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College Administrators Tour East St. Louis

ESLARP Conducts an Orientation Tour
Hosted by College of Fine and Applied Arts' Dean Kathleen Conlin
for FAA Unit Heads and Faculty

10 November 2000

On Friday, November 10, 2000 ESLARP hosted the College of Fine and Applied Arts Administrative Council and other select administrators from the UIUC campus on a day-long trip to East St. Louis. The group met with the staff of ESLARP's Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) at their ESL office. Cathy Klump, Craig Miller and LaTonya Webb took the group on a tour of many ESL neighborhoods, highlighting areas where ESLARP has had a large impact on residents. The tour ended at noon with a BBQ lunch at the Emerson Park Development Corporation. Don Johnson (ESL developer) and Vickie Kimmel Forby (Director, EPDC), both UIUC graduates, spoke to the group about the impact they have had on ESL during the past 10 years. Following lunch, Vickie Kimmel Forby and Kathy Haywood hosted a tour of the Emerson Park neighborhood. The day wrapped up with a tour of the Katherine Dunham Center for Arts and Humanities and a round table discussion of their programs hosted by Jeanelle Stovall.


Cathy Klump (center), Director, Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center, briefs FAA unit heads and faculty at NTAC's office on its mission in East St. Louis. Klump is an ESLARP/Planning alumnus. The Orientation Tour was convened and hosted by FAA Dean Kathleen Conlin (far L). Varkki George, Department of Urban and Regional Planning and ESLARP Executive Director (left of Klump) invited leaders and faculty of other teaching units to consider how they and their students might participate in service learning activities.


LaTonya Webb, an ESLARP and Planning alumnus, is now a Community Planner at NTAC. She participated in the orientation briefing at NTAC's office preceding a tour of East St. Louis downtown and neighborhoods.


Tebogo Schultz, an ESLARP and Architecture alumnus works on many youth related projects at NTAC.


ESLARP founding member and School of Architecture Director, Michael Andrejasich (L), discussed the ten-year involvement of FAA students and faculty in East St. Louis. NTAC Community Design Specialist, Craig Miller (R) summarized how NTAC works with faculty and students on the Urbana campus to plan long range projects to be conducted by classes in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban and regional planning.


Craig Miller (center L), NTAC, reviews construction progress at the jobsite of NTAC's new office, 512 Missouri. Listening are (L-R) Leon Dash, Journalism, unidentified, Dean Conlin, FAA, Christian Cherry, Music, Jan Strutz, FAA, Dietmar Winkler, Art and Design.


Michael Andrejasich observes progress of work at the jobsite of NTAC's new office, 512 Missouri. A major function of the new office will be computer training for neighborhood leaders and residents. Robert Selby, ESLARP and Architecture, Varkki George, ESLARP and Planning worked with Craig Miller, NTAC on the remodeling design. Paul Adams and others from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science consulted on the network design and installed data wiring during work weekends.


The front of NTAC's new two-story office, 512 Missouri. NTAC expects to move into the new office by the first of the new year, 2001.


The caravan of university vans works its way through the South End neighborhood, one of several neighborhoods in East St. Louis being redeveloped by ESLARP alum, Don Johnson, President of Community Development Consultants, Inc. The St. Louis skyline and Gateway Arch are visible in the distance.


Following the neighborhood tour, Dean Conlin and the FAA group assembled for lunch at the office the Emerson Park Development Corporation. (L-R) Dean Kathleen Conlin, Jeanelle Stovall of the Catherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities, Varkki George, ESLARP Director, Vicki Eddings, ESLARP Administrative Coordinator, Jan Strutz, FAA Business Manager, Craig Miller, NTAC.


Vickie Kimmel Forby, (L) Executive Director of Emerson Park Development Corporation, welcomes Dean Conlin and the FAA group to lunch at EPDC's office. (L-R) Paul Adams, ESLARP and Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dean Kathleen Conlin, FAA, Jeanell Stovall, Dunham Centers, and Varkki George, ESLARP Executive Director and Department of Urban and Regional Planning.


Don Johnson (standing), ESLARP/Architecture alumnus and President of Community Development Consultants, Inc. discussed how his experiences as a student in ESLARP studios motivated him to start a design/build business in East St. Louis to redevelop neighborhoods and build affordable housing for low-income families. Listening to Johnson are (L-R) Cathy Klump, NTAC, Michael Andrejasich, ESLARP and Architecture, Jeanell Stovall, Dunham Centers, and Craig Miller, NTAC.


Vickie Kimmel Forby, Executive Director of Emerson Park Development Corporation, is an ESLARP/Architecture alumnus. She described how her experience as a student working in an ESLARP studio inspired her to become involved in one of ESL's oldest neighborhood Community Development Corporation. EPDC's President, Richard Suttle is seen in the door behind Forby. Dean Conlin reacts in amazement to one of Forby's stories of her 10-year involvement in Emerson Park as a student and as a professional.


EPDC runs a construction-training program called YouthBuild. Christian Sattlefield, one of its current students, addressed the EPDC lunch (standing). He talked of the value of his experiences in the program. (L-R) Dietmar Winkler, School of Art and Design, LaTonya Webb, NTAC, and Varkki George, ESLARP, listen in admiration.


After lunch, Vickie Kimmel Forby conducted a tour of the YouthBuild shop where students apprentice with experienced carpenters and builders. Faculty in attendance included (L-R) Eve Harwood, FAA, Varkki George, ESLARP/Planning, Edward Sullivan, FAA, Jan Strutz, FAA, Leon Dash, Department of Journalism, Lisa Dixon, Department of Theater, Jeanelle Stovall, Dunham Centers, Paul Adams, ESLARP and Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Mike Ross, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, Dean Kathleen Conlin, FAA, James Scott, School of Music, and Gary Kesler, ESLARP and Department of Landscape Architecture.


The Dean's tour concluded with a visit to the Katherine Dunham Centers for Arts and Humanities, 532 N. 10th Street. Jeanelle Stovall, KDCAH Associate Director, describes some of Ms. Dunham's collection displayed at the Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum to (L-R) Jan Strutz and Dean Kathleen Conlin of FAA, Vicki Eddings, ESLARP, and Lisa Dixon, Department of Theater.


Jeanelle Stovall, KDCAH Associate Director, (center, back to camera) describes some of Ms. Dunham's collection displayed at the Katherine Dunham Dynamic Museum to (L-R) Dean Kathleen Conlin of FAA (R). Viewing the exhibit (background L) are Gary Kesler, Landscape Architecture and ESLARP, Varkki George, Planning and ESLARP, and Edward Sullivan, FAA, Dietmar Winkler, Art and Design and (background R), Christian Cherry, Dance, and Michael McCulley, FAA.


The Dunham collection includes many fine hand-crafted musical instruments from Africa and the Caribbean. Christian Cherry, Department of Dance, tries his improvisation skills on one.

 

Photos by Robert I. Selby, AIA Chair, Executive Committee, East St. Louis Action Research Project

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