25, No. 12, Dec. 15, 2005
Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award
Nominations sought to recognize
The 22nd annual Chancellor’s Distinguished Staff Award Program
is now accepting nominations. The program is designed to recognize outstanding
contributions to the work of the university by staff members.
Up to eight support staff members will be honored this year with a plaque
of appreciation, a $2,000 award and a recognition dinner in April. A
permanent plaque in the Personnel Services Office commemorates recipients
for each year.
Any member of the campus community may make nominations. Nomination
materials and a program description may be obtained at the Personnel
Services Office, or by calling 333-2137. Information also is on the
Web. Nomination papers are
due Jan. 3.
Exhibition focuses on inmates’
After an extensive tour throughout Europe and the United States, the
exhibition “Prisoners’ Inventions” will return to
Chicago for a homecoming show through Jan. 28 at I
space, the UI’s Chicago art gallery.
A collaboration between the Chicago-based group Temporary
Services and Angelo, a prisoner incarcerated in California, the
exhibition includes drawings, blueprints, a replica of Angelo’s
cell and recreations of the prisoners’ inventions by Temporary
Services members Brett Bloom, Salem Collo-Julin and Marc Fischer. The
group previously co-edited a book of Angelo’s writings and drawings.
Featured inventions include a number of innovative products fashioned
from materials at hand and created to make prison life more tolerable.
Inventions range from cooking appliances and cigarette lighters to chess
sets, condoms and a tattoo gun.
Several events are planned at the gallery in conjunction with the exhibition.
More information is at the I space Web site.
I space gallery, located at 230 W. Superior St., Chicago, is open 11
a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Seminar on Shared Governance
is Jan. 23
The campus Senate Executive
Committee is sponsoring a Seminar on Shared Governance, from 1 to 3
p.m. Jan. 23 on the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center.
Vernon Burton, committee chair and professor of sociology and a senior
research scientist in the National Center for Supercomputing Applications,
will host the event. Guest speakers include individuals well-versed
in academic governance from a variety of perspectives.
Recommended books for children
Annual book gift guide now
Creatures ugly, endearing and dangerously curious, including a monster
named “Bobo,” a legendary “She” sea spirit and
a “Traction Man,” are among hundreds of protagonists book
experts are recommending kids get to know this year, and they all appear
in the 2005 edition of the “Guide Book to Gift Books.”
The annual annotated list of recommended books for children –
from babies to 18-year-olds – can be purchased and downloaded
for $3.50, payable by credit card.
Published to coincide with the winter gift-giving season, the 20-page
guide is useful year-round, says Deborah Stevenson, editor of the Guide
Book and of the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books at
the UI, which publishes the guide. The Center for Children’s Books
(CCB) also is at Illinois.
The guide discusses more than 250 of the best recent titles. UI children’s
literature experts, including Stevenson, compiled the guide based on
their recent full book reviews.
“We make a point of being broadly representative in the Guide
Book, so that all kinds of reading tastes are tempted,” Stevenson
said. “While we’ve got plenty of imaginative fiction, nonfiction
is well represented. I think it’s particularly important to include
nonfiction because there are so many splendid, compelling, useful, quirky,
entertaining books in that field these days, and I think it too often
Stevenson, who also is a professor of library science at Illinois, says
she’ll never have just one favorite among those featured, however
she concedes she’s “particularly fond” of Mini Grey’s
“Traction Man” – “a very funny story in picture-book
format for middle-graders, which features a boy’s action-hero
toy whose fight against evil is hampered by having to wear a knitted
green romper suit with matching bonnet – a gift from the boy’s
Holiday open skate times announced
Campus Recreation will host
several open skates with a holiday flair at the UI Ice Arena this month.
Decorations, visits from Santa and lots of hot chocolate are only part
of the holiday festivities.
Campus Rec Moonlight Skates are: 1:30 to 4 p.m. and 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Dec. 17 and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 18. Admission is free for UI students
and Campus Rec members, with skate rental costing $1. General admission
for nonmembers and the community is $4 for skaters under 13 and $5 for
skaters 13 and older, with $2 skate rentals.
For more information call 333-2081.