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Free April 12 Communiversity Day Events Are Open to the Public

April 8, 2008 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The public is invited to visit Northwestern University's Evanston campus from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 12, to celebrate Communiversity Day. All of the planned events are free.

Northwestern faculty, staff and students will present a diverse program of events and activities to showcase all that Northwestern has to share with its Evanston and greater metro area neighbors. Participants will have the opportunity to sample a variety of experiences and learn about the many ways to access Northwestern's academic programs for all ages, as well as arts, athletics, clinics, labs and more.

University President Henry S. Bienen will conduct an interactive discussion on Election 2008.

The Communiversity Day agenda also will include lectures on investment strategies for retirement, genetic testing and the supermassive Black Hole in the Milky Way Galaxy; a talk by retired Chicago Sun-Times editor Ralph Otwell about political cartoons and caricatures from King George III to George Bush; a DNA Lab for kids; a creative dance workshop for parents and their children; body mass index, blood pressure, glucose, posture, spinal, PSA and skin cancer screenings; a food festival; a historical and architectural campus tour led by a University archivist; and a first-hand look at "Spectacular Chemical Reactions" conducted by Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences chemistry department faculty member Eberhard Zwergel.

Among other highlights will be hourly student-led tours of the Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center; a student organized Arts Fest featuring performance, interactive and displayed arts; and a photo opportunity with the student cast members of Northwestern's family stage production of "Charlotte's Web."

Admissions staff members will host college preparation seminars for parents and high school students, and faculty will discuss the many issues related to the 2008 presidential election.

Other events will feature book preservation techniques and demonstrations; children's literature readings; computer science experiments for teens; an open game room; a Special Olympics Developmental Disability Day Carnival; and Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Sports and Aquatics Center Open House.

Sports mini clinics for children, information sessions on how to enroll in credit or non-credit classes, as well as informational tours of campus facilities and the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art outdoor Sculpture Garden, are also planned.

An end-of-the day raffle will include free tickets to the Sunday, April 13, matinee performance of "Charlotte's Web" and upcoming Northwestern sporting events, or admittance to one mini-course at Norris University Center. Registration for these prizes will be available April 12 at the Arts Fest that will be held in Deering Meadow, the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, Ford Design Center and Theatre and Interpretation Center. Winners need not be present at the drawing.

Schedule of events are subject to change. A printed schedule of events showing event times and locations will be available to campus visitors on April 12. For online updates to the Northwestern Communiversity Day agenda, visit http://www.northwestern.edu/communityrelations