Presidential Inauguration of Dr. Douglas D. Baker November 13, 2013
Douglas D. Baker, NIU’s 12th chief executive
officer, brings a rich background in business, organizational management and higher education leadership to DeKalb. Since his arrival, he has engaged the university community—students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members—in four areas of strategic focus and institutional priorities. His “Bold Futures” workshops have focused on ways to unleash and maximize NIU’s human and financial resources to enable success in the following areas: Student Career Success, Thriving Communities, NIU Financial and Program Viability, Ethically Inspired Leadership President Baker began teaching in 1981 at Washington State University-Pullman, where he was an assistant professor of management. He taught courses in management, organizational behavior, organizational design, strategic planning, human resource management and research methods. Well loved by his students, he won MBA Faculty Teaching Excellence Awards – the honors were based on a vote of the MBA students – five times: Teacher of the Year (1992-93), Teacher of the Semester (Spring 1995, Spring 1993 and Fall 1990) and Outstanding Teacher (1989-90). He also won Shell Oil Distinguished (Undergraduate) Teaching Awards in 1990 and 1984 from the College of Business and Economics at Washington State University. He eventually was appointed to lead the Office of Undergraduate Education and vice provost for academic affairs for the Washington State University system before being appointed executive vice president and provost at the University of Idaho.
As executive vice president and provost of the University of Idaho from 2005 to 2013, President Baker guided the development, implementation and revision of the institution’s strategic plan during a period of fiscal challenges. He was applauded for his work to shape and oversee a complex and collaborative academic program prioritization process that created a stronger and more efficient organization.
School of Music, please see Page 5 for a list of students performing
Program Student Career Success Video
Welcome Dr. Pamela A. Smith, KPMG Professor, Department of Accountancy
Remarks John Butler, Chair, Board of Trustees Elisa Lopez, Elementary Education Major
Student Engagement Video Dr. David Bridgett, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology Patrick Price, Medical Illustration Student
Remarks Steffen Canino, Corporate Communications Student Bold Futures NIU students finding their niches
Inaugural Address Dr. Douglas D. Baker, 12th President of Northern Illinois University
School of Music, please see Page 5 for a list of students performing
Board of Trustees
John Butler, Chair
Inauguration Steering Committee
Robert T. Boey
Kathy Buettner, Chair Ellen Andersen, Co-Chair Paul Bauer Anne Birberick Debra Boughton Abigail Dean Alexander Gelman
Wheeler G. Coleman Anthony A. Iosco Robert T. Marshall, Jr. Cherilyn G. Murer Marc J. Strauss Elliot Echols
Cabinet Ray Alden, Vice President, International Affairs Jerry Blakemore, Vice President and General Counsel Kathy Buettner , Vice President for Marketing and Communications Steve Cunningham, Vice President of Administration Sean Frazier, Associate Vice for President and Director Intercollegiate Athletics Lisa Freeman, Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Anne Kaplan, Vice President for Outreach, Engagement, and Information Technologies Mike Malone, Vice President for University Advancement Bill Nicklas, Vice President for Public Safety and Community Relations Nancy Suttenfield, Interim Chief Financial Officer Eric Weldy, Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Richard Holly Dori Hooker Anne Kaplan Denise Schoenbachler Alberta Solfisburg Eric Weldy Jerrold Zar
Inauguration Planning Committee Kathy Buettner, Chair Ellen Andersen, Co-chair Debra Boughton Jeff Daurer Abigail Dean Wade Duerkes Deborah Haliczer Anne Hardy Dori Hooker Jennifer Howard Angela Johansson
Mitch Kielb Mark McGowan Jay Orbik Paul Palian Mary Lou Read-Dreyer Alan Rosenbaum Andy Small Julia Spears Sophia Varcados Kelly Wesener Michael Rachel Xidis
School of Theatre and Dance These students are pursing the degrees indicated. Caitlin Cavannaugh, B.F.A Performance- Theatre Christie Coran, B.F.A. Performance - Theatre Darius Leaks, B.F.A. Performance - Theatre Student Technicians, B.D.A. in Design and Technology
School of Art Milo Barsanti-Gonzalez, B.F.A. Time Arts 4
School of Music These students are pursuing the degrees indicated. Prior to the Ceremony Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Op. 18 (1901), Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943) I. Moderato JinYang Tian, solo piano, M.M. Performance Yanli Ding, piano, M.M. Performance String Quintet No. 2 in G major, Op. 77 (1875), Antonín Dvořák (18411904) I. Allegro con fuoco Joanna Nerius, B.M. Performance - 1st violin Christine Fliginger, B.M. Performance - 2nd violin Zachary Green, B.M. Performance/Minor Anthropology - viola Iris Sidikman, B.M. Performance - cello Greg Heintz, B.M. Performance - double bass “Je Veux Vivre” from the opera Roméo et Juliette (1867), Charles Gounod (1818-1893) “The Year’s at the Spring” from 3 Browning Songs, Op. 44, No.1 (1900), Amy Marcy Beach (1867-1944) Moonja Jeong, soprano, M.M. Performance Andrew Voelker, piano, B.A. in Music/B.M. Performance “There Will Never Be Another You” from the musical Iceland (1942), Harry Warren (1893-1981) Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (1954), Bart Howard (1915-2004) Khan Cordice, steelpan, M.M. Individualized
After the Ceremony New Orleans Jazz, The Higher Learning Brass Band (George) Kadir Muhammad, leader/trumpet, Performer’s Certificate Ivan Arden, saxophone, B.M. Performance Matt Attfield, trombone, M.M. Individualized Everette Benton, drums, B.M. Performance Kurt Bonamer, tuba, B.M. Performance Carlos Brown, Jr., saxophone, B.M. Performance Robert Cooper, trumpet, B.M. Performance Jaron McCarr, trombone, M.M. Individualized Kelton Norris, drums, M.M. Individualized Kenneth Leftridge, saxophone, B.M. Performance Brady Lewis, trumpet, B.M. Music Education/Performance Gerald Williams, saxophone, B.M. Performance
We need to go on a journey of discovery as a university. We have the wisdom in this place – in our students, in our staff, in our faculty, in our alumni, in our communities. If we plug these pieces together, we’re going to unleash our huge potential. 5
Speakers Dr. John R. Butler, Chair of the Board of Trustees, has served the board since his appointment in January, 2008. He is a member of the Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Personnel, the Finance, Facilities and Operations, and the Legislation and External Affairs Committees. Butler is the founding partner in the Chicago-based strategic consulting firm, Butler & Anderson, LLC. He received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NIU; served two terms as student regent under NIU’s previous governing body, the Board of Regents; and spent seven years as an assistant professor and director of Forensics in NIU’s Department of Communication. Dr. Pamela A. Smith, KPMG Professor in Accountancy for the College of Business, joined NIU in January of 1994. Dr. Smith also has the distinction of being an NIU Presidential Teaching Professor and a Board of Trustees Professor, the highest faculty recognition at NIU. She is passionate about the integration of ethics into curriculum. Dr. Smith is one of the authors of the NIU College of Business Building Ethical Leaders Handbook, and helped develop the Building Ethical Leaders using an Integrated Ethics Framework (BELIEF) Initiative for the College of Business. Both have been integrated across the college’s curriculum and have earned national acclaim.
Elisa Lopez, a transfer student from Rock Valley College, is a senior elementary education major. She holds three parttime jobs, in the Office of Admissions and in the Off-Campus and Non-Traditional Student Services office. Elisa is a member of an honor society for educators, and maintains a 4.0 GPA. After she earns her bachelor’s degree, she plans to continue her education at NIU with a master’s in adult and higher education. Steffen Canino is a senior corporate communications major from Chicago, Illinois, and a CHANCE student. An employee of the Office of Admissions, he also serves as a community advisor in Neptune Hall, is a member of the Black Male Initiative, and was the Director of Football Operations for the Red Riot organization–an excellent experience for Steffen as he plans to pursue a career in public relations in athletics. Recently, Steffen has focused his passion by serving as the director of public relations on the “Save Chicago” Campaign, a student-led movement at NIU which seeks to increase the unity, love and peace in Chicago.
A Special Thank You for Sharing Their Stories Sarmistha (Buri) Banerjee is a thirdyear law student. Originally from Kolkata, India, she moved to the US in 1989 to continue her education. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Smith College in Massachusetts, a master’s degree in Sociology at NIU, and completed all but her dissertation in Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her goal is to help others, and to that end would like to eventually work for the ACLU. Buri currently serves as an intern in the Office of General Counsel at NIU, and lives in Aurora with her husband and two sons. Joseph Griffey is a 2013 alumnus from the College of Health and Human Sciences. As an Army Reservist, he served our country in Operation Iraqi Freedom, while continuing his education at NIU. After his tour ended, he earned his bachelor’s degree in Nursing. He recently took a full-time position as a psychiatric nurse in the adolescent wing of Linden Oaks Hospital, where he previously served as an intern.
Pettee Guerero is a non-traditional transfer student who earned her bachelor’s degree in 2013 from NIU’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology. She is a full-time employee with NIU’s STEM Outreach, and is pursuing her master’s degree in mechanical engineering. This year, Pettee played a major role in the execution of the program’s main annual event, STEMfest, which saw record numbers of community participants. Elizabeth (Betsy) Prescott is a proud alumna of NIU. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in anthropology, in 1988 and 1991 respectively from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. As a student, she performed with the gamelan, a percussion-dominated ensemble from Indonesia. Recently, as an employee in the Music Building, students asked her to perform with them in select recitals. “To be honest, I really enjoyed that,” Betsy said. “The students saw me as part of the music community, not just a bystander.”
‘A Journey of Discovery’– Dr. Baker’s Vision for NIU Student Career Success President Doug Baker is centering his administration on Student Career Success, a “keystone goal” expected to sustain and advance Northern Illinois University and its campus community in a rapidly changing modern world. Three more pillars – Ethically Inspired Leadership, Thriving Communities and NIU Financial and Program Viability – support the president’s vision to make NIU “an incredible place,” not only intellectually, culturally and socially, but economically and physically. Baker’s blueprint requires collaboration, integration and, perhaps most significantly, a change in university culture. He promotes internships as “the single-most important thing that predicts whether students will get a job after graduation, more important than their grades, their school or their major,” and calls on NIU alumni to mentor students and assist in their networking. Meanwhile, he is endorsing the Liberal Education and America’s Promise initiative of the American Association of Colleges and Universities. LEAP advocates for general education courses to provide students with fundamental skills in critical thinking, cultural literacy, numeracy, writing and communication. 8
“We need to prepare our students to be successful in their lives and their careers, and that means more than just book learning. Student Career Success is not vocational education; it’s preparing people for life and work,” Baker said. “If you want to go backpack around South America for the next two years after you graduate, cool. Go for it. I hope we’ve armed you with the tools so you can learn from that experience and have a great time. If you want to go work in the Peace Corps, fantastic. Great thing. If you want to go raise a family, fantastic. Great thing,” he added. “If you want to go work at Proctor & Gamble, fantastic. Great thing. If you want to go start a business out of the research you did with cutting-edge faculty here, and you’ve created intellectual property that’s going to create a new business or a new industry, fantastic.”
Ethically Inspired Leadership Achieving “Bold Futures” requires “all of us working together in the right way.” Such collaboration is imperative if NIU is to reverse its decade-long trend of shrinking enrollment. “We’ve got to change this place. A 6,000-student drop in 10 years? Not good. We’re not fulfilling our mission. We’re not helping people come up and make their lives better, to make their communities and state better, to make
the world better at the pace we should,” he said.
“As we increase our enrollment, we will be able to increase our fiscal resources that will, in turn, allow us to invest in the people, places and programs that will better serve our students. As we build a strong reputation for providing a worldclass education, more students will be drawn to NIU, as will employers seeking our graduates. That positive spiral will allow us to fulfill our mission and control our own destiny.”
DeKalb’s eventual makeover requires “exciting and educational activities going on, shops, galleries, performance spaces, fun places where you want to hang out.”
“We’re a little short of that, but we can change. We’ve got a lot Thriving Communities of community leaders who want NIU Financial and Program Viability to have that. We’ve got faculty, staff and students who want that. Ethically Inspired Leadership We have some investors in the community who want that,” Baker said. “OK! Good! We’re headed in the same direction! Now we need to pull all those pieces together and make it happen.” Student Career Success
On campus, Baker is expanding International Programs to multiply NIU’s enrollment from other countries around the globe. It’s something that will enrich academics, unlock new perspectives in research and reinforce NIU’s bottom line through out-of-state tuition. “It is a great opportunity to take the wisdom from around the world and integrate it into our curricular and co-curricular activities and into the broader community to make it a more vibrant and diverse community,” he said. To turn DeKalb into a “great living-learning environment” and “cool college town,” Baker is working with DeKalb Mayor John Rey and Sycamore Mayor Ken Mundy and other community leaders on ideas that will help attract and retain students, faculty and staff.
Open minds are necessary. “We need to have a community inside the university where we can talk to each other about hard topics, and we can talk to people about making changes without saying, ‘But we’ve never done it that way.’ Then we can say, ‘Why not? Let’s try.’ And if it doesn’t work, we’ll go back to the old way – or we’ll figure out a third way.”
NIU Financial & Program Viability Dividing the operations of finance and facilities is a critical part of Baker’s administrative reorganization of NIU. A sound fiscal model allocates NIU resources to identified highpriority areas that help fulfill the university’s mission and allow students to prepare for career success. Creating budgets clearly linked to the strategic plan enables its implementation. 9
‘A Journey of Discovery’
The president has grouped the financial numbercrunchers with the information gatherers of Institutional Research. Functions of facilities, human resources, compliance and risk management compose the other operation. “Let’s assume for a moment that Student Career Success matters to us, and let’s assume internships are important,” he said. “We don’t have a structure right now to put 20,000 students in touch with a couple hundred thousand alumni and a few thousand employers. That’s a complex logistics issue. We’re going to need some work there, and so we need a budget to allocate to that if we really believe that’s important.” Robust programs in research also nourish the university’s viability: “We have to have cutting-edge faculty and students doing research that’s not just rehashing what we’ve got but creating the future,” Baker said. “The world is moving fast. We’ve got to be on that leading edge. We have to have research-active faculty in the sciences and the creative and artistic areas as well,” he added. “We need to go on a journey of discovery as a university. We have the wisdom in this place – in our students, in our staff, in our faculty, in our alumni, in our communities. If we plug these pieces together, we’re going to unleash our huge potential.” 10
“My focus is on increasing opportunities at NIU for our students through hands-on learning, creating new alumni mentoring programs and developing new ways by which our faculty, staff and students can engage our region through public service.”
Student Career Success
Experiential Learning and Global Collaboration NIU nursing students preparing to care for patients with mental illness graduate a step ahead of their future colleagues. Jeanette Rossetti, an associate professor in the NIU School of Nursing and Health Studies who specializes in psychiatric mental health nursing, has adapted a patient simulation program from Ireland to make sure of that. Thirty second-semester juniors spent a Saturday this fall at Linden Oaks Hospital at Edward in Naperville, where they participated in a role-playing exercise that transcended the physical illnesses portrayed in NIU’s Human Patient Simulation Lab.
Meanwhile, getting into the minds of people with mental illness provided “great insight into what it must be like for patients who have specific diagnoses, such as depression or bipolar,” she added. “They learned about reducing stigma and about gaining empathy and compassion.” Rossetti discovered this model at the National University of Ireland at Galway during a trip to the Emerald Isle to investigate study-abroad opportunities for NIU nursing students. She returned on a sabbatical in the spring of 2012 to learn more from NUI-Galway’s Siobháin Smyth and Evelyn Byrne.
“Mental Health hospital clinicals are very much an observational experience,” said Rossetti, a 2009 winner of NIU’s Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award. “On this day, however, they were giving medications, doing admissions, doing discharges. They had actual nurses giving them reports on who their patients were and what they needed to do. They did pre-op and pre-admissions. We also had a family coming who were sometimes challenging.” Linden Oaks nurses and NIU faculty supervised the students, half of whom acted as patients for the morning while their classmates worked as caregivers. The groups switched places for the afternoon. “I’ve had extremely positive reactions,” Rossetti said. “The majority said their confidence increased, their therapeutic skills increased and they felt safe and supported in this environment.”
“The majority said their confidence increased, their therapeutic skills increased and they felt safe and supported in this environment.”
Student Career Success
Dedicated to Education NIU student Jeffrey Lamble has dedicated his education, and his career, to public health. While on a mission trip to Guatemala City, he explored the lives of open-landfill scavengers, or “Waste Pickers,” in Central America who turn small profits by rifling through the 40 acres of trash for reusable items that they can pocket and sometimes sell. This includes food. In discovering the environmental health hazards and adverse effects associated with this way of life, Lamble found his calling. “After the trip, I came back and changed my major while deciding to research this area,” he said. “I wanted to create more awareness about the situation as well as come to a greater understanding of health risks.” Lamble, a public health major within the College of Health and Human Sciences, obtained a $2,500 grant through NIU’s Undergraduate Special Opportunities in Artistry and Research (USOAR) program to fund his return.
His research interest is a critical one.
According to his research report, the “rapid population growth over the last century has led to a dramatic 49 percent increase in urbanization around the world” that “has created many problems (e.g., disease, poverty, etc.) within certain populations.” Lamble credits faculty mentor Tomoyuki Shibata for his scholarly interests in the Guatemala City Landfill. He took Shibata’s “Elements of Environmental Health” class within the School of Nursing and Health Studies. Shibata said that he believes that Lamble “will be one who make a difference after graduating from NIU.” “Jeff’s research project will assist us in further understanding problems and issues in order to improve public health. Jeff is 12
“I wanted to create more awareness about the situation as well as come to a greater understanding of health risks.” passionate about helping others locally and globally,” Shibata said. Lamble graduated in December 2012 with a degree in public health, a minor in business administration and a certificate in social entrepreneurship. He is currently serving in the Peace Corps in Peru.
Student Career Success
Setting a Goal Kim Lein, who will complete her bachelor’s degree in anthropology next spring, is contemplating graduate school. Or she’d love to work in a museum, where she’d arrive thrilled every day if only to “dust the artifacts.” It wasn’t always this way. When Lein graduated early from McHenry High School in 1990, higher education wasn’t on her radar. “I should’ve gone straight to college,” she said, “but I was a little independent and headstrong.”
More Photos being shot Tuesday November 5, 2013
She found a job as a pharmacy tech, but it didn’t last. Meanwhile, the boyfriend she began dating at age 19 fathered her son two years later. Realty paid the bills after that and, when her son Dylan started middle school, she enrolled at McHenry County College to learn more about the business. “Once I was in the college setting, I got bit by the bug. Archeology was one of my interests, so I took all the anthropology I could,” she said. “I planned to stop with my associate’s.” But school wasn’t done with her. The student next to her at commencement mentioned that he was coming to NIU. Lein knew of the NIU Anthropology Museum and decided that she, too, would transfer. Her mother – “the proudest of everybody” – had saved Lein’s immunization records from birth and handed them over for her admissions packet. Earlier this year, Lein made her first trip overseas to study lemur conservation in Madagascar.
proven it. I set a goal and I followed through, and NIU has been so supportive,” she said. “NIU fits my personality – cornfields – and I just feel like I fit here.”
“The whole idea of getting a degree has been so unexpected. My family always tells me that I can do anything, and this has
As for Dylan? Now 20, he’s following in his mom’s footsteps at MCC.
Student Career Success
Making the Most of Everything Future veterinarian Sarah Stuebing can walk from her childhood home to NIU within minutes. That path put the world at her feet. Since enrolling in 2010, the biology major has been the model of the engaged student. She has conducted original scholarly research, cultivated a series of faculty mentors, studied abroad twice, worked as an ambassador for the university, created a preprofessional club and volunteered in the community – all while earning grades near the top of her class. Her myriad accolades include the university’s inaugural group of 10 McKearn Summer Scholars, this year’s Jerrold H. Zar Endowed Scholarship Award in Biological Sciences and, this fall, the honor reserved for NIU’s top senior: the 2013 Student Lincoln Laureate. “I came in with the mindset that I was going to make the most of everything NIU had to offer me,” Stuebing said. “I have seen what a huge difference engaged learning has made in my education, and everyone else I know who has been involved in it. It is the difference between just having a degree and having a degree with experience. It is something that has prepared me to pursue my goals and career in a way that nothing else could have.” As a freshman, Stuebing quickly seized the opportunity to work alongside faculty through Research Rookies. A competitive horseback rider since childhood, she devised original research to explore whether the specialized massage techniques she had learned actually did improve the 14
performance of horses. As the project evolved, she learned to write proposals, design experiments and analyze data. During her sophomore year, she collaborated with an anthropology professor to study facial expressions of black howler monkeys. She then secured three different grants totaling $5,500 to fund a trip to Argentina for summer field work. This semester’s pursuits flew Stuebing to the University of Sterling in central Scotland, where she is studying biology.
We need to have a community inside the university where we can talk to each other about hard topics, and we can talk to people about making changes without saying, ‘But we’ve never done it that way.’ Then we can say, ‘Why not? Let’s try.’ And if it doesn’t work, we’ll go back to the old way – or we’ll figure out a third way. 15
As we build a strong reputation for providing a world-class education, more students will be drawn to NIU, as will employers seeking our graduates. That positive spiral will allow us to fulfill our mission and control our own destiny.
Program for inaugural ceremony of Northern Illinois University’s 12th president, Dr. Douglas D. Baker.