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Exhibition open house at Indi Go Artist Co-op

GeidoThe Geido: the way of art Indi Go Open House on Sunday, May 23, from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m., will feature live koto music, calligraphy demonstration, haiku poetry reading, and a multi-media presentation of students creating art work during the workshops.

Exhibition Dates:
Thursday, May 20 through Sunday, May 23

Exhibition Times:
Thursday, May 20, 4:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
Friday, May 21, 12:00 NOON–6:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 22, 12:00 NOON–6:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 23, 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. (Exhibition Open House)



Events calendar submission form up and running

We think we have the bugs worked out on our calendar submission form, so please have at it with your events and such.

The iCal feed is nearing completion, but probably won't be functional until next week. Thanks again for your patience, and please help spread the word.

If you have further difficulties or suggestions, please leave a comment on this post or email us at


Danville Dans home dates for 2010

I'm working on getting them on the events calendar, but here are the home game dates and opponents (all games are at 6:30 p.m.):

June 3 vs Dubois
June 8 vs Hannibal
June 9 vs Dekalb
June 12 vs Quincy
June 15 vs Dubois
June 16 vs Dupage
June 17 vs Hannibal
June 18 vs Richmond
June 19 vs Quincy
June 23 vs Terre Haute
June 26 vs Richmond
June 29 vs Beckley
June 30 vs Beckley
July 1 vs Springfield
July 8 vs Dekalb
July 9 vs Terre Haute
July 10 vs Terre Haute
July 13 vs Nashville
July 14 vs Nashville
July 15 vs Terre Haute
July 16 vs Springfield
July 24 vs Dubois
July 28 vs Nashville
Aug 2 vs Springfield
Aug 3 vs Dupage
Aug 5 vs Dubois
Aug 6 vs Richmond


Blog Watch: Life without online privacy

John Gehner of Urbana Free Library Picks fires away at Facebook in his latest post. Here's a snippet:

Despite the invitations and cajoling of many friends, I put off joining Facebook for quite a long while. And then I caved.

I've enjoyed connecting with dozens of people I would not have located otherwise, but Facebook's inconstant privacy policies and questionable use of private information is getting under my skin.


About a month ago I reduced my Facebook profile information dramatically. Today, I'm thinking of contributing to Diaspora*.

Would it be hard to start over on a new social network? Maybe.

Would I regret it? Doubtful.



Michael Hogan announced as 18th President at U of I

From the wire:

Dear Campus Community:

By now you have heard that Michael Hogan will become the University of
Illinois' 18th President. This is the culmination of a thorough and
expeditious search headed by Trustee Pam Strobel and members of the search
committee. I am grateful for all their hard work and for identifying such
an experienced individual to lead our great university.

For more information about Dr. Hogan.

The webcast of the announcement will be here.

I am writing today to invite you to meet our new president. Today at 3
p.m., President Designee Hogan, Chairman Kennedy, and Trustee Strobel will
be on our campus in the South Lounge of the Illini Union for the

Please join me there to extend a warm welcome to Dr. Hogan.


Robert A. Easter
Chancellor and Provost (Interim)



Unit 4 Kindergarten lottery data

Kindergarten Lottery spreadsheet for 2009-2010

Kindergarten Lottery spreadsheet for 2010-2011

These are Excel spreadsheets, linked for download above, pursuant to a FOIA I filed.

Note: I am not affiliated with Unit 4 Administration, so all standard boiler-plate disclaimers apply (ie, you have to pretend this did not come from Unit 4 *grin*)

Ed. note: These spreadsheets may be a bit inpenetrable to the uninitiated reader, so please ask questions in the comments and the author will be happy to respond. Also, check out his blog, where he's been delving into the numbers a bit already.


Summer Construction Planned at the University of Illinois

The University of Illinois campus has begun construction work on 32 buildings which will continue throughout the summer. Forty-three separate projects will be underway by the end of this semester with the highest concentration of work in buildings on and around the main Quad; the remainder, including several Housing Division projects, will be completed in buildings scattered across campus.

Nearly half of the 43 projects are designed to increase energy efficiency and lower energy costs. The type of work being done includes:

  • lighting retrofits
  • roof replacements
  • electrical service upgrade and replacements
  • window replacements 
  • heating and air conditioning remediation and replacements
  • Interior remodels
  • Restroom renovations
  • general exterior envelope repairs

See the map (pdf) for a list of buildings and type of work being done at each.

Two major new construction projects are:

  • M.T. Geoffrey Yeh Student Center addition to the Newmark Civil Engineering Building (College of Civil and Environmental Engineering) 
  • Huff Hall North addition, which will house the new Center on Health, Aging, and Disability (College of Applied Health Sciences)

Both projects are being financed by the colleges, including some private donations.

The Housing Division has a number of projects occurring this summer as well. During spring break, work began on the next phase of Ikenberry Commons - Residence Hall West construction and Garner Hall demolition - and a limited remodel of the Gregory and Peabody Drive Residence Halls. Buildings included in the limited remodel include Snyder, Scott, Weston, Forbes, and Hopkins. The amount of construction traffic around the complex will be increased.

Most of the construction activity will be based on and around the Quad. Work has begun on Lincoln Hall with heavy equipment already in place in the staging area to the south of the building. Interior demolition work will begin in the basement.

Other buildings on the Quad undergoing major exterior work include the Natural History Building (NHB), the English Building, and Gregory Hall, all three of which are having windows replaced. NHB, Chem Annex, and Foellinger Auditorium are getting roof replacements. In addition to roof and windows, NHB's exterior envelope is being cleaned and tuck pointed. The heating and air conditioning system and electrical service at Gregory Hall will be replaced and repaired as well.

Many of the projects fall under the Deferred Maintenance program which is funded through Certificates of Participation (COPs), Academic Facility Maintenance Fee Assessment (AFMFA), and University Reserves (UA). Funding for the deferred maintenance projects is based on a variety of criteria and priorities.

The projects being executed this summer were on Deferred Maintenance (DM) 2007, 2008, and 2009 selection lists. To view the 2010 selection list, details of all the deferred maintenance projects, or more information regarding the program, visit the DM website.

In addition to building repair and renovation, Maryland Avenue and three parking lots will be resurfaced. Work is scheduled to begin in early May on parking lots D-15, at the corner of Oregon Street and Goodwin Avenue, and F-15, between Florida and Pennsylvania Avenues on Maryland Drive. The E-14 shuttle lot at the corner of Oak Street and Kirby Avenue is scheduled for work to begin in June.

Construction activity will increase, especially around the Quad, as the University continues to address infrastructure issues that will help preserve University assets and improve the comfort and safety of students, faculty, and staff. The construction staging areas, the workers and equipment, and the Campus Work Zone signs at some project sites represent steps being taken towards a safer, more comfortable, and more energy efficient campus.


Workshop for children’s book authors at Jane Addams

Book SigningDate: Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Time: 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
Location: Jane Addams Book Shop
Street: 208 N. Neil
City/Town: Champaign, IL

Please join Jane Addams Book Shop in welcoming three children's book authors.

Beth Finke, Sara Latta, and Alice B. McGinty will be holding a workshop for aspiring authors on Wednesday, May 12th from 1–3. The workshop will last about an hour, followed by a book signing.

More information about the authors can be found on their websites:

Beth Finke

Alice B. McGinty

Sara Latta