21, No. 4, Aug. 16, 2001
for your financial future
Credit union offers workshops
The UI Employees Credit Union is offering the following free financial
services workshops to UI employees (credit-union members and non-members).
Aug. 30: Investment Fundamentals
Sept. 20: UI Retirement Planning
Oct. 11: Long-term Care
Oct. 25: Understanding Mutual Funds
All workshops begin at 7 p.m. and will be at the Credit Union, 2201
S. First St., Champaign. Reservations are required. Call 278-7768 or
GradeBook workshops announced
Free hands-on workshops on Campus GradeBook are being offered for faculty
members and teaching assistants.
Campus GradeBook is a secure computer program that instructors can use
to compute, maintain and publish their grades online. It was developed
by the Computing and Communications Services Office (CCSO) and is maintained
and supported by CCSO and the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR).
The schedule for the workshops:
Aug. 24: 9-11 a.m., Undergraduate Library, Room 289
Aug. 28: 1-3 p.m., 146 Everitt Lab
Sept. 6: 10 a.m.- noon, 146 Everitt Lab
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.
use of facilities offered
Campus Rec hosts Rec Expo
Campus Recreation will host a Rec Expo on Aug. 30 at the Intramural-Physical
Education (IMPE) Building. This event will showcase the programs and
services offered by Campus Rec. There will be booths in the IMPE lobby
from 11a.m -6 p.m. for each programming area and a pool party from 5:30-7
p.m. with performances by local campus singing groups.
This event is open to UI students and faculy and staff members. UI faculty
and staff members will be allowed free use of the facility for the day
and will receive a week pass to return at a later time. For more information
about the Rec Expo, check the Campus Rec Web site at www.campusrec.uiuc.edu
or call 265-0779.
as an International Language
English course for non-students
Any adult in the community who has limited English proficiency and who
is not a UI student is eligible to apply for the Special English Class
offered by the UI Division of English as an International Language during
the fall semester of 2001.
The 10-week course begins Tuesday, Sept. 25, meeting from 1 to 2:50
p.m. Monday through Thursday each week through Dec. 6. There are no
classes during Thanksgiving break, Nov. 19-23. There is a $50 fee for
Course supervisors are Cathrine Berg and Jill Knutson.
Placement tests will be given from 1-2 p.m. Sept. 11, in G-ll, Foreign
Languages Building, and from 1-2 p.m. Sept. 13, in G-13 Foreign Languages
Interested individuals can sign up at 3051 Foreign Languages Building,
to take the test on one of these dates, or call the Division office
Chemical safety training
The Chemical Safety Section of the Division of Environmental Health
and Safety (DEHS) is now offering three chemical safety training workshops
during the fall semester that address both laboratory and non-laboratory
uses of chemicals on campus. A fourth topic will address Department
of Transportation (DOT) regulations regarding the shipping and receiving
of hazardous chemicals. This DOT HazMat Shipping Awareness class must
be taken at least once every three years if you receive (sign for) hazardous
chemicals directly from an outside vendor or if you need to ship hazardous
chemicals off-campus. Pre-registration is required for these free classes.
For detailed information on the topics covered, class dates, or to register,
If you need assistance in registering, call the DEHS office at 333-2755.
oldest research plots featured
Agronomy Day is Aug. 23
A celebration honoring the 125th anniversary of the Morrow Plots
the nations oldest continuously used agricultural research area
will take place at mid-day on Aug. 23, during the UIs celebration
of Agronomy Day.
Headquarters for the 45th Agronomy Day, which begins at 7 a.m., will
be the Crop Sciences Research and Education Center, located southeast
of Assembly Hall on Wright Street extended. The event is a partnership
among several academic units in the College of Agricultural, Consumer
and Environmental Sciences.
The main Agronomy Day program will feature four hourlong wagon tours
of research plots. The tours repeat every 30 minutes when groups are
available. The last tour leaves at noon.
The program celebrating the anniversary of the Morrow Plots will begin
at noon near the main registration tent. After the ceremony, buses will
be available to take visitors to the plots for a guided tour.
Admission and parking at the research and education center are free.
Lunch will be available at a nominal charge.
Teaching excellence workshop
Joseph Lowman, a professor of clinical psychology at the University
of North Carolina, will give a free workshop on exemplary teaching Aug.
23 at the Heritage Room of the ACES Library. His presentation, "Exemplary
College Teaching and Student Learning," will be from 2:30-4 p.m.
Lowman has developed characteristics of effective instruction. He is
the author of "Mastering the Techniques of Teaching" and many
journal articles on the subject.
The workshop, which is open to faculty and staff members, is sponsored
by the UI Teaching Advancement Board and the Office of the Provost.