October 29, 2004

SIUC news events for Oct. 31-Nov. 6

News directors, editors and reporters covering Southern Illinois University Carbondale: To facilitate your planning for next week, heres a listing of events and activities scheduled on campus or that are University-related. We will provide these listings each Friday and are happy to help you arrange coverage.

Tuesday Nov. 2

Here's a cute story to help lighten all that Election Day news coverage. At 10 a.m., scores of toddlers and their moms will join the chorus and sing along during a costumed children's production of "When the Prairie Dog Met the President." The 30-minute play will be performed by opera music theater students in a spacious, first floor rehearsal room in SIUC's Altgeld Hall. Kara A. and Edward Benyas, members of the School of Music faculty, launched "Klassics for Kids" this fall to introduce preschoolers to classical music, musical instruments and various forms of live musical expression.

Thursday, Nov. 4

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will be on campus to share his concerns about the health and lifestyle habits of Americans. Prompted by a diagnosis of diabetes, Huckabee dropped more than 105 pounds through an exercise and diet program. He initiated "Healthy Arkansas" earlier this year to combat tobacco use, obesity and physical inactivity. A media availability with Huckabee is set for 4:15 p.m. at Stone Center on the SIUC campus, and he will present a free lecture at 7:30 p.m. in Student Center Ballroom D.

Saturday, Nov. 6

SIUC students' commitment to community outreach will be on display as 50 students clean and paint the former Cairo Junior High School, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Work will continue until early afternoon. The project is a prelude to SIUC expanding its supplemental educational services program to include after-school tutoring for Cairo students at the former junior high. To reach the school, take Interstate 57 south to the Cairo exit. Turn left onto Illinois 3 and follow the highway (it turns into U.S. Highway 51) into Cairo. Turn right onto 27th Street and go four blocks to the school.