Sept., 17, 1998 / Volume 18, Number 6
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Kids who don't get along with others also less likely to learn
"Works and plays well with others." That seemingly minor item on many a kindergarten report card may be much more important to a child's academic success than many parents realize, a UI professor of educational psychology says.
Carbon dioxide holds promise as refrigerant in automobiles
Carbon dioxide, the gas that puts the "fizz" in soda pop, could become the next refrigerant for automotive air-conditioning systems, UI researchers say.

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Krannert Center celebrates 30 years ... Faculty exchange with KUL, Belgium ... Program features CRL services ... Change in Notice of Appointment ... NSF hosts 'FastLane' demo ... SRL announces fall lecture series ... Women in Engineering host career day ... Two new exhibitions at I space ... SportWell programs for faculty/staff ... Landscape architecture exhibits displayed ... CAS announces deadlines ... Graphic design scholar to lecture ... TAB announces grant deadlines ... NESSIE training offered

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Kids who don't get along with others also less likely to learn

By Craig Chamberlain

"Works and plays well with others." That seemingly minor item on many a kindergarten report card may be much more important to a child's academic success than many parents realize, a UI professor of educational psychology says.

Kids entering kindergarten who don't get along with peers and teachers often set themselves immediately on a "problematic pathway" of low and often declining school success, according to Gary Ladd, director of the Pathways Project, a long-term study of about 400 children that began with their entry into kindergarten.

The reason, as Ladd and his research colleagues explain it, is fairly simple. Early grade school is a social environment in which kids learn chiefly through interactions with peers and teachers. When they don't get along with those people, they can start to be left out of activities, they can sour on school, and learning suffers.

"The way we look at it is engagement is the number one thing. If kids don't engage and participate in classroom tasks with others, they're not going to learn as much as children who do," Ladd said. "We're saying that regardless of how prepared children are academically, they still have to attach or engage themselves within the school environment. And the glue that helps kids attach or engage -- with young kids, 4 and 5 years old -- is sometimes more interpersonal or social than it is academic.

"It appears that it is not the fun of math that makes kindergarteners want to come to school, it's having a friend in the classroom who's fun to play with or be with or work on things with, it's a teacher who they feel comfortable with and excited to be around, a classroom atmosphere that's supportive and encouraging."

Parents can help their children prepare for the social environment they will face in school by finding opportunities to observe them playing with other children, and then using conflicts or problems as opportunities to teach, Ladd said. Children in their preschool and early grade school years are not likely to connect their behavior with why they are liked or disliked, he said. "We interviewed a lot of kids who don't understand why people won't play with them. They have no idea."

By getting the child to focus on that connection, however, parents often can make a difference, he said. When they grab a toy or shove their way into line, "we simply try to teach them 'How do you suppose it makes the other person feel? Will they want to play with you if you do stuff like that?' Some kids do change as a result of that, when they begin to see the effect they're having."

The Pathways Project, funded with grants from the National Institutes of Health, is now in its seventh year. The two separate groups of children under study, from three central Illinois communities, are now entering fifth and sixth grades. The research conclusions released so far cover only through the second grade, Ladd noted.

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Carbon dioxide holds promise as refrigerant in automobiles

By James E. Kloeppel

Carbon dioxide, the gas that puts the "fizz" in soda pop, could become the next refrigerant for automotive air-conditioning systems, UI researchers say.

Recent tests conducted at the UI's Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Center compared the thermal performance of a prototype carbon-dioxide system with one commonly used in automobiles.

"The carbon-dioxide system outperformed the conventional system under most operating conditions," said Predrag Hrnjak, a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering and a researcher at the center. "There is clearly a potential in this technology, which makes it reasonable to look more closely at solving the technical challenges encountered."

Current systems use a synthetic hydrofluorocarbon known as R134a. Developed as an ozone-safe replacement for the chlorofluorocarbon R12, this refrigerant may prove inadequate for future vehicles.

"To reduce global warming and obtain better fuel economy, we must develop more energy-efficient air-conditioning systems," said Clark Bullard, a professor of mechanical engineering and director of the center. "Automakers have encountered a fork in the road. One path would improve the existing R134a system; the other path would design a system around carbon dioxide or some other refrigerant."

Eventually, however, energy-efficient automobile engines may not generate enough waste heat to warm passenger compartments during cold weather. A heat pump, which operates like an air conditioner in reverse, may be required.

"Although R134a is a very good refrigerant, it works poorly as a heating fluid," Bullard said. "Carbon dioxide is much better suited for heat-pump applications. So, if the path of improving the R134a system ultimately dead ends, it makes sense to consider alternative technologies now."

To compare the two systems, the researchers constructed identical environmental test chambers. A variable-speed wind tunnel simulated the range of operating conditions encountered in normal applications. As a basis for comparison, the two heat exchangers had nearly equal volumes and the same pressure drop on the air side. The two compressors were also of similar sizes.

"Our experimental results will be used to validate models for designing next-generation systems that can then be compared experimentally," Hrnjak said. "We are just beginning to learn how to exploit the inherent advantages of carbon dioxide as a refrigerant."

By extracting a lot of basic information from their experiments, the researchers hope to reduce some of the technical uncertainties surrounding the ultimate limits on carbon-dioxide performance.

"Once the industry has a sense of what those realistic goals could be, then automakers can decide which path to take," Bullard said. "In a sense, we are trying to turn these black boxes into crystal balls."

The researchers presented their findings at the International Refrigeration and Compressor Conference, held July 14-17 in Lafayette, Ind.

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Gov. Edgar to join IGPA after term concludes in January

Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar will join the UI's Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) after leaving office in January. University President James Stukel made the announcement Sept. 14 at an event on the Urbana campus attended by the governor, students, faculty members, members of the Board of Trustees and other dignitaries of the university.

"Jim Edgar will make a significant contribution to the university's mission of providing high-quality undergraduate and graduate education and of public service," Stukel said. "By accepting this position with the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, he demonstrates his continuing commitment to playing a leadership role in public policy in the state of Illinois.

"We are delighted to welcome him into the UI family."

Gov. Edgar said he is looking forward to a deeper relationship with the UI. As governor, he is an ex officio, but voting, member of the Board of Trustees.

"If our democratic system is to function properly, our educational institutions have a vital role to play in teaching our students and the public about the importance of the governmental and political process," Edgar said. "I also believe that our universities and colleges have an obligation to work with society in meeting the many challenges before us.

"I appreciate the UI's willingness to give me the opportunity to share my experience and to help educate people on the realities of the democratic system and the opportunity to be a part of this world-class institution's efforts in helping our society meet its challenges as we enter a new millennium.

"Brenda and I look forward to becoming part of the UI community," he said.

Edgar will be a Distinguished Fellow in the IGPA, a universitywide institute dedicated to research and outreach on public policy issues, such as finance and taxation, health care, education and welfare reform. The proposed responsibilities of Edgar's position include:

· A series of guest lectures and presentations in undergraduate and graduate classes and seminars on all three UI campuses.

· Presentations in the IGPA Journalism Fellows Program, the leadership and management training programs for state and local public officials sponsored by the IGPA Office of Public Management, and in the IGPA policy issues workshops for state legislators.

· Production of audio tapes on government, politics and public policy in Illinois.

· Outreach efforts on behalf of IGPA and other university programs to develop relationships with universities outside the United States.

Jack Knott, IGPA director, said he expects Edgar to make major contributions to the institute's programs.

"We hope this will provide him with a valuable professional home and many opportunities to use his talents and experiences as a public leader to serve the state and the nation," Knott said.

Edgar announced his plans not to seek re-election in August 1997. He begins the two-year, renewable, full-time position with the IGPA on Jan. 12.

Edgar will be based at the Urbana-Champaign office of the IGPA, which also operates at the Chicago and Springfield campuses.

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Campus logo ready to make its mark

By Doris K. Dahl

At long last the new campus logo is ready for general use. Although it has been used on business cards since June, the logo now has been released for general use on letterhead, in newsletters or on banners and documents on the Web.

It will be a few months before the design is a registered trademark, which would make it part of UI's licensing program. Once that happens, T-shirts, coffee mugs, mouse pads and other items featuring the logo can be sold in local stores as well as stores across the United States.

Anyone on campus wanting to use the new logo may access it through the online Graphic Standards Manual at The site offers guidelines for use of the logo and allows people to download it in various styles and computer formats.

For those who cannot access the site, or don't have a compatible platform or software, camera-ready logo sheets soon will be available. "We tapped into a lot of campus resources to make the logo as accessible as possible," said Don Kojich, associate director of the Office of Publications, which developed the mark and accompanying Web site. "We had to consider both PC and Mac platforms and the variety of software packages out there. We simply could not accommodate them all. With the logo sheets, people can scan the logo into their system or simply cut and paste it onto an item."

The site also offers important guidelines on acceptable (and unacceptable) uses of the mark. "We've tried to remain somewhat flexible in the use of the logo, offering it in different sizes and varying the elements -- with the date or without and so on -- but we have definite guidelines for using it. We need to maintain some consistency in its use and also make sure the logo is not altered."

A consistent identity is what started the discussion on creating a logo for the Urbana campus.

As the project draws to a close, no one is happier than staff members in the Office of Publications.

"The entire staff of the Office of Publications has been involved in this project during the past two years," Kojich said. "Although the final design was initiated by Jason Lindsey, all our graphic designers spent a great deal of time and energy on this project. It's very rewarding to see the final product so well accepted across campus."

But their work is not done yet. There will be adjustments to the online manual and plans for a printed manual in a few months. "We started with the online manual so that we could get the logo out as soon as possible," Kojich said. "And as we get feedback from those using the logo, we'll refine the manual and then produce a printed version in a few months."

Anyone with questions about the use of the mark should contact the Office of Publications, 333-9200 or e-mail Kojich at

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Cooperative Extension Service is now UI Extension

One of the UI's oldest outreach organizations, the Cooperative Extension Service, has changed its name and is now known as UI Extension.

In late 1996, a citizens' commission appointed by Urbana-Champaign Chancellor Michael Aiken urged the administration of the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) to change the name to more closely reflect the outreach programs' ties to the campus research base.

"That's consistent with what some neighboring states have done," said Dennis Campion, associate dean for extension and outreach in ACES. "Other states' universities did surveys that showed most people knew of their local extension programs, but relatively few knew that those programs were connected to the state's land-grant research university. Members of the chancellor's commission found the same thing when they held town meetings throughout Illinois," he said.

"It's a credibility issue. Our campus research base is what sets UI Extension apart from other outreach organizations," Campion said.

The nationwide network of extension programs began in 1914 as a means of presenting land-grant university research information in ways farmers and rural families could easily understand and use. Today, extension serves both urban and rural areas of Illinois, offering programs in four broad areas: 4-H/youth development; family and consumer sciences; community and economic development; and agriculture and natural resources.

UI Extension will remain a three-way partnership -- in terms of both programming and funding -- among the state of Illinois, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and public and private organizations at the county level.

"We're not anticipating any changes in our relationship with funders or clients," Campion said. "Local program priorities will continue to be guided by volunteers who serve on local extension unit councils."

UI Extension will continue to be based in the College of ACES, with additional extension programs offered through the colleges of Veterinary Medicine and Applied Life Studies, Campion said.

"We're also looking at some other potential partnerships, both internal and external, that will allow extension staff to offer local residents a broader variety of programs and resources from the Urbana-Champaign campus," he said. "We're not really changing or expanding our scope, but we are trying to make sure we can offer the kinds of resources that individuals and communities need the most. Often, that means tapping the expertise of someone in the broader university community."

UI Extension's name change was approved by Aiken and University President James Stukel earlier this year. The new UI Extension logo, which will be phased in during late 1998 and early 1999, is derived from the campus's new visual identity. (See article page 1.)

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Couple provides sanctuary for big cats:

Fostering felines requires combination of caring and caution

By Nancy Koeneman

This past year, calling "Here, kitty, kitty" at the Kensell house might have gotten you more than you expected.

Kim Kensell, a veterinary technician at the UI's Small Animal Clinic, spent 10 months helping raise two lion cubs, later helped with a third cub and now is providing a foster home for a cougar. The cats came to her through the Exotic Feline Rescue Center near Center Point, Ind., where a variety of big cats, including lions, tigers, cougars and wildcats find a safe haven from the world of circuses, animal sideshows and private homes they've outgrown.

Lion cubs Nala and Lea arrived at the UI veterinary hospital in October at barely a month old. Nala had tetanus, probably from her mother, and couldn't move anything but the tip of her tail. Antibiotics, antitoxins and muscle relaxers helped to bring her back to health. A few days later, her sister, Lea showed up for a checkup; both cubs were found to have a birth defect affecting the tendons in their rear legs. Surgery allowed them to walk, although they always will have a limp.

Thomas Burke, professor of veterinary medicine, was handling the cubs' medical care and therapy. Burke asked Kensell to foster the cubs while they were under treatment and in therapy.

"He asked if we would take them home and do their care and then bring them back during the day so he could keep a close eye on them," Kensell said. "They were raised around dogs and cats and were paper trained. They acted like domestic cats, but they're not tame and won't be domesticated. They are socialized."

Since she began the adventure of fostering Nala, Lea and Gabby, another cub from the rescue group, Kensell said she's learned a lot about exotic felines and has become more involved in the center. She is now caring for a 1-year-old cougar named Achsia that had been a household pet in Champaign.

"She's doubled in weight since we got her in April and now weighs 68 pounds. We just built her a new cage," Kensell said. The covered wired cage -- measuring 15 feet by 20 feet -- has two gates, lots of reinforcements and is electrified to keep her in and keep curious neighborhood kids out. They've installed raised boards for Achsia to walk on, a tree stump, a permanent den, and a hanging tire and hanging milk bottles for her to play with. They plan to put in perches within the next few weeks.

Although the cougar is occasionally allowed in the house, "she prefers to be outside," Kensell said. They do play with the big cat but when she gets testy, they stop. Even though she's declawed, it's not wise to push her, Kensell said. "Rich [her husband] can push it and he can tell her no, but you don't want to try to force her to do what she doesn't want to do."

They don't know how long Achsia will stay with them. "It depends on what [space] Joe Taft has [at the Exotic Feline Rescue Center] and what permanent pens he has up there. So right now it is an indefinite amount of time," Kensell said. If it was up to her husband, Acshia would be a permanent member of the family, she said. "She is really devoted to Rich."

Keeping an exotic large feline requires a license from the United States Department of Agriculture and living space that meets USDA requirements, Kensell said. Responsibly owning an exotic feline also means having plenty of knowledge about health, nutrition and behavior of these animals. Owning such an animal is illegal in Champaign.

"I've been learning a lot here [at the clinic] and from Joe Taft [who runs the Exotic Feline Rescue Center] and I'm always trying to learn more. I want to make sure I'm doing things right for Achsia."

Feeding these animals also has been an adventure. While she had the lion cubs, she got some donations of meat for them.

"People cleaned out their freezers and donated leftover meat or we bought meat at the store. Some people donated money for food," she said. "We love to see sales on chicken." But it was still a bit expensive.

Achsia also now gets some of her meat from the exotic feline center when there is more than enough to feed all the cats living there.

Although zoos might want or need this kind of cat, they won't take the ones from feline rescue because they don't know their breeding history, Kensell said. Taft's rescue center is one of only a few places that can and will take care of these animals.

The center runs on donations and volunteers. The 20-acre site is now home to 60 big cats, Kensell said. Taft builds all the pens, does most of the animals' care, including vaccinations, and does his own butchering for the cats' meals. Dead cattle and animals killed by vehicles are donated by area farmers and the state police.

Kensell and her husband go to the center now as volunteers. Kensell also does educational programs with the big cats and to let people know they aren't such good pets.

"They let you into their world," she said of her experiences with the exotic felines. "It's a privilege. They could easily kill you, but choose not to."

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Hobson leads Sinfonia da Camera in its 15th season

By Nancy Koeneman

Ian Hobson saw the opportunity, the talent and the possibilities.

"I was prompted by my desire to establish something of high quality -- a chamber orchestra did not exist here," he said. The musical talent was on hand, thanks to some outstanding appointments to the School of Music and those already on the music faculty at the UI.

Thus, Sinfonia da Camera was born in 1984. Now celebrating its 15th season, the orchestra is under Hobson's direction.

Hobson, who began studying music in England at a young age, has established an international reputation as pianist and conductor. But even with the beckoning of larger cities with great music halls, he chooses to make Urbana his home.

"When you talk about Chicago, or New York, they do have wonderful things," he said. "But we also have a lot and it's a great deal more convenient."

And the Krannert Center is one of the great performing art centers in the world, he said. It was one of the reasons he came to the UI to teach in 1975, filling a position on the piano faculty. The other reason he came here was the School of Music's outstanding reputation.

Hobson and his wife, Claude Endrei Hobson, a renowned musician in her own right and an adjunct professor at the UI, have seven children. And although the Hobsons' children are strongly exposed to professional musicianship, they are finding their own ways in the world, Ian Hobson said.

"They do various instruments and various musical activities as part of their general education," he said. His children play violin, cello, piano and oboe. "They have other interests and skills, as it should be," Hobson said. His oldest son attends the UI and is on the tennis team. The others have interests that range from drama to journalism and baseball to art.

"It's nice to see," Hobson said. "Everyone should follow their own star."

Hobson said his parents supported his interest in music without pushing him. Nonetheless, he earned degrees and scholarships at a relatively young age and attended the Royal Academy of Music and then Cambridge University on an open scholarship. Hobson continued his education at Yale University.

Hobson and his wife occasionally play together. "We play two or three times a year, but the rarity of the occasion makes it special and makes it work," he said. They do disagree on occasion about musical matters when they are playing together but also can resolve the disagreements, he said. "But some tension in the pursuit of musical result gives you a better end result anyway."

Hobson is in great demand as a conductor and soloist, an effort he can often combine as he directs from the keyboard. He spends plenty of time traveling for the performances, yet finds teaching at the UI a fulfilling part of his work.

"You learn a lot. I find it challenging," Hobson said. "I've learned and become familiar with a tremendous amount of repertoire through teaching that I might not have found if just practicing and playing. It's very gratifying to help people find their own way with music."

And he finds he also can help students avoid costly mistakes.

"With technical problems, it demands a lot of thought about how and what to do to make it work -- even to dealing with the physical tensions, the strain of muscles or avoiding doing something wrong that would eventually make it impossible for you to play. I have seen this in recent years and it's been a problem. People learn a wrong method of practicing and if they do something six or seven hours a day, and do it wrong, they'll be in trouble," he said.

Hobson is preparing new musical experiences for the UI and for the Sinfonia, working on a production of "Peer Gynt," one of Henrik Ibsen's plays, with music by Edvard Grieg.

"Grieg wrote about an hour of music for this, including 'In the Hall of the Mountain King' and 'The Norwegian Dancers,'" Hobson said. "There's a whole body of wonderful music written as incidental music to this play. It was presented as that in the 1870s in the original production, but it hasn't been done recently."

And there is plenty of more music to be explored, he said.

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Sinfonia's 15th season

Sinfonia da Camera's first concert was a bonus to people who subscribed to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Great Concert series. That first concert was in 1984 and the program featured all Mozart pieces. The Sinfonia's second concert followed in the spring of 1985.

This year Sinfonia da Camera will perform seven concerts at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and celebrates 15 years of performance in its 1998-99 year. It now holds the title of chamber orchestra in residence for Krannert Center, and performs under the auspices of the UI, in association with the School of Music and the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

The relationship between the UI and the Sinfonia is a productive one, Hobson said.

"It allows faculty [members] who wish to play in an orchestra like this to do so," he said. "Some of their best students play alongside them. And it's a good recruiting tool, not only for members of the School of Music faculty, but also for other faculty members who are music lovers."

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Shozo Sato to receive honorary degree at commencement

By Shannon Vicic

The UI Board of Trustees has selected Shozo Sato, professor emeritus of art and design at the UI at Urbana-Champaign and a former artist-in-residence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, as an honorary degree recipient.

The recommendation by the Urbana-Champaign Senate was approved Sept. 3 by the UI Board of Trustees at its meeting in Chicago.

Sato will receive the honorary degree of doctor of fine arts at commencement exercises to be held May 16, 1999.

He joined the UI faculty in 1964 as a visiting artist in the department of dance. In 1968, he created the UI's Japanese Arts and Culture Program, in which he taught classes in traditional Japanese arts, including two-dimensional forms such as calligraphy and sumi-e (black-ink painting) as well as three-dimensional forms such as ikebana (flower arranging), zen aesthetics and tea ceremony.

In addition, Sato created the original Japan House, a center for Japanese culture on the UI campus. The original Japan House was razed in 1997, but earlier this year construction was completed on a new Japan House, located south of Florida Avenue and east of Lincoln Avenue on the grounds of the UI Arboretum.

From 1968 to 1992, Sato served as a professor of art and design at the UI. He was appointed as an artist-in-residence at the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts when it opened in 1969 and created a program in Kabuki theater at the center.

Kabuki is a traditional Japanese art form that combines elements of song, dance and acting with highly stylized makeup and costumes.

Sato earned international acclaim for producing Kabuki versions of several classic Western dramas, including "Medea," "Faust," "Macbeth" and "Othello." He also produced the operas "Madame Butterfly" and "Mikado" in the Kabuki style.

Sato's "Kabuki Medea" was performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., where it was part of the Best of Chicago Theater Festival. A 1985 production by the Berkeley Repertory Theatre won the Hollywood Drama Critics Award for best theatrical production and Bay Area Critic Awards for best director and best technical achievement in scene, lighting, costume design and music.

Sato's productions also have received several Joseph Jefferson awards, which are given for Chicago theater. In 1982, "Macbeth" earned awards for best costume design, play direction and play production. In 1984, "Medea" was honored for best costume design, best actress and best incidental music.

In 1991, 19 UI students toured Japan as members of Sato's production of "Achilles: A Kabuki Play." The tour marked the first time American actors had performed a Kabuki drama in Japan, where the theatrical form was born.

During their two-week tour, the students performed in Tokyo and Nagoya, as well as in Damine, where Kabuki has been part of the village's religious ritual for more than three centuries. Sato's productions also have been performed in Europe and the Middle East.

Sato received the 1992 Special Citation given by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Japanese Government and in 1998 was designated as Distinguished Artist Teacher by the Sumi-e Society of America.

He has written numerous articles and books on tea ceremony, Japanese aesthetics, flower arranging, Kabuki and the performing arts. His best-selling books on flower arranging and sumi-e are widely considered to be the definitive books on those topics.

He lives in Fort Bragg, Calif., and serves as the director of the Center for Japanese Arts in Northern California.

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At 50, Secretariat still offers golden opportunities to grow

By Nancy Koeneman

In 1948 Secretariat started as a way for senior secretaries at the UI to meet over lunch, get to know each other, exchange ideas and encourage professional advancement with speakers, discussions and programs. A total of five women were members.

While many things about the group have changed in the past 50 years, including the size of its membership (now at 350 people), Secretariat's goals remain the same.

For Susan Anderson, being a member of Secretariat encouraged her to develop her skills to the fullest.

"I joined when I was a secretary transcriber IV," she said. Now she's an administrative aide in the department of crop sciences. And she's also learned to overcome a fear that could have held her back professionally and personally.

"Public speaking -- I wouldn't have dreamed of running for president [of Secretariat] because I didn't want to do that," she said. Anderson is now president of Secretariat and public speaking is becoming easier for her.

Terry Davis was excited about becoming eligible for membership. She knew it would be a great way to meet people who work at the UI. But she also found she gained job maturity and personal strength as she learned from others in the group.

Sharon Conatser joined simply to meet people. She had just started working at the UI 12 years ago and was unfamiliar with campus, even though she had lived in Champaign all her life.

"We're all so spread out, and each department does things differently, so meeting each other offers a lot of resources," Anderson said. "Meeting all these people means we know who to call in another department for whatever we need and we have a face with a name."

Networking is a key element in Secretariat meetings, allowing members to talk, get to know each other and learn from each other -- the original intention of the organizers when the group was formed 50 years ago.

Kathryn Hansen, Gertrude Becker, Helen Johnson, Neva Klockner, Marion Berry and Helen Tobias met in 1948 to talk about the possibility of forming a group that allowed women in similar positions (senior secretary level) on the campus to get to know one another, give them a way to exchange ideas and help in professional development with speakers, discussions and other programs.

Today, the eligibility requirements for Secretariat are a bit more complicated, crossing the boundaries of senior level secretarial positions, into senior level accounting positions, administration, analysts, auditors, managers, and dozens of other titles.

And the group has grown and changed with the times, Davis said. The Secretariat established a mentoring committee and holds meetings for mentors and those being counseled.

"We're trying to get into the '90s on that," Davis said.

They've also begun recognition programs for members with the Office Professional of the Year award and the Boss of the Year award.

As part of their jobs, and for the group, they've also worked to keep up with technology. They've developed a Web site,, and send the membership newsletter almost exclusively by e-mail.

"It saves on paper, money and time." Conatser said. "It used to take a couple of lunches to collate, staple, stuff and label the newsletters." Now approximately 30 paper copies are sent -- primarily to retirees. The other 300-plus members get their newsletter by e-mail.

The Secretariat also has helped create working relationships with the administration and participated in the study of such subjects as parking and safety.

And each year, the group awards the $500 Kathryn G. Hansen scholarship to a high school student who wants to study in a business related field. Another $75 scholarship goes to a member, once a month, to participate in a Human Resources Development class or seminar.

On Sept. 28, the Secretariat will kick off its 50th anniversary celebration with a luncheon at the Quality Inn. Group founder Kathryn Hansen may attend the event.

The anniversary committee -- which includes Andersen, Davis, Conatser and four others -- is pulling together last-minute details for the event.

For more information on membership and the organization, visit the Secretariat Web site or call Susan Anderson, 333-3420.

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Sinfonia's 15th season

Sinfonia da Camera's first concert was a bonus to people who subscribed to the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts' Great Concert series. That first concert was in 1984 and the program featured all Mozart pieces. The Sinfonia's second concert followed in the spring of 1985.

This year Sinfonia da Camera will perform seven concerts at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and celebrates 15 years of performance in its 1998-99 year. It now holds the title of chamber orchestra in residence for Krannert Center, and performs under the auspices of the UI, in association with the School of Music and the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

The relationship between the UI and the Sinfonia is a productive one, Hobson said.

"It allows faculty [members] who wish to play in an orchestra like this to do so," he said. "Some of their best students play alongside them. And it's a good recruiting tool, not only for members of the School of Music faculty, but also for other faculty members who are music lovers."

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Krannert Art Museum exhibit features photos from Spanish Civil War

By Andrea Lynn

An exhibit of photographs of American volunteers fighting in the Spanish Civil War will open at the UI Krannert Art Museum at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 18, nearly on the 60th anniversary of the end of the last, largest and greatest campaign of that war.

The exhibit, "The Aura of the Cause: A Photo Album for North American Volunteers in the Spanish Civil War," opens in the Light Court on the anniversary of the end of the bloody Ebro offensive in the summer of 1938, which ushered in the end of the costly war.

The traveling exhibit, which first opened in May 1997 in New York, has been at eight U.S. and Canadian sites. It will close at Krannert Art Museum on Nov. 1.

The photographs -- most of them never before published -- of the ragtag recruits in the Abraham Lincoln Brigade are "a testament to the first citizens of the world who took up arms against the greatest evil we faced in the 20th century," said Cary Nelson, curator of the exhibit and a professor of English at the UI. Nine wartime images by renowned photographer Robert Capa are included in the exhibit.

According to Nelson, we now have a better picture of "what it was like to go about the daily business of trying to save the world from fascism in the mid-1930s" thanks, in part, to the efforts of an anonymous Russian courier. The courier, a former KGB officer, helped get hundreds of wartime photographs out of a secret Russian archive and into the hands of the American veterans of the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) some 60 years after their efforts on the battlefield.

Nelson writes in the exhibit catalog that in the fall of 1938 and the winter of 1939, as German and Italian planes dropped bombs around them, a group of American volunteers in Barcelona became "emergency historians." They gathered documents and photos of the International Brigades, labeled and sent them to Moscow for safekeeping. After years of negotiations, the Abraham Lincoln Brigade Archives at Brandeis University was able to have the photographs copied, but the export organization that had the photographs lost its export license. A former KGB officer used his connections to get the photos out of Russia. After all of those years, "The photographs arrived by Express Mail," Nelson said.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesdays; and 2-5 p.m. on Sundays. The museum is closed on Mondays. Admission is free.

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Marni Nixon gives master class for music students

By Melissa Mitchell

If there's a performer who's done it all -- some of it not even for herself -- it's Marni Nixon, a multi-talented singer-educator who will visit the UI Sept. 26 to give a master class for music students.

Nixon, who critics hail as "a musician's musician," may be best known for her unseen role as the singing voice of Audrey Hepburn in the film version of "My Fair Lady," Natalie Wood in "West Side Story," and Deborah Kerr in "The King and I" and "An Affair to Remember." Most recently, she provided the voice for Grandma Fa in the Disney film "Mulan."

However, it's fair to say that Nixon -- often referred to as a "crossover" singer -- has exercised her vocal cords in practically every venue possible. She's sung with symphony orchestras, in operas and on Broadway; she's toured as a guest artist with Liberace and Victor Borge; and has been a featured guest performer on cruise ships. On top of that, Nixon also has acted on television and in film. She appeared in the role of Sister Sophia in the film "The Sound of Music" and won four Emmy Awards for best actress for her work in the children's television show "Boomerang."

Nixon, an alumna of the Berkshire Music Center at Tanglewood, also has received two Grammy Award nominations -- for the first recordings of "Cabaret Songs of Arnold Schoenberg" and Aaron Copland's "Emily Dickinson Songs." She earned a Gold Record for her recording of "Songs for Mary Poppins."

Nixon's visit to the UI is sponsored by the Central Illinois chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singers, with coordination assistance from UI music professor Nicholas DiVirgilio. The master class will take place in the auditorium of Smith Hall from 9 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 5 p.m. The public is invited to observe the sessions. The cost is $15 for the public, and $10 for students and CILNATS members.

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Senators voice concerns about use of Social Security numbers

By Shannon Vicic

At the Urbana-Champaign Senate's first meeting of the academic year Sept. 14, some faculty senators questioned whether the university is working quickly enough to phase out the use of Social Security numbers as the primary identifiers for UI students and faculty and staff members.

The issue was brought to the Senate's attention during a report by Senate Council Chair Richard Schacht on the proceedings of recent Senate Council meetings.

During last month's council meeting, senator David Piell, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, proposed a Senate resolution to require the university to stop using Social Security numbers as identifiers for UI personnel, Schacht said.

Piell withdrew the resolution after hearing presentations from Associate Provost Tina Gunsalus and Richard King, director of the University Office of Planning and Budgeting, about the steps currently being taken to solve the problem.

Members of the council were convinced by what they heard that the necessary steps to phase out Social Security numbers are being completed as quickly as possible, Schacht said.

"If we're doing the best that we can, that's the best that we can do," he said.

"We do appreciate the issue being brought to our attention by David Piell and other students, and I think we are united in our concern that this practice be phased out as rapidly as possible."

Several new policies aimed at helping eliminate the use of Social Security numbers are in the works, and identification cards issued this year to students and faculty and staff members did not have Social Security numbers on them.

Members of the campus community who have been issued ID cards with Social Security numbers on them can black out their Social Security number with a permanent marker if they wish. That is the only permitted defacement of the card.

Those who wish to acquire a new campus ID card without their Social Security number on it may do so, although they will be charged the usual ID card replacement fee.

Richard Engelbrecht-Wiggans, a professor of business administration, expressed disappointment that the university hasn't made more progress in protecting the privacy of Social Security numbers during the 20 years he has been at the UI

He also reported that he has discovered a security breach in the new library system that makes it possible for people to gain access to the Social Security number of any user in the system.

"The university's claim that it's doing the best it can is not good enough," Engelbrecht-Wiggans said.

Chancellor Michael Aiken said that members of the campus community shouldn't underestimate the complexity of the transition away from using Social Security numbers.

For example, the test scores the university receives from ACT and SAT are coded by the students' Social Security numbers, he said. In addition, federal regulations prohibit the use of Social Security numbers for some administrative tasks but require them to be used for others.

The transition process will take two or three years. The administrative systems of the university are not on the forefront nationally, which is part of the problem, he said.

Tenure Issues Committee report

The Tenure Issues Committee has submitted a progress report to the Senate that outlines work done so far by the committee and tasks it plans to complete during the upcoming academic year. The report also provides a summary of comments on tenure received from members of the campus community.

The report can be found on the World Wide Web at

"This is one of the most important issues we will face in the Senate this year," Schacht said.

"You can look forward to a committee of the whole discussion in the fall on this as soon as we have further grist from the committee."

"In the meanwhile, I would encourage you to give this matter some thought," he said.

Schacht said that faculty members should seriously consider whether the campus needs to have some kind of post-tenure review system in place as a way of protecting the existing tenure system.

The annual meeting of the faculty

The annual meeting of the faculty was held immediately following the regular Senate meeting.

In his address to the faculty, Chancellor Michael Aiken announced that Gov. Jim Edgar would be joining the UI faculty with a two-year appointment at the Institute for Government and Public Affairs. Edgar will begin his appointment when he retires from office in January.

Among the other topics Aiken discussed were:

The larger than usual freshman class:

The campus has about 6,500 freshmen this year, about 500 more than expected, Aiken said.

The university will be making adjustments in its admissions criteria next year so that next year's freshman class will number about 6,000 students. The campus' programs are designed for optimization at about 6,000 students rather than 6,500, he said.

"We think the quality of life on this campus is much better if we do not have that many freshmen, although we will work very hard to make sure that they have an excellent four years while they're here."

The south farms master plan:

Aiken updated faculty members about recent efforts to create a south farms master plan to help the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) anticipate its needs for the 21st century.

With urbanization encroaching on the south farms, the university must take steps to determine how much land it needs and to acquire that land, Aiken said.

Residents of the Yankee Ridge subdivision have expressed concerns about the odor that might be caused by the construction of new animal facilities in the area, but Aiken said the current odor from the south farms is caused by the use of outmoded facilities.

"I have said publicly that we will not take any steps to build any facilities until we're certain that the odor problem can be solved," he said.

"We know we can solve the odor problem because there has been a pig facility across the street from Yankee Ridge for about three or four years now," he said.

"No one knew it was there because it was so clean and technologically advanced, and there was no odor."

Other issues Aiken discussed are a proposed phase-out of 160 acres of land that the College of ACES uses for pomology research, and the future of Curtis Road.

The university would oppose any attempt to make Curtis Road a four-lane road, Aiken said.

When Windsor Road was made into a four-lane road, it became impossible for university personnel to drive farm machinery on that road, a consideration which has contributed to the university's current plans to create a research park, he said.

Although there have been reports in the media that a golf course will be developed between St. Mary's Road and Windsor Road, that part of the plan isn't definite, Aiken said.

"The golf course isn't driving this plan; the needs of agriculture are driving this."

The south farms master plan is scheduled to go to the Board of Trustees at its November meeting.

The FY2000 Budget Request:

Aiken outlined the Urbana campus' portion of the FY 2000 budget request for academic programs.

The Urbana campus is requesting $5 million for its faculty excellence initiative, $1.33 million for faculty salaries, $5 million for educational technology, $300,000 for its First-Year Discovery Program, $2.94 million for strategic research facilities, and $1.16 million to fund Partnership Illinois and restore the master of arts degree in public administration.

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Trustees approve new site for Illinois Natural History Survey

By Sabryna Cornish, UIC News Bureau

The Board of Trustees approved a new site for the Illinois Natural History Survey at its meeting Sept. 3 in Chicago.

Because the Natural History Survey works closely with the College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and the School of Life Sciences, administrators wanted a location that would allow the three entities to share information easily. The site for the new building is at Gregory and Dorner drives on what is now a gravel-surfaced parking lot.

Trustee William Engelbrecht said the relationship among the departments "is fairly integral."

The building will be built in two phases. The first phase of the project will be to construct research and office space, said Robert Todd, associate vice president for administration and human resources.

Two buildings will be connected with an upper-level bridge to preserve walkways.

"We won't let the building block the walkways," Todd said.

Phase two of the project will accommodate more office space and possibly a library, he said.

The funding for the building will come primarily from the state through the Capital Development Board.

Urbana student trustee Samuel Gallo voiced concerns about the loss of parking. Todd said the lost parking spaces will be replaced somewhere near the building, possibly in a parking garage.

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Trustees approve appointments

By Shannon Vicic

Two directors, a department chair and a department head have been appointed on the UI's Urbana campus. The appointments were approved by the UI Board of Trustees at its Sept. 3 meeting in Chicago.

John E. Collins was appointed director of the UI Housing Division. He replaces George Shoffner, who left the university to take a position as vice president of South Miami Hospital in Miami.

From 1990 to 1998, Collins was director of housing and residence life at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. Before that, he served as director of residence hall programs at Ball State.

Collins earned his bachelor's degree from Ohio Dominican College, his master's degree from Bowling Green State University and his doctoral degree from Kent State University.

Lizanne DeStefano was appointed chair of the department of educational psychology. DeStefano will continue to serve as associate dean for research in the College of Education, director of the Bureau of Educational Research and professor of educational psychology.

DeStefano replaces interim department chair Lenore Harmon, who was appointed when George McConkie resigned from the post to return to research. DeStefano has been a member of the UI faculty since 1989. She received her bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from the University of Pittsburgh.

Violet J. Harris was appointed head of the department of curriculum and instruction. She replaces interim department head Mildred Griggs. Harris also will continue to serve as a professor of curriculum and instruction.

Harris joined the UI faculty in 1986. From fall 1997 to spring 1998, she served as acting associate head of the department of curriculum and instruction. She was appointed interim head of that department in the summer of 1998.

She earned her bachelor's degree from Oberlin College in Ohio, her master's degree from Atlanta University in Georgia and her doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in Athens.

Dietmar R. Winkler was appointed director of the School of Art and Design. He also will be named a professor of art and design. Winkler replaces acting director Robert Graves.

Previously, Winkler was the Joyce C. Hall professor and chair of design at the Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri. Before that, he spent 20 years as a professor in the design department at the University of Massachusetts in Dartmouth.

Winkler earned a certificate as a design specialist from the Kunstschule Alsterdamm in Hamburg, Germany. He also spent two years studying non-objective painting with artist Max Mahlmann in Hamburg.

Provost approved

The UI Board of Trustees also approved the appointment of Richard Herman as provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs of the university's Urbana campus.

Herman, dean of the College of Computer, Mathematical and Physical Sciences at the University of Maryland, will begin his new duties on or before Oct. 15. Herman also will be appointed as a professor in the mathematics department.

Herman succeeds Larry Faulkner, who left on April 12 to become president of the University of Texas at Austin. Thomas Mengler, the dean of the College of Law, has served as interim vice chancellor since Faulkner's departure and will continue to serve in that position until Oct. 14.

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BOT approves budget request

By Sabryna Cornish, UIC News Bureau

The UI Board of Trustees approved a budget request at its Sept. 3 meeting in Chicago for the 1999-2000 academic year that will provide a 7.5 percent ($67.7 million) increase over this year's budget base. The request will be presented to the General Assembly for approval this spring.

The request covers all three university campuses: Chicago, Springfield and Urbana-Champaign.

Much of the of increase will be used to lure new faculty members as well as retain current faculty. The number of teachers and researchers at the UI decreased dramatically in the early 1990s, UI President James J. Stukel said.

At least $5 million of the budget is earmarked for a Faculty Excellence Fund to hire 75 mid-level faculty members that the Urbana campus lost in the last decade.

A big chunk of the fund will be used by disciplines such as agriculture, engineering, accountancy and liberal arts and sciences because they were the hardest hit by faculty departures.

The university is asking for the budget increase because of previous state reductions in funding, Stukel said.

Urbana's $471 million budget request for the academic year includes $213 million for instruction, $38 million for research, $61 million for academic support and $48 million for plant operations.

"The robustness of the budget is necessary because of competitiveness," Stukel said. "We need to remind the IBHE [Illinois Board of Higher Education] of the need."

The budget also asks for $27 million to provide a 4 percent increase in state funds for general salary increases at the university.

A capital budget totaling $122 million for 10 major projects also will be requested for the 1999-2000 academic year.

About $25.5 million is being allotted for the seventh stack addition to the library out of the $109.3 million capital projects budget.

Some of the smaller projects at Urbana include $45 million for a chilled water line, which will be part of a campuswide cooling system; $5.3 million for renovations and repairs; $16 million to remodel Freer Hall; and $9.5 million to remodel Lincoln Hall.

The university relies on funds from the state and tuition and a variety of other investments.

"One of the real strengths of the university is the diversity of funds," said Craig Bazzani, university vice president for business and finance. "We're not reliant on one source."

Higher education ranks high on the agenda of Gov. Jim Edgar. However, a new governor will be elected this year and higher education could become a lower priority, depending on the outcome of the election. It is partly because of this uncertainty that the university is requesting such a large increase, Stukel said.

"The higher education budget is really in the end developed by the governor," he said. "It depends on the agenda of the governor."

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards UI $1.6 million grant

By Jim Barlow

A comprehensive UI program geared for the education of undergraduate students in the life sciences and fostering community outreach has received a $1.6 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

The grant to the UI is part of $91.1 million in four-year grants awarded by the institute to 58 universities in 32 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The award winners were selected from 191 proposals made by 205 institutions that were invited to submit proposals. This award is the third HHMI grant to the UI

"I am very excited and thankful to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for its confidence and support of our on-going program," said Susan Fahrbach, an entomologist, neuroscientist and new director of the UI Hughes Program. "We will be able to build upon the excellent progress made by former director Sondra Lazarowitz. We have an exciting set of programs that have had a broad impact on our campus, our community, the state of Illinois and the nation."

The grant pays for Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellows, many of whom come from historically black institutions and colleges where minorities are underrepresented in the life sciences, to attend summer programs that include hands-on training in research labs, seminars and workshops. Since 1993, 284 students have gone through the program, and 121 faculty from 18 UI units have served in advisory or mentoring roles.

The Hughes Program in the UI School of Life Sciences also supports:

HHMI-funded BioCalc course, a computer-based course that teaches calculus to students majoring in the life sciences and uses examples from the life sciences and incorporates Mathematica software.

More information about the HHMI grants awarded nationally can be found on the World Wide Web at Details of the UI programs are at

The institute is a medical research organization whose principal purpose is the pursuit of biomedical research. It employs scientists in cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience and structural biology. More than 330 Hughes investigators conduct medical research in HHMI laboratories at 72 academic medical centers and universities nationwide. Through its complementary grants program, HHMI supports a select group of researchers abroad as well as science education in the United States.

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Krannert Center celebrates 30 years

Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is celebrating its 30th Anniversary from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23 with a free, hour-long outdoor concert and fireworks display. The celebration, which is open to the public, will take place in the outdoor amphitheater on the Goodwin Street side of the Krannert Center. Participants include musical ensembles from the UI School of Music, Kristina Boerger leading the chorale group Amasong, and Ollie Watts Davis leading the UI Black Chorus.

Dee Dee Bridgewater's sold-out performance begins at 8 p.m. in the Tryon Festival Theater. People interested in tickets to the show should contact the Krannert Center ticket office for returned tickets. Patrons without tickets may also enjoy the concert free at Krannert's Intermezzo Cafe, which will be turned into a cabaret with a live audio broadcast of the concert.

Faculty exchange with KUL, Belgium

International Programs and Studies is sponsoring a faculty exchange with Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL), Belgium's largest university. The exchange will enable UI professors from all disciplines to receive financial support to visit KUL for up to three months for research collaboration. Applications for the exchange can be obtained at the office of Overseas Projects and Foreign Visitors, 328 International Studies Building. Deadline for spring/summer 1999 appointments is Nov. 2. For additional information, call 333-1990.

Program features CRL services

Milton Wolf, vice-president for Collection Programs at the Center for Research Libraries, will host an open discussion of the services and collections available from CRL. The program will be from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 18 in the Grainger Engineering Library Commons, located on the second floor. Faculty members, researchers and librarians are encouraged to attend to become better acquainted with CRL, which provides unique and significant research collections to academic and research libraries throughout North America. For more information, contact Karen Schmidt, 244-2070.

Change in Notice of Appointment

This fall will be the last time that all academic staff members will receive a Notice of Appointment from the Board of Trustees. Oftentimes the only change in the status of an individual's employment is a change in salary. Since individuals can now access that information by checking their confidential information on NESSIE (Net-Driven Employee Self-Service and Information Environment), Notice of Appointments will not be sent out if that is the only change. Employees may access the NESSIE system at

NSF hosts 'FastLane' demo

A representative from the National Science Foundation's Office of Information and Resource Management will demonstrate "FastLane," an electronic research administration system, on Sept. 30 in Illini Union Rooms A and B. There will be two two-hour sessions, 9 to 11 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. FastLane is used for electronic proposal submission, progress and final reports, peer reviews and other transactions between NSF and the university community. Faculty and staff members interested in attending the demonstration should register by Sept. 25 by sending e-mail to Judy Lubben at the Grants and Contracts Office,

SRL announces fall lecture series

The Survey Research Laboratory has announced its fall lecture series. Advance registration is required for the free seminars, which will be Wednesdays from noon to

1:30 p.m. beginning Oct. 22. The series is open to UI students and faculty and staff members. People may register for the whole series or one or more individual seminars; attendance for each seminar is limited to 100 participants. The specific location, to be announced later, will be in a building on or near the UI Quad. Dates and topics: Oct. 21, Introduction to Survey Research Design; Oct. 28, Introduction to Survey Sampling; Nov. 4, Introduction to Focus Groups; Nov. 11, Introduction to Questionnaire Design; Nov. 18, Introduction to Survey Interviewing; and Dec. 2, Introduction to Survey Data Analysis. No prior knowledge of survey research is assumed or required. To register, send an e-mail message with your name and e-mail address to or call Kris Hertenstein at 333-4273. Registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Further information and seminar notes are available from the SRL Web site at

Women in Engineering host career day

The Women in Engineering Program at the UI will host a High School Career Day for young women on Sept. 26. The career day will begin in the Illini Union second floor ballroom at 8:30 a.m. The day is targeted toward junior and senior high senior high school women interested in engineering as a college major. Registration is $10 per person, which includes lunch. To register or get more information, call 244-3517.

Two new exhibitions at I space

Two new exhibitions will be on view through Oct. 3 at I space, the Chicago gallery of the UI's Urbana campus. "Andrea Shaker: Interrupted" includes photographs and multimedia installations in which Shaker, a UI alumna, addresses psychological and emotional responses to crises such as death, suicide, assault and intolerance. "Cross Currents: UIUC and Glasgow School of Art Exchange Exhibition" features painting, sculpture, photography and video works by recent graduates of the two schools' art programs. UI art and design professor Sarah Krepp said the show is a natural extension resulting from an ongoing faculty exchange in which professors from UI and from Glasgow, Scotland, have visited their peer institutions to engage in team-teaching and research.

Krepp and UI art and design professor Tim Van Laar curated the Illinois portion of the exhibition; Sam Ainsley, senior lecturer and head of the M.F.A. School of Fine Art, Glasgow School of Art, curated the Scottish portion. A catalog, designed by UI art and design professor John Clarke, accompanies the exhibition and includes an essay by Buzz Spector, chair of the UI painting program.

In November, the exhibition will travel to the Glasgow school's Macintosh Museum.

I space is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

SportWell programs for faculty/staff

Programs offered through the SportWell Center at IMPE for all Division of Campus Recreation members:

The Health Trek Series includes presentations on a variety of wellness related topics. All presentations will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday evenings in 100 IMPE. The first topic on Sept. 21 will be a runner's clinic with emphasis on injury prevention. Other topics will include "Balance Your Training," "Hungry? Fast Food in 10 minutes," "Love Boats and Relation Ships," "Are You Cardio Fit?" and "Refresh Your Mind and Body: Relaxation and Stress Management Tips." There is no charge for the presentations which are open to all students, and faculty and staff members who have paid the DCR membership fee.

Faculty and staff members who are DCR members may also take advantage of a Fitness/Nutrition Walk-In Consultation, which is offered three times each semester. This service is available for $10. During the 15- to 20-minute session, people may have their body composition measured and talk with a registered dietitian or an exercise physiologist. Sessions scheduled this semester will be Sept. 30, Oct. 28 and Dec. 2. To make an appointment between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on one of these dates, call SportWell at 244-0261.

Landscape architecture exhibits displayed

The exhibit "Eco-Revelatory Design: Nature Constructed/Nature Revealed" will be on display from Sept. 28 through Oct. 20 at the Temple Buell Gallery in the UI Architecture Building. The exhibition presents 15 landscape architecture works that reveal ecological phenomena, processes and relationships. The 15 projects, from all over the United States, include a series of proposed wetlands on the historic University of Virginia campus that make stormwater and its management visible, and an in-process community park in Appalachia where Acid Mine Drainage remediation and local social history are celebrated. The exhibition includes video, sculpture, models, photographs, drawings and plans. There will be a reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 9 and a gallery talk at 1 p.m. Oct. 11. For more information, call the department of landscape architecture office at 333-0176.

CAS announces deadlines

The Center for Advanced Study (CAS) has announced the following deadlines for its various programs:

Additional copies of guidelines for individual programs are available upon request from the CAS, 333-6729 or on the Web at Appointment to a professorship in the CAS is the highest recognition that the campus bestows upon a member of the faculty.

Graphic design scholar to lecture

Krzysztof Lenk, professor of graphic design at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, will give the 1998 presentation of "Renaissance Events on Science, the Arts and Ecology," sponsored by the Raymond S. Vogel Memorial Fund of the University YMCA, on Oct. 1.

Lenk's illustrated lecture, "The Information Graphics of Stevin and Comenius," begins at 4 p.m. in the Lincoln Hall Theater. At 5:30 p.m., just after the lecture, participants are invited to meet the speaker and enjoy refreshments at a reception held in the University YMCA. At 6:30 p.m., there will be a showing of the 40-minute multimedia photo essay on "The Great Century of Science" that was created by the late Raymond Vogel.

The Raymond S. Vogel Memorial Fund at the University YMCA was established in 1995 by his wife, Vera, and has received additional gifts from family and friends. An Advisory Committee of his former colleagues and other faculty members from diverse fields sharing commitment to interdisciplinary work assists the YMCA in planning these special events.

TAB announces grant deadlines

The Teaching Advancement Board (TAB) has announced deadlines for two types of grants it provides in support of teaching advancement activities important to the UI campus. Teaching Advancement Workshop grants are made to academic units (departments, schools, institutes or colleges) in support of on-campus workshops or institutes promoting teaching innovation. Teaching Advancement Travel grants assist individuals in participating in a distant seminar or workshop to improve teaching. All awards are subject to the availability of funds and most require a matching contribution from the applicant's academic unit.

Application deadlines are Oct. 7, Dec. 9, Jan. 26, March 23 and June 8. Applications for these grant programs must be received in 204 Swanlund Administration Building no later than 4:30 p.m. on the day of the deadline. Applications for activities commencing less than three weeks after the deadline date will not be considered. For application guidelines and more information about applicant eligibility, award limits, matching requirements and other limitations, call 333-6677. Guidelines also are available on the Web at

NESSIE training offered

Employees may register for a workshop to train them to use NESSIE, the Net-driven Employee Self-Service and Information Environment. NESSIE -- which can be accessed at -- is a World Wide Web environment that allows university faculty and staff members to conduct many human resource transactions. Employees may change benefits coverage through the Change in Family Status application, update Withholding Allowances (W-4), sign up for payroll direct deposit, see an earnings statement or change an address. These online transactions and others can be done 24 hours a day. One-hour training sessions will be at 11 a.m. Sept. 28 in 404 Illini Union and at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 in 407 Illini Union. Reservations may be made by phone at 333-2590 or e-mail

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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: Any other information may be obtained from the person indicated in the listing.


Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences. Assistant professor, agriculture and environmental communications. PhD in social sciences with a background in mass communication. Preferred fields include advertising, communications, journalism, public relations, sociology and/or education. Must be able to teach news writing or editing, with ability to develop instruction in at least one of the following areas: advanced information technologies, educational campaign planning, media strategies, public information and/or non-formal education. Available Aug. 21. Ann Reisner, 333-4787 or Closing date: Jan. 8.

Chemistry. Assistant professor or tenured level in any of the traditional areas of chemistry and the interdisciplinary areas of environmental, materials and biomolecular chemistry. PhD required. Must demonstrate exceptional accomplishments and future potential in both independent scholarship and teaching. Available Aug. 21. Paul Bohn, 333-5071. Closing date: Nov. 1.

Molecular and Cellular Biology. Faculty (rank open/two positions). PhD and postdoctoral experience and evidence of outstanding research potential. Available August 1999. Cell and Developmental Biology Search, 393 Morrill Hall, 505 S. Goodwin Ave., Urbana, IL 61801. Closing date: Nov. 15.

academic professional

Administrative Information Systems and Services. Network administrator. Bachelor's degree in computer science, electrical engineering, management information systems or related technical field. Must have two years' (preferably four to six years') work experience with computer systems or the equivalent of education and demonstrated research. Must possess high level of knowledge of microcomputer architecture, LAN, WAN and communication protocols; good working knowledge of Windows, Macintosh or UNIX workstation platforms as well as Microsoft Office Suite; be able to support and troubleshoot problems with operating systems; and must exhibit proficiency in oral and written communication, including the ability to communicate technical information to clients. Available immediately. Susan Nelson McLain, 333-8635 or Closing date: Oct. 12.

Administrative Information Systems and Services. Research programmer, library systems. Bachelor's degree and two years' information system experience required. The applicant must demonstrate good organizational and oral communications skills and the ability to write clear, concise, computer-related documentation. A working knowledge of UNIX, NT, VMS, HTML, CGI and JAVA are all highly desirable. Available immediately. Susan Nelson McLain, 333-8635, Closing date: Oct. 16.

Architecture. Media communications specialist (editorial). Bachelor's degree in English or journalism required with two years experience as a publications professional, or a higher degree with one year's experience. Interest in or familiarity with Architecture/Engineering would be desirable. Must possess a thorough knowledge of all aspects of print production and a demonstrated understanding of basic marketing principles. Available: Oct. 15. Alan Forrester, 333-1330 or Closing date: Sept. 30.

Engineering. Associate dean, external affairs. PhD in engineering/science discipline preferred. Significant previous experience interacting with research university faculty and with corporate and/or federal executives expected. Must be cognizant of federal agency priorities and corporate business strategies. Must have experience in the transaction of agreements and be able to guide the negotiation of critical intellectual property agreements. Available immediately. Committee chair, 333-2152. Closing date: Nov. 1.

Environmental Health and Safety. Coordinator special programs. Bachelor's degree and three years' experience managing complex tasks and performing analyses for an environmental compliance program required. Engineering or advanced degree and experience in a multi-faceted environmental compliance program preferred. Knowledge of Clean Air Act, AutoCAD and Excel preferred. Available immediately. Sylvia Delgado, 333-9297 or Closing date: Oct. 16.

Human Resources. Manager of system services. Bachelor's degree in computer science, business, information systems or related field, with four years' professional experience. Preference given to candidates with experience in systems development, database administration and network support activities. For job description, look at Closing date: Sept. 30.

Human Resources. Management methods analyst, applications developer. Bachelor's degree in computer science, business, information systems or related field with three years' professional experience with information systems. For job description, go to Available immediately. Nancy Barker, or 244-4900. Closing date: Sept. 30.

Latin American Studies. Academic programs coordinator. A.B.D. status in humanities or social science program with focus on Latin American subjects, and a projected dissertation on a Latin American topic and administrative experience required. Must have knowledge of university curricula and university procedures and practices. Preferred: PhD, good knowledge of written and spoken Spanish and extended residence in a Latin American country. Available: Sept. 21. Director, CLACS, 333-3182. Closing date: Sept. 15.

Planning and Budgeting. Data administrator/modeler. Bachelor's degree, minimum requirement. Experience in developing data models for warehouse projects, preferably in a large organization. Working knowledge of snowflake/star schema and multi-dimensional modeling. Thorough knowledge of relational database technology, client/server technology, modeling and end-user reporting tools. Salary: $55,000 to $65,000. Available immediately. Judith McCoy Lindauer, 333-6600 or Closing date: Oct. 5.

Public Affairs. Editorial associate. Bachelor's degree in journalism, or related field; a minimum of five years' experience in newspaper reporting or experience providing the requisite qualifications and skills; demonstrated excellence in understanding complex information and communicating it to the public; and an understanding of major research-oriented universities. Available: Oct. 29. Search coordinator, UI News Bureau, 807 South Wright Street, Suite 520 East, MC-314 or call 333-1085. Closing date: Sept. 28.

Water Survey, Illinois State. Assistant supportive scientist, computer database manager. Bachelor's degree. Must have programming and database/system development and administration in one or more computer environments. Client/server database experience preferred as well as a working knowledge of spreadsheet and word processing software. Physical science training preferred. Available: Oct. 12. Human Resources, State Water Survey, 333-0448. Closing date: Sept. 25.


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:

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On the Job

by Nancy Koeneman

Doug Combs is a pipe fitter with the Operation and Maintenance Division and has worked at the UI for 10 years. Pipe fitters work with steam heating systems, gas piping, piping for toxic or unstable gasses in labs where experimental work is done, plumbing, and refrigeration, which includes air conditioning and the freezers used by labs all over campus. He also is president of Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Union Local #149 with 500 members, and union steward for the 100 UI members of #149.

Where do you work on campus?

We [pipe fitters] work in pretty much every building on campus. There are hundreds of miles of pipe here. We have a plumbing shop, a refrigeration/ air-conditioning shop, a pipe fitter shop and temperature control. Right now we're working in Coble Hall, installing control valves in the thermostats so each room can adjust the thermostat the way they want. It's an update.

Is there a lot of updating of these kinds of systems on campus?

One particular project we just started is the mechanical engineering building. We're gutting the whole building and starting over. We run into stuff all over campus that was original equipment from the early 1900s. We're trying to get most of that out.

After working full time here, you and members of your union volunteered time for the Balloon National Championship in Rantoul. What did you do for the event?

We spent about six weeks, every night and weekends, putting in more than 2,000 feet of sanitary system and water supply for the vending stations, plus a pumping station that pumped all the waste to a building at the site. We had anywhere from 25 to 30 members working on that. It was about a $50,000 job we donated for the folks up there.

Why would you and members of your union give up all your nights and weekends for something like this?

We try to help out the community as much has we can. We felt it was very important to help and also important for people to see us doing community service. We also are doing other things in the community. We've been raising money to help Mitch Langendorf who broke his neck in a softball tournament and is now a paraplegic. His mom has been trying to take care of him and his dad died this year. His dad was a member of our union and Mitch was in the apprenticeship program for the local electrician's union.

And I'm third generation in the local [union] and that's why it's important for me to be involved. Hopefully it will be there for my son, if he so chooses. I have one son and one daughter. My wife, Darcy, runs a downtown barbershop in Rantoul.

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Stoffer Frerichs
Stoffer Frerichs, a former UI employee, died Aug. 31 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was 78.

Frerichs worked in the Housing Division at the UI for 34 years. He was a charter member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Champaign, and was a former member of the church board and former Sunday school teacher.

He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II and was a member of the Disabled American Veterans.

Frerichs is survived by his wife, Betty; two daughters; a stepson; a stepdaughter; a brother; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church.

John R. Griffin Sr.
John Rainey Griffin Sr., a former UI faculty member, died Aug. 28 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. He was 72.

Griffin worked for the UI for more than 32 years as assistant dean of students, director of student employment and associate director of student financial aid. Before that, he was a social science teacher for high schools in Cisne and Okawville, and in the Champaign Junior High School.

Griffin served in the Army Air Forces in World War II as a remote control turret mechanic, gunner and clerk. He also served in the Air Force Reserve for five years.

Griffin was founder and first president of the Midwest Association of Financial Aid Administrators and was recipient of its first founders' award. He was a member of Phi Gamma Iota, the veterans scholarship honorary society, American Legion Post 24 and First United Methodist Church, Champaign.

He is survived by his wife, Thelma; a son; two daughters; a brother; a sister; and six grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Cancer Association, 1234 Sherman Ave. #203, Evanston, IL 60202.

Memorial Service for Suzuki
A Memorial Service will be held for Michio Suzuki in Smith Recital Hall at 4 p.m. Sept. 18. Suzuki died on May 31 in Tokyo, Japan. He had been a professor of mathematics at the UI since 1953 and was named a professor in the Center for Advanced Study in 1968. In 1974, Suzuki was awarded the Academy Prize from the Japan Academy, the highest honor awarded to mathematicians in Japan. He was awarded an honorary doctoral degree from the University of Kiel, Germany, in 1991. Suzuki is survived by his wife, Naoko; a daughter; and two brothers.
Stephanie S. Waldbauer
Stephanie S. Waldbauer, a former UI teaching assistant, died Aug. 28 at Provena Covenant Medical Center, Urbana. She was 66.

Waldbauer was a teaching assistant who taught French at the UI. She held a master's degree in comparative literature and also was a secretary in the astronomy department at the university.

Waldbauer was a survivor of the Holocaust and spoke in schools about that experience.

Survivors include her husband, Gilbert; two daughters; two brothers; a sister; and a grandson.

Memorial contributions may be made to Sinai Temple or to Yad Vashem, PO Box 34477, Jerusalem, 91034, Israel.

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