Operation Santa Is Underway


Christmas is coming soon, but there is still time to participate in Operation Santa. The School of Communication is once again sponsoring Operation Santa, a non-profit organization, which sends needed items to members of the armed forces who are deployed around the globe. There is a box for donations in the College of Arts and Sciences office (141 Stevenson Hall), and there are also boxes in several locations in Fell Hall. Donations will be collected from September 22 through October 30. Those wishing to support the program financially may send their tax deductible donations to: Operation Santa, P.O. Box 1975, Bloomington, IL 61702.

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Climate Science Workshops Offered

climateThe climate science outreach program of the Illinois Heartland Local Section of the American Chemical Society is going strong. Two workshops on Climate Science will be held in the next three weeks–one at Illinois Central College (ICC) in East Peoria on October 25 and a second at Benedictine University in Springfield on November 8. The primary audience for these workshops is teachers and naturalists, but there is also an opportunity for interested students to enroll. The registration is through CeMaST, and the registration fee ($12) includes snacks, lunch, and a kit for doing climate science demonstrations. To register, visit http://chemistry.illinoisstate.edu/climate_workshop.shtml

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Planetarium to Present Ghostly Tales

photo of starprojectorIn advance of Halloween, prepare to be frightened by Ghostly Tales Under the Stars at the Illinois State University Planetarium. Show times are 7:30 p.m. and midnight Friday, Oct. 24, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25.

Ghostly Tales Under the Stars presents frightening stories of the supernatural. The afternoon and early evening presentations are family oriented and appropriate for all audiences. The midnight showing will be more intense and is recommended for mature audiences.

Admission to Ghostly Tales Under the Stars is $4 for adults, $3 for children ages 5 to 12 and seniors, and $2 for children ages 3 to 4. The Planetarium is located under the white domed roof at the eastern end of Felmley Hall of Science at the intersection of School St. and College Ave. in Normal. For more information, call the Planetarium’s Skyline at (309) 438-5007 or visit http://www.phy.ilstu.edu/~trw/planet.html



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Student Broadcasters Win Silver Dome Awards

WZND logoIllinois State University’s student radio station, WZND, earned a total of eight Silver Dome awards at this year’s Illinois Broadcasters Association Student Convention on Friday, October 10 at Loyola University Chicago. WZND’s awards came in the categories of Best Radio Aircheck, Best Radio News Story, Best Radio Longform Programming, Best Radio Promotion, Best Sports Play-By-Play, and Best Radio Newscast. “While I am never surprised by the accomplishments of TV-10 and WZND, this year’s Silver Domes competition reminds us that our broadcasting students and faculty are, hands-down, the best in the state,” said Dr. Joseph Blaney, Associate Dean and Professor of Communication.

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Events and Deadlines

October 21 – Department of Physics Alumni Lecture Series, Mr. Jim Karch, Director of Bloomington Public Works, will present  “A Life in Public Service,” Room 214, Moulton Hall (MLT), 4 p.m.

October 21 – Women’s and Gender Studies Program, “Take Back the Night,” Old Main Room, Bone Student Center (BON), 6 p.m.

October 22 – Office of International Studies and Programs, Dr. Peter Alegi, Professor of history at Michigan State University and Research Associate at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, will present, “International Seminar Series: World Cup Cities For Whom?,” 1st Floor West Lounge, Bone Student Center (BON), 12 p.m.

October 22 –  Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Study Abroad Fair, Prairie Room, Bone Student Center (BON), 2:30 p.m.

October 22 – Department of Philosophy, Philosophical Society Meeting, Room 131, Stevenson Hall (STV), 5:30 p.m.

October 23 – School of Biological Sciences, will present a seminar, Room 210 Moulton Hall (MLT), 4 p.m.

October 23 – Department of English, Dr. Roberta Trites, ISU Distinguished Professorship Lecture, “Twenty-First Century Feminisms in Adolescent Literature,” Prairie Room, Bone Student Center, 7 p.m.

October 24 – Department of Chemistry, Dr. Jon Scaffidi, Miami University of Ohio (Oxford, OH), will present a seminar, Room 225, Julian, 3 p.m.

October 24 – Department of English, “Job Market Mini-Conference,” Room 103, Publications Unit, Williams Hall Annex, 10 a.m.

October 24 – Department of Philosophy, Thomas Blanchard, will present, “Why Do Causes Explain Their Effect? A Unificationist Answer,” Room 401A, Stevenson Hall (STV), 4 p.m.

October 24 – Department of English, David Giovagnoli and K. Aaron Smith, will present a screening of “Hunted: The War Against Gays in Russia,” Room 401, Stevenson Hall (STV), 4 p.m.

October 24 – Department of Physics, Professor Rex J. Rowley, Department of Geography-Geology, will present, “Place geography and GIS,” Room 309, Moulton Hall (MLT), 12 p.m.

October 30 – College of Arts and Sciences Main Street College Event, Dr. Fred Smith, ISU University Professor of Anthropology, “Visiting the Ancestors: A Night Out with Neandertals,” Illinois State University Alumni Center, Room 116, 1101 North Main Street, Normal, 7 p.m.  Free and open to the public.

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Brockschmidt Delivers Hibbert R. Roberts Lecture

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T.Y. Wang, Sandy Roberts, Benjamin Brockschmidt, Greg Simpson, Al Bowman, and Ali Riaz

Benjamin J. Brockschmidt, the Executive Director of the Infrastructure Council and Director of Federal Affairs for the Illinois Chamber of Commerce, delivered the 2013 Hibbert R. Roberts Lecture in Public Policy on October 15 at Illinois State University in the Old Main Room of Bone Student Center. The title of his talk was “Breaking Through the Beltway: The Myths, Legends, and Realities of Capitol Hill.” Brockschmidt is a 2006 ISU graduate with a double major in political science and history. He worked in the U.S. House of Representatives for Congressman Timothy V. Johnson (retired). Continue reading

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Mock Trial Team Places Third at First Tournament

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ISU Mock Trial Team

The Illinois State Mock Trial Team was named the third place team at the Thunderdome Invitational. Twenty-one teams participated at the tournament sponsored by Wheaton College on October 17-18.

Two students were recognized for outstanding performances. Junior Khandi Wright was awarded “Outstanding Attorney” honors. Freshman Madeline Herrman was named “Outstanding Witness” for her portrayal of a troubled girl who shot and killed her best friend.

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Munson to Speak at Radio Faces

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Don Munson

Central Illinois radio legend Don Munson will be the speaker at GLT’s 2014 Radio Faces on Friday, November 7. He is a well-known local radio legend who spent nearly four decades as the “voice of McLean County” on local commercial station WJBC, where he hosted a community-focused morning show that captured more than 70% of the McLean County radio listening audience each morning. No other radio host in the nation has achieved such high ratings. Sponsored by COUNTRY Financial, all proceeds from Radio Faces benefit the GLT Equipment Fund. The deadline for ticket sales is Friday, October 31. Tickets are available only through GLT at 309-438-2255 or wglt.org.

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Watching a Neuron in Action

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Wolfgang Stein

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Assistant Professor of Cellular Neurophysiology Wolfgang Stein a $510,000 grant to study neurons in the brain.

Stein, who has been at Illinois State since 2012, is shedding light on how the brain functions with the help of new optical imagery. By injecting a fluorescent dye into the cell, Stein and his team use a sophisticated camera to capture the image of a neuron at the moment it sends an impulse – or a command sent from and to the brain. Continue reading

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A Night Out with Neandertals

Ancient people against the evening landscape.Dr. Fred H. Smith, University Professor of Anthropology, will be the featured speaker at a Main Street College event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 30 in Room 116 of the Alumni Center. His talk, “Visiting the Ancestors: A Night Out with Neandertals,” is free and designed for the public. Main Street College was created by Dr. Greg Simpson, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, to share with the public the exciting and often entertaining work being across the College of Arts and Sciences. “My hope is that people from throughout the community will join us on October 30,” said Dean Simpson. “Dr. Smith’s work is extraordinarily interesting, and he is a most engaging speaker.” Continue reading

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