NPR's Simon featured at WILL's 75th
WILL AM-FM-TV's 75th Anniversary Celebration on Oct. 19 will feature an open house and a talk by National Public Radio's Scott Simon.
The free public event begins at 2 p.m. with the open house at 228 Gregory Hall, during which guests will be able to see WILL-AM (580) and WILL-FM (90.9) in operation. Then at 3 p.m. in the Gregory Hall auditorium, Simon will speak about his years as an award-winning correspondent and his role as host of "Weekend Edition/Saturday," which airs on public radio stations.
Simon joined NPR in 1977 as chief of its Chicago bureau. Since then he has covered presidential campaigns and six wars, and reported from Central America, Africa, India, the Middle East and the Caribbean. He was part of the NPR news team that won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award in 1992 for coverage of the Gulf War. In 1989, he won a George Foster Peabody Award for his radio essays on events such as the San Francisco earthquake and the murder of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador.
'Circle of Honor Pow Wow' is Nov. 1
Native-American dancers in authentic dress representing tribes from across the nation will congregate at the Armory on Nov. 1 for the second annual "Circle of Honor Pow Wow," sponsored by the Native American Student Organization. "Our local Native-American community invites the general public to share with us some great drumming, dancing and food in the spirit of friendship and celebration," said Bill Winneshiek (Ho-Chunk), this year's pow-wow coordinator.
For the first time, this year's pow wow will award first-place prizes of $500 to the winners of the men's and women's fancy dance contest. Doors will open at noon, with grand entries of all pow-wow participants scheduled for 1 and 7 p.m. Admission is $2 for adults, $3 for families, and UI students and children 12 and younger are admitted free.
Rehabilitation researchers featured
The College of Applied Life Studies and the Division of Rehabilitation Education Services will host the rehabilitation science lecture series, which will feature distinguished researchers in the area of rehabilitation science. Lectures begin at 7:30 p.m. at Levis Faculty Center.
Lois Verbrugge, research scientist at the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan and senior scientist at Westat Inc., will speak Oct. 20 on "From Disability Metaphors to Disability Science."
"Rehabilitation Research: Even the Sky is Not the Limit" will be discussed by Jacqueline Wertsch on Nov. 3. Wertsch is a professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at the Wisconsin College of Medicine, the director of research and the Electromyography Fellowship Program and senior clinician at the Zablocki Medical Center in Virginia.
Barro to present Kinley Lecture Oct. 31
Robert Barro, one of the leading theorists on economic growth, will give the David Kinley Lecture on Oct. 31 at 11:30 a.m. in the auditorium of the College of Law Building. A professor of economics at Harvard University, Barro will speak on "Government Policy and Economic Growth." Barro is known for his research on why poor and rich nations have differing rates of economic growth.
His books include "Economic Growth" (co-written by Xavier Sala-i-Martin) and "Getting It Right: Markets and Choices in a Free Society." The Kinley Lecture is free and open to the public. It is sponsored by the UI department of economics and the College of Commerce and Business Administration.
NCSA/CCNet workshop is Oct. 23
The National Center for Supercomputing Applications will host an informational workshop at 8 a.m. Oct. 23. The workshop offers participants a glimpse of the technological developments by NCSA and research projects under way, as well as plans and goals of the center.
Topics will include: the National Computational Science Alliance and the National Technology Grid, collaborative environments research, data mining and visualization, and Intranet development. UI research scientist Alaina Kanfer also will present the preliminary findings of an NCSA survey that considered the impact of e-mail on relationships and communication patterns.
The workshop will be held in the Beckman Institute auditorium. No registration is required, but seating is limited. For further information, contact Barbara Jauhola at firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-5559, or check the Web at http://www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/edu/trg/peek.
Film Festival is Oct. 22-24
The Women in the Director's Chair Film Festival will take place on the UI campus Oct. 22-24. Women in the Director's Chair is a not-for-profit Chicago organization that sponsors an annual competition for amateur women film and video makers. The winning selections have been arranged into three programs and are offered for national touring.
Oct. 22: "Re: Imagining," 7:30 p.m., 66 Library.
Oct. 23: "Under the Skin Game," 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Allen Hall.
Oct. 24: "Rights/Rites," 7:30 p.m., Main Lounge, Allen Hall.
All programs are free and open to the public. The local festival is sponsored by the Women's Studies Program, Unit for Cinema Studies, Unit One and many other campus units.
Annuitants Association hosts meeting
The Urbana-Champaign chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association will hold its fall meeting Oct. 19 at the Illini Union. The meeting begins at 1:30 p.m.with a social hour in the South Lounge followed by a brief business meeting at 2 p.m. in Illini Room C.
James S. Beedie, associate executive director of the State Universities Retirement System of Illinois, will be the featured speaker. In recent months, landmark legislation has been enacted that will reshape the benefits and services that SURS provides members and annuitants. Beedie will speak on the effects of these actions. All retirees and their spouses are welcome. Current faculty and staff members who may retire in five or 10 years also may attend.
Civil service election is Oct. 21
Staff employees will vote Oct. 21 to elect two representatives to the State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee. The elected representatives will serve a four-year term beginning Jan. 1. There also will be an election at the same time to fill the unexpired term of one representative. The person elected to fill this vacancy will be seated until Dec. 31, 2001.
Names of the candidates, in the order their petitions were returned, are: Bernard M. Hettinger, electrician; Paul J. Ochs, carpenter; Henry Slaughter, building service worker; Norma Y. Jackson, staff secretary; Gary Lee Fry, ironworker; Shirley Shore, staff secretary; and Barbara Jauhola, secretary IV.
Eligible employees, with their current i-card, may vote at the following places.
The State Universities Civil Service Advisory Committee is responsible for recommending actions and presenting problems to the Merit Board on behalf of staff employees.
Culture Bus rolls into town Nov. 1
"The Culture Bus" will be rolling once more along the streets of Champaign-Urbana on Nov. 1, transporting riders of all ages on a journey of imagination and fun.
Passengers ride free, and can board the bus between 1 and 5 p.m. at nine locations, including libraries and other community and cultural centers offering special arts-related activities throughout the day. Children younger than age 6 must be accompanied by an older, responsible person.
Buses, provided by the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District, will run every 40 minutes along the route. The point of origin in Champaign is the Hays Center, 1311 W. Church St., where the first bus departs at 1 p.m. Another bus leaves from there at 1:20 p.m. The Hays Center is a park-and-ride stop only; no activities are scheduled there. The Douglas Community Center, 512 E. Grove St., Champaign, also is designated as a park-and-ride stop.
In Urbana, the first bus leaves from the Urbana Free Library, 201 S. Race St., at 1 p.m.; another bus departs at 1:20 p.m. Activities at the library include stories, crafts and family activities centering on local history.
Other Culture Bus stops, demonstrations and activities:
The Culture Bus program is sponsored by the Krannert Art Museum, the UI Office of Continuing Education and Public Service, the Urbana and Champaign park districts and libraries.
Self-defense class begins Nov. 4
The UI Police Department will host a final Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) class for the fall semester at the Florida Avenue Residence Halls aerobic room (room 19). The class, which offers realistic self-defense tactics and techniques training, meets Tuesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 4, 11, 18 and Dec. 2. Advance registration is required and the course is limited to 20 women. To register or for more information, contact Julie Spoonemore at 244-4876 or e-mail her at email@example.com to register. Cost of the course is $12.00.
Indian Cultural Society hosts concert
The Indian Cultural Society of Urbana-Champaign will host a third and final concert as part of its "India 50" celebration. The concert, which begins at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 at Smith Music Hall, features a light-classical vocal concert by Sipra Bose, a khyal, thumri, dadra and ghazal singer. Bose will be accompanied by Gobinda Bose, tabla, and Sohanlal Sharma, harmonium. General admission tickets are $10; tickets for ICS members are $8; and for children or students $6. For more information, contact Manisha Bhagwat, 367-8799.
'Miracle on 34th Street' adds matinee
Due to great interest in the presentation of "Miracle on 34th Street" at the Assembly Hall, an additional performance has been added. In addition to the show at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 29, a 3 p.m. matinee on the same day has been added. Tickets are on sale at the Assembly Hall box office.
CCFD pledges due Dec. 1
Faculty and staff members are reminded that pledges for this year's Campus Charitable Fund Drive must be turned in by Dec. 1. Individual units may have earlier deadlines. If you would like to make a pledge, please contact your unit leader to find out your deadline. If you do not know who your section leader is, or you have other questions about the drive, call 333-8086.
Currently, the fund drive has reached 49 percent of this year's goal of $725,000.