24, No. 22, June 2, 2005
UI Extension Master Gardeners
Walk will be June 25
UI Extension Master Gardeners will host the Town and Country Garden
Walk in Champaign County from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 25, regardless
of weather conditions.
The event, which will take place on Saturday for the first time, will
feature residential gardens in rural and urban settings in Tolono and
Tickets are available at the UI Extension Office at 801 N. Country Fair
Drive, Champaign, and at local garden centers. For more information,
contact the UI Extension Office at 217-333-7672 or Laurie Goldwasser
at 217-359-4526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Intensive English Institute
Hosts needed for Japanese
About 40 Japanese college students are coming to Champaign-Urbana in
late July to spend up to a month brushing up on their conversational
All of them are hoping to find friendly local hosts to share their American
The students will need hosts who can spend time with them getting to
know the local community and also provide home stays, including room
and board, for two, three or four weeks.
The students are participating in the Intensive English Institute, the
UI’s residential language program.
The IEI’s short-term programs have had a long and successful run
at Illinois, said Anna Kasten, special programs coordinator of the Intensive
Individuals, families and couples, including “empty-nesters,”
are welcome to apply as host families. Home-stay hosts put the students
up in their homes and provide meals for them, as well as spend time
with them in typical household activities or outings – for example,
ball games, movies, picnics, concerts and county fairs. Home-stay hosts
receive a stipend to help defray the costs of room and board. Reference
and background checks are required of selected home-stay families.
The Homestay Program Application is available at www.azhomestay.com/hostfamapp.htm.
For more information, contact Tammy Conner, at 217-721-2022 or email@example.com.
Summer Memberships for Campus Recreation are now available at Member
Services at CRCE or 140 IMPE.
Summer memberships are valid through Aug. 23 and provide access to all
Campus Rec facilities including CRCE, IMPE, the UI Ice Arena, Outdoor
Center, and the Complex and Multiplex Play Fields. Memberships are available
to UI faculty and staff members and their spouses/partners, recent UI
graduates, UI retirees, allied organization employees, adult dependents
and children of UI students and faculty/staff members, and UI Alumni
For more information, contact Member Services at 333-3806, firstname.lastname@example.org
or visit www.campusrec.uiuc.edu.
Register by June 12
Swim lessons available
for all ages
Registration will be accepted through June 12 for summer swim lessons
offered by Campus Recreation. Swim lessons are open to UI students,
Campus Rec members and the community. Classes are offered for all ages
and levels including infant, preschool, youth and adult. Check the Web
for prices and class descriptions: www.campusrec.uiuc.edu. Register
for swim lessons at Member Services, CRCE. For more information, call
Local school desegregation
After Dereke Clements was chosen to leave his all-black school and take
a school bus with other black children to the formerly all-white Lottie
Switzer School in Champaign, he soon learned that desegregation was
going to be harder than he expected. Whereas teachers at Booker T. Washington
School had nurtured black children and looked out for them, many white
teachers at the better-equipped Switzer talked harshly to black students
and had low expectations for them.
Clements is one of 14 former and current Champaign residents interviewed
for a new radio documentary, “More Than a Bus Ride: Desegregating
Champaign Schools,” produced by African-American girls at Franklin
Middle School as part of the Youth Media Workshop, a collaboration between
WILL radio and Innovative Ed Consulting Inc. The one-hour program will
be broadcast on WILL-AM (580) at 5 p.m. June 25, with a repeat at 6
p.m. June 27 and 2 p.m. July 4.
A gala fundraising dinner at 6 p.m. June 18 at the Urbana Civic Center
will honor participants in the workshop and support the project for
a third year. The Youth Media Workshop teaches African-American youth
how to make radio and TV documentaries that are then broadcast on WILL.
The students interviewed members of the committee formed to lead desegregation
of the schools, as well as teachers, principals, parents and students
from the 1960s.
Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $30 and may be purchased in advance
by contacting Valerie at WILL at 217-244-8128.
Two WILL-TV specials
Dan Perrino presents
When he wasn’t busy with his own career as a UI music professor,
or a saxophonist with his Dixieland jazz band Medicare 7, 8 or 9, Dan
Perrino was promoting young talent from the university.
WILL-TV’s two newest specials, “Dan Perrino Presents,”
will be broadcast back-to-back beginning at 8:05 p.m. June 6 and highlight
two young vocalists that Perrino met through his association with the
UI Alumni Association.
“Dan Perrino Presents Abby Burgett” and “Dan Perrino
Presents Courtney Huffman,” both taped in the WILL-TV studios,
highlight the talent of two young singers. Burgett performs “I
Love a Piano,” “All that Jazz,” and other favorites.
Rick Murphy, director of music at Urbana’s University Laboratory
High School, is her accompanist. Huffman, who performs in operas, such
as Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” sings “Edelweiss”
and “My Heart Belongs to Daddy.” Casey Robards, doctoral
student at the School of Music, is Huffman’s accompanist.
College of Business
The UI College of Business is establishing a $250,000 education scholarship
fund for military veterans and active members of the military from Illinois.
The fund will provide financial assistance to qualified applicants admitted
either to the part-time MBA program on the Urbana campus or to the 20-month
Executive Masters in Business Administration program that consists primarily
of weekend classes at the UI Illini Center in downtown Chicago.
Scholarships will be based on need, merit or both, said Robert G. van
der Hooning, director of executive education for the college, who is
based in Chicago.
The scholarship is not to exceed 15 percent of program cost and may
be combined with grants from other military assistance programs, such
as the Illinois Veteran Grant program. The scholarship program will
be available through 2007, he said.
For more information, visit www.mba.illinois.edu,
or call van der Hooning at 312-575-7905.
June 13-Aug. 5
UI hosts summer research
As they have each summer since 1973, scholars soon will converge on
the UI at Urbana-Champaign from all compass points to participate in
the annual Summer Research Laboratory on Russia, Eastern Europe and
Perhaps best described as an intellectual summer camp for scholars,
the Summer Research Lab is hosted by the UI Russian, East European and
Eurasian Center. The lab runs from June 13 through Aug. 5.
The primary draw for many of the faculty members, graduate students
and independent scholars who participate each year is the opportunity
to conduct advanced research and interact formally and informally with
colleagues in a resource-rich setting.
“The Summer Lab provides a unique opportunity for specialists
to conduct research with the greatest ease and access to materials and
information, and to share their expertise with other scholars and the
public,” said REEEC assistant director Lynda Park.
A major attraction for participants, she said, is full access to the
UI Library, which houses the largest Slavic collection west of Washington,
D.C., and the attentive assistance of Slavic reference librarians.
“Many scholars have told us that the UI Library is the best place
to conduct research in our field,” Park said.
A complete list of events and activities, including locations is available
on the Web at www.reec.uiuc.edu/srl/srl.html.