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Northern University Magazine Winter 2006
Alumni Applaud the New Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center
He has invested a lot at Northern Illinois University... his energy...his intellect...his dreams. Your gift will help make sure his investment pays off. Your gift to the Annual Fund will provide NIU students with the scholarships, books, technology, and programming they need to realize their dreams through education. Your gift is a statement not only of your support of these students efforts; it is a statement of your support of educationan investment that pays off tenfold in confidence, widened perspective, and opportunity. To make a gift to the NIU Annual Fund, visit www.niufoundation.org/give or call 1-877-GIV2NIU (toll-free).
Northern Illinois University Magazine Winter 2006
From Drawing Board to Reality
One building opens; another breaks ground
Getting to the Bottom of Global Warming
Unlocking climate secrets buried beneath the Antarctic sea
Researchers pinpoint ways to help new teachers succeed and stay on the job
Northern Letters Inside NIU Huskie Sports Northern Notes Alumni Profiles Marriages and Births Alumni Travel Programs In Memoriam Last Look 2 4 24 26
VOLUME 5, ISSUE 2 WINTER 2006
I am a member of an NIU Romeo group that meets every first and third Thursday of each month throughout the year. Your Fall 2005 issue of Northern Now did bring back some memories and chuckles of the flood of 1954. I have enclosed contributions from my scrapbook at the urging of my fellow Alpha Phi Omega Romeo Group. John E. Krause 56 sense as I donned the borrowed skirt and headed off to campus. It was not until later that evening as I neared the flooded College Avenue Bridge that I realized wearing a borrowed skirt was indeed a problem. There was only one way to get back to my rooming house on Augusta and that was to wade across the bridge. Lifting the skirt as high as I could, I abandoned all modesty and began my journey through the river which had flooded the entire area while I had been on campus. It was indeed a memorable evening which not only changed the course of my life, but also the course of the Kishwaukee River. Lorna (Patton) Vogt 57, M.A. 72
Michael P. Malone
Virginia Seymour, 73
Lee Ann Henry
Pat Anderson, M.S. 04, Julie Harris, 04, Mark McGowan, 92, Tom Parisi, Jessica Schultz, 98
Don Butler, 71, M.S.Ed. 03 Keith Lowman, M.A. 96 George Tarbay, 71, M.S.Ed. 84 Scott Walstrom
Northern Illinois University Board of Trustees
Robert T. Boey George A. Moser Cherilyn G. Murer, J.D. 78 Manuel Manny Sanchez, 70 Myron E. Siegel, 74, M.B.A. 75 Marc J. Strauss Barbara Giorgi Vella, M.S.Ed. 87, J.D. 92 Andrew Nelms, 06 John G. Peters, President
Division of University Advancement
Viewing the aftermath of the 1954 flood from the College Avenue bridge are John E. Krause 56, Stephen J. Horvath, Jr. 55, and Richard L. Taylor 56. The College Tea Room is partially visible at far right.
Some readers may recognize the late Stephen Horvath, Jr. (center in photo), who served in leadership roles as both student and alumnus, most notably as chair of the NIU Foundation for 26 years. Ed.
Michael P. Malone, Vice President Carlos Granados, 80, Director, Office of Publications Michael P. Malone, Interim Executive Director, NIU Alumni Association Mallory M. Simpson, Associate Vice President Development
The opinions expressed in Northern Now do not necessarily reflect the official policies of Northern Illinois University. Northern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Printed by authority of the State of Illinois. Northern Now (USPS 466-480) is published quarterly in winter, spring, summer, and fall by Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115-2882. Periodical postage paid at DeKalb, Illinois, and additional mailing office. Postmaster, send address changes to: Advancement Services, Northern Now, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. NIU Switchboard: (815) 753-1000 Northern Now is published by Northern Illinois University with additional financial support from the NIU Foundation. www.NorthernNow.niu.edu (815) 753-6327
Remembering the days when the mighty Kish took over the NIU campus, I found myself focusing on the Sunday of the flood which coincided with the night I was to become an official pledge of Alpha Sigma Alpha. Following an afternoon performance by the NIU band in Sycamore, I rushed to my home on Augusta Avenue to dress for the big event. I was to wear a white skirt which at that time was not in my wardrobe. It seemed that not owning a white skirt was not a problem as one of my better friends had one which I borrowed. The excitement of what was to happen that evening totally overshadowed common
It was spring of 1967 and I was a sophomore living in the Towers. It was a very warm day in the late afternoon and I went to the mailbox in front of the dorm to mail a letter. I remember it was eerily still. I took the elevator back up to my 11th floor room and when I entered my room, my window had blown open and clothes were blowing around outside in a circular pattern. I looked out the window and the car that was parked right by the mailbox was now laying somewhere else. As it turned out, a tornado had touched down in DeKalb. A few days later I was asked to describe what I saw on NIU's radio station. Gloria Golec 69
I was just reading the Fall 2005 copy of Northern Now and the picture on the inside back cover reminded me of a weather event that many of my friends and I refer to as the Great Flood of 83. As I recall it was just days before the Fourth of July and there had been several days of torrential rain storms south of DeKalb. Since the Mighty Kish flows
north, these rain storms caused the Kish to overflow its banks, literally cutting DeKalb in half. I remember standing in a friends back yard right next to the train trestle that crossed over the river and Peoples Park on the other side of the river was totally flooded. The bridge at Lincoln Highway was closed with water flowing right over it. In fact, the bridges at College, Lucinda, and Hillcrest were closed because of the high water. The lagoon had disappeared. I had helped my future wife take all the furniture from her parents house, next to the field we knew as the north forty, as the water came over the berm next to the river and down Sunnymeade Trail where they lived. The water literally came at us from two directions and rose so fast that my parked car got caught in the water. Now that was a flood. Rich Garling 82
The following letter and accompanying article were submitted to Northern Now by John Kerhlikar 63, of Shingle Springs, California. The article originally appeared in the Sacramento Bee, which had invited readers to share memories of a cherished vacation. Ed. Dear Northern Now, The attached article may be of interest since it involves four alumnis adventures while attending NIU. It was published in my local newspaper, the Sacramento Bee, coincidentally, just after Katrina hit. The other three students are Paul Marchetti 62 (deceased), Bill Powers 63 (deceased), and Don Mulack 63. P.S. The real reason we slept through the Mardi Gras parades was because we drank too much! John Kerhlikar 63
Fond memories of New Orleans in 61 At the frozen Northern Illinois University campus, in DeKalb, Ill., spring break came early in February 1961. We had planned our escape carefully. It consisted of getting into Bills 56 Mercury and heading south 1,000 miles to New Orleans. We divided the driving into four 250mile segments. I dont remember when we left, but my segment was at some wee hour of the morning, in farm country in the middle of nowhere. With only the headlights for illumination, I assumed my bleary-eyed position behind the wheel. I got up to speed and noticed we were on a rural two-lane road without any markers. So I drove on a little faster than I should have, and before I knew it, I ran out of road at about 60 mph. We stopped right in a Louisiana farmers red dirt field. (Who expected the road to T?) Of course, that got everyones attention. We backed the car out with no harm done. The good news was, that by a unanimous vote, my driving time was done for the rest of the downward trip. We arrived in the Big Sleepy sometime about 6 a.m. and headed right for Bourbon Street. We found a ham-andegg joint that suited our appetite and budget. Our housing plans consisted of asking the short-order cook if he knew of any place we could stay in the area. After he stopped laughing, he informed us it was the beginning of Mardi Gras and everything was probably booked. Oops! However, he knew a family just down the street that sometimes rented rooms, and we could give them a try. Armed with an address, a name and a recommendation,
Above: John Kerhlikar (right) and friends aboard the River Queen during their spring break trip to New Orleans in 1961. Below: On the road from DeKalb.
we headed to 930 Bourbon St. (right across from Lafayettes Blacksmith Shopone of the in spots at that time). Mrs. Johnson looked us over at the front door and decided we were harmless, and said we could stay for $10 a night. (Yes, that came out to $2.50 each.) She then led us up the stairs to the top floor and a pair of rooms that looked out over Bourbon Street on one side and the rest of New Orleans on the other. It was like one of those picture perfect views in a travel magazine, with plantation shutters and all the charm of a 150-plus-year-old gem. Well, the best was yet to come. Who walks into the room with extra towels but Mrs. Johnsons beautiful daughter. We are introduced all around, and asked if we have ever been to New Orleans. Would you like to see some of the local night spots with my girlfriends later on? (she) asked in a lilting Southern accent. About then, we all thought somebody ought to be pinching us awake. Needless to say, we had a spring vacation never to be topped or forgotten. P.S. We never got up early enough to see any of the Mardi Gras parades. Send your comments to: Northern Now Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 60115 NorthernNow@niu.edu
Mosaic recreated for Altgeld foyer
While visiting newly renovated black and white mosaic, most notably Altgeld Hall just before it reopened in enlarging its diameter and adding subtle 2004, Michael McSweeney 61, and embellishments such as braiding in the Louise (Walters) McSweeney 60, stonework around the perimeter and were somewhat disappointed to find incorporating gray, green, and gold tiles. that a historic element of the building With these changes approved, work had not been included. Missing was began on the mosaic which, when comthe unofficial seal of the university, a pleted in August 2005, featured 6,500 mosaic which had graced the foyer of one-half-inch squares. Altgeld Hall when NIU was known At its dedication in November 2005, as Northern Illinois State Normal the McSweeneys were lauded by NIU School (NISNS). The mosaic was President John Peters for their commitremoved in the late 60s when ment to the mosaic, and their longtime Altgelds lobby was remodeled and support of NIU. The McSweeneys later relocated to the main lobby of support an endowed scholarship for Founders Memorial Library where it business students studying direct remains today. marketing. The McSweeneys disappointment, Altgeld Hall holds a special signififueled by their conviction that the cance for the McSweeneys. The couple emblem should be returned to its became engaged under the buildings rightful place of honor, prompted main portico, just steps away from the Michael and Louise McSweeney along with NIU President John Peters are on hand for the dedication of the new seal their generous gift which led to the historic seal. The family also boasts three mosaic in Altgeld Hall. mosaics return to Altgelds foyer. generations of Northern grads Chicago artist Youlia Tkatchouk-Bobel, who was commissioned Michaels mother graduated in 1918 (from NISNS) and son to recreate the mosaic, suggested a few changes to the original Mark, in 1988.
Alumna among Most beautiful on Capitol Hill
When a Washington newspaper put together its second annual list of the Top 50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill, NIU alumna Greta Hanson 03, was one of them. Published in The Hill, which bills itself as the newspaper for and about the U.S. Congress, the poll features staffers, lobbyists, lawmakers, police, and security officers. Hanson, who was a political science major, has been a legal assistant for U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, for more than two years.
Photo by Patrick Ryan, courtesy The Hill
Castle on a Hill offers alumni the yearbook they never got
Castle on a Hill, the recently published pictorial history of NIU, entices the reader with more than 315 images and 55,000 words covering over a century of life on campus and in DeKalb. Author Glen A. Gildemeister, director of the NIU Regional History Center and university archivist, sees NIU alumni as the books primary audience, especially those who graduated over the last 30 years without benefit of a college yearbook. The book will also appeal to history buffs of both NIU and the DeKalb community. All profits from the sale of Castle on a Hill will go to the Friends Endowment Fund. The book is available through the Friends of NIU Libraries, Founders Memorial Library, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois 60115. Cost is $29.95 plus $5 per copy for shipping and handling. Checks are payable to Friends of NIU Libraries.
NIU reaches out to students displaced by Katrina
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, NIU was among nearly 1,000 U.S. and foreign academic institutions that offered assistance to college students attending affected Gulf Coast schools. As a result, six Illinois residents who were displaced by Katrina enrolled at NIU for the fall 2005 semester. Amanda Mahnke, a junior majoring in biochemistry at Tulane University in New Orleans, was one of those students. NIUs assistance has been wonderfulI have been able to continue with my academics and not be burdened with out-of-pocket expenses, says Mahnke, who is from Marengo, Illinois. It was a wonderful gift because in this time of hardship, it is nice to have one less thing to worry about. Through a variety of resources, the university was able to ensure that the students had no outof-pocket expenses for tuition or fees. Vice Provost Gip Seaver, whose office coordinated services for the six undergraduates, noted that the process went smoothly as NIU colleges, financial aid and bursars offices, as well as others on campus took to the task with extraordinary cooperation and compassion. Dana Gautcher, NIUs scholarship coordinator and financial retention advocate, worked directly with the displaced students and was struck by their resilience and ability to hit the ground running. NIU students whose permanent residences are in the region affected by Katrina also were contacted by Gautcher to check on their well-being and offer assistance from the university.
Amanda Mahnke enrolled at NIU for the 2005 fall semester. She returned to Tulane University in January.
10 years later NIU physicists remember top quark discovery
The longtime collaborative efforts of NIU and Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory were reinforced last October when Fermilab marked the 10th anniversary of its top-quark discovery with a symposium at its Batavia campus. Five NIU physicists all played a part in the discovery of the heaviest known elementary particle, one which exists for only a minuscule moment in time (10 -24 seconds). David Hedin, Michael Fortner, Suzanne Willis, Gerald Blazey, and Dhiman Chakraborty were all members of the DZero collaboration, one of two large collaborative experiments at Fermilabs Tevatron collider that jointly announced the discovery of the top quark in the spring of 1995. Hedin joined the DZero collaboration at its inception in 1982 and worked on the system that tracked the behavior of particles known as muons, or heavy electrons. Fortner and Willis later joined the team examining muons. Blazey joined DZero in 1986 and helped construct and operate the uranium-liquid argon calorimeter, which measured the energies of particles. Chakraborty, who joined the NIU faculty in 2001, began working at Fermilab a decade earlier. For his Ph.D. thesis, he devised a way to distinguish the signal of top-quark events from background noise. Fermilab scientists used his method, among others, to detect the prized particle.
Photo courtesy Fermilab
DeKalb celebrates 150 years New roads pave the way for NIU expansion
Long-term development of approximately 230 acres on NIUs far west side is a step closer thanks to funding from the $286.5 billion transportation bill signed into law last August. Of that funding, the university received $8.32 million which will be used to design and build a road network and the accompanying infrastructure improvements needed to develop the land. The universitys plans for the property include a variety of uses including expanded research capabilities and student life improvements. The summer of 2006 marks DeKalbs sesquicentennial and plans are underway to celebrate the citys history and evolution over the past 150 years. DeKalb mayor Frank Van Buer, 60, M.A. 64, alumnus and former NIU professor and administrator, invites alumni to join in the celebration. NIUs growth closely parallels that of the greater DeKalb community. In 1899, the university (first known as the Northern Illinois State Normal School) opened its doors to its first class of students, 43 years after the city received its charter in 1856. For information on sesquicentennial events, check out www.cityofdekalb.com.
Join fellow alumni at a major league baseball outing!
Additional information will be posted on the Alumni Association website at www.myniu.com as details become available. You may also contact the Alumni Association at email@example.com or call to place a reservation at
Each game will be preceded by an alumni reception 1 1/2 hours before game time (all times Central Standard). Wednesday, May 3 Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks Phoenix, Arizona 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, May 10 Chicago Cubs vs. San Francisco Giants San Francisco, California 7:40 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 Chicago Cubs vs. Florida Marlins Miami, Florida 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 14 Chicago White Sox vs. New York Yankees New York, New York 7:05 p.m. Friday, July 21 Chicago Cubs vs. Washington Nationals Washington, D.C. 6 p.m. Information about Chicago Cubs and White Sox home game events will be announced at a later date.
Dr. George Wilkins
1932 - 2005
The round GW decal on the back of the 2005 Huskie football helmets pays tribute to Dr. George Wilkins, a man who meant much to the NIU football program. Dr. Wilkins suffered a heart attack while watching his beloved Huskies battle Northwestern in the second game of the 2005 campaign. Medical personnel took him from the Ryan Field press box to Evanston Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. In a relatively short period of time, George really became involved and meant so much to this football program and this team, said NIU head football coach Joe Novak. Putting his initials on our helmets is the least we could do for him and for his family. George is part of our familythe Huskie family. Wilkins and his wife, Fran, were among the top leadership donors for the new Academic and Athletic Performance Center to be constructed in the north end zone of Huskie Stadium. A groundbreaking ceremony for that facility took place at half-time of the last home game on November 23. Dr. Wilkins attended Culver Military Academy and after a long and distinguished career in medicine and business retired to Culver, Indiana, within sight of his beloved Culver Military Academy. His funeral service was conducted in the Memorial Chapel on the Culver campus and he was laid to rest at the Culver Masonic Cemetery.
Nobel Prize shines light on book
NIU professor William Bakers bibliographical history of noted British author Harold Pinter gained a little more prominence shortly after it was publishedPinter was named the winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature just two weeks later. I began collecting his works as a schoolboy in the 1960s after going to see his plays in Brighton (England) and hearing his work over the radio, said Baker, a British native. He left a profound impression on me. That impression was a lasting one. Last September, after a seven-year collaboration with coauthor John C. Ross, Harold Pinter: A Bibliographical History was published. With scholarly books, youre lucky to sell more than 1,000 copies. Already the publishers have called for an extra press run, notes Baker, who holds a joint appointment with University Libraries and the Department of English. Baker is the first to consolidate Pinters body of work into a comprehensive text. Best known for his more than two dozen plays including The Caretaker and The Birthday Party, Pinter has also written a large body of poetry, non-fiction works, a novel, and texts for radio and television. His screenplay for the 1981 film The French Lieutenants Woman was nominated for an Academy Award.
Northern Illinois University Presents
The Vermeer Quartet
Formed in 1969, members of the Vermeer Quartet are originally from Israel, Germany, New York, and Nebraska, thus providing a unique blend of musical and cultural backgrounds. The Vermeers members have been associated with Northern Illinois University as resident artist faculty since 1970. Concerts remaining in the 2005-06 Chicago Concert Series at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance January 25 Mozart: Quartet in D major, K. 499 Shostakovich: Quartet #10, Op. 118 Tchaikovsky: Quartet #3 in E-flat minor, Op. 30 April 10 Beethoven: Quartet in G major, Op. 18 #2 Britten: Quartet #3, Op. 94 Schumann: Quartet in A major, Op. 41 #3 Concerts begin at 8 p.m. and are preceded by a 6:45 p.m. lecture by members of the Vermeer Quartet. Single tickets: $28 To purchase tickets: Call (312) 334-7777, or visit the Harris Theater Box Office at 205 East Randolph Drive in Chicago or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.
Vermeer Quartet gets Grammy nod
NIUs famed Vermeer Quartet has garnered a Grammy nomination for their Bartk: Complete String Quartets. Released in 2004 on the Naxos label, the two-disc set is nominated in the Best Chamber Music Performance category. This is the third Grammy nomination for the Vermeer Quartet which was recognized for Haydns The Seven Last Words of Christ in 1994 and again in 2003 for a CD of piano quintets by Shostakovich and Schnittke. Vermeer members include violinists Shmuel Ashkenasi and Mathias Tacke, cellist Marc Johnson, and violist Richard Young. The Grammys will be televised on February 8.
Alumni Support Brings Two New Facilities to West Campus
A measure of the momentum propelling NIU in 2005 is evident in two events that took place in the fall. In both instances, support from NIU alumni and friends was instrumental in getting these projects off the ground. The Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center is already making an impact on campus both as a welcoming venue for visitors to campus and for the greater NIU community as a premier venue for events. Once completed, the Academic and Athletic Performance Center will provide worldclass facilities for all NIU athletes.
Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center opens to the NIU Community On October 15, a warm, sunny Homecoming Saturday, NIU celebrated the grand opening and dedication of the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. The 40,000-square-foot facility will be the home away from home for NIU alumni as well as the starting point for the twice-daily tours of campus. More than 2,500 donors contributed $7.3 million to complete the project. The public rooms on the first floor include a vaulted great hall, a ballroom with terrace access, board room, library, and a conference suite featuring three meeting rooms. The center offers a full array of meeting and banquet accommodations for groups of up to 300 with catering
The NIU ROTC Color Guard conducts the flagraising ceremony, followed by a Huskie Marching Band performance.
options and state-of-the-art audiovisual support. A variety of events has already been scheduled including weddings, baby showers, corporate meetings, and charity fundraisers. See back cover for more information on renting the facility.
A special preview dinner was held for major donors the night before the grand opening of the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed food and refreshments in the ballroom during open house festivities.
10 NORTHERN NOW
Academic and Athletic Performance Center campaign breaks ground Just five weeks later, on November 23, a cold, blustery day before Thanksgiving, Huskie alumni and friends broke ground for a new Academic and Athletic Performance Center. The ceremony signaled the start of a long-awaited project
to build an athletic facility in the north end zone of Huskie Stadium. Once again, Huskie fans, alumni, and friends rose to the challenge. President John Peters set the mark when the campaign was announced on April 23: Get to $7 million in gifts and we will put a shovel in the ground. By November 23, only 7 months after the campaign was announced, donors met the initial groundbreaking campaign challenge. The main floor of the 60,000-squarefoot center will combine facilities for both academic support and athletic training for NIU student-athletes in all sports, and also houses the football locker room. The second floor features meeting rooms, coaches offices, a large tiered classroom, and access to a terrace facing the playing field.
Major donors to the project participated in the groundbreaking ceremony for the AAPC. Leadership gifts to the campaign were provided by Fran and George Wilkins and Jeffrey and Kimberly Yordon.
Above: Donors to the project watched the game from the north end zone, site of the future center which will close in the north end of Huskie Stadium by connecting to the west grandstand. Right: Fans cheered on the Huskies at the last home game of the season which was highlighted by the halftime groundbreaking ceremony.
Getting to the Bottom of
NIU plays large role in $30 million effort to unlock climate secrets buried beneath the Antarctic sea
The snows of Kilimanjaro, the 11,000year-old ice cap atop Africas tallest peak, made famous by Ernest Hemingway, might disappear within the next decade. Halfway across the globe in Montana, the number of glaciers in Glacier National Park already has dwindled from 150 to 30 over the course of less than a century. Near the top of the world, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, the island village of Shishmaref, no longer shielded from storm surges by sea ice and built on permafrost, is eroding into the Bering Sea. At the other polar extreme, edges of the Antarctic ice sheet are melting into the ocean, raising fears of a rise in global sea levels. With global warming now recognized by most scientists as one of the top threats facing our planet, researchers are turning their attention to determining its causes, the rate of warming and its ramifications for our future. Few efforts in coming years will be more ambitious and larger in scale than a $30 million project led in part by Northern Illinois University geologist Ross Powell. Powell is co-leader and co-chief scientist for the U.S. contingent of ANDRILL, a geologic drilling project that will involve 150 researchers worldwide, including at least half a dozen NIU scientists and students. ANDRILL aims to unravel mysteries of global warming by unlocking clues buried in one of the most remote, hard-to-reach regions of our planet: the vast seabed beneath the Antarctic sea. The layers of geologic strata in the Antarctic seabed have a story to tell us that goes back millions and millions of years,
By Tom Parisi
Powell says. Its a story about the earths cycles of warming and cooling, and like all good histories, this one will help us to better understand and prepare for the future. NIU and the University of Nebraska at Lincoln lead a group of top U.S. universities involved with ANDRILL, while the projects international half is made up of researchers from New Zealand, Italy and Germany. After eight years of planning, scientists are preparing to drill into the seabed this coming fall and during the fall of 2007. The drill sites are located in or near McMurdo Sound, a historic staging point for exploration and scientific investigation in the southwestern Ross Sea.
Above: NIU geologist Ross Powell. Left: Vinces Cross overlooking McMurdo Sound, Antarctica. The cross is a memorial to George T. Vince, a seaman who drowned during the 1901-04 expedition led by British explorer Robert F. Scott.
Awful, beautiful place The scientists will retrieve sediment cores that will help Wedde ll Sea explain how the Antarctic ice sheets behaved during past warming and cooling trends. The polar regions are more sensitive to climate change than other parts of the world, and the massive ANTAR ice sheets generate trails of evidence about climate history. CTICA Because the Antarctic ice sheet is by far the worlds oldest and Amery Ronne Ice Ice She largest, the continent holds a treasure trove of information, albeit Shelf South lf Pole hidden in the recesses of a brutal, unforgiving environment. Amund British naval officer Robert Falcon Scott famously said of sen Sea the Antarctic, Great God, this is an awful place! Holed up in a Ross Ice She tent during a fierce blizzard on the Ross Ice Shelf, he drew his lf last breath in March of 1912. Norwegian explorer Roald South McMur Amundsen, whose team months earlier had beaten Scotts men Pacific Ross d Sound o Sea in the quest to first reach the South Pole, was awed by its icy Ocean majesty. The land, he said, looks like a fairy tale. Antarctica is about 1.5 times the size of the United States. It is an isolated landscape of regal Emperor penguins and surly Leopard seals, spontaneous whiteouts and vast blue skies, plunging crevasses and towering ice mountains, smoldering volcanoes and bitter cold, Geologic drilling operations that began in the 1970s have howling wind and otherworldly stillness. More than 95 percent of produced much of what is known about the continents history. the continent is covered by ice that can be up to three miles thick. Scientists now know the Antarctic ice sheet is more than 35 milThe polar regions are different from anything youve expelion years old, but they believe the current extremely cold climate rienced, says Powell, who has traveled to the Antarctic on 10 has existed for only 3 million years. Through most of its history, previous research expeditions. Even for scientists, the Antarctic the continent has been ice-free, even warm enough at one time region is somewhat of a mystery. We know so little about the to accommodate dinosaurs. history of how the ice has behaved because the records we have Today the Antarctic ice sheet, divided into east and west from past drilling operations are fragmentary. Yet, its such a big lobes, accounts for some 60 percent of the worlds freshwater. mass of ice, understanding what can happen and how fast it can If it were to entirely melt, it would raise the level of the worlds react to warming is really important. oceans by nearly 200 feet.
A little bit goes a long way
A $3 million drilling system designed especially for the international ANDRILL program and utilizing hot water, warm mud and even diamonds will allow scientists to set up their rig on floating sea ice and ice shelves and reach further into the seabed than ever before. The ANDRILL team will use a pressurized hot-water system to carve a drill Drilling Platform hole through the Ross Ice Shelf, a floating slab of ice that is thicker than the length of two football fields. Atop the hole, they Ice will erect a powerful drilling rig, developed Shelf by Antarctica New Zealand, the drill operator. A hollow steel drill pipe will be lowGrout ered from the rig through the ice and Anchor more than a half mile of seawater before reaching the ocean floor. At the end of the pipe, a diamond-studded drill bit, grinding through sediment in a circular fashion, will penetrate another half mile into the seabed, extracting cylinders of ancient rock that will be encased within the hollow steel pipe. A special perforated doughnut-shaped ring will be raised and lowered around the drill pipe, allowing operators to continuously pump hot water into the ice hole to keep it from freezing during several months of drilling operations. Warm mud will circulate throughout the drilling system as well, working as a lubricant. A video camera will run up and down the drill string, monitoring the operation. All the while, under the ice shelf, tides run in and out, and the ice itself is flowing, advancing at a rate of a few feet per week, says ANDRILL co-chief scientist Ross Powell of Northern Illinois University. Engineers must take all this into account. Its like trying to control a length of wet spaghetti in a huge pot of water.
The global thermostat Understanding the earths potential for global climate change is one of the most important scientific challenges of our age, says Thomas Wagner, program director for the Antarctic Geology and Geophysics Program of the National Science Foundation, which is supporting ANDRILL to the tune of $20 million. (The agencys average research allocation is $400,000.) The project also will be among the worlds largest during International Polar Year (2007-09), a coordinated campaign of research designed to initiate a new era in polar science. ANDRILL will give us the best information to date on the role of the Antarctic ice sheet in global climate change, Wagner says. Its a profound role, being the major player in sea-level change and feeding back on ocean and atmospheric circulation. Powell likens the Antarctic to a global thermostat. The continents massive ice sheet interacts with the worlds atmosphere and oceans to help maintain worldwide temperature distributions. When global temperatures warm past critical thresholds, the ice sheet melts, accelerating the warming effect. When global temperatures cool, the ice sheet expands, accelerating the cooling effect. Scientists understand the world is warming because of an increase in carbon dioxide in our atmosphere, or the greenhouse effect, Powell says. Our challenge is to determine where we are in that natural cycle of warming and cooling, the rate at which were warming and the significance and consequences of mankinds role. Answers to these questions will help scientists predict the future consequences of global warming. Evidence of warming According to the National Academy of Sciences, the earths surface temperature has risen by about 1 degree Fahrenheit over the past century, with the strongest warming effect occurring in the past two decades. A United Nations panel on climate change has projected a rise in global temperature, mostly because of greenhouse warming, of between 2.5 and 10.5 degrees Fahrenheit by 2100. In addition to its impact on sea levels, continued global warming could influence everything from agriculture and air quality to energy usage and the spread of disease. If those projections of warming trends are correct, the worlds climate within the next few centuries will be at a point equivalent to conditions on our planet tens of millions of years ago, before Antarctica became cold enough to support the big ice sheets that are there today, Powell says. Sea levels are already rising on the order of millimeters a yearthats well documented. If the trend continues at that rate or faster, eventually coastal cities from Venice (Italy) to New Orleans are going to have to do something to mitigate the rise. A growing body of evidence indicates that the worlds oceans are warming as well, according to NIU geologist Paul Loubere, an international authority on the role of oceans in climate change.
High-tech center enhances research on climate, environmental change
While the Antarctic drilling project is currently the most high-profile effort, NIU scientists are conducting a multitude of other important research projects on climate and environmental change. Those efforts will be enhanced by the new NIU Analytical Center for Climate and Environmental Change. Leveraging the expertise of internationally renowned NIU scientists in geology and other disciplines, the high tech center will help ramp up investigations into carbon dioxide cycles, the El Nio phenomenon, volcanic eruptions, soil and groundwater contamination and other areas of environmental concern. The Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences is establishing the center with two grants from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration totaling $4.6 million. The funding has allowed for the purchase of state-ofthe-art equipment. A remotely operated submarine has been developed for exploration underneath floating sea ice, ice shelves and lakes beneath the ice sheets in the Antarctic and Arctic. Three new mass spectrometers will enable researchers to measure the chemical composition of almost any material found in the environment. The spectrometers are used to trace organic compounds, such as pesticides, herbicides or pharmaceuticals, to their original sources and determine the rate at which the compounds are being broken down in the environment. The equipment also can help scientists reconstruct regional climate histories by analyzing marine sediments and microscopic marine fossils. These analyses yield information about the composition and temperature of past oceans and atmospheres. With each instrumental or analytical development, our understanding of environmental change has leaped forward, says Jonathan Berg, NIU geology and environmental Jonathan Berg geosciences chair and director of the Analytical Center for Climate and Environmental Change. In the past at NIU, we had the great minds but we didnt always have the instruments to produce cutting-edge data, Berg adds. Now we are assembling what will be a state-of-the-art research facility. We envision the center as being a magnet for graduate students, because once its fully up and running, students will have almost unlimited research possibilities.
NIU has decades-old Antarctic connection
In the summer of 1974, Ross Powell glimpsed the future in more ways than one. At the time a graduate student in his native New Zealand, Powell boarded a C-130 Hercules military aircraft bound for the Antarctic. Dressed in survival suits and packed knee-to-knee in sling-net seats, he and other researchers traveled eight hours before spotting the great Transantarctic Mountains. The plane glided to a smooth landing on the ice runway of McMurdo Sound, a bay that forms the western extension of the Ross Sea. Now an NIU geology professor and preeminent polar scientist, Powell remembers that day 32 years ago as clearly as a blue-skied Antarctic morning. It was not only his first trip to Antarcticaa continent he would return to nearly a dozen timesbut also his first exposure to NIU students. NIU has a long history of Antarctic research and helped lead the first drilling effort on the continent. Known as the Dry Valley Drilling Project (DVDP), it began in 1972 and was organized by Lyle McGinnis, an NIU geology professor and experienced Antarctic researcher. As a chief scientist, McGinnis brought a number of NIU students with him to work on the DVDP project. He also recruited the projects chief scientist from New Zealand, Peter-Noel Webb, to NIU. Webb served as geology chair from 1973 to 1980. He recalls that the department had only begun offering a masters degree several years prior to his arrival at the university. By the decades end, a full-fledged Ph.D. program was up and running. The Antarctic program gave NIU a lot of in-state and national visibility, which was a big help as we were trying to develop the doctoral program, Webb says. McGinnis is now retired and living in Wisconsin. Both he and Webb had been working in the Antarctic since 1957, and Webb had even met and also corresponded with a number of geologists who had explored the continent with Ernest Henry Shackleton and Robert Falcon Scott. Now a professor at Ohio State University, he helped lead the Cape Roberts drilling project in the 1990s and now serves as an adviser to ANDRILL, the latest international drilling effort. Today NIUs Powell and David Harwood of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln head up the U.S. contingent of ANDRILL. Nebraska also was a lead university partner with NIU in the 1972 drilling effort.
A number of scientific surveys show us that the temperature of the deep ocean has been increasing, on the order of a tenth of a degree centigrade over the past 30-odd years, Loubere says. That might not seem like a large increase, but to change the temperature of the deep ocean even by that much requires an enormous amount of heat because of the enormous amounts of water in our oceans. The message without a doubt is that heat has been accumulating in the earths atmosphere and in the oceans over centuries. Like cake layers Scientists dont expect the warming atmospheric and oceanic temperatures to melt the entire ice mass over the South Pole in the foreseeable future, but there is real concern over the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. It is grounded well below sea level and is considered potentially unstable. That region will be the focus of this falls drilling effort, led by Powell and Tim Naish of the Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences in New Zealand. The drill site is located on the Ross Ice Shelf extending from Ross Island, off the Antarctic coast (see circled area on p.14 map.) Fed by glaciers, ice shelves are large floating bodies of ice. They are extremely sensitive early indicators of climate change. Roughly the same size as Texas, the Ross Ice Shelf is the worlds largest. It is considered stable but appears to be undernourished, which could be cause for concern. Scientists believe the demise of the Ross Ice Shelf would be an important precursor to eventual collapse of the entire West Antarctic Ice Sheet. Drill operators and scientists will work in the shadow of Mt. Erebus, an active volcano towering 12,500 feet above the Ross Sea. Mt. Erebus and two inactive volcanoes make up Ross Island. The volcanoes played an important role in the unique confluence of geologic events that created the time capsule that ANDRILL researchers seek to open. Deep processes within the earth tore at the tectonic plates beneath the continent, creating rifts that were further deepened by the weight of the dying volcanoes, sinking back into the crust as they cooled and creating a moat-like depression around Ross Island. During repeated warming and cooling cycles over tens of millions of years, the massive ice sheet ground back and fourth. It deposited glacial sediments into those rifts with each advance, and ocean sediments with each retreat, like alternating layers of a cake. The presence of volcanic ash in those ancient layers provides scientists with key chemical signatures for dating sediments. The remains of microscopic marine life further give researchers critical knowledge about everything from ancient water temperatures and water depth to floating ice conditions.
NIU geologist Reed Scherer holds the top of a container from the 1907 Antarctic expedition led by British explorer Ernest Henry Shackleton.
Drilling through time During the first season of drilling, core samples are expected to provide scientists with their first high resolution picture of climate fluctuations dating back from the present day to 5 million years ago. To my mind, the record of climate change over the last few million years is most relevant to understanding our modern climate and predicting where its headed in the future, says Reed Scherer, an NIU geologist and key member of the ANDRILL team. Scherers expertise lies in the study of fossil diatoms, microscopic single-celled algae that live in surface or shallow waters, evolve rapidly and are eventually deposited on the ocean floor. The variety of diatoms is linked to water temperature, Scherer says. So we can track changes in water temperature based on the different species of diatom fossils that we find in the layers
of sediment from the rock cores. In essence, they provide a record of climate and environmental change in the region through time. Past Antarctic research conducted by Scherer drew a startling conclusion: that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet did indeed disappear and then reform sometime within the past million years. I think the last time the West Antarctic Ice Sheet disappeared was 400,000 years ago, when the planet experienced an unusual warm period, Scherer says. If such an event occurred today, it would increase sea levels by 18 feet. Most of the Netherlands and Bangladesh and most of Florida and Manhattan would be under water. Other ANDRILL drilling sites over the next two seasons will seek to recover sediment cores for periods of time going back 20 million years. Sites also are being investigated that would take the record back to 60 million years. With each change in drilling location, we tap into very different sequences representing windows of geologic time preserved from erosion, says Powell, who expects the ANDRILL team to unearth the unexpected. Just about every drilling project produces revelations that create revolutions in scientific thought. Even though we have specific objectives, we are hoping and expecting to be surprised.
NIU on top of the world, too
When students returned to campus last fall and compared summer highlights, Ryan Cumpston had them all beat, hands down. The senior geology and environmental geosciences major from Crystal Lake traveled to a mountainous region near the North Pole, spent his days in a skiff at the edge of a massive glacier and rubbed elbows with some of the worlds top polar scientists. It was the most beautiful place Ive ever seen, says Cumpston, who had never before traveled outside of the United States. Geology Professor Ross Powell selected Cumpston to take part in a pilot Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program, funded by the National Science Foundation. Powell and Cumpston spent three weeks in Ny-lesund, in the Norwegian island territory of Svalbard. Replete with glaciers and wildlifeincluding reindeer, Arctic ice seals and polar bearsNy-lesund is the planets northernmost settlement. Cumpston was given safety instruction in the use of a rifle and flare gun in the event of an encounter with a polar bear. He learned to swim in a bright orange survival suit, mandatory apparel for researchers on the Arctic Ocean. Most of his days were spent aboard a small aluminum skiff or rubber Zodiac boat, monitoring glacial processes with Powell and Professor Julie Brigham-Grette and student Luke Trusel from the University of Massachusetts. The work required researchers to venture into the waters of a fjord littered with chunks of ice that frequently calve from the glacier, which rises about 180 feet above the sea and is more than a mile wide. Cumpston recalls watching as one large iceberg plunged into the water, producing a 30-foot-high wave. When the icebergs break off, the small ones sound like gunshots, and the big ones like thunder, he says. You dont want to get too close. The pilot was part of a larger program being run through Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts and might be expanded in the future. Says Cumpston, It was a learning experience far beyond any I could get in a classroom.
Researchers pinpoint ways to help new teachers survive, succeed and stay on the job
In the spring of 1999, Northern Illinois University alumnus Thomas McCann visited the office of a suburban Chicago high school to place flyers in mailboxes advertising an upcoming forum. It was titled What Makes Novice Teachers Cry? Within minutes of leaving the office, McCann encountered a first-year English teacher in the hallway in tears. She was being consoled by another rookie teacher. This scene probably plays out in hundreds of schools across the country every day, said McCann, an assistant superintendent in the Elmhurst public school district who graduated from NIU in 1973 with a B.A. degree in English. The incident led to a three-year research project and now a new book on how to anticipate and counteract the daunting challenges that oftentimes drive new teachers out of the profession.
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We wrote this book to help universities develop strategies to better prepare teachers for classroom realities, to help schools develop better ways to ease new teachers into the profession and to aid novice teachers by providing coping mechanisms.
Larry Johannessen, NIU director of undergraduate studies in English
McCann, NIU English Professor Larry Johannessen and Dominican University Education Professor Bernard Ricca coauthored the book titled Supporting Beginning English Teachers: Research and Implications for Teacher Induction. It was published this past summer by the National Council of Teachers of English and is becoming required reading in some education circles. We wrote this book to help universities develop strategies to better prepare teachers for classroom realities, to help schools develop better ways to ease new teachers into the profession and to aid novice teachers by providing coping mechanisms, said Johannessen, director of undergraduate studies in English at NIU. He and his colleagues have received more than 100 e-mails and calls the about book, including those from new teachers and principals who found it helpful and from university educators who intend to use the text in their teacher-training courses or programs. One school district approached the researchers, asking for help in revising its mentoring program. Weve received a lot of positive feedback, Johannessen said. The book
seems to have struck a chord with educators at all levels. I think it fills a need that wasnt being addressed. Helping new teachers adjust to the classroom is a top concern among our nations schools, many of which struggle to retain their new employees. A 2003 report by the National Commission on Teaching and Americas Future found that nearly half of all new teachers leave the profession within five years. High teacher turnover rates undermine teacher quality, the report concluded, adding that it is as if we were pouring teachers into a bucket with a fist-sized hole in the bottom. Another study concluded that teachers who are most likely to remain on the job range in age from 39 to 55; are married with dependent children older than 5; are placed in a fulltime assignment for which they are highly qualified; and receive a competitive salary. Fresh out of college, most new teachers dont begin to fit the profile. Across the country, were seeing teacher shortages. Its not a recruitment issue, but rather a retention issue, Johannessen said. Most districts face financial challenges and are bound to hire many new teachers who, by defini-
Graphic by Mariano Spizzirri, Media Imaging, NIU
What New Teachers Say
tion, are at high risk of leaving the profession before attaining tenure. The authors of Supporting Beginning English Teachers initially interviewed 11 new high school English teachers and conducted follow-up interviews a year later with six of them to identify their top concerns, frustrations, and obstacles to teaching. Two of the six left the profession after two years of teaching. The researchers also surveyed more than 200 pre-service or new teachers across the country to identify their top concerns and almost 150 veteran educators to identify keys to success. New teachers find the profession drastically different from what they anticipated, McCann said. They also have difficulty defining the so-called teacher persona, or the public self. Thats a matter of trying out new teaching strategies and making adjustments. The journey toward becoming a confident and highly competent teacher takes time, he added. We found that teachers who were most likely to remain in teaching had a keen interest in developing their skills. The new teachers surveyed had concerns over curriculum, grading, autonomy, The following quotes were taken from various teachers in the study. Ive had a high level of stress the whole year just in terms of worrying about planning, grading, and things like that. There have been a lot of 12-, 13- and 14-hour workdays. I knew what I was supposed to be doing. I thought I knew how to do it, but the students behavior was so poor. I had a really hard time dealing with it, because I had no experience. It was a shocker. When I went into the room every day, there was an overall sense that I am not in control of this class. Feeling like that can be particularly frightening. On a couple of occasions, the teacher who taught next door was able to come over and conference with me. She came over and helped me talk through the case of one student who was racist, which was helpful because it was a scary situation. I developed relationships with veteran teachers who either took a liking to me or I really liked what they were doing; I would ask them [for advice]. They had no problem saying, Heres a strategy you can use. Ive become better at creating meaningful lessons, especially in teaching skills in a procedural way. I never knew how to do that at all until I met the department chair here. I think that there is such a need for good people, its incredible. In some sense it is a fear that if Im not here, who will take care of the kids? I have reason to get up in the morning. I know kids have liked English for the first time...I know, for some students, I have literally saved their lives. The mentoring program is such a sham. It is the most ridiculous thing Ive ever participated in. It would actually drive people out of teaching. There are meetings on Friday nights from 5 to 8, and we dont get paid for it. For example, they read to us out of the discipline code. My mentor did not want to be a mentor. She hates me; I hate her. I wanted to be with another teacher with whom I have more in common and who is a good teacher.
A survey of Illinois first-year teachers finds that most of those with NIU degrees believe they were prepared well to teach their primary subject areas and to implement developmentally appropriate instruction. Released in November 2005, the first Teacher Graduate Assessment Project was directed by the Illinois Association of Deans of Public Colleges of Education (IADPCE) in collaboration with the Illinois Teacher Data Warehouse. It surveyed 2004 graduates of the states 12 public universities who are teaching in Illinois public schools and their supervisors. Fifty-two percent of teachers and 64 percent of supervisors responded. Across the state, the survey indicates that 99 percent of first-year teachers are satisfied with their career choicethat number is 100 percent among NIU graduatesand that more than 95 percent plan to stay in education, with more than 85 percent of those in teaching roles. Of NIU graduates, 98 percent plan to stay in education, with nearly 91 percent of those in teaching roles. The survey of first-year teachers also revealed: Nearly 98 percent say they feel they meet the Illinois Professional Learning Standards regarding education as a profession and its benchmarks of professional conduct. 92 percent say they are achieving the role of the teacher as a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates and whose actions affect the learning community. 90 percent say they use effective communication to foster active engagement in learning and self-motivation. NIU graduates also give good grades to their classroom instruction and their pre-service clinical experiences. The results indicate were doing a pretty good job, said Chris Sorensen, dean of the NIU College of Education and chair of IADPCE. The supervisors of our graduates are saying were doing well. Its not just the teachers self-perceptions. The deans of the public colleges of education intend to make the project an ongoing endeavor. Partly whats important about the whole project is the collaboration between not just the 12 public universities but the Illinois State Board of Education, the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the Joyce Foundation, which all provided funding, Sorensen said. We have a commitment to continue the effort and expand it, and were getting some national attention in terms of the unique partnership. Deans of the four NIU colleges that prepare teachersEducation, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Visual and Performing Artsare sharing the survey results with faculty members and launching discussions about continuous program improvement. Copies of the report are available online at www.iadpce.org. time management, classroom management and relationships with students, parents, colleagues and supervisors. Ricca said the teachers commonly reported working 12-, 13- and 14-hour days. Too often, schools end up giving new teachers a one-size-fits-all support system, but one size does not fit all, Ricca said. We need to recognize the particular needs of teachers. Ricca, a former high school math and science teacher, said he was surprised by data from the surveys that showed preservice teachers were more confident about being able to handle the workload than veteran teachers. In almost all other categories, pre-service teachers were less confident about their skills than their experienced counterparts. The soon-to-be teachers are nervous about aspects of the job that arent a big deal, Ricca said. Yet they need to be more realistic about the heavy workload. Among the strategies for schools suggested by the researchers: Design mentoring programs carefully. Mentoring programs must be finely tuned to be effective and will be counterproductive if participants view the required time commitment as an added burden. Good mentoring programs ensure careful selection and training of mentors; provide for regularly scheduled teacher-mentor interactions; pay attention to the expressed concerns of beginning teachers; give special consideration for the inevitable exhaustion experienced after the first two months of school; and offer assistance in acclimating to the school community. Provide reasonable workloads. Novice teachers often express feelings of hopelessness and exhaustion and should not be given the most difficult assignments. One new teacher in the study taught classes involving five different preparations in
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five different locations, including one class held in the balcony above a swimming pool. Provide a comprehensive orientation. An effective induction process gives support to first-year teachers throughout the school year. One useful strategy is to help new teachers anticipate difficult times and recognize that feeling some fatigue and frustration is normal. Build a network of collegial contacts. New teachers can benefit from a broad network of contacts with peers and external sources. Sometimes new teachers need to vent frustrations to an objective person outside the school environment.
Design supportive evaluations. Plans
should focus on professional development and discourage punitive approaches to teacher evaluation. Supervisors and mentors should observe teachers on separate occasions and engage in professional dialogue about those observations. Prepare new teachers for challenges. Supervisors, mentors and/or peer coaches should proactively help new teachers anticipate crises that might confront them in school and explore possible courses of action. Encourage connection to the profession. Joining statewide or national teacher organizations helps invest new teachers
into the profession. Being part of a network of teachers suggests that the new teacher sees himself or herself as a professional educator who is determined to keep growing as a teacher.
HOW STRATEGIES OF NEW AND EXPERIENCED TEACHERS DIFFERED
Areas of Concern Classroom Management New Teacher Emphasizes need to control behavior through the imposition of rules and punishments. Veteran Teacher Emphasizes need to form positive relationships with students through expression of the importance of the class, support of the teacher, and the teachers expectation that students will succeed. Follows deliberate process for completion of each project, with emphasis on the process rather than accumulation of finished products. Relies on limited number of key assessments. Exercises flexibility and consideration of multiple factors in making judgments.
Handling the Workload
Demands many written assignments and tries to evaluate each one in great detail. Relies on frequent assessments. Places great faith in grade book numbers as an accurate and reliable measure. Worries about judgments that the supervisor might make and is hesitant to tell supervisor about difficulties.
Relationship With Supervisor
Feels confident about the working relationship with the supervisor and is aware and confident of his/her own strengths.
MAC Championship Still Goal for Huskie Football
For head coach Joe Novak and the NIU football team a major goal is still to be achieved: winning a MAC championship. Four times in the last five years, the Huskies have shared a MAC West Division title. For the first time in those five campaigns, NIU got a shot at a MAC Championship, representing the West Division in the ESPNtelevised matchup vs. Akron on December 2. Thanks to a 36yard pass for an Akron touchdown with 10 seconds left, the Zips dashed NIUs MAC title dream by a 31-30 tally. Its something we havent done, said Coach Novak. Winning a MAC championship remains our goal. NIU won its last three conference games to secure a spot in the championship game, including a win on the road vs. Toledo in another ESPN appearance.
Honors for NIUs #1
Despite missing three games with a knee injury this season, NIU running back Garrett Wolfe impressed the sports writers of CollegeFootballNews.com in their postseason balloting. The 5-foot-7, 177-pound Wolfe, who will be a senior next season, earned a carload of honors including: Honorable Mention All-America MAC Player of the Year First-team All-MAC Top MAC performer as ranked by CollegeFootballNews.com Wolfe was the nations top NCAA Division 1-A rusher this year with a 175.6-yards-per-game average and the number one active career rusher at 161.8 yards per game. His numbers were aided by a strong finish as he gained 724 yards in his final three games after coming off a left knee injury that forced him out of the lineup in midseason.
MAC Honors Eight Huskies
Individual honors went to eight Huskies from the 2005 Mid-American Conference West Division championship team. First Team Offense Center Lineman Lineman Wide Receiver Running back First Team Defense Down Lineman Defensive Back
Brian Van Acker Doug Free Ben Lueck Sam Hurd Garrett Wolfe
Quince Holman Ray Smith
Second Team Offense Tight End Jake Nordin
NIU Wrestling has Speaker in the House
Speaker of the House J. Dennis Hastert returned to his alma mater to help host a fundraiser on December 1 for the Huskie Wrestling team prior to their dual meet with the then-13th-ranked Northwestern Wildcats. A former Yorkville high school teacher and wrestling coach, Hastert was named Illinois Coach of the Year after leading Yorkville to the Illinois State Wrestling Championship in 1976. Hastert is a member of the Illinois Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and was honored in 2000 by the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American. Hastert recently published his autobiography, Speaker: Lessons from Forty Years in Coaching and Politics.
Huskie Basketball 2006
Huskie mens basketball got off to an impressive start with big victories over DePaul, Toledo and Kansas State. The win over DePaul at NIUs Convocation Center marked the first time NIU has recorded back-to-back wins vs. the Blue Demons. Its very difficult to schedule teams on your home court, mens head basketball coach Rob Judson said. To get a Big East team in DePaul and a Big 12 team in Kansas State and to earn those victories against them, I hope people understand the significance of this, its not easy to get them in here, but its harder to beat them. HOME GAMES IN RED Feb. 1 Ball State 7:05 p.m. Feb. 4 Western Michigan 2:05 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ohio University 6 p.m. Feb. 12 at Kent State 1 p.m. Feb. 18 at ESPN Bracket Buster TBA Feb. 22 Central Michigan 7:05 p.m. Feb. 26 Eastern Michigan 4:05 p.m. March 1 at Ball State 6 p.m. March 4 at Western Michigan 1 p.m. March 6 Mid-American Conference Tournament First Round, On-Campus Site March 911 Mid-American Conference Tournament, Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH
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NIU Alumni Association
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We have had a season of record-setting activity for NIU alumni this fall, as well as two historic events at NIU. In the month of September, thanks in part to large turnouts for our football pre-game receptions at Michigan and Northwestern, we had a record-number of 2,500 proud Huskies attend alumni events. That record lasted only until October 15 when we had more than 3,000 guests visit the new Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center before and after our Homecoming game (which the Huskies won against Eastern Michigan, 24-8). Howard Blietz, The opening of the Barsema Alumni President NIU and Visitors Center, just 364 days after Alumni Association the official groundbreaking last fall, is a watershed achievement in the history of alumni relations at NIU. Alumni now have a beautiful facility in the heart of campus to call their home. Current students will begin to understand the importance of strong alumni support, both by the physical presence of the BAVC as well as by the fact that more than 2,300 alumni and friends of NIU made contributions to build the center. It was the first major capital campaign conducted by the university and the result is an instant campus landmark, which already has been featured by ESPN during its coverage of NIU football. The confetti and balloons associated with the opening of the alumni center had barely been cleared away when NIU broke ground on a new facility to be located in the north end zone of Huskie Stadiumthe Academic and Athletic Performance Center. I cant think of another public university, working against a backdrop of shrinking state support, that within seven weeks finished one project and broke ground for another. Both projects were privately funded and the vast majority of support for each $7 million-plus campaign came from NIU alumni. I want to thank everyone involved. If you have not been back to campus lately, please stop by the new Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. Join us at an upcoming alumni event and reconnect with classmates and other NIU alumni. Check for dates and times at www.myniu.com. This is a great time to be a Huskie!
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Get the word out on your latest pursuits and accomplishments by sending us a Class Note to share with your fellow alumni and the campus community. When submitting your news, please keep the following information in mind; Class Notes will be printed in the earliest possible issue based on the order information is received and as space permits; we may also edit them for length and content. Please submit your news within one year of the event and note that we do not print engagements or expectant births. Unless specifically requested, we will not print contact information with your Class Note. If you dont see your Class Note here, dont worry, well print it in the next issue. Just remember that only the fall issue is mailed to all alumni and friends. Those who donate at least $25 to the university also receive the winter and spring issues. All Class Notes also are published on the Alumni Association website. There are several ways to submit your news. Visit www.myniu.com and click on the Class Notes online form or e-mail your news to us at firstname.lastname@example.org; please be sure to include your graduation year(s), major(s), maiden or previous name (if applicable), and how we may contact you to verify information. You may also send your news by completing the Class Notes form in this magazine or sending information to: NIU Alumni Association, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL 60115. If you have any questions, please call us at (815) 753-1452. Dont forget to use the Online Alumni Directory to contact your former classmates! The service is free and only available to NIU graduates. Log onto www.myniu.com and click on the Online Alumni Directory link to register and reconnect with your peers. The following Class Notes were received between August 2005 and November 2005. Dorothy Westlund Kuhlmeier, M.S.Ed., is a retired registered dietician for the Highland Hospital in Belvidere. Some will remember her husband Kenneth Westlund who died of leukemia in 1992. She married Robert Kuhlmeier in 1997 and they spend their winters at their condo in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Oliver K. Zinney has just returned from the 18th ARC duty in AL/MS as a volunteer liaison officer for Hurricane Katrina. He is a retired United Methodist pastor.
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George Demos, Ph.D., traveled to Thailand in January 2005 to help survivors of the Tsunami who were suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He returned to help in November 2005. Matilda Razmo Wilhelm and Elmer Wilhelm, M.S.Ed. 57, took a cultural heritage tour of Macedonia in June 2005. They visited many historic sites with relatives.
Joseph Alengo, M.S.Ed. 61, recently had a book published, Tales Out of School: Experiences as a student, teacher, and principal. It is available at Barnes & Noble, eBay, or Joes e-mail: email@example.com.
William G. Brooks, Jr. has made a new brand of vodka available to DeKalb and Sycamore residents. Tommy Guns Vodka will hit shelves in January, stored in a tommy gun-shaped bottle. D. Ronald Inlow, M.S.Ed. 72, was bestowed the title associate vice president emeritus for auxiliary services upon his retirement after 27 years of employment at the University of Richmond. Russ Whitesel holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and will use his Peace Corps experience in Turkey to help our nation recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Susan K. Carlson, associate professor of speech pathology and audiology at Western Michigan University, retired in January 2005 after 31 years of service to the department and the university. G. Peter Lenatsch retired from the University of Texas-Permian Basin, where he served as dean of the School of Education since 1994. Lynne Lohr is pursuing a deep interest in dancing after moving to Port Angelos, Washington. Robert C. Schroeder, M.S.Ed., has decided to move back home to Woodstock, Illinois, to be closer to his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, after 15 years in the Land of the Sun, Venice, Florida. Lawrence Wagner, M.B.A. 72, has joined Sextant Business Consultants as vice president for finance and administration. Sextant specializes in profit improvement solutions for clients.
James B. Pick, M.A., is coauthor with Richard P. Greene, associate professor of geography at NIU, of Exploring the Urban Community: A GIS Approach (Prentice Hall, 2006). He is a professor in the School of Business at the University of Redlands in California.
Thank You Fans
Michele Fricke, M.A. 76, M.F.A. 84, has been teaching art history (particularly history of fiber and ceramics) at the Kansas City Art Institute for 18 years. She is now a full-time professor, and writes for Fiberarts Magazine and Surface Design Journal. Jay K. Levy and the partners of the law firm Feingold and Levy have joined with Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., L.P.A. (WWR), the largest creditors rights law firm in the nation according to Collection & Credit Risk magazine based on placements and revenue. Michael P. Malone has served in many pastoral roles as a Salvation Army officer and now has administrative responsibiliGary Watson of Gannett Co., Inc. ties as the divisional commander for the announces his retirement after 39 State of Florida. He also served as a host years with the international news and for President Bush during his tours of information company. He is currently a hurricane-devastated areas. member of the boards for AMCORE Char McAllister Pankros is currently serving Bank, N.A., the World Association of as president of the Womens Council of Newspapers, and the Newspaper RealtorsWest Suburban Chapter. She Association of America, where he chairs was a founding member of this organizathe Technology Committee. tion connecting business professionals Terry A. Williamson has been appointed across the country, through referral netchief communications officer for PJM works and education. Interconnection in Valley Forge, Anna Weselak, M.S.Ed. 74, is the new Pennsylvania. PJM manages the electric president of National PTA. She plans to grid for 13 states and the District of build and strengthen National PTAs Columbia. outreach to diverse communities, focus on advocacy efforts, workforce preparaRobert Porter retired from the tion, and continue to build the National Western Area Power PTAs parent involvement programs. Administration on January 2, 2005, after Theresa Wilkie, M.S.Ed. 76, an Illinois 35 years of service. He began a new job district 181 educator, was named the as director of the Wellington, Kansas, state winner in the Wal-Mart Teacher of Electric Utility on January 3. the Year Program. She also received a George Wilken was elected the executive check for $10,000 for Hinsdale Middle vice president of the Arkansas Federation School. of Chapters for the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association. John Bati, M.S.Ed. 76, retired He is a retired meteorologist and lives after 33 years of teaching in the with his wife, Virginia, in Maumelle. DeKalb school district.
The Huskies finally played the BIG House for the 2005 football season opener. An excited crowd of over 650 alumni and friends enjoyed a pre-game reception hosted by the Alumni Association in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Despite the 33-17 early-season upset, the roaring crowd of NIU fans in the packed stands did not go unnoticed by the Huskies.
Loretta Mahler Schwartz has become a certified legal nurse consultant and has started her own business, Schwartz & Associates Medical Legal Consulting. Mark Madden was recently granted tenure and promoted to associate professor of aviation technology at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He lives in Anchorage with his son. Church World Service, headquartered in New York City, in April 2005. Donald Lewis play, Melissa Tunes In, won the 2003 Marilyn Hall Award, and received its initial development at Chicago Dramatists, where he is a resident playwright. Bob Prevette, M.B.A. 74, J.D. 78, is president of Legacy Trust, a Michigan chartered bank specializing in wealth management services including investment planning and trust administration.
Carol J. Fouke-Mypoyo, became an information specialist in the Immigration and Refugee Program of
Alumni Holiday Reception
The 6th Annual Alumni Association Holiday Reception drew alumni and friends for a festive gathering on December 8 at the Chicago Athletic Association. Bob Fioretti, immediate past president of the Alumni Association, served as host, which featured NIU president John G. Peters and Barbara Peters as special guests. Holiday cheer and good spirits prevailed as guests gathered to reflect on the past year and look forward to what the future holds for NIU.
Jan Fahrner-Hamilton has formally retired from full-time employment as a certified substance abuse counselor. She lives in Tinley Park with her family. with his wife, Mary, and their three grown children. been producing TOUCH! Cartoons for 14 years and has also appeared in the Denver Post with her cartoons, illustrations, and humorous relationship columns. Thomas N. Thompson has moved to Wellington, Kansas, from Omaha, Nebraska, to become the pastor of the First Baptist Church of Wellington. Nadine Hegebarth Herbst recently moved to a beautiful home in Morgan Hill, California. She has two children, Matthew (born 03-23-02) and Andrew (born 04-05-04). Sandy Hand Podborny is the new owner of Letter Perfect Designs (www.LetterPerfectDesigns.com), a computer calligraphy business specializing in addressing envelopes for weddings, corporate, and social occasions. Sandy and her husband, David, have four children. Dennis Robison has recently been promoted to a category manager with Albertsons Inc. and has relocated to Scottsdale, Arizona.
Catholic chaplain this summer. Susan C. Schmitt was promoted to associate managing director for the Private Bank and Trust Company. Kim Ostby Burbules was promoted to vice president, area field marketing, for Computer Associates International, Inc. (CA). She lives in Naperville with her two daughters. Glenn Krupica was hired as NIUs associate athletics director for external affairs. He was the executive director of the Independence Bowl for the past 11 years. Richard Sackley recently celebrated his 10th year of employment with the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and its Fantasy Springs Resort Casino in the Palm Springs, California, area. Sackley is the public relations manager for the resort and recently worked with such celebrities as Bonnie Raitt, Steve Miller, and Dick Van Patten. Joe Soto has been married to his wife, Darlene, for 11 years. They have three children. Joe has been in radio for 23 years and currently does the afternoon drive for V-103 in Chicago.
Rob Andresen, member of the NIU Marching Huskie Showband (1981-1985) has been expanding his role as publicity coordinator for the Highlands Ranch (Colorado) Concert Band. He is also preparing a music festival for the spring of 2006. Darryl Mellema was honored as the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association 2005 Spring Media Person of the Year, for his coverage of IHSA girls soccer for the Daily Herald. Kevin Mukherji, M.A. 94, acted in Steven Spielbergs Terminal with Tom Hanks. His latest film, Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World, is with Albert Brooks. Tris Ottolino, M.S.Ed. 94, Ed.D. 00, received one of the Outstanding Service Awards for 2005 from Northern Illinois University.
Margaret Cornils, M.M. 85, has been appointed flute professor at the University of WisconsinPlatteville. Her new flute CD, The Voice Outside is currently available at CornilsMusic@aol.com or at (563) 584-0777. David Rapoport established Rapoport Law Offices, P.C. in 1995. The practice focuses exclusively on serious plantiffs personal injury and wrongful death matters. Additional information can be found at www.rapoportlaw.com.
Marilyn Sue Buck, Ed.D., CFCS, received the AAFCS Distinguished Service Award from 2005-2006 AAFCS President Don Bower, CFCS.
Timothy McCann, J.D., is the newest judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit, which serves Kane, Kendall, and DeKalb counties. Che Rippinger debuted as a cartoonist for Playgirl magazine in June 2005. Shes
Michael Granberg has been elected partner in Crowe Group LLP. Granberg works in Crowe Chizeks Oak Brook office in the Commercial Services Group. William Schreier is head coach of the Wheaton Warrenville High School Volleyball Team and recently won the state championship. His overall record
Christine M. Marcis, M.B.A. 02, after completing an M.B.A. at NIU Naperville in December 2002, acquired another position as a graduate advisor in the Office of Graduate and Continuing Education at North Central College.
Class of 1956 50th Reunion
Mark your calendars for Friday, June 2, 2006 Members of the Class of 1956 are invited to attend a celebration of the 50th anniversary of their graduation. Activities surrounding the reunion include campus tours, a luncheon with the members of the Circle of Gold (our alumni who have already celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation), and a dinner/dance. Watch for your invitation and other information in the mail.
Roger Hintzsche, M.M., is currently involved in the local community music scene and is also a freelance musician working with Jim Kanas, John Smith, Shananigans Big Band, and others. Steven May, M.S., was certified as a
Jeffrey W. Craig is the principal at Rich East High School in Park Forest, Illinois. He earned his doctorate degree in educational administration from the University of Illinois in May 2005. He resides in Frankfort, Illinois,
Alumnus honored on Walk of Stars
November 25, 2005, marked the beginning of what will be forever known as Ted Bacino Day in Palm Springs, California. After directing more than 100 theatrical productions, director Ted Bacino, 56, M.S.Ed. 65, was honored for his achievements with a place on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. Bacinos star, the 73rd of its kind, sits next to such big names as Chevy Chase, Bob Hope, James Earl Jones, Sophia Loren, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Ronald Reagan, Mickey Rooney, and Frank Sinatra. When asked what his initial reaction was to the honor, Bacino said he was flabbergasted. Look at those names, Bacino said. Believe me, I dont feel Ted Bacino belongs alongside some of them. Bacino credits past NIU professors and events for the beginning of his directing career. According to Bacino, NIU held Stuntnights in the 1950s. At Stuntnight a fraternity and a sorority would pair up and perform a 10-minute musical competition. I wrote and directed one my sophomore year and it got first place. For the next two years, I did the same and they also won first place. I was hooked! Bacino said the winnings gave him the confidence he needed to write and direct the first-ever NIU musical comedy Take it From the Top.
(236-33) gives him the best winning percentage in state history. (CIH), the Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and the Certified Safety and Health Manager (CSHM) exams in 2004. He was the president of the Chicago section of the American Industrial Hygiene Association during the 2004-2005 session. Mark Arctander, M.F.A., was named art department chair at McHenry County College in July 2005. Originally from Arlington Heights, he has taught art at MCC for five years. Georgia Delis was recently hired as the new human resources director for the Skokie facility of HCR Manor Care. Richard Jo Pearl has joined the Chicagobased Wildman Harrold Allen & Dixon LLP as an associate in the firms litigation practice.
From left to right, kneeling: Bob Alexander, president of the Board of Directors of the Palm Springs Star Association and Ted Bacino, B.S. 56, M.S.Ed. 65, star recipient. Standing: Daughters Miki Bacino Thiessen and Lara Bacino Althaus, B.S. 90; and son Geoff Bacino.
I cant believe the guts I had, Bacino said. In retrospect, I really was brazen. My, how fools rush in where angels fear to tread. Though raising a family never allowed for directing to become a main occupation, Bacino has helped launch the careers of several present-day stage stars including Bob Greenblatt, president of Showtime cable network and the producer of such shows as Six Feet Under and Kirstie Alleys Fat Actress; Kevin Stites, Broadway conductor of many shows including Phantom of the Opera, Sunset Boulevard, and Titanic; Jodi Benson, the voice of Ariel in Disneys Little Mermaid movie and TV programs; and Dan Webster, Hollywood art director of many movies including The Abyss, Home Alone, and The Grinch. Bacino has three children and eight grandchildren. He currently writes a monthly Blue Paper for financial institutions in addition to articles for the travel magazine The Rudy Maxa Savvy Traveler. Bacino lives on a three-month rotation between Palm Springs and Venice, Italy.
Meredith Drop Carreira completed her Master of Arts Management (MAM) degree from Columbia College in Chicago in March 2005. Visit her website at www.thaddeusrex.com. Penny Scorzo-McGrath is a licensed clinical professional counselor in private practice. She resides in Indian Head Park with her husband of eight years and their 3year-old son, Owen.
Eric Jacobson and his wife live in the Scottish Highlands and also spend time in New England. He divides his time between a large-scale business venture and attempting to learn proper English at Kerstens insistence.
recently completed a fellowship in primary care for migrant populations through the Migrant Clinicians Network. Lauren McDonald Cude is happily married, has one daughter, Kristen (2 years), and one dog named Turbo. She is busy choreographing and teaching dance as well as performing with the San Antonio Metropolitan Ballet. Cara DiBlasio has been recently promoted to casting associate at Michael Donovan Casting in Los Angeles, California. Jared Kauffman recently graduated with a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Illinois and currently works for the Social Security Administration in Illinois.
Randal Richardson, J.D., is the author of Lost in the Ivy (2005 PublishAmerica), a murder mystery set against the backdrop of Chicagos storied Wrigley Field. He is also the writer of the DadLibs column for SanityCentral.com.
Tina Thompson Roth has been working in the Sun-Times advertising department since 1999, bought a house in 2001, and in 2003 married Michael Roth. They have two children, James and Amy. Caitlin May is a board certified family nurse practitioner. She
James R. Swanson passed the Certified Industrial Hygienist
Devin Thomas Cygnar accepted a new position as assistant vice president, marketing research manager, at Fifth Third Bank in Rolling Meadows, Illinois. Joseph Himpelmann was recently promoted to rank of Captain, currently serving on active duty with the Army at Fort Drum, New York, assigned to the 10th Mountain Division. Don McKinney, Ed.D. 04, departed for Tokyo this past October as a participant in the Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund ( JFMF) Teacher Program. Marci Dee Sylvester, M.B.A., was promoted to associate dean of academics at Rockford Business College. Nick Wisniewski designed and built two assembly machines as process engineer of World Class Plastics, Inc. His machines cut labor costs by $525,000.
private lesson studio so that he can still teach music.
Marriages and Births
Karen Golick-Ganderson, M.S. 89, and Gary Ganderson announce the arrival of twins Alexandria Ann and Daniel Robert on August 18, 2005.
Sandra Santucci Rizzo and David J. Rizzo, 93, announce the birth of their son, Nicholas David, on May 31, 2005. Jamie Steenblock-White and Donald (D. J.) White, 92, announce the birth of their third child, Maggie Kay, on January 4, 2005. She joins brother, Tyler, and sister, Mackenzie, at home.
Matt ODell was recently hired as a FileMaker application developer. He is in the process of setting up a
Jane Argenti married Michael Stump on August 20, 2005, at Kevin Cahill and Jody Arneson Cahill, the Jones Victorian Estate in Orange, 93, announce the arrival of their California. first child, Morgan Ann Cahill, on Brian Bialek married Crystal J. Benge on February 21, 2005. October 15, 2005. Stephanie Crombie married Brian Tebrock Maria L. Lundstrum, M.P.H. 99, and on November 20, 2004, in Long Grove, Gilbert M. Streiff wed in August 2004 Illinois. and now live in Somers, Wisconsin. Elizabeth Wild Ryniec and Michael Ryniec are proud to announce the birth of their son, Aaron David Ryniec, on February 22, 2005. Donna Zajko Spacone and Marc Spacone announce the birth of twins Matthew and Adam on September 18, 2005. They join their siblings Emily, 3, and Nicholas, 2. Julie Gries Devine and Kevin Devine, M.S. 96, announce the birth of their second daughter, Lainey Elizabeth, born on July 31, 2004. She joins big sister, Jillian. Khristie Pickup married Greg Kaplan on July 30, 2005. Marlene Hunsicker married Army Captain George A. McClain III on February 12, 2005. Brian McHugh married Rosanna Ruffolo on June 25, 2005.
Kathy Rettig Spence (Susan Kathleen Rettig), M.A., J.D. 92, and Jason Spence, J.D. 03, announce the birth of their son, Timothy Michael Spence, on June 14, 2005.
Amy Kise Cassiday, M.P.A. 95, and Robert Cassiday announce the birth of their son, Ryan Robert, on January 17, 2005. He joins Timothy at home.
Heather Davis Jackson and Brian Jackson, 96, announce the birth of twins, Finley Erna and Cecelia Elizabeth, born on February 25, 2005. They join big sister Isabella at home. Amorette Murar Kronfeld and Jason Kronfeld announce the birth of healthy triplets Grace (3 lbs., 5 oz.), Emma (2 lbs., 9 oz.), and Hanna (3 lbs., 1 oz.). They join big brother, Grant (after Grant North), who is a miniature schnauzer! Tina M. Thompson married Michael Roth in 2003. They have two children, James and Amy. Katie Hickey Dombkiewicz and Jim Dombkiewicz, 00, are proud parents of their first child, Evan James, born on May 8, 2005. Eric Matthias and Stephanie Foote Matthias,98, announce the birth of twins, Jacob John and Elizabeth Jade, on May 19, 2005. Earl Reyes, J.D., son of Ephraim Reyes, M.B.A., 69, is engaged to be married to Sasha Engle in Chicago, Illinois.
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Tamara Barkman and Jeffery Smith from Mendota, Illinois, are engaged to be married on April 8, 2006. Cindy Foote and her husband, Bill, announce the adoption of their daughter, Jessalya Xiuhua, on May 8, 2005.
Gary Andruch and Kristin Holler, 02, were married on June 11, 2005, in Palos Park, Illinois. Devin Thomas Cygnar married Cara S. Engen, 03, on May 28, 2005. The couple now resides in Westmont, Illinois. Tiffany Moyer married Brian Grund, 03, in August 2005. Alicia Six married Michael A. McDermott on September 3, 2005, in Sycamore, Illinois.
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All prices are per person based on double occupancy; single supplements are available. Cost includes roundtrip airfare from Chicago, accommodations, and some meals. Touring itineraries are subject to change.
Treasures of Morocco and Spains Costa del Sol
March 10-18, 2006 Cost: $2,495 For travelers looking for something a little different, this mysterious and fascinating region fits the bill. Touring begins in Spains sun-kissed Costa del Sol, where a stay in the seaside resort in Marbella offers plenty of opportunities for sightseeing and relaxation. The journey then crosses the infamous Strait of Gibraltar to the spiritual cities of Fes and Marrakech in Morocco. No trip to Morocco would be complete without a visit to Casablanca, made famous by Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman.
Englands Enchanting Countryside
May 18-27, 2006 Cost: $2,949 Join NIU alumni and friends on an enchanting tour through the English countryside. Well visit historic sites such as Bath, Stonehenge, Stratford-uponAvon, and the Cotswolds, and take time to explore famous vintage gardens along the way. Its the perfect time of the year to see traditional English gardens in all their glory. The stunning English landscape will amaze you. You wont want to miss Londons internationally renowned Chelsea Flower Show. This touring itinerary includes three nights in Bath, two nights in Tunbridge Wells and three nights in London, and of course, your ticket to the Chelsea Flower Show!
The Wonders of China
September 8-19, 2006 Cost: $3,599 See the wonders of China on this unforgettable land and river tour that takes you to one of the most beautiful and mysterious countries in the world. Visit the cities of Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, where you will see Tiananmen Square, the Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, the Ming Tombs, and the Tomb of Emperor Qun Shi Huangdi. This touring itinerary includes three nights in Beijing, two nights in Xian, a three-night Yangtze River cruise, and two nights in Shanghai. The threenight Yangtze River cruise includes visits to Shibaozhai, Wushan, and the Three Gorges Dam site.
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Joseph Cook and Erin Gilman Cook, 04, announce the arrival of daughter, Zo Shannon, on July 2, 2005. Kelly M. Tough Doogan, Ed.D., and her husband announce the birth of their first child, Dale Edward, on May 22, 2005. Natasha Olsen married Noah Mach on September 3, 2005. Josh Peterson of TKE and Erin Ann OLeary, 04, of Alpha Phi were married on June 4, 2005.
Nancy Steddum, 78, on May 4, 2005, in Olathe, Kansas. Jay Stuart Prince, 82, in October 2001. Gynequia L. Hale, 01, in July 2005, in Davenport, Iowa. NIU Faculty Bruno J. DAlonzo, former professor of special education, on July 12, 2001, in Paradise Valley, Arizona. Edward Harris, professor and administrator in the College of Business, on October 25, 2005. Gustaaf Van Cromphout, professor of English, on September 1, 2005.
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Kristin Bobeczko, M.B.A. 04, and Greg Bobeczko, M.B.A. 05, announce the arrival of their son, Quinlan William, on April 13, 2005. Kathryn Scordato Sartino and Jimmy Sartino announce the birth of their son, Natale Domenico Sartino, on July 29, 2005. Sarah Zimmerman married Anthony Rogowski on June 18, 2005.
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