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128th Commencement is May 16 at Assembly Hall
Bardeen Quad to honor Nobel-prize winning physics
'Who was John Bardeen?'
Improvements to Allerton make it more accessible
UI Flash Economic Index drops to 101.9 last
New dog will help campus police sniff out crime
Illini Glider's Club offers affordable way to
fly Illinois skies
Krannert Center announces Its 1999-2000 millennium
128th Commencement is May 16 at Assembly Hall
Bardeen Quad to honor Nobel-prize winning physics
'Who was John Bardeen?'
'Who was John Bardeen?'
Improvements to Allerton make it more accessible
UI Flash Economic Index drops to 101.9 last
New dog will help campus police sniff out crime
Illini Glider's Club offers affordable way to
fly Illinois skies
Krannert Center announces Its 1999-2000 millennium
Donate used records, CDs to WILL ... Summer hosts needed for IEI students
... AISS changes name, Web site ... NCAA open forum is May 12 ... Phi Beta
Kappa honors initiates May 15 ... O&M Web site provides easy access
... GIS offers Internet instruction ...
Out-of-the ordinary vacations
Donate used records, CDs to WILL ... Summer hosts needed for IEI students
... AISS changes name, Web site ... NCAA open forum is May 12 ... Phi Beta
Kappa honors initiates May 15 ... O&M Web site provides easy access
... GIS offers Internet instruction ...
Out-of-the ordinary vacations
The 128th Commencement of the UI at Urbana-Champaign will be held in
two ceremonies May 16 at the Assembly Hall.
The speaker at both ceremonies will be Rick Kaplan, president of CNN/USA,
veteran network news producer and adjunct professor of broadcast journalism
at the UI.
Kaplan will receive an honorary degree, as will Shozo Sato, who created
the first Japan House while serving as a professor of art and design at
the UI from 1968 to 1992. Honorary doctorates also will be awarded to three
At the 10:30 a.m. ceremony, candidates in the colleges of Applied Life
Studies, Communications, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Veterinary Medicine,
the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, the School of Social Work
and the Graduate School of Library and Information Science will receive
Candidates in the colleges of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental
Sciences, Commerce and Business Administration, Education, Engineering,
and Fine and Applied Arts will receive their degrees at the 2 p.m. ceremony.
Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. for the morning ceremony and at 1 p.m. for
the afternoon ceremony. After all students and their guests are seated,
remaining seats will be available to the public.
All students who have earned bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional
degrees and advanced certificates during the preceding year are honored
at the UI's annual commencement.
Kaplan became president of CNN in August 1997, after 17 years with ABC
News and the ABC Television Network. He was the executive director of "World
News Tonight With Peter Jennings" from January 1994.
Before producing the evening news program, Kaplan was the executive producer
of "PrimeTime Live" for five years. Under his direction, the show
covered the Gulf War, 1989 San Francisco earthquake and Los Angeles riots.
Between 1984 and 1989, Kaplan was the executive producer of "Nightline."
Kaplan, a Chicago native who attended the UI in 1965, won 34 Emmys, four
Overseas Press Club Awards and three Peabodys. He began his broadcast career
at WBBM-TV, the Chicago CBS affiliate, in 1969. After two years, he joined
CBS' national news in New York, and later was a producer for Walter Cronkite.
When Kaplan took over the reins at CNN, he had it written into his contract
that he would be free to teach at the UI for one week per semester. He has
been sharing his experience with broadcast journalism students in Urbana
for two years, and recently was named an adjunct journalism professor.
Biochemist Marianne Grunberg-Manago will receive an honorary doctorate
at the 10:30 a.m. ceremony. Sato, scientist Alfred Y. Cho and financial
expert Leo Melamed will receive honorary degrees at the 2 p.m. commencement.
Sato began his career at the UI as a visiting artist in the dance department
in 1964. Four years later, he created the university's Japanese Arts and
Culture Program. From 1968 to 1992, Sato was a professor of art and design
at the university. He created a Kabuki theater program at Krannert Center
for the Performing Arts, where he was an artist-in-residence. Sato has written
books on flower arranging, Kabuki and Japanese aesthetics. A production
of his play, "Kabuki Medea," won the Hollywood Drama Critics Award
Grunberg-Manago, of the Institut de Biologie Physico-Chimique in Paris,
is the first woman elected to the French Academy of Sciences. She was the
president of the academy in 1995.
In the 1950s, Grunberg-Manago was a postdoctoral fellow at the UI, in
the labs of professors I.C. Gunsalus and Severo Ochoa. She studied the genetic
code and the mechanism of transferring the code from RNA to protein synthesis.
More recently, she has used recombinant DNA techniques to study the organization
Melamed, chairman emeritus of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, is recognized
as the founder of financial futures. While CME chairman, he introduced foreign
currency futures in 1972 by launching the International Money Market. Melamed
is credited with guiding the Chicago futures industry, which has had a significant
impact on the city's economy. He is the chief executive officer of Sakura
Dellsher Inc., a multinational financial services corporation.
Cho, director of research at Bell Laboratories, is the father of molecular
beam epitaxy (MBE), a technique for growing crystals under high-vacuum conditions.
This technique is used to make electronic devices such as cellular phones,
police radar and fiber-optic communication networks. Cho earned his doctorate
from the UI in 1968.
The UI Alumni Association will present an Alumni Achievement Award to
Joseph H. Burckhalter and a Distinguished Service Award to Richard J. Faletti
at the morning commencement ceremonies.
Burckhalter led the team that invented fluorescein isothiocyanate, a
labeling agent widely used in the diagnosis of cancer and infectious diseases.
It was used in the discovery of the HIV virus, which causes AIDS. Burckhalter
also created Camoquin, a single-dose malaria cure, from Tylenol. The Florida
Institute of Technology research professor earned his master's degree in
organic chemistry at the UI in 1938. His studies as a student led to the
creation of 12 medicines. He received the 1995 American Innovator Award
and is a member of the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
Faletti, a former UI law professor, has been a generous volunteer and
contributor for the university's Krannert Art Museum, Library, College of
Law and the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, now under construction.
A founding member of the art museum's board of directors, Faletti has
helped the museum with legal work and donations of more than 50 artifacts
from his own collection. He and his wife created an endowment for exhibits
and educational programs in the Richard and Barbara Faletti Gallery of African
Cultures in the Spurlock Museum. He graduated from the College of Commerce
and Business Administration in 1947 and from the College of Law in 1948.
Among other planned activities in honor of the graduating class, the
UI Symphonic Band will give a free concert for graduates, candidates and
their guests at 8 p.m. May 15 in the Great Hall of the Krannert Center for
the Performing Arts. Tickets are not required.
All graduating students and their guests are invited to a reception hosted
by UI President and Mrs. James J. Stukel and Chancellor Michael Aiken from
8:30 to 10 a.m. on May 16 in the gardens of the president's house, 711 W.
Florida Ave., Urbana. Academic attire is encouraged.
More commencement ceremonies
Additional commencement ceremonies have been scheduled by many individual
UI units. All take place on May 16, except as noted:
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A piece of the pie: Faculty/Staff members
invest in UI
More than 30 percent of UI faculty and staff members have contributed
to the UI. Their contributions translate into millions of dollars for the
university. In our continuing series, find out what they support and why
they feel compelled to give.
Thompson said he's made an annual donation to the department since he
graduated, and he tries to increase it a little each year.
"The reason I do it is to give back," Thompson said. "My
parents paid for my college education and since I didn't have to bear that
burden, I guess I do this to help out others. Whether the money goes for
scholarships or to keep our equipment up-to-date, I feel that it helps in
Thompson, who is 29, has year-old twins whom he hopes will be attending
the UI some day. His wife also has a UI master's degree in computer science.
"If I can encourage someone else, that's great," Thompson said.
"Obviously, I think the donations are a good idea."
"Our children went through the Child Development Lab and it was
a wonderful place for them, and for us to have them," Thompson said.
"And we felt the CDL staff and personnel needed and deserved better
facilities and better working conditions.
"At the time our children were there it wasn't air conditioned,"
she said. "So we felt we'd like to show our appreciation by supporting
the facility fund, and that's why we joined the Presidents Council,"
Administered by the UI Foundation, the Presidents Council honors those
individuals who have made sincere financial commitments toward strengthening
the university's excellence. Current membership is accorded to those who
contribute a minimum of $15,000 which may be pledged over 10 years. At the
time the couple joined the council the commitment was to donate $10,000
over 10 years.
"I'm sure there are many other services like that provided by the
university that touch people's lives directly. And as I said our kids are
very important to us. And even though they've long since graduated, having
that facility and the great and excellent staff there is a valuable resource.
"I never had any guilt with my kids at CDL. I never was worried
they weren't getting the best they could get."
A unique memorial is being created at the UI so that future students
may know that one of the 20th century's greatest minds once walked, worked
and taught on this campus.
The quadrangle on the engineering campus will now be called the Bardeen
Quadrangle in honor of John Bardeen. The UI professor won two Nobel Prizes
in physics and was the only person to be so honored twice in the same field.
Bardeen served the university from 1951 until his death in 1991.
The Bardeen Quad, which is bounded by the Grainger Library on the north,
the Mechanical Engineering Lab on the east, Engineering Hall on the south
and Talbot Lab on the west, also will include a landscaped memorial garden.
"John Bardeen epitomized the phrase 'a gentleman and a scholar,'
" said William R. Schowalter, dean of the College of Engineering.
"He was as well known in the College of Engineering for his kindness
and generosity as for his towering intellectual achievements. This man,
who in a very real sense made possible our modern world, loved the interaction
he had with students and colleagues.
"Now The Grainger Foundation Inc. has made it possible for us to
create a new quadrangle and garden in the heart of the engineering campus
to be named for John."
Professor Bardeen's fame and scientific genius rank him among scientists
like Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk and Philo Farnsworth. Life magazine included
him in the 100 most important Americans of the century in 1990. And in March,
Time magazine included him in their list of the "Century's Greatest
Bardeen's first Nobel Prize in 1956 was for work at the Bell Laboratories
with two other scientists that led to the development of the transistor.
His second Nobel Prize in 1972, for work performed at the UI, acknowledges
his elucidation, along with colleagues Leon Cooper and J.R. Schrieffer,
in the development of the theory of superconductivity.
"John Bardeen is a giant in terms of faculty on this campus and
in terms of his contributions to science," said Chancellor Michael
Aiken. "It is very fitting and proper to recognize him in this way,"
If Bardeen was a giant, he was a gentle one, according to those who knew
"He was a very special person, and he was also a very modest man,"
said Tony Graziano, assistant to UI President James J. Stukel and formerly
of the College of Engineering.
Graziano fondly recalls the humble side of the great scientist, who munched
on burgers at the local McDonald's and declined any special treatment in
Sure, he was a genius, Graziano said. But Bardeen would be the first
to say that he shared the credit for the groundbreaking work on the
transistor and superconductivity.
"Every discovery leads to a new one," Graziano said. "I
think he would tell you he was a point in the spectrum."
Graziano's only regret about the new memorial on campus is that it is
not yet finished. It will take another few years, he said, because one part
of the design depends on the city of Champaign's Boneyard drainage project.
The Urbana firefighting substation, which is scheduled to be demolished
within the next few years, also sits on part of what will be the Bardeen
"People wondered for a long time how we would ever be able to commemorate
the fact that he was a member of the faculty, and that he gave so much to
us in terms of our culture and the vision and the inspiration for the college,"
Several years ago, Schowalter appointed a group of faculty members from
physics and electrical engineering to come up with a fitting memorial. The
committee wanted something that implied greatness, yet reflected humility
and elegance. Committee members also conferred with Bardeen's daughter and
two sons, according to Graziano.
"The family, like their father, hoped that we wouldn't use a huge
monument as a way of commemorating his presence here, but suggested a garden
for the pleasure of students," Graziano said.
Eventually a plaque will be installed in the garden to tell of Bardeen's
contributions, according to Schowalter.
"I think he would enjoy knowing that, for centuries to come, faculty
and students will cross the Bardeen Quad many times during the course of
their days," Schowalter said. "The new quad represents not only
the esteem in which the College of Engineering continues to hold Professor
Bardeen, but also the central place that distinguished faculty will always
have at the heart of the UI."
In a book about the 100 greatest scientists ever, Isaac Newton and Albert
Einstein are in the top 10.
Former UI Professor John Bardeen is No. 50.
Having this two-time Nobel Prize winner included among such a lofty list
of geniuses is an incredible honor, says Nick Holonyak, a Center for Advanced
Study professor of electrical and computer engineering. He also holds the
Sony Endowed Chair of Electrical and Comptuer Engineering.
"Just to be on that list is unimaginable," he said. "I
believe, that next to (Abraham) Lincoln, the most important person who has
ever trod around these two towns is John Bardeen. I can't think of another
person who would be on that scale."
Holonyak was a young grad student when Bardeen came to the UI in 1951,
just as he was on the verge of winning his first Nobel Prize in physics
for the development of the transistor. It didn't take long before Holonyak,
who became Bardeen's first graduate student, realized that Bardeen's approach
to scientific problems was different than any he'd ever seen before.
"It was interesting to me as a student to just observe what he would
focus on, and how he would do it," Holonyak said. "I don't expect
to see another person like that in my life. And I've seen some awfully smart
people, some very remarkable people in the field of science and technology,
but I've never run into anybody like him."
Professor Emeritus Ralph Simmons, who was head of the physics department
from 1970-1986, said he's delighted the engineering quad is being named
after him to honor his contributions to the university.
"In the electronics business he gave this university instant credibility,"
And when Bardeen and two postdoctorate students solved the riddle of
superconductivity, they solved a mystery that had stumped physicists for
three decades, he said.
"But all this immense scientific talent and technical interest was
in a man of immense modesty and quiet confidence," Simmons said.
When Bardeen announced he planned to retire from the UI, Simmons said
Bardeen made it clear he did not want a retirement party. After some negotiation,
Bardeen agreed to mark the occasion with a symposium on the future frontiers
in physics, which drew scientific colleagues from all over the world.
Simmons and Holonyak both say that in addition to their admiration for
his talent and genius, they genuinely liked the man, and are quite proud
to have known him.
"He was a man who was filled with integrity," Simmons said.
"And he took immense satisfaction in the accomplishments of his younger
And the discoveries that Bardeen made have led to half-a-dozen successor
Nobel Prizes in the applications of superconductors, he said. There's no
doubt he made a difference in the world.
"The fact that there will be a permanent part of the campus dedicated
to this man whom I regard as the greatest scientist to have ever lived and
worked here is a marvelous joy to all of us over here," Simmons said.
Holonyak agrees and even goes one step further. He'd like more reminders
of Bardeen's presence here, such as the renaming of a street after him or
changing the name of the College of Engineering to the John Bardeen College
He thinks the average person in Champaign-Urbana may not know one of
the world's greatest scientists once lived among them.
"I think they should start to dwell on the question -- 'Who was
John Bardeen?' " Holonyak said.
"If you've got a pacemaker in you, you've got transistors in you.
If you have a hearing aid, it has transistors in it. If you go to the hospital
to get an MRI, that machine is full of transistors. Power lines are run
by transistors. Telephones. Computers. Everything running today is run by
"John Bardeen is much more of a hero than we are allowing,"
he said. "We can't anticipate seeing anyone like him again."
There's probably never been a better time to visit the UI's Robert Allerton
Park and Convention Center near Monticello. That's because it's more accessible
Thanks to major improvements -- inside and out -- visitors now can navigate
the park's garden paths with greater ease and enjoy complete access to parking,
restrooms, guest rooms and conference facilities. Efforts to improve accessibility
at the park and conference center began about two years ago, and should
be completed by the end of the summer, according to Allerton director Jerry
Soesbe. The project was initiated to bring Allerton into compliance with
requirements mandated by the Americans With Disabilities Act, Soesbe said.
However, he noted, "All users benefit from it."
In particular, he said, the installation of asphalt paths connecting
many of the gardens to the conference facilities and parking areas make
it easier for everyone to get around. Though the landscape design in the
formal gardens currently incorporates two other types of pathways -- gravel
and aggregate -- the main gravel walks eventually will be replaced with
aggregate, Soesbe said.
Overall, he said, the project was designed "to do whatever we could
to maintain the character of the place. We tried to do it in a way that
would not distract from the park's original design."
To achieve that goal, Soesbe said the adaptive designs were based on
a plan by architectural engineers from WVP Corp., Decatur, with careful
supervision by staff members in the UI's Office of Facility Planning and
Management. Particularly helpful, he said, were FPM staff members Kevin
Duff and Joellen Francis.
Also providing invaluable assistance to the project, he said, was Nandita
Godbole, a master's degree candidate in landscape architecture. Godbole
has spent many hours at Allerton during the past year, working closely with
Soesbe on various aspects of the project, including designing plans for
how visitors can best move through and enjoy the garden landscapes.
Godbole also helped design a brochure that highlights the park's accessibility
features. Copies of the brochure, which are expected to be published by
mid-May, may be obtained at the park visitors center and will be packaged
with other informational materials sent to guests using the conference facilities.
Among the adaptations that have been made at Allerton, one of the more
attractive options for park visitors with limited mobility is the availability
of four electric carts, which move easily over the gravel pathways. The
carts may be checked out free of charge at the visitors center. Accessible
parking is available in a lot on the main road, adjacent to the center.
Another new feature will appeal to fans of the dramatic Sunken Gardens,
which is generally considered to be the "finale" feature that
punctuates the series of formal gardens. That area, essentially a giant
amphitheater cut six feet into the ground and surrounded by walls and sculptural
elements, was previously inaccessible to visitors confined to wheelchairs.
Until recently, the only access to the interior space, which is frequently
the site of summer concerts, was by means of a concrete staircase and a
steep-sloped ramp. The ramp's slope has been changed to better accommodate
One of those staircases has been replaced with a wide ramp with railings,
and is accessible from the gardens or from a nearby parking lot. A platform
area also has been added along the top level on one side of the garden,
affording visitors a panoramic view of the gardens or activities that may
be taking place below. To preserve the integrity of the original design
and maintain the continuity of the garden walls, a new path and entryway
was created to provide access to the viewing platform.
Back at the conference center, originally Robert Allerton's English-manor-style
home, new accommodations also reflect an effort to meet the needs of all
guests while maintaining as much of the home's historic architecture and
character as possible. The main floor is completely wheelchair accessible,
and includes adapted guest rooms and restroom and telephone facilities.
The conference room also is equipped with an assistive listening device.
A turnaround outside the main entrance also provides access for drivers
needing to drop off or pick up guests requiring assistance.
For more information about park and conference center accessibility,
contact the visitors center, 762-2721 or 244-1035, or the conference center,
Driven by lower corporate profits, the UI Flash Economic Index dropped
to 101.9 last month from a level of 104.3 in March. This was the steepest
single-month decline in the Index in nearly 10 years.
J. Fred Giertz, an economist at the UI Institute of Government and Public
Affairs who released the April figure May 4, cautioned that the fall in
the Index is not as alarming as it first appears.
"The downturn is attributable solely to a weak performance of corporate
income-tax receipts. April corporate receipts were down 23 percent in 'real'
[inflation-adjusted] terms compared to the same month last year when receipts
were at a historic high. On the other hand, individual income-tax and sales-tax
receipts were up considerably in real terms compared to the same month of
In general, the state economy is strong, Giertz said. Consumer confidence
and retail sales are high, while inflation remains low. "Even so, it
will be important to monitor corporate receipts for the next several months
to see if they rebound," the UI economist said.
The UI Flash Index is a weighted average of Illinois growth rates in
consumer spending, corporate earnings and personal income. The growth rate
in tax receipts for each component is then calculated for the 12-month period
using data obtained from the state government through April 30.
Any number above 100 means the state economy is expanding, while any
number below 100 means the economy is shrinking.
The UI Police Department will be increasing its investigative powers
this summer with the addition of a specially trained dog.
The dog will not be trained to be aggressive or to attack -- in fact,
its biggest asset will be its nose. Like trained dogs that serve the blind
or disabled, the UI dog will be trained to work and complete tasks such
as tracking criminals, looking for lost articles (something dropped or thrown
by a fleeing suspect) or searching for drugs. Increasing the likelihood
of finding illicit drugs will strengthen the department's commitment to
enforcing the campus and federal policies on drugs, said Capt. Kris Fitzpatrick.
Adding a dog to the UI force also will help address the problem of street
crime, such as assault and battery. There were 56 such crimes on campus
and in the surrounding area during the past semester, according to police
statistics. Having a dog available to help track suspects in such cases
will enhance the joint patrols the UI police perform with Champaign police
to combat street crime.
If officers suspect drugs are hidden in a vehicle or a building, the
dog could be used to search them. If an armed robbery is reported, the dog
can pick up the scent and track the suspect, according to Doug Beckman,
the UI police officer selected to be the dog's handler and caretaker.
"I've seen dogs trained like this find evidence in areas like dense
underbrush that otherwise might never have been found," Beckman said.
"I've seen the benefits from the use of the dogs to track suspects
in felony cases and I've seen them used to find lost children or even adults
who have walked away from nursing homes.
"I'm just kind of amazed at the abilities that these dogs have,
and it will be such a benefit to the department," he said.
Beckman was among several officers interviewed by a selection committee
charged with choosing who should be the dog's handler. This summer, he will
be introduced to the dog at a training center in Indiana, and spend two
weeks training with the dog.
"He will already have been trained, so he's kind of training me
at that point," Beckman said.
Beckman will meet several dogs at first, and then the trainer will select
a dog that Beckman handles well, and that suits the university's needs,
he said. Possible breeds are Labrador, German shepherd, Dutch shepherd and
The dog will be alongside Beckman on his shift, and be in and out of
buildings around campus with him. Beckman and the dog will be on call 24-hours
a day for searches and tracking when needed.
Beckman and his wife will share their home with the dog. The Beckmans
already have two dogs, a German shepherd mix and a husky-Dalmatian mix.
The police dog will require a stronger commitment from them because he will
have to be maintained in good physical condition and training.
If you've ever wanted to spend a beautiful spring day looking down on
the world around you, consider joining the Illini Glider's Club.
A tow behind a converted crop duster can have you airborne in a matter
of minutes, and if there's enough hot air that day, you can stay aloft for
an hour or two or even more.
The club's headquarters are at the Monticello Airport, which has a grass
landing strip and two large hangars in the country southeast of the city.
Saturdays and Sundays are flying days if the weather's good, and Instructor
Bill Jones said the members often come out and make a day of it.
The club owns four gliders and the tow plane. It was once affiliated
with the university through the Institute of Aviation, but now the club
is its own entity, and the affiliation is strictly through members, like
Jones, who teaches flying at the UI, or faculty members or students. Anyone
in the community can join too, he said.
It's an affordable way to fly, compared with the cost of flying an engine-powered
plane, according to the members. The annual membership fee is $390. That
entitles members to as many flights as they want during the year, and instruction
as well. On fly days, members pay $10 for a tow up to 1,000 feet; $14 for
a tow up to 2,000 feet; or $18 for a tow up to 3,000 feet.
Students at the UI, Parkland, or any college or high school, get a special
membership rate of $99 a year.
If people are interested in exploring the pastime of gliding, they can
attend the club's open house May 15 at the Monticello Airport. There will
be glider rides and flight demonstrations. If people can't attend that day,
the club also offers a one-day membership for $25, which entitles a guest
to a free flight.
Membership includes instructional flights and materials," Jones
said. Pilots can usually get their pilot's license after about 70 flights.
Fliers must be 16 to get a license; medical exams are not required.
The Illini Glider's Club holds regular monthly meetings at 7 p.m. the
first Thursday of every month in 132 Bevier Hall. The club's hotline number,
which reports if weather conditions are good for flying that day, is 762-4917.
Jones said interested persons are welcome to call the hotline number any
nice Saturday or Sunday to see if planes will go up, and then visit with
members at the airport.
Krannert Center announces Its 1999-2000
As the turn of the century draws closer, Krannert Center for the Performing
Arts announces its 51-event millennium season. Tickets are now on sale at
the Krannert Center ticket office.
Krannert Center's 1999-2000 season opens with a week of distinctly American
art forms: popular song, blues and jazz featuring cabaret singer and George
Gershwin scholar Michael Feinstein, the gritty vocals and swinging
horn section of Roomful of Blues, and Branford Marsalis. As
the season progresses, Betty Buckley will perform musical theater;
The Boys Choir of Harlem will deliver a holiday program, Grammy-winning
trumpeter Arturo Sandoval will perform Latin jazz, and trumpeter
Jon Faddis will lead the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band in a tribute to
Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington.
Five events make up the Marquee Great Hall Series of classical artists
and orchestras. The series opens with the Moscow State Radio Symphony
Orchestra and Chorus performing favorite operatic selections. Christoph
Eschenbach leads the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with the Canadian
percussion ensemble Nexus as its soloist, and Michael Tilson Thomas leads
the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Mezzo-soprano Frederica
von Stade performs a range of vocal selections, and pianist Murray
Perahia performs the monumental "Goldberg Variations," by
Johann Sebastian Bach.
The Marquee Chamber Music Series welcomes two ensembles from Europe among
its five presentations: Polish Chamber Philharmonic, praised for
its tight ensemble work, and Il Giardino Armonico, Italy's only period-instrument
ensemble. Two venerable American quartets, the Guarneri String Quartet
and the Juilliard String Quartet, also will perform. Among the
most intriguing of Krannert Center's classical music presentations is a
literary-based program by Da Camera of Houston: "Marcel Proust's
Paris." The musical selections will be interspersed with readings
from Proust's "Vinteuil Sonata."
Krannert Center's Marquee Sunday Salon Series will feature the Borromeo
String Quartet with an all-Beethoven program, the Artemis Quartet
with an eclectic program of works by Franz Schubert, Giuseppe Verdi,
Igor Stravinsky and Bela Bartók, and from a musically gifted family
with ties to Champaign-Urbana, pianist Orli Shaham provides a taste
of her blossoming artistry. The series begins and ends with competition
winners: the 1999 Naumburg International Vocal Competition Winner and
the Krannert Center Debut Artist.
World cultures and traditional performing arts figure prominently into
Krannert Center's millennium season. A Celtic Heart of Irish and
Scottish performers captures the infectious rhythms of their countries.
The 35-member Drummers of West Africa preserves the native culture
of Senegal, while award-winning frame drummer Glen Velez and the
Ethos Percussion Group provide a worldwide percussive tour in "Earth/Rhythms."
Guitar-playing brothers Sergio and Odair Assad of South America are
contrasted by the Russian dancing and singing of the Don Cossacks of
The Ballet de l'Opéra de Bordeaux presents two evenings
of classical ballet: Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" and "Tribute
to Sergei Dyaghilev." The modern dance work of Susan Marshall &
Company draws upon winter solstice rituals and New Year's festivals
for inspiration in a new work titled "The Descent Beckons."
Merce Cunningham energizes his choreography with computer-imaging
technology in "BIPED," a work in which live dancers share the
stage with computer-animated dancers. Bridging the gap between dance, theater
and opera, Meredith Monk & Vocal Ensemble present "Magic
Frequencies," a work which looks at life in our universe. Bimbetta,
too, makes use of theatrical talent to bring Baroque music to life.
Professional theater returns to the Marquee series. Leslie Nielsen
will reveal his roots are grounded firmly in serious drama in his portrayal
of America's most renowned trial lawyer, Clarence Darrow. The Aquila
Theatre Company of London vividly recreates the tale of Sophocles' "Oedipus
the King" using live music and masks. In "Cabin Pressure,"
SITI Company (Saratoga International Theatre Institute) examines
the actor/audience relationship. For those young at heart, Krannert Center
offers Kennedy Center's Imagination Celebration on Tour's adaptation
of the Judith Viorst children's book "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible,
No Good, Very Bad Day," as well as Scotland's Visible Fictions'
production of Albert Lamorisse's classic tale "The Red Balloon."
In addition to the Marquee series, Krannert Center staff members work
with the resident departments of dance, music and theater.
The department of dance offers four productions: Studiodance I and
II showcase the choreographic work of the department's students, while
two main-stage productions, November Playhouse Dance and Festival
2000, exhibit the award-winning work of the department's resident faculty
choreographers as well as works by Susan Marshall and Paul Taylor.
Offerings from the department of theater span the centuries with "Everyman"
(Anonymous), "Romeo and Juliet" (Shakespeare), "Jane
Eyre" (Charlotte Bronte, adapted by Robert Johanson), "Something's
Afoot" (James McDonald, David Vos and Robert Gerlach), "Slaughter
City" (Naomi Wallace) and "How I Learned to Drive"
The School of Music Opera Program offers three varied productions, including
Gioachino Rossini's "The Barber of Seville," Benjamin Britten's
"Albert Herring," and Claude Debussy's "Pelléas
et Mélisande." Additional School of Music band, orchestra,
new music and choral events are announced bi-monthly throughout the season.
Krannert Center's Interval: Lively Arts and Lunch Series offers a sampling
of art forms in free, noon-time performances in the lobby. This year's lineup
offers Ballet Folklorico Mexico, the a cappella group Tonic Sol-fa,
the African rhythms of Patience Mudeka, the interactive comedy
improv group The Have Nots!, and a quartet of Cajun-crazed jazz musicians
known as the Dixie Power Trio.
For more information about the upcoming season or to receive a copy
of the season brochure, contact the Krannert Center ticket office at 333-6280
or (800) KCPATIX (527-2849), or TTY 333-9714 (for patrons who are deaf or
hearing- or speech-impaired); or visit the Krannert Center Web site at www.kcpa.uiuc.edu/kcpa.
Starting this fall, students enrolled in the UI's professional acting
program will be able to take their cues from one of the theater world's
most active and sought-after free-lance directors.
Tony Award-winning director Daniel Sullivan has been cast in a leading
role as the College of Fine and Applied Arts' first Swanlund Chair. His
appointment in the theater department is effective Aug. 21.
Swanlund Chairs are endowed professorships funded through a $12 million
gift from the late Maybelle Swanlund. The professorships were created to
attract leading figures in the arts and sciences to the university and to
recognize outstanding scholars already on the faculty. Sullivan brings the
total number of current Swanlund Chairs to 10.
"We are thrilled he is joining us," said theater department
head Bruce Halverson. "No other theater department will have a director
of his stature and ability on its faculty. He is truly an exceptional theater
artist, and our students will benefit from his presence."
Halverson said Sullivan is "universally recognized as an artist
of exceptional talent, and his work has helped -- in a significant and lasting
way -- to shape the theater of today. He directs works by this country's
finest playwrights, and our most gifted actors want to work with him."
Just last month, Sullivan directed a limited-run production of Henrik
Ibsen's "Hedda Gabler," starring Annette Bening in the title role.
The play was produced at the University of California at Los Angeles' Geffin
Playhouse. When offered the opportunity to perform there, Bening chose the
play -- and the director, whom she had first met, according to Sullivan,
at an alumni gathering. Both attended the University of California at San
Sullivan's interest in theater was cultivated during his college years
at UC-San Francisco, where he majored in English literature, but danced
in the chorus of musicals for fun.
At the time, "I hadn't thought of the theater as literature,"
Sullivan said. "Somewhere along the line, I made the connection."
Following graduation in the early 1960s, he joined the Actor's Workshop
in San Francisco where he worked as an actor. When leaders of the Actor's
Workshop moved to New York City to open the Lincoln Center Theater Company,
Sullivan was invited to join them as an actor and director. He also directed
the company's Theater in the Schools program.
While in New York, Sullivan directed the American premiere of Friedrich
Durrenmatt's "Play Strindberg" and Sean O'Casey's "Plough
in the Stars," and stage-managed the Broadway musical "Hair."
In 1973, he left the Lincoln Center company to become a free-lance director.
For six years, he directed at major regional theaters throughout the country.
Among his directing assignments was Shakespeare's "Two Gentlemen of
Verona" in Cleveland, where he worked with a budding young actor named
Tom Hanks, who was cast in his first professional leading role.
Sullivan joined the Seattle Repertory Theater as a resident director
in 1979. He served as the theater's artistic director from 1981-1997. During
that period, he oversaw construction of a theater and a second stage dedicated
to new plays, and premiered works by some of the country's leading playwrights,
including Neil Simon, Jon Robin Baitz, Herb Gardner and Wendy Wasserstein.
In 1990, he received a special Tony Award recognizing the Seattle Rep's
critically important role of introducing and nurturing some of the country's
"What I enjoy -- and probably what I'm best at -- is working on
new plays," Sullivan said. "I also enjoy working on classics.
I enjoy that challenge I'm good at the ones where I'm not sure if I'm ever
getting it right and have to keep working, working. I find that fascinating."
Audiences and critics seem to concur that Sullivan actually gets it right
much of the time. In addition to recognition for his accomplishments at
the Seattle Rep, he was nominated for a Tony Award for best director for
productions of Gardner's "I'm Not Rappaport" on Broadway and in
London. He also received a subsequent Tony Award nomination for his direction
of the Broadway production of Gardner's "Conversations With My Father,"
which he later directed in London.
After Sullivan directed Wasserstein's "The Heidi Chronicles"
in Seattle and on Broadway, the play won a Tony Award and Wasserstein won
the Pulitzer Prize. Sullivan earned a third Tony Award nomination for Wasserstein's
Broadway production of "The Sisters Rosensweig."
"He continues to be her director of choice for her new plays,"
Sullivan said he enjoys the collaborative experience of working with
living playwrights and hopes to be able to bring writers to campus to work
with theater students.
"I'd like to bring in writers or actors, not only to hold seminars
and teach master classes, but to develop work -- and the university has
ownership," he said. By bringing in working writers for residencies,
"students can observe the editorship that takes place on the way to
production," he added.
Besides organizing residencies and leading workshops, Sullivan expects
to transmit his expertise by lecturing in various theater classes, where
needed. "We're still working out all the details -- making it up as
we go along. Part of locking down a schedule here will depend on what I'm
working on elsewhere," he said.
During the past two years, Sullivan has directed at Lincoln Center and
San Diego's Old Globe Theater. He plans to continue working as a free-lance
director while on the UI faculty. On the immediate horizon are a number
of projects, including directing Shakespeare's "Cymbeline" in
San Diego, New York and Chicago; an American Playhouse production for PBS;
and Donald Margulies' "Dinner With Friends" at the Variety Arts
Theater in New York.
Despite the demands of balancing a hectic professional work schedule
with academic responsibilities, Sullivan said he is eager to take on the
challenge. What appealed to him most about joining the UI theater faculty
was "the idea of service -- giving back what you know."
Peter Fritzche, a UI professor of German and 20th century history, has
won a 1999 Guggenheim Fellowship.
Fritzche won the award to support his research on nostalgia and memory.
He is working on a book, "A History of Nostalgia 1799-1999."
In his 1998 book, "Germans Into Nazis," Fritzche examined how
the Nazis rode a wave of democratic nationalism to gain power. He also co-edited
a photography "scrapbook" titled "Imagining the Twentieth
Century," published by the UI Press.
A history major as an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania
in Philadelphia, Fritzche earned both a master's and doctoral degree in
history from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1981 and 1986, respectively.
Fritzsche also had received a $3,500 grant from the William and Flora
Hewlett Foundation for his nostalgia book.
The Guggenheim Foundation of New York awarded more than $6 million to
179 scholars, artists and scientists this year. The foundation trustees
selected the winners from almost 2,800 applicants.
Past Guggenheim fellows include Ansel Adams, Henry Kissinger, Linus Pauling
and Joyce Carol Oates.
Two UI faculty members named NAS members
Two UI faculty members were among the 60 new members chosen last week
by the National Academy of Sciences for their distinguished and continuing
achievements in original research.
The UI faculty members chosen are Thomas J. Hanratty, the James W. Westwater
Professor of Chemical Engineering, emeritus, and Tom L. Phillips, professor
of plant biology and geology.
Also chosen for membership is William A. Bardeen, a scientist at the
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Batavia, Ill. Bardeen, a 1958 graduate
of the UI's University Laboratory High School, is the younger son of the
late John Bardeen, a two-time Nobel Prize laureate and UI professor.
The election was held April 27 during the 136th annual meeting of the
academy. Election to membership in the academy is considered one of the
highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer. Those
elected bring the total number of active members to 1,825.
The National Academy of Sciences is a private organization of scientists
and engineers dedicated to the furtherance of science and its use for the
general welfare. The Academy was established in 1863 by a congressional
act of incorporation, signed by Abraham Lincoln, that calls on the Academy
to act as an official adviser to the federal government, upon request, in
any matter of science or technology.
Additional information about the institution is available on the Internet
at www.nas.edu. A full directory of NAS
members can be found at the site.
Three UI students receive Goldwater Scholarships
Three UI students have received Goldwater Scholarships for the 1999-2000
academic year: Eric Engelhard of Round Lake, Ill.; Kevin Huffenberger of
Upper Arlington, Ohio; and Percy Morales of Chicago.
Engelhard is working on two degrees, in physics and astronomy, with a
minor in mathematics; Huffenberger is majoring in math and physics; and
Morales is majoring in cell and structural biology with a chemistry minor.
All three will be seniors at the UI next fall.
The UI Goldwater Scholars are among 304 from a field of 1,181 nominees
nationwide. The federally funded program was designed to encourage outstanding
students to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering.
The scholarship is the nation's premier undergraduate award of its type
in these fields.
The merit-based awards are granted to two groups of students -- those
who will be college juniors and those who will be college seniors in the
1999-2000 academic year.
Awards cover the cost of tuition, fees, books and room and board up to
a maximum of $7,500 annually.
For the second time in his career, Officer Ralph Hamlin has been named
Police Officer of the Year by the UI Division of Public Safety.
Hamlin and other UI police officers, staff and citizens were recognized
at an annual awards ceremony May 5.
Hamlin, who joined the UIPD in October 1990, has shown exemplary skills
as an investigator, according to the selection committee, and is known for
sound advice, a willingness to listen and dedication to law enforcement.
During the past year, he successfully pursued two major investigations.
One concerned the theft of food from housing food stores, and his investigation
resulted in a confession to not only that crime but other campus thefts
In the second case, Hamlin's persistence and initiative in an investigation
of burglaries and computer thefts from offices in Turner Hall resulted in
an identification of the subject and enough evidence for an arrest, according
to the committee.
"Investigator Hamlin does not dwell on failure or shy away from
challenges," according to the citation. When it became clear computer
knowledge would be needed for investigations of computer crimes, he pursued
"Even though Investigator Hamlin received this award in 1993, his
continued and sustained performance and dedication warrant a second recognition,"
according to the committee.
Also at the awards ceremony, Kipling P. Mecum, assistant director for
operations for the Operation and Maintenance Division, will be presented
the Cecil Coleman Award. The recognition is for his contributions to safety
as chairman of the safety committee of the O&M Division. He has chaired
that committee for a decade and strengthened safety awareness, according
to the citation.
Seven UI police officers received Merit Awards for performing duties
that saved or attempted to save a life, or for performing a routine duty
with excellence, diligence and at some personal inconvenience, or for having
been instrumental in apprehending a dangerous or notorious criminal.
Merit Awards went to Sgt. Skip Frost and Officers Bruce Dixon and Steve
Trame for their work on the Explosives Ordnance and Disposal team; Officers
Collin Harmon and Shane Lammers for work with an attempted suicide; Sgt.
Jason Eversole for suspect apprehension; and Lt. Jeffrey Christensen for
Police department commendations were presented to Officers Ron Weiss
and Chris Hawk for bicycle training; Officer Eric Cook for improving the
coordination of late-night dances; Lt. David Nelson for a faculty-staff
safety program; to Officers Jon Whittington and Shawn Johnson for focus-area
work; and to Harmon for community beat profiles.
In addition, Dylan Prendergast, a senior in the College of Liberal Arts
and Sciences from McHenry, was named the Student Patrol Officer of the Year.
Citizen Commendation Awards were presented to Richard Langlois of the
Office of Instructional Resources for help with a traffic direction video;
Duncan Lawrie, professor emeritus of computer science, for help with Web
site development; Robert Foertsch of the Computing and Communications Services
Office for help solving computer crimes; Jim Coleman of electrical and computer
engineering, who served as chairman of the Public Safety Advisory Committee;
and to Rory Prendergast, Robert Wright, Cameron Nelson and Conrad Soboniak,
UI students, for help with false fire alarms; and Melissa Drosopoulos, Dylan
Prendergast and David Proesel, UI students, for robbery witnesses.
Proficiency awards for firearms and use of force were given to Frost,
first place; Trame, second place; and Officer Jose Ortiz, third place.
The fall semester will now include a week-long student break at Thanksgiving,
as a result of a resolution passed by the Urbana-Champaign Senate on May
It's not certain if the break will begin this year or in the fall of
2000. Provost Richard Herman will determine if it is too late to change
the academic calendar for the coming academic year.
The action means that classes will not be held the Monday and Tuesday
preceding Thanksgiving. Prior to the change, students had Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday off for Thanksgiving.
The break reduces the number of class days in the fall semester from
74 to 72. But students who argued for the change pointed out that the spring
semester has 72 days also, and so the weeklong break equalizes the semesters.
Joe Oberweis, Student Senate Caucus president, said that late November
is a stressful time of the semester for students because term papers and
projects are due and final exams are approaching. Students also want the
extended time to allow out-of-state and international students to return
home for the holiday.
Attendance in those Monday and Tuesday classes before Thanksgiving is
already poor, Oberweis said.
And, other universities comparable to the UI have 72-day fall semesters,
according to Oberweis and Lawrence Tabone, Student Senate Caucus president-elect.
For a time during the debate, senators considered an amendment proposal
that would have started the fall semester two days earlier to accommodate
the break, but that was voted down. Several UI administrators said the Wednesday
start date for fall classes is important to accommodate orientation and
other start-up procedures.
The change in the calendar was largely a faculty-student debate since
the student caucus proposed the change and faculty argued against it. Some
of the faculty members said the timing of the break two weeks before the
end of the semester was disastrous pedagogically because it interrupted
the momentum and continuity of the classes.
But other faculty members spoke in favor of it. Joan Klein, professor
of English, said she had polled members of the English department and of
the 25 who responded, 21 supported the change.
Heidi Von Gunden, professor of music, said students in performing arts
feel especially pushed and stressed in late November and that a break at
that time would be welcome.
The resolution to amend the calendar policy passed significantly with
a show of hands. A subsequent vote to adapt the change for the coming fall
semester resulted in the Senate agreeing to let Provost Herman decide if
it's feasible to make the change so soon. A third vote amended the Academic
Year 2000-2001 calendar to include the Thanksgiving break.
In other matters, the Senate ended a two-week long standoff about a proposed
policy that provides for periodic review of faculty members by quickly voting
to adopt it.
The proposal was first discussed at the April 19 Senate meeting and when
time ran out it was debated again at the April 26 meeting. At that meeting,
a quorum of 100 was not present so a vote was not taken.
The adopted policy requires that each academic unit review its faculty
members annually. The faculty member can request a broader review by a faculty
committee if concerned with the evaluation. And each department will be
required to review how it conducts the reviews every five to seven years.
Senate faculty members who argued against the policy said it wasn't necessary
because most departments already do reviews, and that all faculty members
were being affected because of "a few bad apples."
Supporters argued that it makes the university more accountable to a
public that frequently criticizes the tenure afforded faculty.
Also May 3, the senate approved an amendment that says senate members
who miss two consecutive regularly scheduled meetings without notifying
the clerk in advance in writing will be presumed to have resigned their
The action was proposed because attendance at senate meetings is frequently
poor, according to David Piell, student member. In fact many meetings have
less than a quorum, he said. The amendment also provides that attendance
records of all senators for that semester will be published in the Daily
Illini or other local publication.
Spring is a season to straighten up and prioritize - and the UI has unveiled
a plan to reorganize its administration and business operations.
At the UI Board of Trustees meeting in Chicago April 14 and 15, UI President
James J. Stukel told trustees the university is becoming more customer-oriented.
The consulting firm of Arthur Andersen was hired to help the university
move toward its goals, Stukel said.
"We're looking at how we go about our business practices,"
The strategic plan, which will be developed over the next five to six
months, will be universitywide, Stukel said.
"My vision of our university is one university with three locations,"
"It's an orientation toward our customers. It has to be an attitude
change first. It's terribly important that everyone is on board when the
train pulls away or you'll have problems." The UI is the first institution
in the nation to conduct such an internal audit, said Craig Bazzani, university
vice president for business and finance.
"It's not easy to turn the covers down and let everyone look at
your problems," Bazzani said.
A university's internal audit is not like a corporation's because the
fundamentals are so different, he added.
"We're not driven by profits, we are driven by service," Bazzani
said. "Wherever we can, we need to operate with good business sense."
The strategic plan will consider whether, for instance, certain departments
should be centralized, or all units should use the same technology.
"I don't think anyone has stopped the world to take inventory,"
Bazzani said. "We wanted to literally map all we do."
The audit will survey business and finance, including accounting, payroll
and budgeting; human resources, including benefits and compensation; and
information technology, including application development, client services
and data administration.
Each campus had an advisory team, with more than 250 university employees
involved and about 4,000 surveys given, he said.
Bazzani said the plan will help the university determine "whether
services are provided in the right way."
The second part of the strategic plan includes implementing the recommendations.
Trustee Roger Plummer said he believes the university is headed in the
"The process we're using is right on target," he said.
Accreditation review scheduled
Company is coming.
A team from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools is
planning to visit the Urbana-Champaign campus Sept. 27--29 to evaluate the
"We want to be on our best behavior," said Karen Carney, assistant
provost, "but we want to also be ourselves and show people what we
are about here."
The NCA accredits the UI about every 10 years. It is one of six accrediting
associations in the United States.
"We're doing a good job if we're accredited," Carney said.
"We can look at this as an opportunity to look closely at where we
are and where we're headed."
To prepare for the visit, the university has begun a self-study to determine
how well it meets NCA standards.
An accreditation planning committee, chaired by R. Linn Belford, professor
of chemistry, is leading the self-study process.
The NCA recommends that the self-study focus on the whole institution,
permit wide involvement and create improvement plans.
The UI will focus its self-study on how it has met goals set forth in
its 1995 plan, "A Framework for the Future." That plan identified
seven principles to guide campus planning: investing in people, promoting
scholarship and research, concentrating on teaching, investing in facilities,
exploring new teaching and information technologies, strengthening international
studies and improving community outreach.
"The 'Framework' was chosen as the basis for our self-study because
it has become part of our culture here at Illinois," said Carney, the
coordinator of the self-study.
She said the plan already has sparked improvements such as Partnership
Illinois, the Task Force on Graduate Education and freshman convocation.
Another initiative that is tied to the accreditation visit is the student
outcomes assessment. In 1995, the NCA began requiring accredited institutions
to demonstrate the existence of processes for assessing student academic
At Illinois, an Outcomes Assessment Committee, chaired by Lizanne DeStefano,
professor in the Bureau of Educational Research, and the Office of Instructional
Resources, directed by John Ory, worked closely with individual degree-granting
units to help them develop assessment plans. To date, 81 of the 83 degree-granting
units have completed their plans, which will be reviewed by the NCA team.
For more information, see the campus assessment Web site, at www.oir.uiuc.edu/assessment/.
Faculty and staff members are encouraged to comment on the 1999 self-study,
"A Framework for Self Study," which is available along with other
accreditation materials at www.provost.uiuc.edu/accreditation.
Community members will have opportunities to meet with members of the
NCA team during several public sessions that will be scheduled during the
three-day visit in September.
After the NCA visit, team members will provide NCA and the chancellor
with a copy of their report and recommendations. The process should be concluded
by January 2000.
And although the university has been accredited by the NCA since 1913,
Carney said the accreditation process is taken very seriously.
"This is important because it is a very public thing," she
said. "We do take our public role seriously."
Gifts totaling about $11 million to benefit
programs at three UI campuses
Gifts totaling almost $11 million are earmarked for programs at the UI's
Chicago, Urbana-Champaign and Springfield campuses. The gifts were announced
April 30 in Chicago by UI President James J. Stukel at a dinner attended
by more than 475 members of the UI Foundation's Presidents Council during
the council's spring meeting.
The council is the university's highest donor recognition program and
is administered by the UI Foundation, the university's private gift fund-raising
Charitable foundations, a corporation and individuals were recognized
for their contributions to Campaign Illinois, the ongoing fund-raising
effort that surpassed its $1 billion goal last year. Campaign Illinois
gift subscriptions as of March 31, 1999, totaled $1,167,817,918.
The goal of the extended campaign is to boost the university's active
endowment -- funds already invested and earning income for donor-designated
UI programs -- to $1 billion. The active endowment has risen from about
$250 million prior to the start of Campaign Illinois to $762 million
as of March 31. Campaign Illinois leaders hope to raise the remaining
$238 million by Dec. 31, 2000.
Two announced gifts will go to the Urbana-Champaign campus.
gift of $1.5 million from James Avery, a 1946 art and industrial design
graduate of the UI and chairman of James Avery Craftsman Inc., will create
the James Avery Endowed Chair in the College of Fine and Applied Arts. Avery's
gift also will support the James Ross Shipley annual awards for students
and faculty members in the college. James Shipley's long and distinguished
career at UIUC began in 1939 and lasted until his retirement in 1977 as
head of the department of art, now the School of Art and Design. Shipley
was a mentor to Avery, a World War II pilot who taught at the universities
of Iowa, Colorado and Minnesota before embarking on a career in jewelry
design production in 1954.
six-figure gift from Charles W. and Norma L. Doering of Rolling Meadows
will provide scholarships for students in the College of Education. Chuck
Doering, a 1952 UI graduate, is senior director of gift development for
the UI Foundation. Norma Doering, who earned a master's degree in elementary
education from the UI in 1982, taught at Arlington Heights and Glenview-Northbrook
To arrange for drop-off of used audio or stereo equipment, call 333-1070.
Records, audio and VHS tapes, and CDs can be dropped off in the following
The Vintage Vinyl Sale will take place June 12 at Sunnycrest Mall in
To accompany the name change, the unit's Web site has been redesigned
and reorganized, and given a new URL: www.aits.uillinois.edu/.
Visitors to the site can peruse the AITS newsletter, where a series of articles
outline the changes already made, as well as preview future changes.
The forum is part of the campus's yearlong effort to study its athletics
program in conjunction with the NCAA Division I athletics certification
program. The study is examining academic and financial integrity, rules
compliance and commitment to equity.
The certification program, designed to ensure the integrity of institutions'
athletics operations, has been an ongoing effort and has been used to review
athletics programs at many other universities.
"The NCAA is interested in ensuring that athletic programs are run
in the context of the university of which they're a part," said Tony
Waldrop, a professor of physiology who is the chair of the steering committee
responsible for studying the university's athletic programs.
The evaluation team is scheduled to be on campus May 10-13 and will report
its findings to the NCAA Committee on Athletics Certification. The committee
will determine the university's certification status and announce its decision
The NCAA is a membership organization of colleges and universities that
participate in intercollegiate athletics.
In addition, customers may sign up for the Summer Cleanup program on
the Web. The Building Operation Section of O&M is again offering the
program at no charge.
A link to the Operation Summer Cleanup program is listed under the Request
Forms menu. The form may be submitted electronically according to the instructions
at the site or print the form and send it to Randy Kornegay, 1501 S. Oak
Street, MC--821; or by fax at 333-3711. Forms must be received by June 1.
A hard copy of the form also is available by calling 333-1492.
"Discovering the Internet" is a series of three correspondence
courses designed to teach the basics of the Internet and of creating and
publishing Web pages. Students learn about a variety of topics with the
aid of a comprehensive study guide and an instructor accessible through
a variety of online methods.
UI faculty and staff members and students are eligible to take the course
for a discounted price of $50 per module. Cost for those not affiliated
with the university is $75 per module. More information about the course
can be found at www.outreach.uiuc.edu/discover
or by contacting GIS for a brochure.
If you've found a great bed and breakfast on the coast of Alaska that
offers days of whale watching; or if you've spent your vacation days as
a volunteer in Haiti; or if you've found a great dude ranch in Texas; or
climbed cliffs in Hawaii, we hope you'll share it with us. Information about
the relative cost would be helpful, as well as ease of finding accommodations
and whether it's a vacation for a car, train, plane or boat.
Send us your stories (try to limit them to 500 words) by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by campus mail to
Doris Dahl, Inside Illinois, 807 S. Wright St., Suite 520 East, MC-314.
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: http://webster.uihr.uiuc.edu/ahr/jobs/index.asp.
Any other information may be obtained from the person indicated in the listing.
Chemistry. Head. Must have academic credentials or equivalence
of full professorship in chemistry at a major research university, a national
and international reputation for scholarly productivity in research and
the promise of leadership and administrative excellence. Available: Aug.
21. Contact James J. Coleman, Search Committee, School of Chemical Sciences,
505 S. Mathews Ave., MC-712. Closing date: June 1.
Library. Associate professor (library administration)/library
and information science librarian. ALA accredited, MLS or equivalent and
a minimum of five years' relevant experience in an academic research library,
including collection development. Should have knowledge of the information
needs of scholars in library and information science, as demonstrated by
academic course work or library experience in these areas; knowledge of
new technologies and their applications to enhancing information services;
understanding of current trends in publishing; and demonstrated leadership
ability in planning and implementing new programs and services. Available:
Aug. 21. Contact Allen Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: June 10.
Library. Associate professor (library administration)/communications
librarian. ALA accredited, MLS or equivalent and a minimum of five years'
relevant experience in an academic research library, including collection
development. Should have knowledge of the information needs of scholars
in communications, as demonstrated by academic course work or library experience
in these areas; and knowledge of new technologies and their applications
to enhancing information services. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Allen Dries,
333-5494. Closing date: June 10.
Speech and Hearing Science. Teaching associate. Master's degree
required; PhD preferred. An interest in fluency disorders and/or public
school speech-language pathology desired. Available: Aug. 23. Contact Ruth
Watkins, 333-2230, email@example.com. Closing date: June 1.
Veterinary Biosciences. Assistant or associate professor, reproductive
biology. PhD required; postdoctoral experience preferred. Prior teaching
experience also desirable. Available: Jan. 1. Contact Paul Cooke, 333-6825.
Closing date: July 15.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Assistant/associate professor, small
animal cardiology. DVM degree or equivalent and diplomate status or intent
and eligibility for examination in the American or European College of Veterinary
Internal Medicine (cardiology specialty) required. Training and experience
in clinical cardiovascular or basic research desired. Available: negotiable.
Contact David Sisson, 333-5300. Closing date: July 15.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Professor, small animal medicine/critical
care (rank open). DVM degree or equivalent and diplomate status in ACVECC
or ACVIM required. Experience in research or intellectual productivity and/or
skills in emergency medicine/critical care or general internal medicine
preferred. Available: negotiable. Contact Karen Campbell, 333-5300. Closing
date: July 15.
Veterinary Clinical Medicine. Head and professor (full-time 12-month
position). Must have a DVM degree or its equivalent and have evidence of
additional research and clinical training (PhD, and/or specialty board certification).
Should have an outstanding record of scholarship and research to qualify
for the position of professor with tenure in the department. Available:
Jan. 3. Contact P. Gerding, 333-2760. Closing date: July 20 or when filled.
Biochemistry. Research specialist in life sciences. Bachelor's
degree in chemistry, biochemistry or biology (with a strong chemistry background)
and at least a year of research or laboratory experience required. Available:
July 1. Contact Ana Jonas, 333-0452, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: June
Biotechnology Center. Senior research specialist, W.M. Keck Center.
Bachelor's degree and laboratory experience required; master's in biology,
biochemistry or related natural sciences preferred. Experience with automated
DNA sequencing preferred. Available: July 1. Contact: Elaine Sampson, 265-5057,
email@example.com. Closing date: May 14.
Broadcasting, Division of. Television executive producer (creative
specialist). Bachelor's degree in broadcasting, radio/TV communications
or related field; a minimum of five years' experience in television production
as an executive producer, production manager, producer or director; and
three years' supervisory or administrative experience, including budget
preparation. Available: July 20. Contact Nena Richards, 333-1070, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: June 11.
Claims Management, Office of (Chicago). Claims analyst, workers'
compensation. Bachelor's degree required. Workers' compensation and claims
experience preferred. Should possess knowledge of medical terminology. Available
immediately. Contact Douglas B. Caldwell, 333-1080, email@example.com.
Closing date: June 1.
Commerce and Business Administration, College of. Associate director,
Commerce Undergraduate Career Services. Bachelor's degree required; master's
preferred. Minimum of three to five years' experience, preferably in career
services or recruitment. Available: June 21. Contact Mary Martin, 244-2386.
Closing date: May 14.
Computing and Communications Services Office. Research programmer
, Instructional Computing Sites group (two or more positions). Bachelor's
degree, minimum one year's relevant experience, and one or more years' programming
experience in a structured language such as C/C++, PERL, JAVA or shell scripts
required. Experience working with TCP/IP, IPX or Apple Talk networking protocols,
HTML and CGI desired. See also: www.uiuc.edu/ccso/news/job90301.html.
Available immediately. Contact David Ruby, 244-7113, firstname.lastname@example.org. Position
#90301. Closing date: May 12.
Computing and Communications Services Office. Research programmer,
network support (two or more positions). Bachelor's degree and at least
one year's relevant experience required. Must have experience working with
LAN hardware and software and have an understanding of Ethernet repeaters
and switches. See also: www.uiuc.edu/ccso/news/job90401.html. Available
immediately. Contact Beth Scheid, 333-8626, email@example.com. Position
#90401. Closing date: May 17 or when filled.
Electrical and Computer Engineering (South Pole). Visiting research
engineer (electro-optic systems laboratory). Bachelor's degree in electrical
engineering or a related field, and knowledge of C/C++ under Windows 95/98.
The candidate must have practical experience with troubleshooting electronics
and high-voltage power supplies. For more information, http://conrad.ece.uiuc.edu/.
Contact G. Papen, 244-4115, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: June
Government and Public Affairs, Institute of (Chicago). Assistant
to the director. Bachelor's degree required. Should have prior experience
in higher education, understanding of computer software programs utilized
by the institute and proficiency with word processing software. Available
immediately. Contact Anna Merritt, 333-3340, email@example.com . Closing
date: May 7.
Grants and Contracts Office. Coordinator. Bachelor's degree, preferably
in accounting, finance or general business administration, and three years'
experience in a position requiring utilization of financial and administrative
skills in a complex business, academic or government environment, preferably
at an institution of higher education. Knowledge of sponsored program post-award
administration within an academic environment and and understanding of university
business procedures highly desirable. Contact Kay Williams, 333-4880. Closing
date: May 24.
Housing Division. Assistant program director (Unit One). Master's
degree and at least two years' experience working with undergraduate students
including teaching, program development and/or academic counseling required.
Experience with administrative, academic, and student affairs units preferred.
See also: www.housing.uiuc.edu/academics/unit1. Available: Aug. 9. Contact
Paul Pyrz, 333-8351. Closing date: May 14 or when position filled.
Housing Division. Assistant director, marketing. Bachelor's degree
in marketing or related field plus a minimum of three years' experience
in marketing required. Should have knowledge of marketing including market
research techniques and development of publications and advertising. Available:
Aug. 15. Contact Mary Cloos, 244-9514. Closing date: May 25.
Human Resources, Department of (Chicago). Director of operations/HRMS.
Bachelor's degree in human resources, business administration, organizational
development or related field. Should have previous experience with organizational
change, group dynamics and business process analysis. Project management
and supervisory experience related to technology initiatives are also required.
Available immediately. Contact Phyllis McNulty-Hill, (312) 996-9305, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Closing date: May 10.
Human Resources, Department of (Chicago). Human resource information
systems specialist. Bachelor's degree in a related field such as human resources,
business administration or information management. Should have experience
in report writing and decision support tools. Additionally, the individual
will possess good communications and interpersonal skills; experience with
client server and Web technologies helpful, but not required. Available
immediately. Contact Karen Hyde, 333-9063, email@example.com. Closing
date: June 4.
Illini Union. Network analyst. Bachelor's degree; master's preferred.
Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in administering local area or campus-scale
networks and information systems, including work in both IBM compatibles,
UNIX and Macintosh environments. Position requires knowledge and experience
working with Windows 95, Microsoft Office, Windows NT server, QuarkXPress,
Photoshop, Illustrator and Eudora. Available immediately. Contact John Hammer,
244-1505. Closing date: June 1.
Illini Union. Program director. Master's degree and three years'
full-time professional experience in student activities required. Experience
in college/university union or center and with student programming is preferred.
Requires previous experience and/or knowledge of student activities, program
planning and management, policy and procedure development, budget management,
leadership development, advising and supervising students, and an understanding
of and commitment to issues regarding cultural diversity. Salary starting
at $34,000. Available: July 19. Send resumes, three references to Search
Committee Chair, 284 Illini Union, MC-384, 244-8332. Closing date: May 28.
Illinois Library Computer Systems Office. Library systems coordinator.
Master's degree and a minimum of two years' experience using an integrated
library automation system required. Should have one year of post master's
experience in a library or library-related organization and experience with
microcomputers. Experience with ILLINET Online or another DRA installation,
working knowledge of OCLC cataloging subsystem and MARC format, and experience
with HTML and Web site administration desired. Available immediately. Contact
Cheryl A. Brown, 333-6600, firstname.lastname@example.org Closing date: June 1.
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach--men's
tennis. Bachelor's degree required, master's degree in business for marketing
and promoting the program preferred. Extensive experience in competing internationally
and collegiately as both a player and a coach. Minimum of two years' collegiate
coaching experience in a Top Ten national program. Contact Craig Tiley,
333-7971. Closing date: May 17.
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant to associate
athletic director. Bachelor's degree minimum required; master's preferred.
Minimum of three years' athletic administrative experience required. Ability
and experience with IBM computer environment; organizational skills with
attention to detail; and demonstrated knowledge of Big Ten and NCAA rules
and regulations necessary. Contact Kelly Landry, 244-7061. Closing date:
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant athletic trainer.
Bachelor's degree and NATABOC certification as an athletic trainer required;
master's preferred. Minimum of two years' experience as a certified athletic
trainer preferred. Should be licensed by the state of Illinois or eligible.
Available: July 1. Contact Al Martindale, 333-6718. Closing date: June 1.
Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach--men's
basketball. Bachelor's degree required. Available immediately. Contact Lon
Kruger, 333-3400. Closing date: May 11.
Law, College of. Associate director, career placement. JD degree
and knowledge of the legal job market required. Experience with one-on-one
and group counseling and advising preferred. Available: May 21. Contact
Mark A. Weber, 333-8951. Closing date: May 7.
Project Planning and Facility Management. Resource and policy
analyst. Bachelor's degree and general knowledge of remodeling values and
procedures along with the ability to read architectural plans required.
Must have general knowledge of database structure, AutoCad and Internet
applications. Available: June 21. Contact Ann Swearingen, 244-4049. Closing
date: May 26.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Research programmer
(specializing as a technical consultant in Scientific Computing Division).
Graduate degree in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering or related
field with focus in computational structural mechanics and three years'
experience in solving complex problems using computational structural analysis
required. Should have experience with various CAD systems, FORTRAN 77, FORTRAN
90, HTML programming and have knowledge of exotic composite and vicoelastic
materials. Available immediately. Contact NCSA Human Resources, 333-6085,
email@example.com. Search #6456D. Closing date: May 12.
Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. System engineer
(computing and communications). Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical
engineering or related field and two years' relevant experience required.
Must have experience with networked environments and a variety of software
and hardware with training in the management and support of individual technologies
such as UNIX system administration. For more information, see www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SRC/HRmain.html.
Available: immediately. Contact NCSA Human Resources, 333-6085, career@ncsa.
uiuc.edu. Search #6402. Closing date: May 11.
UI Online. Computer-assisted instruction specialist. Master's
degree in instructional technologies or a related field with significant
course work in instructional design theory and practice required and at
least two years' experience in the use of computer-based instructional materials
and substantial experience with Web-based course development. In addition,
classroom teaching; in-depth knowledge of standard Internet information
delivery systems and communications tools; and familiarity with the instructional
technology tools and applications supported on the UI campuses, including
WebCT, Blackboard CourseInfo, WebBoard, FirstClass, Microsoft NetMeeting,
RealMedia, Microsoft FrontPage, Adobe Photoshop, etc. Available: immediately.
Contact Lynn Ward, 244-6465, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: May 17.
University Counsel, Office of (Chicago). Claims manager. Bachelor's
degree and at least five years' litigation management or claims management
experience. Law degree and experience in medical malpractice litigation
preferred. Available immediately. Contact Donna Debelak, (312) 413-3029,
email@example.com. Closing date: May 25.
University Counsel, Office of (Chicago). Assistant university
counsel. Law degree and license to practice law in Illinois or eligibility
for immediate admission required. At least five years' legal practice experience
preferred. Experience in representing a university desired. Available immediately.
Contact Donna Jessee, 333-0560, firstname.lastname@example.org. Closing date: May
Veterinary Medicine, College of. Assistant dean for academic and
student affairs. Bachelor's degree and experience with academic counseling,
teaching and administration required; advanced degree preferred and DVM
desired. Available: immediately. Contact Gerald J. Pijanowski, 333-1192,
email@example.com. Closing date: June 25.
Water Survey, Illinois State. Assistant professional scientist.
Master's degree with three years of post-graduate school research experience
in atmospheric sciences or related field required; PhD preferred. Considerable
experience in observational studies of mesoscale phenomena, cloud physics
or boundary layer meteorology and experience working with surface and airborne
Doppler radar techniques and aircraft insitu data preferred. Should have
strong computer skills, including experience with UNIX and Linux systems
and C/C++, or FORTRAN programming languages. Available: Aug. 1. Contact
Human Resources, Illinois State Water Survey, 333-0448. Closing date: July
Water Survey, Illinois State. Biogeochemist-professional scientist.
PhD in biochemistry, soil science, chemistry or other related scientific
discipline. Minimum of five years' post-PhD experience, collecting, analyzing,
interpreting, synthesizing and reporting biogeochemical data in a policy
and/or resource management context. Experience in multidisciplinary projects
design and management as well as team member and an independent scientist.
Available: July 1. Contact Human Resources, Illinois State Water Survey,
333-0448. Closing date: May 31.
Water Survey, Illinois State. MCC database and system administrator-assistant
supportive scientist. Bachelor's degree required in computer science, physical
science or information management field and at least three years' experience
in UNIX/Linux systems. Programming experience with C/C++, FORTRAN and Perl
or other scripting languages and experience with interfacing databases with
Web pages in UNIX environment, good program and procedure documentation
skills and a working knowledge of basic hardware issues such as managing
hard drives or local networks. Available: May 15. Contact Human Resources,
Illinois State Water Survey, 333-0448. Closing date: when position is 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
A report of honors, awards, offices and other outstanding achievements
of faculty and staff members.
The Bergman prize committee of the American Math Society awarded the
1999 Bergman Prize to John D'Angelo, professor of mathematics. D'Angelo
was cited for his "remarkable geometric insight" that has led
him to make several "spectacular contributions to complex analysis."
Hermaan Krier, professor of mechanical and industrial engineering,
has been named the third Richard W. Kritzer Distinguished Professor. Krier's
research is in the area of thermal sciences and has included studies in
rocket propulsion, detonation physics, coal combustion and plasma dynamics
of space thrusters. The endowment was established through a bequest from
the Richard W. Kritzer Charitable Trust.
K. Peter Kuchinke, professor of human resource education, received
the 1998 Outstanding Dissertation Award from the University Council for
Workforce and Human Resource Education. He also received the 1998 Outstanding
Article award from the UK-based research journal, Human Resource Development
International. In addition, Kuchinke was presented with the Top Ten Conference
Proceedings Award at the 1999 Academy of Human Resource Development Conference
in Washington, D.C., on March 6. Kuchinke's research focuses on leadership
styles and leadership development in a comparative, cross-national context.
The CD-ROM catalog designed by John V. Clarke, professor of graphic
design, for the 1998 Krannert Art Museum exhibition "Concerned Theatre
Japan: The Graphic Art of Japanese Theatre, 1960 to 1980" has been
awarded a silver medal in the 78th Annual Art Directors Club international
competition. The CD-ROM, which was conceived and written by David G.
Goodman, professor of East Asian languages and cultures, was one of
15,000 entries submitted to the competition in the "new media"
category and one of only 13 to receive a medal. The CD-ROM will be part
of an exhibition that will open in New York City in June and travel internationally
to Asia, Europe and South America. The work also will be included in the
78th Art Directors Club Annual.
Rose Mary Cordova-Wentling, professor, and Nilda Palma-Rivas,
visiting lecturer in the department of human resource education, received
the Richard A. Swanson Research Excellence Award for their article "Current
Status and Future Trends of Diversity Initiatives in the Workplace: Diversity
Experts' Perspective." The award is given to the best refereed article
of the year in Human Resource Development Quarterly Journal. Their research
work on diversity was further recognized at the Emerging Issues in Business
and Technology Conference where they received the Outstanding Conference
Paper Award for their paper titled "Current Status of Diversity Initiatives
in Selected Multinational Corporations."
Four UI faculty members have been awarded Sloan Fellowships: Naomi
Makins, physics; David Gin and Todd Martinez, chemistry;
and Jeff Erickson, computer science. The fellowships support scientists
chosen by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation as showing the most promise of
making contributions to new knowledge. Fellowship winners each receive a
$35,000 grant to support their research. One hundred fellowships were awarded
Rebecca Nettl-Fiol and Renee Wadleigh, professors of dance, each
received Illinois Arts Council Choreographer Fellowship Grants of $5,000.
The award was based on submission of two previous pieces of choreography.
WILL-AM reporters won eight awards in the 1998 Illinois and Indiana
Associated Press contests for broadcast news.
For Illinois, WILL-AM reporter Amy Morris won the "Best Reporter"
award, and news director Tom Rogers won the "Best Newswriting"
award, based on a group of news stories each submitted.
Morris also won first place in the "Best Investigative Report"
category for her story on "The Ryan Fax."
WILL-AM reporter Dave Dickey won second place in that category
for his four-part series that looked at Illinois' attempts to put more welfare
recipients into the workforce. Dickey also won second place in the "Best
Spot News" category for his report on Air Force One getting stuck in
the mud at Willard Airport in January.
"Legal Issues in the News" commentator Amy Gajda and
"Morning Edition" producer Craig Cohen took first place
in the "Best Editorial or Commentary" category for "The Grinch,"
a rhyming mock trial in which Champaign County State's Attorney John Piland
tried to convince a jury of children that the Grinch did indeed steal Christmas.
In the Indiana AP contest, Rogers won "Best News Feature"
for his piece on the U.S. National Hot Air Balloon Championships in Rantoul.
Rogers took listeners to the back yard of a rural Thomasboro family who
volunteered to let balloonists land on their property. Director of agricultural
programming Charles Lindy and associate producer Matt Hagemann
won second place in the "Best Public Affairs Program" category
for their weekly program "Commodity Week."
After working for 20 years at the UI, most of them in the Housing
Division, electrician John DeHaven now specializes in setting up sound equipment
for events around campus. For example, during the recent Roger Ebert Overlooked
Film Festival, the sound of Ebert and others at an Illini Union news conference
was courtesy of DeHaven and his traveling van of microphones, amps and other
Did you get this job because you had experience working with sound
Not really. I'd worked in housing for about 11 years, and about a year
and a half ago, they needed some extra help so they asked me if I'd like
to help set up some equipment for some of the functions after work. Then
one of the guys retired and they brought me in last fall. So far, I love
it. But you've got to be willing to work a lot of overtime because
most of the events are either on the weekends or after normal business hours.
What kinds of events do you do?
Well, we do a lot of things for MillerComm at the Levis Faculty Center,
because it doesn't have its own in-house PA [public address] system. We
did the fashion show at Lincoln Hall for Moms Day. We'll do several different
commencement exercises. We'll set up the PA and also make audio tapes or
videotapes if they want.
Do you work a harried schedule?
When you get going three or four days [in a row] you can really get tired
because we're working regular daytime hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and
then we go out to these events that go on after 4:30. For a medium-size
equipment order, it usually takes about two hours to pack up everything
in the van, unload it, set it up and test it
And then do you stay until the event is over?
Sure, sure. We take care of any technical problems that might come up
throughout the program. But at the end of the night, after you get the equipment
loaded back into the van, you're ready to quit. You're ready to head home.
But it's still fun because you see a lot of interesting events and interesting
What do you do at home?
I have an antique car that I'm preparing to restore when I have the time.
It's a '47 Packard. It's in fairly good shape. I bought it in 1971 from
a guy in Champaign. I heard about this guy and I thought he had just a parts
car, and when I went to see it I thought 'My gosh! This is beautiful.' I
was still in high school at the time so I went to my father and told him
he had to help me buy this car. So I got it and I've never let go of it.
I've had quite a few offers for it.
Does it run?
Yes, I drove it home. It only had 40,000 miles on it. It hadn't been
driven much. And it's been garaged since the day I bought it. I used to
drive it every now and then. I'd drive it in the summer and stuff. I had
it in the Fourth of July parade once.
What attracted you to a '47 Packard?
I always had a thing about Packards. I always loved 'em, and when I was
a kid my grandfather had a car of that same year, almost the same color,
so when I saw the opportunity to get this one, it brought back good memories.
Have you had a brush with fame doing this job?
Well, I do see a lot of distinguished people across campus. Especially
for some of these seminars where they have special speakers come in -- world-renowned
speakers and experts. And these are pretty important events, high-profile
events -- and that's when you don't want to look bad or make them look bad.
And it can be educational. Especially at the MillerComm events, you get
to hear a lot of interesting topics. Some of them aren't real interesting
[to me], but for the most part they are.
Eisner studied at Northwestern University, Chicago Music College, Columbia
University and the UI. She received a master's degree from the American
Conservatory of Music, Chicago.
Survivors include a stepson, six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Stravinsky Awards, 1003 W.
Church St., Champaign, IL 61821.
Harvey graduated in 1948 from St. Mary's School of Nursing, Huntington,
W.Va. She joined the UI staff in 1978 and retired in 1993.
Survivors include her husband, Richard; two sons; a daughter; a brother;
a sister; and three granddaughters.
Memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity of Champaign
County, the Area Office of the American Cancer Society or the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Urbana.
Jenkins retired from the UI after 37 years of service.
Survivors include a daughter, a brother and a sister.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Springfield Memorial Medical
Center Burn Unit.
Martin served in the U.S. Army, attended Vanderbilt University and received
a doctorate from Harvard University.
He was a professor of chemistry at the UI from 1956 to 1985.
Survivors include five sons and two sisters.
Memorial contributions may be made to the J.C. Martin Memorial Fund in
care of the UI Foundation.
Smith served in the Army Air Forces during World War II. He retired from
the UI in 1989.
Survivors include his wife, Doris; a son; a daughter; two stepsons; a
stepdaughter; two sisters; two grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Forty Martyrs Catholic Church,
of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign