Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Weekly Round Up 4.11.12

Weekly Round Up for ENVS Students
This brief newsletter is intended to give the reader a glimpse of campus happenings and opportunities.

Huskie Service Scholars
Apply now for the 2012-2013 academic year!
Applications due April 27th.

Huskie Service Scholars is a program that offers tuition waivers to students for community service.  This program pairs upper-classmen with first-generation or low income students entering NIU for the first time.  Upon completion of 300 hours of service, students will receive a tuition waiver of $1,132.
ü  Talk to Melissa Burlingame if you are interested in serving as Peer Mentor for the Environmental Studies team (mburlingame@niu.edu).

ENVS Candidate Talks
ü  Sustainable Engineering and Energy
o   April 12, 1p, Wirtz 104
o   April 16, 1p, Wirtz 104
Earth Appreciation Month
ü  Mono Lake Story & A River Runs Through Us
Thursday, April 12th, 7:30p, Cole Hall Auditorium
ü  Complete list of activities found on the ESE website at: http://www.niu.edu/ese/events/earthappreciation_2012.shtml
Artifact Identification Day
Saturday April 14 from 11am until 2pm
The Anthropology Museum at Cole Hall, NIU

Have you ever walked a piece of land, looked down and found a projectile point or an arrow head?  Have your grandparents or parents given you a stone axe from their land and told you it was made by Native Americans?  Are you curious to know what these things are?  If so, come to The Anthropology Museum on Saturday April 14 from 11am until 2pm where Sara Pfannkuche, Interim Director of the museum and local archaeologist, will help you to identify your artifacts.  Learn how you can do your own research on these items.  Sara might not be able to identify every object, but she will be able to point you in the right direction…

In addition to helping you identify your artifacts, Sara will bring out archaeological “tools of the trade” so people can better understand what archaeologists do.   
This will be the last day for the exhibit Touch the Sky, a tribute to the breathtaking vistas and iconic creatures of the American prairie by world-renowned nature photographer Jim Brandenburg.  Coloring sheets related to the museum’s Touch the Sky exhibit will be available for kids of all ages. Come on out and see the exhibit before it leaves the museum!

For More Information:
Museum Facebook Page:  Anthropology Museum of NIU
Phone:  (815) 753-2520

STEM Outreach Camp Counselors Needed
Attached is the STEM Camp staff application. You may submit the application without reference letters as long as you have arranged for them to be sent to me either electronically, or though the mail.  If coming by email, they should come from an official email address, not gmail or hotmail.

You can check out the camp topics and schedules for the camps I will be staffing on http://niu.edu/stem/camps/summercamps.shtml.  We need instructors who work primarily day-time and counselors who are responsible for evening activities and dorm supervision as well as assisting instructors.  Previous experience working in camps or other informal education experience a plus, but not required.  Applications will be considered as we receive them, so it is to your advantage to submit it as soon as possible. 

Most summers counselor/instructors are responsible for some advance planning of activities and then assisting with activities planned by others.  We work with students to use your talents as best we can and also give you lots of growth opportunities.

ü  Environmental Studies Club
o   Monday, April 16th, 7pm, Wirtz 220
      Dr. Jason Hanna will talk about Environmental Ethics

Political Science Classes
For your information, ENVS Faculty Associate Professor Brendon Swedlow will be teaching two courses that are part of the ENVS major emphasis areas in Fall 2012:
·         POLS 411 Constitutional Law II Liberty, Privacy, and Equality in Constitutional Law MW 3:30-4:45
·         For video descriptions of these and select other courses being offered by the political science department in fall 2012, please visit this link:
·         If you have any questions, please ask Professor Swedlow bswedlow@niu.edu. If you have friends who might be interested in these courses, please feel free to forward this message to them.