25, No. 13, Jan. 19, 2006
Luther King commemoration
Tuskegee Airmen among those
Members of the World War II fighter pilots who became known as The Tuskegee
Airmen, and Marc Morial, a former mayor of New Orleans, are scheduled
to be on the UI campus this month to take part in this year’s
of the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., which continues through
The veterans will answer questions from the audience after the 7 p.m.
Jan. 19 free showing of “The Tuskegee Airmen,” a PBS documentary
narrated by Ossie Davis, at Foellinger Auditorium. The pilots fought
in Europe and North Africa. Their training was viewed by the military
as an experiment to see whether blacks could fly in combat. The airmen
took part in more than 15,000 sorties and 1,500 missions.
Morial, who served two terms as the mayor of New Orleans, will speak
Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. in Smith Memorial Hall. The topic of his keynote address
is “Civic Engagement in the Aftermath of Hurricane Katrina Disaster
and Recovery Efforts in New Orleans.” Morial is the president
of the National Urban League. A graduate of the Georgetown University
Law Center, Morial also served two terms in the Louisiana state senate.
University Primary School
Enrollment begins for 2006-2007
University Primary School, an early childhood gifted education program,
is accepting enrollment applications through March 18 for the 2006-2007
academic year. The school serves preschool, kindergarten and first-grade
children in a project-based curriculum.
An informational meeting about the program will take place from 7 to
8 p.m. Feb. 16 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
Research Center. More information also is available online.
U.S. immigration policy examined
Why is the issue of immigration so contentious in a nation of immigrants?
Why do Americans welcome immigrants but also consider them a threat?
As Congress considers changes to immigration, what are the policies
that make sense?
A panel of experts will address those questions and others at 4 p.m.
Jan. 27 in a public forum at the UI. The forum, sponsored by the university’s
Center for Advanced Study, will be on the third floor of the Levis Faculty
The event is free and open to the public, and will include time for
public discussion prompted by questions from the audience.
Scheduled to participate on the panel, which will deal with the political,
social and economic issues surrounding the immigration debate, are Illinois
professors Ilana Akresh, sociology; Hadi Esfahani, economics; Augusto
Espiritu, history; Alejandro Lugo, anthropology; Dorothee Schneider,
sociology; and moderator Noreen Sugrue, Women and Gender in Global Perspectives
The event is the latest in an occasional series of CAS Forums on Critical
Issues, organized to address current topics of public interest. Previous
forums have dealt with issues such as stem-cell research, civil liberties
and national security, and planning for natural catastrophes.
For more information about this and other CAS events, check the center’s
‘No Child Left Behind’
Public forum on local education
The “No Child Left Behind” Act will be the topic of discussion
at a public forum Jan. 28 at the UI.
The Saturday morning forum, titled “Making ‘No Child Left
Behind’ Work for Parents, Children, Schools and Communities,”
will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the auditorium of the Krannert Art Museum.
“Since the law went into effect five years ago, its ramifications
on anyone who is even slightly touched by public education, in any manner,
are magnificent in scope,” said Preston Williams, deputy superintendent
for the Urbana School District and the organizer of the event. “The
ultimate goal of this forum is to demonstrate how a community can work
together to make the legislation effective for everyone.”
The event will start with presentations, followed by a town hall-style
panel discussion. A continental breakfast will be offered at 8:30 a.m.
Parents, teachers, administrators and anyone with an interest in public
education in Champaign and Urbana are invited to attend.
The forum is the second in a series of four this academic year being
sponsored by the university’s College of Education and organized
by the university’s chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional
association for educators. Co-planners include Parkland College and
the Champaign and Urbana school districts; at least eight campus and
community organizations are co-sponsoring the event.
Scheduled presenters: James Anderson and Lizanne DeStefano, UI professors
of education; Becky McCabe, director of assessment for the Illinois
State Board of Education (ISBE); Kevin Seymour, director of the SchoolWorks
program based in the Champaign-Ford Counties Regional Office of Education;
and John Woodward, Urbana High School principal.
Their presentations will cover NCLB-related topics such as technical
policy issues, implications for African-American achievement, ISBE responsibilities
in implementation, state-required school improvement plans, and the
individual’s role in making NCLB work.
Teachers and school personnel can earn CEU and CPDU credits by attending.
The remaining forums will be: “Early Childhood Education in Illinois:
At the Crossroads” (Feb. 25), and “The Transition Into Adulthood”
IMPE closes Jan. 29 for renovation
The last day of operation for the main portion of the IMPE (Intramural-Physical
Education) Building will be Jan. 29. All areas except the east wing
will close for renovation. The east wing will remain open throughout
construction. The east wing doors will open on Jan. 30 at 6:30 a.m.
Campus Recreation is undergoing
a $77 million renovation approved by a student referendum in 2001. The
first phase of the renovation includes the IMPE east wing – which
includes four courts for basketball and volleyball and 10,000-square-foot
fitness area, completed in January 2005 – and CRCE (Campus Rec
Center East), completed in March 2005, which includes an indoor aquatic
center with temperature-controlled pool, spa and water slide, two multipurpose
rooms, three courts for basketball and volleyball, 10,000 –square-foot
fitness area, 1/8-mile indoor track and three racquetball courts.
The second phase of renovation – the remainder of IMPE –
is scheduled to be completed in fall 2008 and will include 13 courts
for basketball, volleyball and badminton, 12 courts for racquetball,
handball and walleyball, three squash courts, 50-meter indoor pool,
50-meter outdoor pool with sundeck, eight multi-purpose rooms, 34,000-square-foot
fitness area, 1/6-mile indoor track, climbing wall, full men’s
and women’s locker rooms and pro shop.
For more information on the Campus Recreation renovation, call 333-3806.
‘A Minute With …’
New Web feature highlights
A new dynamic feature has been added to the uiuc.edu home page to show
both the public and the media that Illinois faculty-staff experts have
much to contribute to current, critical issues.
“A Minute With … ” is an opportunity for Illinois
experts to give brief answers to a few questions on timely issues. By
sharing their knowledge and educated opinions on the Web site, the News
Bureau, part of Public Affairs, which is responsible for content of
the feature, hopes to highlight work on campus that is relevant to current
events and show that the university makes a positive contribution in
virtually every aspect of society and is highly responsive to society’s
needs. At the same time, faculty and staff members who participate will
be showcased as topical experts and articulate communicators.
Faculty and staff members who would like to comment on an issue in the
news can contact the communication officer in their unit or the News
Bureau at 333-1085.
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
Building dedication, lecture
to be Jan. 25
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications will host a formal
dedication of its new building at 1205 W. Clark St., Urbana, at 4 p.m.
Jan. 25. National Science Foundation Director Arden Bement and other
notable campus and state figures will participate in the dedication.
Tours of the facility and demonstrations of NCSA technology will be
At 7 p.m., Bement will kick off NCSA’s 20th Anniversary Distinguished
Lecture Series with a talk titled “Un-Common Sense: Recipe for
a Cyber Planet.”
Both the open house and Arden Bement’s lecture are free and open
to the public.
College of Law and College of Business
Real estate entrepreneur to
On Jan. 30, the UI College of Law and College of Business will jointly
host a lecture featuring business leader and real estate investment
entrepreneur Samuel Zell. Zell is chairman of Equity Group Investments,
LLC, an entrepreneurial real estate investment firm. A Chicago native,
Zell is a self-made billionaire.
Zell’s talk, “Life From an Entrepreneur’s Perspective,”
is free and open to the public and will take place from 3 to 4 p.m.
in the Max L. Rowe Auditorium at the UI College of Law. A reception
will follow in the Pedersen Pavilion.
As chairman of Equity Office Properties Trust, Zell has been at the
forefront of the real estate industry for more than 40 years.
Spurlock Museum Learning Center
‘Around the World Wednesdays’
The spring series of “Around the World Wednesdays” begins
this month at the Spurlock Museum.
On Wednesdays from Jan. 25 through March 8, children and their parents
are welcome to learn, create and play together with crafts and activities
from around the world. Arrive anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. The
program ends at noon. A donation of $1 per family member is requested
for each visit. For more information, contact Julia Robinson at 265-0474.
Nations on travel-warning list may be available
New study-abroad policy adopted
Beginning this summer, UI students may be able to study abroad in countries
with active travel warnings issued by the U.S. Department of State.
“The university will soon adopt a new policy by which student
travel to regions of the world under U.S. State Department travel warnings
will be considered on a case-by-case basis,” said Jeremy Geller,
director of the UI’s Study Abroad Office. Current policy prohibits
university-sanctioned participation in study-abroad programs in all
countries where travel warnings are in force.
Among those destinations most frequently requested by UI students are
Kenya and Israel, Geller said. Travel to Israel has been suspended since
2002, when the State Department issued its strongest warnings to date,
as the result of an increase in attacks there attributed to terrorists.
In the future, students who wish to travel to regions with travel warnings
must first seek permission from Student International Academic Affairs,
Geller said. They also must complete and sign a waiver, stating that
they understand the risks associated with such travel and take full
responsibility for their personal safety while abroad.
In amending its travel policy, the university remains committed to two
major priorities: making available to students the practical, international
experience they need to become engaged, informed citizens of the world,
and providing such opportunities in a manner that takes into consideration
the students’ health, safety and well-being, Geller said.
Accomplishing both goals is essential, according to UI Chancellor Richard
Herman, who said he believes participation in international exchanges,
programs and studies is critically important in today’s increasingly
complex and interconnected world.
“As we prepare our students to lead a globalized world, Study
Abroad allows them to learn firsthand about other cultures and peoples,”
Herman said. “That cultural understanding simply can’t be
developed without the immersion that comes with visiting another country.”
School of Art and Design
Saturday art classes for kids
Registration is now open for Saturday Art School, a community art school
taught by art education undergraduate and graduate students and faculty
members in the School of Art and Design.
Classes, held at the Art and Design building, begin Feb. 4 and will
meet for 10 Saturdays, culminating in an open house/art exhibition for
students and families April 29 in the Link Gallery of the Art and Design
Cost is $75 per student. Classes are available for students from pre-school/kindergarten
(minimum age 4 1/2) through high school. Elementary classes meet for
two sessions each Saturday (9 to 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)
while seventh- through ninth-grade students and high school classes
meet in a studio format from 9 a.m. to noon.
The spring curriculum offers new media experiences as well as opportunities
to improve traditional media skills.
For more information or to enroll, contact Carole
Smith, 333-1652. Space is limited and registration is accepted on
a first-come first-served basis.