IN THIS ISSUE: Subscribe to Inside Illinois online | Former NLRB chair to speak Dec. 1 | UC Voice event video available online | IFLIP courses to be Jan. 3-13 | Distinguished Teacher-Scholar series continues Dec. 9 | Winter Lights Festival is Dec. 4 | English course for international scholars
Getting campus news just got a little easier
In an effort to make it easier to get campus news in a timely manner, Inside Illinois now offers online subscriptions.
Each time a new print issue of Inside Illinois is published, online subscribers will receive an email with links to the issue index and several featured stories. In addition, when there is news between issues, subscribers will receive an email.
“Inside Illinois has been around for a long time and gone through many incarnations,” said Doris Dahl, the editor of the paper since 1996. “UI employees will still receive the printed paper in their campus mailbox, but we hope this new service will make it easier for our readers to access the online version – whether from their smartphone, iPad or laptop. We also can send out campus news updates to our subscribers between issues.”
The print version began in 1979 as IlliniWeek, the campus’s first newspaper serving faculty and staff members. The publication changed to a semi-monthly schedule in 1990 as Inside Illinois. Although its online presence has changed as well, its online archives dates back to 1994.
Former NLRB chair to speak Dec. 1
Wilma B. Liebman, the former head of the National Labor Relations Board, will be the featured speaker for the annual Derber Lecture at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Wagner Education Center of the School of Labor and Employment Relations Building.
Liebman, who recently finished her appointment as the head of the NLRB, will give a speech titled “Labor Law, Economic Justice and Political Rhetoric.”
Liebman’s talk will address the “ongoing political controversy over the board’s recent activities and the persistent challenges to labor law’s enduring values, which are critical to a democratic society and a fair economy,” according to the organizers.
The NLRB is an independent federal agency that decides unfair labor practice and representation cases under the National Labor Relations Act.
The lecture is free and open to the public.
Event video available online
A video is available of the Nov. 14 UC Voice Campus Kickoff event, which provided information about the voice component of the campus’s Unified Communications program. The video addresses many of the misconceptions about the new phone services when the campus switches to UC at Illinois. It also covers the UC Voice roll-out plan.
The video is available online at http://illinois.edu/blog/view/894/63267. More information about Unified Communications, including tutorials, is available at http://uc.illinois.edu. Assistance is available at email@example.com or 217-244-7000.
IFLIP courses to be Jan. 3-13
The School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics will offer its Intensive Foreign Language Instruction Program in January.
Classes will be from 9 a.m. to noon weekdays for two weeks, from Jan. 3 through Jan. 13. Classes are taught by advanced graduate students or faculty members.
Courses focus on conversational skills, travel preparation and language survival skills. There is minimal homework, no attendance policy and no academic credit. Each class must have a minimum of 10 participants.
Participants are encouraged to register by Dec. 9. Courses with fewer than 10 participants as of that date are subject to cancellation. Registration fees will be refunded in full for classes canceled as a result of limited enrollment.
Instruction will be offered in: elementary Chinese (Mandarin); intermediate French; elementary German; elementary Italian; elementary Japanese; intermediate Portuguese; and elementary, intermediate, and advanced Spanish.
Participants select which level is best for them: elementary for those with no prior experience or formal training in the language; intermediate for those with the equivalent of one year of college-level instruction; and advanced for those with two or more years of college-level instruction.
The cost is $100 for UI students, $125 for faculty and staff members and retirees, and $150 for the public. Payments must be made at the time of registration.
Cancellations after Dec. 15 will be assessed a $25 fee. There will be no refunds after Jan. 3.
How to inspire learning featured Dec. 9
Faculty members and instructors are invited to a Dec. 9 noon meeting about teaching.
The event, the second in this year’s Distinguished Teacher-Scholar series, was organized by professor Kelly Tappenden, the 2011 Distinguished Teacher-Scholar. “Time-saving Assignments and Peer Projects That Inspire Learning,” presented by Mary-Ann Winkelmes, the campus coordinator for Programs on Teaching and Learning, offers an overview of research-based tips for assignments and a look at assignments created by UI faculty members.
This session meets in Room W109 in Turner Hall. Register online at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/966216.
A video recording of the Oct. 20 presentation by professor Stephanie Ceman, “Team-Based Learning: Big Classes With Small Teams Yield More Learning,” is available, along with resources, at www.provost.illinois.edu/programs/distinguished/tappenden.html.
A final event focused on blended and online learning is scheduled for March 1.
Winter Lights Festival is Dec. 4
The Krannert Center Student Association will present theWinter Lights Festival from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 4.
This free annual holiday event, produced by the association’s student volunteers, will begin at 4 p.m. with the Justin Dyer Quintet in a 1920s-themed setting.
The I.D.E.A. Store will have a table for yuletide crafting; the UI Life Drawing Club will create custom caricatures; and the UI Vintage/Analogue/Manual Photography Club will display a photo collection during the event as well as throughout the week of Dec. 2-9.
The event is open to everyone. For more information, visit KrannertCenter.com.
English course for international scholars
During the spring semester, the Intensive English Institute will offer an English class for international scholars and postdoctoral students. The class emphasizes campus culture and oral communication skills for academic purposes.
Classes will meet for 90 minutes on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Jan. 24 to May 2 (except spring break). Enrollment will be limited and a non-refundable $275 fee will be charged.
Applicants can sign up for the course online at https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/1639999. Those signing up will be notified of acceptance and class schedule by early January. For more information, contact the Intensive English Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org or 217-333-6598.