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Monday, January 29, 2007

Ken Oldfield publishes article

Ken Oldfield, emeritus professor of Public Administration, published "Humble and Hopeful: Welcoming First-Generation Poor and Working-Class Students to College" in the January/February 2007 issue of About Campus.

Dennis Rendleman reappointed to committee

Dennis Rendleman, assistant professor of Legal Studies, director of the Pre-Law Center, and a Springfield attorney, has been reappointed to the Committee on Professional Responsibility by the Illinois Supreme Court. Rendleman has served on the committee since 2003; his present appointment runs through December 31, 2009.

The Committee on Professional Responsibility advises and makes recommendations to the Illinois Supreme Court on matters relating to legal ethics and professional responsibility. Members are currently reviewing the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct and a proposed revision of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct recommended by the State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association.

Rendleman’s private practice and scholarship concentrate on attorney and judicial conduct.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Dennis Fox completes Fulbright position in Israel

Dennis Fox, UIS associate professor emeritus of Legal Studies, recently returned from a six-week stay as a Fulbright Senior Specialist at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel, where he taught a graduate seminar in psychology, law, and justice and gave a talk to the Behavioral Sciences Department on "The Development of North American Critical Psychology, Plus Questions about its Relevance to Israel." While in the region, Fox also spent time in Palestine, where he presented workshops at Birzeit University's Law and Society Department and spoke to students in a human rights legal clinic at Al Quds University.

Rassule Hadidi receives Hanson Award

Rassule Hadidi, professor and chair of Management Information Systems, is the 2006 recipient of the Hanson Professional Services Faculty Scholar gift. The award recognizes Hadidi for "outstanding efforts in teaching, research, and outreach in management information systems."

The Hanson award was established in 2004 through a $60,000 gift and is designed to broaden opportunities for students and faculty in UIS' College of Business and Management. Hanson Professional Services Inc., headquartered in Springfield, has 15 offices throughout the nation and provides consulting services worldwide.

More information is available at www.hanson-inc.com.

Nancy Genevieve Perkins reads at Walden

Nancy Genevieve Perkins, associate professor of English and past-chair of the English program, read her poetry at the Tsongas Gallery at Walden Pond, Concord, Massachusetts, on December 16, in celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of light at the place made famous by Henry David Thoreau. The event was sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Valerie Scarbrough completes training

Valerie Scarbrough, alcohol and other drug prevention coordinator in the Counseling Center, recently completed a 30-hour training course in Gambling Addiction.

Annette Van Dyke publishes article

Annette Van Dyke, professor of English and Individual Option, recently published "Joy Harjo, Diane Glancy, and Linda Hogan: The Poetics and Politics of Place in Writers of the Diaspora" in The European Review of Native American Studies. Van Dyke has also recently returned from a sabbatical in the Mediterranean where she lectured at the University of Pisa on Emily Dickinson.

Richard Gilman-Opalsky forms music/art group

Richard Gilman-Opalsky, assistant professor of political philosophy, has formed End Times Trio, a new avant-garde, music/art group that plays improvisational freejazz in the tradition of John Coltrane, Cecil Taylor, Albert Ayler, and Ornette Coleman. He notes that the group's performances are not "easy listening," but "sound paintings" -- a provocative art event "like watching a Jackson Pollock painting being made with your ears."

Gilman-Opalsky, a drummer/percussionist, previously performed this music in colleges and universities around the country, as well as in art galleries and experimental music venues in New York City. The group hopes to find an opportunity to perform on campus in the near future.

Baker Siddiquee is guest on radio call-in show

Baker Siddiquee, associate professor of Economics, was a guest panelist on "Hello Washington," a live, hour-long, worldwide call-in show broadcast on the Voice of America in Bangla in December. The program’s topic was "The Rule of Law in a Democratic Society." The other panelists were Mohammad Selim and Dr. M. Zaheer. Selim is a member of the lower house of the Indian parliament (Lokshobha) in New Delhi and the deputy leader of the CPIM party of India. Zaheer is a political analyst and senior attorney for the Dhaka, Bangladesh’s Supreme Court. The program host was Sarkar Kabiruddin of VOA-Bangla programming in Washington, DC. Listen to the program at www.voanews.com/bangla/2006-12-03-voa6.cfm.

Nancy Scannell invited to speak in Kazakhstan

Nancy Scannell, associate professor of Business Administration, was invited by Dr. Temirkhan Berdimuratov, the president of Kazakh-Russian International University, to speak at KRIU’s annual academic conference in Aktobe, Kazakhstan, in November. The conference theme was “Modern Models of the Personally Oriented Educational Technologies: KRIU’s Experience of the Teaching Model Based on the Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP).” Scannell’s topic was “Tools in Communicating Finance Principles to Foreign Students: Diversification and Relevance.”

Bob Dixon: Three events in China

Bob Dixon, associate professor emeritus of Visual Art, was invited to participate in three international events during a recent tour of China. Dixon’s work was represented in Beijing at the first conference of the International Society for Ceramic Art Education and Exchange, held at the Academy of Arts and Design, Tsinghua University. He also took part in the International Ceramic Fair in Jingdezhen, and in the Yixing Ceramic Arts Festival and the 8th National Competition and Evaluation of Designs and Creations in Ceramic Art. The last two events were hosted by the National Ceramic Industry Association, the Yixing Ceramics Association, and the Municipality of Yixing.

Friday, January 05, 2007


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