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March 1, 2004, 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Architecture Exhibition: Contemporary Techniques = New Landscape

North Core, S.R. Crown Hall
The College of Architecture presents an exhibition by Abalos & Herreros Architects. The exhibition presents the results of four recent competitions showing the dissolution of the traditional categories assigned to the natural and the artificial. For more information, contact Jennifer Sitton at 312.567.3263 or

March 4, 2004, 6-8 p.m.
Glenn Murcutt Lecture

Upper Core, S.R. Crown Hall
Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, the 2002 Pritzker Prize winner and current Morgenstern Visiting Chair in Architecture, will discuss “Landscape Architecture.” The speech serves as the keynote address for the next day’s Ford Calumet Environmental Center Symposium at The McCormick Tribune Campus Center. For more information, contact Jennifer Sitton at 312.567.3263 or

March 4, 2004, 6-8 p.m.
Institute of Design Open House

Institute of Design, 350 N. LaSalle St., Sixth Floor
Prospective students are invited to learn about ID’s MDes, MDM and Ph.D. programs and discuss the programs with faculty and staff. For more information, contact Niti Bhan at 312.595.4900 or

March 9, 2004, 6:20-8:20 p.m.
Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats

Hermann Union Building Auditorium
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats will bring its national tour to the HUB March 9 for a special show coordinated by Techmate and Union Board. For more information, visit the Golden Dragon Web site at or contact Jason Kehrl at 773.209.3187 or

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Barricades should be gone by week’s end

After months of mud and detours, 33rd Street should finally reopen to traffic by the end of this week. Work to replace a METRA train trestle on the west end of Main Campus is just about completed, more than two months behind schedule.

The project, part of METRA’s ongoing, system-wide bridge improvement and replacement program, shut down 33rd Street between Federal Street and the Dan Ryan Expressway since last October. Workers encountered repeated snags in finishing the project on time, due to bad weather and delays in getting shipments of materials.

Facilities Project Coordinator Carlos Hernandez says the remaining work on the rail bridge should be finished this week, including the final installation of new tracks.

Department sees additional personnel changes

Steve Rubin has joined IIT Public Safety as the new assistant director of operations, replacing Michael Potter. Rubin brings more than 12 years of police experience, most recently as assistant director of investigations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Prior to that, Rubin worked at TCF Bank.

Also from Public Safety, word that Shift Manager James Duncan has left IIT for a corporate role with Levy Security Corporation as director of public safety for a River North high-rise. James began with IIT as an Assistant Watch Commander in March 2002 and was promoted to shift manager last July.


Tuesday, March 2-Saturday March 6

Men’s Basketball at CCAC Tournament TBA. AWAY

Women’s Basketball at CCAC Tournament TBA. AWAY

Wednesday, March 3 - Saturday March 6

Swimming at NAIA National Tournament TBA. AWAY

March 6

Baseball at Lindenwood University 12:30 p.m. AWAY

Baseball vs. Mount Mercy College at St. Charles, Mo. 3 p.m. AWAY

March 7

Baseball vs. Iowa Wesleyan at St. Charles, Mo. 3 p.m. AWAY

March 14

Baseball vs. Grand View College at Ormond Beach, Fla. 9 a.m. AWAY

WEEK OF 03.01.04

New IIT undergraduate degrees integrate business curriculum with engineering, science

IIT has already caught some press attention about its new undergraduate business program, merging technology and business. Dubbed the "techno-business" degree, it puts a new face and focus on undergraduate business education, melding the university’s established reputation in teaching engineering, science, design and technology with expertise in business and entrepreneurial acumen.

"Business has become one of the most popular academic majors, but there is a critical need to more strongly link this major with engineering and science," said Dennis Roberson, IIT vice provost for new initiatives and executive director of the Institute of Business and Interprofessional Studies. "Our techno-business curriculum fuses technology intelligence with business expertise to produce the kind of graduates industry leaders tell us they need the most."

IIT will offer two business degrees: the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and the Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Applied Science. Both are grounded in the functional area of business, the latter with a greater level of technical exposure in mathematics, science and engineering. Both include the opportunity for students to concentrate their studies in a specific technology-based industry or business skill area, depending on the degree program. Read the news release.

New SSV Guest Suites Host Visitors in Style

Visiting professors and special guests have a new lodging option when coming to the Main Campus with the introduction of two, new, high-end guest suites at State Street Village.

The two quad suites are set up like a typical room at an Embassy Suites or other residence hotel with a living room/dining room area with couches, a television with cable, a dining room table and a dorm-size refrigerator. The bathroom separates the two rooms and the bedroom features either two double beds or one queen bed. The bedroom also features a television with cable, a coffee pot and a chair and end table for relaxation. Microwaves and computers will be placed in the rooms later. Guests also have access to laundry and cooking facilities in the building. Laptops with wireless connectivity work throughout the building, and the rooms are also equipped with Ethernet ports, allowing guests to connect to the Internet no matter where they are in the suite.

The rooms cost $100 per night with a minimum of two nights. They are pricier but also more high-end than similar rooms in Gunsaulus Hall, and are also cheaper than similar rooms in downtown hotels.

For more information or to reserve a room for your department’s upcoming guests, contact LaShuna McFee at 312.567.3956 or

Chuck D Brings Timely Messages to IIT

Legendary rapper and hip-hop culture pioneer Chuck D implored students and community members to embrace education, become more worldly, get out and vote and think for themselves in a three-hour “vibe session” at the HUB on February 24, 2004.

He touched on many topics, including rap, race, reality and technology. He praised college students for working as hard as they do and did not shy from discussing his opinion of politics, reality television, the president and thug culture.

In decrying gangsta imagery in rap videos, he discussed the image other countries have of American extravagance and that hip-hop and rap fans in those countries prefer to hear music with messages that they can relate to.

He stressed that Americans should learn more about the global community, saying that too many people think leaving the United States simply entails “going overseas.”

Becoming worldly, he explained, begins locally by learning about geography and other cultures and obtaining a passport.

“The best American is one who realizes he's a citizen of the world,” he said. “American opinion is becoming less of a concern for the rest of the world.”

Architecture Professor Wins Big Commission
Ronan’s Design Selected for New Jersey High School

Assistant Professor of Architecture John Ronan beat out three nationally recognized firms in a design competition to get his first major commission, an $84 million project for a public high school in the New York City suburb of Perth Amboy, N.J.

Ronan, who has led his own Chicago architecture firm for more than five years, topped three other finalists: architect Peter Eisenman of New York; Fox & Fowle of New York; and Morphosis of Santa Monica, Calif., for the right to design the 3,000-student high school. It will be built on a 15.5-acre site now occupied by a public housing complex. Completion is scheduled for 2006.

"I wasn't expecting to win," Ronan said in a Chicago Tribune interview last week. "I knew that I had a good chance, though, because the scheme was very good."

Ronan’s previous largest commission was a privately funded, 70,000-square-foot youth center on Chicago's South Side.

Annual Morgenstern Lecture, Symposium to Follow

This week the College of Architecture hosts a pair of events sure to draw a crowd. On Thursday evening, March 4, Glenn Murcutt, Australian architect and 2002 Pritzker Prize winner will be the Morgenstern Visiting Chair in Architecture at IIT for 2004. He will give the Morgenstern Lecture entitled "Landscape Architecture.” The speech will be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Upper Core of S.R. Crown Hall.

Murcutt’s lecture also serves as the keynote speech for the Ford Calumet Environmental Center Symposium the following day, March 5, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., in McCloska Auditorium at The McCormick Tribune Campus Center. The City of Chicago, Chicago's Environmental Fund and Illinois Institute of Technology sponsor an international design competition for an environmental center in Chicago's Calumet Region, to serve as an education and research facility and as a locus for regional ecological stewardship initiatives.

The competition will yield a high level of creative thinking on integrating the built environment with the natural environment through healthy, smart, green design and construction techniques. You can find more details at:

Stuart Hosts Conference on Sustainable Development

The Stuart Graduate School of Business, in association with the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, presents a daylong conference this week for Midwestern businesses to explore Practical Gains and Profits Through Sustainable Practices. The program runs from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Thursday, March 4, 2004, at the Downtown Campus.

The conference will introduce the concept of sustainability to the Midwest economic community and its benefits in terms of environmental integrity, economic viability and social equity and sensitize business people to sustainable business practices.

For more information, the agenda and registration, visit: or contact George Nassos at 312.906.6543 or

Break the Stress of Winter
Free Meditation Classes Can Help

We all know that life is often stressful, with too much to do and too little time to do it. Meditation has been used throughout the ages to connect us to a higher level of inner awareness and open us to the peace we seek. The Natural Path Meditation (Sahaj Marg) is considered a simple and direct way to deal with the stress in our lives. With regular practice, the heart and mind become purified, leading to a state of balance and renewal. There is no need to escape our various responsibilities; rather we learn to change amidst them.

Come take a break from your busy life. Join Viji Balasubramanian to learn about the philosophy and practice of meditation. This free program, sponsored by the IIT Counseling Center, will teach members of the IIT community this style of meditation. You can attend one or all the sessions. All you need is a willingness to learn.

Sessions take place this month in McCloska Ballroom, The McCormick Tribune Campus Center from noon - 1 p.m. on March 10, 24 and 31.

For more information, contact Charles Berry at the Counseling Center, 312.808.7132 or

Work With an Outstanding Staff Member?
IIT Service Award Nominations Due by March 15

If you know or work with an outstanding IIT staff member, now is the time to submit your nomination for university’s annual “Excellence in Service” award.

Nominees must be a non-faculty member who serves as a role model for others. Over the last academic year, he or she should have displayed special initiative that goes well beyond what is expected. This may take the form of distinguished commitment to task or leadership in one or more of the following broad categories: service to students, to office staff members, to the improved functioning of a department or through other relevant activities.

Nominations should include detailed documentation and examples of the reasons your candidate should receive this prestigious award. The selection committee is made up of prior winners, faculty, students and management representatives.

Please submit nominations to Human Resources Director Beverly Perret via e-mail at or by fax at 312.567.3450. Nominations must be received by Monday, March 15, 2004. The winner will be announced at the Stryker Award dinner on April 14, 2004, and the honor comes with a check for $1,000.


Thanks to the efforts of the Office of Technology Services (OTS), IIT's Employee Self-Service module, previously known as Web for Employees, now has a new look. Beginning today, a new, more user-friendly version is online, with drop-down menus, making it easier to navigate through the system. If you should have problems accessing this improved service, please contact Human Resources at 312.567.3318.


Representatives from Mutual of America, one of the university's retirement plans, will be on campus this week to conduct group meetings:

Tuesday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m., Hermann Lounge, HUB
Wednesday, March 3 at 9:30 a.m., Room 580, Downtown Campus

Please contact Human Resources at 312.567.3318 if you have any questions.

See who's in the news

A February 29 Daily Herald story about Fermilab engineer Jerry Zimmerman mentioned his participation at the IIT Rice Campus annual Engineers Week Expo to talk with students.

Chicago-Kent Professor Sheldon Nahmod was a guest on the WBBM-AM/Newsradio 780's public affairs program "At Issue" February 29 featuring a discussion on gay marriage.

The annual IIT Morgenstern architecture lecture featuring Pritzker Prize Winner Glenn Murcutt was named a "Best Bet" by Chicago Tribune architecture critic Blair Kamin on February 29.

Computer Science Chair and Professor Ed Reingold was quoted in the February 28 Baltimore Sun in a story about why the calendar includes a leap year.

Vice President and Motorola Chair Darsh Wasan's election to the National Academy of Engineering was reported in the February 27 INDOLink Web newsletter.

The February 26 Chicago Sun-Times mentioned changes at the IIT Main Campus, as part of a story about Stateway Gardens redevelopment.

David Norman, Director of Market Technology, Center for Financial Markets, Stuart Graduate School of Business, was interviewed in the March 2004 issue of Stocks & Commodities magazine.

The February 26 Chicago Tribune mentioned IIT hosting the May 1 Chicago Historic Bungalow Expo at the HUB.

IIT is mentioned as a design destination in the February 25 edition of Design News, a newsletter of Design Within Reach, a Chicago-based design company.

A story in the February 25 Aurora (Neb.) News-Register mentioned IIT in a story about educational competitors for Nebraska's Peter Kiewit Institute.

The February 25 Daily Oklahoman reported on a consortium of top business schools, including IIT's Stuart Graduate School of Business, now offering MBA degrees to active and retired members of the military.

Chicago-Kent Adjunct Professor Vincent Samar was interviewed by WDCB-FM February 24 about President Bush's support of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages. No online link available.

The February 24 Chester (Ill.) Sun-Times News reported on the IIT-developed e-learning game CreditSafe, in partnership with Secretary of State Jesse White.

A February 24 Business Wire story mentioned IIT's Stuart Graduate School of Business as part of the Military MBA network, a consortium of business schools providing active, reserve and retired military officers with easy access to MBA programs.

Nobel Laureate Dr. Leon Lederman was mentioned in a February 24 Michigan State University press release regarding his speech at MSU.

The February 24 Chicago Tribune RedEye previewed the Chuck D lecture at the HUB, part of IIT events celebrating Black History Month.

A story in the February 22 Chicago Tribune mentioned U.S. senate candidate and Cook County Treasurer Maria Pappas received her law degree from Chicago-Kent.

CS Prof to Lecture This Week

After the recent Information Technology (IT) bubble, what is the trigger point of the next IT boom? Computer Science Professor Xian-He Sun tries to answer that question at the lecture this week entitled: “From Grid to Pervasive Computing: Where is the breakthrough of next IT boom?” Sun will review what the IT industry can offer its users, in addition to making computing devices ever smaller and faster.

This free lecture will be held Thursday, March 4, 2004, from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. in the McCloska Auditorium at The McCormick Tribune Campus Center. It is sponsored by MCFC Academic Computing Committee, the IIT student chapter of the ACM and the IIT chapter of Sigma Xi.

At its recent meeting, the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) elected Hamid Arastoopour, Max McGraw Professor and Dean of Armour College of Engineering, as a Fellow. The election is reserved for those who achieve and serve beyond the level of an AIChE member.

Two IIT architecture professors are among the five finalists in the international design competition for a new environmental center in Chicago's Calumet industrial area. Studio Associate Professor Martin Felsen and Adjunct Assistant Professor Jeanne Gang are still in the running for the $7.6 million project, which will house classrooms, laboratories, conference and exhibition space. It is scheduled to be completed in 2006.

Institute of Design Professor John Heskett gave a lecture February 26 in Cape Town, South Africa, at the 7th International Design Indaba, the country’s largest design conference. Heskett also participated in a design workshop considering proposals for a design policy for South Africa.

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Updated on March 1, 2004