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Neighbors Invited to Communiversity Day April 26

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March 13, 2009
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Evanston-area families are invited to Northwestern Sunday, April 26, to take part in the second annual Communiversity Day.

The University is throwing open its doors from noon to 5 p.m. so that neighbors of all ages can enjoy a variety of campus experiences and discover the many ways to access Northwestern's academic programs as well as its arts, athletics, clinics, labs and more.

Faculty, students and staff will present a diverse program of events on Northwestern's Evanston campus. The day's agenda includes student-led fine and performing arts, storytelling and crafts for kids, and a variety of lectures and discussions conducted by faculty.

New this year is the "TV Take-Back" campaign located just east of the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. This is a great opportunity to dispose safely of electronic waste such as analog televisions, cell phones, VCRs, DVDs, satellite receivers and computer-related materials including laptops, towers, keyboards, printers, monitors and scanners. The campaign is supported in part by a grant from the Initiative for Sustainability and Energy at Northwestern.

Other highlights are lectures on earthquakes in the Midwest and climate change in the 21st century, a faculty-led panel discussion of the first 100 days of President Obama's administration and SAT test preparation. There will be a campus history/architecture tour, presentation of bookmaking and preservation techniques, Developmental Disabilities Day, games and activities, Chinese cultural exchange, science lab experiments, Gordon Parks photo exhibit and an arts fest.

Families can have their medical history analyzed, and there will be a demonstration of water transport in streams and rivers, storytelling and songs and a "Dashboard tour" of a University Police cruiser.

The NU Green Zone features a talk on the search for life on other worlds, vermicomposting tips and techniques and a presentation on solar energy.

Sports offerings include fitness classes for adults and children, camp and class information and foot and spinal screenings.

For the latest information, call (847) 467-NUNU. Schedule subject to change.


Northwestern Communiversity Day
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Noon to 5 p.m.

Campus Map: Printable PDF | Detailed Interactive Map

Confirmed activities (as of April 22 — events subject to change)

Happening all day — noon–5 p.m.
  • "Africa Embraces Obama" display, UL main floor
  • Arts Fest: 70+ visual/performing/interactive arts offerings, Norris lawn
  • Athletic and Recreation program info table, Norris first floor
  • "Bare Witness: Photography by Gordon Parks" exhibition [MS HS +] Block
  • Book conservation demos, UL main floor
  • Center for Talent Development info table, Norris first floor
  • Children's literature readings [Y MS] UL book alcove
  • Chinese cultural showcase, Norris 205
  • Continuing education summer programs info table [+] Norris first floor
  • Dittmar Gallery Iain Fraser/Robert Logan exhibition [MS HS +] Norris first floor
  • Festival-style refreshment/snack stations. Ford, Norris, SPAC
  • Food available for purchase at Norris University Center
  • Free raffle prize drawings, Norris, SPAC, Ford, UL
  • "Information to the People" resources available, UL main floor
  • International student info table, Norris
  • Northwestern University history video screenings, UL main floor
  • SAT prep/coaching [HS], Norris 208
  • Segal Design Institute tours, student project displays/demos, Ford
  • Sports pavilion/aquatics center open house, SPAC
  • TV Take Back: electronics/computer e-waste collection, Lot 108
  • University Police command SUV on display, Pick parking structure
  • University Police patrol car on display, Searle circular drive
Starting at noon
  • Folktales and storytelling [Y MS] Norris 104
  • noon-1, PrimeTime fitness class [+] SPAC court 1
  • noon–2, "Ask the Trainer" Q&A session, SPAC lobby
  • Fitness/recreation member services info table, SPAC lobby
  • noon-2, Posture and spinal screenings, SPAC lobby
  • noon-2, Sailing and windsurfing info, SPAC lobby
  • noon-2, Scuba diving lessons info, SPAC lobby
  • noon-2, Trainer-led group exercise [HS +] SPAC court 3
  • noon–2:30, Center for Talent Development info table, Tech lobby
  • noon–3, Book digitizing demo, UL main floor
  • Cricket exhibition match, mini clinic, other games, Patten
  • noon–4, Norris Bookstore: Best green resources, Norris underground
Starting at 12:30 p.m.
  • "If Rivers Could Talk" presentation/demo [MS HS +] Tech AG18
Starting at 1 p.m.
  • 1–1:30, Vermicomposting demo, Norris 102
  • 1–2, "Chemical Curiosity Is a Blast!" presentation/demo, Tech LR2
  • Chinese students cultural performance, Norris 205
  • "Climate Change and Energy in the 21st Century" [MS HS +] Norris 101
  • 1-2, High-energy junior tennis [Y MS HS], SPAC
  • 1-2, Cardio tennis class [+] SPAC
  • University Library info session, guided tour [HS +] UL main floor
  • 1–2:30, "First 100 Days of the Obama Administration" panel discussion [+] Norris 202
  • 1–3, "My Generations" family genetic history analysis [HS +] Norris 203
  • 1–4, Block Museum family activities, Block
  • Do-it-yourself button making [Y MS] Norris underground
  • Footprint mural painting [Y] Norris underground
Starting at 1:30 p.m.
  • "If Rivers Could Talk" presentation/demo [MS HS +] Tech AG18
Starting at 2 p.m.
  • 2–2:30, Vermicomposting demo Norris 102
  • 2–3, Block Museum docent-led tour [HS +] Block
  • Campus history/architecture tour [HS +] Norris lobby
  • Folktales and storytelling [Y MS] Norris 104
  • "Giant Earthquakes in the Midwest: Hazard and Hype" [MS HS +] Norris 101
  • 2–4, Special Olympics Developmental Disability Day carnival SPAC courts 1, 2
  • 2–5, Norris Gameroom open house [MS HS] Norris underground
Starting at 2:30
  • "If Rivers Could Talk" presentation/demo [MS HS +] Tech AG18
  • Center for Talent Development info table, UL main floor
Starting at 3 p.m.
  • 3–3:30, Vermicomposting demo, Norris 102
  • 3–4, Chinese students' cultural performance, Norris 205
  • "Searching for Intelligent Life on Other Worlds" [MS HS +] Norris 101
  • University Library info session, guided tour [HS +] UL main floor
Starting at 4 p.m.
  • 4–5, Folktales and storytelling [Y MS] Norris 104

Locations (with link to interactive map)
Block – Block Museum, 40 Arts Circle Drive
Ford – Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, 2133 Sheridan Road
Norris – Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive
Parking Lot #108 – LARC Drive, east side of Henry Crown Sports Pavilion
Patten – Patten Gymnasium, 2407 Sheridan Road
Pick – Parking lot near Pick Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle
Searle – Frances Searle Building, 2240 Campus Drive
SPAC – Henry Crown Sports Pavilion and Dellora A. and Lester J. Norris Aquatics Center, 2311 Campus Drive
Tech – Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road
UL – University Library, 1970 Campus Drive

Events are for all unless noted: Y grade school and younger, MS middle school, HS high school, + adults and seniors.
Topics: Campus Life, Neighborhood