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ISU Board of Trustees approves repairs, upgrades, academic majors
The Illinois State University Board of Trustees today authorized funding for replacing the roofs on the Nelson Smith Building and Julian Hall, and resurfacing one of the campus’ largest parking areas.
The Board today approved $1.3 million in general revenue operating funds for the roofing projects. The Nelson Smith Building houses the University Police Department, Environmental Health and Safety office, Human Resources, Mail Services and Printing Services. Julian Hall contains the campus data center and offices for Administrative Technology, School of Biological Sciences and Department of Chemistry. The aging roofs will be replaced with energy efficient insulated rubber membrane roofing material.
The Board also approved funding for resurfacing and lighting replacement in parking lots F67, G67 and S67. The lots for faculty, staff and students are located east of Milner Library and are bordered by Locust Street, Fell Avenue, Mulberry Street and School Street. The lots will be redeveloped to increase the number of usable spaces and improve traffic flow. The current asphalt will be replaced with a thin concrete surface. New LED lighting will also be installed. Funds for the project come from bond revenue reserves from parking.
Fire Alarm, Phone System Upgrades
Board members approved funding for upgrading fire alarm systems in the West Campus Residence Hall Complex and installing a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system in University High School.
Board members authorized $940,000 in bond revenue reserves for upgrading the existing fire alarm system in Wright, Haynie and Wilkins Halls and Linkins Dining Center. The project will bring the alarm system in compliance with current life safety codes.
For the University High School project, Board members approved$750,000 in general revenue operating funds for the complete replacement of the school’s obsolete phone system. The project will include the installation of VoIP phones and operating infrastructure throughout the building. In addition to lower operating expenses, the new VoIP system will provide access to enhanced security features such as a fire alarm system interface and security broadcast messaging for campus-wide alerts.
 Majors in Family and Consumer Sciences      
Approval was given for elevating four existing undergraduate academic sequences to stand-alone majors within the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences. The move allows students to earn bachelor’s degrees in fashion design and merchandising; human development and family science; interior design; and food, nutrition and dietetics.
The move was brought about in part by a 2012-2013 program review self-study of the Family and Consumer Sciences undergraduate program. Faculty members found that most institutions of similar size had those stand-alone majors within a comprehensive department. The changes are intended to result in more competitive programs with respect to student and faculty recruitment and external grant procurement.
Once the programs are fully implemented, enrollments are projected to be 135 full-time students in fashion design and merchandising, 100 full-time students in interior design, 120 full-time equivalent students in food, nutrition and dietetics, and 130 full-time students in human development and family science.
Student Health Insurance Plan      
Board members approved the renewal of an agreement with Aetna Student Health for the University’s student health and accident insurance. The renewal agreement covers the 2015-2016 policy year.
Board members also approved the student health insurance rate of $249 for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters and $187 for summer 2016. Although changes in the Affordable Care Act resulted in a 33 percent increase in the costs of the student health insurance plan, premium planning and the use of funds from the Premium Stabilization Reserve have allowed the University to offer a rate increase of only 6.9 percent over the previous year’s plan.
Accreditation Request, Documents  
The Board formally endorsed the University’s request to the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for reaccreditation for a ten-year period. The Board also gave its approval to the University’s documentation to support reaccreditation.
The University is nearing the end of a two-year effort to secure reaccreditation from HLC for another 10 years. HLC has assembled a team of administrators from other universities in the HLC region to conduct an official site visit to campus on April 20 and 21.
Renaming Building       
Approval was also given for the renaming of the former Drivers Education Building as Campus Recreation Operations. The building is located on the Gregory Street complex in Normal. The name change reflects the building’s reassignment to the Campus Recreation Department.



Terri Ryburn to Headline at March 7th Comedy Fundraiser
Terri Ryburn, also known at Dr. T, is a headliner at a COMEDY CLUB NIGHT, sponsored by Eagles 527.  Best known for her work on Route 66, Dr. T has been performing stand up comedy for more than 10 years.  Her comedy has been described as “clean but edgy.”
The event is on Saturday, March 7th at 8 pm at the Eagles Club, 313 S. Main Street, Bloomington. There is a $10 donation, payable at the door.  (Get there early for best seats.)  All proceeds go to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of McLean County.
The Eagles Club is just south of the Law and Justice Center.  Free parking in the lot south of the club, on street, or in the Lincoln parking deck.


Lincoln Log Cabin offers workshop on cheesemaking March 28
Abraham Lincoln grew up in a time and place where families had to make most of their food, including cheese. Now the Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is offering visitors a chance to learn the craft of making cheese from one of the Midwest’s top artisans.
After spending March 28 learning from Merryl Winstein, students will be able to go home and start making all their favorite cheeses using either goat’s or cow’s milk.
Winstein, of St. Louis, has been making cheese and teaching the skill for more than 22 years. “I feel deeply honored to be able to spread the craft. I took years to find out what to do, but you don’t have to waste all that time searching, because I will teach you all I can,” she says.
Participants in the full-day workshop will use all their senses to observe changing textures and aromas and learn how to control acidity, pH, moisture, temperature and salt in order to create consistently delicious cheeses. The group will make a basic hard-pressed cheese like the French Tomme, a cloth-bound cheddar, Camembert/Brie, chevre/fromage blanc, yogurt, sour cream and hand-ladled ricotta.
The workshop costs $95. To pay and reserve space, visit www.lincolnlogcabin.org and click on the Paypal link or mail a check to the Lincoln Log Cabin Foundation, 402 S. Lincoln Highway Rd., Lerna, IL 62440. Please indicate payment is for the workshop.

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Normal 1-5-0 Committee announces three new programs for town’s 150th Anniversary celebration
Three new programs are now available for those interested in participating in the Town of Normal’s 150th anniversary celebration. Two of the programs will recognize longstanding Normal entities, including local businesses, churches, nonprofit organizations, community groups, and families.
The first is the Legacy Program, in which the Town will provide a custom-designed 150th anniversary window cling for entities located in Normal for 25 years or more. The Town will award eligible entities with a window cling noting their status as Silver (25-49 years), Gold (50-74 years), Diamond (75-99 years), or Platinum (100+ years).
The second program is the History Presentation Board Program, in which select entities will have their historical information and images displayed at various events throughout 2015. All of this information, once gathered and digitized, will be permanently archived at the McLean County Museum of History.
The third program is the September 12-13 Normal History Fair, at which organizations, businesses and individuals are invited to show off their Normal memorabilia, including postcard collections, dairy bottles, campaign buttons, yardsticks, seed corn sacks, matchbooks, signs, bottle openers, shoehorns, historic photos and more. Larger items with a connection to the Town are welcome as long as display space is available. There is no charge for booth space; sales of items will not be allowed during the event.

HCE units to study topics of varicose veins and sweet almond
McLean County Association for Home and Community Education members will study “what every woman show know about varicose veins” at their monthly meetings. The fact find will be on almonds.
The Tri-County HCE Super Saturday event will be Saturday, Mar 14, 8:30 a.m.-12 noon involving HCE units in Livingston, McLean and Woodford counties. This will be held at Christ Lutheran Church, corner of Ft Jesse and Hershey Rd, Normal. Registration/social time begins at 8:30 a.m. There will be a style show put on by Christopher and CJ Banks Clothing Store at 9:45 a.m. At 10:45 a.m., three programs will be presented at the same time: “Freezer Meals in a Flash” presented by Jenna Smith; “What’s In Your Wallet?”, presented by Pam Atkinson; and “Laughter Works” by Sandra Lutz. Each county unit should send three representatives to attend the three programs which are also free and open to the public. 309-310-9205.
Other programs and workshops:- March 9, 1-4p, Wheat weaving workshop, Culvers on Hershey Rd, Bloomington- RSVP/fees by March 3 to Edna, 309-662-5520; cost includes ornament supply kit: HCE member/$12, not member/$14, Bring scissors; March 10, 9-12 noon, card making class, Miller Park Pavilion, Bloomington, free, Barb-309-242-6187. March 16: 9-12 noon, comfort quilts - free, Eileen, 309-533-1135; 1-4 pm, children’s dresses, pants, and shorts, free - Barb, 309-242-6187, held at Christ Lutheran Church, corner of Ft Jesse and Hershey Rd, Normal. The public is welcome at all meetings. Units meetings are as follows:
Normal: 9:15 a.m. Mar 2, Evergreen Place, Gregory & Adelaide, Normal; program, Bette Ohlenkamp; 309-452-7190.
Downs: 9:30 a.m. Mar 3, Downs Fire House Community Center; lunch to follow meeting; program, Karen Crull; hostesses, Fran Burns, Karen Crull, Maria Copley; 309-962-2121.
Eastsiders: 9 a.m. Mar 6, Extension Auditorium, 1615 Commerce Parkway, Bloomington; program, Jan Strawser/Judy Crist; hostesses: Phyllis Wallace, Barb Wallace, Nancy Messamore, Nancy O’Neall, Velma Nordine; 309-378-4440.                                    
Money Creek: 11:30 a.m. Mar 9; Lexington Community Center; bag lunch followed by meeting; 309-365-4681.
Towanda: 7 p.m. Mar 9; Towanda Community Building; program, Bev Hornickel/Kathleen Emery;  hostesses, Sharon Joplin, Kathleen Emery; 309-663-4796
Dale: 11:30 a.m. Mar 11; Swingers Grille, 1304 Cross Creek Dr, Normal; lunch followed by meeting; program, Nancy Susedik; 309-829-8975.
Night Owls: 7 p.m. Mar 11; home of Kathryn McNeely, Heyworth; hostess, Arlene Sieg; meeting on a different night in March; 309-275-6723.
Dry Grove: 9:30 a.m. Mar 12; Denney’s in Normal; breakfast followed by meeting; program, Annette Morman; 309-963-5552.
Lexington: 2 p.m. Mar 16; home of Dorothy Myers, Lexington; meeting at new time now; program and hostess, Nelda Parker; 309-365-8055








6th annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show
Featuring Christian art
focusing on Lent and Easter
The sixth annual “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” art show, featuring area artists’ reflections on Good Friday and their Christian faith, will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 404 N. Prairie Street, in downtown Bloomington Friday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The exhibit coincides with Downtown Bloomington’s First Friday events.
The show is organized by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal in conjunction with Second Presbyterian Church. Art will be on display in the church atrium on Good Friday, April 3, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The artists will be at a reception with refreshments from 5 to 7 p.m. The art will be on display through Monday, April 6.
Second Presbyterian’s solemn Good Friday worship service at 7:30 p.m. follows the artists’ reception. The compelling Good Friday service features scripture reading with diminishing light, art and music until the sanctuary is dark and quiet.
“The theme of this exhibit is centered on why Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and death were good. Jesus was born to die and to live again,” David Barton, pastor at Second Presbyterian, said.
“Artists often create works specifically for this show because it is a special opportunity to express their Christian faith through art,” Angel Ambrose, one of the leaders of Art Circle, said. “People who come to the exhibit find it a spiritually uplifting experience.”
The “What’s So Good About Good Friday?” show began six years ago when Downtown Bloomington’s First Friday art activities also coincided with Good Friday. Since then, the Good Friday exhibit at Second Presbyterian has grown with more artists. Last year, more than 1,000 people attended the show.
The Good Friday exhibit features art by Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal members, Second Presbyterian Church members, local artists from many Christian churches, and students from several schools including Calvary Christian Academy in Normal.
Second Presbyterian’s mission is to “Help our neighbors love and follow Jesus by building personal relationships marked by radical hospitality, compassionate action, and grace-filled truth.” Information about Second Presbyterian Church can be found at: www.secondpres.com.
The Art Circle of Bloomington-Normal is a creative community gathering in Faith, Hope and Love inspiring Beauty, Truth and Goodness through individual expression and appreciation of the Arts. Information about Art Circle can be found at: www.facebook.com/ArtCircleBN.



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A family on a ski holiday in the French Alps find themselves staring down an avalanche during lunch one day; in the aftermath, their dynamic has been shaken to its core. (R/2014/120 min.)

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Tad is a Chicago construction worker. One day, however, he is mistaken for an archaeologist and takes his place on a flight to Peru in search of the Lost City of Paititi. (PG/2012/92 min.)

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A promising young drummer enrolls at a cut-throat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realize a student’s potential. (R/2014/107 min.)


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Normal West High School Bands to hold Jazz Night March 13
The Normal West High School Band Parent Organization is sponsoring our annual Jazz Night fundraiser/concert which began in 1996.  This year it will be held at Normal West on Friday, March 13, 2015.  The concert features multiple jazz ensembles from Normal West High School, Normal Community High School and some from the local Unit 5 Junior High schools.  A major part of this event is a silent auction, with proceeds funding the jazz program at Normal West High School to purchase instruments and music and pay for clinicians and directors to assist with the jazz bands.  This event is the only funding that support the Normal West Jazz program since funding was eliminated from the Unit 5 budget.
We count on our partnership with businesses in the community to help make our Jazz Night auction a success.  Music provides many of our children with a sense of accomplishment that in many cases drives them to furthering their musical talents in college and beyond, and can open up additional scholarship opportunities.  We hope that you will view participation in our fundraiser as mutually beneficial.  Items donated to the auction will be prominently displayed, along with names of the donors.  In addition, all donors will be honored throughout the evening and receive two complimentary tickets to the event.  Gift certificates for a specific dollar amount or donations of merchandise are welcome as donations.  We hope that you will consider making a donation to our auction in support of the Normal Community West High School Jazz Bands.
Please contact Dave Joyce, 214 Rebecca Lane, 451-4247, Normal, IL., Silent Auction Chair; or e-mail:  Jmsaathoff@yahoo.com .




Incoming Junior Zookeeper Meetings Begin March 2
Students who are currently in 5th grade or higher are eligible to begin participation in Miller Park Zoo’s Junior Zookeeper (JZK) program this summer.
The Miller Park Zoo JZK education program was recognized last year by The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for Significant Achievement in the 2014 Education Award category. The JZK program is great for students who are looking for experience working with people, learning leadership and time-management skills, and spending some quality time with animals.
Beginner JZKs attend a one-week summer camp; camp sessions are held throughout the summer. The fee for camp is $199 for family-level members of the zoo society and $259 for nonmembers; this fee includes a t-shirt, name tag, and all class materials.
In order to receive an application, students and at least one of their parents/guardians must attend an informational meeting on March 2, 3, or 5 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the Miller Park Zoo. Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and close at 7:05 p.m. Reservations are not needed.
Please visit www.millerparkzoo.org for more program information. Contact Shannon Reedy at (309) 434-2256 or sreedy@cityblm.org with questions.


Conklin’s digs up creepy laughs and mystery in ‘Tiptoe Through the Tombstones’
Conklin’s Barn II Dinner Theatre is excited to announce their production of the hilarious comic thriller “Tiptoe Through the Tombstones” starring Barn funny man Dan Challacombe opening March 5 and playing for a seven-week run on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings and Sunday brunches through April 19. This production replaces the previously announced show “Maid to Order” on the Barn season. There is no performance on Easter Sunday, April 5.
“Tiptoe Through the Tombstones” by Norman Robbins is a wild and crazy comic mystery set at Monument House, a moldering mansion that is the ancestral home of the Tomb family: professional assassins who are a cross between the Addams Family and the Borgias, with a dash of Lizzie Borden and Jack the Ripper thrown in for good measure! Mortimer Crayle, a crusty old lawyer, and his secretary Zoe, have gathered the last remaining Tomb family members at the old house, ostensibly to inform them about their inheritance. But Crayle has designs on the inheritance which demand the death of all Tombs. Fog descends on the gloomy mansion and in the cobwebby corridors things - and people - are seldom what they seem. With poison in every decanter and mysterious disappearances into secret passageways, host and guests alike join the increasing number of bodies in the cellar in this outrageous puzzle worthy of Agatha Christie!
The entire Barn troupe joins Dan Challacombe as Vernon Prewitt, a bigger-than-life out of work actor who has been hired as a cleaner, only to get himself entangled in the web of mystery that envelops the house. The Tomb family members are portrayed by Lana Warner as the sweet-natured but deadly Athene, Bob Lane Jr. as the blustering Dr. Augustus, Mary Simon as hard-as-nails Henrietta, Terri Whisenhunt as the voluptuous Fabia and Barn newcomer Nancy Nickerson as demented spiritualist Octavia. Family solicitor Crayle is played by Pat Gaik, with Tamra Challacombe as his scheming secretary, Zoe. April Bieschke plays wide-eyed maid Edna and John Johnson plays Larry Lewis, a children’s entertainer who turns up at the mansion in full clown makeup after crashing his car in the fog.
The production is directed by Mary Simon with set design by April Bieschke and publicity by Pat Gaik. Diann Thompson serves as assistant director. Conklin’s Barn II is known for its delicious buffet which, on evening performances, includes four main entrees featuring the Barn’s renowned prime rib and fried chicken, with salad, homemade soup and cheese spread, and a choice of four taste-tempting, homemade desserts. Prices for dinner and show are $35.00 on Thursday evening, $37.00 on Friday evening and Sunday brunch, and $39.00 on Saturday evening, including tax. No advance payment is required. For reservations, call 309-965-2545. For more information, visit the Barn on the internet at www.barn2.com.

 

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