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- Global route alliances could lower some airline ticket prices
- The push by airlines to team up in global route alliances, which has raised the specter of higher fares in government circles, may be overall good news for consumers, according to a UI economist.
- Molecular deficiency appears to play key role in muscle diseases
- A molecule discovered on muscle tissue in a UI laboratory 13 years ago now appears to have pivotal roles in both embryonic muscle formation and in muscle stabilization later in children and adults.
Homecoming weekend is Oct. 15-17
Street closings Oct. 16
Library's 9 millionth volume donated by staff member
Old home movies of 'Medicare' needed ... Library hosts book sale Oct. 20 and 21 ... Festival honors Tagore Oct. 23 and 24 ... Food science celebrates 50 years ... A Taste of the Arts to be held Oct. 18 ... Kinley lecture features Kreps ... CDSA nominations due Dec. 3 ... DCR volleyball tourney Nov. 13 and 14 ... Children's literature at 'Parent's Night' ... CTEN offers seminars for grad students ... SUAA presents 'Myths of Aging' ... UI honored by Colombian university ... Beta Phi Mu celebrates 50
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By Mark Reutter
The push by airlines to team up in global route alliances, which has raised the specter of higher fares in government circles, may be overall good news for consumers, according to a UI economist.
Alliances among airlines to sell tickets for travel across their own and their partners' networks have become highly controversial. Several international linkups have been established, but approval of an agreement between AMR Corp.'s American Airlines (AA) and British Airways (BA) has been stalled on both sides of the Atlantic by regulators.
"Little evidence exists on the effect of airline alliances on fares," says Jan K. Brueckner, a UI economist and expert on airline economics. To generate such evidence, Brueckner examined a large sample of tickets and concluded that international alliances lead to lower fares in many markets.
But the impact on prices is subtle. The chief goal of international alliances is to boost traffic in "behind-the-gateway" markets rather than in markets linking major hubs. The Kansas City-Munich market, which has no single-airline service, would benefit if served by partners such as AA/BA.
Using a sample of tickets collected by the U.S. Department of Transportation for the third quarter of 1997, Brueckner found that existing alliances charge 18 percent lower fares than non-allied carriers in the Kansas City-Munich market and other behind-the-gateway markets.
But in markets connecting gateway airports, fares were 5 percent higher when two alliance partners serve the market, a result of lower competition. Brueckner's results predict that the Chicago-London market would experience a 5 percent fare hike if the AA/BA alliance were approved.
"The data reveal the pros and cons of airline alliances -- lower fares in the behind-the-gateway markets and higher fares in gateway-to-gateway markets," he said. "Because there are many more behind-the-gateway markets, there should be an overall consumer gain from international alliances even without regulatory intervention."
There are ways to reduce anti-competitive behavior in the gateway markets. "As a condition for approval of the AA/BA alliance, the European Union has served notice that it will require the carriers to forfeit a large number of landing slots at London Heathrow Airport. That should allow the entry of new competitors. U.S. regulators may impose similar conditions here."
The proposed alliance between Northwest and Continental Airlines and other alliances involving domestic carriers pose more serious economic issues, Brueckner said. "Because these companies compete more extensively than the international alliance partners, the anti-competitive impact may be more widespread. Regulators must bear this fact in mind in scrutinizing the proposed alliances.
W. Tom Whalen, a UI economics graduate student, assisted in the study.
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By Jim Barlow
A molecule discovered on muscle tissue in a UI laboratory 13 years ago now appears to have pivotal roles in both embryonic muscle formation and in muscle stabilization later in children and adults.
A deficiency of the molecule -- known as the Alpha 7 integrin -- was positively linked to three cases of congenital muscular dystrophy. The finding was discussed in a paper published in the May 19 issue of Nature Genetics.
That finding and accumulating evidence on the multifaceted roles of the Alpha 7 integrin may have significant implications in the understanding of numerous other forms of muscle diseases and in potential therapies, said Stephen J. Kaufman, a professor of cell and structural biology at the UI. The integrin was discovered in 1985 in Kaufman's lab and has since been the focus of his research.
Kaufman was one of 17 authors from eight U.S. and Japanese research institutions involved in the Nature Genetics report. He and Dean J. Burkin, a postdoctoral researcher in cell and structural biology, have written a comprehensive review article on the role of the Alpha 7 integrin in muscle development and disease. It will be published in the journal Cell and Tissue Research.
Kaufman's work -- funded by the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America and the National Institutes of Health -- began as basic research on skeletal muscle formation and has evolved into asking what happens when things go wrong with muscle integrity. Kaufman now believes that the integrin may be "a very important player in the very early steps of muscle development, including the formation of neuromuscular and myotendinous junctions."
"We believe it is important for the formation and integrity of these junctional sites," he said. "It also is found between muscle fibers, where it 'glues' fibers together. This integrin also serves as an adhesive agent in different stages of development."
One focus of his research is to resolve how one molecule does so many different things. According to his findings to date, the answer rests in part with the ability of the cell to generate similar but distinct structural and functional forms of the same integrin. "Given all the functions of this molecule," he said, "it is not surprising that there might be problems when different forms are made or not made at all. What is equally intriguing is an excess of this integrin may also be advantageous."
Such may be the case in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, in which a defective gene fails to produce the protein dystrophin. Kaufman and his colleagues have determined that in the absence of dystrophin more of the Alpha 7 integrin is found in the affected muscle fibers.
"The overproduction may lessen the severity of the disease and prolong the time course of the muscle breakdown that occurs," Kaufman said. "We are testing this experimentally to see if raising these levels even more will provide greater protection."
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By Shannon Vicic
The UI's 88th annual Homecoming celebration culminates with activities Homecoming weekend, Oct. 15-17.
This year's theme, "Planet Illinois," was chosen to highlight the diversity and multiculturalism of UI students and alumni. The week's activities include a parade and pep rally as well as a pancake breakfast. In addition, colleges across campus will host pre-game luncheons and tent parties to welcome alumni.
For a complete schedule of activities, visit the Homecoming Web site at www.uiuc.edu/unit/pa/homecoming or call Sara Thompson at the Student Alumni Association, 333-9827.
The Welcome Center, in the Illini Union North Lounge, will be open to visitors from noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17.
In addition to the week's festivities, five distinguished alumni will return to campus as participants in Homecoming weekend.
The Illini Comeback guests will meet with students from their respective colleges, participate in the parade and pep rally, attend the football game, and be guests at gatherings hosted by Chancellor Michael Aiken and President James J. Stukel.
Twenty UI seniors selected to serve on this year's homecoming court also will be honored during Homecoming week.
The court members were selected on the basis of their academic achievement, campus leadership and community involvement. They will participate in several Homecoming events, including the kickoff, parade, pep rally and bonfire, as well as the halftime festivities during the football game.
To accommodate the Homecoming parade on Oct. 16 several streets will be closed to traffic from 5:45 to 7 p.m.:
Drivers should plan to use alternate routes to avoid the closed streets.
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By Andrea Lynn
A rare and early "how-to" book straight from and for the horse's mouth has been chosen as the UI Library's 9 millionth volume. The book, published in 1616 as two works bound together, is an original German Baroque treatise, with illustrations, on the breaking and training of royal cavalry horses and on the fitting of their bits and bridles.
The acquisition was celebrated Oct. 7 during a public reception at the UI Library, the largest public university library in the world. Betty Jean Peters Albert, a Library staff member since 1956, is the donor of the book.
Written by Christophorus Lieb, a court equerry, or officer in charge of the royal horses, the 9 millionth book is based on Lieb's long-term service to the Dresden prince-electors Christian II of Saxony and his brother Johann Georg I.
The first work is titled "Practica Et Arte di Cavalleria" (Practice and Art of Riding); the second, "Gebissbuch" (Bit Book). Lieb signed and dedicated the leather-bound book with green linen ties to Georg.
With 64 highly detailed and sometimes whimsical engravings, the book is "noble in production and ownership" and of "the greatest rarity," wrote the rare book firm that researched it. Perhaps only 50 copies were published.
Among the book's engravings is a unique, nearly life-sized drawing of the inside of a horse's mouth showing the ideal fit of a bit. Like a Baroque catalog, the bit and bridle treatise offers dozens of designs for a range of horse shapes, sizes and tastes. Similarly, the horse-training treatise offers a variety of exercise patterns -- from simpler circular routes to more intricate and zigzagging routes. Steps, which are represented by tiny horseshoe prints, function like notations for human ballet dancers.
Although rare, the equitation acquisition will not gather dust in its new home in the UI Rare Book and Special Collections Library. Mara Wade, a UI professor of German literature and culture who is finishing her second book on early modern Northern European court festivals, already is using it. When Wade was told about the acquisition, she was stunned. "I couldn't believe my ears," she said, adding that her experience using similar rare books in German libraries has been "expensive, slow and difficult."
According to Wade, the new book illustrates much more than bits, bridles and exercises. For example, it shows the 17th-century shift in weaponry and warfare, when the advent of lighter-weight weapons -- pistols and swords -- called for a new breed of steed.
"Speed, mobility, accuracy of aim and quick reflexes were the virtues of the new horse and its rider," Wade said
The training exercises constitute a form of military information or "war secrets," she said, which is why distribution of the book was limited -- "only to the courts of reliable allies."
"You don't want the enemy training their horses as well as you train yours," she said.
Albert donated the book in honor of her husband, Waco W. Albert, a UI professor of animal sciences from 1953 to his death in 1981. His research focused on the food requirements of horses and methods of improving animal production.
A popular and influential professor, Albert also was considered a stockman's stockman. He and his students were among the first to quantify the cardiovascular and respiratory effects of training methods in horses. In recognition of his work, he was elected posthumously as a fellow of the Equine Nutrition and Physiology Society.
Albert may be best remembered, however, for his 20 years as coach of the university's livestock judging team, said Terry Maher, library publications editor for the UI Library. As coach of the team, Albert gained a national reputation for evaluating livestock, Maher said. He also was a livestock judge at more than 300 county fairs, and judged at state fairs all over the Midwest.
"Professor Albert exerted an unprecedented influence on the education of generations of American livestock producers," Maher said.
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At the end of the drive's third week, the campus has reached 42 percent
of its $760,000 goal. Be a partner for a strong community, give to the Campus
Charitable Fund Drive. Completed pledge forms should be given to your unit
leader by Oct. 30.
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By Nancy Koeneman
Lucy Dove was born many years ago, under another name, when storyteller Janice Del Negro started painting her with words. But now she has a new life in Del Negro's first book for children. Lucy's new face and figure were created by a New York artist.
Del Negro is the editor of the Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books at the UI, a publication that reviews children's books and is distributed primarily to children's and youth librarians across the country. She's also a storyteller and has been a featured storyteller and workshop leader at the Bluestem Storytelling Festival, The Illinois Storytelling Festival, The Fox Valley Folk Festival and a number of other events across the country.
Adapted from a folk tale, Lucy became a character in her own right when Del Negro decided she needed to tell a story with an older woman as a hero.
"I looked at my repertoire and I was retelling stories with traditional themes -- the women who were the main characters weren't always good women. I had interesting stories with strong women, but no story with an old woman. I thought I needed one," Del Negro said.
So she began looking at stories she already knew and adapting the story and characters to serve her purpose. Lucy started out as the grandmother of a young tailor and slowly evolved to become the former seamstress of a king who wants to earn a bag of gold for her retirement.
It took some time and more than a few revisions to get her to that point. During the process, Del Negro discarded characters and motivations to make Lucy realistic, at least by folk-tale standards.
"The world of folk tales is not a real world, but it does have rules," Del Negro said.
Del Negro's book went to the publisher for further polishing and she got an unusual opportunity.
"Picture-book authors don't have much say about illustrations. The publisher buys your words and that's it,' she said. "I have this wonderful editor and she makes good books. She got the preliminary sketches for Lucy and didn't like them. She faxed them to me and I agreed."
The artist had drawn Lucy as a young woman, completely contrary to Del Negro's concept. The editor said the artist was having a hard time "getting it" and could she describe Lucy to him.
"I told her to tell him that when Lucy was young, she had flaming red hair and bright green eyes and lots of men looked at her, but she had a wicked tongue. And she's not sorry."
So that's who the artist drew -- a sharp-faced, attractive, older woman who is clever and a bit sly.
And Del Negro is thrilled.
Kirkus, Booklist, Hornbook and Publisher's Weekly have given "Lucy Dove" great reviews. The Bulletin can't review the book because it would be considered a conflict of interest.
The book is still being reviewed by other publications, though, and Del Negro finds herself in a strange spot.
"It's very odd for me to be on this end of it. I'm used to seeing the books and reviewing them lots and lots and lots of books," she said. "Now I'm the one waiting for the reviews to come out."
Writing a children's book is not as simple as people might think, Del Negro said.
"Children are more discerning than adults. They can get bored and leave." And with adults you can write assuming they have had life experience and can put the pieces together.
"With kids, you have to give them all the parts," she said.
However, because she has read hundreds of thousands of children's books and has been telling stories for years, the process of writing the story with all the right elements wasn't so difficult. "I knew the story was good, I'd used it so much," she said. "It was getting it published that was hard."
Del Negro will be discussing "The Grownup World of Children's Books" at 7 p.m. Oct. 29 at the Champaign Public Library, 505 S. Randolph St., as part of its Writers Live at the Library series. She also will be reading "Lucy Dove" at two events Nov. 17 -- 4 p.m. at the Douglass Branch Library, 504. E. Grove St., Champaign, and 7 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library.
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Frustrated trying to use the UI Library's new online catalog? You are not alone, and library staff members are working overtime to provide solutions to the problems.
The library's 20-year-old system was replaced in August as part of a statewide library network upgrade. The change was needed because the old software could not be reprogrammed to comply with today's technical standards and because it had a massive Year 2000 problem. Unfortunately, the very feature most faculty members appreciate about the University Library -- its more than 9 million volumes --also has made this transition a difficult one.
Library staff members are available to help new users and offer the following suggestions:
Written guides available
The Telnet interface to the new online catalog is the only fully functional catalog at this time. In August, pocket-sized brochures titled "Illinet Online: Your Guide to Changes" were distributed to faculty members and graduate students. This guide provides information to help successfully navigate this text-only interface. The brochure is available at the reference desk at any campus library or by contacting Sue Searing at 333-4456 or email@example.com.
In addition, several handouts also are available at all campus libraries to provide assistance in using the new system. Electronic versions of these handouts are available at www.library.uiuc.edu/draweb/usered/UserGuides.htm.
In order for PC users to access the Telnet interface, their computer needs a VT220 or higher terminal emulator. The recommended terminal emulator is QVT/Term, which is distributed free by Computing and Communications Services Office for all UI faculty and staff members and students. If you have tried and failed to connect, or your screen shows "garbage" once you do connect, you probably do not have the proper terminal emulator.
The library's systems office has contacted all network administrators about this problem, which can be corrected by downloading the software from CCSO at www.uiarchive.uiuc.edu; look for the link "CCSO site license software distribution."
Mac users have reported success using recent versions of NCSA Telnet.
Although patrons may access the Web interface, it is experimental and not fully functional. It lacks key features, such as the ability to request items and the ability to narrow a search to just the Urbana campus. It is also slow and unreliable. That's why the log-in page warns users that it's experimental. This situation is temporary. Improvements are continuously being made as they are delivered by the contractor. When the Web interface is fully functional it will provide a state-of-the-art online catalog with a user-friendly Web interface.
Help is available
Library staff members are available to assist patrons with the new online system.
If you are outside the libraries and need advice on searching the catalog, call the Information Desk, 333-2290.
If you experience difficulties connecting to the library system from outside the libraries, call the Library Phone Center at 333-8400. Staff members at the phone center also can answer questions about requesting and renewing materials.
Workshops and tutorials
More workshops are being offered during October. For information, point your Web browser to magni.grainger.uiuc.edu/libauth/fallworkshop.asp, or contact Lori Dubois at 244-3769 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
An online tutorial is available at www.library.uiuc.edu/help/ Telnet_Tutorial/. If you would prefer to have a one-on-one tutorial with a librarian, contact your departmental librarian or Sue Searing at 333-4456 or email@example.com.
Suggestions about the online library catalog may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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An award-winning collection of 26 new short, experimental and documentary films and videos by women of diverse ethnic, sexual and national identities will be shown at the UI on Oct. 22 and 23.
The screenings of the films in the ninth annual Women in the Director's Chair Festival Tour is sponsored by the UI Women's Studies Program and co-sponsored by a number of other groups including the Unit for Cinema Studies, Unit One, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities and The Octopus. The tour features two programs on two nights. All are free and open to the public.
Women in the Director's Chair is a Chicago-based organization that showcases contemporary work representing a diversity of women's experiences and approaches to the making of films and videos. The programs in the tour feature the best of the entries in the 17th annual Women in the Director's Chair International Film and Video Festival held last March in Chicago.
The first program, "Shades of Meaning," is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in 66 Main Library. The program consists of 10 works: "Fung Tsao Theories," by Wen Hwa Ts'ao; "Me-Ba I'm Coming," by Kara Lynch; "My Wolverine," by Lorna Ann Johnson; "Skin Deep," by Alexandra Halkin and Deb Ellis; "Two or Three Things But Nothing for Sure," by Jane C. Wagner and Tina DiFeliciantonio; "Last Summer Fight," by Street Level Youth Media; "Translate," by Yesica Barrera; "Politics From a Black Woman's Insides," by Yuko Edwards; "K.M.A.," by Kathleen O'Shea; "Curtain of Eyes," by Daniele Wilmouth. Total running time is 108 minutes.
The second program, "Staying Power," is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 in Allen Hall. The program consists of five works: "Memory Tracks," by Jamika Ajalon; "We Always Danced," by Nettie Marquez; "Clemency," by Carol Jacobsen; "Snake Feed," by Debra Granik; and "Total Raw Power Protection," by Amara Baumgarten. Total running time is 102 minutes.
Gina Olson, vice president of the WIDC board of directors, will introduce the two-day offerings of films and videos.
Other stops on the 1998 Women in the Director's Chair tour include Carbondale and Evanston in Illinois and sites in California, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Tennessee and Wisconsin.
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By Andrea Lynn
The UI will hold a Forum on Impeachment from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Foellinger Hall.
The purpose of the free event, thought to be the first of its kind on the topic, is "to identify questions that should be asked and to provide citizens the opportunity to express their views on the issue of impeachment raised by the actions of President Clinton," says forum co-organizer Edward Kolodziej, a UI professor of political science.
"The future of the republic depends on soliciting the informed views of citizens on this and other important issues confronting the American people and their representatives," said Kolodziej.
According to Kolodziej, the forum will be conducted in a "populist mode."
"This will not be a case of elites talking to elites."
UI professors who are experts in political science and law will identify what they regard as major issues; each will have eight minutes to speak. Dianne Pinderhughes, professor of political science and director of the Afro-American Studies and Research Program, will be the moderator.
Panelists and issues:
After the presentations, the meeting will open to community views. Each citizen will have one minute to speak.
Sponsors are the UI department of political science, College of Law and IGPA.
Forum organizers hope that their model will spark other universities, colleges and communities to organize forums of their own for public discussion.
The committee organizing the forum comprises the moderator, the panelists and Louis Desipio, a professor of political science.
More information, including "Rationale, Aims and Format" of the Impeachment Forum, is available on the Web at www.uiuc.edu/admin2/forum.html.
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UI undergraduate students soon will be able to take classes at other UI campuses without transferring.
The new Intercampus Registration Program is designed to allow students to move between campuses as easily as possible. The program, which begins in the spring semester, will be open to undergraduates at any level for summer enrollment and to undergraduates with junior standing or better for fall and spring enrollments. Because of visa restrictions, international students are not eligible for the program.
Sylvia Manning, vice president for academic affairs, said the program was sparked by a column in the September 1995 Daily Illini, a student newspaper on the Urbana campus. The column grew out of a visit to the editorial board by UI President James J. Stukel. In an article titled "Mutual Exchange Program Would Benefit Campuses," Dan Johnson suggested that students could benefit from unique educational opportunities at all three UI campuses, and decried the lack of connection among the campuses.
"I'm an undergraduate at the UI, and I want to be able to sign up for a semester-long program at Chicago or Springfield as easily as I register for classes [in Urbana-Champaign]," he wrote. Johnson said that greater collaboration would enhance the university's image, bring the three campuses together and improve undergraduate education.
"He made a lot of sense," Manning said. "It took a little while to work out the details to the satisfaction of all three campuses, but I think we have a registration option that will work well for students who want to round out their undergraduate experience with courses, programs or internships that aren't available on their home campus."
Students and home and host campuses will share the responsibility for making the program work. Manning stressed that intercampus registration does not replace either the concurrent enrollment or transfer options that have long been available to students. It's another alternative, she said, a relatively simple process through which students can engage in short-term study, no more than two semesters in length, at any UI campus.
"For the majority of UI students, intercampus registration is not going to be an issue; most of our students find their educational needs are fully and well met by the campus at which they're enrolled," she said. "Intercampus registration will be welcomed by that percentage of students who have wanted to take advantage of other campuses' offerings but haven't wanted to transfer."
Students who are interested in the program must apply at least eight weeks before the first day of class. Copies of the form may be downloaded from the Admissions and Records home pages of each campus's Web site. Urbana's Web site is at www.oar.uiuc.edu.
Ira Langston, assistant vice president for academic affairs, says work is under way on a Web site that will include a full description of the Intercampus Registration Program and requirements, links to each campus's admissions and records page and a link to submit e-mail questions about the program.
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The 21st Annual Service Recognition Banquet will honor long-service and retiring UI support staff employees. The banquet, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in the Illini Union South Lounge and Illini Rooms A, B and C, will honor employees who have completed their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th and 45th year of service with the university between Sept. 1, 1997, and Aug. 31, 1998, as well as those who retired during that time.
Of the 124 honored for long service, Carolyn J. Gammon, library conservation/preservation assistant, has completed 45 years; Peggy L. Brand, chief clerk, Purchasing Division, and Dorothy E. Damewood, administrative secretary, Intercollegiate Athletics, have completed 40 years; eight have completed 35 years; 36 have completed 30 years; and 77 have completed 25 years.
There are also 260 retirees who will be honored with service time ranging from two to 39 years.
A complete list of retirees and employees honored for long service can be found on the Personnel Services Office Web site at www.pso.uiuc.edu.
Those honored for their retirement, their titles and years of service:
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By Nancy Koeneman
Some people carefully plan what they'll do when they retire. They plan where they'll go and when, what they'll do on each day and who they'll visit. These retirees have their golden years mapped out.
Carol McClure is taking the retirement version of a Sunday drive. Nothing particular is on the horizon and she'll get there when she gets there. She wanted less structure when she left her busy UI job after 32 years of service.
"In a way, I did plan, but not with a lot of serious thought," said McClure, who retired in January as director of the Benefits Center. "I knew I wanted to do the Master Gardener program, and I did that the year before I retired. I've wanted to travel some."
McClure started working full time at the UI in 1971 after working as extra help for three years. In the past several months, she's been jaunting around the country and also made a trip to Europe in the spring on a garden tour.
"Every two months I go someplace. If something comes up, I just do it," she said. "I haven't made any definite travel plans for the future. I've gone to Seattle, Florida and South Carolina to visit friends. I also play golf, so that's a big part of my vacations."
She's also making use of the gardening expertise she gained when she studied to become a Master Gardener.
"I work in the Idea Garden on Lincoln Avenue and help at the Champaign County Nursing home where they have a perennial garden. I like to do the community-service things."
Her own garden has received more than a little attention, too. "I'm forever moving things [around in the garden]. There's always something to do."
McClure said she does miss the familiar, friendly faces from work, but doesn't miss working at all.
"It's been fun. I haven't stopped smiling since Jan. 1," she said.
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By Nancy Koeneman
Beanie Babies, cooking and crafts have taken over Shirley Seets' life since she retired in January.
"I feel like I'm rediscovering myself. I'm doing a little bit of everything. I'm unwinding and getting reacquainted with myself and my friends," Seets said.
Seets, who retired three months short of 35 years of service, served as business manager in the College of Veterinary Medicine and as the dean's administrative assistant after working her way up from clerk stenographer beginning in 1969. She was on campus for 28 years, after starting at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in 1963.
"When I signed on, I didn't expect to stay 35 years," she said.
There have been a few surprises in the past nine months as she gets used to not going to the office each morning.
"I found I like shopping. When I went shopping before, it was for clothes for work. Now I can shop for fun things. My husband says I'm going to have to get a part-time job to support my Beanie Baby habit," Seets said. "My niece got me started." When asked to look for a particular Beanie Baby that her niece couldn't find, Seets discovered she didn't want to part with the little critters once she'd bought them.
"So I have my set, an extra set for nieces and nephews and some for a little 5-year-old down the street."
She's also become an incarnation of Suzy Homemaker.
"We used to eat out a lot. I now cook all the time. I get up in the morning and pack my husband's lunch. I cook supper for my husband every evening. It's so corny. I've cooked more in the past eight months than I have in the last eight years," Seets said.
Of course, there's also the church volunteer work making crafts for the upcoming bazaar fund raiser, her perennial garden and visits with her mom in Harrisburg, Ill. In April, she became an alternate election judge.
"I'd never worked an election before. It's really quite fun. I'm signed up to do the November election, too. I get to meet new people and visit a lot. The polls aren't real busy all of the time, so I can take my crocheting with me," Seets said.
Her husband enjoys the changes, too. It's not only the home-cooked meals, either.
"He's surprised at how relaxed and how happy I've been," she said.
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VetMed celebrates 50 years
Employees of the department of veterinary clinical medicine view a new display in honor of the College of Veterinary Medicine's 50th anniversary. From left, Marlene Woodward, administrative secretary; Lori Heinz, typing clerk II; and Laura Curtis, program manager, were at a reception Oct. 6 to kick off the anniversary celebration. Nearly 500 people attended the reception, including current and retired faculty and staff members as well as local veterinarians, campus administrators and a member of the first class.
The college, one of 28 U.S. veterinary schools, opened in the fall 1948. Its first students were 24 World War II veterans who attended classes in a former sorority house; a remodeled beef barn served as the clinic for companion and farm animals.
Additional activities celebrating the college's 50th anniversary are planned for the October Fall Conference for Veterinarians on Oct. 15 and at the Open House and Anniversary Gala on April 10.
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By Andrea Lynn
Mark Leff, a UI history professor, has been named Professor of the Year in Illinois.
Leff, who specializes in 20th-century U.S. history, was named the 1998 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Illinois Professor of the Year.
The national and state winners were announced Oct. 8 at USA Today headquarters in Arlington, Va. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) administers the Professors of the Year program. USA Today hosts the announcement event.
According to James Barrett, the head of the UI history department, Leff is "simply a superb teacher, scholar and colleague."
"In a department known for its excellent teaching, Mark Leff is acknowledged to be the best. He puts enormous amounts of time into his preparation of lecture and discussion material and innovates constantly with new approaches, but the secret to his success is really quite simple: He cares about his students and communicates this to them in all of his interactions with them."
Barrett said that Leff sets very high standards and that "contrary to conventional wisdom, students respect and appreciate this -- so long as one is willing to help them achieve these standards. Mark does so on a daily basis and organizes a good part of his life around this effort."
In his research, Leff is focusing on U.S. World War II home-front efforts and the roots of welfare-state crisis. He is the author of "The Limits of Symbolic Reform: The New Deal and Taxation, 1933-1939" and is finishing a book for Oxford University Press on "Profits and Patriotism: World War II and the Meanings of American Home Front Sacrifice."
Leff's teaching skills have been recognized many times before, both by the university and outside foundations. In May, he won the Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. He has been voted onto the UI list of faculty ranked as excellent by their students every year that he has taught at Illinois. The UI Research Board has awarded Leff a travel grant, released time and research assistantship support.
Support also has come from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, American Council of Learned Societies, Ford Foundation, Eisenhower World Affairs Institute and National Endowment for the Humanities.
Leff earned his doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1978. He joined the UI history department in 1986. Prior to that, he taught at Washington University. In addition to survey courses on modern U.S. history, Leff teaches such courses as "Crisis of Tolerance in 20th-Century America," "Problems of Poverty and Wealth in 20th-Century America," "Coming Apart: The 1960s in Historical Perspective" and "The Corporation and the State in Modern America."
According to CASE documents, the Professors of the Year program "salutes the most outstanding undergraduate instructors in the country -- those who excel as teachers and influence the lives and careers of their students. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards honoring professors."
The criterion for selection is extraordinary dedication to undergraduate teaching, which is demonstrated by excellence in the following areas: impact on and involvement with undergraduate students; scholarly approach to teaching; service to undergraduate education in the institution, community and profession; and support from colleagues and current and former undergraduate students.
The last UI faculty member to win the award was Dorothy Matthews, a professor of English, who won in 1989.
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Q&A with Richard Herman
Richard Herman becomes UI's provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs Oct. 15. He comes to the UI from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was the dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. He succeeds Larry Faulkner, who left the UI in April to become president of the University of Texas at Austin.
I'm enormously excited about the tasks before me and I look forward to taking up my new role.
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Susan H. Trebach is to join the UI as the executive director of public affairs.
Now the director of the Office of News and Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, Trebach will assume her position this month pending approval by the UI Board of Trustees.
President James J. Stukel believes the UI will reap the benefits of Trebach's extensive experience in public affairs. "She has been a key player in planning and implementing the communications activities on another Big Ten campus for more than 10 years and is very familiar with the issues that affect public universities," he said. "I'm looking forward to working with someone who not only embraces our educational and public service values and goals, but whose experience will help us further those goals tremendously."
Trebach will manage the functions of the University Office of Public Affairs, which works with the President's Office, the Board of Trustees and other administrative offices to address issues affecting all three campuses. As news and public affairs director at UW-Madison, she led communications activities for Chancellor David Ward and his predecessor, Donna E. Shalala. Trebach acted as the chief university spokesperson, directed media relations and oversaw a periodicals unit that produced the campus newspaper, an alumni magazine and other publications.
In addition, she led a federally funded National Institute for Science Education Team, which developed an award-winning Web site called the Why Files, and developed award-winning institutional advertisements for television. Trebach also has been instrumental in planning and coordinating a variety of special events for the University of Wisconsin, including its ongoing Sesquicentennial Celebration.
"I'm looking forward to assuming a leadership role with such a world- renowned and important institution as the UI. I'm eager to work with President Stukel and others in developing and executing a communications strategy that will further strengthen and advance the university's mission in Illinois, the nation and the world," she said.
Trebach succeeds Donald Coe, who will join President Stukel's office as special assistant to the president. She will maintain offices in the University Office of Public Affairs in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign, and will be based in Chicago.
Trebach earned a B.A. in biology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She took courses in journalism and science in the master's degree program of the School of Public Communications at Boston University and graduate journalism courses in polling and mass communications at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She and her colleagues received a 1997 Gold Medal from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) for the creation of the Why Files, and 1997 and 1998 "Telly" awards for outstanding public service announcements. She is a member of CASE and the public affairs networks of the Science Coalition and the Association of American Universities.
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As officials lauded the success of Campaign Illinois -- which has surpassed its $1 billion goal -- a new effort to extend the universitywide fund-raising campaign was announced.
Campaign Illinois gifts totaled $1,086,425,620 as of Sept. 30, said George M.C. Fisher, a 1962 UI engineering graduate who is president and chief executive officer of Eastman Kodak Co. and co-chair of the campaign, at the UI Foundation annual meeting last weekend. Gifts to the Urbana-Champaign campus totaled $767 million -- exceeding the campus's $700 million goal; gifts to the Chicago campus totaled $255 million; and gifts to the Springfield campus totaled $4 million. About $60 million in gifts were given to the UI and the UI Foundation.
"Campaign Illinois has made a positive difference in virtually every facet of the UI," said Chancellor Michael Aiken. "[At Urbana] the money has not only enhanced programs and facilities, but it substantially increased the number of endowments. The 117 endowed chairs and professorships from Campaign Illinois will ensure that the faculty at Urbana-Champaign will continue to be world-class. The men and women who hold those new endowed chairs and professorships will create knowledge, teach our students and share information with the people of Illinois for generations to come. The impact [of this campaign] is simply immeasurable."
The focus of the campaign has been to boost the university's endowment with gifts supporting academic positions such as endowed chairs and professorships, academic programs, student assistance in the form of scholarships and fellowships, and new facilities and equipment. Gifts designated for endowment totaled $454 million Sept. 30.
"Although many capital projects have been accomplished through the campaign -- such as the new public broadcasting, athletic, teaching and research facilities -- the emphasis has been on people whose gifts to the endowment made the programs possible. For example, Campaign Illinois has added nearly 150 endowed chairs and professorships to the UI faculty," Fisher said.
"At the same time, we are proud that nearly one-sixth of all campaign gifts ($179 million) have been designated to student financial aid for scholarships, fellowships and student loan funds. These are remarkable accomplishments, and because of them we have a stronger, more dynamic university," Fisher added.
Notably, of the $1.08 billion in gifts, pledges and bequests generated through Campaign Illinois, $752 million has been paid to-date.
Alumni provided $400 million of the total; non-alumni added $191 million; corporations, $293 million; foundations, $158 million; and other sources, $44 million.
President James J. Stukel expressed his appreciation. "The generosity of our alumni, our friends, our corporate partners and others continues to astonish me. Year after year during Campaign Illinois, we have announced gifts of scholarships, chairs and named professorships, whole buildings and rooms, magnificent libraries for everything from rare books and manuscripts to computers, artwork, artifacts, and artistic performances, fountains, even horses and cattle. I wondered when it would end. Now we know: It won't end because there is more to do for this great university. But we pause today to celebrate reaching the goal of raising $1 billion.
"A simple 'thank-you' sounds too small to say to the numerous men and women who have brought us to this moment. I am humbled by their faith in this great place. I am confident that their dreams and ours will happen. And I can give them nothing but the heartfelt gratitude of the entire university family," said Stukel.
Focus continues on endowment
While the big news at the UI Foundation's annual meeting was surpassing Campaign Illinois' billion-dollar goal, the fund drive is far from complete.
The UI Foundation Board of Directors and the Campaign Illinois Steering Committee, after a year of review and analysis of the universitywide fund-raising drive, decided the campaign should continue. The focus will remain on building the UI's endowment.
The extended campaign will run through the year 2000 and its goal is to build the university's active endowment to more than $1 billion while further strengthening UI academic programs and enhancing support for students and faculty members. Fisher said the goal is attainable in light of the nearly $500 million designated to endowment raised through Campaign Illinois. The UI's total active endowment was $648 million as of June 30.
"This permanent resource -- a kind of kinetic investment that works and earns every day to the university's prominence and to fulfill its students' promise -- is vital and must grow. We must once again aim high and reach for a breathtaking goal. We must make the attainment of a working endowment in excess of a billion dollars possible," Fisher said.
Endowment allows the university to preserve a financial gift for all time by holding in perpetuity, investing the principal and using only the income from that investment for a specified purpose. Because endowed funds never are spent, each gift designated for endowment embodies permanent financial support that creates living legacies that span generations.
These goals to build an even stronger UI, Fisher noted, were embraced by alumni and friends of another generation -- names like Krannert, Brundage, Ingold, Kinkead, Buell and Beckman -- who inspired Campaign Illinois and have led the way for subsequent generations. "And so many others have been inspired by this campaign to answer its call -- and those names, too, have become familiar: Swanlund, Bielfeldt, Marshall, Spurlock, Campbell, Georges, Cline, Atkins, Hallene, Grainger," Fisher said.
"Every name is important, every name counts as we address this new goal. And just as the initial billion-dollar goal for Campaign Illinois was attainable, so is this goal within our grasp. We must all endorse and support this expanded effort, because not only our nation, but increasingly, our world, looks to the UI and its graduates to provide the leadership that will inspire the global accomplishments of the next century," Fisher said.
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Gifts totaling more than $19 million earmarked for UI programs at Urbana-Champaign and Springfield were announced Oct. 9 at the UI Foundation's Annual Meeting. The gift announcements were part of the three-day meeting conducted by the foundation, the university's private gift fund-raising arm.
Gifts made to the Urbana-Champaign campus include:
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Hartin also needs footage of student unrest on the UI campus during the 1969-70 academic year. All film will be returned. Hartin can be reached at 333-1070.
The sale will offer duplicate materials donated to the library; proceeds will be used to purchase new materials. Books cover a range of subjects, from scholarly texts to popular novels.
Events Oct. 23 will take place from 6 to 9:45 p.m. at the Channing Murray Foundation. The events include a dinner; a keynote speech on the "Vaishnava Poetry of Tagore," by Anthony Stewart, director of the North Carolina Center for South Asia Studies and a specialist in Bengali devotional literature; and a plenary session on "Paintings of Three Tagores: Rabindra, Abani and Gagan," by D. Banerjee. Tickets are $15 ($10 for students) and must be purchased in advance.
Events Oct. 24 will take place at the Lincoln Hall Theater beginning at 6 p.m. The Nritya Jyoti Dance Theater of Minnesota will present "Puja, Prem, Prakriti," a performance of dance, music and Tagore's poetry in English. At 7:30 p.m., Pandit Buddhadev Das Gupta of Calcutta, one of India's outstanding players of the sarod and an internationally acclaimed musician, will give a sarod recital. There is no charge for Saturday's events, though donations are welcome.
The festival is sponsored by the Indian Cultural Society, the Indian Student Association, the UI Program in South and West Asian Studies, and WEFT-FM (90.1).
Tagore, whose son came to Urbana in 1906 to study agriculture, received the Nobel Prize in literature in 1912. In 1989, the Channing Murray Foundation was declared a National Historical Building and was renamed Tagore Center. The annual Tagore Festival seeks to relate Tagore's intellectual vision to present-day ethnic and political crises and cultural assimilation in the United States.
For more information about the festival, or to order tickets for Friday night's events, contact Siddhartha Purkayastha, 398-6742, email@example.com; Kakali Dasgupta, 359-7606, firstname.lastname@example.org; or Nani Bhowmik, 367-3097, email@example.com.
"It is an opportunity for our department to show our alumni, research sponsors, the food industry and the university community how teaching, research and public service in our department has changed over the past 50 years and how we are responding to the challenges of the 21st century," said professor Munir Cheryan.
Seminars held throughout the day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 23 will discuss topics ranging from "Diet and Cancer Prevention" to "Nutrition on the Web" to "Functional Foods Research at the UI." The lectures, which will be in 286 Bevier Hall, are intended to share with the public the cutting-edge work UI faculty members are doing in nutrition and food safety.
The Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building and Agricultural Bioprocess Laboratory will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 23. Demonstrations and tours also are scheduled throughout the day.
A symposium and luncheon will be held on Oct. 24, along with golf and tennis tournaments.
There will be a nominal charge for the banquet Oct. 23 and the Oct. 24 luncheon, but all other events are free and open to the public.
For more information on lecture times and demonstrations, see the food sciences Web site at www.staff.uiuc.edu/~mcheryan/FS-50-2.htm.
KCSA is committed to promoting the arts by supporting the activities of Krannert Center, supporting the activities of performing-arts students, providing Krannert Center tour guides and by planning community outreach activities.
For more information, contact the KCSA at 333-3550 or the Krannert Center ticket office at 333-6280.
His talk will address how parties learn to trust each other and what cognitive and emotional processes lead to the building of trust.
Kreps' contributions on games with incomplete information brought game theory into the mainstream of economics. In 1989, he won the John Bates Clark award, which is given to an American economist under age 40 who has made significant contributions to economic thought and knowledge.
The Kinley Lecture, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the department of economics and the College of Commerce and Business Administration.
As many as eight support staff members will be honored this year with a plaque of appreciation, a $2,000 award and a recognition dinner in March. A permanent plaque in the Personnel Services Office commemorates each year's recipients.
Any member of the campus community may nominate a staff member for the award. A nomination information packet that includes the nomination form may be obtained at 141 Personnel Services Office or by contacting Cindy Reed at 333-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Nomination packets also may be downloaded from the PSO Web site at www.pso.uiuc.edu/cdsa.
Cost is $30 per team. Teams may register beginning Nov. 2 at 172 IMPE during regular business hours. There will be two divisions of six-player co-ed teams with a maximum of 12 teams per division. Teams in the A division, for advanced players, are allowed a maximum of one volleyball sport-club player, while teams in the B division, for beginner and intermediate players, are not allowed any volleyball sport-club players. A maximum of eight people per roster is allowed.
Each participating team will receive six tournament T-shirts. The first place team of each division will receive six Mikasa VFC200 volleyballs. For information, contact Bill Winneshiek at email@example.com or 333-3511.
This session is one of a series of presentations sponsored by the CDL Parent's Organization, and is open to all interested parents in the university community.
"Balancing Act: Juggling Research, Teaching and a Life" will be from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22 in the 142 Psychology Building. "Academic Job Hunt" will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 in 405 Illini Union.
For more information, visit the CTEN Web site at www.uiuc.edu/ro/CTEN.
SUAA presents 'Myths of Aging'
The fall meeting of the UI Chapter of the State University Annuitant's Association (SUAA) will include a presentation on the "Myths of Aging," by William Gingold, professor of rehabilitation and director of the UI's Office of Gerontology and Aging Studies and of Family Practice Research in the UI's College of Medicine. The meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 18 in the South Lounge and Illini Room C in the Illini Union. Gingold's talk will begin at the end of the business meeting, or at about 2 p.m.
The meeting is open to all SUAA members, current UI employees and to others in Champaign, Urbana and nearby communities.
The Colombian delegation will be led by UI alumnus Jaime Santamaria-Serrano, Life Chancellor at the Universidad de los Andes. Santamaria-Serrano completed his master's degree at the UI in 1959.
UI administrators will accept the award during a ceremony at 4 p.m. in 101 International Studies Building. Among those on hand to represent the UI will be Earl Kellogg, associate provost for international affairs, and Carl Altstetter, director of international programs in the College of Engineering.
From an initial group of 12 founding members and 13 sponsors, Beta Phi Mu - whose Greek initials mean "Libraries are guardians of knowledge" - has grown to more than 23,000 active members in 47 chapters around the world. Beta Phi Mu headquarters remained in Urbana until the early 1960s when the society's executive director, Harold Lancour, left the UI to accept a position at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Information about these and other benefits is available by contacting the Benefits Center, 807 S. Wright St., Suite 480; 333-3111 or at www.uihr.uillinois.edu/benefits/benefit.html
Free flu shots offered
Free flu shots are being offered by the Department of Central Management Services. The immunizations will be available to UI active and retired faculty and staff members who are enrolled in state health insurance plans. The shots will be administered from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 16 at the Levis Faculty Center, third floor. No appointment is needed. Retirees must present a state health insurance card; employees must display a current faculty/staff identification card (i-card) or a state health insurance identification card. Dependents are not eligible for the free flu shot.
Free short-term parking will be available at meters in lot D-9 at the northwest corner of Illinois Street and Lincoln Avenue. Metered parking is available in lot D-11 at the northwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and California Street.
This is an approved activity for Civil Service employees, who may be released from work with pay for up to one hour, operations permitting and with department approval.
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The Office of Academic Human Resources, Suite 420, 807 S. Wright St., maintains the listings for faculty and academic professional positions. More complete descriptions are available in that office during regular business hours. Job listings are also updated weekly on its Web site at: webster.uihr.uiuc.edu/ahr/ahrjobrg.htm. Any other information may be obtained from the person indicated in the listing.
Aviation. Assistant professor (part-time) and/or education specialists (one to 10 positions). PhD and research interest and qualifications are required. AES applicants applying with less than three years' experience may be considered for a visiting appointment. Must possess Certified Flight Instructor Certificate with airplane and instrument ratings. Available Jan. 6. Rick Weinberg, 244-8606. Closing date: Dec. 1.
Electrical and Computer Engineering. Several tenure-track and tenured faculty positions, areas of, but not limited to, biomedical engineering. PhD, outstanding academic credentials, and an outstanding ability to teach effectively at graduate and undergraduate levels required. Available Aug. 21. Sung-Mo (Steve) Kang, 244-0968. Closing date: Jan. 15.
French. Assistant professor, second language acquisition/foreign language pedagogy. PhD required. Expectations: develop instructional delivery systems using new technologies, assist with course direction, contribute to an interdisciplinary program in second-language acquisition/teacher education (SLATE). Evidence of scholarship and near-native French and English. Secondary-school experience preferred. Available Aug. 21. Alice Hadley, 333-2020. Closing date: Nov. 16
Integrative Biology. Assistant professor. PhD required and postdoctoral experience preferred. Seeking individuals developing or using modern systematic approaches, including molecular phylogenetic methods. Must have broad training in insect systematics and evolution, a demonstrated record of research excellence and productivity, and potential for obtaining external funding. Available August. Hugh Robertson, 333-3044. Closing date: Dec. 4.
Kinesiology. Department head. PhD required. Should be outstanding scholar with a strong record of contributions to the discipline including teaching and procurement of research funds. Experience as an academic leader and administrator with broad intellectual outlook and the potential for creative leadership desired. Available Aug. 21. Joyce Wolverton, 333-4410. Closing date: Jan. 20.
Library. Tenured faculty position; director of the law library. J.D. from an ABA-accredited law school or equivalent, and a master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent required. Must have appropriate experience in providing legal research services in an academic community or large government or court library; significant administrative experience; knowledge of legal bibliography; and interest in and familiarity with new technology and its application in enhancing library services. Must have evidence of active participation in professional organizations in the field of law and/or librarianship; experience in teaching legal research and bibliography or law also desirable. Available Jan. 1. Allen Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: Dec. 15.
Molecular and Cellular Biology. Faculty positions, cellular neurology (rank open). PhD, postdoctoral experience and evidence of outstanding research potential required for assistant professor level. Appointment at higher levels requires evidence of outstanding research accomplishments, including extramural funding and national recognition. Available August. School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 333-4469. Closing date: Dec. 15.
Molecular and Cellular Biology. Faculty positions, structural biology (rank open, two positions). PhD, postdoctoral experience and evidence of outstanding research potential required for assistant professor. Preference given to scientist working in areas at the frontier of structural biology and research problems of deep biological significance. Available August 1999. School of Molecular and Cellular Biology, 333-4469. Closing date: Dec. 15.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Assistant or associate professor, anesthesiology. D.V.M. degree or equivalent. Diplomate status or intent and eligibility for examination in the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists. Available immediately. Sheila Voyles, 244-7976. Closing date: Jan. 15.
Administrative Information Systems and Services. Network analyst. Bachelor's degree in computer science, management information systems or related technical field. Must possess professional-level experience with a heterogeneous network, including providing user technical support, written documentation and working effectively as a member of a networking team. High-level knowledge of microcomputer architectures, LAN, WAN and TCP/IP network; good working knowledge of Windows NT and UNIX operating systems, tools and utilities; C programming; HTML; JAVA and/or CGI scripts required. Proficiency in oral and written communication also required. Available immediately. Susan Nelson McLain, 333-8635, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: Nov. 2.
Advancement, Office of. Director of development. Bachelor's degree required, master's preferred. Should have three to five years' relevant fund-raising experience. Excellent oral and written communication skills required. Available immediately. Lynette Marshall, 333-9355. Closing date: Nov. 1.
Beckman Institute. Network administrator (theoretical biophysics group). Bachelor's degree with work experience in system administration. Master's preferred. Must have experience in administration of UNIX platforms, preferably HP-UX, IRIX, Solaris and/or Linx. Expertise in NT desired. The ability to work quickly and function well in an intensive research environment is a must. Other requirements are excellent communication and writing skills and the ability to interact effectively with a variety of users, vendors and technical personnel. Available immediately. Gila Budescu, 244-6914, email@example.com. Closing date: Oct. 30.
Beckman Institute. Research programmer (system administrator). Bachelor's degree required. Experience managing UNIX systems in a production environment desirable, including HP-UX, Linux, Solaris and AIX. Programming proficiency in C, Perl or scripting languages desirable. Experience working in a group environment, working independently and interacting positively with a diverse user community beneficial. Available immediately. Tiffany Tsou, 244-4474, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: Nov. 13.
Broadcasting, WILL-TV. Assistant director for technology. Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or similar, plus at least five years' experience in broadcast engineering work, preferably in both radio and television. Solid background in digital theory and a willingness to learn is essential. Good problem-solving skills important. Available Jan. 4. Marjorie Moluf, 333-0850, email@example.com. Closing date: Nov. 20.
Business Affairs. Resource and policy analyst. Bachelor's degree in accounting or business with a minimum of three years' experience required. Knowledge of Crystal Report Writer, Microsoft Access, Excel and SQL Plus is desirable. Available immediately. Bobbie Pittman, 333-0780, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: Oct. 16.
Community Health. Project coordinator. Bachelor's degree required. Certified Motorcycle Safety Foundation Instructor; class DM driver's license as a minimum or equivalent from another state; and clean driving record with no license suspension or revocation. Work experience in teaching, administration, supervision, writing technical/administrative reports desirable with technical knowledge of motorcycles and motorcycle riding experience. Salary: $27,000 minimum. Available Dec. 1. John Sudlow, 333-7856. Closing date: Nov. 16.
Computing and Communications Services Office. Research programmer (UNIX workstation support position). Bachelor's degree in computer science or related field. At least two years' experience in UNIX system administration, preferably on multiple platforms. Ability to troubleshoot software problems; excellent communication skills and ability to work well with workstation support customers; and interest in keeping up with current computing technology and acquiring skills required. Desirable skills: experience in customer support; multiple platforms; C, Perl, or shell script programming expertise; and networking expertise. Available immediately. Joyce McCabe, 333-8794. Closing date: Oct. 19.
Geology. Teaching laboratory specialist. Master's in geoscience required and a broad background in geoscience and experience with undergraduate geology instruction. Experience with field-based and computer-based instruction desirable. Should have excellent interpersonal skills and should be able to communicate effectively with students. Available immediately. Stephen Altaner, 244-1244, email@example.com. Closing date: Feb. 1.
Liberal Arts and Sciences. Director of information services. Bachelor's degree in mathematics, computer science or other appropriate area and at least five years' relevant professional experience in data analysis and information systems required; or master's degree in appropriate area with at least three years' relevant experience required. Knowledge of and experience with main-frame programming and some PC
interfaces necessary. Available immediately. Terry Davis, 333-4447. Closing date: Oct. 15.
Library. University librarian. Bachelor's required, terminal degree preferred. Must have acknowledged national standing in the profession; high-level management experience, with experience in the application of technologies; commitment to the research, teaching and service mission of the library; ability to provide leadership and promote cooperation in a collegial environment; commitment to affirmative action; and vision for addressing the issues facing research libraries. Available fall semester 1999. Roger Martin, 333-4523. Closing date: Dec. 11.
Library. Director of library systems. Master's degree in library and information science, computer science or related field, or an equivalent combination of education and experience beyond the bachelor's degree. Other requirements: a record of increasingly responsible assignments in management positions that involve large-scale systems implementation; evidence of working knowledge of computer hardware, software and networking; demonstrated leadership in motivating staff and organizing resources to provide quality information services; successful supervisory and project management experience; excellent written and interpersonal communication skills. Available Jan. 1. Allen Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: Dec. 15.
Library and Information Science. Technical program manager. Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology or related discipline and minimum five years' experience in management of software development projects. Candidate must be familiar with both advanced Net technology, advanced programming languages and robust object-oriented databases. Effective management and communications skills required. Experience with research environments and research funding agencies desirable. Available Nov. 21. Margarita Ham, 244-8265. Closing date: Oct. 16.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Microbiology technician (part-time/academic hourly). Primary responsibility is to carry out bacterial culture. Specific responsibilities include processing of incoming samples, enrichment, plating, isolation of Salmonella, managing records associated with a research project, monitoring laboratory inventory and overseeing student workers. Workplace is a recently renovated, well-equipped microbiological research laboratory. Position available immediately. Work expected to continue at least through Aug. 31. Pay rate ($9-13 per hour) to be established commensurate with qualifications and experience. Job requires mininim 20 hours per week, with additional time (up to 40 hours per week) contingent upon the sample collection of the research project. Must be available to accommodate this additional time commitment when necessary. Send resume, letter of intent and two references. Peter Bahnson. UI, 239 LAC, Veterinary Clinical Medicine, MC-004, 333-5774, fax 244-1475, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Water Survey, Illinois State. Assistant professional scientist. Bachelor's degree required, master's preferred with a minimum of five years' experience in information systems and technology management. System administration in a heterogeneous PC/Unix computing environment is preferred. Available immediately. Human Resources, Illinois State Water Survey, MC-674, 333-0448. Closing date: when filled.
Personnel Services Office, 52 E. Gregory Drive, Champaign, conducts open and continuous testing for civil service classifications used on campus. More information is available by calling 333-2137. Or visit its Web site at: www.pso.uiuc.edu.
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A report of honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements of faculty and staff members.
Mir Ali, professor of architecture, was named fellow within the American Society of Civil Engineers. The fellow designation is considered one of the highest professional recognitions that civil engineers can receive from their peers.
Peter J. Barry, professor of agricultural finance, is the first holder of the Distinguished Chair in Agricultural Finance at the UI. The chair was recently established by a leader in the agricultural industry who formed an open-ended endowment for programmatic support in agricultural finance research, education and service.
William T. Greenough, professor of psychology and of cell and structural biology, and faculty member in the Beckman Institute's Biological Intelligence research area, received on behalf of his research group the National Fragile X Foundation's William Rosen Award for outstanding research in the fragile X mental retardation field. The award was presented in July at the foundation's meeting in Asheville, N.C.
Two documentaries by WILL-Channel 12 producers have been selected to be part of an international satellite project called "Heartland*USA." "A Year to Get Ready," produced by Tim Hartin, and "Against the Wind," produced by Alison Davis, were shown over the Voice of America's Worldnet satellite system.
"A Year to Get Ready," about the preparation of the Mahomet-Seymour Band to appear in the Rose Bowl Parade, was shown on Worldnet in July; "Against the Wind," about wheelchair racing champion Jean Driscoll, was shown last September.
Tim Hartin's documentary "Mr. Shimkus Goes to Washington" has been picked up by PBS and will run in the national program schedule in January. Hartin's documentary profiled freshman congressman John Shimkus (R-20th).
Bob Hoeft, professor of soil fertility, was selected to receive the 1998 Robert E. Wagner Award in the Senior Scientist category by the Potash and Phosphate Institute. The award recognizes Hoeft's many significant contributions to crop production, especially in the areas of balanced fertilizer, maximum economic yield and a more efficient and environmentally protective agriculture.
George Hunter, professor emeritus, is the first recipient of the Howard Mayer Brown Award, which recognizes lifetime achievement in the field of early music. Early Music America presented Hunter with the award, named in memory of the renowned musicologist from the University of Chicago. EMA vice president Valerie Horst commented, "George Hunter is the obvious choice for his wonderful contributions to the field during the past half-century."
Lisa Micele, University High School director of college counseling, has been invited by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission to serve on its first-ever High School Counselor Ad Hoc Group. Fifteen counselors from across the state share this honor and will serve as a focus group to consider publications, special events, outreach, new legislation and financial aid changes.
Michael Palencia-Roth, professor of comparative literature, of Spanish and of Latin American studies, was decorated in a June ceremony by the government of Colombia (Departamento del Valle) with the Order of Merit in Art and Culture Pedro Morales Pino for his contributions to the study of Colombian literature and culture.
Gary Pepper, professor of crop sciences and of extramural programs, was recognized with the Outstanding Instructor Award from Field and Furrow Club at the Instructional Awards Banquet.
Kenneth Rinehart, professor of chemistry, received an honorary degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia, on May 10. The degree recognizes Rinehart as an international leader in natural products chemistry, and his work in identifying the structures of new antibiotics and anti-tumor agents.
Joseph Squier, professor of art and design, was offered a residency in Como, Italy, by the Rockefeller Foundation. His project is titled "Io: A Cybernetic Conversation."
Five faculty members from the School of Music were selected to receive an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award for 1997-98: William Brooks, Erik Lund, Kazimierz Machala, P.Q. Phan and Zack Browning.
Jianming Jin and Kannan Ramchandran, both professors of electrical and computer engineering, were honored by the department of electrical and computer engineering as the first recipients of the Henry Magnuski Scholar Fund for Outstanding Young Faculty Members. Jin's research interests include all aspects of computational electromagnetics and its application in magnetic resonance imaging and scattering analysis. Ramchandran's interests are in the area of image processing, wavelets and video coding. The fund was established by alumnus H.S. "Hank" Magnuski and his wife, Cynthia.
Kathy Perkins, professor of theater, Charles Capwell, professor of music, and James Warfield, professor of architecture, were awarded a William and Flora Hewlett Summer International Research Grant for 1998 by the International Programs and Studies selection committee. Perkins also received Best Lighting Design for "Seeking the Genesis" at the 1997 Black Theatre Alliance Awards.
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Keith Kuehl started working at the UI in 1960 in a four-year apprenticeship in glass blowing and does work for professors and graduate students in the department of electrical and computer engineering. He is one of four UI glass blowers working in three units on campus: Coordinated Science Lab, Noyes Laboratory and the department of electrical and computer engineering. Kuehl is now working part time after retiring from his full-time position this year.
-- Nancy Koeneman
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McCaskill worked as director of publications at the UI since 1996. She was a systems administrator at State University of New York, Albany, from 1980 to 1996.
Survivors include two sons, two sisters and a brother.
Memorial contributions may be made to Delmar Presbyterian Church, 585
Delaware Ave., Delmar, NY 12054.
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