Campus holiday schedule announced
The 2010-11 holiday schedule for the Urbana campus:
- Monday, July 5: Independence Day holiday observed
- Monday, Sept. 6: Labor Day
- Thursday, Nov. 25: Thanksgiving Day
- Friday, Nov. 26: Day after Thanksgiving (designated holiday)
- Friday, Dec. 24: Christmas Day holiday observed
- Monday, Dec. 27: day after Christmas (designated holiday)
- Tuesday-Thursday, Dec. 28-30: Reduced-service Days**
- Friday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Day holiday observed
- Monday, Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- Monday, May 30: Memorial Day
**Dec. 28-30 are reduced-service days. As in past years, it is expected that most units will be closed and most employees will not be working on these days. Additional information about these reduced-service days will be communicated closer to the holiday period. Employees can choose to use three days of benefits (vacation, floating holidays), or take time without pay, or any combination.
Employees have two floating holidays that can be taken anytime during this fiscal year; however, the scheduling of these holidays is subject to departmental approval.
Master Gardeners host garden walk
UI Extension’s Champaign County Master Gardeners will host its annual garden walk in Champaign and Urbana from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 26. The event will be held regardless of the weather.
The theme for this year, “Picture Perfect,” emphasizes area gardens with their own unique spaces. Guests will visit eight gardens featuring a variety of spaces from the small, intimate garden setting to a larger, more formal setting.
The event also will include the Garden Boutique at the Master Gardeners’ Idea Garden on South Lincoln Avenue at the UI Arboretum, with vendors of gardening supplies and plants, as well as demonstrations throughout the day.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on the day of the event. Tickets are available at the Extension Office at 801 N. Country Fair Drive in Champaign and local garden centers.
For more information, contact UI Extension at 217-333-7672 or visit http://web.extension.uiuc.edu/champaign/.
Proceeds from the garden walk will help fund Master Gardener projects in Champaign County, including the Idea Garden, community garden projects, the purchase of reference books and Master Gardener scholarships.
Theses, dissertations must be electronic
The Graduate College is making thesis and dissertation deposit easier as it goes paperless. Students depositing theses or dissertations in the college must do so electronically, beginning July 19 for doctoral students and July 26 for master’s students (the start of the December 2010 deposit period).
Electronic thesis and dissertation deposits offer many advantages to students and the university. It eliminates many of the expenses associated with paper deposit, such as copying and travel costs, which are often incurred by students. For the university, this change will reduce paper, lower storage and maintenance costs for the University Library and streamline processes in the Graduate College Thesis Office and the University Library. It also will allow the Graduate College to reduce confusion about deposit requirements, enhance communications with departments about deposits, and reduce the time between depositing, archiving and distribution of theses.
Information regarding the various release options available to students is posted online at www.grad.illinois.edu/thesis-faqs#Thesis_release_options.
Since its implementation in October 2009, electronic deposit has been very successful. Eighty-five percent of master’s and doctoral students chose that option the first term it was offered. That number has continued to grow. Electronic deposit is available through the Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) at www.ideals.illinois.edu/handle/2142/5130.
For more information, contact the Graduate College Thesis Office at Thesis@illinois.edu.
St. Mary’s Road closed
The UI is closing St. Mary’s Road to through traffic between Fourth Street and Goodwin Avenue. The road is fit for minimal local traffic only.
Because it is an oil and chip farm road, there is not a structural base on which St. Mary’s Road can be reconstructed. Because of the state of the university budget neither reconstruction nor significant repairs can be made at this time.
e-Conferencing service available
Units may increase productivity, accelerate processes, and help reduce travel and costs with a new e-Conferencing service available from Campus Information Technologies and Educational Services.
e-Conferencing is a network-based multimedia conferencing system (based on Cisco Unified MeetingPlace) that integrates audio, video and Web conferencing capabilities, with self-service access 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The service will:
- Enhance the ability to collaborate virtually.
- Provide secure meeting environments.
- Promote collaboration from virtually any device and any location, both inside and outside the university – office phone, home phone, conference room speaker phone, mobile phone, Web cam and computer screen.
- Allow easy management, recording and playback of meetings.
For more information, visit https://e-conferencing.illinois.edu/. CITES Help Desk also is available to answer questions:
CITES Help Desk
Walk-in: Room 1211, Digital Computer Lab
Phone: 217-244-7000 or 800-531-2531
Live Chat: http://cites.illinois.edu/help