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Take Part in the Festivities on October 24
Gather on Friday, October 24, at our FAA Homecoming Celebration for barbecue, beer, wine, soft drinks, and a special performance by members of the Marching Illini. Tickets are $20 per person (children under the age of 12 get in for free) and include dinner catered by Hickory River Smokehouse and two beverages. The ticket fee will be waived for participants of the Homecoming Alumni Band weekend events who have paid through the Band Alumni website. The party begins at 6:30 p.m. after the Homecoming Parade on the South Quad in a tent next to Temple Hoyne Buell Hall.
FAA Presents Uncorked and On Topic
Topics ranging from humor to public space will be the focus of a new series of conversations about the arts. Faculty members from disciplines across the college will engage in these informal intellectual exchanges that will include discussion, audience participation, and a moderator. Each free hour-long event will be at 5:15 p.m. in the Tryon Festival Theatre Foyer at Krannert Center in conjunction with Krannert Uncorked, a wine tasting held most Thursdays. The inaugural program on October 23 features Gabriel Solis of the School of Music and Laurie Hogin of the School of Art and Design in an exploration of pleasure with moderator Dean Edward Feser.
Uncorked and On Topic Schedule
Urban and Regional Planning Named Number Three Graduate Program in the Country
The Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs ranked Illinois third in the nation in its newly released fourth edition. The department moved up from its fifth-place spot in the 2012 publication. Planetizen is the most highly regarded web resource for planning professionals, and the extensive guide is the only one of its kind.
Classical Singer Magazine Selects Nathan Gunn for Cover Story
Lyric Theatre @ Illinois general director and opera luminary Nathan Gunn gave an extensive interview for Classical Singer, a prominent source of information for vocal specialists. Featured as the cover story for the September 2014 issue, the conversation ranged from how to educate young singers—Gunn says they must be versatile and “experience life” to be successful artists—to his darkest roles. He spoke at length about balancing the demands of his busy schedule—“It’s nonstop”—the hard business of professional singing, how he and his regular musical accomplice Mandy Patinkin help one another, and his newest occupation in academia.
Mohamed Boubekri Links Architectural Design with Better Sleep
Office workers who are exposed to natural light report more restful sleep and a better overall quality of life than their counterparts with no access to daylight. Associate Professor Mohamed Boubekri and Ph.D. candidate Chia-Hui Wang in the School of Architecture investigated connections between the workplace and health with researchers from Northwestern University in a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Participants wore wrist devices to monitor their activity and measure light levels and also responded to questionnaires about their general health and sleep patterns. The research team concluded that design choices such as locating office spaces close to windows could have a profound effect on workers’ well-being.
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