Fermi National Laboratory

Volume 24  |  Friday, December 14, 2001  |  Number 20
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Fermilab Arts Series Presents:

Marc Smith’s Uptown Poetry Slam
Including four performance poets, a four piece jazz band, and Marc Smith (The Slampapi)
Saturday, January 26, 2002 at 8 p.m.
Tickets: $18 ($9, ages 18 and under)

“Smith’s slam... has the covertly high-minded purpose of reconnecting the American people to poetry... Smith is almost visionary on the need to rescue poetry from its lowly status in the nation’s cultural life.” — Smithsonian Magazine

Few people can say that they single-handedly created a whole new art form. Marc Smith is one of those people. Since Marc began the poetry slam at the Green Mill in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, competitive performance poetry has spread throughout the world. Marc Smith’s Uptown Poetry Slam — an ensemble of four performance poets, a four-piece jazz band and himself, The Slampapi — is a commanding performance that demonstrates the power and magic of poetry and the spoken word. (Please let our box office know if you wish to participate in the Slam part of the evening.)

Fermilab Lecture Series Presents:

The Egypt of Cleopatra and the Ptolemaic Dynasty (332-30 BC)
Dr. Robert K. Ritner Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
Friday, January 18, 2002 at 8:00 p.m.
Tickets: $5

Always a topic of theater, film, and legend, Cleopatra is now the subject of a ground-breaking exhibit at Chicago’s Field Museum of Natural History titled “Cleopatra: From History to Myth.” Dr. Robert Ritner, who worked extensively with the Field Museum in the preparation of this exhibit, will provide an overview of the political intrigue and complex social forces that dominated Cleopatra’s Egypt in his lecture at Fermilab.

Gallery Chamber Series

Fermilab is pleased to introduce the Gallery Chamber Series
Three classical performances presented in Wilson Hall’s 2nd Floor Art Gallery on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are available only as a series for $30 until January 1. After that date, single tickets will be available for $15 per ticket.

Join us for the inaugural concert of the series as harpsichordist David Schrader performs Bach’s legendary Goldberg Variations on January 13. The series continues on February 24 with a recital by guitarist Christopher Laughlin performing music of Rodrigo, Roland Dyens, Bach, Paco Pena and Paco de Lucia; and concludes on March 31 with a concert of music for strings and winds, including the Dohnanyi Serenade, with The Champagne Players, led by Walter Preucil, Principal Cellist with the Lyric Opera Orchestra. All performances take place amid the fine art exhibits in the 2nd Floor Art Gallery. Due to the intimate setting, limited seats are available. A perfect gift for that chamber music lover on your Holiday list.

Please note that at this time Wilson Hall is not open to the public during business hours. When coming to these events, only the Pine Street entrance to Fermilab will be open.

All Fermilab Arts and Lecture Series programs (except the Gallery Chamber Series) begin at 8 p.m. in Wilson Hall’s Ramsey Auditorium. For more information call (630)-840-ARTS, Fax to (630)-840-5501, email audweb@fnal.gov, or see the website at http://www.fnal.gov/culture/arts_series.shtml

Ongoing Nalwo

Free English classes in the Users' Center for FNAL guests, visitors and their spouses. The schedule is: Monday and Friday, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Separate classes for both beginners and advanced students.


Fold dances continue in Geneva; Scottish country dances, in Glen Ellyn.
The folk dance groups sonsored by Fermilab have found new off-site meeting places:
International Folk Dancing is now held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Thursday at the Geneva American Legion Post, located at the corner of Second Street and James street in downtown Geneva. The Silk and Thistle Scottish Country Dance group has found a new home in Glen Ellyn. They dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. every Tuesday at the Prk Districkt's Main Street Recreation Center, located at the southwest corner of Hill and Main, just south of downtown Glen Ellyn. For more information or directions, call (630) 584-0825 or (630) 840-8194 or email folkdance@fnal.gov.

Travel Office closed

The Travel Office will be closed the following dates:,br> December 24, 2001; December 25, 2001; December 31, 2001; January 1, 2002.


Paul Kesich (ID 08465N, ES&H-EPG Permint & Monitor), iwth a Fermilab Employee Performance Recognition Award, for his work in ground water monitoring on the Fermilab site.

Breakthrough Achieved
NuMI project: After excavating 2,800 feet, the Tunnel Boring Machine broke through to the existing access shaft for the MINOS experiment hall.

Carolyn Hines, ID 47, BS-FM-CO-Telecommunications, December 31, 2001

Kenneth Mitchell, ID 9372, TD-Machine Shop, December 31, 2001

Jackie Smith, ID 7130, PPD-Technical Centers, December 31, 2001

Ronald Williams, ID 3128, PPD-Mechanical Dept., December 31, 2001

Carol Magnuson, ID 5596, BS-MA-Purchasing Dept., December 31, 2001

Clara Morton, ID 2439, BS-MA-SU Communications, December 31, 2001

Raymond Hanft, ID 617, TD-Headquarters, December 28, 2001

George Robertson, ID 11822, DO-Directorate, January 4, 2002

Letters to the Editor

I enjoyed your article about Fermilab’s victory in the budget wars. Congratulations! However, your reporting completely ignores the flip side to this success: the continuing and relentless crunch on university groups. It remains to be seen how well high energy physics, which is, after all, an academic endeavor, will do in a future where the traditional partnership between the national labs and strong, independent university groups is abandoned.

Regards, Stephen Olsen Honolulu

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