UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Friday, December 9, 2011

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett: The Importance of a Student Union

Dr. Tim BarnettTwo years ago there was a student-led initiative to build a student union on the UIS campus. The students, staff and faculty worked very closely together to research student interests, facility design, costs and fee requirements. The initiative went to vote in April 2010 but did not pass. This year, at the request of members of the Student Government Association, students, staff and faculty are discussing another referendum to be taken to the student body for a vote in late April or early May.

Why is this initiative important? Student unions have been considered the living room of a university campus. They provide a central gathering place for students, primarily, to meet friends, hold meetings, get something to eat, a place for SGA, clubs and organizations to have office and storage space. Unions generally have large event space for gatherings, banquets, student dances, conferences, and more. Late night activities are an important part of traditional college student life, and currently there is not a comfortable place on campus for students from the residence halls to go. For non-traditional students and graduate students, the union provides a place to meet fellow classmates and work on projects, or grab a bite to eat before class.

Unions also have been a place where university traditions have been made and certainly kept. They are places where the community—in our case, the UIS and greater Springfield communities--can gather. Almost every major campus in the country has a student union; those universities with aging unions have spent tremendous amounts of money to renovate them. Many campuses have built new unions because of the importance they play on a college campus. For UIS, it is not only important for the reasons just mentioned, but it is also important for recruiting purposes. One of the questions potential students and parents constantly ask is: “Where is the UIS student union?”

UIS needs a student union; we need it for recruiting and retention purposes. This year is another opportunity to move forward with a facility that is critical to the future of UIS. More information will be available during the spring semester.

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Happy Holidays from Student Affairs

Holiday Season Happenings, Culinary & Fitness Ideas


Gifts for UIS Children in Family Housing

PIck an ornament and get a gift for a child in UIS family housing.

Gifts due by December 9th at 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Diversity Center

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Toys For Tots

Christmas Tree with presents underneat: donations for Toys for Tots

Student Affairs staff donated an array of gifts for Toys for Tots. Staff members brought the gifts to the annual holiday party, held Dec. 2 at Piper Glen in Springfield.


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Holiday Recipes

Holiday Season Recipes

Christmas Apple Raisin French Toast:
This is a simple and delicious recipe that can be made the day before and baked Christmas morning.

  • 1 (one pound) loaf cinnamon raisin bread. cubed
  • 1 8oz package cream cheese. Diced
  • 1 cup diced peeled apples
  • 8 eggs
  • 2 ½ cups half and half.
  • 6 table spoons butter, melted
  • ¼ cup maple syrup.

Coat a 9x13 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Place half of the cubed bread on the bottom and arrange the cream cheese over the bread. Top with apples, then remaining bread.

Beat the eggs, half and half, butter and syrup together and pour over bread mixture. Refrigerate at least 2 hours.
Baked in preheated 325 degree oven for 45 minutes.

(Courtesy of Geoffrey Evans)

Hanukkah Latkes
Latkes are traditionally served during Hanukkah and are eaten with a variety of topping such as apple sauce, sour cream and cinnamon sugar.

In addition to potatoes, carrots and zucchini are added to these latkes.

  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 large potatoes
  • 1 large carrot
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt.
  • Oil for frying.

Grate the potatoes, leave in sieve to drain excess water. Grate the carrot and zucchini and put in a bowl with all the other ingredients.
Heat a little oil in a skillet. Drop latkes in hot oil a teaspoons at a time and cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
Drain on paper towel.

(Courtesy of Geoffrey Evans)

Kwanzaa Benne Cakes:
Benne cakes are a food from West Africa. Benne means sesame seeds. The sesame seeds are eaten for good luck.

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup soft butter
  • 1 beaten egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • ½ cup flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup toasted sesame seeds

Mix brown sugar and butter, stir in egg, vanilla and lemon juice. Add flour, baking powder, salt and sesame seeds.
Drop by teaspoons on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 325 for 15 minutes.

(Courtesy of Geoffrey Evans)

Danny Lau’s Fried Rice for Chinese New Year:

  • 1or 2 green onions finely chopped
  • 2 eggs
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 tablespoons sesame oil (or mix equal parts sesame and vegetable. Sesame is very flavorful)
  • 4 cups cold cooked white rice
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce mixed with
  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

Heat 2 tablespoons of oil. Add egg and cook stirring until lightly scrambled. Remove from skillet and add reaming 2 tablespoons of oil.
Add rice and stir fry for a few minutes then add soy mixture and eggs back to pan. Stir fry for a couple of minutes and add green onion.

You can also add any kind of meat or vegetables prior to adding rice. Just be sure to cook thoroughly before you add the rice.

(Courtesy of Geoffrey Evans)

Sugar Cookies

Back by popular demand!

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup crisco oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cups flour


Chill dough for an hour first.  Scoop onto cookie sheet and flatten with the bottom of a glass dipped in sugar. Bake 8 - 10 minutes at 350.

(Courtesy of Cathleen Cassavant)

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Holiday Meal Survival

Your Holiday Meal Survival Guide

We are in the middle of the holiday season which means we get to spend time with family and friends, enjoying some well deserved time away from work or school, and eat some delicious food. Unfortunately the holidays are also associated with an abundance of food and people feeling guilty for their food choices. Your number one rule for the holidays should be to enjoy yourself! Don’t ruin the joys of the holidays by overly restricting yourself or thinking negatively about your choices. All too often I hear somebody say “I shouldn’t be eating this but”, or “I bet this isn’t low cal”.If you are going to treat yourself, do it with a smile on your face, eat slowly, and savor it. But take note, doing this doesn’t give you full right to overindulge.

Here are five easy to follow steps that go a long way in helping you survive the festivities of the holidays:

  1. Stay hydrated – Keep a glass water nearby at all times. Staying hydrated has multiple benefits: keeps your hands and mouth busy, can help you from feeling hungry, and aids in the digestion of all the great food you will be eating.
  2. Go outside – Find an excuse to get out of the house and go outside. Take the garbage out, check the mail, take the dog for a walk, or see the Christmas lights on your block. This little bit of fresh air and exercise will help you break the habit of grazing on foods, will help you digest what you did eat, and the fresh air can energize you.
  3. Vegetables – When making your plate focus on the vegetables. Put more vegetables than you normally would on your plate. Filling up on vegetables opposed to potatoes and gravy will help keep your total calories consumed at check.
  4. Breakfast – Eat a breakfast high in protein and whole grains each morning. This nutritious combination will help keep you feeling full longer as well as prevent you from snacking all morning or feeling starved at lunch. Get your day started on the right track.
  5. Be the example – We all likely have somebody in our family that could or should improve their health. Rather than point out each thing they do that is potentially negative for their health, simply be the example. If one person focuses on eating a little healthier at the table or decides to go for a short stroll after dinner others may feel encouraged to follow your example.

Trent Tangen, Recreational Sports Assistant Director, Fitness and Wellness.


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International Festival Celebrated

Students at the International Festival

UIS celebrated its rich international and cultural diversity with an evening of cultural exhibits, artistic performances, food tasting, and more on November 11, 2011.

Watch a video and read more in the UIS Newsroom:

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Veterans Day Flag Raising

Raising Flag on Veteran's Day

Josh Ayres, UIS student and military veteran, prepares to raise the flag outside the Public Affairs Center during a Veterans Day ceremony In November. More than 60 people attended the event, which included violin music by Dr. Sharon Graf of the UIS faculty and flute music by UIS student Abigail Walsh.

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Looking Forward - Upcoming Events

14th Annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair Set for February 16th

Students and Employers Talking at the 2011 Career Fair


This year’s Career Fair is just around the corner, on Thursday, February 16th from 11am – to 2pm. For only the second time in its fourteen year history, this year’s Collegiate Career Fair will be held in TRAC. The fair is a major event hosted by the Career Development Center and sponsored by three other area colleges and universities.

According to Kristen Chenoweth"This special event is designed to help students connect with companies and employers for full-time jobs after graduation, part-time or seasonal jobs during the school year and over the summer, as well as internships and volunteer opportunities that will help students gain valuable experience before entering the workplace full-time."

Leading up to the fair, the Career Development Center will provide many plans to help students get ready for the fair. On February 13, 14, and 15 from 12 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. students can use the Career Fair Quick Stop Prep sessions to have their resumes reviewed, get information on navigating the fair successfully, appropriate attire, making a strong introduction, and more. If you know of any students who are wondering how to look for a job or what the Career Fair is, be sure to send them to the Career Development Center and to the fair's web page at http://www.uis.edu/career/careerfairs/careerfair/index.html. The web site will contain a list of employers updated as they register for the event.


Finals Week Cram-a-Thon

Finals Week Cram a Thon: Diversity Cente


Monday, Dec. 12 - Tuesday Dec. 13 from 9p.m. - 1 a.m.

Diversity Center

  • Free Printing (Limited)
  • Free On-Campus Transportation
  • Laptops

Foreign Travel Health Consultations & Immunizations

Traveling out of the country? Forein Travel Health Consultations Available

Know a student traveling out of the country next year?

Do you know how to stay healthy?
Avoid Traveler's diarrhea?

The Campus Health Service provides Foreign Travel Health consultations and immunizations.

  • Don't know when you're due for a Typhoid Booster?  Pills?  Injection
  • What kind of Malaria prevention do you need?
  • Need to treat travelers diarrhea while you're out of country?
  • How long does the Hepatitis A vaccination last?
  • Do I need bed netting to prevent Dengue fever?
  • What is Schistosomiasis and how can I protect myself against it?
  • Why can't I pet the animals in other countries?
  • Is bottled water safe?
  • Do you need traveler's insurance?  Where can you get it?  Won’t my own health insurance cover me while I’m in another country?
  • Need to know where to go if you have serious problems when you're in a foreign country?
  • Know what symptoms to recognize as serious in higher altitudes?
  • What is Chikungunya?

Call the Campus Health Service at (217)206-6676 to set up an appointment for a travel consultation.


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

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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.

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

Staff Spotlight

New Director of Volunteer and Civic Engagement

Mark Dochterman, the new director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS, said an opportunity to work at a smaller university, UIS’ commitment to volunteerism and service, and a chance to be closer to family in Illinois were among the reasons he applied for the director’s position.

Staff of the center and elsewhere at UIS “have been great,” he said, in assisting his transition to UIS.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from Illinois College and a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Ball State University. He is completing requirements for a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from Louisiana State University.

He most recently worked as Student Activities Coordinator in the Honors College at Louisiana State University and has experience with a variety of service projects, including the fund-raising and organization of a summer camp for at-risk youth and assisting with the preparation and distribution of food to residents displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

UIS Student Activities Committee Wins Many Accolades at NACA

The UIS Student Activities Committee won a variety of awards at the National Association for Campus Activities Mid America Conference, held in November in Covington, Ky.
NACA’s mission is to advance campus activities in higher education through business and learning partnerships, creating educational and business opportunities for its schools and professional members.  More than 110 schools from eight states were represented at the conference.
Attendees from UIS included: Beth Hoag, Assistant Director of Student Life; Sarah Sagmoen, Visiting Instructional Librarian; DeAntre Bankhead, SAC Vice Chair, Late Nite Stars Representative; Dexter Overall, SAC Special Events Coordinator; John Stewart, SAC General Member; Michelle Graven, SAC Spirit/Siblings Weekend Coordinator; Amanda Harness, SAC Coffeehouse Coordinator; and Matt Dobil, SAC Vice Chair.
The awards:
Best Late Night/Alternative Programming Award presented to UIS Late Nite Series

  • Late Nite Coordinator: Monique Johnson.

This award is presented to a program from a member institution that took place late night (after 9 p.m.) on a Friday or Saturday night. This may be a series program, or an individual program. This duty of the program should be an alternative to drinking on campus.

Best Print Graphic Design Award Presented to Aug/Sept Calendar

  • Designer: Beth Hoag

Janet Car Smith Award - NACA Life-Time Achievement Award

  • Assistant Director of Student Life: Beth Hoag

The Janet Carl Smith award honors a person for their outstanding contributions to the field of campus activities and their many years of service to the NACA. The professional should have created opportunities for students to be active in the area of campus activities and have made a significant impact on campus activities. The award is given to a staff member and is considered to be one of the region’s highest honors bestowed upon a colleague.

Low cost Program Award Presented to UIS  for the Stars Lounge “How to be a Techie”

  • Co-Sponsors: Computer Science Club
  • Program Coordinators: Amanda Sharpe and Tim Robert

This award is presented to a program from member institution whose event budget consisted of less than $100. The program should contribute to the campus community and should have been well received by the student body. Only one award will be given regardless of the budget break-down.

Educational Program Award Presented to UIS Student Activities Committee and Cosponsors for “Can I Kiss You?”

  • Co-Sponsors: Welcome Week, UIS Athletics, UIS Diversity Center, UIS Orientation and Parent Programs, UIS Health Services, UIS Counsling Center
  • SAC Program Coordinator: Jeremy Nelson

This award is presented to a program from a member institution whose mission was to educate the student body on a specific topic or educational piece. The program should contribute to the campus community and have an educational charge.

In addition to the awards

  • Matt Dobil served as a member of the NACA Stage Crew where he was team of 9 students that assisted a professional production team in running sound and lights.
  • Beth Hoag and Sarah Sagmoen presented a Education Session entitled “ Putting the Shhhh in Student Activities”: Creating a Partnership with your library.
  • Beth Hoag served as the NACA Mid America Volunteer Development Coordinator

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Late Nite

Late Nite began in Fall of 2008.
A late night programming series is fairly common among residential colleges across the nation and myself and alumni Alicia White wanted to gage the possibility for this type of programming series on campus.  Alicia did a research project on various late night programming series and benchmarked us according to our peer institutions.  We felt a late nite series would be able to prove evening programming as requested by our students, make a step toward ending the suitcase campus mentality and provide students with a late night alternative to drinking/parties.  Then we conducted focus groups during Springfest to assess the need and address specific details. 

Student Quotes
“My favorite part (about Late Nite) is that I'm able to get out of the house, and be around people other than my close knit circle of friends or my roommates. Late Nite is just a good time to get out and responsibly enjoy yourself.”

"Late Nite is the experience of feeling like this campus has a community"

“I like the Late Night Event series because it’s something different to do on campus and there are a lot of great prizes to win for just showing up!” – Michael Stephens

"How do you make college better? Late Nite." Santosh Chittegoppe

“Late Nite is a time to relax and relieve stress from the hectic college schedule”- Cord Patrick

“Exhilarating Fun that's Actually Legal...Gotta Love those Late Nites” – Latasha Shannon

Story by Beth Hoag


Landis Part of Diversity, First Amendment Committees

Debra Landis, UIS student publications adviser, will help organize workshops on diversity and the media as well as First Amendment issues in college media as a member of two national College Media Association committees charged with developing educational sessions for upcoming conventions.

The CMA holds two conventions a year, with advisers and students among the attendees.

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New Events for Food Service

Food service had its first ‘Student First’ Sunday brunch November 6.
It took place in the LRH Great Room and was, by all accounts, a great success.
We served 138 students, many of whom said the event looked like something that they would expect at the Ritz Carlton!
We expect to have a least one student Sunday brunch per semester.
Food Service also had its first International night November 11 in the FRH cafe
Carlos Deleon from Guadalajara Mexico prepared some of his favorite dishes from his homeland. We served over 100 students and sold out of most items within the first two hours.
Our most recent international night was held on Friday December 2in the FRH. We featured cuisine from India prepared by some of our Indian student employees.



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