25, No. 8, Oct. 20, 2005
Crafts and activities featured
Wednesday is for families
Spurlock Museum’s Lowe Learning Center will open its doors for
children and parents to create and learn together every Wednesday from
9:30 a.m.-noon. During “Around the World Wednesdays,” Oct.
26 through Dec. 7, the museum will feature crafts and activities that
complement the museum’s fall exhibition on Balinese culture and
a special Day of the Dead craft day on Nov. 2.
A donation of $1 per participant is requested for each visit. For more
information contact Julia Robinson at 217-265-0474.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, WILL-TV will host a daylong
storytelling festival Oct. 25 highlighted by an internationally acclaimed
storyteller telling “Scary Stories” in the WILL-TV studios
Morning events feature stories for preschoolers at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.
at the Urbana Free Library. Elaine Bearden will tell engaging simple
tales and active participatory stories.
Afternoon sessions at 1:15 p.m. feature stories for kindergarten through
third-grade students at Champaign’s Douglass Branch Library with
storytellers Janice Harrington, Kim Sheahan and others, and at the Urbana
Free Library with storytellers Patricia Hruby Powell, Dan Keding and
Beginning at 7:30 p.m., “Scary Stories” features Syd Lieberman,
an acclaimed storyteller, award-winning teacher and author. Some of
his best-known tales are versions of literary tales, especially those
of Edgar Allen Poe. His presentation is suitable for adults and teens,
but not for young children. To reserve a seat for the free event in
the WILL-TV studio, call 217-244-0025.
Annual fall open house
is Oct. 22
Japan House, a UI educational and cultural center focusing on Japanese
tradition and art, will welcome visitors to its annual fall open house
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 22. The open house is free and the public
is invited to tour the house and gardens.
Lee Gurga, the editor of “Modern Haiku,” a journal of haiku
and haiku studies, will give talks at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., titled “Haiku
East, Haiku West.” Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry.
Kokoro calligraphy by UI art students will be on display during the
open house, and traditional Japanese tea ceremonies are planned throughout
the day, conducted by members of the Urbana-Champaign Association of
Chado Urasenke Tankokai.
More information on the open house and other Japan House events can
be found at www.art.uiuc.edu/galleries/japanhouse/index.cfm
or by calling 217-244-9934.
Personnel Services Office
Staff Service Recognition
Retiring staff members and those being recognized for long service (25,
30, 35 and 40 years) will be honored at the 2005 Staff Service Recognition
Program at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the Illini Union Rooms A, B and C.
Those wishing to attend the recognition banquet should reserve online
by Oct. 24. Service-year honorees and retirees were sent a separate
invitation with an RSVP card for themselves and one guest. The Web site
form should be used by all others wishing to attend the banquet.
For more information about the service-recognition program, call Personnel
Services Office at 217-333-3101.
Native American issues
Symposium covers ‘More
Than the Chief’
What makes news in American Indian communities? What are the issues
that affect them? How should those issues be covered?
Those are among the questions to be discussed at a symposium titled
“More Than the Chief: Covering Native News,” at 7 p.m. on
Oct. 25 at the Asian American Cultural Center, 1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana.
The goal of the event, according to journalism professor Kellee Weinhold,
one of the organizers, is to look beyond the conflicts surrounding Chief
Illiniwek and sports symbols, and explore the issues making news in
Native American communities today.
Participating in the symposium will be a panel of Native American journalists
and scholars, and local and state journalists have been invited to attend
and join in the discussion. Faculty members, students and other members
of the campus community also are encouraged to attend. The event is
free of charge, but space is limited.
Featured on the panel: Margaret Holt, from the Chicago Tribune, and
Rita Pyrillis, a freelance journalist who has written for the Los Angeles
Times, Newsweek and UPI.
Holt has been involved with the Freedom Forum’s American Indian
Journalism Institute. Pyrillis teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside
and at the Native American Educational Services College in Chicago.
Pyrillis will be on campus Oct. 23-26 as a guest-in-residence with the
“Intersections” Living/Learning Community in the Babcock
Others participating on the panel include UI faculty and staff members
D. Anthony Tyeeme Clark, professor of American Indian Studies; and John
McKinn, assistant director of the Native American House.
Those planning to attend are encouraged to contact Weinhold at firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Veterinary Medicine
Integration of human,
Theresa Fossum, director for cardiothoracic surgery and biomedical devices
in the Michael E. DeBakey Institute and holder of the Tom and Joan Read
Chair in veterinary surgery, both at Texas A&M University, will
speak on “New Therapies for Heart Failure: Integrating Human and
Veterinary Cardiac Research” at 2 p.m. Oct. 21 in Room 2271C of
the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building.
The talk, sponsored by the Dr. Robert and Cynthia Pensinger Fund, is
free and open to the public. The talk is part of the 86th Annual Fall
Conference for Veterinarians hosted by the UI College of Veterinary
Medicine. The conference is attended by more than 200 veterinarians
and will feature three dozen presentations.
Roger Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival
passes on sale Nov. 1
Festival passes will go on sale Nov. 1 for the eighth annual Roger
Ebert’s Overlooked Film Festival scheduled for April 26-30
at the Virginia Theater in Champaign and on the UI campus.
The passes, which cover all screenings during the five-day event, are
$85, the same price as for the 2005 festival. Passes can be purchased
through the theater box office (phone 217-356-9063 or fax 217-356-5729)
or through TicketWeb on the festival Web site.
Tickets for individual films will be $9 each and available April 3.
The 1,000 festival passes available for the 2005 “Ebertfest”
sold out in February, according to Mary Susan Britt, the festival’s
assistant director. The same number of passes will be available again
Ebert, a 1964 Illinois journalism graduate, adjunct professor and Pulitzer
Prize-winning journalist, will again host the event and select the films
that he believes have been overlooked by audiences, critics and distributors.
The lineup of films, along with additional information on film-associated
guests and other festival events, will be announced several weeks before
Updates on the festival, a special event of the College of Communications,
will be posted on the festival Web site.
Sponsors and volunteers for the festival are being sought. Those interested
should contact Britt, 217-244-0552 or email@example.com.
Illini Union Bookstore
IUB features Illinois
writers Oct. 21 & 24
The Illini Union Bookstore hosts two events this month featuring writers
who have UI connections.
The UI Alumni Association and the Illini Union Bookstore will celebrate
UI alumni authors from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 21.
Alumni authors featured during “Writers Come Home” and their
recent works: Ray Elliott, “Wild Hands Toward the Sky”;
Photographer Larry Kanfer, 2006 editions of “Prairiescapes”
and “The Kanfer University of Illinois” calendars; Julie
Larson, “The Dinette Set Vol. 3: Much To-Do About Nothing”;
Teresa McCarthy, “Convenient Bride”; Frank Polancic, “Why
Wait: Create Your Soul Mate Now”; Debra Schweiger, “The
Power of ONE: Heroes Forging America’s Civic Reawakening From
Sea to Shining Sea”; Helen Peterson, “Possessions,”
a memoir about coping with the death of her husband Ted Peterson (former
dean of the UI College of Communications); Carol Spindel, “Dancing
At Halftime: Sports and the Controversy Over American Indian Mascots”;
and Denise Swanson, “Murder of a Smart Cookie,” the latest
in the “Scumble River Mystery” series.
On Oct. 24, the bookstore features authors from the UI department of
history at 4 p.m. Featured authors: Richard Burkhardt, “Patterns
of Behavior”; Antoinette Burton, “Postcolonial Studies and
Beyond”; Augusto Espiritu, “Five Faces of Exile: The Nation
and Filipino American Intellectuals”; and David Roediger, “Working
Presentations at both events will be followed by a book signing. The
events will be at Illini Union Bookstore’s second-floor authors
to speak Oct. 27
Yossi Klein Halevi, a prominent Israeli journalist and author active
in Middle East reconciliation efforts, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Oct.
27 in the auditorium at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and
Halevi’s talk, “Opportunities for Peace Between Israel and
the Palestinians After Gaza,” is part of an 11-day visit to the
Illinois campus that begins Oct. 24.
As part of that visit, he also will speak on other issues as they relate
to Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including religion,
rock music, media coverage and how the conflict has affected women and
All of the talks are free and open to the public. The Beckman talk will
be followed by a reception.
Halevi, a native New Yorker who has lived in Israel since 1982, is the
Israel correspondent for the New Republic magazine and a senior fellow
at the Shalem Center, a Jerusalem-based think tank. He has been a columnist
for the Jerusalem Post and a regular contributor to the Los Angeles
Halevi also is the author of “At the Entrance to the Garden of
Eden: A Jew’s Search for God with Christians and Muslims in the
Holy Land” (2001), about his two-year journey as a religious Jew
to find a common spiritual language with those of other faiths.
Other scheduled talks:
- Oct. 25: “From
Oslo to Gaza,” brown bag lunch, noon, Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign
- Oct. 26: “How
the Second Intifada Has Changed the Lives of Israeli Women and Children,”
brown bag lunch, noon, Women’s Studies, 911 S. Sixth St., Champaign.
- Nov. 1: “Understanding
Israel Through Its Rock Music,” 6:30 p.m., Hillel Foundation,
503 E. John St., Champaign.
- Nov. 2: “Media
Coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” brown bag lunch,
noon, 336 Gregory Hall.
- Nov. 3: “A
Religious Jew’s Journey Into Christianity and Islam,”
8 p.m., Sinai Temple, 3104 W. Windsor Road, Champaign.
Halevi will be visiting
the campus as a guest of the university’s Program in Jewish Culture
and Society, with sponsorship from the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan
Chicago’s Israel Studies Project.
College of Veterinary Medicine
Holiday pet portraits
available Oct. 29
Get a professional portrait of your pet during the College of Veterinary
Medicine’s “Pix With Pets” Oct. 29 in the atrium of
the Veterinary Medicine Basic Sciences Building. The event is an annual
fundraiser for the college to support the Humane Connection Fund and
the CARE Pet Loss Helpline.
Tom Schaefges, companion animal photographer, will take a portrait of
your pet – with you, with Santa, or with you and Santa –
to be delivered in time for the holidays.
The sitting fee of $50 includes your choice of a basic photo package
of 11 or 14 prints. Additional prints may be purchased. Portrait sittings
will be scheduled between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and space is limited. To
schedule your pet’s portrait, call the Veterinary Medicine Advancement
Office at 217-333-2760 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Child development and learning
Forum focuses on raising
children in C-U
Is the Champaign-Urbana community all that it can be for raising children
and fostering their growth and education?
That will be the question for discussion at a public forum Nov. 5 in
the auditorium of the Krannert Art Museum.
The program for “Healthy Communities for Child Development and
Learning” will run from 9 a.m. to noon, with about half of that
time devoted to presentations and about half to a town hall-style discussion.
Prior to the program will be a continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m.
Parents, teachers and anyone interested in the environment and resources
available for children in Champaign and Urbana are invited to attend.
“We feel there should be a discussion that says ‘Here’s
where we are as a community in terms of what’s available, here’s
where we’d like to be, and then here’s what it would take
to get there,’ ” according to William Trent, a UI education
Trent is the chair of a committee planning the event, the first of four
forums sponsored by the College of Education and organized by the university’s
chapter of Phi Delta Kappa, a professional association for educators.
The forum program will include a presentation of the findings from the
Report Card of Project 18, a local consortium of community leaders
and citizens working on issues related to children. The report card
draws on various data to outline the physical, social, educational and
economic status of children in Champaign County.
To round out the picture on local children and the resources that support
them will be presentations from Reed Larson, Geraldine Peeples and Gary
Laumann, all from the university’s department of human and community
development, and from Jesse “Tony” Clements, director of
the university’s Division of Campus Recreation.
In the town hall-style discussion, participants will be free to ask
questions. Trent said that organizers are hoping for participants from
local government, schools, health and social service agencies and community
The future Phi Delta Kappa forums: “Making ‘No Child Left
Behind’ Workable for Parents, Children, Schools and Communities,”
Jan. 28; “Early Childhood Education in Illinois: At the Crossroads,”
Feb. 25; and “The Transition Into Adulthood.” April 1.
for Advanced Study
A variety of topics will be explored in a series of November lectures
at the UI – among them a journalist’s take on America at
home and abroad, Homer’s lessons for the modern military, diploma
mills, naturalists and their letters, and what bees can teach us about
brains and behavior.
The lectures are sponsored by the university’s Center for Advanced
Study, and three are part of its MillerComm series. All of the talks
are free and open to the public. November lectures:
- Nov. 2, “Overachievers:
What Honey Bees Teach Us About Genes, Brain and Social Behavior,”
by Gene E. Robinson, UI professor of entomology, a professor in the
Institute for Genomic Biology and director of the Neuroscience Program.
The presentation is the inaugural Chancellor’s CAS Special Lecture.
His lecture begins at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Beckman Institute.
- Nov. 3, “The
Slow-Motion Suicide of the American Empire,” by Ted Rall, a
journalist, columnist and cartoonist for the Universal Press Syndicate
and author of “Generalissimo El Busho: Essays & Cartoons
on the Bush Years.” His MillerComm talk begins at 4 p.m. on
the third floor of the Levis Faculty Center.
- Nov. 10, “Corresponding
Naturalists,” by Janet Browne, a professor in The Wellcome Trust
Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London, and
currently a George A. Miller Endowment Visiting Professor at Illinois.
Browne will discuss the role that letters played in natural history
research in the 18th and 19th centuries, with particular emphasis
on the correspondence of Charles Darwin and his contemporaries. Her
MillerComm talk begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Knight Auditorium at the
The lecture also will serve as the opening keynote for a two-day symposium,
held in honor of Richard W. (Chip) Burkhardt, who recently retired
from the UI department of history.
- Nov. 14, “Degree
Mills – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” by Allen Ezell,
co-author of “Degree Mills: The Billion-Dollar Industry That
Has Sold Over a Million Fake Diplomas.” His talk, part of the
CAS “Age of Networks” series, begins at 4 p.m. on the
third floor of the Levis Faculty Center.
- Nov. 17, “From
Troy to Baghdad: Can the U.S. Military Learn From Homer’s Epics?”
presented by Jonathan Shay, staff psychiatrist for the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, Boston, and author of “Achilles
Shay will discuss what he has learned about military leadership and
ethics from his treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and from
the work of the ancient Greek poet Homer. His MillerComm lecture begins
at 4 p.m. in Room 407 of the Levis Faculty Center.
For more information,
check the events section of the CAS
Enrollment for Prudential
LTD insurance open through Nov. 15
There will be an open enrollment period for the Prudential Long-Term
Disability insurance program through Nov. 15. Employees are guaranteed
acceptance into the plan when they enroll during this period as long
as they are a benefits-eligible employee working at least 50 percent
time, not currently disabled and have not been declined this coverage
in the past.
Enrollment packets were sent through campus mail to employees who do
not already have the Prudential LTD insurance coverage.
The packet contains an informational brochure and a personalized enrollment
form showing what the monthly premium would be if the employee chooses
to participate. Coverage will begin Dec. 1 for employees who enroll
in the plan by Nov. 15. Return the completed enrollment form to the
Benefits Center, 807 S. Wright Street, Champaign, MC-311.
For more information, employees may attend a short presentation about
the LTD insurance program. Presentations are scheduled at 10 and 11
a.m. and 1 and 2 p.m. on Oct. 25 in Room 406 of the Illini Union. No
reservation is required.