23, No. 12, Jan. 22, 2004
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Intensive English Institute
Hosts needed for spring semester
The Intensive English Institute is recruiting local families to host
visiting Korean college students during the spring semester.
The students, from Konkuk University in Seoul, will study English language
and American culture for an entire semester at IEI. They will be on
campus from late January to early May.
Although the students will live in campus residence halls, they would
benefit from opportunities to interact with members of the community
outside the classroom, said Dawn MacLellan, host coordinator.
Hosts – whether single people, couples or families – spend
a few hours a week with one or more of the students, so that the students
can practice their conversational English while engaged in everyday
activities such as eating, shopping and attending sporting events, concerts
Hosts consistently report that hosting language students from abroad
is gratifying because it allows the hosts to learn about other lifestyles.
Anyone interested in being a host should contact MacLellan at 333-6598
Illinois calendars available
The Illinois Steward 2004 Calendar is now available. This large-format
wall calendar celebrates the natural beauty of Illinois with 15 1/2-
by 9-inch photos.
The cost is $12 and includes shipping and handling. Annual subscriptions
to The Illinois Steward magazine also are available for $12. Make checks
payable to the University of Illinois. Orders may be placed by calling
Carol Preston at 333-3650 or order information is on the Web.
Storytelling workshop is March 13
The Spurlock Museum and the Champaign-Urbana Storytelling Guild are
sponsoring an American Indian storytelling workshop. “Becoming
Part of the Story: Telling American Indian Tales” will take place
from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 13 in the museum’s Rowe Learning
Center. The workshop, given by American Indian storyteller Larry Lockwood,
is $30 and pre-registration is required. Continuing Professional Development
Unit credit will be available to teachers.
“Becoming Part of the Story” is part of a series of events
held in conjunction with the museum’s Focus Gallery exhibit “The
American Indian Center of Chicago Celebrates 50 Years of Powwow”
that opens Jan. 27. Through images, videos and artifacts, the exhibit
highlights the vibrant sights and sounds of this American Indian arts
and culture celebration. On display through June 26, the exhibition
is co-sponsored by the American Indian Center of Chicago.
For more information, call Kim Sheahan at 244-3355 or visit the museum’s
Enrollment beginning for 2004-2005
University Primary School, an early childhood gifted education program
that serves preschool, kindergarten and first-grade children in a project-based
curriculum, will be accepting applications for enrollment through March
19 for the 2004-2005 academic year.
An informational meeting about the program will take place from 7 to
8 p.m. Feb. 4 in Room 26 of the Children’s Research Center, 51
Gerty Drive, Champaign. Child care will be provided.
Children must be 3 years old on or before July 1 for the pre-school
classroom and 5 before Sept. 1 to be considered for kindergarten enrollment.
For more information, call Nancy B. Hertzog, director, at 333-3996,
or pick up an information packet in Room 98 of the Children’s
Science and art explored by lecturer
Charles M. Falco, the chair of condensed matter physics and professor
of optical sciences at the University of Arizona, will be the featured
speaker for the Physics Colloquium at 4 p.m. Jan. 29 in 141 Loomis Laboratory
of Physics. “Optics at the Dawn of the Renaissance” looks
at the science of optics and the history of art.
Recently, renowned artist David Hockney observed that certain drawings
and paintings from as early as the Renaissance seemed almost “photographic”
in detail. Following an extensive visual investigation of Western art
of the past 1,000 years, he made the revolutionary claim that artists
even of the prominence of van Eyck and Bellini must have used optical
aids. However, art historians insisted there was no supporting evidence
for such a remarkable assertion. In his talk, Falco shows a wealth of
optical evidence for this claim, which Hockney and he subsequently discovered
during an unusual, and remarkably productive, collaboration between
an artist and a scientist.
and multimedia technology
Technologies Showcase to be
On Jan. 30, Classroom Technologies, a division of CITES (Campus Information
Technologies and Educational Services) will host the Presentation Technologies
Showcase from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Illini Rooms A, B, and C in the
For many years, the showcase, previously known as the OIR-Engineering
Services Product Show, has provided faculty and staff members an opportunity
to try new audiovisual equipment, experiment with upcoming technologies
and speak with experts. More than 30 vendors will be at the event with
products including audience response systems, cameras, LCD monitors,
projectors and videoconferencing systems.
A campus projector agreement was recently finalized by CITES ClassTech,
the Purchasing Division of the UI Office of Business and Financial Affairs,
and Midwest Computer Products Inc. The agreement offers Proxima and
InFocus projectors at a discount for campus units, as well as for university
employees. Other services also are offered through the agreement. Many
of these projectors will be on display at the showcase.
There is no admission fee and advance registration is not required.
For further information, visit the CITES ClassTech
Free survey research seminars offered
The Survey Research Laboratory
is offering three intermediate seminars on survey research methodology
this semester on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The series is free to
university faculty and staff members, and students. Attendance for each
seminar is limited and advance registration is required. Participants
may register for one, two or all three seminars. Each seminar, led by
senior SRL staff members, will be from noon to 1:30 p.m.
To register, send e-mail or call
333-4273. When registering, include your full name, e-mail address,
department and whether you are a faculty or staff member, or student.
Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Notes for individual
seminars will be available from the SRL Web
site just prior to each seminar. More detailed descriptions of seminars
also are available on the Web site.
A basic understanding of survey research methods is recommended as a
Dates and topics:
- Feb. 4: Selecting
Socioeconomic Measures for Survey Research, Room 196 Lincoln Hall.
- Feb. 13: Questionnaire
Design Clinic, Room 196 Lincoln Hall.
- March 3: Secondary
Analysis of Survey Data, Room 196 Lincoln Hall.