Lecture features archaeologist
Dan Bahat, a professor of archaeology at Bar Ilan University in Israel, will speak about the art and architecture of Jerusalem at 8 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Krannert Art Museum Auditorium.
A former archaeologist for the city of Jerusalem, Bahat is considered one of the leading authorities on the 1,600-foot tunnel that runs under the western retaining wall of the Temple Mount.
Bahat's talk is part of the three-day "Celebration of Jewish Studies" sponsored by the UI Jewish studies program.
Bands compete in festival
Fifty-nine high school bands from across the state will compete in the 26th annual Illini Marching Band Festival Oct. 19.
The Field Show Band Contest, held throughout the day at Memorial Stadium, begins at 8 a.m. The UI Marching Illini will perform at 7:30 p.m., with the awards ceremony to follow at 8 p.m.
Most of the bands also will take part in the Parade Marching Contest, which begins at 9:15 a.m. at Peabody Drive and Fourth Street, near Memorial Stadium.
The event is open to the public. Spectators may enter the west stands of the stadium after 7 a.m. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for high school students and children, and free for band members in uniform. In case of inclement weather, the show festival will be held in the stadium's west hall.
The following roads will be closed to traffic from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Armory Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets; Gregory Drive between Fourth and Sixth streets; Peabody Drive between First and Sixth streets; Pennsylvania Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets; Fourth Street from Armory to Kirby avenues; and Sixth Street from Armory to Pennsylvania avenues.
CAPE deadline is Nov. 15
Nominations are being sought for the Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award. Up to three academic professionals receive the CAPE Award annually. Winners receive $2,000 in cash and a $1,000 permanent salary increase. In addition, $1,000 will be added on a one-time basis to each winner's departmental budget for the following fiscal year. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Nov. 15. To obtain nomination forms, call the Office of Academic Human Resources at 333-6747.
CDSA deadline is Dec. 6
Nominations are being accepted for the Chancellor's Distinguished Staff Award Program. Up to eight support staff members will be honored this year with a $2,000 award at a recognition dinner in March. Any member of the campus community can nominate someone. Forms are available at 136 Personnel Services or by calling 333-3101. Nominations must be received by Dec. 6.
Printing services open house
Photographic and Printing Services will host an open house at three locations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24. A shuttle service will run every 30 minutes from the Office of Printing Services at 54 E. Gregory Drive, Duplicating/Quick Copy at 1805 S. Wright St., and Quick Copy at 119 Engineering Hall. Free parking is available in lot E-28 behind Personnel Services or at 1805 S. Wright St. Demonstrations, tours, door prizes and food will be offered. For more information, call 333-9350.
Funds available for seminars
The Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies is offering funding to support international conferences/seminars involving experts on topics of scholarly interest that relate to China. The maximum available funding for each conference is $10,000 and awards will be made for conferences held during the 1996-97 and 1997-98 academic years. Proposals for the conference should be sent to the director for the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, 230 International Studies Building, MC-483. Proposals should be no more than three to five pages, including a budget proposal. Deadline for application is Nov. 15. Awards announcements will be made by Dec. 20.
Retirement info available
The State Universities Retirement System of Illinois (SURS) is offering a consultation service to help prospective retirees determine their retirement benefits. Retirement benefits are generally based on the years of service and an employee's average earnings for the last 48 consecutive months. SURS can tell you which of three formulas will be used to allow an employee to reach the maximum annuity amount. For an appointment, call SURS at (800) 275-7877 or 378-8800 in Champaign-Urbana. Employees may also write to SURS at 1901 Fox Drive, Champaign, Ill., 61820.
YMCA lecture to be held
Lewis Collens, president of the Illinois Institute of Technology and a UI graduate, will be the keynote speaker at the sixth Annual YMCA Nestingen Symposium on Nov. 1. His speech, "Campus Speech: Academic Freedom, Pornography and Hate," will begin at 7 p.m. in Latzer Hall of the University YMCA.
Speaking in response to Collen's address will be Dorian Warren, junior in political science and former vice president of the campus chapter of the NAACP; Mary Ellen O'Shaughnessey, assistant dean of students and activist on women's concerns; and Victor Stone, professor emeritus of law and a long-time leader on issues of academic freedom. A reception follows at 9:15 p.m. in the YMCA's Murphy Lounge.
'Scary Prairie Fire' Oct. 31
A special Halloween edition of "Prairie Fire" on WILL-TV/Channel 12 presents Central Illinois haunted tales at 8 p.m. Oct. 31. The program features stories of sightings of a ghostly "woman in white" at the mansion at the UI's Allerton Park as well as the tale of a 12-year-old Watseka girl who became possessed with the spirit of another girl in the 1870s. Decatur author Troy Taylor, founder of the Central Illinois Ghost Research Society, takes host Alison Davis on several late-night expeditions to investigate local ghost sightings. They visit the old gym at Millikin University, Greenwood Cemetery and the old Lincoln Theater. "Prairie Fire" is WILL's monthly cultural magazine series about the people and places of Central Illinois.
Willard offers travel seminar
Willard Airport will hold a travel seminar from 9 to 11 a.m. Oct. 30 for personnel responsible for making travel arrangements within their department. Representatives from each airline carrier will offer advice on scheduling, and a guest speaker will discuss working effectively with travel agents. The seminar will be in 314A Illini Union. Reservations must be made by Oct. 25. For registration information, contact Brenda Williams at 244-8618.