25, No. 19, April 20, 2006
Wildlife Medical Clinic
‘Doodle for Wildlife’ benefit
is April 29
The fifth annual
“Doodle for Wildlife”
benefit will be from 6 to 10 p.m. April 29 in the South Lounge and Rooms
A, B and C of the Illini Union. The event will combine celebrity drawings,
local music and a dinner to benefit the non-profit Wildlife Medical
Clinic, which cares for nearly 2,000 sick or injured animals every year.
The clinic also helps train veterinary students and educates the public
about Illinois wildlife.
Signed, original drawings by Jay Leno, Jackie Chan, Jim Carrey, Phil
Collins, Neil Young, Matthew McConaughey, Martina McBride, the late
Richard Pryor (pictured above), and many more will be auctioned. Special
adventure packages, including behind-the-scenes tours of animal attractions
and a trip to Paris, also will be up for bid.
Reservations are suggested by April 21. To make reservations, call
Interactive educational event
an event that gives children an opportunity to learn about their pets
and other animals, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 29 at the UI
Exhibits will include pet first aid, dog-bite prevention, animal-behavior
modification, careers with animals, pet overpopulation, horse rescue,
and humane education resources for teachers.
“Petstravaganza will feature interactive exhibits that appeal to kids aged
7 to 11, although there will be something for all ages,” said
Amy Fischer, UI Extension companion animal biology and humane education
The event is free and open to the public. Since some of the exhibits
will feature live animals, visitors should not bring pets. For additional
information, contact Fischer at 333-6462.
Staff Advisory Council
Nominations sought for representatives
The Staff Advisory Council is seeking nominations for one representative
each from the Skilled Crafts/Trades Group and the Service/Maintenance
Group to serve a four-year term beginning July 1. The council acts
in an advisory role and meets regularly with the assistant vice president
for human resources on the Urbana campus.
To be considered for the positions, prospective candidates must pick
up petitions in Room 141 of the Personnel Services Office beginning
April 21. Deadline for returning petitions is April 28. Ballots will
be mailed to eligible staff members by May 12 and winners will be announced
May 25. For more information, contact Jaclyn Slater at 333-3105 or
WILL-TV and Staerkel Planetarium
Families invited to ‘Zoom
WILL-TV and the William M. Staerkel Planetarium at Parkland College
Into Space With Zula” from 6 to 8 p.m. April 27 at the planetarium,
2400 W. Bradley Ave., Champaign. The event offers family activities
to learn about the solar system, stars, planets, weather patterns and
The event is based on “The Zula Patrol,” a PBS Kids series
about a group of aliens who travel the galaxies helping others and
saving the universe from intergalactic danger. The series teaches kids
about space science while reinforcing themes of non-violence and tolerance.
Planetarium director Dave Leake will present an interactive, child-centered
planetarium show. Some activities also include learning to spin like
planets with the Space Dance, testing knowledge with Zula Bingo and
meeting WILL meteorologist Ed Kieser.
For more information, contact WILL-TV’s Molly Delaney at 333-1070
or firstname.lastname@example.org. For directions, go to www.parkland.edu/coned/pla/dir.html or call 351-2568.
UI Employees Credit Union
Identity theft seminar is April 27
The UI Employees Credit Union will host a seminar to help members of
the UI community avoid becoming victims of identify theft. The seminar
will begin at 7 p.m. April 27 in the credit union’s main office,
2201 S. First St., Champaign.
Participants will take an assessment to determine their potential vulnerability
to identity theft, learn how to minimize their risks and what to do
if they have been victimized. The workshop will cover the various types
of scams commonly used to steal personal information and teach participants
how to determine when requests for personal information are legitimate
and when they may be potential scams.
To register for the seminar, call 278-7721.
‘The Bible, Public Schools and American
Bible education controversies discussed
A symposium on “The Bible, Public Schools and American Identity” will
begin at 6:30 p.m. April 24 in the Reading Room of the Levis Faculty Center.
It will explore “some of the many issues – implied and explicit,
legal, practical and philosophical – swirling around current public Bible
education controversies,” said Jonathan Ebel, professor of religious
studies and organizer of the symposium.
Three scholars of religion will make presentations at the symposium.
Mark A. Chancey of Southern Methodist University will present “Another
Notch in the Bible Belt? The Fight Over Bible Curricula in Odessa,
Eric C. Owens of the Center on Religion and Democracy at the University
of Virginia will present “Good Citizens and the Good Book: Should the Bible Be Taught
in America’s Public Schools?”
Winnifred Fallers Sullivan, visiting scholar at the American Bar Foundation
and senior fellow at the Martin Marty Center of the University of Chicago
Divinity School, will present “Litigating the Bible: Remembering the Cincinnati
The new Illinois Forum on Religion in America, a sub-unit of Illinois’ Program
for the Study of Religion, is a symposium sponsor. The forum is sponsoring
a series of free public conversations in addition to the symposium.
The next conversation will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 20 in Room 4080 of
the Foreign Languages Building. It will center on such questions as: What are
the primary obstacles to good teaching of the Bible and what would be required
to overcome them?
Several units are co-sponsoring Illinois Forum events, including the College
of Education, the Foreign Languages Building Fund and the Illinois
Program for Research in the Humanities.
Society for French Historical Studies
Scholars of France to gather April 20-22
The 52nd annual meeting of the Society
for French Historical Studies will be April 20-22 at the UI. The
event requires registration and will be held primarily in the Illini
“The society is the largest professional organization of French historians
in the English-speaking world and the largest non-French organization of its
kind,” said Mark Micale, professor of history and co-organizer
of the event with UI historian Clare Crowston.
The society’s annual meeting “allows practitioners of the craft to
share ideas and scholarship, and younger scholars the chance to debut their scholarly
work,” he said.
The society “was attracted to us because of our outstanding group of French
historians and by the world-class reputation of the university,” Crowston
Illinois has seven historians of France: Crowston, early modern period;
John Lynn, military history; Tamara Matheson, post-1945; Micale, science
and medicine; David Prochaska, French colonialism in North Africa;
Charles Stewart, French equatorial Africa; and Carol Symes, medieval
Nearly 150 papers will be presented on a range of topics, including
immigrants and slums; new perspectives on France in World War II; war
and gender; disasters and ruins in modern France; the occult; and France’s
contribution to the Allied victory in 1918. It is the first time the
university is hosting the meeting, which is expected to attract 200
scholars of France, many from abroad. Several of the events are free
and open to the public, including an art exhibition, lectures and film.
Meeting sponsors include the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the
Office of the Chancellor and several other organizations and universities.
For more information on the conference or for a schedule, contact email@example.com.
Four-part series explores Vivaldi
A new four-part locally produced series, “Vivaldi for All Seasons,” will feature
some of the finest Vivaldi performers in the world. The series will be broadcast
on WILL-FM (90.9/101.1 in Champaign-Urbana) at 7:06 p.m. May 1-4 and will be
repeated Sundays at 11 a.m. May 7-28. WILL FM’s Vic Di Geronimo picked
selections from among Vivaldi’s some 500 concertos and 90 sonatas.
Di Geronimo spent more than three years creating the mix of full-length
concertos, sonatas, overtures and some selected movements.
“This is not an academic treatment or a documentary,” Di Geronimo
said. “It’s an excuse to enjoy four hours of Vivaldi’s
music. I am sharing stories and tidbits of information, but in a fun
The series includes a tribute to Vivaldi’s composition of great melodies;
Vivaldi the dramatist; Vivaldi’s music as highlights from the career of
an all-time “champion” among composers, including a play-by-play
of the Autumn Concerto; and Vivaldi concertos, sinfonias and sonatas.
All of the music in the series is performed by early music groups on
period instruments. A playlist for the series will be available at
will.uiuc.edu after the programs are broadcast.
Instructors needed for community classes
The University YMCA’s Communiversity
program seeks instructors for its classes. The program offers a variety
of classes to the local community, ranging from martial arts to ballroom
dancing and car repair, and relies upon local residents to design and
teach all the courses. Some instructors have worked with the YMCA for
the life of the program – more than 20 years – but the YMCA
is always interested in new class topics that community members develop.
An application and more information can be found online. Applications
are due May 19. For questions, contact Paul or Becca at 337-1514.
Possible new school to be discussed
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the Committee on Educational
Policy has organized a public hearing to discuss the formation of the
School of Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics from 3 to 5 p.m. May
1 in Room 196 of Lincoln Hall.
The new school would comprise the departments of classics, East Asian
languages and cultures, French, Germanic languages and literatures,
linguistics, Slavic languages and literatures, and Spanish, Italian
and Portuguese; the programs in Comparative and World Literature and
for the Study of Religion; the Division of English as an International
Language; and the unit for cinema studies.
For those wanting to make public comments during the hearing, preference
will be given to representatives of a recognized organization and individuals
who have requested to speak in advance. Time limits for these speakers
will be five minutes for the representative of an organization and
three minutes for an individual. Following these speakers, the floor
will be open to others, with a two-minute time limit per individual.
Those who wish to speak at the hearing should contact Ann Mester at
firstname.lastname@example.org by 5 p.m. April 28. Those who wish to send confidential
comments for review by the Educational Policy Committee should forward
them to the hearing chairperson, Abbas Aminmansour, email@example.com.
If you want your comments to remain confidential and/or anonymous you
should indicate so.
Copies of the document “Creation of the School of Literatures, Cultures
and Linguistics” may be obtained at www.las.uiuc.edu or by contacting
the Office of the Senate or the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Congress of Qualitative Inquiry
Delegates to gather May 3-6
The UI campus will be the site May 3-6 for the Second International
Congress of Qualitative Inquiry, with the theme of “Ethics, Politics
and Human Subject Research.”
More than 850 delegates from about 50 nations attended the first congress
last May, also on the UI campus. Norman Denzin, a professor in the
Institute of Communications Research, served as the congress director.
The congress was organized, Denzin said, prior to last year’s meeting,
in opposition to the trend by many governments toward enforcing a quantitative, “evidence-based,” biomedical
model of research, to the detriment of funding and support for qualitative
Delegates at last year’s meeting approved the founding of the
International Association of Qualitative Inquiry, the first international
association for qualitative researchers. The new association, as well
as the new International Center for Qualitative Inquiry, are both led
by Denzin and based in the Institute of Communications Research, within
the College of Communications.
More information about the conference mandate, program and registration
can be found at the conference Web site.
Improving Boneyard Creek
Motorists should watch for volunteers
On April 22 (Earth Day), hundreds of volunteers from Champaign, Urbana
and the UI will be clad in orange T-shirts and deployed from Scott
Park in Champaign to initiate the restoration and clean-up of the Boneyard
Creek. The event, called “Boneyard
Creek Community Day,” will offer a variety of volunteer opportunities.
Motorists are cautioned to watch for volunteers who may be in the streets
around the Boneyard.
Volunteer groups will help remove invasive, non-native plants from sections
of the stream’s corridor and replace them with native plants. Other groups
will be cleaning up streamside trash and marking storm drains with medallions
that say “Dump No Waste – Drains to Creek,” informing
Champaign-Urbana residents that all trash, soil, and yard waste that
enters the storm drains does not get treated, but runs directly to
A variety of organizers, including the UI, Champaign-Urbana-area Rotary
clubs, staff members from the cities of Champaign and Urbana, and their
respective park districts, have joined for the event with organizational
assistance from the Prairie Rivers Network.
Anyone wishing to volunteer for the event should be at Scott Park at
9 a.m. April 22.
Sculptor and magazine editor featured
Art and Design lecture series continues
Two talks remain in this semester’s School of Art and Design
lecture series, which take place in Room 62, Krannert Art Museum.
• “Joe Scanlon: Critical Practices,” 5 p.m., April 20. Scanlon
is a sculptor who has exhibited his work throughout the United States,
Germany and Australia. His artistic motivations include the exploration
of relationships among art, design and commerce.
• Sina Najafi: Critical Practices,” 5 p.m., April 27. Najafi is editor-in
chief of Cabinet magazine, a quarterly nonprofit publication that reflects a
diverse range of subject matter of interest to contemporary artists.