UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Thursday, August 11, 2011

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett

Dr. Tim BarnettYou can sense the energy as students return to campus. Resident Assistants have been back on campus for more than a week, and more than 100 student leaders will return Friday to attend the Student Leadership Conference. This weekend, the men’s and women’s soccer teams and the women’s volleyball team arrive, as do a large number of our international students. 
This has been an amazing start to a new school year in terms of how many international student are applying to UIS. Admissions signed more than 400 I-20s (the paperwork that allows a potential student to apply for a student visa), as compared to last year, when about 200 I-20s were signed.
The largest number of international students continues to be graduate students from India. UIS is also seeing an increase in international students who are undergraduates. These students will come primarily from China and Vietnam. The Vietnamese students are the first in a 2+2 cohort. They began school two years ago with 13 other students at Ho Chi Minh University with the express intent of transferring to UIS after the first 60 credit hours were completed.  Three of the students will begin this fall, one in the spring, and a couple of others have deferred to next fall. The second cohort, which begins its second year at Ho Chi Minh University, started with 50 students a year ago. A number of those students will begin attending UIS in the fall 2012. From China, we will see students from Dalian, Beijing, Harbin, and Hangzhou. Many of these students are first-year undergraduate students, but some are transfer students.
The UIS International recruiting Task Force and the Admissions Office have been very
focused in their strategic recruiting efforts to increase the Chinese student population at UIS.
Last year, UIS made the decision to develop a four-quarter Intensive English Program (IEP) on campus for international students who needed to learn English before starting undergraduate and graduate studies here.
This year, we will see as many as 12 students go through this program. We hope to eventually enroll as many as 75 students a year, who upon completion of the IEP, would matriculate to UIS.
This year, we signed an articulation agreement with SSTC in Singapore that will find students completing their first two years of undergraduate education in Singapore and then completing their undergraduate education at UIS. We also began recruiting efforts in Mongolia, where the economy is rapidly changing, and the country has an increased desire to send college-age students to the United States.
It is exciting to see the enrollment of international students increase at UIS. These international students will bring a new sense of identity to the university.  An international student enrollment allows all students an opportunity to interact with people from different cultures and with different world views. It also allows students to develop friendships with individuals from other countries whom they’ll find are not all that different from them in many ways. I hope that you will take the time to get to know some of these new international students.

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Stellar Student Service Tips

Dr. Susan Koch cites appreciation of family, hard work and education
By Colten Bradford
Journal Assistant Editor for News
Re-printed from The Guide

Susan Koch grew up in a large family in South Dakota where she learned to treasure the importance of education and hard work.  She takes these experiences and uses them as she moves forward as the University of Illinois at Springfield's most recent Vice President and Chancellor.

Because her father was both an academic and a person who wanted to do everything himself, Koch not only learned of the importance of education but also how to work as a team in construction activities, such as roofing houses, and being proud of the work accomplished.

"Over the years I realized that it has kind of been a metaphor not only for building one's career but for being part of creating something really important, and that is what a university is all about," Koch said.

Koch received degrees from Dakota State University in South Dakota and the University of Northern Iowa.  She began her academic career as a faculty member, and later held administrative positions at Northern Michigan University, as provost and vice president for academic affairs, and the University of Northern Iowa as associate provost and dean of the graduate college.

As Koch looks back on her career, she finds that she looks up to and is inspired by three women in particular.  These influential women include Eleanor Roosevelt, Virginia Woolf, and Hannah Webb (her husband's grandmother).

"Their example has caused me many times in my life to reach a little bit beyond what I thought I could do, and not to be afraid to risk something," Koch said.
Koch believes it is important to have someone as a role model, and in the classroom she feels that the older students become that person and are very important to have in the classroom.

"I remember very clearly as a faculty member what a joy it was to have older adults in the classroom," Koch said.  "They contribute with great enthusiasm and will very often set the bar and expectations for younger students.  They enrich the learning environment and bring added experience and a different perspective."

Koch also values the potential of older adults as volunteers to help the younger generation as well as students who become volunteers within the university and community.  She says volunteering is very important for a student's education because it not only makes connections for the student but also the collective impact that the 5000 students at UIS can make on the community.

Koch believes that higher education has a countless number of challenges, but three stand out in particular.  The first challenge is the ability to provide access of higher education for the highest percentage of citizens as possible. 

"Education is a huge part of the solution for the economic challenges facing this state,"Koch said. "But access leads to the next major challenge of financing education.  We can't expect students and their families alone to bear the burden of financing higher education."

The last challenge for higher education is utilizing technology to its fullest advantage. Koch said it is important but difficult to prepare students to live in a constantly changing high tech environment while using technology in a way to enhance education.

Koch advises students to immerse themselves in the education experience in every way because it is a privilege to be a student.  She believes that every student needs to become educated so they can help improve the community.  Koch appreciates all of those who contribute to the educational experience.

For the future, Koch hopes to learn everything she can about the university and, as part of the University of Illinois, hopes to provide the most exceptional educational experience for students.

"[UIS] has already established a fine reputation for itself, and part of my goal will not only be to uphold that but to expand upon it."

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Rec Sports Summer Golf Outing
Attracts 13 teams, 50 participants

GolfThe Rec Sports Summer Golf Outing attracted 13 teams with a total of 50 participants. Held Thursday, July 14 at Edgewood Golf Club in Auburn, the event featured a modified shot-gun start at 8 a.m. Lunch was served following the play.

The winning foursome for the outing was Allan Roth, Rodney Roth, Mike Gaffney, and John Griffin with a team score of 61 (10 putts under par). The second place team had a score of 63 (8 under par):  Logan Woods, Wayne Padget, and Jake Roberts.



Special Events Winners were:
Women’s Closest to the Pin – Joanne Willard
Men’s Closest to the Pin – Steve Voyles
Women’s Longest Putt – Beth Hoag
Men’s Longest Putt – Jim Davis
Women’s Straightest Drive – Jeannie Capranica
Men’s Straightest Drive – Jay Gilliam
Women’s Longest Drive – Juanita Rule
Men’s Longest Drive – Mike Gaffney

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Disc golf tourney held on campus

Best Team Name
The Wild and Wacky Discetts
Jeannie Capranica, Cynthia Thompson, JoAnn Mumaw, Wendy Gochanour
Most Team Spirit
Geoffrey Evans, Eric Chrans, Randy Williams, Marsha Neposchlan
Best Team Costume
The Ability to Have Fun and Read in Space
Beth Hoag, Grant Johnson, Chris Potthast-Leezer, Sarah Sagmoen
1st Place
By The Gods
Scott Fay and Crew
2nd Place
Class of 07
Jeremy Wilburn, Chad Eversgerd, David Lasley
3rd Place
Sophisticated Geezers
Jim Korte, Tim Barnett, Steve Chrans, Judy Shipp
Last Place
Gate Keepers
Darleen Harris-Kresse, Aleta Carlberg, Dawn Orlove, Debbie Dove
Craziest Drive
Barb Hoffman and Evan Stanley
Straightest Drive
Renee Clauser and Trent Tangen
Longest Drive
Chrisa Potthast and Andrew Nicol
Closest to Dr. B
Tim Barnett and Karen Willard
Longest Putt
Lori Atkinson and Chad Eversgerd
Worst Hole Ever
Disc -o Inferno
Deana Williamson, Becky Prather, Carolyn Schloemann, Josh Eastby

Disc Golf


Attacking the Basket


Recreational Sports thanks disc golf participants

Despite the extreme heat we think all who participated in the Student Affairs disc golf outing last week had a great time.  It was a wonderful opportunity to show and teach many of you one of the activities our department offers, both as a structured intramural activity as well as an informal event.  We offer multiple intramural disc golf leagues throughout the year and folks can rent discs to play the course informally at their convenience.
We’d also like to thank Chris Ryan and Tisha Palmer for organizing the event!  Next time we’ll try to work on the weather (although, sunshine is always a nice thing).  We hope everyone who participated enjoyed the outing.
The Recreational Sports Team

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The Many Powers of Water
By Trent Tangen
Rec Sports Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness

With the extreme heat we have had this summer I have no doubt that you have heard many concerned friends or co-workers warn “make sure you are drinking enough water!” Maybe you have also been the one providing the advice. What exactly is the concern with drinking enough water and why do we need to consume more when it is so hot? One correct answer is that the body cools itself by sweating and if you are dehydrated you don’t have as much sweat to cool the body; a dangerous combination in extreme heat. Though a very important reason to stay hydrated, it is not the only reason.

Your body is about 75% water and comes in many forms in the body including but not limited to blood, lymph, cerebrospinal fluid, saliva, urine, synovial fluid (in joints), extracellular fluid and tears. Even breathing uses water, the best example of this is when you exhale on your glasses to clean them. Your cells require water to be healthy and your central nervous system requires water to conduct electrical charges which among many things controls your heart beat. When we become dehydrated our body begins to ration water on the basis of necessity. A few ways your body can spare some water is by pulling some out of your blood, which makes your blood thicker and requires your heart to have to pump harder to move the blood throughout your body, the result being an increase in blood pressure. Your body can also pull water from the synovial fluid around joints, which is used to help lubricate your joints, the end result being increased joint pain as well as back pain. A few other symptoms that can result from dehydration include weight gain, fatigue, aged looking skin, and poor digestive health.

To stay safe in the summer heat and to keep your body looking and feeling healthy try to drink about half of your body weight in ounces of water daily. If you weigh 200 pounds, aim for drinking 100 ounces of water daily. If you are active or drink soda or coffee which can dehydrate your body you may need to drink even more water.

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Stellar Student Service Tips

First Week: Back in Blue

Each year, students are welcomed back to campus for the fall semester with Welcome Week. This year’s theme is “Back in Blue” and from August 19th to August 28th, no student should be able to say, “There’s nothing to do.” The week kicks off with trips to the State Fair and gets interesting quickly with a Sunday evening concert by hip hop and rap group, Nappy Roots.

Welcome Week is designed to engage all of our students. On Monday from 4-6pm, students can visit the Commuter One Stop Shop in the PAC. During the event, students will be able to learn about and access many key campus resources. In order to help our commuter students out, there will be many door prizes including free car wash tokens, oil change certificates, and value cards for the Food Emporium.

On Wednesday, students will be treated to the Involvement Expo, an outdoor event that allows students to learn about student organizations, resources, and more. Be sure to watch out for the building open houses! Do you know when yours is? Make sure to participate so that students know what your office does and how you can help them! These are a great way for students to learn about all of the campus resources available to them.

You might also want to check out hypnotist, Frederick Winters on Tuesday night, Wednesday’s presentation, “Can I Kiss You,” an informative event about the ins and outs of consent. And, by the way, if you’re not busy on Sunday night, they’ll be looking for volunteers for the Nappy Roots concert on Sunday night. If you’re available, contact Beth Hoag.

But these are just a few of the events! For a full list of events, visit the Welcome Week website; or view the colorful Welcome Week supplement found in this year’s, The Guide.

Article by Kristen Chenoweth

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Housing renovations under way at UIS

UIS Housing is launching a $6.95 million Housing makeover to renovate the older apartments on the east side of campus built in 1980 – 1992.  The project will be paid for using Auxiliary Finance System funds and spread out over four semesters. Phase One in Larkspur Court, a separate $740,000 AFS project, was largely completed in time for summer residents to move-in.

Renovations and new amenities include:

  • New kitchen cabinetry, counter tops, appliances (including dishwashers and garbage disposals), and vinyl composite flooring
  • New bathroom cabinetry and countertops, mirrors, shower/tub surrounds, and fans
  • New carpet replaced in all living rooms and bedrooms. Accent color wall was added in each living room
  • All bedroom and living room furniture refurbished by Illinois Correctional Industries as part of UIS’ sustainability initiative
  • Color-specific exterior siding for each Court
  • Larkspur, Bluebell, and Sunflower units decking replaced with weather-resistant, composite/hybrid recycled materials


  • Phase I - Spring/Summer 2011:  Larkspur 220 Building (8 apts./32 beds) renovated
  • Phase II - Fall 2011:  Renovation of two Clover Court buildings (300/400) into townhouse units without decks and stairs similar to Buildings 100/200 done in 2004
  • Phase III - Spring 2012:  Bluebell Court apartment renovation begins (3 buildings)
  • Phase IV - Summer 2012:  Remaining Larkspur Court apartments scheduled to be renovated (3 buildings)
  • Phase V - Fall 2012:  Construction schedule wraps-up with refurbishing of Family Housing (Sunflower Court/3 buildings)

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Take a Trip With the Department of Recreational Sports

The Department of Recreational Sports has become known for their intramurals, group exercise classes, personal training, informal recreation opportunities, various special events, and are now looking to add Outdoor Adventures to the list. Outdoor Adventures includes single day or overnight trips exploring and enjoying the great outdoors. While plans are still tentative, trips the Department of Recreational Sports are planning to offer throughout the year include two local day kayaking trips on the Sangamon River and Sugar Creek, a weekend kayaking trip in Missouri with a two night cabin stay, a weekend ski trip to Rib Mountain in central Wisconsin, and an end of the year pre-finals sky diving trip.

Outdoor Adventures is not new to the department as day hiking, skiing and horseback riding trips have been offered in the past. However, a new focus has been placed on developing the program and offering a greater variety of trips each year. There are multiple benefits to participating in Outdoor Adventures trips, some of which include learning a new skill, developing a deeper appreciation for the outdoors, taking a break from campus life, meeting new people, and simply having fun. Should you want to plan your own trip you will also be able to rent canoe and kayak equipment from the Department of Recreational Sports.

All Outdoor Adventures trips will be led by an experienced trip leader and will be open to students, faculty, staff, as well as, their friends and family. No equipment or experience is required, just an open mind and willingness to have fun. For more information on the Outdoor Adventures trips please visit the department’s website, www.uis.edu/recsports, or contact the Department of Recreational Sports at 217-206-7103.

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Looking Forward - Upcoming Events

Foot in the Door Fair Moved!

Foot In the Door FairThe Foot in the Door Fair has been a major event during Welcome Week for the past several years. However, this year, the event has moved to September 1st, a week later than usual. The Foot in the Door Fair was created to bring part-time jobs, internships, and other opportunities to the many UIS students looking to find employment and gain experience. During the fair, students can stop by the centrally located PAC Concourse to talk to the many on-campus and off-campus employers about opportunities. The event has seen strong attendance and last year’s fair hosted a record number of employers.
When asked why they moved the Foot in the Door Fair, Rachel Hasenyager Lattimore, Employer Relations Coordinator, cited feedback from students who attended last year’s fair. While students found the event helpful in connecting them with jobs early in the semester, they felt that they didn’t have enough time to prepare their resumes before the fair. In response, the Career Development Center moved the event back one week. The date is still very early in the semester, but gives students the extra time they want and need in order get their resumes ready.
To help students prepare for the fair, the Career Development Center is hosting over 20 hours of resume workshops during the first two weeks of the semester. The CDC staff and career counselors will be on hand to demonstrate resume building software, help students create their first resume, polish their current resume, and more.
Learn more about the Foot in the Door Fair and the prep events at www.uis.edu/careerserivces/foot_fair and at www.uis.edu/careerservices/foot_fair/prep_events.html

Article by Kristen Chenoweth
UIS Career Development Center

Student Affairs Professional Development Workshop Series: Keys to Success

The theme in Student Affairs this academic year centers on assessment and its successful development, implementation, and evaluation.
In response to the spring retreat survey responses, the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee has initiated a new series of professional development workshops titled “Keys to Success.” Each workshop topic is geared to provide attendees with relevant, applicable information and resources on the assessment process and supports the three questions posed in Dr. Barnett’s assessment timetable:
• What is going to be assessed and why?
• What does each department expect to do with the results?
• How will the results of this assessment be used to benefit students?
The next “Keys to Success” workshop offered this fall:  Web Tools Workshop, set for noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14, in Brookens 141B (a computer lab) and facilitated by Jeannie Capranica. 
This professional development workshop will teach attendees how to use the University Web Toolbox to create and administer surveys, as well as record the results.
Student Affairs professional development workshops are open to all Student Sffairs employees.




If you have events you want included on the calendar for the next newsletter, email Debbie Landis, Cathleen Cassavant, Kristen Chenoweth, Gwen Cribbett, Kim Rutherford, Trent Tangen, or Jeremy Wilburn

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News Briefs

Student Affairs Newsletter online

The Student Affairs Newsletter will continue to be e-mailed to Student Affairs employees, but will also be available on the Student Affairs Newsletter web site, starting with today’s issue.

Having the newsletter online provides information about the diverse activities occurring within the Division of Student Affairs, said Dr. Tim Barnett, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, and members of the Student Affairs Newsletter Committee.

The Student Affairs web site is available at www.uis.edu/studentaffairs.


Networking BBQ


Join us on Sunday August 14, 2011 at 5:00 pm outside SLB (Stars Lounge) for a campus Networking BBQ.  Introduce yourself to 100 of our student leaders and help them celebrate their weekend long retreat.  Invite your staff.  RSVP to Chris Ryan cryan1@uis.edu.


Tips for Surviving First Week

  • Point students in the right direction- (health services, financial aid, admissions, etc)-if possible, call the office ahead of time and see if someone is available to meet with your student.
  • Prepare as much as possible ahead of time (print out sufficient forms, consider possible solutions to problems, etc)
    BREATHE (for staff)
  • Make sure students are aware of important deadlines (add drop, immunizations, etc)
  • Make sure students are aware of important things to do or events to attend (parking decal, immunizations, I-Card, account holds, etc)
  • Tell students about the fun events of first week (Expo, Welcome Week events, any open houses), so the student has some fun events to attend.
  • Try to remember what it was like for us the first week of being a new student in a new place, or a new staff person in a new place, once we may have felt lost or overwhelmed, and we appreciated the kindness and patience of a UIS staff person to help us get through that first week.
  • And don’t forget to Breathe!

From Evan Stanley, Student Enrollment Coordinator:  
I think most students have heard the old adage of “There’s no such thing as a dumb question.”
I think it is important to encourage students to reach out to staff and faculty, regardless of how trivial they may think their issue is. Students are not expected to be experts on UIS services and policies on Day One. While most pertinent information can be found online, we should still encourage our newest students and staff to simply speak up or speak up more.
From Gwen Cribbett, Admissions and Records Officer:
Students need to be sure to have their UIN handy if they don’t have it memorized; doing so will make looking up their records easier.
We see dozens of people every day with similar questions or issues, and we may not remember everyone right away while doing our best to resolve concerns as quickly as possible. We just need to be patient and remember that this is a stressful time for students and staff.
From Trent Tangen,  Rec Sports Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness:
If students ask you about TRAC and Rec Sports memberships, you can tell them . . .
1)  Each time you enter TRAC you will need your valid UIS icard and a separate pair of clean and non-marking athletic shoes. 
2)  If you are assessed the facilities portion of the general fee you are a Rec Member.  Typically if you are registered for a class being taken on campus (not including online classes) you have been assessed this portion of the general fee and are a Rec Member for the term you are registered.  If you are unsure if you are a Rec Member our Membership Services staff (217-206-7103) will be able to assist you. 
3)  A membership allows you to work out at TRAC, participate in group exercise classes, participate in intramurals, as well as receive a discounted price on personal training, outdoor adventure trips and multiple special events. 

For a complete listing of what Rec Sports offers, facility hours and a schedule of group exercise class times, visit http://www.uis.edu/recsports.


 Rec Memberships for the 2011-2012 academic year

Memberships are available for All Year, Fall Semester, & Fall Session I. 
Visit Rec Sports for pricing.
Sign up in the Recreational Sports Office TRAC 1008!


Volunteer Fair set

The UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center will host a Volunteer Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 14 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m in the PAC Concourse.
Organizations from the Springfield area that need volunteers will be at the fair.  They will each have their own booth for the attendees to visit. 
Students, faculty and staff are all welcome to attend; they are also welcome to set up a booth if they need to recruit ongoing volunteers.  If interested in registering, please contact the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at volunteer@uis.edu or 217-206-7716.


Film Series Begins Fall Season

The Foreign & Independent Film Series, sponsored by the Office of Student Life, opens its fall lineup in September.
Films, which are free and open to the public, are shown in Brookens Auditorium at 7 p.m. on their respective Fridays.

This fall's lineup:

  • Sept. 9, French film, “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly” (2007), the true story of Elle magazine editor Jean-Dominique Bauby. Paralyzed by a stroke at age 43, he can only blink his left eye, yet manages to communicate an entire memoir describing his inner life, which is traced in this film.
  • Oct. 7, “A Jihad for Love” (2007), a documentary about homosexual life in the Muslim world. In some countries, strict interpretation of Islamic law leaves gays isolated and subject to criminal prosecution or worse.
  • Nov. 11, “Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1037” (2007), which follows the creation of a grand piano from the forest to the concert hall.
  • Dec. 9, “Russian Ark” (2002), which traces centuries of Russian history in the Hermitage, a museum in St. Petersburg. The film's 96-minute running time was shot in one long take — 2,000 actors and several live orchestras had to hit cue after cue as the camera slowly, steadily moved from room to room.
Staff Spotlight

Appointments in Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations announced

Yolanda Beamon has been appointed Visiting Director of the Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations, and Monique Williams as Visiting Assistant to the Director of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations.
The office is located in SAB 20 in the Student Affairs Building.
Ms. Beamon will be responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, coordinated strategy to help students make the transition into college and to achieve to the highest level of their abilities.  The primary mission of the Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations is to promote the highest possible academic success and retention through a timely graduation for every student, said Dr. Clarice Ford, Associate Dean of Student Services, in announcing the appointments.
Ms. Beamon holds a bachelor’s degree in political studies and a master’s degree in public administration from UIS. Prior to accepting her current position, she served as an Academic Counselor for a TRiO Student Support Services program.
“She brings experience and a proven track record of success on the UIS campus focusing on student success, student retention, student leadership and diversity issues, which will be invaluable in meeting the departmental goals and objectives,” Dr. Ford said.
Ms.Williams, also a graduate of UIS, will continue to serve as coordinator of the nationally known Necessary Steps Mentoring Program.
“Her extensive research on first-generation college students and their transition to college has granted her the opportunity to continue to produce data on this issue in higher education. Her experience will also be invaluable in meeting the departmental goals and objectives,” Dr. Ford said.

Recipe Rack

Grilled Peaches
Recipe from Food Network

• 4 ripe medium peaches
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
• 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
• 1 to 2 pints frozen vanilla yogurt
• Suggested toppings: toasted sliced almonds

Cut the peaches in half and remove the pit. Slice each half in half and toss them in a bowl with the vanilla extract, almond extract, and brown sugar. Set aside for 15 minutes while you preheat a grill with a medium-high heat. Grill skin side down until skin is slightly charred, about 3 minutes. Turn and grill on the other 2 sides until you get nice grill marks, about 1 minute on each side.
Divide the peaches among 4 bowls and serve with the frozen yogurt and toasted almonds, if desired.


Best Brownies

Cathy Cassavant says of the recipe for Best Brownies, “This recipe comes from a Hershey’s Chocolate Classics cookbook and if they have named them ‘Best.’ then they must be the best,  It makes a square pan so there is not TOO much chocolate for those of us who have chocolate flowing in our veins."
½ Cup Butter or margarine, melted
1 Cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
½ Cup unsifted flour
1/3 Cup Hershey’s Cocoa
¼ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sale
½ cup chopped nuts (optional)
Creamy Brownie Frosting (recipe follows)

Blend butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl.  Add eggs and beat well.  Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt; gradually blend into egg mixture.  Stir in nuts.
Spread in greased 9”x9” square pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until brownie begins to pull away from edges of pan.  Cool; frost with Creamy Brownie Frosting.  Cut into square.
Creamy Brownie Frosting
3 Tablespoons butter or margarine, softened
3 Tablespoons Hershey’s Cocoa
1 Tablespoon light corn syrup or honey
½ teaspoon vanilla
1 Cup powdered sugar
1 to 2 Tablespoons milk
Cream butter, cocoa, corn syrup and vanilla in small mixer bowl.  Add powdered sugar and milk; beat to spreading consistency.


A Case for Chocolate
by Cathleen Cassavant

  • Chocolate is a Vegetable: Chocolate is derived from cocoa beans. Bean = vegetable. Sugar is derived from either sugar CANE or sugar BEETS. Both are plants, which places them in the vegetable category. Thus, chocolate is a vegetable.
  • To go one step further, chocolate candy bars also contain milk, which is dairy. So candy bars are a health food. Chocolate-covered raisins, cherries, orange slices and strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.
  • If you've got melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly. The problem: How to get two pounds of chocolate home from the store in a hot car.  The solution: Eat it in the parking lot.
  • Diet Tip: Eat a chocolate bar before each meal. It'll take the edge off your appetite, and you'll eat less.
  • If you eat equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, isn’t that a balanced diet? 
    ~ Chocolate has many preservatives.  Preservatives make you look younger.
  • Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done.
  • A nice box of chocolates can provide your total daily intake of calories in one place.  Now, isn't that handy?
  • If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose. An entire garment industry would be devastated. You can't let that happen, can you?
  • REMEMBER: "Stressed" spelled backward is "desserts"


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