20, No. 6, Sept. 21, 2000
CommWest becomes Wohlers Hall
H. Wohlers will speak today (Sept. 21) at the dedication of Wohlers
Hall, the former Commerce West Building that has been renovated as a
result of a $6 million gift from the retired insurance executive and
Jane Wohlers, his wife. The ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the
new entranceway on South Sixth Street, above, and be followed by a reception
on the Commerce Quad.
New features in
Wohlers Hall include technology-upgraded classrooms, a deans suite,
a laboratory research suite, student lounge, main lecture hall and improved
OF CONTINUING EDUCATION
National security issues featured
"National Security Challenges for the 21st Century" will be
the focus of a town meeting Sept. 26 at the UI.
The public forum beginning at 2 p.m. in Foellinger Auditorium is co-sponsored
by the UI Office of Continuing Education and the U.S. Department of
State. The keynote speaker will be Michael Lekson of the State Department.
He is the deputy assistant secretary for multilateral and conventional
State Department town meetings, held throughout the United States, provide
a forum to increase understanding of foreign policy issues, encourage
public engagement in the policy process and provide an opportunity to
exchange views with State Department officials.
The program also includes a 3:15 p.m. panel discussion, "Pillars
of a Strategy," moderated by UI political science professor Paul
Diehl. Featured topics and speakers include "Freedom Versus Fair
Market Share," Marvin Weinbaum, analyst, Bureau of Intelligence
and Research, U.S. Department of State, and UI professor emeritus; "Food
Security: Its Role in National Security," Earl Kellogg, UI associate
provost for international affairs; and "The Technology of National
Security," Jeremiah Sullivan, UI professor of physics and chair
of the U.S. Department of Energys advisory committee on nonproliferation
and national security.
A closing address on "Transnational Security" will be given
at 4:50 p.m. by Richard Jaehne, an adjunct professor in the UIs
Russian and East European Center, and former NATO commander. A question-and-answer
session will follow.
The town meeting is free and open to the public, but participants should
register from 1 to 2 p.m. the day of the event at the auditorium.
Book show runs through 29
The 2000 Book, Jacket and Journal Show of the Association of American
University Presses will be on view at the UI Press, 1325 S. Oak St.,
through Sept. 29. The show features 50 books and 30 jackets selected
by some of the best designers in the country.
Featured in the show is the UIs winning entry for text design:
"Juilliard: A History," by Andrea Olmstead, designed by Copenhaver
The show is available for viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through
Friday. There will be a reception on Sept. 28 from 4 to 6 p.m. For more
information, call 333-9227.
FOR EAST ASIAN AND PACIFIC STUDIES
Panel deadline is Sept. 29
The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies will present an international
conference on "The United States and Cross-Straits Relations Since
the Taiwan Elections," Oct. 6 -7 at the Quality Hotel-University
Center, 302 E. John St., Champaign. Registration deadline, for panel
presentation only, is Sept. 29. To register, call 333-7273 or 333-4850.
Free group fitness sessions
Campus Recreation offers free group fitness sessions throughout the
fall semester. UI students and campus recreation members can choose
from more than a dozen different free group fitness sessions, including
Hip Hop Party, Yoga Lite, Step Express and Aqua Sport.
No advance registration is required. Participants should simply show
up at the class they are interested in attending. They will need to
sign a waiver to participate. Classes will be offered at the Intramural
Physical Education Building (IMPE) and at the East Rec Center (WIMPE).
Some additional classes will still be offered for a small fee. For a
complete schedule of classes visit www.campusrec.uiuc.edu
or 172 IMPE.
FAMILY MEDIA DESIGN CENTER
Media center dedication is
The new Beschloss Family Media Design Center at the UI College of Communications
will be dedicated Sept. 22.
The dedication, which includes a tour of the state-of-the-art center,
begins at 2 p.m. in 213 Gregory Hall. The event is free and open to
According to journalism professor Eric Meyer, the center is "a
state-of-the-art facility for teaching and practicing online print design
and for exploring the new frontiers of media convergence." College
of Communications faculty members will teach in the new facility, which
will be maintained by technical staff.
Included in the extensively remodeled laboratory/classroom in Gregory
Halls lower level are 25 professional quality workstations "loaded
with an impressive array of the latest industry-standard software for
newspaper and magazine page design, infographic research and design,
creative advertising design, digital audio-video editing for the World
Wide Web and online site design," Meyer said.
The center also contains six digital still cameras, two digital video
cameras, six reflective scanners, a video presentation system, two high-speed
laser printers, a large-format color printer, dedicated broadband Internet
access and ergonomically designed lighting, seating, window treatments
and work tables.
Funds for the center came from Morris R. Beschloss and his family. Beschloss
earned his bachelors degree in journalism at Illinois in 1952.
After two years in the armed forces, Beschloss turned to advertising
and public relations, and built a highly successful career as an executive
in the manufacturing of metal parts -- first of industrial fasteners
(Chicago Screw Co. and Standard Screw) and later, of domestic and light
commercial valves (Hammond Brass and Condec Corp.). He is widely regarded
as the father of the modern valve industry.
Volunteers needed to Clean
Campustown 2000 hosts "Operation: Clean Green!" from 9 a.m.
to noon Sept. 30. Volunteers should contact Jill Guth at 531-0003 or
email@example.com. Participants should meet in the parking lot at
the corner of Sixth and Green streets. "Operation: Clean Green!"
is sponsored by Central Waste Services.
Nomination forms due Oct.
Each year the UI Dads Association recognizes excellence in four categories
at its annual banquet during Dads Weekend in November. Nominating forms
for the categories of faculty member, staff member, student and student
organization are due Oct. 6. Recipients are honored for how they make
a difference in the life of UI students.
For more information about the nominating process or for nomination
forms call Nancy Rotzoll at 333-7063.
Astronomy lecture is Oct.
Steven Beckwith, the director of the Space Telescope Science Institute
in Baltimore, will present the third talk in the department of astronomys
Icko Iben Jr. Distinguished Lectureship at 4 p.m. Oct. 4 in Foellinger
Auditorium. The talk, "Are We Alone?," is free and open to
Each year the Iben lectureship brings a noted astronomer to campus to
highlight some of the latest developments in astronomy. In addition
to giving a public lecture, the invited speaker also will give a technical
colloquium and meet informally with faculty members and students.
In his public talk, Beckwith will discuss how recent advances in astronomy
may point to potential sites for life in other planetary systems; how
the discovery of life in harsh environments and the potential for life
on Mars and on Europa the fourth largest moon of Jupiter
indicate an optimism about the robustness of life; and how an understanding
of Earths history shows the difficulties encountered by intelligent
life in evolution.
More than 40 planets already have been discovered around stars other
than the sun. The search for these "extrasolar" planets requires
large telescopes and extremely sensitive instruments. Oftentimes, the
planets presence is detected by monitoring slight wobbles in the
motion of the host star. As more planets are found, astronomers hope
to better understand the planet-formation process.
In addition to serving as director of the Space Telescope Science Institute,
Beckwith also is a professor of physics and astronomy at Johns Hopkins
University. His principal research interests are the formation and early
evolution of planets, including those outside the Solar System, and
the birth of galaxies in the early universe.
AND WILL-AM (580)
Election 2000 debates featured
Election 2000 coverage includes several debates between candidates for
Illinois House and Senate races throughout the next month.
At 8 p.m. Sept. 21, a group of Central Illinois reporters discusses
the national and local races with WILL-TVs Carl Caldwell, who
will moderate all the candidate debates. Then at 8 p.m. Sept. 28, Caldwell
questions the candidates in the 99th District Illinois House race
Republican Raymond Poe and Democrat Jerome Robinson, both of Springfield.
Other televised candidate debates (beginning at 8 p.m.):
- Oct. 5 -- 88th Illinois House District: Republican Dan Brady and
Democrat John Owen.
- Oct. 12 -- 102nd Illinois House District: Democrat Jeff Hawkins
and Republican Bill Mitchell.
- Oct. 19 -- 51st Illinois Senate District: Democrat Stephen John
and Republican Duane Noland.
- Oct. 26 -- 104th Illinois House District: Republican Tom Berns
and Democrat Chub Conner, simulcast on WILL-AM (580).
- Nov. 2 -- 103rd Illinois House District: Democrat Tod Satterthwaite
and Republican Rick Winkel, simulcast on WILL-AM
An Oct. 15 Debate
Night will feature:
- 5 p.m. -- 20th Congressional District: Democrat Jeffrey Cooper and
Republican John Shimkus (taped).
- 7 p.m. -- 15th Congressional District: Republican Tim Johnson and
Democrat Mike Kelleher, live town meeting, simulcast on WILL-AM.
- 10 p.m. -- 19th Congressional District: Democrat David Phelps and
Republican Jim Eatherly (taped by WSIU-TV).
- 11 p.m. -- 18th Congressional District: Republican Ray LaHood and
Democrat Joyce Harant (taped by WTVP-TV).
The audio of all
the debates will be streamed live and archived on the WILL Web site
(www.will.uiuc.edu). In addition,
WILL-AM plans to broadcast candidate interviews with Winkel and Satterthwaite
at 3 p.m. Sept. 30; Conner and Berns at 3 p.m. Oct. 7; Johnson and Kelleher
at 3 p.m. Oct. 14; and Eatherly and Phelps at 3 p.m. Oct. 21. Those
interviews also will be archived on the WILL Web site.
Non-credit courses offered
People who want to
learn to write for magazines, learn to canoe, or explore "The Creation"
will have opportunities this fall through the UI. So will would-be photographers,
those wanting to learn how to handle holiday stress, and people whod
like to explore Allerton Park, near Monticello.
Those are among some of the topics of personal and professional enrichment
programs based in the UI Office of Continuing Education. Some courses
begin as soon as next week.
Among the courses offered:
- Introduction to Photography, which will concentrate on the basics
of black and white 35mm photography. Thursday evenings, Sept. 28 to
Dec. 7, $186.
- Successful Magazine Writing, which will be taught by a widely published
freelance writer and will deal with all aspects of writing and getting
published. Saturday, Oct. 28, $66.
- Haydns "The Creation," which will explore the oratorio,
the composer and his body of work as preparation for a performance
of "The Creation" by the Sinfonia da Camera, UI Chorale
and Oratorio Society. Monday evenings, Nov. 6, 13 and 27, with the
performance on Dec. 2.; $39 for the course, $27 for the performance.
- Seasons of Allerton (Part II), which will include a Holiday Showcase
in the Allerton mansion and a naturalists tour of Allerton Park.
Monday, Nov. 27, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; $14, optional lunch for $13.50.
- Canoeing for Beginners, which will provide an opportunity to learn
techniques in flat-water canoeing, as well as canoe safety. Friday,
Sept. 29, 1 to 4 p.m., $22; one-day canoe trip on Saturday, Oct. 7,
9 a.m. to 4 p.m., $62.
- Stress Reduction for Everyday Life and the Holidays, which will
utilize principles and techniques of the Mindfulness Based Stress
Reduction program developed at the University of Massachusetts, and
featured on the Bill Moyers PBS special "Healing and the Mind."
Saturdays, Oct. 21 to Nov. 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., $75.
The personal and
professional enrichment programs are presented in a noncompetitive,
informal atmosphere. There are no exams or grades. Instructors are selected
primarily from the university faculty, and classes meet at locations
on campus or in the Central Illinois community. Prospective students
are encouraged to enroll early since some classes may fill quickly.
For more information, registration or to receive a brochure that lists
all personal and professional enrichment programs, as well as programs
for older adults, call 333-7369. Information also is available through
the Office of Continuing Education Web site, at www.conted.uiuc.edu/noncredit/html/general.html.