20, No. 13, Feb. 1, 2001
Alternatives to Social Security system
Poterba to give David Kinley
James Poterba, a professor of economics at the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology, will deliver the David Kinley Lecture in Economics at
3:30 p.m. Feb. 8 at 141 Wohlers Hall. His lecture is titled "Annuity
Markets and Retirement Security." Poterba will describe the current
workings of self-directed retirement plans, such as 401(k) and 403(b)
plans, and address more generally the role of private annuity markets
as alternatives to the Social Security system. The Kinley Lecture is
sponsored by the UI department of economics and the College of Commerce
and Business Administration.
CCSO and OIR
GradeBook workshops announced
Free hands-on workshops are being offered during the month of February
for faculty members and teaching assistants interested in using GradeBook.
CCSO Campus GradeBook is a secure computerized program that instructors
can use to compute, maintain and, if they wish, publish their grades
online. Campus GradeBook was developed and is maintained by Computing
and Communications Services Office, and is supported by CCSO and the
Office of Instructional Resources (OIR).
The schedule for workshops is:
Feb. 9: 10 to 11:30 a.m. in 146 Everitt Lab
Feb. 13: 1:30 to 3 p.m., Undergraduate Library
Feb. 22: 1:30 to 3 p.m., Undergraduate Library
To reserve a space in one of the workshops, contact OIRs Division
of Measurement and Evaluation at 333-3490 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Campus GradeBook, visit www.uiuc.edu/ccso/gradebook/.
Grand opening celebration
Coffee, tea or power juice?
A grand opening celebration will be hosted the week of Feb. 5-9 for
three new Espresso Royale campus locations, and the Illini Union Bookstores
gift shop in the Krannert Art Museum.
All three Espresso Royale sites are in partnership with the Illini Union
and the campus unit in which they reside.
Teaccinos by Espresso Royale is located in the Illini Union Bookstore
and features 39 different teas in addition to specialty coffees.
The newly reopened Palette Cafe & Gift Shop at the Krannert Art
Museum offers a full-service coffee bar, grilled paninis, soups and
malted waffles. The Illini Union Bookstores new shop features
art books and supplies as well as gift items.
The Rush Juice & Smoothie Bar in partnership with the Division of
Campus Recreation, can be found on the lower level of the IMPE Building.
The Rush Bar specializes in power juice drinks and frozen yogurt.
As part of the grand opening festivities, Espresso Royale will offer
40 percent off all beverages, plus free samples at these three new locations.
Everything in the Palette Gift Shop will be 10 percent off all week.
Visit www.union.uiuc.edu for
Student Affairs to recognize student leaders
Nominations due Feb. 14
Since 1987, Student Affairs has presented annual awards to students
who demonstrate exemplary leadership. The recipients are honored at
a luncheon, scheduled this year for April 28.
To honor the most deserving candidates for the awards, Student Affairs
depends on faculty members to nominate students and student organizations
for consideration. This year the nomination material will be distributed
electronically. Award information, descriptions and nomination forms
can be found at www.odos.uiuc.edu/awards. The required nomination forms
and material may be submitted electronically or by mail, according to
the nominators preference, with the exception of the Consent to
Release Records form. This form, which is required for some of the student
awards indicated, must be mailed.
Nomination forms must be received by 5 p.m. Feb. 14. For more information,
contact Willard Broom, at 333-0055.
Annual Office Professional of the Year award
Secretariat seeking nominations
The Secretariat is seeking nominations for its annual Office Professional
of the Year award. Secretariat members, except those in elected offices
and Office Professional of the Year committee members, may be nominated
by their boss and/or supervisor by submitting a nomination form.
Nominees should exhibit outstanding professionalism, perform his/her
duties well, routinely show consideration and support of other staff
members, colleagues, students and visitors to their office and the campus,
and be an enthusiastic supporter of the UI and its programs.
Nomination forms will be sent to supervisors of Secretariat members.
Completed forms should be sent to Judy Corray, 807 S. Wright St., Suite
300, MC-308, and must be received by March 16. The winner will be announced
at the April 18 Secretariat Awards Luncheon.
Survey Research Laboratory
Survey research seminars offered
The Survey Research Laboratory is offering a series of introductory
seminars on survey research methodology. The series is free to university
faculty and staff members and students but attendance for each seminar
is limited and advance registration is required. You may register for
the whole series or one or more individual seminars. The seven seminars
will be from noon to 1:20 p.m.
To register, e-mail email@example.com
or call 333-4273. When registering, include your full name, e-mail address,
department, and whether or not you are a faculty or staff member, or
student. Participants will be notified of the room assignment when registering.
No knowledge of survey research is assumed or required.
Dates and topics:
Feb. 7: Introduction to Survey Design
Feb. 14: Questionnaire Design
Feb. 22: Survey Sampling
Feb. 28: Mail Surveys
March 7: Web Surveys
March 28: Telephone Surveys
April 4: Survey Data Analysis
Purchase available through payroll deduction
New savings bonds now available
Benefits-eligible employees now have another option for saving for the
future. The U.S. Treasurys new Series I Savings Bonds are now
available through university payroll deductions. Both I Bonds and Series
EE Bonds may be purchased. Payroll deduction cards can be obtained from
the Benefits Center.
Series EE Bonds are available in denominations of $100, $200, $500 and
$1,000, and are sold at one-half the denomination value. For example,
you would pay $50 for a $100 denomination bond. EE Bonds earn rates
based on the market returns of five-year Treasury securities and are
guaranteed to reach face value in 17 years.
Series I Bonds are sold at full denomination value and may be purchased
in denominations of $50 and $75. I Bonds increase in value with inflation-indexed
earnings for up to 30 years.
The university will automatically deduct the cost of both types of savings
bonds from your paycheck in as little as $5 per paycheck deductions.
The bonds will be purchased for you, and sent to your home address when
your payroll deductions equal the purchase price of the bonds you choose.
Complete information on the differences between Series EE and Series
I Bonds can be found at www.savingsbonds.gov/sav/sbieevsi.htm.
If you have questions about eligibility, or would like a payroll deduction
card, contact the Benefit Center.
Bureau of Economic and Business Research
Illinois Statistical Abstract
The 2000 Illinois Statistical Abstract has been completed by the Bureau
of Economic and Business Research at the UI.
With 830 pages of charts, tables and graphs, the book is a comprehensive
compilation of economic and demographic information on Illinois. Data
in 28 categories ranging from crimes rates and agricultural receipts
to health statistics and retail store sales are arranged by county
and metropolitan area.
The book contains data available through October 2000. It is part of
the continuing service mission of the College of Commerce and Business
Administration to provide "historical and current socio-economic
data to businesses, governments, educators, students and the general
public," Hartter wrote.
A softbound copy of the Abstract is available for $60 from the Office
of Research, College of Commerce and Business Administration. The material
also is available on disk and CD-ROM.
Friday Forum begins
The 2001 Spring Friday Forum lecture series will begin at noon, Feb.
9, with a lecture, "Barriers to a Culture of Peace." Steve
Shoemaker, executive director of the University YMCA will speak. The
topic of the spring series is "Creating a Culture of Peace."
Lectures run from 12:15 to 12:55 p.m. each Friday during the semester,
with a question and answer period from 1 to 1:30 p.m.
The remaining February lectures are "Creating a Culture of Peace
in Our Schools: Teaching Peace Making to Young People," with Dick
Bodine on Feb. 16; and "Sister City Exchanges Encourage Peace,"
with William and Ann White on Feb. 23.
Know Your University
The 2001 Spring Know Your University (KYU) lecture series will begin
at noon Feb. 6 with the lecture, "The Chief Illiniwek Dialog: Understanding
and Resolution." Roger Huddleston and Carol Spindel will present
the lecture. At 7 p.m. that evening, two movies on the Chief issue will
be shown "Chief, an Historical Documentary" and "In
The following KYU lectures also will be presented in February:
Feb. 13: "UI Legislation Goals in Springfield and Washington,"
Richard Schoell, executive director for government relations and director
for federal relations.
Feb. 20: "Asian American Studies: Forward and Backward?,"
George T. Yu, professor of political science.
Feb. 27: "Globalization from Above, Globalization from Below,"
Michael Goldman, professor of sociology.
Midwest BLGT and Ally College Conference
Registration deadline is Feb.
The Ninth Annual Midwest Bisexual, Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Ally
College Conference (MBLGTACC) will be at the UI from Feb. 16th through
The title of the conference this year is "Out and About: Breaking
the Silence, Breaking the Boundaries, Breaking the Labels." The
conference is planned and implemented by UI students; however, interested
UI staff and faculty members may attend for a nominal registration fee.
The registration deadline is Feb. 9. More information is available at
First organized at Emporia State University in Kansas in 1992, MBLGTACC
is the largest regional LGBT/Queer conference in the country, encompassing
colleges and universities from more than 20 states.