Monday, April 27, 2015

Northern Star Employment

Attached is a message from the Northern Star. Environmental Studies has been lucky to have several students work for the Northern Star in the past couple of years, and the amount of environmental events, activities, classes, and issues covered has significantly increased. We support your need to know what is going on locally, and we hope that you will consider the request we have received from the Northern Star as they look to fill their staff for the next year.

Hey, you!

Would you like to increase your knowledge as an environmental studies major? Work for the Northern Star and get an edge over your peers after graduation.

The Northern Star is hiring news, entertainment and sports reporters, columnists, cartoonists and photographers for the fall semester. The Star is an award-winning twice-weekly newspaper and 24/7 online news source. We are student-run and independent from NIU.

Why work for us?

You’ll be learning while working for a newspaper that has a circulation of 10,000, gets more than 120,000 online page views a month, and has received second place in general excellence in the annual Illinois College Press Association competition three years in a row.

What can environmental studies majors get out of working for the Northern Star?

• Write news articles or columns about environmental issues, initiatives and events in and around campus.
• Focus on varying environmental campus activities like NIU Community Gardens initiatives, the environmental impact of campus facilities and administration, alternative energy initiatives and sustainability goals.
• Learn about and engage DeKalb politicians and community organizers in regards to environmental/sustainability city plans and goals.
• Research local environmental ordinances and agricultural practices.

What positions are available?

• News reporters write one to two stories a week covering a wide variety of news topics including DeKalb government and business, NIU administration, money, crime, and student organizations. People who chose news reporting tend to become well-rounded in different subject areas because news reporters are not limited by the subject of news they can cover.

• Entertainment writers write weekly articles or columns about local artists, musicians, hot spots, fashion, food and more. Entertainment writers are also able to write reviews and have interviewed big touring acts, such as Nick Swardson and the Swan Brothers.

• Perspective writers write engaging columns about local issues, but where a reporter has to be impartial a columnist is allowed an opinion. If you’d like to have the discipline of a reporter, but the option to choose a side, column writing may be for you.

• Political cartoonists are similar to columnists, but instead of column writing, they draw political cartoons, offering commentary on topics covered by news or other local issues. Cartoonists have the opportunity to employ wit and humor to fit a story into a single frame.

• Strip Cartoonists use three frames to tell stories based on observations and humor. You will make a great fit if you have passion for drawing, but don’t want your creativity to be limited to news topics.

• Sports writers get to cover NIU sports from Huskies football to men’s and women’s basketball. Each writer is assigned a sport to cover. Sports writers are allowed close viewing access during games and are able to interview players and coaches, all while learning the basics of reporting and news gathering.

• Photographers are not limited to any section, but are able to photograph spontaneous news events like protests, large festivals like Corn Fest, athletics and create photo illustrations for special news items or columns. Photographers can gain experience shooting in many different environments and reporting.

Where do you apply?

You can apply for a position at or stop by the Northern Star office, Campus Life Building, Room 130, to fill out an application.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Eat at Potbelly's!

Did you know that by supporting the DeKalb County Community Gardens --  amazing things can be accomplished?
In their third season, they harvested more than 20,000 pounds of organically grown produce
·       Delivered vegetables to
·       Food Pantries
o   Elder-Living Locations and Senior Centers
o   Low-Income Housing Locations
o   Day Care Facilities
o   Community Meal Sites
o   Schools
o   Hope Haven and Safe Passage
     On Thursday, April 30, 2015 from 4pm to 8pm -- DCCG has partnered with Potbelly's for the last time before school lets out! In the spirit of “kicking off” the planting season, please come out and enjoy some healthy food – 25% of ALL proceeds benefit DCCG!

     See attached flyer for more information! They will have live bands performing at the event! Tell your friends! No vouchers or coupons needed to participate!

Lab Class at the Communiversity Gardens

New in Fall 2015!

About the Course
This course is being offered for the first time in the fall semester and is open to all students who have an interest in learning more about food systems. It is a two credit hour course that will meet three days per week IN the garden and one day per week in the classroom to discuss course content. There will be two amazing books to read (see below), and some course assignments such as presentations, social media contributions, and a semester project.

  •          Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollen
  •          Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating by Jane Goodall, Gary McAvoy, and Gail Hudson

Future Plans

  •          This permanent course number (as of Fall 2016) will be ENVS 210: Introduction to Local Sustainable Food Systems. The current plan is to offer this course each semester.
  •          ENVS 210 should be included in the PLUS general education curriculum in the Nature and Science Knowledge Domain starting in 2016. The reasoning for the 2 credit hour course is to encourage students to continue to take four credit hour lab courses and consider taking ENVS 210 to complete the six credit hour requirement.
  •          ENVS 210 will also be included in the Sustainability Pathway that is being developed this summer (2015).
  •          In the fall of 2016, students will be able to pursue a Certificate of Undergraduate Study in Sustainable Food Systems. ENVS 210 will be required for all students in this certificate program.

Contact Info

Melissa Burlingame 815-753-5987