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Illinois State

Fair aims to boost nursing home careers

NORMAL - A career fair at Illinois State University this week encourages nursing students to consider a profession in nursing homes.

The Joe Warner Teaching Nursing Home Long-Term Care Career Fair and Professional Seminar will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday at ISU. The event, at ISU's Bone Student Center Brown Ballroom, will include exhibits and presentations by area nursing home professionals.

At 10 a.m., Judy Bass, a State Farm Insurance Cos. Analyst specializing in long-term care and general health claims, will speak. The afternoon will include sessions on gerontological nursing.

The Joe Warner Teaching Nursing Home Project is supported by the Mennonite College of Nursing and its federal grant for the project.

For more information on the event contact Charlene Aaron at (309) 438-7116 or e-mail csaaronyayayilstu.edu.

The teaching nursing home project has a Web site at www.mcn.ilstu.edu/heritage.

Southern Illinois

Poshard wants pact on capital spending

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SPRINGFIELD - Southern Illinois University President Glenn Poshard says he's confident the governor understands the funding needs of higher education, but whether universities will see an increase in state appropriations is still in contention.

Besides an overall increase in funding for operations in FY2007, Poshard said he hopes to see a bi-partisan effort toward a capital spending bill this session, a measure that could possibly include two major SIU projects, the Transportation Education Center in Carbondale and a science building in Edwardsville.

Poshard said it's been three years since the state has agreed on a capital plan. Funding mechanisms for projects, largely focusing on infrastructure and school construction, aren't clear yet but are expected to be the subject of debate this session.

Northern Illinois

Old textbook inspires Off-Broadway play

DeKALB -n;An almost two-decade old geology textbook written by a DeKalb resident has inspired an off-Broadway production.

Northern Illinois University professor Carla Montgomery wrote "Physical Geology" that a woman used as the basis for a production called "(w)HOLE," an acronym for "(Whole) History of Life on Earth."

The performance uses acrobatics, dance and theater that are inspired by the geographic and evolutionary history of the earth.

"Your description of earth's movements and systems of change functioned as templates through which we created choreographic structures," Sarah East Johnson wrote in a letter to Montgomery. Johnson read the book in a geology class 10 years ago. She is the founder and artistic director of LAVA, an award-winning Brooklyn-based troupe, which will perform the production in New York City until Feb. 19.

EASTERN ILLINOIS

Student lauds King as 20th-century prophet

CHARLESTON - After a rousing keynote speech duringn;Eastern Illinois University'sn;annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr., Eastern Illinois University senior Jeff Collier may want to add "theologian" and "orator" to his already extensive resume.

Collier, who spearheaded the effort to establish a memorial ton;King in the campus union,n;argued King wasn't just a revolutionary civil rights leader but a modern day prophet. Collier cited parallels between King and biblical heroes, all the while emphasizing King's focus on love and service.

"Somewhere along the line, we've gotten used to hearing the same old Martin Luther King speech" on the annual holiday honoring King, Collier said. So, he opted to forgo the traditional description of King's biography and accomplishments, and instead asserted King was a "20th Century prophet."

He added that he believes every single human being has the same ordination: "Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve," Collier said. "All you need is a heart full of grace (and) a soul generated by love."

Michele Steinbacher of The Pantagraph, Caleb Hale of The Southern Illinoisan, Nathaniel West of the Timces Courier/Journal Gazette and Aracely Hernandez of the Daily Chronicle contributed to this report.

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