|McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church is presenting an organ concert series that will run from September through February. Featuring local organists, this series is open to the community and admission is free.
The first concert is Sunday, September 24 at 4:00 PM and will feature McKinley organist Yohei Endo and flutist Loba Chudak playing the music of Dieterich Buxtehude, J.S. Bach, C.P.E. Bach, Claude Debussy, and Louis Vierne.
Organ Concert Series
CU Fresh Start: A Response to Gun Violence In Our Community
On Thursday, September 14, the McKinley Foundation will host a forum for community members to learn more about the CU Fresh Start Program, a new approach to reducing gun violence. Developed by the Champaign Community Coalition, the CU Fresh Start Program focuses on offenders with a history of violent, gun-related behaviors. A panel discussion will feature Anthony Cobb, Champaign Police Chief; Vivian Gray, Project Specialist for CU Fresh Start; and Donte Lotts, Community Liaison for CU Fresh Start. The panel discussion will be followed by a Q&A session.
Where: McKinley Memorial Presbyterian Church (corner of 5th and John St)
When: Thursday, September 14, 6:30 to 8 PM
This year’s kick-off event was largest attended ever hosted by Presby Hall and McKinley. Staff members and volunteers served 240 hamburgers and 180 hotdogs to more than 225 students!!! The Welcome Cookout and Carnival gives residents the opportunity to get to know one another and their RA staff while enjoying delicious food provided by McKinley.
Carnival games were played with the hope of winning tickets that were used to enter a raffle for various Illini prizes. Many residents used all of their tickets to increase their chances of winning the more sought-after prizes such as the Illini flag and neon light. These treasures now decorate some of the suites at Presby Hall.
Most residents had only met each other within the past week, and friendships were already being developed. With the best turnout for a Welcome Cookout that Presby Hall has ever seen, we are very excited and cannot wait to see what the rest of the academic year has to offer!
Submitted by Taylor McLaughlin, Presby Hall Resident Director
On Sunday, August 20, the Foundation sponsored an early move-in Movie Night for the approximately 90 residents that had moved in over the weekend. The movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, was shown along with lots of popcorn goodies and drinks.
Popular movies will be shown on the first Fridays of each month for the university community.
- Movies are returning to McKinley! With the installation of a theater system in the McKinley Living Room, we are looking for film buffs who would like to help plan the film series for the year. Volunteers will meet to discuss themes, movie selections, and schedule. They will also be asked to take turns hosting the film events.
- Artists’ Alley! With two exhibits under our belt, we are seeking volunteers to assist with in the promotion and selection of artists and exhibits to be displayed in our new art space. Other duties may include planning exhibit opening receptions and assistance with installations. No formal art background is necessary.
The first meeting of both groups will take place later in August. To participate in either activity, please contact Paula Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 217-344-0297.