upper arm. The vaccine will not be given to anyone who is allergic to eggs or has had an adverse reaction to the influenza vaccine.

The flu vaccine is free to NIU employees on any of the State of Illinois Health Care Plans, as well as retired employees and survivors with State of Illinois coverage who are not yet eligible for Medicare. Vaccines for spouses, dependents and students cost $38. If you have any questions, please contact the Employee Assistance Program and Training Center at 815-753-9191.

Employees invited to learn about recruitment, marketing and admissions

Come join us from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 21, for the first in a series of workshops presented by our own experts to inform NIU faculty and staff about the stages of undergraduate recruitment, including marketing, admissions, financial aid and scholarships, housing and orientation. Thursday's workshop, Recruitment, Marketing and Admissions, will be held in the Blackhawk Annex of the Holmes Student Center (bring your own lunch). The session will cover general information about undergraduate recruitment practices, marketing efforts and the NIU admissions process. .

“How to be a Better Watchdog” seminar at NIU on Sept. 21

The Department of Communication, together with the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association and the Better Government Association are co-sponsoring the seminar “How to be a Better Watchdog” from 7-9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 21, in Cole Hall 100. The event is free and open to the public.

This program will help citizens become better watchdogs of government at all levels. Matt Topic, a Chicago attorney who specializes in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and governmental transparency, will lead the program. He will be joined by Annum Haider, who serves as the civic engagement and research analyst at the Better Government Association.

The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Please sign up online to attend. For more information about this program, please contact Jason Akst at 815-753-7009 or

Relax and recharge every week

The NIU Employee Assistance Program and Training Center is teaming up with University Recreation and Wellness this semester and to offer weekly programs over the noon hour focusing on the body, mind and spirit. We will be leading off this coming Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 12-1 p.m., in the Holmes Student Center, Glidden Room, with a demonstration on yoga. Attend this demonstration to learn the basics of yoga and to feel refreshed and recharged. The class will include yoga poses, balance, conscious breathing and relaxation. Bring your own mat, as we will have limited mats available. Registration is required via email at or calling 815-753-9191.

Who really invented homecoming?

Fact or Fiction: NIU was the first school in Illinois to play a homecoming game? Attend the presentation by NIU Sports Information Director Emeritus Mike Korcek for answers to this and many other questions about the history of homecoming at NIU. Korcek has over 50 years of experience as a sport staffer, writer and editor. He is best known for his 22-year tenure at NIU as the sports information director and his 37 years as the sports information office employee (1969-70, 1973-2009).

Come discover what you thought you knew about the history of homecoming. A few things may surprise you! The presentation begins 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 4, in the Staff Lounge (lower level) of Founders Memorial Library. Guests are encouraged to view the “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong” exhibit in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library following the presentation. This is a free event and open to all. Contact us at or 815-753-1779 for more information.

‘Homecoming: 111 Years Strong' exhibit presented by the Regional History Center and University Archives

Please join the Regional History Center during the month of October in celebration of American Archives Month and the opening of our exhibit, “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong.” The exhibit focuses on the history of homecoming at Northern and highlights items from the University Archives, including school pennants, buttons, yearbooks, photographs, football programs, sports memorabilia and more. Come discover what you thought you knew about the Huskies' Homecoming. A few things may surprise you!

The exhibit will remain on display through the month of October. The main exhibit will be on display in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library and will continue in the Regional History Center (room 400).

Get more information about other Chicago Open Archives events for the month of October.

The exhibit is free and open to all. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. - midnight; Friday, 8 a.m. -10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. – 10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m. - midnight. Regional History Center hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - noon; 1 - 4:30 p.m. Contact us at or 815-753-1779 for more information.

Help NIU compete for National Outdoor Champion honors

Hiking. Kayaking. Backpacking. Bicycling. Even bird-watching. These are just a few of the activities students, faculty and staff at NIU will be participating in through October 15 as they compete to win the fourth annual Outdoor Nation Campus Challenge.

Interested participants should visit to download the app and follow NIU Outdoor Adventures Club on Facebook and/or Instagram for details on giveaways and special events.

Challenge aims to get students from more than 90 universities off the couch and into the wilderness. To participate, students simply download the Campus Challenge app, join their university's team, and log their outdoor activities during the Challenge to score points. Prizes for winners include national titles, free outdoor gear, and most importantly, bragging rights.

In addition to the National Outdoor Champion award, there are more than 30 other individual and regional awards up for grabs. The top winners will receive gear compliments of REI and The North Face. Each sponsor will also host a weekly challenge, giving students even more opportunities to score free gear.

Previous Announcements

Week of September 18, 2017


Call for nominations issued for Presidential and Board of Trustees Professorships

NIU faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members are invited to nominate NIU professors for any of four different awards designed to honor excellence.

The 2018 Presidential Engagement Professorships, Presidential Teaching Professorships, Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorships, and the Board of Trustees Professorships will follow the same nomination and application deadlines this year:

  • Call for nominations: Friday, Sept. 8
  • Nomination deadline: Friday, Oct. 6
  • Application deadline: Friday, Nov. 10

Nominations for the Presidential Engagement Professorships should be sent to Anne Kaplan, vice president for Outreach, Engagement and Regional Development, at

Nominations for the Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professorships should be sent to Jerry Blazey, vice president for Research and Innovation Partnerships, via

Nominations for the Presidential Teaching Professorships should be sent to Anne Birberick, vice provost, via

Nominations for the Board of Trustees Professorships should be sent to Chris McCord,  acting executive vice president and provost, via

The nature of each award and its application requirements may be found on the Presidential Professorships website at

Nominations for outstanding international educators, students due Oct. 10

NIU’s Division of International Affairs invites nominations for the 2017 awards to recognize outstanding practice in international education.

Recognition is planned for:

  • Outstanding International Educator
  • Outstanding Department Contribution to International Education at NIU
  • Outstanding Student Contribution to International Education at NIU (for a domestic student and a non-immigrant student)

Nominations are due by Tuesday, Oct. 10.

The awards will be announced during International Education Week at the International Recognition Reception, from noon to 1 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Homes Student Center Sky Room.

For complete descriptions of the awards, visit

For more information on any or all of these awards, contact Sarah Lindell at 815-753-9526 or


Updated academic integrity online tutorials available

Online tutorials on academic integrity, previously developed in 2005 and made available in part through the “Project for Improvement of Undergraduate Education” grant by the NIU Committee for the Improvement of Undergraduate Education, have been updated and have been re-released at

The purpose of these tutorials is to promote academic integrity at Northern Illinois University by increasing students’ awareness of the issues, offering strategies for students to protect themselves from academic dishonesty situations, and increasing faculty’s awareness of the issues and offering them strategies to address academic dishonesty incidents effectively. These tutorials are intended for self-paced learning by students and faculty and can be used as an educational resource to supplement classroom discussions on academic integrity. Over the past 12 months, the academic integrity tutorials have been view by more than 10,000 users and average over 1,300 hits each month.

Both a student tutorial and faculty tutorial are available. The tutorials are available to the public and can be accessed without any required login or password.

Faculty can use the tutorial as part of their classroom discussions on academic integrity and encourage students to review the content and complete the activities as part of a course activity. Students who complete the student tutorial successfully can print a certificate of completion which can by submitted as verification of their completion.

Special thanks to the staff of Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center for updating the tutorials and migrating them to NIU’s latest web templates.

New funding opportunities for engaged learning and undergraduate research projects

The Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is excited to announce two new grant opportunities, the Undergraduate Student Engagement Travel (USET) Grant and the Research, Engagement, and Academic Diversity (READ) Grant. Both grants provide students and faculty (READ only) with additional funding for engaged learning and scholarly endeavors. Our hope is that these additional funding sources will allow students and staff a chance to partake in experiences and explore topics that they normally would not have considered due to lack of resources available and increase overall involvement in engaged learning activities amongst colleges. For more information on these grant opportunities, visit or contact


State of the University Address Sept. 20

Please join Acting President Lisa Freeman on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. in the Altgeld Hall Auditorium for her State of the University Address.

On-campus flu vaccine clinics scheduled

The first Flu Vaccine Clinic on campus for employees and others is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 20, and the second clinic is schedule for Thursday, Oct. 26. The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Regency Room of the Holmes Student Center.

The flu vaccine is free to NIU employees who are the primary insured person on any of the State of Illinois Health Care Plans, including the HMOs or OAPs. Retired employees and survivors with State of Illinois Coverage who are not yet eligible for Medicare are eligible for a free flu vaccine as well. 

Retirees with Medicare Part B coverage do not pay as Medicare will be billed, but you will need to bring your Medicare card with you.

All employees who have opted out of State Insurance Plans, all dependents, and students including graduate assistants and teaching assistants will need to pay $38 at the clinic and may bill their insurance for reimbursement. Please be aware that not all insurance may reimburse. Students are encouraged to go to the University Health Services for the flu vaccine at a reduced price of $32. Check with University Health Services regarding payment options.

We encourage you to go to the following web page NIU EAP Health Events and print out the Vaccine Administration Record form to complete and bring with you. If you are unable to get to our webpage to print the form, we will have blank forms available at each clinic.

Once you arrive, you will need to stop at the first table to check-in with the NIU verification table and from there we will direct you to your next step.

Remember to dress with clothing that allows the nurse to have easy access to your upper arm.  The vaccine will not be given to anyone who is allergic to eggs or has had an adverse reaction to the influenza vaccine.

If you are unable to attend either of clinics offered on campus, you may contact the DeKalb County Health Department at 815-758-6673. 

WNIJ announces a new fundraising project

WNIJ 89.5 FM is pleased to announce the return of its Mission Possible fundraiser. The objective is to raise $150,000 without interrupting programs. This goal is the amount needed to continue bringing NPR news, information and music programming which thousands depend on in northern Illinois.

Public radio is supported by the public. For years, WNIJ preempted programming several times each year to ask listeners for their financial support. Last year, WNIJ launched Mission Possible, a “stealth drive” over several weeks, and listeners responded enthusiastically. The station will use regularly scheduled breaks to ask for this support. If the $150,000 campaign goal is not met by Wednesday, Sept. 29, staff will resume the traditional pledge drive until that goal is met.

To secure the future of public radio in your community, visit and donate today. Those who support the station already can participate by increasing their monthly contribution or providing an additional one-time donation.

STEM Saturdays return for students ages 7 and up

Future scientists and engineers of the northern Illinois region will be gathering at NIU’s DeKalb campus this fall for the new season of STEM Saturdays and STEM Divas, classes that give students hands-on experience with science, technology, engineering and math.

These popular classes are designed by NIU STEM educators to get kids fired up about fundamental STEM concepts, as well as problem solving, critical thinking and innovation. Students learn through hands-on activities, such as soldering electrical components, designing musical instruments, programming robots and editing photos.

Each class meets on either one Saturday or two consecutive Saturdays in the fall semester. Classes are recommended for either ages 7 through 12, or ages 12 and up.

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

NIU offers free computer science training for K-5 educators

NIU’s Center for P-20 Engagement is partnering with to offer a free Computer Science Fundamentals Workshop for K-5 educators, librarians, technology teachers and media center personnel.

The workshop will prepare participants to teach the free Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum in their schools. It is appropriate for educators who are new to teaching computer science, and professional development hours will be available.

It will take place on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., in room 100 of NIU’s Campus Life Building at 545 Lucinda Ave. in DeKalb.

The workshop is free, but registration is required at

With questions or for more information, contact Tracy Rogers-Tryba at

Relax and recharge every week

The NIU Employee Assistance Program and Training Center is teaming up with University Recreation and Wellness this semester and to offer weekly programs over the noon hour focusing on the body, mind and spirit. We will be leading off this coming Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 12-1 p.m., in the Holmes Student Center, Glidden Room, with a demonstration on yoga. Attend this demonstration to learn the basics of yoga and to feel refreshed and recharged. The class will include yoga poses, balance, conscious breathing and relaxation. Bring your own mat, as we will have limited mats available. Registration is required via email at or calling 815-753-9191.

Check out Neptune Dining's new renovations

We would like to invite you for lunch in Neptune's newly renovated dining facility. This week only, Monday, Sept. 11, through Friday, Sept. 15, we are offering a $6.50 lunch special (lunch at the Neptune Dining facility only). Neptune Dining is located on the second floor of Neptune Central. For more info, contact

Fall Diversity Dialogues Series kicks off with documentary discussion

NIU will kick off its Diversity Dialogues Series this fall with a documentary screening and discussion with director Julie Winokur. The series, which began in 2016, aims to reinforce the university’s commitment to creating a rich learning environment and encouraging people to talk openly about diversity topics. Events are free and open to the public.

Kicking off the series this year is Emmy-nominated director Julie Winokur with a discussion of her documentary, Bring it to the Table, at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Altgeld Auditorium. The documentary chronicles her personal journey where she invited people to discuss the roots of their political beliefs. A workshop and discussion with Winokur will follow the screening.

In preparation for Winokur’s visit to NIU, the university is inviting the community to watch a screening of the documentary immediately following the Unity March, which begins at 6:30 p.m., on Sept. 19.

For more information on the Diversity Dialogues events, visit

Constitution Day activities planned for Sept. 18

Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 forefathers on September 17, 1787. This day recognizes all who have become citizens whether born in the U.S. or by naturalization. This year, Constitution Day is Sunday, Sept. 17. When Constitution Day falls on a weekend or on another holiday, schools and other institutions observe the holiday on an adjacent weekday. For information on campus events taking place, visit

Secretary of State Mobile Services returns to campus Sept. 18

NIU students, faculty, staff and local residents can renew driver’s licenses and state IDs, purchase annual vehicle license plate stickers, register as organ and tissue donors, or conduct other transactions on campus at a mobile office of the Illinois Secretary of State.

In addition, NIU collegiate license plates will be available for purchase. Sales help to support NIU scholarship funds.

The mobile office will visit campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2017, in the lower level of the Holmes Student Center.

Acceptable forms of payment include personal checks, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit and debit cards. Other services available include vehicle title registration and parking placards for persons with disabilities.

complete list of acceptable forms of identification is online.

Get ready for Homecoming 2017!

Homecoming 2017 is just around the corner! This year’s theme is “Destination: Huskie Nation – 111 Years Strong.” Events begin Sunday, Oct. 1, and run through Saturday, Oct. 7. The complete list of events and additional details are now online at Make plans to attend and show your Huskie Pride!

Week of September 5, 2017


Download the Everbridge App for safety communications

Safety bulletins from NIU proactively inform you about crimes that recently occurred on or near campus so you can take the appropriate precautions. They also work to prevent similar crimes and assist the Department of Police and Public Safety in identifying offenders. NIU provides a free app for employees to receive these important notifications. For instructions on downloading the app, visit

Tutoring resources are just one click away

TAs recommended by the tutoring committee from Program Prioritization, an informational website for tutoring services has been developed.

The website,, provides campus-wide information regarding tutoring that is available on campus. The site provides three links to view campus resources for specific course tutoring, study skills, and time management and writing support.

If you select “A specific course,” the site will direct you to all areas that provide tutoring for the identified course.

If you select “Study skills and time management,” the site will direct you to the A+ Program. The program is comprised of reading specialists who provide one-on-one and group support for reading effectiveness, study strategies and time management.

If you select “Writing,” you will be directed to the University Writing Center website, which provides services and other information on undergraduate, graduate student, and faculty and staff writing support. If you have a tutoring program or other support that you would like to include on this site, please contact Shevawn Eaton,, to help you connect with the appropriate resource service.

ACCESS Tutoring and Support Services wishes announce exciting new web resources

PAL Tutoring: Rather than coming to our office in Williston 100, students can now sign up online for an appointment tutor at: 

On this same site, under Walk-In Tutoring, you can hit the link and type in the course, and our site will provide you with times, dates and locations for all of the PAL walk-in tutoring for your selected course as well as Supplemental Instruction availability. Walk-in tutoring is available at various times in the library, New Hall West basement and Grant South basement.

A+ Program: A+ is staffed with professional reading specialists who can assist students with building study strategies, reading more efficiently, managing time and organizational skills. To meet with a reading specialist, go to  and request an appointment.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): SI provides enhanced tutoring in weekly review sessions to help you with specific courses. For more information on SI check the web at:

Workshops: ACCESS can provide study strategy workshops on request from faculty, staff and student groups. Contact Kenlyn Bialas at 815-753-1141 to schedule an event.


Center for Training and Professional Development announces workshops

The Human Resource Services’ Center for Training and Professional Development is pleased to announce its fall 2017 workshop series. A wide variety of training opportunities will be available for employees. Presenters from HRS units and program specialists from departments across campus will again be providing workshops for university employees seeking professional skill development, supervisory skills, emerging leader development and even information for employees new to campus. To learn more about the workshops offered in the upcoming months, please visit our website. Registration information for each workshop is listed in the description of the program. Please visit the Training web page regularly as new workshops will be added. For questions about any of the workshops, please contact the Training Center at 815-753-9192

“Clean the Kish” on Sept. 17

Join us during National Illinois Waterways Cleanup Week to help clean trash out of our community treasure from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The “Kish” is an amazing river. The south branch has its humble beginnings in Shabbona, IL, and another branch starts in Woodstock, IL. For over 60 miles and many winding turns, it eventually feeds into the mighty Rock River. We are thankful for the recreation opportunities from fishing to paddling. The Kishwaukee River is classified as a Class A river and is home to 28 endangered, threatened or watch-listed species. Let’s show this river some love and help protect this important resource. For more information, visit

Feed Your Mind at the Sept. 13 Stem Café

Join us for monthly STEM Cafés - fun, casual gatherings where you can eat, drink and chat with STEM professionals about the latest scientific research. The next Stem Café, Combating Cancer, will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Fatty’s Pub and Grill in DeKalb. Learn about new cancer therapies such as a gene-altering leukemia treatment from Dr. Barrie Bode, chair of NIU’s Biological Sciences Department. A cancer researcher, Dr. Bode will explore benefits, side-effects and costs of cutting-edge therapies. These events are free and open to the public. Food and drinks are available for purchase from our host restaurant.

Working with the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships seminar

The PI Academy Professional Development Series will host its first seminar, “Working with the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships,” from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Friday, Sept. 15, at the University Suites in the Holmes Student Center. This is the first seminar session for the 2017-2018 academic year. Additional sessions for the year will be released shortly. RSVP to by Monday, Sept. 11, is encouraged but not required. Attendance for the full three hours is not mandatory, please stop in as your schedule allows. Questions about the session? Please contact Dara Little, assistant vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs at

Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers – Transform Your Course Now!

The Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center is pleased to co-sponsor a series of five workshops with the Writing Across the Curriculum Program. The workshops will be led by Dr. Brad Peters of NIU's English department. The workshop series, “Tips to Engage Critical Thinkers & Writers - Transform Your Course Now!,” is designed to provide faculty, teaching assistants and instructional staff tips to effectively engage students in critical thinking and writing assignments in their courses. The workshops include hands-on activities and strategies you can immediately apply in your course. Tips focus on providing effective feedback to students, managing the workload, avoiding plagiarism and more. Participants will learn and practice ways to engage students in the learning process. You may select individual workshops that meet your needs or attend all five in the series. For more information, visit the Faculty Development and Instructional Design website.

Breaking Barriers for first-generation students

Please share this information with your students.

NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning, Counseling & Consultation Services, and Military and Post-Traditional Student Services have partnered on the development of Breaking Barriers. The mission of Breaking Barriers is to provide support and guidance to first-generation students.

Breaking Barriers provides a welcoming and supportive environment for first-generation students to connect with each other while gaining tools to be successful in college. Students will have an opportunity to network with faculty and staff at NIU who were also first-generation students in addition to current students who will provide guidance and support.

The first meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the Campus Life Building, room 100. Snacks will be provided and students can enter a raffle to win cool prizes. For more information, please contact Nelisha Gray, AmeriCorps VISTA, at 815-753-8156 or


Fall 2017 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshop schedule released

Registration is now open for 28 Graduate Career and Professional Development workshops scheduled for the fall 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 a partnership with five different units on campus: Career Services, Jobs PLUS, International Student and Faculty Office, NIU Writing Center, and the Office of Research Compliance, Integrity and Safety.

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.

Week of August 28, 2017


Change in mail service to Northern Illinois Federal Credit Union

Beginning Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, NIU’s Campus Mail Services will no longer be providing any mail service to the Northern Illinois Federal Credit Union. Any mail that we will receive for them on Thursday, Aug. 30, will be delivered on Friday, Aug. 31. Mail after Aug. 30 should be sent to the Credit Union via outgoing mail through the U.S. Post Office. Thank you for your assistance in helping us to provide a smooth transition. If you have any questions, please call Campus Mail Services at 815-753-6286.

Financial month end close

The month of August is closing for all financial reporting activity at noon on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. Journals not posted at that time will go into September business. Final August reports are scheduled to be available Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. September reports are scheduled to be available Monday, Sept. 18, 2017. These dates, and other important dates related to The Controller’s office can be found on the FMS Reports Calendar.

Faculty personnel advisor

As the new academic year begins, faculty, administrators and other personnel bodies are urged to remember the services of the Faculty Personnel Advisor Sarah McHone-Chase.

The faculty personnel advisor is a resource person who can advise regarding the university’s personnel policies and procedures and the courses of action that are open to faculty. The personnel advisor can assist faculty who are experiencing difficulties with the personnel process, including frustration with personnel decisions such as evaluation, promotion and tenure.

Contact info 
Sarah McHone-Chase
Founders Memorial Library, 136
815-753-9860 or 815-217-9209

Please note that the SPS personnel advisor is Jeanne Meyer, and the Operating Staff personnel advisor is John Hulseberg,

New Blackboard mobile apps available for download

New studentandinstructor Blackboard Learn apps are now available for download. The new set of apps replace the older "Blackboard Mobile Learn" app, which is no longer supported. NIU students and faculty are encouraged to download the latest apps by following the links below.

For students: Student Apple Store and Student Google Store
For instructors:Instructor Apple Store and Instructor Google Store

Update your directory information

With the recent and upcoming changes that NIU is experiencing, all employees should take a few minutes to check their personal and departmental information in the NIU Online Directory for accuracy. Many departments have merged, consolidated and some have dissolved entirely. It is imperative that we update the directory to have an accurate reflection of current employees, department names and contact numbers. An updated directory ensures better customer service and a positive impression on both the students and community that we serve.

The directory needs to be updated by both the individual employee (using their own login number and password) and the department office staff.

To review and verify information, each employee should search their name in the "people search" section within the directory. If any information needs to be updated, select "Self-Service" and click on "Make a Process Request." Log in using your username and password. In the left menu area, click on "Make a Process Request" again. A pop-up box will come up. Click "Continue." Click on the appropriate resource that you want to change (i.e., title, office address, phone number, etc.) and fill out the reason for the request.

Similarly, each department needs to review their information under the "department search" entry and update anything that is incorrect or outdated. If any information needs to be corrected, please click on "Modify Department Entry" and fill out the questions that follow. If you need any further assistance with the forms, contact the Service Desk at or 815-753-8100.

Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming invites you to Travel with the Professor for a day to celebrate American writers on Thursday, Sept. 28. We will depart from the Holmes Student Center east side at noon and travel to the Ernest Hemingway Birthplace and Museum, after which we will travel to downtown Chicago to visit the new American Writers Museum. Travelers will also have time to shop and dine on Michigan Ave, stroll Millennium Park, and just take it all in before returning to DeKalb at approximately 8 p.m. Tickets are just $65. Transportation and museum entry fees included. Registration is now open.

Join the Pick Museum at exhibit opening of "Quilts and Human Rights"

Join the NIU Pick Museum of Anthropology for the Exhibit Opening Reception of "Quilts and Human Rights," 5 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5. "Quilts and Human Rights" features quilts from around the world honoring champions of human rights and documenting quiltmaking as a means of coping with oppression, and examining how quilts raise awareness of global social issues. This event also includes a free quilt block workshop led by the Social Justice Sewing Academy. This exhibit is generously supported by Cordogan Clark & Associates Inc., Michigan State University Museum and NIU's Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality.

NIU GRE and LSAT Test Prep offerings this fall

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming is offering on-campus ACT, SAT, GRE and LSAT test prep courses this fall. For more information, visit the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences External Programming office's website.

NIU Lifelong Learning Institute fall term

The NIU Lifelong Learning Institute is proud to announce its fall 2017 study groups. The fall term is Tuesday, Sept. 12 – Thursday, Nov. 2. For program information, to download and print the catalog and/or registration form, or to register with a credit card online, please visit our website and click on “2017 Fall Programs” in the right-hand menu. You can also call 815-753-0277 to register over the phone.

Fall 2017 Jobs PLUS event schedule released

Registration is now open for 12 Jobs PLUS events scheduled during the fall semester. Information on the events and as well as a link for online registration can be found at Advanced registration is required.

Jobs PLUS events are free and open to all NIU students. If a student’s employer is a Jobs PLUS partner the student may be eligible to attend select Jobs PLUS events on their paid work time with permission of their employer. Students interested in connecting their employer to Jobs PLUS can self-report where they are working