Ira Glass, host and producer of public radio's "This American Life," will meet students, perform his radio storytelling and attend a dinner with WIUM/WIUW members at WIU Sunday, Nov.15.
"This American Life" is heard on more than 250 public radio stations across the country and won a Peabody Award in its first year.
Glass finds writers and performers whose work hasn't been heard on radio, and produces them alongside his own commentary. The stories are engaging, surprising, funny and bittersweet. The program is broadcast on WIUM/WIUW at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
Students and the general public can meet Glass at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 in the Union Sandburg Theatre where Glass will describe his career in public radio.
At 7:30 p.m. in the Union Grand Ballroom, Glass will showcase his radio storytelling, an event which is co-sponsored by the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and WIUM/WIUW.
The 7:30 p.m. BCA performance is general admission; seating is limited. Tickets are $5 for the public; free to BCA season ticket patrons and WIU students with I.D. Call the Union Box Office, 298-1254 for tickets.
WIUM/WIUW members are invited to a 6 p.m. Lamoine Room dinner with Glass prior to the performance. An Italian buffet will be served; cash bar available at 5:30 p.m.. Tickets for dinner are $8 per person. Call WIUM/WIUW at 298-1873 or 800/895-2912.
"Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose...."
Catch the holiday spirit and celebrate the season during Country Holiday at WIU's Horn Field Campus Thursday, Dec. 3 through Saturday, Dec. 5. The event is open free to the public; however, the Country Holiday Steering Committee asks that participants donate a nonperishable food item. All donations will be given to area food pantries.
The three-day event will run from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4 and from 3 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5.
Festival-goers are asked to park at Macomb High School and ride the shuttle service, which includes a handicap-accessible van, to Horn Field. One infant/toddler car seat will also be available in each van. The shuttles will run from MHS parking lot to Horn Field every 15 minutes.
Country Holiday music and entertainment includes the YMCA Swinging Seniors, WIU Suzuki Strings, dulcimer musicians, magic acts, the Macomb Junior High Chorus and much more. Craft activities for children include gingerbread houses, holiday jewelry, mobiles, holiday magnets and Santa puppets.
Other activities include night hikes, storytelling, campfire cooking, carolling, visits with Santa, a tree walk and hayrack rides. Tranquil Gardens nursery is donating 10 Christmas trees that Colchester Elementary School students will sponsor and decorate for the Tree Walk. Country Holiday artwork colored by area children will be displayed in the Kids Craft Cabin.
Food items, which include chili, hot dogs, cakes and pies, will cost 50 cents each. All cabins and activities are accessible. Hot chocolate and coffee will be provided free to all participants.
Country Holiday 1998 is sponsored by the WIU recreation, park, and tourism administration (RPTA) department, Advanced Communication, TCI Cable, WIU, Center for the Application of Information Technologies (CAIT) at Western, Citizens National Bank, Coca-Cola Bottling Company, Tranquil Gardens, WIU Military Science Gold Sabre, Cooper Power, Pagliai's, Macomb Hotel Investors, Macomb Journal and Vision Consultants.
For more information or if you have special needs, contact the RPTA department at 298-1967.
There will be a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 and Wednesday, Nov. 18 in the Union Heritage Rooms. Since this blood drive consists of two days and not its regular three days, donors may find it beneficial to call and make an appointment. Calls will be received on Nov. 17 and 18 at 298-1950.
New Group for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to be Chartered
A new chapter of the National Peace Corps Association will be formed at WIU for returning Peace Corps Volunteers, according to Lee Eavy, manager of Western's Peace Corps Fellows program.
Eavy said the national organization brings together more than 20,000 people who once served overseas in the Peace Corps. Local and regional groups sponsor educational programs, teach elementary and high school students about other countries and sponsor aid and development projects in many countries where Peace Corps Volunteers have served.
"Returning volunteer groups also are good community service organizations, bringing the essence of their overseas work home to the U.S., enriching the larger American public with their experience and citizenship," Eavy said.
The group being chartered at WIU will include several faculty members and staff, returning volunteers living in the west-central Illinois region and Peace Corps Fellows currently studying in Western's Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA) rural development program.
"There are several good reasons for establishing this group. One of the most important is the social events and friendships the returning volunteers develop as a natural sharing of their experiences," Eavy explained. "Other reasons include community service, access to networking with other national Peace Corps groups and a renewed sense of being 'connected' with the larger world.
"We are looking for more members, and welcome all who have had Peace Corps, or other overseas experience. This is a community service group which integrates returning Peace Corps volunteers' international experiences into our world in Illinois," he added.
For more information, contact Eavy at 298-2268 or e-mail L-Eavy@wiu.edu.
WIU Alumni Association Develops Grad Prep Day After years of studying and hard work, students are set to graduate and the WIU Alumni Association and other campus departments want to help students get prepared for that walk across the commencement stage.
Grad Prep Day, to be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16 in the University Union Concourse, has been designed to help students in their transition out of the University, according to Kate Ceh, Alumni Programs graduate assistant.
"Grad Prep Day will serve as a one-stop shop' for students graduating in December 1998," Ceh added. "The event will allow us to provide information that students need to graduate. Grad Prep Day will also help us prepare our WIU students for post-graduation involvement with the University through the WIU Alumni Association."
Other items available at the Nov. 16 event include graduation announcements, cap and gown order forms and diploma frames. For more information on Grad Prep Day, contact Ceh at 298-1914.
New Writers Society
We are pleased to announce the birth of the Creative Writers Society (CWS) at Western. Interested faculty and students are invited to join the membership and become a part of the joy, relaxation and excitement that creative sessions give.
The society hopes to hold regular creative works sessions, organize creative writing workshops, publish members' works in the society's journals and hold conferences and creative works seminars. Watch for further information. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Cindy at 295-2898 with questions.
Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea?
Dialogue, a series of campus-community conversations sponsored by the WIU Library and Faculty Development, will be revived on Tuesday, Nov. 17. Dialogue 1998, a discussion on intellectual property, copyright, and fair use issues, will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the Mary Lou Kent Room of the WIU Library.
The campus community and the public are invited to participate in the discussion, which will be led by Tom Peters, dean of the University Libraries, John Hallwas, professor of English, Joan Livingston-Webber, assistant professor of English, and Vaman Rao, professor of economics.
Charles C. Mann's article, "Who Will Own Your Next Good Idea?," will provide the impetus for the discussion. The article addresses the ways Internet and digital communication are transforming the way ideasintellectual propertyare being shared and published. The article is currently available at www.theatlantic.com/issues/98sep/copy.htm. Copies are also available from the reserve desks at the WIU and Macomb libraries and from the Faculty Development office, Seal 318.
Call for Papers
A call for papers is underway for a book project on the poetry and life of Niyi Osundare, award winning Nigerian poet, essayist, playwright and human rights crusader.
The book, tentatively titled The Total Poet, intends to explore Osundare's poetics: his use of language and oral tradition, his world view, imagery, style and performance strategies, his sociopolitical and cultural themes, etc., and compare his works to those of past and present poets around the world. Issues such as multiculturalism, creative writing in English by non-native speakers of English, black writing, postcolonial thoughts, etc., may be explored.
Contributions for this book, to be edited by Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, African American studies, are being received. Papers must follow the MLA documentary system and should be between 12 and 20 pages long.
Interested scholars should submit a hard copy of their papers and a disk in a Macintosh Macrosoftword file. Deadline for article submission is Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1998.
Send enquiry and papers to: Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, African American studies, Currens Hall 503. Phone: 309/298-2146, fax: 309/298-2181, e-mail: email@example.com.
IIRA Seminar Series
"Creating Dynamic Communities" will be presented by Mary Simon Leuci, University of MissouriColumbia, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in Stipes Hall 501. A light dinner will follow the lecture. For more information, call 298-2984 Retirement Dinner
The department of music announces a retirement dinner in honor of Gerald Carey to be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 1 in the Union Western Room. Carey, professor of flute, taught at WIU from 1966 to 1998 and was a founding member of the Camerata Woodwind Quintet.
For more information, contact Michael Ericson at 298-1686.
The International Tearoom, usually open from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Friday in the FCS Corporate Dining Room/Knoblauch Hall 239, will be closed Nov. 17 through 19 due to other events scheduled for the room.
SUAA Luncheon Nov. 20
The WIU chapter of the State Universities Annuitants Association luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 20 at the Days Inn. Reservations should be sent to Charles Syster, 1138 Memorial Drive, Macomb, IL 61455, by Saturday, Nov. 14.
Madrigal Dinner Tickets
Tickets for the Madrigal Dinner to be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3; Friday, Dec. 4; and Saturday, Dec. 5 are on sale.
The 28th annual Madrigal Dinner will include music, entertainment and food, reminiscent of the Renaissance period.
Tickets are $20 per person.
Mail orders for tickets should be sent to the University Union Service Center, WIU, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390. Patrons are encouraged to make first, second and third choices on their ticket requests.
Window sales at the Union Service Center are from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
For more information about tickets, call the Union Service Center, 298-2421.
SRC hours for fall break are:
Sat., Nov. 21, noon to 6 p.m. (Aquatics Center closed); Sun., Nov. 22, noon to 6 p.m. (Aquatics Center closed); Mon., Nov. 23Wed., Nov. 25, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (Aquatics Center open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.); Thurs., Nov. 26 and Fri., Nov. 27, SRC and Aquatics Center closed; Sat., Nov. 28, noon to 6 p.m. (if no football playoff game), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (if football playoff game) Aquatics Center open 2 to 4 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 29, noon to 11 p.m. (Aquatics Center open 2 to 4 p.m.)
For more information, call 298-1228.
The next meeting of the Faculty Senate will be 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17 in the Union Capitol Rooms.
The Civil Service Employees Council announces that Dave Nelson, procedures and systems manager in Business Services, is the November Employee of the Month.
This award was established by the Council to honor employees who go above and beyond their normal job duties in demonstrating enthusiasm, effort and excellence in job performance. Nelson's nomination reports that he meets and exceeds each of these categories.
Pam Mclean, University Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC), authored "Writing an 'Ann Landers' Advising Column for Commuting Students," an invited article featured in the fall 1998 issue of Commuter Perspectives.
WIU's Visual Production Center (VPC) staff assisted a photographer with an art gallery exhibit titled "The Kansas Experience," which premiered at Idaho State University's Mind's Eye Gallery.
VPC provided the technical support for the photographs, digitally enhancing them to achieve the effect the photographer desired, enlarging the photos and mounting the photos.
Wail Hassan, English and journalism, presented "Gender (and) Imperialism: Africa in Oriental and Racial Discourses" at the annual international meeting of the Society for Research on African Cultures, held at Montclair State University.
Marietta Loehrlein, agriculture, presented results from her research at the Annual Conference of the American Society for Horticultural Science on "Floral Ontogeny of Pelargonium Xdomesticum."
Stephany Joy-Newman, student services, and Sue Danner, College of Business and Technology, co-presented a workshop "Sexual Harassment Issues and Adult Education" for the Central Illinois Adult Education Service Center Fall Conference in Peoria.
Rita Sue Rouse, theatre, presented a lecture on how to take measurements for costumes and transfer them to your pattern at the American Sewing Guild/Peoria Chapter's yearly event. Rouse also assisted Linda MacPhee during a hands-on workshop at the event.
Julie Kyllonen Rose, international education, co-presented a session with WESL intermediate student Khalid AlHamad on "Toward an Understanding of Students from the Arabian Gulf" at the Region IV meeting of NAFSA: Association of International Educators in Columbia, MO.
Rose also presented the session "Tips and Strategies for Working Effectively with Korean Students" at the same conference.
Amy Betz, Letha Clark, Carol Bell, Marisa Beard and Sharon Doubet, Macomb Projects, presented "Interactive Technology Showcasing" at the statewide Illinois Association for the Education of Young Children (AEYC) conference in Springfield. Clark and Doubet also presented "Software Review" at the conference.
Susan Schoon, Macomb Projects, presented "Children's Literature, Drama and Dance: Suggested Activities" at The Illinois AEYC conference in Springfield.
Carol Bell, Letha Clark and Marisa Beard, Macomb Projects, presented "HyperStudio, Literacy and the Internet" at the Closing the Gap Conference in Minneapolis, MN.
Bill Bushaw, financial aid, presented "Integrating the Master Promissory Note into Loan Processing" at the fall conference of the Missouri Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators.
Mary Jensen, special education, presented a one-day seminar for the educational staff from the Clovis School District on "Positive Classroom Behavior Management Methods." She also presented a community program on "Basic Gang Awareness" in Clovis, NM.
Norm Walzer, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, received $90,284 from the Illinois Council of Food and Agricultural Research for "Communities Through Value Added Commodities." Walzer also received $4,000 from the Western Illinois Regional Council for "Continuum of Care."
Carol Dennhardt, radio information service (RIS), and Dorothy Vallillo, WIUM/WIUW-FM, received $36,968 from the Illinois State Library for "Radio Information Service Assistance 99."
Carol Fimmen, cross cultural education programs (CCEP), received a supplemental award of $100 from various sources for "Learning to Lead Summer Institute."
Martha Barclay, family and consumer sciences, received $50,000 from the Illinois Council of Food and Agricultural Research for "Impact of Food Safety and Functional Food Curricula Materials: Focus on Secondary School Curricula."
Robert Fischer, law enforcement and justice administration (LEJA), received three awards from the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.
He received $304,968 for "Illinois Law Enforcement Executive InstituteProgramming 99," $106,064 for "Illinois Law Enforcement Media Resource Center 99" and $186,179 for "Illinois Law Enforcement Executive InstituteAdministrative 99."
Rita Creger, UAASC, was recognized at the Awards Ceremony held during the National Academic Advising Association National conference in San Diego, CA as an Outstanding Adviser for the 1997-1998 academic year.
Candace McLaughlin, UAASC, was recognized at the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) National Conference in San Diego, CA for eight years of service on the NACADA Board of Directors. She recently ended a four-year term as chair of the Commission on Undecided/Exploratory Students.