21, No. 5, Sept. 6, 2001
New series subscriptions accepted
New subscribers to Assembly Halls five-show News-Gazette Broadway
Series can now order tickets through the first show on Oct. 23.
Opening the season is "Rent," which won a Tony Award for best
musical and a Pulitzer Prize.
Also on the bill are recent shows that earned Tony awards for best musical:
"Ragtime" and "Titanic." Giving the series a classic
flavor will be "Annie Get Your Gun," currently the most successful
revival on Broadway, and "My Fair Lady."
"Rent" will be at the Assembly Hall for three performances
Oct. 23-25. "Titanic" will be Nov. 9; "My Fair Lady"
on Dec. 12; "Ragtime" on Feb. 4; and "Annie Get Your
Gun" on March 28. Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for individual shows are on sale. To order series tickets, go
to the Assembly Hall box office in person or phone 333-5000 or fax 244-8003.
More information is at www.assembly.uiuc.edu.
for East Asian and Pacific Studies
Grant increases opportunities
The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies will increase its efforts
to attract and retain top students and faculty members, thanks to a
$2 million grant from the Freeman Foundation.
According to center director George T. Yu, the four-year Undergraduate
Asian Studies Funding Initiative grant has two primary, interrelated
goals. "The first is to appoint and maintain first-rate faculty
across the disciplines in Asian studies and provide a support structure
enabling the faculty to be current and innovative," Yu said. "The
second is to attract, increase and retain present and future Illinois
students to Asian studies through a diverse range of opportunities and
The overall goal of the initiative, he added is "to make Asian
studies a regular part of the curriculum for present and future Illinois
The grant will support faculty appointments, professional development,
research, curriculum development, faculty/student exchanges, undergraduate
student scholarships, regional and topical seminars for secondary school
teachers, and a lecture and film series.
Center honors memory of Ron Beebe
Scholarship fund established
Friends, colleagues and former students from around the country gathered
at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts last month to celebrate the
life of former associate director Richard Ron Beebe, who died Oct. 30.
To honor his memory, the Ron Beebe Scholarship Fund was established.
Credited with the complete and successful restructuring of Krannert
Centers production areas (costumes, audio, scene design and props),
Beebe served as a teacher and a mentor to countless students who have
gone on to successful careers in theater. During his nearly 20-year
career at Krannert Center, he was the guiding force behind the creation
of the Board of Producers the governing body of the center comprising
the leaders of Krannert Center, the departments of dance and of theater,
and School of Music. In collaboration with David and Wendy Knight, Beebe
created Summerfest and directed many of the popular plays produced in
this department of theater summer series. Beebe also is credited with
the establishment of Krannert Centers Intermezzo Cafe, Interlude
and catering services.
The scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate stage management
student who demonstrates the qualities for which Beebe was known: a
passionate commitment to the arts, and a deep sense of caring for those
he taught and with whom he worked.
Anyone wishing to contribute to the Ron Beebe Scholarship Fund should
make checks payable to the Ul Foundation and mail them to the attention
of June Holmes at KCPA, 500 S. Goodwin Ave., MC-072.
walk/run with or without your pet
Road race for animals is Sept.
Omega Tau Sigma, the professional veterinary fraternity associated with
the UI College of Veterinary Medicine, is sponsoring its eighth annual
"5K Road Race for Animals" Sept. 9. The race starts at 8 a.m.
outside the parking lot of the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building.
Entrants are invited to run or walk with or without their pets.
Pre-registration is $16 and will take place from noon to 5 p.m. Sept.
8 at the south entrance to the cafeteria at the Veterinary Basic Sciences
Building. Registration on race day is $20 and will be from 6:30 to 7:30
a.m. at the same location. The first 100 registrants will receive a
A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit Canine Companions
for Independence, which breeds, raises and trains dogs for physically
disabled people. For more information or to register, contact OTS at
Ally Network to host orientation
The Ally Network will hold a Network Orientation meeting from noon to
2 p.m. Sept. 7 in the conference room of the Arcade Student Services
Building. There will be a break at 12:55 p.m. for those who need to
leave early. New members are welcome. The group plans to continue to
meet the first Friday of each month to continue the series, "Increasing
Understanding on Issues of Sexual Orientation Within the University
Community." For more information, contact the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual
and Transgender Office at 244-3277.
Master of the Hammond B-3 organ featured
WILL-FM profiles Jack McDuff
A new WILL-FM production, "Message From Home: A Tribute to Brother
Jack McDuff," is a musical tour through more than 40 years of McDuff
recordings. To be broadcast from 8-10 p.m. Sept. 15 two days
before McDuff would have turned 75 the program starts with his
1959 recordings with Willis "Gatortail" Jackson and continues
through his 1999 release, "Bringin It Home." The special
will be followed by a two-hour live program featuring more McDuff music
and local reminiscences about McDuff, who grew up in Champaign-Urbana.
McDuff worked with some of the most famous names in jazz music, influencing
countless young artists. "McDuff was to the organ quartet what
Art Blakey was to the hard bop quintet," said WILLs Paul
Wienke, producer of "Message From Home" and the host of the
live follow-up special. "He was where all the great guitarists
and sax players went to school to learn how to make his music."
McDuff died earlier this year.
"Message From Home" is narrated by UI theater professor Lisa
Gaye Dixon, and features interviews with McDuff friend and fellow Hammond
B-3 organist Russell Cheatham; McDuffs cousin, singer Victoria
Capo Britt; and tenor saxophonist Ron Bridgewater, a UI music professor.
The program will be distributed by WILL-FM to radio stations nationwide.
Nominations sought for awards
WILL AM-FM-TV is accepting nominations for a new series of awards recognizing
community members for contributions in the areas of the arts, education
and citizenship. Former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar and his wife, Brenda,
are honorary chairpersons for the awards, the "WILL Awards: Signaling
Excellence in the Community."
The awards presentation and reception, to be hosted by UI President
James J. Stukel and his wife, Joan, at the UI Presidents House
in April 2002, will be part of WILLs 80th anniversary celebration.
"We want to use the occasion to recognize others whove been
involved in making our communities better places in which to live,"
said Don Mullally, general manager of WILL-AM-FM-TV. "We chose
the arts, education and citizenship because they are key areas for civic
engagement, and for WILLs programming and projects in the community
such as free concerts, child-care workshops, and political debates."
A 15-person selection panel from across the WILL coverage area will
select the award recipients.
Nominations must be postmarked or delivered in person to Campbell Hall
by Nov. 15. Nominators must submit a form explaining the nominees
contribution to the community. To obtain a form, call WILL at 333-1070,
or download a form from the WILL Web site at www.will.uiuc.edu.
Fear Film Festival
Film festival is Sept. 8
This years Computer Fear Film Festival at the UI not only promises
to be bigger than last years inaugural event, its guaranteed,
thanks to the marquee lineup.
The annual festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 at Foellinger Auditorium
with a showing of "Iron Giant" (rated PG), followed at 8 p.m.
by "Colossus: The Forbin Project" (PG). A third film, "Demon
Seed" (R), is to begin at 10 p.m. Admission is free.
"The point of the festival is first and foremost to have fun, and
while we are doing that, to learn more about how movies portray computers
as opposed to reality, whatever that is," said Marsha Woodbury,
festival adviser and UI faculty member in computer science. "We
want to encourage discussion about the issues, too, as we did last year
with our exploration of artificial life."
This years festival theme is artificial malice.
"The idea is to see how machines in movies pose a threat to society
when we cede control to them or give them power to harm or threaten
people," Woodbury said. "The funny part is that we fear computers
only when they look like Colossus. Today people get into their cars
without the least computer fear, yet our vehicles have scads of computer
chips. We fly and take trains and go on cruises, totally putting our
trust in the computer technology that helps to control the process.
Our toys, our phones, our microwaves, even our singing greeting cards
have computer chips. What if they all decided they were sick and tired
Short subjects featuring computer-generated videos and music provided
by ACM will be shown before and after the movies.
The festival is sponsored by the Computer Fear Group, the UI Association
for Computing Machinery, and Women in Computer Science, with support
Pizza will be available outside Foellinger Auditorium.
The festival Web site is www.acm.uiuc.edu/cf3/.
African art exhibition on
African masks, woodcarvings, beadwork, and bronze and terra cotta pieces
are among the art and artifacts on view through Nov. 4 in a new exhibition
at the UIs Krannert Art Museum.
"African Art: The Gift From the Faletti Family Collection"
showcases more than 20 pieces donated to the museum over several years
by collector Richard Faletti and his family.
Faletti, a UI law school graduate from Spring Valley, Ill., started
his collection after a series of business trips to Nigeria, beginning
in 1979. Through his travels, he developed an appreciation of traditional
African arts, which eventually evolved into a passion for studying and
collecting West African art. The museums Faletti collection includes
noteworthy examples of art from the Dogon, Senufu and Yoruba peoples.
The following events, free and open to the public, are planned in conjunction
with the exhibition:
- Sept. 12, 7 p.m., a gallery talk by Krannert curator Gisele Atterberry.
- Oct. 10, 7 p.m., Krannert auditorium, a book discussion with Carol
Spindel, author of "In the Shadow of the Sacred Grove,"
her account of life in an Ivory Coast village.
- Oct. 13, 9:30 and 10:15 a.m., storytelling with Dawn Blackman
of Motherlands Multicultural Resource Center, Champaign.
The museum is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday; until 8 p.m. on Wednesday; and from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday. A
donation of $3 is suggested.
South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
South Asian families films
The South Asian and
Middle Eastern Studies Program, in cooperation with the Unit for Cinema
Studies, is offering a film series, "South Asian Families at Home
and in the Diaspora," during the fall semester. The series includes
documentaries, comedies and socio-political dramas that focus on various
aspects of South Asian families, both at home (South Asia) and in the
Diaspora (the United States and the United Kingdom).
The series begins with "Roots in the Sand," a documentary
on the earliest group of Indian immigrants, the Sikh, to the United
States, who settled in California and married Mexican wives. Other films
include Richard Attenboroughs "Gandhi"; Mira Nairs
"Mississippi Masala" (on an Indian/African-American relationship
in Mississippi); Udayan Prasads "My Son, the Fanatic"
(with Om Puri) about Pakistani immigrants in Britain; and Ali Kazimis
"Some Kind of Arrangement" (on Indian Americans attitudes
toward arranged marriage). The films are shown at 7:30 p.m., starting
Sept. 5. The first three screenings are in 141 Wohlers Hall. The remainder
are in 66 Library. Screenings are open to the public and will be followed
by discussion. For more details, see www.uiuc.edu/providers/psames.
Imaging Technology Group forum
Beckman Institutes Imaging Technology Group will hold a forum
to explain the resources of the Visualization, Media and Imaging Laboratory
in Room 4269 of Beckman Institute (4th floor tower room) from noon to
12:45 p.m. Sept. 13. VMIL, which is open to all UI faculty and staff
members, and students, can support a variety of projects that include
image editing and analysis, scientific visualization, 3-D animation,
video and DVD production, high-resolution scanning, and 3-D printing
and presentation production. Benjamin Grosser, director of VMIL, will
speak about the VMILs computer hardware, its software and multimedia
resources, how to become a user, user training, costs of usage and other
resources available to users.
Facing the Challenge
Cancer patients, family members, friends and health- care professionals
will learn about the latest thinking in cancer treatment at an upcoming
daylong program. This years "Cancer: Facing the Challenge,
Bridging the Gap" will focus on building health-care partnerships,
patient advocacy and ways to obtain reliable cancer information.
The program will be from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Chancellor
Hotel, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign. The community event is presented
by the American Cancer Society in conjunction with the UIs College
of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign.
An information fair will allow participants to ask questions about medication,
nutrition, fitness, insurance, employment rights, life planning, information
resources and conventional medical oncology and radiation oncology treatments
as well as complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture
and herbal therapies.
The featured speaker of the day will be Patricia Johnson, professor
in the UI College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. She is the medical
director of Carle Foundation Hospice and chair of the Carle Clinic Board
The cost of the program, which includes continental breakfast and lunch,
is $10 per person, ($8 for students). Financial assistance is available.
Registration deadline is Sept. 15. For more information, call the American
Cancer Society at 356-9076 or (800) 252-1110.
Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
New undergraduate minor offered
The South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies Program has received approval
for an undergraduate minor in South Asian Studies, beginning this semester.
The minor is especially suited for students interested in a program
of studies with focus on South Asia, as a complement to their disciplinary
study. The structure of the minor provides students a great amount of
flexibility. Possible areas of emphasis include language and literature,
as well as history and the social sciences. Students interested in the
minor may consult www.uiuc.edu/unit/psames/SasianMinor.html. To make
an appointment to see an adviser, e-mail email@example.com
or call 244-7331.
Interaction Research Laboratory
New lab offers team approach
A new research lab will bring together faculty members and students
from industrial design, graphic design, marketing, business and engineering
to solve real-world product development problems for industry.
The Product Interaction Research Laboratory in the School of Art and
Designs industrial design department is being launched to promote
a team approach to product development. The focus of such research and
development, according to PIRLs lead professor, William Bullock,
is on identifying user-driven solutions.
"User needs must be met through technology," Bullock said,
but "successful companies must create innovative products that
delight customers." For that reason, PIRL will enlist the expertise
of faculty members and students from a range of disciplines to work
toward common goals and solutions.
Each semester, advanced students in industrial design, graphic design,
business and engineering will receive course credit for work on a project
specified by a company contracted by the UI PIRL team. The course will
be team-taught by professors from the various disciplines, and input
will be provided by corporate staff members as well. During the semesterlong
course, students will take the product through the research and development
stage, ultimately producing a final presentation, models and/or prototypes
and recommendations for the clients.
In addition to corporate funding, PIRL has received start-up support
from the College of Fine and Applied Arts and the Office of the Vice
Chancellor for Research.
For more information about the lab, located in Noble Hall, contact Bullock
at 265-0873, or firstname.lastname@example.org
KYU fall lecture
The YMCA is hosting the "Know Your University" lecture series
every Tuesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Latzer Hall at the University YMCA.
All lectures are free and open to the public.
The first lecture, "Campustown 2002 and Beyond," is Sept.
11. Charlie Shapland, president and CEO of Campustown 2000, will talk
about the status of future plans for the area. A member of the Champaign
City Planning Office will discuss details of the plans and answer questions.
On Sept. 18, Bruce W. Fouke, professor of geology will lecture on what
UI researchers are learning about our single-celled ancestry and about
the evolution of the biosphere in "Yellowstone Geysers: The Valley
The future of the University Library will be discussed as seen through
the eyes of University Librarian Paula Kaufman on Sept. 25 in "Crumbling
to Dust: The Future of the University Library.
For more information about the lecture series, including the remaining
lineup, visit www.universityymca.org.
Friday Forum begins
The Friday Forum fall lecture series, titled "Compassion and Conscience,"
will begin Sept. 21. The series is focused on informing the campus and
Champaign-Urbana community how compassion and conscience impact society
on a local, national and international level. Mary Ann Lundy, former
deputy general of the Council of Churches, will give the first lecture,
"Conscience and Civility: How to Value a Protagonist."
Richard Feldman, professor of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin
and former UI campus minister will speak Sept. 28 on "Forgiveness
Among People and Populations."
Friday Forum lectures, free and open to the public, are from 12:15-12:55
p.m. at Latzer Hall at the Universtiy YMCA, with a question-and-answer
period from 1 to 1:30 p.m. The series is sponsored by the Episcopal
Church Foundation, McKinley Foundation, University YMCA and Wesley Foundation.
Program for Research in the Humanities
IPRH film series begins Sept.
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities is presenting a
film series in conjunction with its annual theme, "The Means of
Reproduction." The fall semesters film lineup investigates
biological, technological and social reproduction. From the battle over
abortion rights to alien monsters that incubate in human hosts, from
lovesick androids to the AIDS virus, these films reflect the ways in
which humans view reproduction in the contemporary world.
The film lineup includes: Sept. 5, "Making Mr. Right (1987) with
John Malkovich, Ann Magnuson and Glenne Headly; Sept. 26, "Aliens"
(1986) with Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton; Oct. 17,
"Citizen Ruth" (1996) with Laura Dern, Swoosie Kurtz and Mary
Kay Place; Nov. 14, "Fast, Cheap and Out of Control" (1997);
Nov. 28, "Longtime Companion" (1990) with Campbell Scott,
Mary-Louis Parker, and Bruce Davision.
All screenings begin at 4:30 p.m. in the auditorium (Room 62) of the
Krannert Art Museum. The films are free and open to the public.
For more information, contact the IPRH at 244-3344, or on the Web at
of Environmental Health and Safety
Training sessions offered
Annual training is required for UI employees with anticipated exposure
to human blood and certain other human materials, including human cell
lines. The Division of Environmental Health and Safety is now offering
campuswide training sessions on occupational exposure to blood-borne
pathogens. Pre-registration is required. For more information, or to
register, visit www.ehs.uiuc.edu/~bss/training.htm
or call 333-2755.
Tailgate at Levis
Levis Faculty Center Sponsors Inc. will host a tailgate party on the
second floor of Levis Faculty Center from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 11.
Faculty and staff members are invited to unwind and celebrate the new
school year in an informal setting. Hors doeuvres prepared by
Classic Events will be served for a charge of $4. Beverage and cocktail
service also will be available.
Daily campus shuttle available
The Urbana Car Pool has started Monday through Friday shuttle service
twice daily between the Urbana, Springfield and Chicago campuses. Transportation
service from the Chicago campus to OHare International Airport
also is available. Space is limited. For information on price, schedules
and reservations, call 333-3910 or visit www.oandm.uiuc.edu/gcp/carpool/carpool.htm.
Sinfonia performs Sept. 16
Sinfonia da Camera opens its 18th season at 5 p.m. Sept.16 with its
"The Best of Broadway" gala event at Krannert Center for the
Performing Arts. With Hugh Wooldrige ("Peer Gynt") returning
as director and David Firman joining him as special guest musical director,
the concert will feature highlights of 20th century Broadway favorites.
In addition, vocalists from around the world will be featured, including
Teri Bibb, Dawn Harris, Janice Helms, David Michael Johnson, Connie
Kunkle, Steven Marking, Melissa Osmond and Paul Sperry.
Pianist Ian Hobson will kick off the evening with a cabaret hour in
the Krannert Center lobby at 5 p.m. as he accompanies sopranos Dawn
Harris and Jan Helms and tenor Paul Sperry.
During "The Best of Broadway," guests will enjoy show tunes
from "Porgy and Bess," "Oklahoma!," "My Fair
Lady," "West Side Story," "Fiddler on the Roof,"
"Cats," "Jesus Christ Superstar" and others. The
extended intermission between Parts I and II includes a freshly made
picnic supper, compliments of the Bread Company and Sinfonia da Camera,
as the cabaret continues in the lobby.
Martirano Memorial Composition Award
2001 Martirano Award Concert
is Sept. 20
The UI New Music Ensemble will perform the 2001 Martirano Award-winning
compositions beginning at 8 p.m. Sept. 20 in the Tryon Festival Theater
of the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Miami-based composer Orlando Jacinto Garcias "Paisaje del
sonido II" for solo contrabass and chamber ensemble received the
first prize of $500. UI professor of music Michael Cameron will perform
the solo part and Garcia will conduct his composition, which uses strings,
wind chimes and wine glasses.
Swedish composer Jesper Nordins "calm like a bomb" for
violin and electronics won second prize and will be performed by guest
violinist Dorothy Martirano. Romanian composer Violeta Dinescus
"et les fruits passeront la proruesse des fleurs" for septet
received an honorable mention and also will be performed by the ensemble.
The three winning compositions were selected from 278 entries from 24
countries. Garcia was born in 1954 in Havana, Cuba, and is a professor
of music at Florida International University in Miami. Nordin was born
in 1971 in Stockholm and recently completed his postgraduate diploma
in composition at the Royal University College of Music in Stockholm.
Dinescu was born in Romania and lives in Germany where she is a professor
of music at Uni Oldenburg. The New Music Ensemble also will perform
"Capriccio for Oboe and 11 Strings," by Krzysztof Penderecki;
"Octandre," by Edgard Varese; and "Octet," by Salvatore
The Salvatore Martirano Memorial Composition Award, coordinated by UI
professor of music Zack Browning, is an international competition for
composers that offers a cash prize and a performance of the winning
composition. The competition is held in memory of Martirano, who was
a professor of composition at the UI from 1963 to 1995.
60th anniversary celebration
is Sept. 9
A performance by Arbítrio, followed by a reception celebrating
WILL-FMs 60th anniversary, opens the 2001-02 WILL-FM Second Sunday
Concert season Sept. 9.
The public is invited to the 2 p.m. free concert in the West Gallery
of the Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, and to stay afterward
for a WILL-FM anniversary reception in the adjoining East Gallery.
WILL-FM, a classical music station that also airs jazz, big band music
and radio theater on the weekends, received the first educational FM
license in the nation in fall 1941.
Arbítrio features Alicia Cordoba Tate, oboe; Doug Spaniol, bassoon;
and Bradley Haag, piano. They will perform a transcription of a Haydn
piano trio, as well as two works written for them: "The Half Moon,"
by Fengshi Yang and "Twelve for Three," by Charles Lipp. The
concert will also be broadcast live on WILL-FM 90.9 (101.1 in Champaign-Urbana).
The season line-up: Oct. 14, Kirkland Trio; Nov. 11, UI Concert Choir;
Dec. 9, Gustavo Romero, piano; Jan. 13, Peter Schaffer, violin; Feb.
10, East Central Illinois Youth Orchestra ensembles; March 10, UI Graduate
Brass Ensemble; April 14, Musicelli; May 12, Solomon & Friends,
clarinet and more.
The concerts are a joint venture of WILL-FM, the UI School of Music
and the Krannert Art Museum.