Mar 27, 2013

 

Meetings/Events

'AMERICA'S MUSIC' TO BE FEATURED
"America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway" will be presented from Jan. 11 to April 6 at Eastern. The series focuses on six genres of music that are considered uniquely American: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz and swing, bluegrass and country, rock 'n' roll, and Latino and hip hop.

"America’s Music" will begin with an opening concert and reception at 7 p.m. Jan. 11 in the Doudna Fine Arts Center Theatre. Many film screenings and other programs will be held throughout the semester, with a closing concert planned at 7 p.m. April 6 in the Dvorak Concert Hall, Doudna Fine Arts Center.

For a complete schedule of activities, visit here. All programs are free, and the public is invited.

The "America’s Music" program is being sponsored in part by the College of Arts and Humanities, Booth Library, Doudna Fine Arts Center and the Coles County Arts Council. The program is made possible in part by a grant from the Ruth and Vaughn Jaenike Access to the Arts Outreach Program of the College of Arts and Humanities.

"America's Music" is a project by the Tribeca Film Institute in collaboration with the American Library Association, Tribeca Flashpoint and the Society for American Music. It has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Jan 02, 2013


'AMERICA'S MUSIC' EXHIBIT AT BOOTH LIBRARY
An exhibit featuring "America's Music" is now on display at Booth Library, EIU. The exhibit is in conjunction with a series of programs, "America's Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway," being held on the EIU campus through April. The exhibit focuses on several genres of music, including country, bluegrass, folk, soul, disco, hip hop, Broadway, blues, gospel, jazz and rock 'n' roll, as well as looking at topics such as "The Business of Music," "Music Technology" and more. The exhibit features The Donald and Suellyn Garner Illinois Sheet Music Collection. For more information visit here. Curators: Philip Mohr, Patrick Vonesh, Amy Gilkey and Luis Alarcon.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Editorial Writer/Booth Library
Posted: Jan 23, 2013


WEIU-TV ANNOUNCES ANNUAL PBS KIDS GO! WRITERS CONTEST
WEIU is announcing its annual PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest, an initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning.

Few things capture a child’s imagination like a good book. We would like to invite you to join WEIU as we encourage children here in the WEIU-TV broadcast area to build critical literacy skills by creating their own stories and taking part in the PBS KIDS GO! Writers Contest. It encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate the power of creating stories and illustrations by submitting their own original pieces.

Entries will be accepted until March 31, 2013, and can be submitted to the following address: WEIU-TV, c/o Ke'an Armstrong/Writers Contest, 1521 Buzzard Hall, 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920.

WEIU-TV will collaborate with schools, public libraries and other community-based organizations to present the contest in local communities. WEIU-TV will select a panel of local judges to determine area winners and recognize them with awards and prizes. These local winners will then be entered into the national contest where a panel of esteemed judges will select the top 12 winners. National winners will be announced during the summer of 2013 and the winning stories will be featured here.

National winners will receive prizes, including tablets, e-readers and MP3 players. Additionally, Highlights for Children has joined the contest as a new promotional partner and all participants will have the option to receive a print or digital version of Highlights magazine.

Activity sheets are available here under the Education tab to inspire children during the brainstorming process. PBS LearningMedia is also offering a collection of online teacher resources for use in classrooms here.

Questions? Contact Ke’an Armstrong, WEIU-TV, at 217-581-7193, ksarmstrong@eiu.edu.

KE'AN S. ARMSTRONG, WEIU-TV
Posted: Jan 29, 2013


2013 UNDERGRADUATE ALL-STUDENT SHOW AT THE TARBLE ARTS CENTER
The 2013 Undergraduate All-Student Show is on view in the Main Galleries. This competitive exhibition is open to all undergraduate students at EIU who have taken at least one studio art course since last June. Art in media representing the various studio and graphic design areas taught through the EIU Art Department are presented. The jurors for this year’s exhibition are: Chris Berti, sculptor and associate professor of art at Parkland College in Champaign; graphic designer John Bonadies, principal and creative director of Bonadies Creative Inc. in Champaign; and Ellen Price, art professor and head of printmaking at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio. Co-sponsored with the EIU Art Department. For more information and/or to schedule a class visit or tour, contact the Tarble at 217-581-ARTS (-2787) or tarble@eiu.edu.

MICHAEL WATTS, Director, Tarble Arts Center
Posted: Mar 02, 2013


STORY TIMES PLANNED IN APRIL AT BOOTH LIBRARY
Children ages 3 to 7 are invited to attend story time from 10 to 11 a.m. April 6 and 13 at Booth Library's Ballenger Teachers Center. Programs will feature stories, crafts and activities. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Call 581-8442 for more information.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Editorial Writer/Booth Library
Posted: Mar 07, 2013


COLLEGE OF SCIENCES: SCIENCEFEST 2013
The College of Sciences invites you to attend ScienceFest, its annual celebration of both faculty and student excellence in teaching, service and research, on Friday, April 5. The opening of ScienceFest and a poster browsing session will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the Charleston/Mattoon Room of the MLK Jr. Union. The mini symposium and presentation of awards will begin at 1:20 p.m. in 7th Street Underground (Rathskeller).

This year’s theme is Understanding Poverty: Local and Global, and the full schedule of events in located on the COS website.

ANGELYNE M. RHOADS, College of Sciences
Posted: Mar 13, 2013


OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS SPRING BREAK VISIT DAYS
Chicagoland and many other Illinois high schools will be on Spring Break during the next three weeks. The Office of Admissions has created Spring Break Visit Days, which will offer an enhanced first look at EIU to prospective students and their families. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from March 18 through April 5, visits will include an admissions presentation; a student-led campus tour; a panel consisting of students, faculty and staff; and an optional lunch in one of our dining centers. We expect a large number of families during these three weeks. Please welcome guests to our beautiful campus.

Here is the schedule for these special visit days:
9:30-10 a.m. -- Check-in at Old Main
10-10:30 a.m. -- Admissions presentation at Pemberton Hall
10:30-11 a.m. -- EIU panel at Pemberton Hall
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. -- Campus tour
12:30-1:30 p.m. -- Optional lunch in a dining center

KARENLEE SPENCER, Admissions
Posted: Mar 13, 2013


2013 CENTRAL ILLINOIS FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL
A screening of submissions from feminist filmmakers. 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, Doudna Lecture Hall. Free admission.

The fourth and final installment of CIFFF (which concludes WHAM 2013) will focus on short, independent films addressing issues of gender and/or social justice, films created by people under-represented in the media field, and films made by people from the central Illinois area.

Come out and support the truest form of independent film Charleston has to offer!

JOSEPH W. McLEAN, Women's Studies
Posted: Mar 13, 2013


SIGMA XI ANNUAL BANQUET AND LECTURE
You are cordially invited to the 16th annual Sigma Xi Banquet and Lecture to be held on Thursday, April 4, in the University Ballroom at the MLK Jr. Union. The banquet is sponsored by the EIU chapter of Sigma Xi, a scientific research society, with support of the College of Sciences, and is offered in conjunction with this year's ScienceFest.

The distinguished Sigma Xi speaker this year is Theodore Goodson III, from the University of Michigan. He will be speaking on “Useful Optical Properties of Multi-Chromophore Materials.” In addition, the EIU chapter of Sigma Xi will be presenting the seventh annual Sigma Xi Award for Teaching Excellence in High School and Middle School Science and Mathematics. The recipient of this year’s award is Cheryl Johnson, a sixth grade science teacher for the Casey-Westfield School District, a co-sponsor of a district-wide recycling program, and a former recipient of the Exxon Mobile Teacher of the Year award. We will also be honoring the winners of the College of Sciences’ SURE and GSI awards.

The evening will begin with a reception and cash bar at 5 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner at 5:30. There will be a brief chapter meeting at 6:30, followed by the free lecture open to the public at 7. If you wish to attend the banquet, please contact Tena McNamara, Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences.

THOMAS CANAM, Biological Sciences
Posted: Mar 14, 2013


AMERICA'S MUSIC CLOSING CONCERT
Eastern Illinois University will end its extensive look at “America’s Music” with a concert featuring 10 music and dance performances.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Dvorak Concert Hall in the Doudna Fine Arts Center, EIU. The event is free, and no tickets are required.

“America’s Music: A Film History of Our Popular Music from Blues to Bluegrass to Broadway” focused on six genres of music that are considered uniquely American: blues and gospel, Broadway, jazz and swing, bluegrass and country, rock ‘n’ roll, and Latino and hip hop.

All six genres of music will be represented in the April 6 concert. Musical performers will be vocalist Marilyn Coles, Flat Mountain, Unity Gospel Choir, EIU Latin Jazz Combo, Motherlode, Mark Rubel and Friends, and Reverend Robert. Dance performances will be presented by the EIU Dancers and the Zeta Phi Beta step dance team. In addition, a Broadway Showcase featuring area high school and college vocalists is planned.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Mar 15, 2013


'THE COLLEGE STUDENT WITH TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURY'
Brenda Wilson and Jill Fahy, communication disorders and sciences, and Kathy Waggoner, Office of Student Disability Services, will provide a presentation on "The College Student with Traumatic Brain Injury" on Wednesday, April 17, in the Arcola/Tuscola Room of the MLK Jr. Union. The presentation will be held from noon to 1 p.m., and participants are welcome to bring their lunch to eat during the event.

During this presentation, the speakers will provide a variety of information about traumatic brain injuries, including:
- What are head injuries and how do they happen?
- What happens to the brain in a traumatic injury?
- How do these changes affect learning?
- What services are provided for students with traumatic brain injuries?

To RSVP to this event, please contact Julie Walters at the Office of Student Disability Services by emailing jwalters@eiu.edu or calling 217-581-6583.

KATHRYN L. WAGGONER, Disability Services
Posted: Mar 18, 2013


CENTRAL ILLINOIS FEMINIST FILM FESTIVAL ROUNDTABLE AND SCREENINGS -- 4 to 9 p.m. March 27
4 p.m. -- The Central Illinois Feminist Film Festival in conjunction with the Communication Studies Department is hosting a panel discussion titled "Training the Next Generation: Youth Video Pedagogy, Media Education and Underserved Media Makers." A conversation with Denise Zaccardi, co-founder of Community TV Network-CTVN in Chicago, and Angela Aguayo, a co-founder of the Girls Make Movies Camp at SIU-Carbondale.

5 p.m. -- CIFFF will screen festival winners from around the world. Films include Iranian filmmaker Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami's "Going up the Stairs" and Australian filmmaker Kath Dooley's "The Other Side of Desire."

Both events will be on Wednesday, March 27, in the Doudna Lecture Hall.

ROBIN L. MURRAY, English
Posted: Mar 19, 2013


ACADEMY OF LIFELONG LEARNING COURSE OFFERINGS SPRING 2013
MULTI-MEETING COURSES

How the 19th Century Shaped the Policies of Abraham Lincoln
4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 16, 18, 23 and 25
EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116
Presented by Tom Spencer
Cost: Academy Member: $40; Non-member: $80
Register by April 9

Expanding Your Tai Chi Skills
1:30 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 30; May 2, 7, 9, 21 and 23
SBLHS Education Center: Lincoln Room, April 30, May 2 and 21; Washington Room, May 7 and 23; Adams Room, May 9
Presented by Jodi Sparks
Cost: Academy Member: $40; Non-member: $80
Register by: April 30

WORKSHOPS

America’s Music
7 p.m. Saturday, April 6
Doudna Fine Arts Center, Dvorak Concert Hall
Presented by Allen Lanham and Paul Johnston
Cost: FREE
Register by March 30

Experiences of the Illinois Civil War Soldier: Reflections Through Art and Artifact
1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 17
EIU Tarble Arts Center, Atrium
Presented by Wade Ellett
Cost: FREE
Register by April 10

To register for courses or for more information regarding the Academy of Lifelong Learning, please contact the School of Continuing Education at 217-581-5114 or at academy@eiu.edu.

BETH CRAIG, School of Continuing Education
Posted: Mar 21, 2013


RICCIO MEMORIAL LECTURE TO DISCUSS SATCHEL PAIGE AND BLACK BASEBALL
A lecture about Satchel Paige is sure to be a lecture about baseball.

“That’s pretty much a given,” said Ed Wehrle, professor of history. “But I think you’ll find that this one addresses race, politics and culture, as well."

“Satchel Paige and Black Baseball in the Rethinking of the Civil Rights Movement” will be presented at 7 p.m. Monday, April 1, in the Doudna Fine Arts Center’s Lecture Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Guest lecturer Donald Spivey, a professor of history at the University of Miami, wrote the recently published “If You Were Only White: The Life of Leroy ‘Satchel’ Paige,” after more than a decade of research into Paige’s career.

“Dr. Spivey offers a richly detailed portrait of the hurler, setting Paige in historical context,” Wehrle said. “Paige and his unique relationship to the American Civil Rights Movement will be the subject of (Spivey’s) talk here at Eastern.”

Noting that he recently became interested in the history of sports, Wehrle recalled his first encounter with Spivey’s book and how impressed Wehrle had been with Spivey’s ability to bring the “historical craft” to the story of the former athlete.

“Arguably the greatest pitcher in the history of baseball, the legendary Satchel Paige played in his first major league ball game at the age of 42. Improbably, he pitched his final game at age 59,” Wehrle said.

“Before becoming the third African-American to enter MLB, Paige barnstormed across the nation and the world with semi-pro and Negro league teams. Often he pitched everyday, and often that meant nine innings of work. Everywhere he drew enormous crowds, but -- due to the color of his skin -- Paige remained banned from playing in the major leagues until after Jackie Robinson desegregated the game in 1947.”

See here for more on the story.

VICKI SHAW WOODARD, Media Relations
Posted: Mar 21, 2013


ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGY PRESENTATION
The Office of Student Disability Services is offering a presentation on various adaptive technologies including Kurzweil, Inspiration and the LiveScribe Smart Pen. This software can be useful to everyone. Please join us from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in the Charleston/Mattoon Room of the MLK Jr. Union.

KATHRYN L. WAGGONER, Student Disability Services
Posted: Mar 26, 2013


POSTPONED -- WOMEN'S STUDIES ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Due to severe weather, the Women's Studies Awards Ceremony set for March 25 was postponed. This event will be rescheduled in April. Please stay tuned!

JOSEPH W. MCLEAN, Women's Studies
Posted: Mar 26, 2013


FREE 'ENTREPRENEURSHIP: BRIGHT IDEAS' WORKSHOP, APRIL 11
Come to learn how to use the Prairie Spark E-Hub, a virtual resource center for entrepreneurship education and business development, during "Entrepreneurship: Bright Ideas," a free, all-inclusive workshop set for noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the LifeSpan Center in Charleston. Registration is due by noon Friday, April 5.

Sponsored by the Business Solutions Center at EIU, the workshop is designed to provide information on accessible materials those interested may want to use. It begins with a free lunch and general session. The workshop breakout sessions are divided into several options designed to help entrepreneurs, teachers, economic developers, librarians and youth educators:
-- Become Familiar with the Prairie Spark E-Hub
-- Use Resources on the E-Hub
-- Understand the Uses for the E-Club
-- Outline the Process of Developing a High School Entrepreneurship Class
-- Teach Entrepreneurship Concepts in a Classroom Setting

There may be a mileage stipend available, and educators can earn up to four CPDU's. To view brochure, click here. To register online, click here. For more information, contact 217-581-2913 or jegarren@eiu.edu.

JENNIFER E. GARREN, Business Solutions Center
Posted: Mar 26, 2013


FALLEN HEROES MEMORIAL WALL TO VISIT EIU CAMPUS
Illinois service men and women who have died as a result of their military service will be honored on April 4 and 5 at EIU.

The Illinois Patriot Guard Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Booth Library. The wall features 305 Illinois residents who died during or as a result of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operating Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. On the wall are the names, portraits, hometowns, ranks and dates of death of these military heroes.

Members of the public are encouraged to visit the wall. There is no charge; donations will be accepted.

The Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial Wall is the result of a volunteer project by Illinois Gold Star military families and members of the Illinois Patriot Guard Riders. A Patriot Guard flag presentation is planned at 9 a.m. April 4 outside Booth Library.

The memorial wall is one of several veterans activities planned on April 4 and 5 at EIU as part of Project: Hero. Self-defense classes will be offered in the Lantz Gymnasium Aerobics Room at 10 a.m. and noon on April 4, followed by Water Wars at 1 p.m. on the Library Quad (north of Booth Library). On April 5, the Mobile Vet Center will be located south of the MLK Jr. Union throughout the day. A veterans service fair, Rucksacks to Backpacks, will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the University Ballroom, with a veterans luncheon at 11:30 a.m. and an ice cream social beginning at 3 p.m.

For more information, call 581-7888 or email veterans@eiu.edu.

ELIZABETH M. HELDEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


ATHLETICS TO HOLD ITS ANNUAL SPRING FLING
EIU Athletics will hold its annual Spring Fling fundraiser from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 13, in Lantz Arena. This year's theme is "Come Together." Ticket prices are $50 per person, and the event, which has sold out for the past several years, is well on its way to a sold-out crowd again this year.

The Brat Pack will provide entertainment. There will be food from several various local restaurants, and you could win a week’s stay at a condo in Florida or one of two items from Towne Square Jewelers. We have a number of silent and live auction items -- there's sure to be something for everyone! All proceeds go to support more than 450 EIU student athletes. Call 581-2310 to reserve your seat today.

MARSHA A. FIGGINS, Athletics
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


WINE APPRECIATION AND MEDITERRANEAN COOKING CLASSES
The School of Family and Consumer Sciences will host two faculty from Italy during the summer session. The Italian faculty will arrive in May, just in time to teach wine appreciation and mediterranean cooking classes! Ceceila Ricci and Camilla Carrega will be here for two weeks teaching us about their wines and foods of Italy. This is a great way to receive four credits while enjoying different wines and gourmet foods every night. See here for all the information you will need to sign up and join us for a fun-filled two weeks! We look forward to seeing you there!

KATHRYN RHODES, School of Family and Consumer Sciences
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


ENTRIES SOUGHT FOR EDIBLE BOOK FESTIVAL
Booth Library will sponsor an Edible Book Festival on April 15 as part of National Library Week.

Anyone may enter a work made out of edible materials that has something to do with books in either its shape or content. The artwork will not be eaten. To view entries from last year’s competition, go here.

Entries may be installed at the library between 3 and 5 p.m. April 15. Items will be on display for public viewing from 5 to 8 p.m. A reception with refreshments and an awards show will be held from 5 to 6 p.m.

Awards will be presented in the following categories: Dean’s Choice, People’s Choice, Children’s Book Theme, Student Entry and Family Entry. Those wishing to place a vote for the People’s Choice award may do so from 5 to 6 p.m.

There is no fee to participate in or view this show; however, those planning to enter the contest must pre-register. The entry form is available in printable form on the library website.

Entry forms for the Edible Book Festival are due by April 12 and should be brought to Booth Library or mailed to the library at 600 Lincoln Ave., Charleston, IL 61920, Attn: Edible Books. For more information on the contest, call 581-8381.

ELIZABETH M HEL.DEBRANDT, Booth Library
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


EIU STEPS IT UP! WALKING CHALLENGE
It's time for the fifth annual EIU Steps It Up! challenge. Employees will participate individually or, if you enjoy a little competition, you can be a part of a team during this eight-week walking challenge that begins April 22. Walk for personal goals or walk to challenge and motivate others. Count your steps; the goal is to keep you active! Participants should obtain a pedometer to use.

EIU STEPS IT UP! is a great way to stay fit, motivate each other, and have fun and friendly competition with others while challenging yourself. Registration is required, and begins now, continuing through April 23. For more information and/or to register, visit here.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


KWAME NKRUMAH UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE
The Africana Studies Program at Eastern Illinois University presents the second annual KWAME NKRUMAH UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH CONFERENCE.

Theme: Pan-Africanism: The Past and the Future
9-11:30 a.m., 12:45-2 p.m. and 2:15-3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in the Arcola/Tuscola Room, MLK Jr. Union.

CONNIE CLARKSON, Africana Studies
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


NEXT OASIS MEETING BEING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
The next meeting of OASIS will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Adult/Commuter Student Lounge, MLK Jr. Union (third floor).

OASIS is an organization that seeks to assist nontraditional students by offering resources that involve other students just like them. A nontraditional student can be many things, including adult, commuter and transfer students who attend EIU. This group is supportive of students who are looking for help connecting with other students while they are at the university.

For information about OASIS, please contact the School of Continuing Education at 581-5114 or at oasis@eiu.edu.

PATRICK SINGER, School of Continuing Education -- OASIS
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


UPDATED! EIU SCALE IT DOWN -- NEW PROGRAM
New program! EIU SCALE IT DOWN is an eight-week (extended two weeks) program to help you increase awareness of your physical needs, improve your health, and promote a healthier lifestyle. The challenge officially begins April 22. Registration ends April 5.

As part of the program, participants will receive a pre- and post-assessment from the Kinesiology and Sports Studies ATP (Assessment, Training and Prescription) for a starting point, identify areas you wish to improve, and measure your progress at the end. We will offer various activities and resources to assist you in reaching your goals.

For information and/or to register, please visit the Scale It Down website.

JULIE A. BENEDICT, Training and Development
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


ASIAN HERITAGE MONTH EVENTS (April 1-6)
Monday, April 1 -- A Taste of Culture: Kick-Off Reception, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Doudna Fine Arts Center Concourse

Friday, April 5 -- Asian Night: Live Entertainment, 7 p.m., Tarble Arts Center

Saturday, April 6 -- Asian-American Association: Asian Heritage Story Time, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Ballenger Education Reading Room (Booth Library)

PAM WARPENBURG, Minority Affairs
Posted: Mar 27, 2013


 


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