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Friends of the NIU Libraries: Activities & Programs

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Fall 2013- Spring 2014 Programs


Life Lessons Learned From Sports

Fred Mitchell

Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 7:30 pm

Staff Lounge, Founders Memorial Library, Lower Level

Since joining the Chicago Tribune in 1974, Fred Mitchell has covered the
Cubs, Bulls and Bears beats. He now writes a weekly column and handles
several other assignments.

Mitchell has written 11 books, including biographies with Bears Hall of Famers Gale Sayers and Richard Dent, and Cubs Hall of Famers Ryne Sandberg and Billy Williams. He also wrote "Playing Through" with Earl Woods, the late father of PGA champ Tiger Woods. Mitchell received the "Jim Murray Award" as the outstanding sportswriter in 2000 from the American Football Foundation and the "Bill Gleason Award" for the outstanding sportswriter in 2009 from baseball's Pitch and Hit Club. Born in Cincinnati, Mitchell grew up in Gary, Ind., earning letters in football, baseball and track, while also serving as editor-in-chief of the newspaper and yearbook at Tolleston High School. He later coached football and track for five years at Grove City (Ohio) High School, where he taught English. At Wittenberg University, Mitchell was named to the Lutheran College All-America team in 1968 after setting the NCAA College Division record for career kick scoring. He was inducted into Wittenberg’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, the American Football Association Minor League Football Hall of Fame in 1999, and the American Football Kicking Hall of Fame in 2013. Since 2009, an annual national award for the outstanding kicker among the 750 FCS, Division II, Division III, NAIA and community colleges is handed out during the National Football Foundation ceremony and is named in his honor (www.fredmitchellaward.com).

A member of the Wittenberg University Board of Directors, Mitchell received an honorary doctorate from his alma mater in 2000 and was named a Wittenberg Fellow in 2001. The Fred Mitchell Scholarship is awarded annually to the Wittenberg upper-class student who combines athletic and journalistic achievement. In 2010, Mitchell received the Irv Kupcinet Media Award, and was inducted into the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Mitchell lives in Chicago with his wife, Kim, and son, Cameron.

This event is free and open to the public



Understanding Our Asymmetric Universe

Dave Hedin

Dr. David Hedin

Board of Trustees Professor, Experimental Particle Physics, Northern Illinois University

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 7:30 pm

Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge, Lower Level

This event is free and open to the public


2013-2014 Elizabeth Allen Visiting Speaker Series in Art History Presents:

Twelfth-Century English Giant Illuminated Bibles

Lecture by Christopher de Hamel

Christopher de Hamel, Corpus Christi College, Univeristy of Cambridge

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

5:00 pm, Room 100, Art Building Auditorium, NIU

contact: jsmola@niu.edu

co-sponsored by the Friends of the NIU Libraries


More events coming soon... stay tuned!


Friends Faculty & Staff Wine and Cheese Social

Thursday, January 23, 2014, 4-5:30 pm

Rare Books and Special Collections, 4th Floor, Founders Memorial Library

This is an invitation-only event. Watch your mail for invitations!


Open Access in a Nutshell -- Updated!

Lynne Thomas

Lynne M. Thomas, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections and Associate Professor

The Open Access to Research Articles Act was signed into Illinois State Law in 2013.
Learn about how Open Access practices can help your publications get more notice, and how NIU might consider handling the requirements of the law.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 7:30 pm

Founders Memorial Library, Staff Lounge, Lower Level

This event is free and open to the public.


When: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Where: Northern Illinois University, Altgeld Hall
Who: Students and school groups in grade 8 and up
Cost: $5 per student (includes registration and pizza party lunch

Co-Sponsored by the Friends of NIU Libraries


American Social History Through Sheet Music



Speaker: Lee Schreiner

Staff Lounge, Lower Level, Founders Memorial Library
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:30 pm
This event is free and open to the public.
Presented in conjunction with an exhibit in Founders Memorial Library.

Please join us!




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Free parking in the Visitor's Lot and the Parking Garage is available beginning after 7:00 pm. Click here for a map of Founders Memorial Library and parking lots in the central NIU Campus area.

For more information, please call (815) 753-9838 or e-mail libraryfriend@niu.edu.

Click Here to see a listing of Past Programs (some articles and photos from past events are included)

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Last Updated: March 3, 2014