Thursday, August 27, 2015


Hello fellow females in STEM!

We hope you had an enjoyable summer! As some of you may know, WISTEM is a group of female faculty members in STEM, here at NIU, who meet to network and discuss important issues. We are interested in kick-starting a group for undergraduate students and graduate students in STEM who may meet informally once per month to do the same. We would like to touch base with everyone as we have several potential events planned for this coming school year, such as inviting female scientists to speak at a colloquium.

We were hoping to meet for coffee on Friday, September 11th, at 2 pm in Founder's Cafe in the basement of the library, to discuss these ideas and get to know each other a little better.

If you cannot make the meeting but are interested in attending, please contact us using the emails listed below.

We hope to see you there!

Deanna and Jessica (graduate students in the Department of Anthropology)

Jessica Ritsche
MA Candidate
Graduate Assistant
Department of Anthropology
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115


Register for Green Building Strategies Webcast

restaurant development+design

Register for the rd+d Green Building Strategies Webcast Now

Free Webcast: Green Building Strategies

Wednesday, August 26, 1:00pm (central)
Building a greener restaurant, meaning one that has a minimal impact on its environment, does not happen by accident. It takes plenty of critical thought and planning to ensure a location maximizes all of its resources during the design, construction and even operational phase.
In this hour-long presentation led by rd+d Editorial Director Joe Carbonara, our expert panel will:
  • Discuss key planning, design and building considerations to help make any restaurant more environmentally friendly
  • Explore the benefits of pursuing green designations such as LEED
  • Outline best practices for determining which options will help the restaurant achieve its green goals without compromising the brand promise
Joe Carbonara
Joe Carbonara
Editorial Director
rd+d Magazine
John David Herth
John David Herth
Senior Director of Global Design and Construction Services
Dunkin’ Brands
Steve Starr
Steve Starr
Charlotte, N.C.
Joe Vajda
Joe Vajda
Aria Group Architects,
Oak Park, Ill.

FCSI members and certified foodservice professionals may earn a continuing education unit by registering and viewing the webcast and then completing a short quiz.
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Food Service Equipment and Supplies

Register for the FE&S 2015 National Food Safety Month Webcast Now

Free Webcast: Going with the Food Safety Flow

Tuesday, September 29, 1:00pm (central)
In this hour-long webcast our panel of experts will focus on the flow of food through restaurants, offering food-safe tips from dock to dining. We will address best practices in such areas as receiving, storage, thawing and holding, preparation and serving of food items.
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Webcast Archive

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GRE and LSAT Fall Test Prep offerings

All NIU employees, alumni, and current students are eligible for a discount. Anyone who registers at least one week prior to the start of a test prep session will also receive an early bird discount.  

GRE Fall Test Prep I starts September 19
GRE Fall Test Prep II starts November 7
LSAT Fall Test Prep starts November 7

For schedule information and to register online or to download the registration form visit:

Illinois Groundwater Association

The Illinois Groundwater Association (IGA) is seeking presenters for our Fall meeting, October 9th, 2015 at the NIU Naperville Campus.  If you have a groundwater related topic or recent research that you would like to present, please email me, and we will get you on the schedule.  

For more information on what the IGA is, please follow the link below:

IGA provides grant money for undergraduate and graduate research. Check out the website for details or find them on Facebook.

**Melissa Lenczewski will be taking a van to attend the meeting.**

Scholarship Opportunity for NIU Internship or Co-op Students - Summer 2015

Intern of the Month and Intern of the Year Scholarship Awards: Career Services acknowledges outstanding NIU students who have completed a career-related work experience. Seven internship or co-op students are selected throughout the scholarship award year, January to December 2015, as Intern of the Month. At the completion of the scholarship year, three of these seven students will be selected as NIU Intern of the Year scholarship award recipients.

The deadline for the summer 2015 awards is 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 21, 2015. A letter describing the application procedures and the documents required to apply are attached to this e-mail. Please forward this information to students who may qualify for the Intern of the Month awards. Career Services typically notifies students automatically who have reported their internship or co-op work experiences to us. However, we are transitioning to a new reporting system this semester and are not able to notify students directly; therefore, your help is especially needed in spreading the word.

Please contact Diane Hart for the application materials.

Waste Audit/Materials Management workshop

The Sept 14, 2015 Waste Audit/Materials Management workshop being co-sponsored and conducted by IRA, ISTC and Harris Consulting.  

Monday, August 24, 2015

Job Openings @ EPA in Chicago - Application Deadline Wednesday 8/26

$43,362.00 to $68,950.00 / Per Year
Thursday, August 20, 2015 to Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Job Title:Environmental Engineer / Physical Scientist (Env) (RECENT GRADUATES)
This position is located in Region 5, Chicago, Illinois. This announcement may be used to fill multiple vacancies within Region 5.  

 At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Assist in environmental protection projects and activities related to air, water, permitting, enforcement and compliance, environmental data.

- Perform limited or routine aspects of professional environmental protection work related to air, water, permitting, enforcement and compliance, or environmental data.

Recent Graduates who have completed all course requirements for a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or technical education program within the preceding two years. Preference eligible veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation may apply up to six years after degree or certification. 

1. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
2. Combination of education and experience--education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education

Monday, August 17, 2015

UIC's 2015 Urban Forum

The 2015 UIC Urban Forum, titled Remaking the Urban Social Contract: Health, Energy and the Environment, is taking place at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd, in Chicago on Thursday, September 17, 2015. Admission is free for all students and faculty at all universities. 

The 2015 Forum is an opportunity for both students and academia to participate in a discussion about the history on the changing social contract at the national, state, and local/metropolitan level with particular attention to health, environmental, and energy issues.

All attendees will be given a free copy of the University of Illinois Press book that includes the white papers from the 2014 UIC Urban Forum on “The Return of the Neighborhood as an Urban Strategy.”  

Individual participants may register at

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester 2015
New student and family orientation sessions
August 17-21, Monday-Friday
Department, college, and university faculty meetings
August 24, Monday
Classes begin
August 30, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add or drop a first-half-semester or full-semester course via self-service in MyNIU
September 1, Tuesday
Last day to apply for Fall 2015 graduation via self-service in MyNIU
September 4, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to add a first-half-semester or full-semester course with approval of course department
September 4, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to drop a first-half-semester or full-semester course with approval of major college
September 7, Monday
Labor Day (university closed)
September 7, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to make up a mark of "I" (incomplete) from the Spring 2015 semester
September 11, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a full-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit
September 11, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a first-half-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit
September 18, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a first-half-semester course
October 16, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a full-semester course or from the university
October 18, Sunday
End of the first-half of the semester
October 19, Monday
Beginning of the second-half of the semester
October 25, Sunday
Last day for undergraduates to add or drop a second-half-semester course via self-service in MyNIU
October 26, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to add a second-half-semester course with approval of course department
October 26, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to drop a second-half-semester course with approval of major college
November 6, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to change a second-half-semester course from credit to audit or from audit to credit
November 13, Friday
Last day for undergraduates to withdraw from a second-half-semester course
November 13, Friday
Last day for undergraduates enrolled only in second-half semester courses to withdraw from the university
November 20, Friday
Last day to change or declare a major to be effective for the fall semester
November 25-29, Wednesday-Sunday
Thanksgiving break
November 30, Monday
Classes resume
December 5, Saturday
Classes end
December 7, Monday
Last day for undergraduates to make up a mark of "I" (incomplete) from the Summer 2015 session
December 7-12, Monday-Saturday
Final examinations
December 12, Saturday
End of fall semester
December 13, Sunday
Undergraduate fall commencement and degree conferral

The Hunting Ground screening and discussion

This fall, NIU will be hosting a screening and discussion of The Hunting Ground, an eye opening documentary about sexual assault on college campuses. Please consider incorporating this event into your course syllabi and/or encourage your students to attend.

This event will take place on Wednesday, September 2, at 6:00 p.m. in Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium.

According to a recent study, 1 out of 5 women experience an attempted and/or completed sexual assault during their college years. It was found that on college campuses, “sexual assaults were most likely to occur in September, October and November, on Friday or Saturday nights, and between the hours of midnight and 6:00 a.m.,” and freshmen and sophomores are at a much greater risk of being victims of sexual assault. On average, at least 50% of sexual assaults involved the use of drugs or alcohol. The majority of physically forced or incapacitated sexual assaults were perpetrated by someone the victim knew (79% and 88%).  [Krebs, C.P., Lindquist, C.H., Warner, T.D., Fisher, B.S., & Martin, S.L. (2007). The Campus Sexual Assault (CSA) Study. National Institute of Justice.]

Considering these statistics, it is vitally important that we teach students about the prevalence of sexual assault, as well as ways to reduce sexual assault on our campus. To that end, students who attend The Hunting Ground event are expected to achieve the following learning outcomes:

1.       Become more knowledgeable about campus policies related to sexual misconduct, as well as locate on and off-campus resources for survivors of sexual assault.
2.       Explain behaviors common to those who commit sexual assault.
3.       Identify the role that men play in ending violence against women.
4.       Discuss the role alcohol and substance use plays in sexual assault and misconduct.
5.       Describe strategies to reduce their own risk, as well as become active bystanders, in situations that may lead to sexual assault.
Following the documentary screening, there will be a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Please visit for more information about this event, or feel free to contact Rebekah Kohli directly at or 815-753-1044. I have attached a copy of the publicity poster for this event. For a list of other events sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women, Gender, & Sexuality, please visit

The Hunting Ground event is:
Presented by The Office of the President

In partnership with the Office of the Provost; Affirmative Action & Diversity Resources; Academic Diversity Programs; Student Affairs & Enrollment Management; Presidential Commission on the Status of Women; and Center for the Study of Women, Gender & Sexuality.

With sponsorship from: Advocacy Services; Counseling & Consultation Services; Department of Police & Public Safety; Safe Passage; Wellness Promotion; Women’s Rights Alliance.

Welcome Reception

Monday, August 3, 2015

Sustainability Communications Manager

You will have to go to this page<>, click "external applicant," and then search "sustainability."

Northwestern University

Job Summary:
The Sustainability Communications Manager is responsible for developing and implementing the sustainability communications plan in support of the strategic plan for sustainability. This includes development and management of the website for the office of sustainability, developing written materials and digital copy and maintaining social media accounts.

Specific Responsibilities:
  • Lead development and implementation of Sustainability Communications Strategy in support of the Strategic Plan for Sustainability.   
  • Manage creation, launch, content development and support of new Northwestern 'SustainNU' website.       
  • Lead creation strategy for SustainNU social media strategy including SustainNU twitter and Facebook accounts.
  • Lead the creation, development, and distribution of sustainability print communications ' SustainNU Green Guide, Eco-Rep Handbook - and SustainNU newsletter.
  • Manage SustainNU Eco-Rep Program (50+ students).
  • Support additional NU programming including Green Cup, zero-waste events, sustainability in NU athletics, and STAR.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Completed or currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in related field: Journalism, media and marketing, PR, etc.
  • Experience with Web development and maintaining digital tools and resources including HTML email campaigns and dedicated web pages
  • Ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects, work independently and in collaboration with team members
  • Good analytical and technical skills, project and management skills, solid communication skills, creative, innovative thinker, action-oriented, versatile, ability to adapt in dynamic environment, resourceful and honest.
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Masters degree with specialization in environmental sciences or energy.
  • Computer software & hardware knowledge and proficiency, including: XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, web standards including accessibility and usability, content management systems, PHP, SQL, Subversion, FTP Clients, Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, some Flash, MS Office.
As per Northwestern University policy, this position requires a criminal background check.  Successful applicants will need to submit to a criminal background check prior to employment.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individuals with disabilities.