Campus Notebook

NIU offers ‘Learn About’ classes

DeKALB – The office of Northern Illinois University Continuing and Professional Education will offer new noncredit classes focused on learning for enrichment and professional development. “Learn Abouts” are new, educational events that provide a fun way to pursue interesting topics presented by NIU experts for a variety of ages.

Upcoming events include:

• Oct. 18, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, room 506.

Beer Me Liberty! A History of Beer in Early America – Ever wonder if our early American ancestors were as hopped up on beer as we are? Join beer historian Clint Cargile to explore the drinking habits of yesteryear. Cost is $25 a person.

• Oct. 22 and 29, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Holmes Student Center, room 506.

Jumpstart Your College Essay – This course will show students how to develop successful application essays in a meaningful and memorable way in two sessions. The instructor is Ashley E. Bartelt. Cost is $45 a person.

• Oct. 24, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, Illinois Room

Building Brands: Crafting Catchy Content to Tell Your Brand’s Story – Companies and individuals alike are using digital storytelling to develop and expand their brands. This type of marketing includes multimedia, such as video and audio, and written text is at the heart of it all. Small business owners, freelance writers and entrepreneurs can enhance their marketing communication skills. Bring a notebook and pen. The instructor is Christine Brovelli-O’Brien. Cost is $45 a person.

• Nov. 7 and 14, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center

Workplace Writing Strategies to Help You Succeed – Emails, reports, and annual reviews; proposals, contracts and advertisements. Workplace writing tasks are endless. Join English instructor Ashley E. Bartelt in a fun, educational session on improving your written communication skills. Bring a sample writing project and Bartelt will evaluate your work. Cost is $50 a person.

• Nov. 7, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Holmes Student Center, room 506

Mary, Queen of Scots – At just six days old, Mary, the only surviving legitimate child of King James V, became the queen of Scotland after the death of her father. At 16, she married into the French royalty and became queen consort of France. She was widowed, imprisoned and found guilty of plotting the assassination of Elizabeth I of England, leading to her beheading at the age of 44. In anticipation of the December release of the film “Mary, Queen of Scots,” join NIU English instructor and history enthusiast Lise Schlosser as she introduces the group to a controversial monarch. Cost is $25 a person.

• Nov. 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Holmes Student Center, room 306

Comic Characters: Exploring the Superhero Phenomenon – Superheroes entertain, inspire, and save us while villains captivate, spook, and intrigue us. Join instructor Mark Pietrowski Jr. on a journey through the Justice League of inspirational superheroes and vivacious villains where you’ll discover the history behind superheroes and villains you meet in comic books, movies, and other popular media. Cost is $25 per person.

View the Learn About program schedule and register at For information, call 815-753-5200 or email

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