26, No. 7, Oct. 5, 2006
Honoring academic professionals
CAPE nominations due Oct. 27
Nominations are being sought for the 2007 Chancellor’s Academic
Professional Excellence Award. The award honors academic professionals
who have made outstanding contributions to the UI campus and beyond.
The purpose of the award, as well as criteria, eligibility requirements
and nomination procedures can be found at www.ahr.uiuc.edu/cape/index.htm.
Chancellor Richard Herman encourages the campus community to nominate
employees whose responsibilities reflect the broad range of jobs held
by academic professionals on campus. The deadline for submitting nominations
is 8 a.m. Oct. 27. E-mail Elyne Cole (email@example.com) with any questions.
Donations for gaming collection needed
The Undergraduate Library is seeking donations of functional video
games or consoles and video-game related literature for the collection,
one of the first of its kind for academic libraries.
Gaming collections and services are advancing as valuable tools for
education and research. The library’s gaming collection supports
a variety of interdisciplinary programs and scholarly research on campus
as well as the needs of students interested in gaming for class work
and other activities.
For more information about the collection, visit www.library.uiuc.edu/gaming/
or contact David Ward at 244-2856 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall family activities announced
Allerton Park will host several family activities this fall. For all
activities, children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Ghost Story Concert: 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 14; $5 per adult, $3 per child
12 and under. Local storytellers will take the stage in the Allerton
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 15; free admission; some activities require
a small fee. Activities will include pumpkin-recipe tasting, scarecrow
building, pumpkin carving and decorating, children’s
games and crafts, raffle, hay-rack rides, craft vendors, food, pumpkins,
gourds and other produce for sale.
- Halloween Spooktacular:
5-9 p.m. Oct. 29; $5 per adult, $3 per child 12 and under. A non-scary
Halloween alternative for the family. Costumes not necessary, but
are encouraged. The event is a fundraiser for Allerton’s
education and volunteer programs. Reservations are not required,
but are recommended.
- An Evening with
Poe: 7-9:30 p.m., Oct. 31; $20 per adult. Listen to the timeless
and haunting stories of Edgar Allen Poe in the Allerton Mansion
library. Featuring storyteller Dan Keding. A selection of wines
will be available at additional cost, and candlelight tours of the
house will be offered following the readings.Reservations
are recommended, but not required. Call 333-3287.
Survey research laboratory
Doctoral candidates eligible for award
The Survey Research Laboratory is seeking nominations for the sixth
annual Robert Ferber Dissertation Award and the Seymour Sudman Dissertation
Award, both for excellence in survey research as part of a doctoral
Eligible dissertations will involve either methodological research
related to surveys (including the broader area of cognition that
can be applied to survey research) or will be based on primary survey
data collection on any topic.
An award of $2,400 will be given to the winner of each award. All
UI doctoral candidates who have successfully defended their proposals
prior to Dec. 1 are eligible. Applications are due no later than
Dec. 1. Awards will be made in early 2007.
For more information, go to www.srl.uic.edu.
Winning books displayed through Oct. 13
The UI Press will host the 2006 Book Show of the Association of American
University Presses. Fifty winning book designs and 34 winning covers
will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Oct. 13 at the press.
A reception will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Oct. 5.
The winning entry of the UI Press is “The Test Drive,” by
Avital Ronell, and designed by Richard Eckersley.
For information, call Cope Cumpston, 333-9227.
The Environmental Council
RFP: improving campus sustainability
In conjunction with Facilities and Services, the Environmental Council
is seeking proposals from student-faculty teams to address campus
sustainability issues. Up to five awards of $5,000 to $15,000 will
be made. Proposals are due Nov. 13.
For examples of topics and more information, visit www.environ.uiuc.edu/FSRFP.htm.
Marching Illini perform in concert Oct. 15
The UI’s Marching Illini will perform its 17th annual concert
at Assembly Hall at 3 p.m. Oct. 15. Tickets are $7 in advance and
$9 the day of the performance.
The Marching Illini, which performs at all home Fighting Illini football
games, will perform classic Illini anthems and highlights from their
football half-time presentations in a theatrical setting.
Tickets are available at the Assembly Hall box office, Ticket Central
at the Illini Union or by phone at 333-5000.
Centennial celebration of Women’s Club
Coach Weber to speak Oct. 18
The UI Women’s Club will continue to celebrate its 100th anniversary
with a luncheon from 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. Oct 18 at the Alice Campbell
Alumni Center. UI men’s basketball coach Bruce Weber will speak
and answer questions from the audience.
The club is a social organization whose members support the university
and meet and socialize with like-minded individuals. The club is
open to women and men throughout the community. More than 26 separate
interest groups, ranging from antiques to wine tasting, meet monthly. For
more information, visit www.uiucwomensclub.org.
The cost of the luncheon is $25 for members, $35 for non-members. New
members may join at the door. Reservations are required. Contact
Nancy Uchtmann by Oct. 11 at email@example.com or 384-7875.
‘Changing Families in a Changing World’
Family conference is Oct. 21
The Family Service Self-Help Center is co-sponsoring “Changing
Families in a Changing World: How Support Groups Help Us Meet Challenges” from
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 21 at Levis Faculty Center and Doris Kelley
The purpose of the conference is to strengthen families and family-related
groups through networking opportunities, resource exchange and the
development of skills applicable in family or group settings. Morning
sessions will highlight specific support groups as well as statewide
and online resources. Afternoon workshops will be hands-on and will
be related to such topics as loss and grief in families, storytelling
as a healing art and support networks for adoptive families.
Keynote speaker Barbara Schwartz, statewide coordinator for the Grandparents
Raising Grandchildren and Caregiver Programs with the Illinois Department
on Aging, will address why families need support. She will identify
statewide resources to help families.
The conference is open to the public, support group members, leaders
and professionals who work with families. Conference fees are $25
for the public and $50 for professionals. Scholarship assistance
is available as well as continuing education credit hours.
The conference sponsors include UI’s Family Resiliency Center,
School of Social Work and The Spurlock Museum.
For further information and registration materials, call 352-0099
or download the registration brochure at www.prairienet.org/selfhelp.
‘The New 11th Century’
Medieval Studies hosts conference
The Program in Medieval Studies will present “The New 11th Century” on
Oct. 13-14. This conference will bring together a group of the most
innovative scholars in 11th-century studies including historians,
art historians, literary specialists and musicologists to reconsider
the period and its significance within an interdisciplinary context.
Speakers include Gerd Althoff (history, Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität),
Simon Barton (School of Modern Languages, University of Exeter),
Susan Boynton (music, Columbia University), Thomas Dale (art history,
University of Wisconsin), Stephen Jaeger (Germanic languages and
literatures and comparative literature, UI), Marcia Kupfer (art history,
Johns Hopkins), Megan McLaughlin (history, UI), Eustratios Papaiannou
(classics, Brown University), Carol Symes (history, UI) and Renee
Trilling (English, UI).
The conference is free and open to the public and will be held in
the Foreign Languages Building and Temple Hoyne Buell Hall. It is
co-sponsored by the Program in Medieval Studies, department of history,
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and the Illinois Program for
Research in the Humanities.
For more information contact Megan McLaughlin, firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-2084.
Annual book sale is Oct. 25-26
The University Library Annual Book Sale is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct.
25 and 26 in the Marshall Gallery (east foyer) of the main Library
building. The sale includes hardcover books ($3), paperback books
($2), trade paperbacks ($1), prints ($4 and up), and cards and special
edition books. All proceeds will benefit the library’s collections.
For more information call 244-1354.
Sandi Patty Christmas show is Dec. 8
Sandi Patty will perform at the Assembly Hall Star Theatre at 7:30
p.m. Dec. 8.
Patty is the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian
music history. Her albums have sold more than 11 million units, including
three platinum and five gold recordings.
Tickets will be available at the Assembly Hall box office, all Ticketmaster
locations including ticketmaster.com, or by phone at 333-5000.
For more information, visit www.uofiassemblyhall.com or call the
box office, 333-5000.
European Union Day
Ambassador of Finland will speak Oct. 17
Pekka Lintu, the ambassador of Finland to the United States, will
share his views of the current state of the European Union during
EU Day activities at the UI on Oct. 17.
Lintu, who holds the EU’s six-month rotating presidency, will
speak at 11 a.m. on the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center. His
talk, free and open to the public, is part of the UI’s seventh
annual EU Day, sponsored by the UI’s European Union Center.
“EU Day is an important tradition on the Urbana-Champaign campus,” said
Robert Pahre, a professor of political science and recently appointed director
of the center. “The ambassador represents the European Union, America’s
most important global partner in both economic and political affairs.”
Pahre said the 25 states constitute the world’s largest economy.
“The relations between the United States and EU also affect the outcome
of important conflicts in North Korea, Iran and the Middle East,” he
said. “These questions of global wealth and security affect all of our
The UI center’s goal in organizing the annual event, Pahre added,
is “to inform the public of what the EU is, what it does, and
how it matters for Americans.”
Law School Day
Law schools on hand for students
Representatives from more than 100 law schools are expected to be
on hand to talk about their law schools and about the process of
finding and applying to law school during Law School Day, hosted
by the UI on Oct. 17.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place
from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Illini Union in rooms A, B and C.
Students also will be able to pick up applications, brochures, financial-aid
information and other materials. The event is sponsored by the Midwest
Association for Pre-Law Advisers, and the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences and the Pre-Law Club, both at Illinois.
For more information, call Sharon Cox at 333-4923.
Apply for Visiting Professional Program
Smithsonian Affiliations is accepting applications for the spring
2007 cycle of its Visiting Professional Program. Applications must
be postmarked by Oct. 20. Museum, archive and library professionals
as well as others interested in preservation and cultural heritage
are invited to apply. The UI became a Smithsonian affiliate organization
Since its founding in 2002, the program has provided opportunities
for professional growth and development to 19 staff members from
13 affiliate organizations.
Visiting professionals are selected to come to the Smithsonian for
a spring or fall residency to work with Smithsonian staff members
in a subject area or on a project applicable to their institutional
and professional goals.
Only two candidates per affiliate per fiscal year may be awarded
a Smithsonian Affiliations Intern Partnership
and/or Visiting Professional
Interested individuals should e-mail Scott Schwartz at email@example.com for application information.
Women’s Club hosts
The UI Women’s Club will sponsor a networking event during
Krannert Uncorked, a wine-tasting event from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 5 at the
Krannert Center for Performing Arts. The club also will participate
Nov. 2 and Dec. 7. The event is free and snacks are provided. For
more information e-mail Carrol Bunick at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children’s programs will
be in Spanish
Storytelling, live music, sing-alongs and other activities for children – presented
in Spanish – will be featured twice monthly beginning in October
as part of a library-based community-outreach program organized by
“Spanish Time,” for children ages 4 to 9, is free and open to the
public. The program is co-sponsored by the UI’s Center for
Latin and Caribbean Studies, Champaign Public Library and Urbana
In Urbana, activities planned this fall will be held on the second
Saturday of the month (Oct. 14, Nov. 11 and Dec. 9) at 2 p.m. in
the children’s department of the library, 210 W. Green St.
In Champaign, the event will be offered on the third Saturday of
the month (Oct. 21, Nov. 18 and Dec. 16) at 10:30 a.m. in the meeting
room at the Douglass Branch Library, 504 E. Grove St.
The theme for the first program will be “Day of the Dead” (or “Dia
de los Muertos”), the festive Latin American holiday in which
family members honor their ancestors.
According to Renata Johnson, outreach coordinator for the UI center,
the program was developed to fill a need for more Spanish-language
programs outside the classroom.
For more information, call Johnson at 244-2790 or e-mail email@example.com.
At Champaign’s Douglass Branch, e-mail children’s librarian
Amanda Raklovits, araklovits@Champaign.org; and at the Urbana Free
Library, Barb Lintner, director of children’s services, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spa Night is Oct. 5 at CRCE
The Division of Campus Recreation will host Spa Night at the Campus
Recreation Center-East from 6:30-9 p.m. Oct. 5.
Rod Sickler Salons will provide a night of manicures, massages and
hair cuts along with a DJ playing music all night.
Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. The event is free to UI students
and Campus Recreation members. Non-members can participate with a
$7 registration fee. For more information, visit www.campusrec.uiuc.edu.
‘Area Studies’ to
be discussed Oct. 10
A panel discussion about “The Future of Area Studies” at
the UI is scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 10 at Illinois Program for Research
in the Humanities.
The event is free and open to the public.
Matti Bunzl, director of IPRH, will chair the panel discussion. Participants,
all professors at the UI, include Nancy Abelmann, director, Center
for East Asian and Pacific Studies; Jean Allman, director, Center
For African Studies; Marilyn Booth, director, Program in South Asian
and Middle Eastern Studies; Donna Buchanan, director, Russian, East
European and Eurasian Center; and Dara Goldman, interim director,
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies.
For more information visit www.iprh.uiuc.edu or contact IPRH, the
event sponsor, at 244-3344.