20, No. 8, Oct. 19, 2000
Staff Employee Expo 2000
a.m. to 2 p.m., Nov. 1
Illini Union Rooms A, B & C
Staff Employee Expo 2000 features presentations and information booths
on various campus units and services for staff employees. The event
has been designated as an approved event; staff members may be released
from work for up to one hour (without loss of pay) to attend, with appropriate
supervisory approval. Door prizes and free gifts will be given away
during the day. You need not be present to win, but must register in
person. The event is sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council and the
Personnel Services Office. More information about the event and SAC
can be found at www.pso.uiuc.edu/sac
music is out there
Concert includes unusual collaboration
Classical music lovers
are in for a treat next weekend, when conductor Gillian Anderson and
scenic designer Lidia Bagnoli bring their bag of tricks to the Krannert
Center for the Performing Arts. Anderson and Bagnoli will present the
U.S. premiere of an unusual slide-and-music collaboration during the
second half of a performance by the UI Chamber Orchestra on Oct. 27.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Krannert Centers Foellinger Great
The first half of the program, conducted by UI music professor Donald
Schleicher and graduate student conductor Carolyn Kuan, features more
standard concert fare. The second half, conducted by Anderson, a UI
alumnus and orchestral conductor who has restored the original musical
accompaniments for 25 early, or silent, films, will be decidedly different.
The performance will be accompanied by the projection of Bagnolis
striking, hand-painted slides.
Some of the music-slide combinations should prove quite apropos considering
the upcoming Halloween holiday: Charles Ives "Halloween,"
and "For the Fallen," a composition by Bernard Herrmann, the
composer for such film classics as "Psycho," "The Birds,"
"The Devil and Daniel Webster" and "The Ghost and Mrs.
Anderson said she usually starts her performances by talking to the
audience to determine whether the truth is out there.
"I ask how many of them came to the concert expecting to see Gillian
Anderson, the actress (of televisions "X-files" fame)."
Whether they are sincere, or just playing along, Anderson said, a few
people typically raise their hands. But it doesnt take long to
set everyone straight, as she guides them toward a new dimension, musically
"My (film) audiences contain a lot of people who normally do not
come to classical music concerts," she said. "It was not hard
to see that the visual element was what brought them, so Lidia Bagnoli
and I decided to try to add a visual element to the classical music
concerts to see if we could attract a new audience.
"This is not exactly a new idea," she added, "but most
of the time these are either video images or photographs. When these
images are blown up, they become grainy and unfocused. The hand-painted
transparencies, on the other hand, are made to intensify the moods and
musical structure of each composition. When they are projected, they
are enormous, luminous and gorgeous. Unlike photographs, the bigger
they get, the more poetic they get."
A giant of American literature
James Jones celebrated Oct. 28
Historians and literary scholars will gather to discuss the life and
work of James Jones, the author of the international best seller "From
Here to Eternity," during the 10th annual James Jones Literary
Society Symposium on Oct. 28. All of the events are free and open to
The symposium will focus on Jones insights on the combat experience
and its effects on the soldier. Jones wrote nine novels, including "The
Thin Red Line," an acclaimed short-story collection, a non-fiction
account of World War II, a book of essays, and short fiction and articles.
Historian Gerald H. Linderman, an emeritus faculty member at the University
of Michigan, will be keynote speaker and discuss "James Jones and
Two Wars: World War II and Vietnam." Other events include overviews
of Jones war writings by Judith Everson, UI-Springfield; George
Hendrick, UI; and J. Michael Lennon, Wilkes University.
A James Jones exhibit will be on display in the UI Rare Book and Special
A free writers workshop will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 27, led
by Kaylie Jones, a novelist and Jones daughter. For more information,
visit the James Jones Literary Society Web site at http://rking.vinu.edu/j.htm.
To sign up, call Barbara Jones, 333-3777.
Theater rededication set for
The UI department of theaters experimental space for student work,
the Armory Free Theater, has been under construction during the summer.
The Armory Free Theater rededication ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Oct.
21. Tours and refreshments will be offered.
The 30-year-old theater is located in Room 160 of the Armory Building.
The space provides an opportunity for students to write, direct, design
and perform experimental theater works and original material with 18
to 24 events presented each season.
This seasons schedule appears on the Web at
State Universities Annuitants Association
Fall SUAA meeting is Oct.
The fall meeting of the UI chapter of the State Universities Annuitants
Association will begin at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 22 at the Park Inn, 2408 N.
Cunninham Ave., Urbana.
The meeting will begin with a short social gathering followed by a brief
business meeting. At 2:30 p.m. featured speaker Craig Bazanni, vice
president for business and finance and comptroller at the UI, will discuss
recent developments at the university. A question-and-answer period
All annuitants, retirees, spouses and surviving spouses are invited
to the meeting. Current faculty and staff members who are eligible to
retire also are welcome.
Free flu shots offered
McKinley Health Center will once again provide flu shots to UI faculty
and staff members, state employees and retirees. To be eligible for
the state-sponsored shots, employees must be eligible for state health
benefits based on their own employment, not as a dependent of another
The shots are available from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
at the McKinley Health Center. No appointment is necessary. Staff members
also may go to other sites around campus. Times and sites for the week
will be posted each Monday in the Daily Illini, on the Web at www.mckinley.uiuc.edu
and recorded on a message accessible at 333-2701.
Employees can receive a shot under this benefit through Nov. 30. Staff
members and their families who are not eligible for a free shot can
get one for $8.50.
This is a one-hour approved event for Civil Service employees. Employees
may be released from work with pay, operations permitting and with departmental
approval, to receive a flu shot.
of Printing Services
Campus maps available
Updated copies of the campus map found in the Student/Staff Directory
are available from the Printing Division of the Office of Printing Services.
Two map sizes (8.5" x 11" and 11" x 17") and their
corresponding keys are available. Call 333-0428 for more information.
College of Communication
Journalist Lee to speak Oct.
Kyung Won (K.W.) Lee, a columnist for the Korea Times who has been called
the dean of Asian-American journalists, will return to his alma mater,
the UI, to talk about his personal odyssey in the United States and
Lees talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at
2 p.m. Oct. 23 in 223 Gregory Hall. The topic for the talk, part of
the College of Communications "Distinguished Speaker Series,"
is "An FOBs Pilgrimage: From Jim Crow to the Tower of Babel."
(Lee refers to himself as an FOB someone "fresh off the
One of the first Asian immigrants to work for mainstream dailies in
the continental United States, Lee said his goal as a journalist is
to attain a "worms-eye view, to explore the unseen, unheard
and under-represented in the other seething, subterranean America."
expert on solid mechanics to speak
Nov. 2 Soo lecture features
James R. Rice, the Gordon McKay Professor of Engineering Sciences and
Geophysics at Harvard University, will present the fourth Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo
Distinguished Lecture at 4 p.m. Nov. 2 in the auditorium of the Beckman
Institute. A reception for Rice will be held at 3:30 p.m. in Room 1005
Rices lecture is titled "Some Problems in Crack and Fault
Dynamics." He is internationally renowned for his work on the problems
of stressing, deformation and fracture dynamics as they arise in seismology,
civil and mechanical engineering and materials physics. He pioneered
the field of nonlinear fracture mechanics, contributing to the prevention
of structural failure in airplanes, bridges, nuclear reactors and pipelines.
His geophysical research has helped to explain sudden earthquake instabilities.
The Aisinjioro-Soo Lecture Series was founded in 1992 by Mechanical
and Industrial Engineering Professor Emeritus S.L. Soo and his family
in honor of his mother, Yunchuan Aisinjioro-Soo.
WILL to air La Malinche doc
The documentary, "Indigenous Always: The Legend of La Malinche
and the Conquest of Mexico," will air at 11 p.m. Nov. 2 on WILL-TV.
The film documents the life of La Malinche, Hernán Cortés
mistress and translator whom many cultural critics and artists believe
engendered Mexican culture. The project was filmed during the UIs
August 1999 "U.S. Latina/Latino Perspectives on La Malinche"
conference. The conference was organized by the Latina/Latino Studies
Program in conjunction with the Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese department,
the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the Womens
Studies Program. Rolando Romero, UI professor of Latina/Latino Studies,
was the chief academic adviser of the film.
of the European Union
Ambassador of France to speak
Francois Bujon de lEstang, the ambassador of France to the United
States, will visit the UI Oct. 27 to present the campuss second
annual address on the state of the European Union.
The ambassadors speech, at 11 a.m. in Rooms A, B and C of the
Illini Union, is the centerpiece event of European Union Day, hosted
by the UIs European Union Center and International Programs and
Studies. Bujon de lEstangs presentation, on "The Agenda
of the French Presidency," is free and open to the public.
France holds the rotating presidency of the Council of the European
Union through Dec. 31, 2000 the 11th time it has been the presiding
nation of the E.U. since the beginning of the European integration.
According to Buchon de lEstang, Frances objectives during
its presidency include continuing to promote economic modernization
among E.U. countries, strengthening the European social model, and working
to build a Europe that is responsive to the concerns of its citizens,
particularly in such areas as domestic security and food safety.
A treaty-based institutional framework for the construction of a unified
Europe, the E.U. comprises 15 nations: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany,
Greece, Spain, Finland, France, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands,
Portugal, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
Symposium honors Enescu
Fifty years after Romanian composer George Enescus last residency
at the UI, the campus is celebrating the anniversary with a three-day
symposium Oct. 20-22. The event will feature lectures, concerts for
large and small ensembles, vocal recitals and instrumental.
From 1948 through 1950, Enescu was a regular visitor to the UI campus.
During his extended visits, he gave master classes in violin, piano
and chamber music, and performed and conducted.
Lectures will be held each day of the event from 10 a.m. to noon, and
2 to 4 p.m., in Room 25 Smith Hall; most performances will be staged
in Smith Halls recital hall. The exception is the opening-night
concert featuring the Enescu Ensemble conducted by Sherban Lupu, UI
professor of violin, which will take place at 8 p.m. in the Foellinger
Great Hall, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available
at the Krannert Center Ticket office, 333-6280.
Subsequent evening concerts take place at 8 p.m. on Oct. 21, and at
7 p.m. on Oct. 22 in Smith Hall. Admission is free.
The festival and symposium is co-sponsored by the Russian and East European
Center, School of Music and Romanian Student Club, with assistance from
the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
A complete schedule of activities is available on the Web at www.uiuc.edu/ro/RomClub/Enescu.