Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill   of creative effort ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Elie Wiesel: Indifference is Not an Option

NCTE Council Chronicle June 2007

For more than half a century, Nobel Prize-winner and concentration camp survivor Elie Wiesel (pronounced EH-lee vee-ZEL), has used his voice and his influence to make sure the world never forgets the atrocities committed by the Nazis during World War II.

“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest,” he said in his 1986 Nobel Prize acceptance speech.

Acts Of Faith

Illinois Alumni Magazine June 2007

Eboo Patel ‘96 LAS has the radical idea that people from other religions shouldn’t kill each other.

“Why are religious extremists getting to young people before we do?” he asked. “Why don’t we build a different pattern, a pattern of religious pluralism?”

Faculty Feature: Martha Gillette

University of Illinois Molecular and Cellular Biology magazine April 2007

Martha Gillette’s grin can easily light up a room, but behind that thousand-watt grin is a determination that could stop a freight train.

Although Gillette knew from a young age that she would be a scientist, she faced more than her share of obstacles in the course of her career.

Formative Assessment: Helping Students Grow

NCTE Council Chronicle March 2007

What do class discussions, quick writes, reader response journals, quizzes, and writing conferences all have in common? They are all examples of the wide range of classroom-based activities that teachers use to measure how well their students are learning.

Poet Laureate Donald Hall Applauds Resurgence of Poetry

NCTE Council Chronicle March 2007

Poet Laureate Donald Hall’s love of poetry grew from his fascination with horror movies.

The First Amendment

NCTE Council Chronicle September 2006

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press, or the right of the people to peaceably assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

Firm Believers

AARP The Magazine May 2006

There’s no gentle way to put it: Bea D’Angelo was flabby. The owner of The Red Parrot, a popular beach restaurant in Hull, Massachusetts, Bea was so weak “she looked like a strong wind would knock her over,” recalls personal trainer Skip Tull. In 2003 Bea, then 55, hired Tull to develop a just-for-her-strength program.

High Noon for Higher Education

Illinois Alumni magazine May 2006

In 1636, a mere 16 years after landing on North America’s shores, the Pilgrims put themselves to another task — establishing Harvard University.

More than 100 years later, founding father Thomas Jefferson declared, “If we’re going to have a successful democratic society, we have to have a well-educated and healthy citizenry.”

Bebe Moore Campbell

First appeared in NCTE Council Chronicle in March 2006

Although novelist Bebe Moore Campbell started out as a teacher, she always knew she would end up as a writer.

That knowledge was about all she had to sustain herself in the beginning. She struggled for five years in the wilderness of rejection letters before her first short story was accepted. The Shopping Trip, a story about a mother who shopped at three different grocery stores in order to make ends meet, was published in 1976 by Essence magazine.

There’s No Place Like Home

First appeared in Illinois Alumni magazine in January 2006

First, you should know that architect Lori Naritoku ‘82 FAA, MARCH ‘84 FAA, was not too keen on this whole idea of talking about herself. What she does, she said, is not interesting.

“I just kind of like doing my own little thing,” Naritoku said. “It’s not a big deal.”

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