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Campus Connection Submissions for June 17, 2011


Big Pink Volleyball Practice

Employee Wellness, through the Spencer Student Recreation Center, will sponsor practice dates for the Big Pink Volleyball fundraiser. The tournament will take place at 4:45 p.m. Monday, July 18 and 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 20. Practices will be held beginning at 4:45 Monday, July 11 and at 4:45 Wednesday, July 13 in the Spencer Student Recreation Center. Teams need to have 6-8 players, and participants must bring an ID and sign a waiver. For help finding a team, or for more information, call Lori Buresh-Anderson at (309) 298-1228 ext 243 or 


Faculty & Staff News

Professional Activities

  • Janna Deitz, political science, recently was interviewed by the Associated Press on the proposed redistricting of Illinois congressional districts. The article appeared in several major news outlets .
  • Keith Holz, art history, presented the paper: “Exhibiting Modern German Art in London and Paris on the Eve of War: Public Platforms or Covert Mechanisms to Rescue Private Collections?" in Exhibition Practices During War and Conflict, convened by representatives from the Association of Art Historians (AAH-UK), Annual Conference, March 31-April 2, University of Warwick, Coventry, England.
  • Richard Ness, broadcasting, authored the article "Doing Some Replacin': Gender, Genre and the Subversion of Dominant Ideology in the Music Scores [of Robert Altman films]," which was published in the book "Robert Altman: Critical Essays," edited by Rick Armstrong (published by McFarland and Co.). His article "Family Plots: Hitchcock and Melodrama" has been published in "A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock," edited by Thomas Leitch and Leland Poague (Wiley-Blackwell publishers). Ness also chaired the panel "Politics and Representation" at the Society for Cinema and Media Studies conference in New Orleans in May, chaired the panel on "Torn Curtain" and presented a paper, "Born to Want Too Much: Music as Female Voice in Pino Donaggio’s score for Brian De Palma's 'Carrie,'" at the Partners in Suspense: Bernard Herrmann and Alfred Hitchcock conference in York, UK, sponsored by York St. John University.  
  • Kathy Olesen-Tracey, Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT), authored the article, “Leading Online Learning Initiatives in Adult Education,” which was published in Volume 39, No. 2 of the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association's Journal of Adult Education.



Grants and Contracts

  • Rick Best, WQPT—$188,333 from the Illinois Arts Council for "Broadcasting Grant."
  • Charles Darnell, Physical Plant— $121,013 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for "Lighting Upgrade V Project."  
  • Greg Garrett, SBDC—$80,000 from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity for "Illinois Small Business Development Center - Federal."Joel Gruver, agriculture—$12,300 from The Ceres Trust for "Systems Strategies for Weed Management on Organic Grain Farms."
  • Gisele Hamm, IIRA— supplemental funding in the amounts of $5,392, $3,686, and $2,364 from various sources for "MAPPING Community Support." 
  • Robin Hanna, IIRA—$2,100  and $1,000 in supplemental funding from various sources for "RETAC Services."
  • Paul Kreider, College of Fine Arts & Communication—$3,500 from the Illinois Arts Council for "Performing Arts Society General Operating Support - FY2011."
  • Micheal Musick, Bureau of Cultural Affairs—$15,000 from the Illinois Arts Council for "BCA General Operating Support - FY2011.