UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Friday, April 20, 2012

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett:
New Provost Selected - Dr. Lynn Pardie

Dr. Tim BarnettDr. Koch has made her decision on the selection of our new Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs pending University of Illinois Board of Trustees approval: Dr. Lynn Pardie.
 
Please join me in congratulating Dr. Pardie on her appointment. I believe the chancellor made an excellent decision.  Dr. Pardie has been a part of UIS for more than 30 years and has a wealth of knowledge of both the past and future of our growing campus.  Her integrity, humble spirit, attention to detail, and willingness to think through issues will be of tremendous benefit to the future of UIS.  Moreover, Dr. Pardie has developed strong relationships with faculty and staff and understands and supports the mission of Student Affairs.
 
On a campus the size of UIS, it is important for the divisions of Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to work collaboratively in creating a positive learning environment for students to succeed in their academic goals. For example, every department within our division interacts on a daily basis with faculty and other Academic Affairs employees to strengthen and promote the holistic education of students.
 
Such work is achieved through collaborative efforts, whether through daily interactions with faculty, the involvement of faculty with clubs or organizations, or committees working jointly on programs regarding enrollment, academic advising, and retention.  The future for UIS looks bright. Over the next few months, now that Dr. Koch has her leadership team in place, she will begin to move the university forward. The success of those efforts will greatly depend on the continuing ability of the divisions of academic affairs and student affairs to work collaboratively.  I know that Dr. Pardie and I will make every effort to ensure that happens.

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Stellar Student Service Tips

2012 Student Affairs Retreat

Mark your calendars for the Student Affairs Retreat
Tuesday, May 22  from Noon – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon

The Quest to 6,000 Students:
Intergenerational Understanding and Engagement

As UIS seeks to grow toward serving 6,000 students, we as members of the Division of Student Affairs, need to assess our departmental and individual capabilities to determine our preparedness for such a growth surge. No topic is more pertinent to address this area of growth than intergenerational understanding and engagement. Currently four different generations work side-by-side in the workplace.

This "multi-generational melting pot" also reflects the myriad of student populations we serve. Generational differences are distinctive for each era's environments and experiences, which can affect many facets, including interpersonal communication, motivation, values, team collaboration, and adaptability, to name a few. Being aware and knowledgeable of these generational differences can assist individuals in tailoring their message and mode of interaction to reach maximum effect, regardless of the task or the relationship - workplace peers or students. The retreat will also focus on ways we can increase, collaborate, and combine our departmental resources.

:Speaker Tim Elmore

This Year's Speaker

Tuesday, May 22, Special Guest Speaker will be, Dr. Tim Elmore, Growing Leaders. Dr. Elmore is the founder and president of Growing Leaders, an Atlanta-based non-profit organization created to develop emerging leaders.  Through Growing Leaders, Elmore and his team provide the tools needed to turn ordinary students into growing leaders who will transform society. Elmore’s curriculum is widely recognized as one of the most effective programs for training and inspiring our next generation of leaders.

Dr. Elmore has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling book series Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Life Giving Within Your Child, and his latest, Generation iY.  He has delivered leadership training and keynotes to hundreds of schools, universities and corporate organizations

Proposals for Presentations

The format of this year's Student Affairs retreat will allow SA personnel to choose and attend workshops that they are interested in learning more about. Therefore, the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee is seeking your input related to workshop topics of interest such as: expanding technology in your department; motivational; etc.

This call is to invite presenters interested in organizing one of the workshops for the retreat. The workshop format (invited speakers, panel discussion, etc.) is completely up to the workshop organizers.

Please fill out the online form including workshop format and presentation needs. Each workshop will be 45 minutes. Please make sure your workshop will conclude promptly to allow attendees to attend their next session.

Submission deadline: Workshop Proposals are to be submitted by May 4, 2012.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding this call for workshop proposals, please contact Jeannie Capranica, 206-6584 or email: jjone1@uis.edu.

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Job Outlook & Career Development News
for New Graduates
 

2011 Grads at Commencement

As Commencement approaches, many UIS students are thinking about their careers. And the financial and employment reports of the past few years have left a great deal of uncertainty. While jobless rates are still high, there is some good news for today’s students. A recent survey by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) found that hiring for 2012 is expected to increase by 10.2%. NACE’s Job Outlook report for 2012 reported that employers in the Midwest anticipated an 18.25% increase in hiring in the coming year.
 
According to NACE’s 2012 report, the top three degrees in demand across the Midwest this year are: accounting, computer & information sciences, and finance. Yet this doesn’t paint the full picture for this year’s grads. There is much more that employers look for in new hires.
 
NACE’s report found that nearly 73% of employers prefer to hire candidates with relevant work experience. Other top attributes that employers look for are: ability to work in team environments, leadership skills, strong written communication skills, problem-solving skills, and a strong work ethic. New grads need to make sure that they showcase their experience and relevant skills on their resumes.
 
The UIS Career Development Center (CDC) works with students throughout their college career to help them prepare to enter the world of work after graduation. Students are encouraged to work with their career counselor to discover their skills, build a career planning strategy, and launch their career.
 
For new grads who might just be getting started on their career plans, the CDC web site offers a wide range of information on launching a job search, including: writing resumes, cover letters, preparing for the interview process, and UIS CareerConnect which features a job board and other useful career tools. April through May is an especially busy time of year in the CDC. So, students who think they might want to meet with a counselor or who want to have their resume reviewed in a Fast Pass session should schedule their appointment soon. New grads receive one free month of access to UIS CareerConnect and other CDC services after graduation.

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 UIS Outdoor Adventures

UIS Students Around a Campfire

As the 2011-2012 academic year comes to an end, I would like to share with you some highlights from our Outdoor Adventures program.  As you may already know, Rec Sports launched an Outdoor Adventures program with four trips (so far) covering Illinois, Missouri, and Wisconsin.
 
Two local kayaking trips were offered, one to Lake Springfield and the second was a float trip down the Sangamon River.  Late in the fall we took a group of eight students to the Bass River Resort and spent two nights in a log cabin and two days kayaking.  I have a distinct memory of one of the participants on this trip stating “this is the farthest I have ever been away from home!”   We were lucky to plan a ski trip to Wausau, WI (Granite Peaks) during a time that they actually had snow!  We spent two days exploring this resort with 16 participants.  Participants on this trip ranged from first time skiers/snow boarders who took lessons to advanced skiers with no fear of Black Diamond runs.
 
Here are some responses from participants when asked what they learned on their trip: “Patience when attempting something new and different to me,” “I learned to be patient with people,” “I learned how to handle a medical emergency,” and “I learned how to kayak.”
 
When asked what they enjoyed most about their trip some responses included “I enjoyed meeting new people and getting away from school enjoying life,” “seeing a different state, meeting new people, and trying to ski for the first time,” “I enjoyed being out on the water in the nice sun shinny weather,” “I enjoyed the down time that we all got to spend time together.”
 
Regardless of the activity or the location one of the best parts about any Outdoor Adventures trip is putting a group of students who don’t know each other in a van together, when the van pulls away from UIS it is always quiet.   However, when that van returns to UIS it is full laughter, stories, and new friends exchanging phone numbers as they say good-bye.   The story of these trips is best shared with pictures:

UIS Students Kayaking and Canoeing

UIS Students Skiiing

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

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Wellness – Just Roll With It

A few weeks ago we had our annual sneak peak at summer weather, which always energizes people to start their summer activities and routines. On those bright sun shinny 80-degree days people started their gardens, planted flowers, farmers where in the fields and many people started their summer outdoor exercise routines. As I’m drafting this article it is 65 degrees outside, raining and we have had freeze warnings the last two nights. All those planted flowers have been moved back inside and farmers are hoping their crops, some of which have already sprouted, will survive. All the outdoor chores have been put on hold until summer weather arrives and appears will stay a little longer then two weeks. Hopefully your exercise routine, the one that you promised yourself to stick to once those summer days arrived, doesn’t also get put on hold.

Wellness, be it exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress management or spirituality to name a few, requires you to continuously be willing to adapt. You may have to adapt to seasons changing, having to work late, car needing to go into the shop, family emergences, or the grocery store being out of the last ingredient you need for your recipe. That outdoor exercise routine can easily be moved inside or just put on a few extra layers and keep going on your neighborhood walks. You can do countless hours of research learning all there is to learn about having a perfect diet or designing the perfect exercise program to help you reach your goals but the key to it all is your ability to adapt your wellness plan to what life brings to you each day.

What happens when you start a new diet and you stick to it for three weeks but at the start of week 4 your boss sends you out of town for 3 days? Can you continue your diet while on the road and away from your kitchen? Typically this is when exercise programs, diets, or stress management practices get placed on the back burner only to be rediscovered a few months down the road. You have to adapt and figure out how to make your wellness transformations work for you each and every day regardless of what obstacles life brings you each day. You can make it work for you, why can’t you? With some creativity, determination, and planning ahead you will be able to adapt your plan and make it work for you. Good luck!

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Stellar Student Service Tips

Transfer Express : One-Step Enrollment for Transfer Students

Transfer students can be admitted to UIS and enrolled for fall 2012 in one day—as well as take care of everything else they need to do for their enrollment—under a new program called “Transfer Express.”

The program, for on-campus transfer students, kicks off this month in Room 1031 of University Hall and includes a series of nine one-stop, one-day events that will allow transfer students to apply for enrollment, be admitted, register for classes, and secure financial aid, among other activities.


Transfer Express will be held on April 27 and 28, May 21, June 22 and 23, July 26 and 27, and Aug. 18 and 20. Weekday sessions will run from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday sessions from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Students should have a 2.00 cumulative transfer GPA on a 4.0 scale, have 30 transfer hours by entry to UIS in the fall, and have filed the 2012-2013 FAFSA (UIS school code 009333). Students must be applying for an on-campus program. Online programs are not eligible.

For more information, visit www.uis.edu/TransferExpress.

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April Is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and several activities have been held or are planned, according to the UIS Women’s Center.
 
The Women’s Center kicked off awareness and prevention efforts March 29 with a “Consent is Sexy” luau. The entire campus was invited to attend the luau, which included activities, food and dance and information on such topics as consent, safe sex, date rape drugs, sexually transmitted diseases, alcohol consumption, domestic violence, and healthy relationships.
 
Just last week on April 12, students could participate in “The Clothesline Project.” Students were invited to paint a T-shirt that expressed their experience of violence. The shirts will be displayed between Founders and Lincoln residence halls the evening of Saturday, April 21.

Upcoming Events

Take Back the Night
Friday, April 20, The UIS Women’s Center is participating in the Lincoln Land Community College-led  “Take Back the Night.”
 
Survivors and Supporters
Saturday, April 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., courtyard of the Founders and Lincoln residence halls.
Help raise awareness for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. Listen to poetry and prose and support those whose lives have been impacted.
 
Walk a Mile In Her Shoes
Saturday, April 21,: Anyone interested is encouraged to participate in this men’s march to stop rape, sexual assault, and gender violence. Learn more at http://www.facebook.com/WalkAMileInHerShoesSpringfieldIl

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Day of Silence observed at UIS

UIS observed the annual Day of Silence Thursday with free T-shirts. a free Silent Dinner, and Break the Silence event with comedian Greg Walloch and artist Julio Salgado.
 
On the annual Day of Silence, hundreds of thousands of students nationwide take some form of a vow of silence to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBTQ bullying and harassment to organize a change for their schools and their communities. This year’s event at UIS was designed to draw together LGBTQA, Hispanic and Latino students, as well as students with disabilities.
 
“With the breaking silence event marginalized, undocumented, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to come out of the shadows and embrace their identities. We ask our fellow students to unite to raise awareness and promote inquisitive intersectionality against oppression, hate, and inequality,” read a poster for the Day of Silence, Silent Dinner and Break the Silence event.

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New bus shelters on campus

Bus Shelter in front of Lincoln Residence Hall

UIS students, faculty and staff, or anyone awaiting a Springfield bus now have shelter, literally and figuratively, against the weather.
 
Bus shelters have been erected at three Springfield Metro Transit District stops under an agreement between UIS and MSS Media. UIS grounds crew, housing staff, and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs were involved with the project.
 
“ I understand that people in Springfield are remarking favorably about the bus shelters, including on Sam Madonia’s radio program,” said UIS Housing Director John Ringle,  adding that callers said they would like  SMTD to install such shelters in the city because so few off-campus stops have actual shelters for patrons to wait under. 

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Looking Forward - Upcoming Events

Nominate Someone for a Student Affairs Award

Call for Nominations

The Division of Student Affairs welcomes nominations for the following awards.

  • Award for Excellence
  • Student First Award
  • Quality Services Award
  • New Student Affairs Member Award

Submit your nomination by April 27, 2012.


Happy Spring!

Trees in Bloom at UIS

Two women with bike walking across campus.

A spring walk on the UIS campus is a walk bordered by 
beautiful trees, flowers and other foliage.

Alex Johnson, Journal Photographer

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, 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, 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.

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Staff Spotlight

CAPE Award to Evan Stanley 

Evan Stanley, Student Enrollment Coordinator in Records and Registration, was honored Thursday with the 2012 Chancellor's Academic Professional Excellence Award.
 
Chancellor Koch presented Evan the award at a ceremony in the PAC Restaurant.
 
In addition to Evan, this year's nominees were Dana Atwell, Clarice Ford, Beth Hoag, Jim Korte, Tulio Llosa, Christa Potthast-Leezer, Donna Schaub, Richard Schuidt, Barbara Selvaggio, and Thomas Wood.

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Q & A with Registrar
Brian Clevenger


Brian Clevenger, UIS Registrar, “truly cares about UIS students, faculty and staff,” said UIS Assessment and Systems Coordinator Donna Bettis, adding, “Rarely will you see him walk out of UHB without first straightening the chairs in the waiting area.” 
 
Here is a Q&A with Brian.
 
 
How long have you held the position of the UIS Registrar?
I have been the UIS Registrar since June 2005, having served as Associate Registrar since August 2001.
 
What are some of your primary duties?
I oversee a variety of areas, including registration (course registrations, catalog/schedule maintenance, and tuition/fee assessment), records (including the issuance of all official UIS transcripts, enrollment/degree verifications, and grade changes), graduation (including the awarding of all degrees and associated diplomas, as well as the planning of the annual commencement ceremony), and degree audits (including the evaluation of all degrees in progress).  I also interpret and implement federal, state, university, and campus policies related to the release of student information. 
 
Any milestones you would like to share?
I have seen a number of changes during my time at UIS that have impacted my office and the campus overall.  We have converted to a new student information system, moved into a new building, accepted freshmen (first honors students and then traditional freshmen), and greatly modified the degrees offered to our students.
 
What is a typical day for you at UIS?
There really isn’t a typical day for me.  One day can be drastically different from the next.  There are always new and exciting challenges to face and resolve.  Sometimes it can be intense, but I have a very knowledgeable and competent staff, which makes my day-to-day job much easier.
 
If Student Affairs personnel could remind students of one (or two, or three…) important things about registration or deadlines, what would they be?
Read… read… and read.  Seriously, the best advice any staff or faculty member can give students is to simply read the information that is available to them.  Our office now posts all important dates on the Registrar’s Calendar (which is fed into both the Student Affairs Calendar and the UIS Master Calendar).  Doing so has greatly helped to improve our communication with students.  I would recommend that SA personnel refer students to one of those calendars or directly to our web site for specific deadlines/information – www.uis.edu/registration.
 
How have any major events at UIS affected the Office of Registration? (i.e. moving to UHB, FERPA, policies,)
Change is a constant for our office and for most offices on campus.  Those changes have challenged us to become more efficient and to learn how to serve students in ways that were not available to us just a few short years ago.  Our move to UHB allowed us to rethink how we store student documents and various policy changes (both at the campus level and from external entities) have allowed us to rethink how we receive and process student records.
 
Could you share a highlight from the past regarding your job?
Although it is a great deal of work for my staff and for the campus as a whole, the annual commencement ceremony is always a highlight.  There is nothing better than getting the opportunity to see students that you have helped walk across the stage to receive their diploma cover from the Chancellor.  It is a feeling of satisfaction that is hard to rival.  I would encourage all SA staff to volunteer to assist with the ceremony so they can experience this wonderful student-focused event.


Graduation / Commencement 2012

2012 Commencement events set

Wenguang Huang, journalist, author, translator and 1991 alumnus, will deliver the commencement address at the 41st UIS commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

The commencement, which will be webcast live on the UIS web site, begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are not required for admission. Persons interested in volunteering to assist with the commencement ceremony may contact Grant Johnson at gjohn05s@uis.edu or  206-8428.

The Diversity Center Graduation Reception is Friday, May 11, at the Diversity Center, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Contact is Jeannie Capranica, 206-6333.

The Lavender Graduation is set for noon to 2 p.m. Friday, May 11, in the SLB Multi-Purpose Room.  Contact is Kerry Poynter, 206-8316.

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Lavender Graduation at UIS
 
The invitation and registration for the UIS Lavender Graduation is online.
 
Michael Stephens, graduate assistant for the LGBTQA Resource Office, encourages Student Affairs employees to “please talk it up to students and fill out the form in advance if you are coming.”
 
Occurring the day before commencement, Lavender Graduation features live music, awards, the student "Lavender Graduation Prairie Star Address" (voted on by graduating students), individualized recognition, and free lunch.  All undergraduate and graduate students finishing a degree this spring or coming fall are eligible to participate. Students receive a lavender cord to wear at commencement, signed certificate, and printed invitations to invite family and friends.

Michael, noting that Lavender Graduation is a cultural celebration that recognizes lesbian, gay, bi, trans, queer (LGBTQ) and allied students of all backgrounds, said the ceremony acknowledges students’ “achievements and contributions to the university as students who survived the college experience thanks to their activities and education at UIS.”

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Springfest Volunteers Needed
 
Springfest volunteers are needed for April 22-28. 

Springfest has 37 teams  with more than 500 students competing. 

Contact Beth Hoag at 206-8312 if you can volunteer.

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Good as Gold Ceremony Honors Volunteers
 
In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 15-21), the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center and the Junior League of Springfield hosted the Good as Gold Ceremony, a recognition event to acknowledge community members and organizations for their volunteer effort.

The ceremony was held Wednesday, April 18, in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby. More than 40 people were recognized.

Jack Sunderlik, a One Hope United Foster Grandparent and retired high school teacher and coach, was honored with the Distinguished Volunteer Award. He volunteers 40 hours a week at Dubois Elementary School in Springfield.

UIS student Justin Rose was honored with the Star Student Award, and  Jan Kirkham, UIS Interim Director of Experiential and Service-Learning Programs received the Star Staff Award for “exceptional commitment to service and volunteerism.” Rose devotes at least 20 hours a week to volunteering with youth in the local Springfield Community.  

For more information about the awards, visit www.uis.edu/volunteer, email volunteer@uis.edu or call 217/ 206-7716.

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It’s That Time of Year: Helping Students Deal with End of the Year Stress

April finds many students scrambling to finish projects, study for final exams, write papers, and possibly prepare for graduation and the real world. Many students experience high levels of stress this time of year due to deadlines, time constraints, distractions, pleasant weather, and lack of sleep.

Some stress is inevitable this time of year, as it is a normal part of a college student’s life. However, there are ways we can hopefully help students avoid excessive stress. Make sure they are aware of the many resources on campus that can help. Suggestions could also include:  make a schedule of assignments, meet with instructors to clarify questions before exams, find a study buddy, take advantage of extra credit opportunities, and review their syllabi to ensure they are aware of all upcoming deadlines.

Trent Tangen from UIS Rec. Sports recommends a good breakfast on the morning of exam day. He suggests omelets because healthy fat is good for your brain and the protein keeps you full longer. Whole grain toast and an orange, kiwi, or grapefruit provides Vitamin C which protects your immune system.

Students may have one concern, or they may have many.  Encourage them to check out the many resources, programs and offices our university offers.

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Recipe Rack
 
Balsamic Vinaigrette.

Ingredients: 
¾ cup olive oil
¾ cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove crushed garlic
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ dried oregano
Salt and pepper to taste.
 
Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a jar and shake well.
Store in refrigerator.
 
 
Roquefort Dressing

Ingredients:
1 pint sour cream
2 tablespoons white vinegar
½ cup mayonnaise
½ teaspoon each: salt, garlic powder, celery salt and pepper.
8 ounces Roquefort (bleu) cheese.
 
Directions:
Whisk together all ingredients except cheese. Crumble cheese into dressing and stir until mixed.

 
 
Zesty French Dressing

Ingredients:
1 small onion, chopped
2/3 cups vegetable oil
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup vinegar
2 table spoons ketchup
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon mustard
1 teaspoon paprika
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon celery seed (optional)
 
Directions:
In a blender process all ingredients until smooth and thick.

 
 
Coleslaw with pecans and spicy dressing

Ingredients:
1 head shredded cabbage
4 shredded carrots
2 thinly sliced apples
1 thinly sliced onion
1 cup pecans, toasted and chopped
 
Dressing:
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
¾ cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 lemon, juiced
Salt and pepper to taste
 
Directions:
Combine first five ingredients and toss well. Mix together the dressing ingredients and pour over the cabbage mixture. Mix well and taste for seasoning.

Courtesy of Geoffrey Evans of the UIS Food Service

Watergate Salad
 
Ingredients:
1 Cup miniature marshmallows
1 3.4 oz. package of Jell-O Pistachio Flavor Instant Pudding
1 Can (20 oz.) Dole Crushed Pineapple in Juice, UNDRAINED
½ Cup chopped pecans
1-1/2 Cups thawed Cool Whip Whipped Topping
 
Directions:
Combine marshmallows, dry pudding mix, pineapple and nuts in large bowl.
 
Stir in Cool Whip.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.

Courtesy of Cathleen Cassavant

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Student Affairs web site:

www.uis.edu/studentaffairs