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Craig Miller joined the East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP) in 1997. Since that time, he has worked with a variety of East St. Louis- based organizations, including non-profit community housing developers, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations and municipal agencies to improve the quality of life for East St. Louis residents. His innovative approach to problem solving and design has served the community in a variety of ways, including providing architectural assistance. As a letter supporting his nomination pointed out, "he gives from his heart and with this heart, and his patience is almost unimaginable. In an environment that can seem bleak and discouraging, working with Craig is always motivating, energizing, and rewarding."
View photos from the reception at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/ntac/news/campusaward2001/
When you say "NTAC" in East St. Louis, many people their visualize Cathy Klump, NTAC’s Director since June 1999. For many she has been the "face" of the University of Illinois’ presence in the city. She attended neighborhood meetings of community- based organizations. In her office or in the field she gracefully handled problems both routine and critical, the latter being most common. Cathy became known for her compassion, capability and dependability. Everyone could count on Cathy. We all did.
Everyone on campus and in East St. Louis wish Cathy all the best as she begins her new career at the National Training and Information Center in Chicago. Soon everyone there will learn that they can count on Cathy, too.
The Executive Committee of the East St. Louis Action Research Project announced the appointment of Andrew Theising, Ph.D as the third Director of the Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center in East St. Louis. During his interviews, Theising said, "I have been studying East St. Louis for over seven years, and now I want to get involved directly in helping residents improve their city."
ESLARP Director, Robert Selby said, "Each NTAC Director has unique qualifications and skills. We have every confidence that Andrew's educational and professional background has qualified him well to be our NTAC Director for the future."
Read more about it at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/ntac/news/newdirector2001/
On the evening of September 21st, NTAC's 5th Anniversary Celebration doubled as a Grand Opening of its new office at 527 Washington Place, a beautiful sunlit three story Victorian house.
NTAC Director Cathy Klump, Community Planner LaTonya Webb, and Community Design Specialist Craig A. Miller, Sr. welcomed their guests and reviewed the highlights of the last five years. Over 80 organizations have been served in neighborhoods throughout East St. Louis and surrounding communities.
Director Klump and colleagues passed out Certificates of Appreciation to representatives of NTAC's community partners in recognition of their sustained efforts at community revitalization. Klump also gave Certificates of Appreciation to organizations that provided funds to operate NTAC over the last five years.
Klump then invited NTAC's guests to enjoy a buffet dinner. Throughout the evening live music was performed.
View the celebration at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/ntac/news/ntac5year2001/
The NTAC website has been redesigned with a refreshing new look. It has also been reorganized and we are adding new information daily. We would like the NTAC website to be the starting point for our community partners to find the information they need.
Take a look at the new site: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/ntac/index.htm
The University of Illinois will receive a Community Outreach Partnership Centers Program New Directions Grant of $149,974 to work with its community partners in East St. Louis and the cities of Alorton, Brooklyn, Centreville, and Washington Park that surround it. The projects to be implemented were identified by these communities as among the most significant problems they face. Among the activities to be undertaken are: Developing and maintaining a nonprofit incubator to provide training, facilities, and support to nonprofit groups in these communities; and Setting up community technology centers in partnership with local nonprofit and faith-based organizations. At the end of the project the University will have: trained 8 nonprofit organizations; provided facilities and support for these groups; set up 10 community technology training centers; and provided on-going support and training for these centers. The project will enable the nonprofit sector in these communities to function more effectively.
The entire announcement can be seen at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/news/copcgrant09-01.html
We have created a site for our volunteers to learn about ESLARP Outreach Weekends and easily register for weekends. Prospective volunteers can register, provide needed information, choose projects they are interested in, and then receive an email confirmation with information they need to know about the weekend.
A hidden administrative site provides a place for the Outreach Weekend Coordinators to input project specifications and to monitor and organize volunteers. We hope that this site will help simplify the planning of an Outreach Weekend.
Check out the site at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/volunteer/
On September 28&29 the East St. Louis Action Research Project (ESLARP), accompanied by approximately 80 volunteers, traveled to the East St. Louis community to participate in the first Outreach Weekend event for the 2001-02 school year. The projects involved in this event served to promote neighborhood beautification and awareness. Students from the University of Illinois helped the community post safety signs, place trash receptacles and clean up parks primarily within the Lansdowne community. Members from the Lansdowne Steering Committee as well as other community-based organizations also participated in the weekend's event making the outcome of this first Outreach Weekend a success. ESLARP would like to credit this success to the participants who joined the project in September and we thank these volunteers for lending their support.
Read more about the weekend at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/outreach/0109/
For October’s Outreach Weekend a number of projects took place in the East St. Louis community. On October 26&27 over 90 architecture, library and information science, and urban planning, students volunteered and completed several projects involving home rehab, park maintenance and landscaping. Specifically, groups of students constructed benches for a park and various bus stops, cleaned up two city parks, and help do repairs to residences’ homes. In addition, landscaping projects from the first Outreach Weekend were completed. The outcome of the weekend was remarkably a success and ESLARP would like to thank all of October’s participants for their wonderful work and support. We look forward to seeing you in the spring!
Read more about the weekend at: http://www.eslarp.uiuc.edu/outreach/0110/
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Last modified: 14 November 2001, Deanna Koenigs