24, No. 1, July 1, 2004
Park and Conference Center
Volunteers needed to spruce
can help restore and maintain the natural areas, formal gardens and
sculptures at Robert Allerton Park and Conference Center, Monticello,
during volunteer work days in July. Snacks and social times are provided
as part of the day. In the event of rain, work days will be held indoors.
- July 7, 9-11
a.m.: Garden Work Day. Help maintain the formal gardens surrounding
the visitor center and conference center by helping with a special
project or assisting with watering, weeding, and cutting back or deadheading
- July 10, 9 a.m.-noon:
Natural Areas Restoration /Allerton Allies. Help care for Allerton
Park’s “wild side” by removing honeysuckle or garlic
mustard, clearing and marking trails or other maintenance of natural
areas. All materials and equipment will be provided, but volunteers
should bring work gloves.
- July 14, 9 a.m.-noon:
Sculpture Conservation Work Day. Assist with maintaining and cleaning
the more than 100 outdoor sculptures and garden ornaments found throughout
the park. May require working on scaffolding.
Mainframe printing services to relocate
Effective July 1, printing of reports and documents on the high-speed
printers in 54 Henry Administration Building will be moved to the Facilities
& Services Printing Department’s main location at 54 E. Gregory
Drive. The relocation should have no impact on most customers since
documents will continue to be printed and delivered to the appropriate
However, beginning July 1, customers who have been retrieving documents
from the secure bins in Henry will have their documents delivered to
their preferred campus addresses by the Printing Department. Questions
about document delivery should be directed to Barbara Childers at 244-9486
Customers who use preprinted, multi-part forms will need to make arrangements
to convert the preprinted forms to digital templates. Contact John Zuckerman,
Office of Administrative Information Technology Services, at 312-996-8903
Contact Childers at 244-9486 with any questions.
Exhibit highlights state’s
Spurlock Museum will mark the opening of the exhibit “Illinois:
An Epic Landscape” with a celebration from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July
10. The exhibit created by the Illinois Natural History Survey will
highlight the stunning array of biological diversity found in Illinois,
with a focus on the cypress swamps of southern Illinois.
At the opening celebration, visitors can enjoy hands-on activities in
the Rowe Learning Center and nature films in the Knight Auditorium.
Beginning on the half hour, the INHS Mobile Science Center will present
an interactive, hands-on display, “Arthropods Across Illinois,”
in the museum’s parking lot.
Admission to the museum and science center are free; tickets are required
for science center visits. To reserve tickets or for further information,
stop by the museum’s information desk or call 333-2360. The exhibit
will be on display July 10-Aug. 28. Museum hours: Tuesday, noon to 5
p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday,
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Office of Publications and Marketing
Update Student/Staff Directory
Retirees and people working for UI-affiliated agencies who want to be
included in the 2004-05 Student/Staff Directory as well as people who
want to suppress their home addresses and/or phone numbers from publication
are being asked to submit their requests online. Those who want to suppress
their directory information must complete and submit online forms, even
if they have submitted suppression requests in the past. Past requests
are no longer viable because of the conversion to the Banner software
Paper forms can no longer be accepted. People without Internet access
are asked to visit their local public libraries to submit their information
Forms are available at www.uiuc.edu
(click on student/staff directory forms under the announcements header).
Deadline for submissions is Sept. 17. For more information, contact
the Office of Publications and Marketing at 333-9200 or by e-mail at
Park and Conference Center
are July 5 and 17
Children ages 2-5 and their parents can enjoy stories, songs and activities
with nature themes from 10-11 a.m. July 5 and July 17 during the “
‘N’ is for Night” program at Robert Allerton Park
and Conference Center, Monticello. The program is part of the “Nature
ABCs and 123s” series. Fee is $3 per child. Register three days
in advance by calling 217-762-2721 or 244-1035 or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
State Water Survey
Cllimate Atlas of Illinois
the release of the 310-page Climate Atlas of Illinois by the Illinois
State Water Survey (ISWS), more data and information are available about
the climate of Illinois than any other area in the world, and much of
the material is available nowhere else,” says Stan Changnon, Illinois
State Water Survey Chief Emeritus and adjunct professor of geography
and of atmospheric sciences.
The atlas by Changnon and survey co-authors Jim Angel, Ken Kunkel and
Chris Lehmann focuses on the 20th century and presents both spatial
patterns and temporal distributions of climate conditions in Illinois.
Special field projects and studies since 1947 have provided in-depth
information about all aspects of Illinois’ climate, including
precipitation, severe storms, droughts and floods, air quality, and
the effects of urban areas (Chicago and St. Louis) and Lake Michigan.
“The general public will find answers to questions about all aspects
of climate, including records of the warmest and wettest Illinois locations,
and how much snow their hometown annually receives. Others who will
find the atlas useful are scientists and students interested in assessing
the climate and its effects on people, places, the environment, and
economic activities. Those involved in design/planning of weather-sensitive
towers and buildings, crops, and activities also will find the atlas
to be a valuable resource,” Changnon said.
Individual chapters address what controls our climate and historical
climate periods; temperatures and precipitation, including snowfall;
the statewide energy budget and wind conditions; special climate conditions
caused by Lake Michigan, the southern hills, large cities, and human
activities; atmospheric quality, including acid rain; climate extremes,
such as droughts, cold winters, and various kinds of storms; outstanding
weather and climate events of the 20th century; weather conditions and
air masses; and climate issues, such as global warming and El Nino.
The Climate Atlas of Illinois is available from the ISWS for $20 plus
$7 for shipping and handling. Credit card orders also will be accepted.
For more information or to order a copy, call (217) 333-8888. More information
also is available online, www.sws.uiuc.edu/docs/climateatlas.
Host families needed for visiting
Japanese college students coming to Champaign-Urbana in August to spend
a month brushing up on their conversational English are hoping to find
friendly local hosts to share their American experience with.
Female students from Dokkyo University in Tokyo need hosts who will
meet with them two or three times a week while they are living in a
campus residence hall from July 31 to Aug. 13, and then will provide
a home stay for them, including room and board, from Aug. 14 to 26.
Male students from Konan University in Kobe will need home-stay host
families from July 31 to Aug. 28.
Individuals, families and couples, including “empty-nesters,”
are welcome to apply as hosts. Hosts spend a few hours a week with the
students in typical household activities and outings – from meals,
ball games and movies, to picnics, concerts and county fairs; home-stay
hosts put the students up in their homes and provide meals for them,
as well as spend time in activities or outings, said Dawn MacLellan,
host coordinator of the Intensive English Institute.
Home-stay hosts receive a stipend to help defray the costs of room and
board. Host and home-stay families for Korean students who are attending
institute classes in July have already been found.
The new home-stay room and board option began a couple of years ago
and has proven extremely satisfying for students and hosts alike, MacLellan
In past years, students stayed in residence halls the entire duration
of their intensive English courses, but participated with host families
in activities in and outside the home.
That arrangement was a bit disruptive, MacLellan said, since the late
summer IEI programs overlapped with the beginning of the fall semester
at Illinois, meaning the international students had to move out of their
university rooms and into local hotels during their last week of their
programs to allow incoming UI students to move in.
There was another motivation for the new option: Japanese universities
desired home stays for their students.
“Since the students are here for such a short period of time,
having a home stay really offers them a lot more opportunities to interact
with hosts and experience daily life with members of the community,”
“Hosts, whose primary language is English, and who have extra
room for an adult student, give students the chance to experience daily
life in the United States.
“At the same time, it is also a wonderful opportunity that gives
hosts a greater understanding of other countries, cultures and customs,”
MacLellan said, noting that reference and background checks are required
of selected host and home-stay families.
A host-orientation meeting provides hosts information about their students.
After the students arrive, a picnic or reception allows hosts and students
to meet and get to know each other.
A host application may be downloaded at www.iei.uiuc.edu/host/.
The site has an FAQ link. More information is available by contacting
IEI at email@example.com
or calling 217-333-6598.