Following through on President
Emeritus Hugo Sonnenschein's decision to keep the International
House open (June/00), President Don Michael Randel has begun
appointing an interim board of governors to oversee I-House
operations during the next one to two years. The board will
be chaired by Hank Webber, vice president for community affairs,
and will include University faculty, officers, and students.
House faced possible closure earlier this year when it found
itself in need of physical and organizational improvements.
At the recommendation of the Committee on the Future of International
House, Sonnenschein decided to keep the building open while
making changes to the facility and its governance. The installation
of a $1.8 million fire alarm system is expected to begin this
fall and continue into next summer, causing considerable disruption
in the lives of its 250 residents.
have an unusual situation with International House in that,
unlike other residence halls, we will continue to operate the
building during the installation of a new fire alarm system,"
says Ed Turkington, dean of student services and the interim
director of I-House. "There are going to be some genuine inconveniences
on another recommendation of the Committee on the Future of
International House, Randel and University provost Geoffrey
Stone, JD'71, have appointed Chris Faraone, chair of the Department
of Classical Languages and Literatures, to lead a faculty committee
examining the broader issues of international education and
research at the University in the 21st century.
committee will examine the University's interactions with foreign
institutions, research efforts in the field of international
studies, the impact of globalization and international studies
on educational goals, methods, and curricula, the experience
of foreign students at the University, and the experience of
Chicago students when they study abroad.--C.S.
of the nation's oldest and largest science and engineering research
laboratories has extended its relationship with the University
of Chicago for an additional four years. The Department of Energy
has agreed to continue the U of C's existing management and
operation contract with Argonne National Laboratory, a 1946
development of the Metallurgical Laboratory, known for producing
the world's first controlled, self-sustaining nuclear chain
reaction. The new contract will expire on September 30, 2004.
is one of the nation's top research laboratories, with nearly
4,000 employees and an annual operating budget of $450 million.
In addition to its normal research and development activities,
the laboratory helps to train nearly 1,000 graduate students
and postdoctoral researchers every year.
after the contract was renewed, the University named Hermann
A. Grunder the new laboratory director for the facility. Grunder,
who will assume his post on November 1st, has been the direstor
of the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility since
bus by any other name
the familiar white buses that prowl Chicago's campus are far
from extinct, there has been a thinning of the herd. The U of
C has entered into a five-year, $2.5 million contract with the
Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to replace three of the five
systems that have been provided by Laidlaw Transit for the past
city buses, which began running their new routes on September
18, are not restricted to U of C students and staff as the privately
contracted buses were, a difference that CTA officials predict
will add 85,000 riders a year.
the University shares the cost of operating the buses with the
city, students are allowed to ride for free, with the exception
of the Lakeview Express, which connects Hyde Park to downtown
Chicago and the northside. To ensure a smooth transition, the
CTA has positioned a permanent transportation coordinator on
campus to manage the new CTA routes as well as the two systems
that remain in the hands of Laidlaw Transit.