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Lincoln Bicentennial

Campus joins statewide celebration

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts will present two productions for the Lincoln Bicenntennial, as the 200th year since Lincoln’s birth approaches.

“Abraham Lincoln in Song” will kick off the campus celebration at 3 p.m.  June 29. The free event will be in the lobby of Krannert Center.

This program sheds light on one of history’s most beloved figures, not only as a remarkable leader, but as a lover of great music. In an extensively researched and historically accurate program, anthropologist/musician Chris Vallilo uses Lincoln-era music, played on period instruments and Lincoln’s own stories to weave the tale of the 16th president’s life. From Lincoln’s birth on the big south fork of Nolan’s Creek in Kentucky in 1809 through his death in 1865, the show is designed to be an interactive, accessible program that educates as well as entertains.

Vallilo has performed in association with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, the Lincoln Home National Historic Site, the Newberry Library, and various touring exhibits including Forever Free from the Huntington Library. His work has recently been endorsed by the Illinois Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission and the national Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

The Illini Union Bookstore also will be on hand to sell copies of “The Age of Lincoln,” by Vernon Burton, director of the Institute for Computing in Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences at the UI. Burton will be available to sign copies of his book about the Civil War era. 

“Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 17-19 and July 24-26 in the Studio Theatre at Krannert Center.

This script-in-hand reading depicts the influence of Abraham Lincoln on three poets of Illinois. The lives and careers of Vachel Lindsay, Edgar Lee Masters and Carl Sandburg are interwoven onstage with an ensemble of players taking a variety of roles. The show, written by UI professor emeritus John Ahart, was originally staged 20 years ago for The Great American People Show at Lincoln’s New Salem State Park near Springfield.

June 22-28

Illinois insect enthusiasts celebrate national pollinator week

Local bug aficionados are preparing for National Pollinator Week, June 22-28.

An art exhibit, tours and instruction on the intricacies of identifying and photographing native bees, butterflies and other pollinators will be among the activities sponsored by the Champaign-Urbana Pollinator Awareness Network during the week.

CUPAN brings UI entomologists, plant biologists and other scientists together with local gardeners, naturalists and concerned citizens to promote National Pollinator Week and recruit new bug-centric detectives to observe, photograph and report on the status of local pollinating insects.

The week will begin with an opening ceremony on June 22 (Sunday) from 2-5 p.m. at the Plant Biology Conservatory on the UI campus (Plant Sciences Building). Entomology professor and department head May Berenbaum will welcome participants and describe local efforts and opportunities to get involved in pollinator conservation. The event will include a pollinator art exhibit, pollinator-themed tours of the conservatory and information about local organizations that enhance pollinator health.

During the week, CUPAN members will offer workshops on how to identify native bees, how to photograph pollinators and how to use Bee Spotter, a citizen-science bee-monitoring Web site developed at Illinois. Local libraries will offer pollinator discovery programs for children, and pollinator educators will give guided nature walks. More events will be offered at Urbana’s Market on the Square and at other venues. The U.S. Senate created National Pollinator Week in 2007 to broaden public awareness that pollinators are vital to agriculture and natural ecosystems. The observance is meant to enhance partnerships that increase awareness of pollinators and encourage people to engage in activities that protect and sustain them.

The National Academies of Science released a report last year, the “Status of Pollinators in North America,” which led to the creation of National Pollinator Week. That report documented significant declines in populations of pollinating insects and recommended that scientists promote awareness and surveillance of pollinators by developing and supporting citizen-science monitoring programs. Berenbaum chaired the National Research Council committee that produced the report, and she testified before Congress on colony collapse disorder, a mysterious malady of North American honey bees.

The report inspired Berenbaum and her colleagues to create the Bee Spotter Web site, which improves record-keeping of the abundance and distribution of wild bees in Illinois by allowing citizen-scientists to report on honey bees and bumble bees seen anywhere in the state.

“English in Print”

Book is basis for New York exhibition

This summer, a new book co-written by a UI librarian and faculty member is the foundation for an exhibition that explores the early history of the English language and the role that printing played in its development. The exhibition will be at the Grolier Club of New York, America’s oldest and largest society for bibliophiles and enthusiasts in the graphic arts.

The book and the exhibition, “English in Print: From Caxton to Shakespeare to Milton” (UI Press, 2008), explore the history of early English books and how the English language came into print, with a close study of the texts, the formats, the audiences and the functions of English books. The book was co-written by Valerie Hotchkiss, the head of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and a professor of medieval studies and of library and information science at the Urbana campus, and Fred C. Robinson, the Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English at Yale University.

The book and the exhibition examine the role that printed works played in the development and dissemination of the English language, history and culture, exploring issues such as the standardization of grammar and spelling, and the development of dictionaries and popular literature; regulation, translation and censorship; and the printing techniques of the time period.

More than 100 books drawn from the extensive collections of the UI and Yale libraries are featured in the exhibition, curated by Hotchkiss and Robinson. The UI’s holdings include thousands of early English works from the 15th – 17th centuries as well as works on history, philosophy, religion, science and culture.

William Caxton (circa 1415-1422 – circa March 1492), introduced the printing press into England and was the first English retailer of books. Of the 100 books Caxton printed during his lifetime, he translated many of them from French, Latin and Dutch, and he is credited with standardizing the English language. The exhibition includes English incunabula – works in English printed before 1501  – produced by Caxton and his peers, as well as the first four folios of Shakespeare, and the only surviving perfect copy of the 1604 quarto of Hamlet; first editions by poet John Milton and other authors; and early printed music, maps, schoolbooks and Bibles. The selections also include several examples of early English bookbinding.

 The English in Print exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will be on view through July 26. 


Outstanding local teachers honored

WILL-TV will broadcast a ceremony honoring 10 outstanding Central Illinois teachers as they join the Golden Apple Academy of Educators.

“Golden Apple Awards 2008,” which will begin at 9 p.m. June 26, includes video profiles, produced by WILL-TV, of each of the winning teachers.

The Golden Apple broadcast is an extension of WILL’s efforts to develop the intellectual, emotional and social potential of children. “Our broadcast is designed to capture the special qualities of these skilled and dedicated teachers, reward their achievements, and inspire all those who work to nurture and educate children in central Illinois,” said Mark Leonard, WILL’s general manager.

For a list of Central Illinois winners, go to www.uiuc.edu/goto/will_goldenapple.

Golden Apple Central Illinois is a new program of the Golden Apple Foundation, an organization that has been celebrating and teaching educators in the Chicago area since 1985. Golden Apple’s principal focus is that all children deserve excellent teachers.

Student/Staff Directory

Faculty, staff: time to update your listing

Faculty and staff members are reminded to update the information used to create listings for the Student/Staff Directory, the printed version of the campus phonebook. A Web page explaining the process is available under Announcements on the UI home page and at www.publicaffairs.uiuc.edu/resources/updatedirectory.html. The Employee Information Form on the NESSIE Web site can be used to update campus and home mailing addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. A university NetID and password are required.

Faculty and staff members who wish to withhold their home address and/or home telephone number from the directory must complete the online Suppression Request Form. A university NetID and password are required. Suppression requests made in 2004 and subsequent years remain in effect until the employee submits a Reinstate Information Form, also available online.

In addition to these forms for faculty and staff members, there are forms for retirees and employees of allied and affiliated agencies who wish to be included in the directory (click on “more information” at the bottom of the page). All changes to listings must be made by Sept. 15 to appear in the 2008-2009 edition of the directory. Those without computer access may use any public computer site on campus or computers located at the Staff Human Resources office or the Academic Human Resources office.

For more information, contact Creative Services, 333-9200 or creativeservices@illinois.edu.

Fiscal year 2008-09

Campus holiday schedule announced

Urbana campus holidays for the fiscal year 2008-09:


  • July 4: Independence Day

  • Sept. 1: Labor Day

  • Nov. 27: Thanksgiving Day

  • Nov. 28: Day after Thanksgiving

  • Dec. 24: Christmas Eve (half gift day/half excused)*

  • Dec. 25: Christmas Day

  • Dec. 26: Designated Holiday**

  • Dec. 29: Reduced-service Day**

  • Dec. 30: Reduced-service Day**

  • Dec. 31: Reduced-service Day**


  • Jan. 1: New Year’s Day

  • Jan. 2: Reduced-service Day**

  • Jan. 19: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

  • May 25: Memorial Day

*Dec. 24 is a one-half gift day from the chancellor and the president and a one-half excused day that does not require the use of benefits. Staff employees who are required to work any part of this day will be compensated in accordance with Policy and Rules, Rule 11.13 Excused Absence with Pay/Gift Day (https://nessie.uihr.uillinois.edu/pdf/policy/rules/pr11r13.pdf).

**Dec. 29-31 and Jan. 2 are reduced-service days. As in past years, it is expected that most units will be closed and most employees will not be working on these days. Additional information about these reduced-service days will be communicated this year closer to the holiday period. Employees will need to use four days of benefits (vacation, floating holidays) or time without pay.

This schedule provides 12 days of university closure/reduced service between Dec. 24, 2008, and Jan. 4, 2009.

Two floating holidays can be taken anytime during this fiscal year; however, the scheduling of these holidays is subject to departmental approval.

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