June 17, 1999 / Volume 18 Number 23
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Research news

New study reveals impact of casino gambling on crime
A county with casino gambling faces an 8 percent higher crime rate on average than a county without casinos, a comprehensive study on the impact of casinos on crime concludes.

Campus news

Naval reservist called to full-time duty

New academic calendar to begin 2000-01


brief notes

Concert in the Park is June 26 ... Ebert festival symposium airs June 18 ... FY2000 holidays include 'floater' ... Comments requested for NCA visit ... COE hosts camp for middle-school girls ... Software summer school offers discount ... eweek to premiere June 21 ... Conference focuses on terrorism ... Summer maintenance scheduled ... DCR Golf Classic is July 21

 

job market

on the job: beth erwin


calendar


New study reveals impact of casino gambling on crime

By Mark Reutter

A county with casino gambling faces an 8 percent higher crime rate on average than a county without casinos, a comprehensive study on the impact of casinos on crime concludes.

"Casinos and Crime," a working paper by economists at the UI and the University of Georgia, found that a casino had little impact on most crime until the third year after it was introduced into a community. Then a pattern began to emerge with casino counties experiencing higher crime per 100,000 population than non-casino counties.

"The rising impact of casinos on crime rates is consistent with the argument that it takes awhile for gamblers to exhaust personal resources before resorting to larceny and other crime," said Earl L. Grinols, a professor of economics at the UI who is the lead author of the study.

Grinols cited data about "pathological gamblers" and "problem gamblers" who are estimated to make up between 2 and 5 percent of the population in casino locations. Pathological gamblers are identified by the American Psychiatric Association as people unable to resist the urge to gamble and who wind up in desperate financial straits because of gambling debts. They and problem gamblers, who have similar problems but to a lesser degree, have been linked to various illegal acts, including tax delinquency and embezzlement.

"We believe the time lag helps explain why previous studies have sometimes failed to identify a link between casinos and increased crime rates," Grinols said. He said the new study's much larger data set played a role in identifying the trend to increased crime after the time lag.

The 35-page paper was released June 14 on the eve of the final report by the National Gambling Impact Study Commission. The panel is expected on June 18 to urge states to consider a moratorium on new casinos and lotteries and to raise the minimum betting age to 21. The commissioners earlier voted to urge the National Institutes of Health to study gambling addiction and the National Institute of Justice to investigate adolescent gambling and sports betting.

The study by Grinols and colleagues David B. Mustard, an economist at the University of Georgia, and Cynthia Hunt Dilley, a UI economics graduate student, is the most comprehensive examination of gambling and crime to date.

The researchers analyzed crime data from all 3,165 counties in the United States over a period of 20 years, 1977 to 1996. They examined all seven Index 1 offenses compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation rather than one or two crimes as in the case of previous studies.

Lastly, Grinols said, "we controlled for 50 variables that may affect crime rates and are commonly excluded from other studies. For example, we used U.S. Census Bureau data to control for differing demographic characteristics among casino and non-casino counties, and we controlled for such differences as income levels, unemployment rates, distribution of food stamps and retirement payments as well as for the age, race and sex."

Overall, crime rates have dropped since 1991 after rising in the 1970s and 1980s. But the study found a divergence between crime rates in casino and non-casino counties. Specifically, three categories of property crime -- burglary, larceny and auto theft -- and three categories of violent crime -- rape, robbery and aggravated assault -- became more prevalent in casino counties about three years after a casino was opened.

The paper estimated the cost of casino-induced crime at $63 per adult in the 167 counties with casinos, or $1.3 billion in 1996. If casino gambling were expanded nationwide, the crime costs would be $12.1 billion, according to the researchers.

"The total cost of casino-related crime was relatively low in the 1980s, but have risen significantly since then," Mustard said.

The increased costs coincide with the steady expansion of riverboat and land-based casinos, he said. The number of counties with casinos expanded from 14 in 1977 (all in Nevada) to 167 in 1996. If revenues from American Indian casinos are included, casino revenues were $26.3 billion in 1997, up from $8.7 billion in 1990.

"Casinos and Crime" is available on the Web at www.econ.uiuc.edu/cgi-bin/papers/list.pl.

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Naval reservist called to full-time duty

By Melissa Mitchell

NATO bombs may have stopped falling over Yugoslavia last week, but peace or no peace, UI staff member Matt Tittle will be reporting for duty at Chicago's Fort Sheridan later this month.

A naval reserve commander, Tittle has been ordered to spend the next six months supporting intelligence operations of the U.S. European Command's Joint Analysis Center. The active-duty personnel normally stationed there have been shifted to crisis operations at the center's European facility in Molesworth, England.

"I'll be doing the same job I do on weekends, but will do it on a full-time basis in view of the current crisis," said Tittle, the Campus Honors Program's assistant director for international affairs. Tittle usually reports to Fort Sheridan for reserve duty one or two weekends a month and a couple of weeks each summer. There, he serves as assistant branch chief for the unit assigned to military order of battle. In civilian terms, Tittle said, that means "keeping track of the military inventories of different countries for instance, how many ships or tanks they have, their configurations and where they are in a given country."

"Everything builds on that," he said. "You have to know that before you can do anything militarily."

Tittle has been a naval reserve officer since 1994, and has been with the Chicago-based unit since 1997. Before serving in the reserves, he was an active-duty naval officer from 1982-93. His final assignment in that capacity was serving as director of the Strategic Studies Team, Atlantic Intelligence Command, Norfolk, Va. After that, he came to the UI, where he earned a master's degree in the teaching of Russian. In addition to his staff position at the Campus Honors Program, which he assumed last January, he's working on his dissertation for a doctorate in education.

Tittle said serving in the reserves while working and studying at the university has allowed him to enjoy the best of both worlds -- military and civilian.

"It offers tremendous opportunities to continue doing the things I do well and enjoy doing. I didn't have to end one career while starting another," he said.

And while Serbian and NATO generals recently hammered out terms of a cease-fire and end to the conflict, none of that will affect Tittle's assignment.

In fact, he said, "the peace agreement increases the need for me in Chicago because of several factors. The folks we support in Europe will be even busier with tasks related to verification of compliance with the terms of the agreement, providing security to the peacekeeping forces, and being ready at a moment's notice to resume military action if the agreement is violated."

Given any of these scenarios, Tittle said, "the 'intelligence equation' actually becomes much more complicated."

Meanwhile, back at the UI, Campus Honors students' opportunities to learn about what's taking place in Kosovo and the surrounding region should become richer as a result of Tittle's reserve assignment.

"One of the neat things about it is that I can turn this into a real positive for the Campus Honors Program," he said. "Though I will be working full-time [at Fort Sheridan], I will still be a constant presence electronically."

Tittle said he plans to run Web-based discussions for students and will visit campus periodically to lead seminars on Kosovo. E-mail also will enable him to remain an "active part of the staff and be involved in decision-making as well."

"I'm looking forward to the experience," Tittle said. "It's a real honor. Nobody should be indispensable, but it's nice to be in a position where your expertise is needed.

"I'm also looking forward to the benefit I can bring back here to the program."

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New academic calendar to begin 2000-01

By Becky Mabry

Students had hoped to get a full week off at Thanksgiving this coming fall semester, but the UI provost says there just isn't enough time to get the break into this fall's academic calendar.

The fall break, approved by a majority of the Urbana-Champaign campus faculty-student Senate in May, was to begin this November if the provost was able to determine it could be implemented without too much hardship. Provost Richard Herman agreed to the Senate's charge, but warned that it was so late into the planning already made for the coming academic year that the break might not be feasible for this November.

After some study and talking with faculty members, Herman decided against the fall 1999 start date.

"In short, the problems associated with implementing the new fall break in 1999 proved to be sufficiently serious," Herman said, "and I do not believe we can move in this direction."

Because the calendar is set by the Senate well in advance of each academic year, faculty members already have used that calendar to map out lectures and labs, design their course syllabi, and set exam schedules, as well as set field trips and schedule guest lectures, Herman said.

"I received many detailed examples from faculty of problems in these areas that would result from changing the fall 1999 schedule at this late date," Herman said.

In addition, he pointed out that implementing a new break on such short notice would also impact such events as student recitals, performances at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, football games and alumni events.

"For example, the dean of the College of Fine and Applied Arts reported that student recitals and performances could not be rescheduled for other times in the semester because of the extraordinarily tight and comprehensive schedule already in place," Herman said.

Students surely will be disappointed by the delay, Herman said, but they can be assured that a full one-week fall break the week of Thanksgiving already is being planned for the academic year 2000-2001 calendar.

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brief notes

Concert in the Park is June 26
WILL-FM will celebrate 25 years of community support with its annual Concert in the Park on June 26 at Robert Allerton Park in Monticello.

The free concert at 5 p.m. in the Sunken Garden features Ian Hobson conducting the UI Summer Festival Orchestra. This year's concert opens with a performance by musicians from The Academy of Irish Music in Chicago.

For a map and more information, call 333-0850. The rain date is June 27. Tune to WILL-AM (580) or WILL-FM (90.9/101.1 in Champaign-Urbana) for weather updates. This event is co-sponsored by the UI School of Music and Robert Allerton Park.

Ebert festival symposium airs June 18
In a symposium taped at WILL-Channel 12 during his Overlooked Film Festival, film critic Roger Ebert said he's not sure moviegoers have the patience to listen to dialogue anymore. "They just want to see stuff blowing up real good," he said.

The discussion program, airing at 8 p.m. June 18, features Ebert and a panel of filmmakers, distributors and actors as well as UI professors David Desser, cinema studies, and Paula Treichler, communications.

The panel discusses the difficulties in making and distributing independent films; the benefits of seeing films in a theater rather than on television; whether violence in movies has caused violence in schools; and other topics.
 
FY2000 holidays include 'floater'
The following holidays for fiscal year 2000 will be observed on the Urbana-Champaign campus:

July 5 Independence Day

Sept. 6 Labor Day

Nov. 25, 26 Thanksgiving and designated holiday

Dec. 24, 27 Designated holidays

Dec. 31, Jan. 3 Designated holidays

Jan. 17 Martin Luther King Day

May 29 Memorial Day

The traditional spring break holiday is being converted to a floating holiday that can be taken anytime during the fiscal year. Requests to take the floating holiday should be made in advance, based on unit procedures. Unused holiday leave will not be forwarded to the next fiscal year.

For questions concerning holiday pay, Civil Service employees should call Labor and Employee Relations, Personnel Services Office, at 333-3105. Academic staff members should call the Office of Academic Human Resources, at 333-6747.

Comments requested for NCA visit
The public is invited to submit comments regarding the UI's Urbana campus to the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus will undergo a comprehensive evaluation when a team representing the commission visits Sept. 27-29.

Comments should be sent to: Public Comment/UIUC, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, 30 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60602

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs and must be received by Aug. 1. Comments will not be treated as confidential and should include the name, address and telephone number of the sender.

Individuals with a specific dispute or grievance should request the separate Policy on Complaints document from the commission office. The commission cannot settle disputes between institutions and individuals; complaints will not be considered third-party comment.

COE hosts camp for middle-school girls
The College of Engineering will host a camp Aug. 1-7 for girls entering seventh and eighth grades in the fall. Camp 21st, presented annually by the Women in Engineering Program, will explore careers in math, science and engineering. Girls also will gain skills in oral and written communication and computer technology.

To receive an application for the camp, call 244-3517. Applications also can be submitted by visiting www.engr.uiuc.edu/wie/summer.html. Registration deadline is June 21. Sixty participants will be accepted for the camp. The $525 cost includes tuition, meals, housing at Illinois Street Residence Hall, classroom and laboratory materials, and recreational activities.

Software summer school offers discount
The Office of Continuing Engineering Education and the department of computer science are co-sponsoring the Illinois Software Summer School. The annual program provides continuing education in software technology and related areas. Eleven short courses, beginning June 28, will be offered with topics ranging from programming in C++ and Java to security issues to database design.

UI employees are eligible for a $100 discount for each course. For course descriptions and schedule and registration information, call Lynnea Johnson, 333-3836 or visit the ISSS Web site at www.engr.uiuc.edu/OCEE/ISSS/. Call 244-2037 to register.

eweek to premiere June 21
A new weekly e-mail will premiere in faculty and staff members' e-mail "IN" boxes June 21.

A service of the Computing and Communications Services Office and the News Bureau, eweek is designed to reduce the number of mass e-mails on campus and still provide brief, relevant and timely information to faculty and staff members, according to Sue Lewis, assistant director of CCSO. Initially all faculty and staff members with an e-mail account will be subscribed to the service.

The eweek Web site at https://www-s.uiuc.edu/eweek/ includes editorial guidelines for submitting an announcement. Anyone may submit items for eweek but it is estimated that no more than six items will be included each week. Items may appear only once.

Conference focuses on terrorism
Understanding what makes the terrorist tick and being prepared to respond in the event of a terrorist attack are among topics that will be considered June 22-23 at a conference at Allen Hall. "International Terrorism: Dealing With the Unseen" is the theme of the ninth annual summer conference organized by the UI's Office of Continuing Education and co-sponsored by several other university units and state and local groups.

"There are measures that can be taken to reduce the probability of terrorist acts being committed," said Earl Kellogg, the UI's associate provost for international affairs. "This conference will assist community leaders and officials to learn how to deal with the threat of terrorism and develop a balanced approach to these problems."

Keynote speaker Bruce Hoffman, director of the RAND Corp.'s Washington, D.C., office and author of "Inside Terrorism," will speak at 2 p.m. June 22 with "The Changing Face of International Terrorism." James Christy, special assistant for law enforcement, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Pentagon will participate in a panel discussion on "Protecting Against Terrorist Attacks" at 4:15 p.m. on June 22.

Panelists from the UI include Paul Diehl, professor of political science; Clifford Singer, professor of nuclear engineering and director of the Program in Arms Control, Disarmament and International Security; Richard Jaehne, director of the Illinois Fire Service Institute; and Debra Laefer, civil and environmental engineering graduate student.

The conference also will include workshop sessions for teachers, business leaders, senior citizens and state and government officials. For more information, or to register, call 333-1465.

Summer maintenance scheduled
The Division of Campus Parking and Transportation has begun its annual summer maintenance program. This program includes repairs to broken pavement, sewer repairs, surface overlays and paint striping.

"This summer, most of our facilities will be affected by maintenance activity," said Pam Voitik, director of the Division of Campus Parking and Transportation. "In many cases the work will be minor with little interruption to the facility, but some will have significant work or repairs."

Facilities with major projects planned this summer:

Renters of a facility will be notified in advance of the expected dates of the disruption and of alternate parking. For more information, customers may go to the DCPT Web site at www.parking.uiuc.edu. Daily updates are planned to keep customers informed of the status of their lot.

DCR Golf Classic is July 21
The 27th Annual Division of Campus Recreation Faculty/Staff Summer Golf Classic will begin at 8:30 a.m. July 21. Priority registration for faculty/staff teams runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays June 28 through July 2 in 172 IMPE Building. Entry fee is $140 per four-person team. Entry fee includes golf carts, green fees, lunch, souvenirs and refreshments. For more information, call 333-3510.

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job market

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.

faculty

Animal Sciences. Assistant professor. PhD in a discipline related to dairy science, specialty in dairy systems management. Knowledge of modern dairy production practices and strong interest in being involved with the rapidly changing dairy industry are essential. Available: Oct. 1. Contact James Drackley, 244-3157 or drackley@illinois.edu. Closing date: Sept. 1.

Mathematics. Assistant professor (one or more positions). PhD. Preference will be given to those applicants whose field is in applied mathematics, computational mathematics, mathematical physics, partial differential equations and global analysis, probability theory, algebraic geometry and/or number theory. Available: Aug. 21, 2000. Contact Joseph Rosenblatt, 333-3352, search@math.uiuc.edu. Closing date: Nov. 30.

academic professionals

Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Regional director. Ph.D. in field related to responsibilities of the position. Ten years' professional experience in a field closely related to extension education with five years' extension experience desired. Available: Jan. 1. Contact John C. van Es, 333-9025, e-van2@illinois.edu. Closing: until position is filled.

Biotechnology Center. Director of DNA services. Master's in molecular or cell biology or related field with relevant experience. Must have demonstrated expertise in a wide array of molecular biology techniques and a solid background in DNA sequencing data analysis and DNA database search tools. Available: Aug. 9. Contact Barbara Whitmarsh at 265-5057 or esampson@illinois.edu. Closing date: July 16.

Biotechnology Center. Research specialist in life sciences. Master's in biology, biochemistry or related natural sciences preferred or the equivalent combination of education and laboratory experience with a B.S. required. Experience with automated DNA synthesis, sequencing or fragment analysis strongly preferred. Excellent computer and communications skills plus the ability to multitask are required. Available: July 12. Contact Barbara Whitmarsh at 265-5057 or esampson@illinois.edu. Closing date: June 25.

Cash Management and Investments, Office of. Specialist, financial analyst. Bachelor's in a business field, three years' accounting experience, microcomputer experience and familiarity with spreadsheet and database applications required. Certified Cash Manager credentials and/or Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation preferred. Available: immediately. Contact Janier Koss, 244-5821, jkoss@uillinois.edu. Closing date: July 9.

Cell and Structural Biology. Research specialist in life sciences. Bachelor's and/or electron microscopy experience required. Available: immediately. Contact Joyce Woodworth, 244-6638. Extended closing date: July 1 or when position is 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, spole@conrad.ece.uiuc.edu. Extended closing date: July 2.

Foundation, UI. Stewardship services specialist. Bachelor's. Required: familiarity with database and data/report generation applications; working knowledge of Word Perfect and Excel; SelectPlus and Query (report writers) with FACTS (Foundation-Alumni Constituent Tracking System) a plus. Familiarity with university development activities is desirable. Available: immediately. Contact Ron Herman, 244-0471, hr@uif.uillinois.edu. Closing date: July 6.

Geological Survey, Illinois State. Assistant professional scientist, Quaternary geology. Master's and two years' experience in Quaternary geology/geologic mapping. Requires knowledge and skills to conduct research in glacial geology and glacial/fluvial sedimentology, including glacial and nonglacial sediment processes, principles of Quaternary stratigraphy in the glaciated United States and Canada and experience with mapping Quaternary sediment, especially that deposited by continental glaciers. Computer applications background helpful. Valid driver's license. Some lifting may be required. Must be able to travel and conduct field work on foot in rough terrain and adverse conditions. Available: immediately. Contact Human Resources, Illinois State Geological Survey, 244-2401. Closing date: Aug. 1.

Illinois Natural History Survey. EcoWatch technology outreach coordinator. Bachelor's in English, communication or related discipline and a minimum of four years' experience in training teachers to perform ecological monitoring and apply appropriate digital tools (Web, GPS, GIS). Also required are demonstrated ability to develop creative and innovative approaches, materials, concepts, etc. to science education and outreach; experience with curriculum development and Web page development, personal computers and software, including word processing, spreadsheets and graphics as well as familiarity with GPS, GIS and Web-authoring tools; a valid driver's license. Salary: $32,000-$35,000. Available: immediately. Technical questions should be referred to David Baker, 524-6830, david_baker_at_con084p4@dnrmail.state.il.us or to Michael Jeffords, 333-5986, jeffords@illinois.edu. Contact Sue Key, 244-7790. Closing date: June 23.

Information Technology and Communication Services, Office of. Network analyst. Bachelor's. Required are three or more years' direct and practical experience in the following: administering networks and providing user support; WindowsNT server and Novell Netware; Windows 95 installation and support; TCP/IP and Appletalk networking; hardware and software installation and troubleshooting. Qualifications desired are experience with multiple platforms and protocols, HTML and Web servers, dial-up communications, and project management. Available: immediately. Contact Nancy Mickenbecker, 244-0477, nancym@illinois.edu. Closing date: July 8.

Instructional Resources, Office of. Coordinator of examination services. PhD and training and experience in applied measurement and quantitative methods required. Available: Aug. 21. Contact John C. Ory, 333-3370. Extended closing date: Aug. 6.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant ticket manager. Bachelor's in athletic administration or related field and background in accounting and sports management, experience in ticket-office operations, knowledge of Paciolan Computer Systems, and familiarity with the Big Ten and NCAA regulations. Available: immediately. Contact Mike Hatfield, 333-9323. Closing date: June 29.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach, women's soccer. Bachelor's required, master's preferred. Minimum coaching experience at the Division I level -- three years' desired, five years' preferred. Proven ability to select, recruit and develop highly skilled athletes at the Division I level. Available: immediately. Contact Jillian Ellis, 333-0004. Closing date: July 6.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach, volleyball. Bachelor's. Two years' experience at the Division I level preferred. Adequate knowledge of volleyball techniques and tactics. Available: immediately. Contact Don Hardin, Division of Intercollegiate Athletics, 1700 S. Fourth Street, Champaign, IL 61820. Closing date: June 30.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Head varsity coach, strength. Bachelor's and three years' experience in strength and conditioning required. Master's preferred. NSCS certification required and background in nutrition preferred. Demonstrated personal relations skills in dealing with student-athletes, peers, staff and administrative personnel. Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Available: immediately. Contact Terry Cole, 333-2240. Closing: June 18.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Associate head varsity coach, strength. Bachelor's and three years' experience in strength and conditioning required. Master's preferred. NSCS certification required and background in nutrition preferred. Demonstrated personal relations skills in dealing with student-athletes, peers, staff and administrative personnel. Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Available: immediately. Contact Patrick Moorer, 333-1400. Closing: June 29.

Intercollegiate Athletics, Division of. Assistant varsity coach, strength. Bachelor's and two years' experience in strength and conditioning required. Master's preferred. NSCS certification required and background in nutrition preferred. Demonstrated personal relations skills in dealing with student-athletes, peers, staff and administrative personnel. Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Available: immediately. Contact Terry Cole, 333-2240. Closing June 29.

Labor and Industrial Relations, Institute of. Network analyst. Bachelor's. Experience with PC (X86 based) workstations and servers, networking protocols, MS Windows (3.x-NT4), Frontpage, NT Server, IIS, MS Office Suite, HTML, LAN/WAN is required. Experience with Eudora, SPSS, and STATA, building interactive Web sites, the UI network, AITS, and distance learning technologies is highly desirable. Some travel required. Available: Aug. 2. Contact Connie Johnson, 333-2386, Closing date: June 28.

Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of. Assistant director of alumni relations and special events. Bachelor's with preference given to those with 1-2 years' experience in alumni/public relations, communications, development or related field. Available: immediately. Contact Marcia Reed, 333-3387, m-reed@illinois.edu. Closing date: June 23.

Library. Associate director of library development. Bachelor's and 3-5 years' experience in development or related field preferred. Experience in major gift fund raising and/or university administration is highly desirable. Available: immediately. Contact Allen G. Dries, 333-5494. Closing date: July 15.

Library and Information Science, Graduate School of. Visiting instructional media coordinator. Bachelor's. Knowledge and experience with current operating systems and desktop applications and familiarity with Internet software applications. Experience in testing and evaluating software, familiarity with a programming language, experience developing instructional materials and/or training users in information technologies is desirable. Available: July 21. Contact Dorlene Clark, 333-3281, dorlene@illinois.edu. Closing date: July 5.

Life Sciences, School of. Director of facilities and operations. Bachelor's in business or related field and several years' experience in personnel management, management of facilities, utilization, maintenance, construction and capital project management, administration work experience in a college or university environment are desirable. Available: immediately. Contact Christine Smith, 333-3128, chrissmi@illinois.edu. Closing date: June 25.

Operation and Maintenance Division. Human resources coordinator. Bachelor's in a personnel management related field and three-five years' minimum experience in human resources. Familiarity with and ability to function in a Civil Service environment in addition to experience with Academic Human Resource policies and procedures are helpful. Available: immediately. Contact Kip Mecum, Garage and Carpool, 1701 S. Oak St., MC-677. Closing date: July 15.

Press, UI. Senior editor (assistant managing editor). Supervise proofreaders, shepherd manuscripts through production process, editorial work on reprints, copyedit six manuscripts per year. Required: B.A./B.S., five years' copyediting experience with scholarly publisher (must include electronic copyediting, preferably using XyWrite). Salary: minimum of $30,000. Available: Aug. 21. Contact Terry Sears, 244-6494. Closing date: July 6.

Prevention Research and Development, Center for. Coordinator of research programs (one to four positions). Master's preferred. Bachelor's with related professional experience will be considered. The ideal candidate will have a working knowledge and/or experience with computers in data collection protocols; skills in professional development and training are essential for one or two of these positions. Available: immediately. Contact Peter Mulhall, 333-3231, mulhall@illinois.edu.Closing date: June 30.

Social Work, School of. Director of budget and resource planning. Bachelor's required; master's preferred, preferably in business or related field. Three years' experience in accounting, budgeting or resource planning is required. Knowledge of campus business operations, organizational structures, and administrative systems is highly desirable. Available: immediately. Contact Liz Fairchild, 333-2260. Closing date: July 6.

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 wide variety of software and hardware with training in the management and support of individual technologies such as UNIX system administration. For more information, www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SRC/HRmain.html Available: immediately. Contact NCSA Human Resources, 333-6085, career@ncsa.uiuc.edu Search #6402. Extended closing date: June 30.

Supercomputing Applications, National Center for. Science journalist (one or more positions). Bachelor's degree in journalism, technical communications or a related field required; master's preferred. Should have a minimum of five years' experience researching and writing technical documentation for various types of users, with Web-based distribution and knowledge of the Web and online documentation production. For more information, www.ncsa.uiuc.edu/SRC/HRmain.html. Available: immediately. Contact NCSA Human Resources, 333-6085, career@ncsa.uiuc.edu. Search #6398. Extended closing date: July 7.

staff

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 at: www.pso.uiuc.edu.

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On the Job: Beth Erwin

By Becky Mabry

When visitors attend the Illinois State Fair Aug. 12 -- 21 in Springfield, they'll likely see a booth for the College of Veterinary Medicine among the UI exhibits. One of the people who will have worked to create the booth is Beth Erwin, staff secretary for Vet Med's development office. In addition to her secretarial duties, she also gets involved in the public affairs and events of the college, giving her an opportunity to do a variety of jobs. The development office publishes a quarterly newsletter for alumni, and just recently, the college celebrated its 50th anniversary. Erwin does what she can to help with all those challenges and projects.

Do you like what you do?
I love my job. It's very diverse. Some days it's the phone and typing and some days we're doing alumni events so I get to go out and meet the alumni. We handle reunions too, so those are the kinds of things we do that are fun and make it so diverse.

And I love the College of Vet Med. I love animals. This is my 13th year here.

Are you married?
Yes, for nine years in October. My husband, Mike, and I just bought a house this past year in Tolono and we have a dog, Dakota. We've had him since he was 8 weeks old.
 
You two are dancers, right?
We enjoy country-western dancing. We've danced about 10 years. We met out at the old Lariat dance club in Champaign. We were just kind of friends but didn't really go out or anything. And then my roommate and one of his friends had tickets to see the band Sawyer Brown in Tuscola, so she asked me and Mike's friend asked him, so we all went together and we started dating from them on.
 
Now you both have an interest in rodeo?
I always kind of had an interest in rodeo, but when I met Mike he was very much a rodeo fan. It's evolved to now we try to go to Las Vegas every year for the Professional Bull Riders Finals. We've been going the last couple years and we're already planning for 2000. You get out there and the cowboys are so willing to talk with you and tell you their strategies for the bulls. It's such a fun event that we really enjoy going. Last time we were able to get all their autographs.
 
What else do you do?
Mike is building a hot rod or drag car out in our back garage, so that keeps him kind of busy. He hopes to race it down in Charleston. We'll see. I think it'll be a while down the road, looking at what's in the garage. [She laughed.] But that's ultimately what he wants to do. And that's something he can work on. When he's had a tough day he can go out there and work on that car and he's tickled.

He's also a pretty good NASCAR fan. I'm just kind of getting into it. I'm just about to go to my very first NASCAR race.

I'm more rodeo still, he's more NASCAR. But we're meeting in the middle.

And this year because we have a house for the first time we have worked in our garden a lot. We didn't think we'd enjoy that, but we're having so much fun out there keeping it up and making sure it's watered, and when you get that first little radish, it's quite a deal.

So between rodeo, NASCAR, and the house, it's been a busy year for us.

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