April 14th



Students return from Nicaragua to witness

“Visiting another country and is just an amazing experience,” said UIS student Katy Armstrong. In order to gain knowledge and witness first-hand the experiences of a country constantly battling poverty, massive unemployment, and unfair working conditions, a delegation of students, community activists, and faculty members of UIS visited Nicaragua in February of 2004.

“This was the fifth time that I have been to the country. What I saw in some ways was the same as I always see…People who are very courageous, living day to day under great stress and poverty, who still laugh and have a good time while working to make Nicaragua a better place,” said Peg Knoepfle, community activist and continuing education student.

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Incidents prompt review of athletic department

A task force of UIS faculty, staff and students has recently been created to review the policies and procedures of the university’s athletic department. The university is conducting the review in response to information that has surfaced about various incidents involving the athletic department, including criminal charges that were brought against a men’s basketball player last month.

                Dr. Christopher Miller, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, said that he has asked the task force to investigate “various issues” with the athletic department. He declined to identify the issues that are being investigated, but he said that the task force will be examining the policies and procedures of every program in the athletic department.

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University Hall nears completion; move expected to begin in July

With the University Hall construction project more than 70 percent complete, the four-story classroom/office building is expected to be fully operational by the time the fall semester begins.

                Dave Barrows, Director of Physical Planning and Operations, said that the construction work should be “substantially complete” by early July, at which time faculty and staff members would begin moving into their new offices. The move will probably take several weeks, and it’s likely that faculty and staff will finish moving into the building by mid to late July, he said.

                The project was initially scheduled for completion in early June, but it’s now expected to be completed in early July mostly because the masonry contractor has not manned the job properly, Barrows said.

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