Month Three

It's been awhile.  The semester started at the end of August and we've been hard at it ever since.  I've attended
  • an art opening (Kaleidoscope--sponsored by the Burma Studies Center)
  • two music concerts --Faculty Jazz Recital and the Avalon String Quartet
  • a play--Out of the Blue
  • a Huskies pre-game event  
  • the Unity March
  • a fund raising event for the Elwood House Museum in DeKalb 
  • a conference
  • heard an alum speak about her experience in art therapy,
  • participated in discussions about a STEAM Learning Center in DeKalb
  • visited the DeKalb Business Incubator
  • participated in a discussion about diversifying orchestras in Chicago 
  • visited Taft Center in Oregon, IL and discussed a partnership with the Art Institute and a sculpture by Loredo Taft (also met with Honor students at the Center)
  • Visited Argonne National Laboratories to talk about possible collaborations
  • Went to Writer's Theatre in Glencoe, IL to see Julius Caesar and talk about possible internships for our Theatre students
  • Met with many faculty, staff, students, donors, alums
and I've also been teaching a section of UNIV 101--which has been great fun and a wonderful way for me to get to know students and the campus and all the resources NIU has to offer.

Here's what I've learned so far:
  • CVPA has AMAZINGLY talented faculty
  • NIU has smart, talented and engaged students
  • DeKalb has a lot to offer 
  • The leadership at NIU is determined to make things here better.
Here's my mantra--

CVPA--preparing the new creative class --Generation Renaissance!
--Doing well.  Doing good.  Doing better.

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