IN THIS ISSUE: Lynda.com training now free to faculty/staff | Health fair is April 27 | Apply now for IPRH reading groups | Majora Carter to speak April 19 | National archives conference is June 21-23 | Help Urbana campus win competition | 'Masquerade' exhibition opens April 19 | ACES seeks nominees for awards | CTE seeks presenters and facilitators | Nominations sought for SAC | Secretary of State mobile unit will be on campus April 25 |
Lynda.com training now free to faculty/staff
Instructor-led and online software training are now available through the UI WebStore, including free access to Lynda.com training videos for current UI faculty and staff members and students.
Widely recognized as the industry leader in online learning, Lynda.com has a library containing more than 1,300 courses and 74,000 tutorials organized by subject, software and instructor. Training topics include Adobe products, Apple products, Microsoft products, Drupal, using operating systems, video editing and audio editing. Many courses provide seven to eight hours of detailed information and are broken down into five- to 15-minute segments so that users can stop and return later to where they left off. Taught by industry experts, these videos are available at any time and allow users to learn at their own pace. Log in to lynda.com by visiting http://go.illinois.edu/lynda.
A free one-hour seesion, "Getting the Most Out of Lynda.com" will begin at 10:30 a.m. April 27
in Room L410 Digital Computer Lab. The session will help users get the most out of online training with Lynda.com. Seating is limited. Register online.
In addition, CITES Training Services, which has been realigned with the WebStore, offers instructor-led training through scheduled classes as well as custom group or individual training. The training calendar is online at http://illinois.edu/calendar/list/3112.
Health fair is April 27
McKinley Health Center’s Special Populations’ Students Health Concerns Committee will host its 19th annual health fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 in Illini Union Rooms A, B and C. With the theme “Passport to Healthier Living,” the campuswide event will feature more than 70 vendors – including clinicians, exhibitors and educators. These include chiropractors, dentists, eye specialists, physical therapists and other health professionals.
The event will offer free screenings, including cholesterol, blood pressure and body mass index, as well as massage and manicure services. A DJ and several performers will be on hand; door prizes will be awarded.
The event is coordinated and sponsored by the UI McKinley Health Center and the Student Affairs Program Coordinating Council. It is paid for by the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access, the Student Cultural Program Fee and the Student Organization Resource Fee.
Apply now for reading groups
The Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities invites applications for continuing and new reading groups for the 2012-13 academic year. Reading groups may focus on any topic or theme; they need not be coordinated with the program theme for this or any other year.
The program will circulate information about the reading groups to the campus community, with the goal of widening the reach of the groups and attracting new members. Any interested groups (regardless of whether they have received past program sponsorship) are encouraged to submit a description of their group and contact information for the group’s organizers. This information will be included on the IPRH website, and will be circulated to the program mailing list at the start of the 2012 fall semester.
The program also offers seminar space for use by groups. Each reading group will be responsible for its own administration, including all clerical and meeting-related activities and the distribution of readings and publicity materials. The program will make its facilities available for use by the reading groups, which will be responsible for scheduling all facility use with the program staff. Scheduling will be based on availability.
Reading Groups that want to be included in the program publicity materials must submit the following information no later than May 15:
- The names, departmental affiliations, and email addresses of the group’s organizers
- A statement (maximum 75 words) describing the goals of the group and a brief outline of the proposed activities
Materials should be emailed as a Word attachment to the program at email@example.com.
Majora Carter to speak April 19
Majora Carter redefined the field of environmental equality, starting in the South Bronx in 2001. Now she is leading the local economic development movement across the U.S. In her latest endeavor, Carter is speaking about “Home(town) Security.”
The talk, hosted by many university units, will begin at 5:30 p.m. April 19 in the NCSA Auditorium. Light refreshments will be available at 5 p.m. and a panel discussion will follow Carter’s address.
Registration is recommended at www.sustainability.illinois.edu/MajoraCarter.html.
Carter is the producer and host of the Peabody Award-winning public radio series, “The Promised Land,” heard on more than 120 stations. She serves on the boards of the U.S. Green Building Council and the Wilderness Society. From 2001 to 2008, she was the executive director of the non-profit she founded, Sustainable South Bronx. She pioneered green-collar job training and placement systems in one of the most environmentally and economically challenged parts of the U.S. Carter also is a MacArthur Fellow and is president of her own economic consulting firm.
Since 2008, the company, Majora Carter Group LLC, has exported climate adaptation, urban micro-agribusiness and leadership development strategies for business, government, foundations, universities and economically under-performing communities.
National archives conference is June 21-23
The 2012 National Archives Conference for Fraternities and Sororities will bring speakers to the UI to discuss new and continuing issues important to volunteer and professional archivists charged with preserving and maintaining the histories of their affiliated organizations. Sponsored by University Archives’ Student Life and Culture Archival Program, sessions are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. June 21, 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. June 22, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 23.
This year’s conference will address issues related to audiovisual materials in archives, examine the relationship between chapters and university repositories, suggest possible applications for social networking tools, and offer a look at some current digital archives projects.
The conference is open to the public. Registration deadline is May 18.
Featured speaker Diana Turk, a professor from New York University, has written extensively on fraternity and sorority life and will discuss the importance of these groups and their records to the study of education and campus history.
The Student Life and Culture Archival Program at Illinois documents national fraternity and sorority life. Program benefactor Stewart S. Howe provided publicity and record-keeping services for fraternities and sororities across the country and created and collected fraternity publications and materials from more than 300 American colleges and universities in the process. His collection — the collection of William Levere of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the program’s national holdings — have made the program a research center for the study of the national fraternity and sorority.
For more information and to register, visit the conference website at www.library.illinois.edu/archives/slc/conference12/ or contact Ellen Swain, archivist for student life and culture, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help Urbana campus win competition
UI employees and students have the opportunity to win weekly prizes by signing up as a “Saver” through the UI America Saves campaign by April 19.
Those who sign up also will help the Urbana campus win the savings competition among the three UI campus. The program is a collaboration of UI Extension, UI Wellness Center, Consumer Federation of America and other institutions.
The program helps participants build wealth by helping them set goals and develop a plan to reach that goal. Whatever the goal – whether it’s buying a car, taking a vacation, planning for retirement or getting out of debt – the UI Saves program can help you reach your goal.
To sign up as a saver, go to http://universityillinoissaves.org, fill out the information form stating your savings goal and start saving.
Participants from the winning campus qualify for drawings for the grand prizes, such as an iPad 2 and $100, $250 and $500 gift cards.
For more information, contact the UI Wellness Center at email@example.com or go to http://www.campusrec.illinois.edu/wellnesscenter/UIsaves/.
‘Masquerade’ exhibition opens April 19
Each spring, the University YMCA’s Art @ the Y presents emerging artists from the local area. This year’s exhibition, “Masquerade,” deals with issues of concealment and perceptions.
An exhibition opening reception at the University YMCA will be from 5-7 p.m. April 19. The event is free and open to the public. The exhibition will be on display from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays through May 3 in the Murphy Gallery.
Art @ the Y seeks to engage issues of social justice, international understanding, environmental activism, faith and cultural understanding through quality arts programming. The series includes a revolving exhibition space in Murphy Lounge, featuring artists whose work speaks to the mission of the Y; an international art film series, Global Lens; as well as performing arts events throughout the year.
For more information, visit http://www.universityymca.org/art.
ACES seeks nominees for awards
The College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences is seeking nominees for its Outstanding Young Alumni Award and ACES Family Spirit Award.
“ACES grads are setting high standards of achievement and service all over the world,” said Tina Veal, the college’s director of alumni relations. “Please let us know if you are aware of excellent candidates for these awards.”
The Outstanding Young Alumni Award is given to up to three exceptional graduates in the college under the age of 40 who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievement, or through their outstanding leadership or service have significantly enhanced the lives of others.
The Family Spirit Award recognizes family members who have demonstrated their support of the college as alumni and/or current students.
Nominations are due by May 15. To make a nomination, go to http://acesalumni.illinois.edu/site/awards/.
Presenters and facilitators needed
The Center for Teaching Excellence offers an opportunity for faculty members, academic professionals and experienced teaching assistants to share their knowledge, experience and enthusiasm for teaching by making a presentation at the 2012 Graduate Academy for College Teaching on Aug. 20-21 and/or the 2012 Graduate Symposium on Grading and Office Hours on Aug. 21.
The Graduate Academy for College Teaching is a required pre-semester conference-style program for new teaching assistants who have classroom responsibilities (teaching lecture, discussion, laboratory or studio sections). It includes large group presentations on teaching and grading concepts, small group sessions on lesson planning and questioning strategies, concurrent sessions that offer choices of diverse teaching topics, and microteaching sessions during which TAs practice teaching and receive feedback (held on Aug. 22- 24). The Graduate Symposium on Grading and Office Hours is a shorter program for those teaching assistants who do not have classroom responsibilities. Both programs include sessions about cultural issues related to teaching that are required for international teaching assistants.
Faculty members, academic professionals and experienced teaching assistants are invited to design engaging concurrent sessions about teaching – including sessions on culture and diversity – to facilitate small-group sessions on foundational teaching topics for which the lessons and training are provided and/or to facilitate microteaching sessions. Details about the sessions, times and expectations can be downloaded at http://go.illinois.edu/CTECall (PDF file).
This document includes a link to a Web-based form for submissions as well as links to draft programs of the academy and symposium. Submissions are due June 15. For more information, contact Sandy Finley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nominations sought for SAC
Staff Advisory Council seeks nominations for one representative from the Skilled Crafts/Trades group, one from the Executive/Administrative/Managerial group, one from the Technical/Paraprofessional group, and one from the Secretarial/Clerical group to serve a four-year term beginning July 1. The council acts in an advisory role and meets regularly with the associate provost for human resources on the Urbana campus. To be considered for the positions, prospective candidates must pick up petitions at Staff Human Resources beginning April 27. SHR is located at 52 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign. Deadline for returning petitions is May 4. Voting will be conducted electronically from May 14-18. Winners will be announced May 21.
Mobile unit will be on campus April 25
The Secretary of State’s mobile office will be on campus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 25 in Room 314 Illini Union. Employees can renew, replace or correct driver’s licenses and state IDs and buy vehicle registration renewal stickers for license plates and UI passenger vehicles and B-truck license plates. For more information, visit http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com.