UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Friday, August 10, 2012

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett:
Campus renovations, many activities for new school year

Dr. Tim BarnettIt is hard to believe school will begin in just a couple of weeks, but we already have students beginning to show up on campus for various leadership training sessions.  This summer has been busy in preparation for this academic year. We have a number of staff and students who have done an amazing job of contacting 1,000 students who were registered for classes last spring, but have not yet registered for classes this fall. The phones calls have helped tremendously in increasing the number of registered students for the fall.
Several construction projects this summer are expected to be completed within a week or two after fall classes start. They include a Smoothie bar in TRAC that will be open to anyone, regardless of whether they have a TRAC membership, and a convenience store in the Lincoln Residence Hall. The convenience store will sell a variety of domestic and international food items students have said they’d like to see offered.
The renovation of UIS apartments, both inside and outside, will be completed this fall. The renovations include energy efficient heaters, windows, insulation and siding.  Inside the apartments, new cabinets, appliances and furniture have been added.  Outside improvements include new siding, decks and doors.  A university-wide grand opening for the apartments, convenience store and Smoothie bar will be held sometime in early September; details will be forthcoming.
Mary Jane’s in the library will not reopen this fall, and the library is looking at how to best utilize that space to serve students.  You’ll soon see a complete makeover in the dining area of the Food Emporium.  By the middle of September, there will be new flooring and seating, making the dining area much more attractive.  Enhancements to the serving area include a new pizza station and hot food rotisserie. The Food Emporium will also sell more international dishes for lunch and dinner.
In the University Hall Building, the document imaging that staff in Admissions and the Registrar’s Office have been implementing is nearing completion.  In the Student Life Building, the Women’s Center’s lounge area has been walled off to better accommodate meetings and staff office space.  The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center in the Student Affairs Building was also renovated, and new earth tone furniture placed in a student lounge and meeting area.
After numerous requests by students, an additional nine holes have been added to the Frisbee Golf Course. When the Division of Student Affairs has its next Frisbee Golf tournament, we will be able to play 18 holes instead of nine!  Speaking of outdoor opportunities, Housing and Student Activities have added a new fire pit near the volleyball court in the apartment complex.
Whether it’s updating how we process various documents, adding more foods to campus menus, or renovating buildings across campus, UIS is serving students as it looks to a new school year and years to come. 

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Stellar Student Service Tips

Welcome Week

2012 Welcome Week There's an App for That

Friday, August 24th

  • Women’s Soccer v. Parkland (Exhibition) 5p, Kiwanis Stadium
  • Blue Crew Pizza Bash 7p, Kiwanis Stadium
  • Men’s Soccer v. LLCC (Exhibition) 7:30p, Kiwanis Stadium
  • Glow Party 9-Midnight, SLB MP

Saturday, August 25th

  • First Year Service Project 10a-3p, Ball Charter Elementary. Sponsored by:
    Volunteer and Civic Engagement. Meet at SAB 60 at 10am. Lunch and Transportation provided.
  • Gamer Tournament 3-7p, Stars Lounge. Sponsored by: Computer Science Club
  • Giant Soccer 8-10p, Kiwanis, Rain Location: SLB Gym Sponsored by: Housing and Athletics

Sunday, August 26th

  • Men’s Soccer v Robert Morris (Exhibition) Noon, Kiwanis Stadium
  • Online Student Video Chat 7p, Link Exchange. Calling all online students! Here
    is your chance to socialize with other online students across the nation.
  • Concert: Florida Georgia Line 8pm, TRAC Quad

Monday, August 27th

  • Student Life Welcome and Ice Cream Social 4:30p-6p, UHB and PAC Lobby
  • Get it Done Fair & On Campus Employment Fair 4:00-6p, PAC Concourse.
    Are you a student looking to meet with various offices or are you looking for an on campus job? Make sure to come to the Get it Done Fair…and Get it Done!
  • SGA Town hall Meeting 9pm PAC Lobby

Tuesday, August 28th

  • Resume Mania 11a-1p, SAB 50 Career Development Center
  • Chancellor’s Picnic 4:30p-6p, PAC Overhang. Coordinator: Joan Sestak
  • Hypnotist, Fredrick Winters 9:00p, TRAC. Coordinator: SAC Performance

Wednesday, August 29th

  • QR Code Scavenger Hunt 9am – 4pm. Sponsored by Information Technology Services. Students will be scanning and following QR codes (which they will read with a free app on their mobile devices - we'll have mobile devices for any students who may not have their own). The QR codes will direct them to an ITS space (the Media Lab, Help Desk, UHB 2000 lab, etc) where they will pick up the next code and collect points. The points will then be turned in for prizes.
  • Resume Mania 2-4p, SAB 50 Career Development Center
  • Involvement Expo 4p-6p, UIS Quad Activities Include: Airbrush Pennants
  • Sex, Drugs, Alcohol & Everything in Between by Julia Garcia 9pm, Brookens Auditorium. This powerful presentation explores TRU college life… after class has been dismissed. Through her fearless and highly engaging approach, 24 year old Julia Garcia takes you on an unforgettable journey through the reality that comes flooding in like a bad hangover, after the partying, fun & hookups are over. Sponsored by: SAC, UIS Health Service, UIS Counseling Center 

Thursday, August 30th

  • AIS Information Session Noon, PAC G
  • Resume Mania 12-3p, SAB 50 Career Development Center
  • Squash Open House 2-5p, TRAC
  • SLB Open House 4-6p
  • Commuter Student Pizza Party 4-6p, SLB Commuter Lounge
  • AIS Information Session 6p, PAC G
  • Comedian, Grant Lyon 9p, Brookens Auditorium
  • Ability Exhibit 10-6p, PAC C/D Sponsored by: Office of Disability Services

Friday, August 31st

  • Resume Mania 2-4p, SAB 50 Career Development Center
  • Service-a-thon 10a-3p, Off Campus Locations. Sponsored by: Volunteer and Civic Engagement. Choose a project from one of four areas: Public Health, Sustainability, Youth and Education, and Hunger and Homelessness.
  • Ability Exhibit 10-1p, PAC C/D. Sponsored by: Office of Disability Services25 years old and up Social: Taco Nite 6:30p, PAC Restaurant. Are you a student 25 years old or older? Come out to this mixer to meet your peers. Partners and Families invited. Register at www.uis.edu/studentlife.
  • Movie on the Quad 8:30p, Quad

Saturday, September 1st

  • Student Allied for a Greener Earth Trip to Farmers Market 10a-2p, Meet at PAC Teardrop
  • Knights Action Park 11a-6p, Off Campus
  • Legacy Dance Party 9p-1am, SLB MP

Sunday, September 2nd

  • UIS Block Party Noon-4pm, Quad
    • Inflatables Intramural Kickball Tournament- Game starts on the hour
    • Backyard Games
    • Open Volleyball/Basketball
    • CSF Jello Olympics
    • Live Angry Birds
    • Music with BMCS
  • Blue Crew BBQ 4:00-5p, Parking Lot to East of Kiwanis
  • Women Soccer v Lindenwood- Belleville 5p, Kiwanis

Monday, September 3rd Labor Day

  • Men’s Soccer v. Vitterbo 1p, Kiwanis Stadium
  • Slip n Slide & Water Balloon Wars 3-5p, South Quad

Download a printable schedule.

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Helping UIS students get their "Foot in the Door"

2012 Foot in the Door Fair Logo with Shoeprint

The annual Foot in the Door Fair brings part-time jobs, on-campus student employment, internships, and volunteer opportunities to the many UIS students looking to find employment or gain experience during the school year. On September 6th, students can stop by the centrally located PAC concourse to talk to nearly 70 on off-campus employers about their opportunities. The event has seen strong attendance and last year’s fair hosted a record number of employers. This year’s fair is co-sponsored by the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, and Student Employment/Office of Financial Assistance.

While many students seek part-time jobs to earn money during their college years, these jobs, as well as internships and volunteering opportunities give students experience in real-world work situations. Along with experience, those who volunteer, work, or intern also have more opportunities to become active in their community and build valuable career contacts for their future careers.

To help students prepare for the fair, the Career Development Center is hosting Resume Mania. Resume mania provides students with five days of drop-in or call-in access to help with their resumes and Foot in the Door Fair preparation. 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 http://www.uis.edu/career/careerfairs/footfair/index.html.

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Network with UIS student leaders

You are invited to network with UIS student leaders at the Networking BBQ on
Sunday August 19 at 5:30pm, outside SLB
The UIS Student Leadership Retreat will take place Saturday, Aug. 18 and Sunday, Aug. 19, with a BBQ dinner on Sunday night at 5:30pm.  Come out for the food, grilled chicken breast sandwiches, grilled corn on the cob, assorted salads, and meet 100 of our student leaders. 


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Stellar Student Service Tips

Stay Hydrated with Food

Drinking water is something that a majority of us take for granted. When we are thirsty, we can simply turn on the kitchen faucet and fill up a glass of water. As the Midwest drought continues, we are beginning to hear more and more about water restrictions when it comes to watering your yard and even washing your car. Still, most of us haven’t thought twice about what would happen if our drinking water were restricted. Obviously, all living things need water to survive. The brown grass and corn we see in central Illinois remind us daily what happens when you restrict living things water.

Did you know that you can find a significant amount of water in the food you eat? About 20% of our daily water intake comes from food. Foods such as watermelon and cucumbers are more than 90 percent water! Eating produce with high water content has other benefits; produce with high water content also provide antioxidants, electrolytes, fiber, minerals and essential vitamins.

Here is a list of some of the most hydrating foods available in the produce section at your local grocery store (listed as water content by weight):

• Cucumbers: 96%
• Lettuce: 96%
• Celery: 95%
• Tomato: 94%
• Watermelon: 92%
• Spinach: 92%
• Grapefruit: 91%
• Cantaloupe: 90%
• Broccoli: 91%
• Peaches: 88%
• Orange: 87%
• Carrots: 87%
• Apples: 84%

The above are also great foods for juicing as they produce considerable water, along with the previously stated benefits of vitamins, antioxidants, electrolytes, fiber, and minerals.

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Summer Golf Outing



34 golfers came out to Edgewood Golf Club in Auburn, IL, for the annual Recreational Sports Golf Outing.  The event was held on July 12, 2012.

  • Longest Drive Women- Karen Willard
  • Longest Drive Men- Jason Gibson
  • Closest to the Pin- Logan Woods
  • Longest Putt- Neville Patkus
  • Straightest Drive- Briton Wilkey

Winning Team- Dave Barrows, Bill Prather, Briton Wilkey, Mark Tucker


Waiting In Line for Golf


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Leadership Consortium Workshop held

The Division of Student Affairs Professional Development Committee presented a Leadership Consortium Workshop July 25.
Special guest speaker was Katherine Krajcovic, EdD, adjunct faculty member in Women’s Studies and the Director of Operations, Enrollment Management and Student Affairs at Webster University.
The program was based on communication styles: Leveraging differences for inclusive outcomes; Creating a Culture of Active Leadership: Implementing strategies for performances planning, goal setting, orientation programs and policies to actively guide; and Overview of mentorship programs and the importance of networking.  Participants brought professional or personal goals to the workshop to begin establishing goal-setting and developing strategic plans.
“We are excited that Dr. Krajcovic has volunteered to come back to UIS in the near future with additional topics,” said Jeannie Capranica, chair of the Professional Development Committee.

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Recipes for some Illinois State Fair foods—like Fried Twinkies

Can’t make it to the Illinois State Fair and wishing you could have a Fried Twinkie or Lemon Shake-up?
There are recipes online that will allow you to make such fair favorites at home. Gwen Cribbett located the recipes online—whether they are the recipes fair vendors follow is uncertain--and provided the links below.
Lemon Shake-up:
Banana Pops:
Deep Fried Oreos:
Elephant Ears:
Fried Ice Cream:
Fried Twinkies:

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Women's self-defense training

2012 RAD Graphic

A free program for UIS women sponsored by the UIS Women's Center and Campus Police.

Sunday evenings, 5-8 pm
September 9th, 16th, 23rd, and 30th

Contact the UIS Women's Center at (217) 206-7173 or womenscenter@uis.edu to enroll.

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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, Kim Rutherford, or Trent Tangen

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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.


Staff Spotlight

Jay Swenson joins Rec Sports staff

Jay Swenson, formerly a program director for the YMCA in Maquoketa, Iowa, has joined the staff of Recreational Sports as Assistant Director for Intramurals and Club Sports.
Jay graduated from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa, in 2009, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sport Management. He graduated from Western Illinois University in 2011 with a Master of Science degree in Sports Management.
He is a native of Dubuque, Iowa.


You Better Ketchup: Brittany Elder going away party/potluck

Brittany Elder has been a big part of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center is leaving UIS. Join us to celebrate Brittany and her contribution to UIS.

Brittany's send-off party will be held in the STARS Lounge on Wednesday, August 15th, from 11 - 1. If you can bring a dish to pass, please contact Cathy Cassavant (ccass1@uis.edu) to get on the food list.

The theme is ketchup or things that go well with ketchup.

Pamela Schweikle retiring

Pamela Schweikle, an Admissions and Records officer at UIS since 2000, is retiring this month.

Here are a few questions of Pamela and her answers.

Where are you from originally?—came to USA from England with my family in the mid -1950s

Where did you go to college?—earned Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University.

Did you work somewhere before UIS?—elementary school  in the Chicago suburbs, where I taught, and then I worked at UIUC.

When did you begin here and what has been your position?—August 2000- Admission & Records Officer
What are some of your plans for your retirement?—enjoy family, travel and run some 5Ks

Favorite memory/memories of UIS?—working with a great team in Admissions and seeing how our freshman students impacted our UIS campus in such a positive way



Lynne Price offers thanks

Hello!  ( from "retirement land"  where right now it's 75 degrees with a cool breeze-----though I miss you all, can't say that retirement isn't great!)

Thank you all for my retirement party - to those who helped make it so wonderful and those who attended, it was great fun.  Thank you for the gift certificate and for signing my "where were you on Sept. 28, 1970" poster; I haven't had time to use the certificate yet, but I do have a special item picked out and I'll tell you about it when I get it (smile);  Almost every time I read the poster I see something new that makes me laugh, and reminds me of you.

You have all been a great bunch of folks to work with, you never failed to support the CHS and our projects, and you all have the best sense of humor of any department on campus, in my book, you're the best group ever to work with!  Thank you for all the fun and for hanging in there during the tough times too!

I'll see you around sometime!



Recipe Rack

6 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1 purple onion, finely chopped
1 cucumber, peeled seeded and chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
2 Tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 teaspoons sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (optional)
4 cups tomato juice

Combine all ingredients, blend to desired consistency.
Place in non-metal, non-reactive storage container and refrigerate overnight.

Classic Vichyssoise

1 tablespoon butter
3 leeks, bulb only, thinly sliced
1 onion, sliced
5 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/2 teaspoon marjoram
1 bay leaf
5 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup heavy cream


1. Melt butter in large stock pot. Add leeks and onion and cook for 10 minutes.
2. Add potatoes, salt, pepper and herbs. Continue to cook for another 15 minutes
3. Add chicken stock and bring to boil, reduce heat and cook for another 1/2 hour
4. Puree soup in food processor and cool overnight
5. Prior to serving add cream and blend well.

Recipes above, courtesy of Geoffrey Evans

Watermelon-Ginger Granita

The Merriam-Webster defines Granita as a coarse-textured ice confection typically made from fruit.
Combine 4 cups cubed watermelon with 6 Tablespoons honey, 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice, and 2 teaspoons ginger in a blender.
Transfer to shallow 1 ½ quart dish, cover, and freeze overnight.
Break up clumps with a fork until texture is grainy.
Refreeze 20 minutes or until firm.
Keep frozen until ready to serve.
Serves 4.

Recipe courtesy Cathleen Cassavant



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