Campus Connection

Campus Connection Submissions - Sept. 2, 2011


Disability Culture Day Oct. 6

Celebrating Disability Culture Day will be held from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 in the Multicultural Center. The event will feature a brief history of the disability rights movement, and a guided tour of art displays depicting the implications of the social justice movement for the disabled population. For more information, contact Gretchen Steil Weiss at (309) 298-2512 or

URC Internal Grants Competition - New Funding Cycles Announced

The University Research Council (URC) has announced the deadline for the Fall 2011 Internal Grants Competition: noon Tuesday, Oct. 4.

URC support is intended to promote research, or its scholarly equivalent, in appropriate fields by providing seed money for the initiation of new, one-year projects. Priority will be given to those proposals that are likely to result in external funding and publication in peer-refereed journals, or exhibitions and performances.

Eligible applicants include tenured or tenure-track faculty members who are not members of the URC at the time of application. An individual may not be an applicant or co-applicant on more than one proposal per funding cycle.

Proposed projects may not be for dissertation research or used in any way to fulfill degree requirements. In addition, projects cannot be considered for textbook writing, curriculum development, or personal development.

Application materials are available on the OSP website.

The URC will hold this final Fall semester competition with a deadline of October 4, 2011. After that, the URC will hold one annual competition each year with project dates to coincide with the fiscal year of July 1-June 30. The URC will fund the one annual competition at a level consistent with what has been funded in each year’s two funding cycles—no decrease in annual funding is anticipated. This consolidation of funding cycles will allow for more consistent and efficient use of available funds.

Future anticipated funding cycles and deadline dates are as follows:

                                                                         Anticipated Deadline                                    Anticipated Project Dates

Fall 2011                                                      Oct. 4, 2011                                    Nov. 1, 2011 – Oct. 30, 2012

FY13                                                                        April 15, 2012                                                      July 1, 2012 – June 30, 2013

FY14                                                                        April 15, 2013                                                      July 1, 2013 – June 30, 2014

FY15                                                                        April 15, 2014                                                      July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015


OSP will conduct a technical assistance workshop for those interested in applying to the Fall 2011 competition from 3 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 in Malpass Library Room 180. Register online with CITR or call OSP at 298-1191 or call the OSP at 298-1191 for further information. 


Faculty & Staff News

Grants and Contracts

  • Charles Malone, University Libraries—$500 from the Prairie State Legal Services, Inc./Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice for "Illinois Legal Aid Online Self-Help Center."
  • Kim Sikes and Paul Sweet, CAIT—$35,461 from the McDonald's Corporation for "McDonald's Marketing and Insights Hosting & Revisions."