October 27th



Campus dedicates new home for Pre-Law Center

The UIS Legal Studies Department celebrated the grand opening of the Pre-Law Center on Oct. 20 with the dedication of the center’s new home – room 363 of the Public Affairs Center – and a Fall Forum addressing the question, “Why law school?”

At a luncheon in the atrium on the third floor of the PAC, faculty members, administrators and students signed a facsimile copy of the U.S. Constitution to formally dedicate the center. Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, who was the first to sign the Constitution, said that the grand opening marked a significant point in UIS history.

“I say this often, so much it’s become a mantra, but we are becoming the best small public liberal arts university anywhere, with high-quality professional programs,” Ringeisen said. “And when you’re going to look at that kind of quality, you need things like a Pre-Law Center.”

The center, according to director Dennis Rendleman, serves three primary purposes: to provide information to students interested in a legal career or a law-related profession, to help students apply to law school and prepare for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT), and to educate the campus community about legal issues.

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UIS, LLCC implement new volunteer program
Springfield Cares provides a range of volunteer opportunities throughout the state

UIS and Lincoln Land Community College launched Springfield Cares on Friday.  It is a program that will provide access to a wide range of volunteer opportunities around the state, LLCC President Jack Daniels said.

According to Betty McLean, Community Service Placement Coordinator at UIS and LLCC, Springfield Cares is an episodic volunteer program of the Community Volunteer Center, in which volunteer agencies from fifteen Illinois counties post their episodic volunteer opportunities on the CVC website.

UIS and Springfield community members can visit www.volunteerillinois.org to find out about volunteer opportunities around the state.  McLean said that the website gives a month-by-month calendar that runs through 2007 listing the volunteer opportunities submitted by the different agencies.

The CVC website has 170 not-for-profit organizations registered.  Each agency has its own webpage linked through the CVC website where they can post any volunteer positions they have available, according to McLean.

“We tried to make the website as simple as possible so people can access it without any problems, she said.

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