February 4th



Madigan, Verizon Wireless Sponsor Program to Educate About Abuse

One in five young women is abused by their partner and one in three young women knows someone who is abused.  This is just one of the startling statistics brought into the spotlight at a press conference on Tuesday, January 27, 2003 when Verizon Wireless representatives and Attorney General Lisa Madigan came to campus to speak about their new program to help educate college students about abuse. 

                Verizon Wireless has been a big contributor of supplies and donations for victims of abuse.  Tracy Nolan, President of Illinois and Wisconsin Regional Verizon Wireless Education Initiative represented Verizon Wireless at the press conference.  According to her, the company donated 900,000 wireless phones for use by victims of abuse in 2003.  They donated over 2.3 million dollars in other contributions for use by organizations. 

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U of I President Retires

President James J. Stukel announced his retirement on January 23, bringing his long career with the University of Illinois system to an end.  Stukel was instrumental in streamlining the university’s administrative apparatus to better meet the needs of students, faculty and staff.  The cost savings were plowed back into the academic and public service functions of the university, expanding the campuses and improving opportunities for alumni with economic development initiatives.  His leadership oversaw the doubling of institution’s endowment, and Federal research funding grew almost as rapidly with his guidance.

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‘Pseudo Cap Scholars’ may be admitted as transfer students

University officials are considering admitting prospective students with zero credit hours as transfer students in an effort to bring traditional first-year students who are not Capital Scholars to UIS, Chancellor Richard Ringeisen announced Friday.

                UIS Student Trustee Andrew Hollingsead said that he thinks administrators have scrapped plans to describe this new group of freshmen as Capital Scholars with a general education curriculum. Students told administrators during a forum on Jan. 21 that the creation of this new group would likely diminish the quality and reputation of the Capital Scholars program.

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