March 1, 2004, 8:30 a.m. – 6
Architecture Exhibition: Contemporary Techniques = New
North Core, S.R. Crown Hall
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 4, 2004, 6-8
Glenn Murcutt Lecture
Upper Core, S.R.
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 email@example.com.
March 4, 2004, 6-8
Institute of Design Open House
of Design, 350 N. LaSalle St., Sixth Floor
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 9, 2004, 6:20-8:20
Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats
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 http://www.doublebillentertainments.com/acrobats.htm
or contact Jason Kehrl at 773.209.3187 or email@example.com.
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METRA WORK WRAPPING
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
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.
PUBLIC SAFETY GETS A NEW
NO. 2 COP
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
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.
IIT SPORTS CALENDAR
Tuesday, March 2-Saturday March
Men’s Basketball at CCAC Tournament TBA.
Women’s Basketball at CCAC Tournament TBA.
Wednesday, March 3 - Saturday March
Swimming at NAIA National Tournament TBA.
Baseball at Lindenwood University 12:30 p.m.
Baseball vs. Mount Mercy College at St.
Charles, Mo. 3 p.m. AWAY
Baseball vs. Iowa Wesleyan at St. Charles, Mo.
3 p.m. AWAY
Baseball vs. Grand View College at Ormond
Beach, Fla. 9 a.m. AWAY
WEEK OF 03.01.04
ROBERSON LAUNCHES 'TECHNO-BUSINESS'
New IIT undergraduate degrees
integrate business curriculum with engineering,
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
New SSV Guest Suites Host Visitors in
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
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
For more information or to reserve a room for your department’s
upcoming guests, contact LaShuna McFee at 312.567.3956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chuck D Brings Timely Messages to
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,
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
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
Becoming worldly, he explained, begins
locally by learning about geography and other cultures and obtaining
“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
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.
ARCHITECTURE 'DOUBLEHEADER' THIS
Annual Morgenstern Lecture, Symposium
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: www.cityofchicago.org/environment/fcec.
|Stuart Hosts Conference on Sustainable
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: http://www.stuart.iit.edu/em/events/sustainability_conference.html
or contact George Nassos at 312.906.6543 or email@example.com.
Break the Stress of
Free Meditation Classes Can
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
For more information, contact Charles Berry at the Counseling
Center, 312.808.7132 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
With an Outstanding Staff Member?|
IIT Service Award Nominations Due by March
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
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 email@example.com 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.
NEW ‘WEB FOR EMPLOYEES’ DEBUTS TODAY
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
RETIREMENT PLANNING HELP AGAIN THIS WEEK
Representatives from Mutual of America, one of the university's
retirement plans, will be on campus this week to conduct group
Tuesday, March 2 at 9:30 a.m., Hermann Lounge, HUB
March 3 at 9:30 a.m., Room 580, Downtown Campus
Please contact Human Resources at 312.567.3318 if you have any
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
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
Vice President and Motorola Chair Darsh
Wasan's election to the National Academy of
Engineering was reported in the February 27 INDOLink
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
A story in the February 25 Aurora (Neb.)
News-Register mentioned IIT in a story
about educational competitors for Nebraska's Peter Kiewit
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
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
SUN SHINES ON PERVASIVE
CS Prof to Lecture
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
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
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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