21, No. 16, March 21, 2002
Six academic professionals recognized
with CAPE Award
In recognition of
the growing numbers of academic professionals on the Urbana campus and
the variety of their contributions, six people are being honored with
the Chancellors Academic Professional Excellence Award this year.
(Three have been honored annually in the past.) This year, as in the
past 13, the CAPE Award winners were selected based on their outstanding
contributions in their professional fields, work units and on campus
and for the positive impact each has had on colleagues, students and
the public. A committee of 12 academic professionals from different
units across campus reviewed the nominations and unanimously
recommended these six people to Chancellor Nancy Cantor for recognition.
The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception from
4 to 5:30 p.m. April 1 in the lobby of the Krannert Center for the Performing
Arts. All interested faculty members, academic professionals and civil
service staff members are invited to attend.
Each CAPE winner will receive $2,000 at the ceremony and a base salary
increase of $1,000 effective Aug. 21. In addition, $1,000 will be added
to their departments budgets to be used at their discretion to
benefit their workplaces.
by Bill Wiegand
Campus Honors Program
During her 32-year
career as an academic professional, Sonia R. Carringer has made many
lasting contributions to the campus.
In his nomination letter, Bruce F. Michelson, professor of English and
director of the Campus Honors Program, detailed some of those contributions.
"As associate director of the Campus Honors Program from its beginning
in 1986," wrote Michelson, "Sonia Carringer originated many
of the programs outstanding features, recruited and mentored extraordinary
students, created publications, organized countless activities crucial
to our work and reputation, and played a central role in the recent
dramatic increase in national and international awards won by undergraduates
at [the Urbana campus]."
In addition, Michelson detailed Carringers contributions during
her nine years as a staff associate in the Office of the Vice Chancellor
for Academic Affairs, where she wrote the first Academic Staff Handbook,
originated the Job Registry and organized the first Pre-retirement Planning
In addition, Carringer worked with the Professional Advisory Committee
(now known as the Council for Academic Professionals) and the Advisory
Committee on Academic Professional Personnel "[Her work with these
committees] resulted in the development of many new and revised personnel
policies, providing increased benefits and protections for the academic-professional
employment group," Michelson said.
Many students also expressed gratitude for the strong support provided
by Carringer. Whether it was in guiding them toward scholarships, helping
them make deadlines or providing a sounding board as they made some
of their life decisions, Carringer has touched many lives.
Paul Marty, webmaster for Spurlock Museum, said, "Sonia dedicates
herself to the students in her care. She is determined to see them succeed
in school and in all of their future endeavors. Students in the CHP
know that Sonia is there for them, as an adviser, teacher, mentor and
friend. She follows their every accomplishment and triumph. She takes
pride in every award granted and honor won. She strives to ensure that
each student not only receives the very best education the university
can offer but leaves the program with confidence, fully prepared for
by Bill Wiegand
A. "Tony" Clements
Jesse A. "Tony"
Clements arrived at the UI as a student athlete and earned his bachelors
and masters degrees at the Urbana campus. He began his professional
career in campus recreation and became director of Campus Recreation
"All of his adult life has been dedicated to the UI, contributing
positively to the quality of life on this campus and in this community,"
said S. Eugene Barton, associate vice chancellor for student affairs.
"Keeping pace with the changes among young people and in the broader
society, the programs of [campus recreation] have been transformed from
sport and exercise to include fitness, health, wellness and adventure
among others," wrote Thom Moore, director of the Psychological
Services Center. "
The transformation is a direct function
of Tonys vision."
More concrete evidence of the changes are new structures and renovations
he has influenced during his 23 years as director. Most recently, students
passed a referendum that may provide funds for Campus Recreation to
expand and renovate the existing IMPE and CRCE facilities. (Its
awaiting approval by the Illinois State Board of Education.) "It
was through Tonys leadership, perseverance and desire to provide
state-of-the-art recreational facilities that this became a reality,"
wrote Mary Slaughter, professor emeritus of kinesiology, and Barbara
"Bobbi" Hein, administrative secretary for Campus Recreation.
Several nominators mentioned that Clements charismatic character
and leadership skills have led him to be sought after as a community
liaison, public speaker and performer (his passion is stand-up comedy).
Clements also has served on numerous campus committees, and he is an
advocate for a number of community service programs, including Crisis
Nursery, Urban League, United Way, Don Moyers Boys and Girls Club, Zonta,
and C-U Kiwanis.
by Bill Wiegand
External Affairs and Special Projects, physics
"Celia M. Elliott
is a dynamic, hard-working, driving force in the physics department
at Illinois," said David W. Hertzog, professor of physics, in a
letter supporting Elliotts nomination.
Jeremiah D. Sullivan, professor and head of physics, who nominated Elliott,
outlined the major contributions she makes to the department: assists
with identifying and writing research grant proposals and reports; nominates
faculty members, students and alumni for awards; assists faculty members
with publications, including books; develops and maintains department
Web sites; is a department liaison to alumni and other donors; helped
establish the Physics Advisory Board; and helped develop and is co-teaching
a new course on methods of scientific communication.
In addition, Elliott was recognized by several of her colleagues for
her contributions in working with scientists from the former Soviet
Union. Elliott is using her talents as a technical writer and her knowledge
of the Western scientific world of publishing to assist the former weapons
scientists with editing technical reports in English, preparing papers
for publication in Western journals and writing proposals for Western
funding agencies to finance their research as they redirect it to peaceful,
civilian applications. She has traveled to the former Soviet Union more
than 10 times in the past six years mostly at her own expense.
She also has hosted Russian scientists on visits to the university.
She even took a week of her vacation to drive one group to Princeton
for an international conference.
Hertzog summed up Elliotts talents well: "Celia is a state-of-the-art
Web designer in an increasingly electronic world, a grant writer second
to none, a perfectionist and teacher of technical communications, and
a compassionate and essential colleague to Russian scientists."
Sullivan urged the selection committee to "honor this extraordinary
woman whose talent and efforts at home are furthering the mission of
the physics department and whose dedicated personal efforts are making
the world a safe place for all of us."
by Bill Wiegand
meteorologist, WILL-AM-FM, Division of Broadcasting
service offered by WILL-AM (580) has been greatly enhanced during Ed
Kiesers tenure," said Jay Pearce, WILL-AM program director,
in his nomination letter. "He has increased the amount of weather
information delivered each day on the radio station. He constantly reviews
the weather programming to ensure that the information is not only accurate
and useful, but that it is presented clearly and concisely."
With weather events that can be life threatening and the importance
of weather to farmers and other businesses, accurate and timely information
is an important part of Kiesers job. But his contributions have
gone much further.
In addition to providing information on air, Kiesers work with
the UI department of atmospheric sciences led to an extensive weather
information site on the Internet. The site includes WILL-AMs locally
generated forecasts along with an array of other information.
Kieser also is actively involved in the planning and execution of a
variety of activities carried out by the Division of Broadcasting. These
range from programming and special events to fund-raising and community
education. His weekly "Talk to Ed" segments, during which
listeners may call and ask weather-related questions or forecasts, are
popular with listeners.
One of the most visible and perhaps most important of Kiesers
outreach activities is his annual series of tornado shows. Now in its
12th year, the show has evolved into a computer-based multimedia display
with a one-hour version that annually airs on WILL-TV and also is available
at local libraries throughout Central Illinois.
Kieser also is a part-time faculty member at Parkland College where
he teaches a four-credit laboratory course "Introduction to Weather"
and is a part-time weather anchor on WCIA-TV, the local CBS affiliate,
where he is introduced as "AM 580 meteorologist Ed Kieser. "
by Bill Wiegand
educator, animal sciences, UI Extension
has dedicated his professional life to advancing the mission of UI Extension,"
said Lawrence D. Firkins, director of UI research stations and swine
Michael F. Hutjens, professor of animal sciences and animal systems
program leader, said, "David Seibert is our top extension educator
in Illinois and one of the best in the United States."
Jimmy H. Clark, a UI professor of animal sciences who nominated Seibert
for this award, said, "Dave Seibert conducts one of the most vigorous
and innovative educational programs found among the 347 academic professionals
of UI Extension."
Clark further explained the impact of Seiberts programs: "During
the past five years alone, he has conducted 312 programs and made face-to-face
contact with nearly 63,000 people across the state, including youth,
adults, agricultural representatives, civic leaders and government officials.
In addition, he responds to hundreds of producer and consumer requests
for information each year."
During his 33 years with the university, Seiberts career has been
characterized by initiative and innovation, having pioneered many programs,
including several nationally recognized youth programs.
When youth livestock programs in a number of states were threatened
by inappropriate use of drugs and mistreatment of animals, Seibert initiated
the 4-H/FFA Quality Assurance and Ethics clinics. In 1995 he initiated
a statewide meeting at the Illinois Department of Agriculture to generate
support for the program. Nearly 15,000 4-H and FFA members, parents,
show superintendents and club leaders have been trained. Both the model
and materials Seibert developed have been adopted by other states.
Another popular program initiated by Seibert is the Illinois Superior
Young Producer Award based on youth knowledge and skills leading to
$1,000 scholarships for youth. In 2001, 25 scholarships were presented
at the Illinois State Fair from private funds and presented by Secretary
of Agriculture Joe Hampton.
"Seibert has a keen interest and commitment to Illinois youth development
and scholarship that impact more than 80,000 Illinois 4-H youth in animal
science programs," Hutjens said. "The impact of these programs
will continue in the next generations of Illinois leaders due to Daves
commitment and leadership."
by Bill Wiegand
director, Child Development Laboratory
"In her role
as assistant director of the Child Development Lab since 1990, Deborah
Trouth has made exemplary contributions to the teaching, research and
outreach activities of the CDL program, the College of Agricultural,
Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the UI," said Brent McBride,
CDL director and professor of human development. "She has established
herself as a leader in the child care and early childhood education
communities on a local and state level. She has a strong commitment
to the child development and child-care communities and a willingness
to extend her expertise beyond the boundaries of the UI campus."
In providing leadership for the early childhood programming portion
of the CDL, McBride explained that Trouth works closely with the director
and teachers in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate
curriculum for use in the preschool and child-care classrooms.
Trouth serves as a liaison between parents, staff members and the CDL
program. This role includes meeting with prospective parents about enrollment
procedures, coordinating the application and admissions process, communicating
with parents about developmental issues related to their children, and
addressing administrative details related to the program for families.
In addition, Trouth serves as a liaison between the CDL director, faculty
instructors and CDL classroom teachers for the implementation of student
projects and practicum placements. And she is the liaison between the
CDL program and local agencies and therapists in facilitating the inclusion
of special needs children into CDL classrooms.
Outside of her role as assistant director, Trouth is regularly called
upon to conduct workshops and in-service training sessions for a variety
of agencies and organizations.
Trouth also actively participates in local child-care organizations
and agencies. Since 1992 she has served on the Advisory Board for the
East Central Illinois Young Learners Conference helping to plan the
important regional child-care and early education conference.
She also is actively involved in the Child Care Resource Service program
since 1995 as an Inclusion Leader.