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DeKALB – The NIU women’s basketball team will host a Coaches Clinic at the NIU Convocation Center, featuring seven speakers including NIU Head Men’s and Women’s Basketball Coaches Mark Montgomery and Lisa Carlsen, respectively, on Saturday, Aug. 21.

Date posted: August 5, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on NIU Women’s Basketball Set to Host Coaches Clinic

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On a steamy Friday night in Atlanta 20 years ago, NIU Director of Track and Field Connie Teaberry sat, along with thousands of other elite athletes from around the globe, in Fulton County Stadium waiting to enter one of the grandest stages in all of sports, the opening ceremonies of the Centennial Olympic Games.

Date posted: August 5, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on A Look Back: Connie Teaberry’s Olympic Journey

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DeKALB – Former NIU women’s soccer Volunteer Assistant Coach Angela (Righeimer) Staveskie will return to the sidelines at the NIU Soccer and Track & Field Complex this fall as Head Coach John Ross announced Staveskie an assistant coach. She will work with the team’s goalkeepers.

Date posted: August 4, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Staveskie Rejoins NIU Women’s Soccer Staff as Camp Begins

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parkingTo address the expanding transportation needs of the university community, Campus Parking Services engaged in a review of current campus parking resources and policies.

The following changes were made to parking operations:

  • Parking Rules and Regulations are no longer printed on the back of the map distributed with parking permits. Rules and Regulations are now online.
  • Enforcement hours for campus parking regulations are different. Parking enforcement hours are now 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Parking enforcement hours do not apply to restricted parking areas such as no parking zones, handicapped, reserved parking spaces and campus lots that require permits at all times.
  • Enforcement hours for reserved parking spaces will remain 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. or at all times as posted.
  • Make sure to read all parking lot signs before entering as well as signs within the lot to avoid being ticketed.
  • A pay station has been added to Lot M1 (on the east side of the Campus Life Building) to replace the coin meters. The pay station will give patrons the ability to pay with cash, credit card of debit card, and to park for longer periods of time.

For more information, call Campus Parking Services at (815) 753-1045.

Date posted: August 3, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Campus Parking Services updates policies

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Eric Dannenmaier

Eric Dannenmaier

The July 29 issue of Chicago Daily Law Bulletin features Eric Dannenmaier, the new dean of the NIU College of Law.

Dannenmaier “pursued the position of dean at NIU because it seemed like a natural fit,” the article states.

“For me,” the story quotes Dannenmaier, “it was about the opportunity to contribute to an educational enterprise, to contribute to a law school that’s done an excellent job of educating students to become lawyers, practicing in the public interest, practicing in a number of fields of law that advance important social goals.”

NIU, headded, “is a law school on the rise and my privilege, my job, is to support that continued growth.”

On the job since July 1, Dannenmaier offers praise for the experiential learning opportunities at NIU Law as well as the thriving alumni network.

“It is a community that cares deeply about and stays connected with the school because they care deeply about and stay connected with how law is interpreted, how it’s taught and how it’s employed to serve society.”

Date posted: August 3, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Chicago Daily Law Bulletin spotlights Eric Dannenmaier

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teaching-word-cloudNIU’s Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center will host the fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute Thursday, Aug. 11, and Friday, Aug. 12.

The institute is open to all NIU faculty, instructors and SPS and Civil Service staff. Participants can choose to attend either or both days of the Institute.

The registration deadline is Friday, Aug. 5.

Day One – Fundamental Principles of Effective Instruction – will introduce faculty to the basic principles of teaching, share information about teaching-related support resources available at NIU and discuss how faculty can address students’ learning needs. Topics include planning a syllabus, energizing the classroom, assessing student learning and more.

Registration for Aug. 11 is available online.

Day Two – The Art of Teaching: Using Performance Techniques in the Teaching/Learning Process – will be led by Greg Justice, professional speaker, director, actor, award winning teacher and professor in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech. The Institute will include engaging activities to support development of teaching skills.

Topics include dealing with nervousness, improving your creativity through imagination, concentration, observation, relaxation, and more. Participants will learn techniques that they can apply immediately in their teaching.

Registration for Aug. 12 is available online.

For more information, call (815) 753-0595 or email [email protected].

Date posted: August 1, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Faculty Development plans Teaching Effectiveness Institute

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concertNIU’s African Student Alliance will greet Huskies for the fall semester with a Welcome Week Concert scheduled Friday, Aug. 26.

Musicians, bands and event crew volunteers are asked to sign up to be part of the concert. Organizations are encouraged to help spread the word.

The deadline to register is 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

Goals of the show are to entertain the student body and the NIU community; to provide a platform for talent, specifically upcoming artists; and to promote the culture of hospitality at NIU

Event crew volunteer needs include photographers, videographers and event production. Talent volunteer needs include dancers, musicians and instrumentalists

For more information, or to volunteer, email [email protected].

Date posted: August 1, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on African Student Alliance needs volunteers for concert

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Fulbright logoLast summer’s maiden voyage of the Fulbright Gateway Orientation at NIU sailed to success.

Seventy foreign Fulbright student grantees spent three days in DeKalb acquiring skills necessary for successful academic and professional lives in the United States while they also learned more about their roles and responsibilities as Fulbrighters.

“It was really good last year. Everything just worked out well,” said Sim Chin Tissa, director of NIU’s International Student & Faculty Office. “We had excellent feedback and response from the participants. One student evaluation said, ‘We learned so many things … grabbing this opportunity to thank NIU staff. I will come to take a Ph.D. in positive organization there.’ ”

The overall positive feedback earned NIU a second consecutive invitation from the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to host another orientation.

NIU will welcome 72 Fulbrighters to campus Tuesday, Aug. 9, for three busy days of presentations, workshops, break-out sessions, networking activities and uniquely Midwestern field trips.

Participants, including one who is enrolling at NIU for her master’s degree in public administration, will stay in the Holmes Student Center hotel.

Executive Vice President and Provost Lisa Freeman and NIU Graduate School Dean Brad Bond will deliver the official welcome Tuesday morning to open the orientation.

Vanessa Sayajon, program officer for the Foreign Fulbright Programs Division of the Institute of International Education, will oversee the week’s program.

NIU Fulbright Gateway Orientation 2015

NIU Fulbright Gateway Orientation 2015

Topics for the three days include:

  • U.S. academic culture;
  • U.S. politics and people;
  • cross-cultural understanding and awareness of ethnicity, race, gender, sexuality and more;
  • appropriate interpersonal relationships;
  • leadership skills; and
  • volunteerism in the community.

Field trips are planned to NIU’s Communiversity Gardens, Millennium Park and Navy Pier. Participants also will enjoy a Chicago Architectural River Tour.

Other activities will help the Fulbright students connect, build a learning community and foster team spirit. The Tuesday night Welcome Dinner, for example, will feature music performed by NIU’s Quentin Dover and mingling with members of the Kishwaukee Sunrise Rotary Club.

Students also will take part in a discussion with second-year Fulbright foreign students who will talk about acclimating to U.S. graduate school.

Sim Chin Tissa

Sim Chin Tissa

Presenters include professors from three NIU colleges – Education; Health and Human Sciences; and Liberal Arts and Sciences – as well as from Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Affirmative Action and Equity Compliance and Elgin Community College.

Tissa is excited for next week’s repeat performance.

“We have great team spirit at NIU, and we were inspired and invigorated by the program last year,” she said. “It’s really quite an honor to have the State Department invite NIU again, and given that we have done this before, we are trying to see how we can improve and make it better.”

NIU’s visitors will cap their orientation experience Thursday, Aug. 11, with a taste of America’s pastime – baseball – when they attend a twilight Kane County Cougars game in Geneva.

For Tissa and her staff, and just like last year, the farewell outing is not the end of busy times: Around 400 new international students arrive Monday, Aug. 15, at NIU for their own orientation.

Date posted: August 1, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on A warm welcome, Version 2.0

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Emergency Alert SystemA new tool to support emergency notifications is being added to faculty and staff workstations this summer.

As recommended by the NIU Department of Police and Public Safety, the university’s Information Technology Steering Committee approved a requirement that this software be installed on all NIU-owned desktops and laptops by Friday, Aug. 12.

This requirement is for all workstations that are used by employees on a daily basis as part of normal business operations.

In the event of an imminent and verifiable emergency, when the NIU PD initiates an emergency alert, all campus computers that have the Alertus Desktop Notification software installed will be overridden with a full-screen alert and instructions. The user will have the ability to acknowledge the message and close the alert.

The Division of Information Technology (DoIT), in conjunction with the Department of Police and Public Safety, ran a successful pilot implementation of the software in the spring. The software is lightweight, runs in the background and will not interfere with the speed or operation of employees’ workstations.

Exceptions will be granted for embedded systems (machines that run other machines), personally-owned equipment, phones and tablets.  Servers, storage devices and student-owned computers are not included in this requirement. LAN administrators were notified of this requirement in May, and DoIT pushed the Alertus software down to all managed systems that they control (including labs) at that time.

Employees who feel this client will interfere with their ability to do their jobs can appeal this requirement with the Office of the Provost by sending requests to [email protected]. They will need to provide a compelling reasoning as to why emergency communications will inhibit their ability to do their work.

This new tool is part of a larger upgrade to the university’s emergency notification system that is rolling out this summer.

For more information, contact your LAN admin or the DoIT Service Desk at (815) 753-8100. The software is currently available and ready for deployment to LAN admins through System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) for remote management of NIU-owned workstations.

For those departments not using SCCM, the software is available through Software Licensing and Distribution (in the right column, under “Install”).

Date posted: August 1, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Deadline for installing emergency notification software is August 12

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Shyree M. Sanan

Shyree M. Sanan

Shyree Sanan has been named controller at NIU, effective July 1, 2016.

Sanan reports to Associate Vice President for Finance and Budget Larry Pinkelton. She is responsible for management of the Controller’s Office, which includes Financial Reporting, Accounts Payable, General Ledger and Treasury Operations.

Sanan brings more than 15 years of experience effectively managing accounting operations and recently served as acting controller at NIU for over a year. Prior to that, she held various leadership positions at NIU that included the position of assistant to the vice president for research in the Division of Research and Innovation Partnerships and treasurer of the Northern Illinois Research Foundation.

Sanan has been able to blend her non-profit accounting experience successfully to help position the Controller’s Office for complete transformation.

“Staff has been re-aligned, workflows have been redefined and processes have been improved,” Pinkelton said. “We look forward to Shyree further advancing our commitment to operational excellence in the years ahead.”

A faithful Huskie, Sanan obtained her undergraduate degree in accountancy and an MBA from NIU. She also is a certified public accountant.

Date posted: August 1, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on Shyree Sanan named NIU controller

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Smart ClassroomNIU’s Division of Information Technology will offer training this month on how to use the audiovisual equipment in Office of the Provost-sponsored smart classrooms.

Both new and returning instructors should benefit from these brief seminars.

  • Tuesday, Aug. 16
    by appointment from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Cole Hall 106; call (815) 753-0172
  • Wednesday, Aug. 17
    and Thursday, Aug. 18
    8 a.m. to noon / 1 to 3 p.m.
    DuSable Hall 348
  • Friday, Aug. 19
    by appointment during the day; call (815) 753-0172

Wednesday and Thursday seminars are open-ended and run continually. A complete demonstration with hands-on practice takes about 30 minutes.

Those who cannot attend one of these sessions, or who need more information, should call Keith Bisplinghoff  at (815) 753-0172 to learn about other training opportunities.

Date posted: August 1, 2016 | Author: | Comments Off on DoIT to offer training in use of smart classrooms

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