UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett:

Dr. Tim BarnettDuring the holiday season, part of the celebration involves reflecting on the year and looking ahead to the new year. With the 2012 year, there is much to reflect upon. Our motto is “Students First,” and we are striving to be a university known for its customer service. Our students and staff have focused on the need to improve campus life at UIS, and there have been numerous changes in 2012 that are making that happen.

If you have not walked past the newly renovated apartments on campus, please do so. The changes, both on the inside and outside, have made all the difference in the world. The students love the apartments, which look better and are places where students want to live. The Food Emporium has new flooring, and during the holiday break, new furniture will be added in the seating areas. We see the new furniture as enlivening the look of the Food Emporium and enhancing interaction among those dining there. Other enhancements that are making a difference and making the campus more appealing to students: The convenience store in Lincoln Hall (because of its business, it’s expanding its hours) and the smoothie bar in TRAC. The smoothies are great, and I encourage you to give it a try.

Students have expressed the need for more places to socialize, especially late at night. Student approval of the Student Union referendum is an example of how important social gathering places are for students. Until the student union is built, we have to provide other opportunities and places for students to meet. Housing Commons, TRAC and Stars Lounge all extended their weekend hours to help accommodate requests by students to provide more social gathering places.

The planning committee for the UIS Student Union has met twice this fall. We are still planning to open the Student Union sometime in the fall of 2015. This spring, we hope to visit several other recently built or renovated student unions. The Chancellor is focused on fundraising and working with the President’s Office in moving the Student Union project through the various approvals that are needed for construction to get under way. This spring, we hope to hire an architect to develop a conceptualization design.

On career and health services fronts, the Career Development Center is extending the time available for graduates to use the center’s services. We are also attempting to purchase software that would allow students to schedule appointments online with Health Services. The LGBTQA Office has made a number of changes to Safe Zone training, and the changes have prompted increased interest among students, faculty and staff.

For 2013, I believe we will see significant changes at UIS. One of the most significant additions to the Student Affairs Division will be the implementation of a Professional Development Program. Members of the Professional Development Committee have developed an excellent on-going training model with numerous workshops for participation by division staff. Our hope is that the workshops will help individuals prepare for the next steps in their careers and for the division to aim for even more excellence in the customer service we provide.

As you reflect back on 2012 and anticipate 2013, I hope you will be able to look at some of the accomplishments and changes we have seen over the past year. I wish you all a happy and relaxing holiday break.

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Trick-or-treat for canned goods

Student Affairs members collect canned goods

The first ever UIS Student Affairs Staff Team for Trick-or-Treat for Canned goods.  We raised 394 pounds of can goods for the Central Illinois Food Bank.

Team members

  • Gale Kilbury
  • Jay Swenson
  • Tammy Craig
  • Tisha Palmer
  • Rebecca Prather
  • Lori Benedict
  • Chad Eversgerd
  • Zach Berillo
  • Claire Casper
  • Melissa Frost    
  • Chris Ryan

staff and students get food ready for food pantry

Photo courtesy The Journal

Mark Dochtermann and others sort canned goods donated to the Central Illinois Food Bank. “All told, we just broke the 7,000 pound mark,” said Mark of the number of canned goods collected.

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Tentative Finals Week Schedule

Monday, Dec. 10
Brookens Library Extended Hours
8:30am – 3am
Tuesday, Dec. 11

Brookens Library Extended Hours
8:30am – 3pm
Wednesday, Dec. 12
Brookens Library Extended Hours
8:30am – 3am
Thursday, Dec. 13
Brookens Library Extended Hours
8:30am – 3am
Friday, Dec.  14

Brookens Library Extended Hours
8:30am – 9pm
Late Nite
Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs
9pm – 1am
Saturday, Dec. 15
End of the Year Celebration
Sponsored by the Black Student Union
10:30pm – 2:30am
Stars Lounge
Monday, Dec.  17
Stars Lounge Study Central
Stars Lounge
Tuesday, Dec. 18
Finals Fiesta
Sponsored by Stars Lounge
Stars Lounge
Wednesday, Dec. 19
Late Nite Breakfast
Sponsored by Student Life
Main Concourse
Foam stockings & gingerbread men to decorate

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Career fair brings job and networking connections to UIS

2013 Career Fair Tues. Feb. 12 from 11 - 3pm in TRAC

On February 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., UIS students will have the opportunity to connect with employers at the 2013 Springfield Collegiate Career Fair. The Career Fair is open to all students, first-year through graduate-level.

All students are encouraged to attend, whether first-year students, seniors or graduate students. The fair is designed to provide opportunities for students to connect with a wide variety of businesses and organizations about full-time jobs, part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities. Networking is also encouraged.

This year’s fair will be held in TRAC. The facilities at TRAC will provide a single large space focused on the career fair and the layout is designed to provide a space where job seekers and employers can network and discuss career opportunities. TRAC also provides a large parking area and greater accessibility for off-campus students and employers.

Business casual is the minimum dress code for the day. Students are asked not wear jeans, flip-flops, or athletic shoes. The dress code has been put into place to aid students in presenting themselves professionally as they meet and network with potential employers. Because the fair is being held away from classroom spaces, job seekers’ attire and professionalism is more likely to be noted by attending businesses and organizations.

The career fair is a large event and many students will attend their first event of this kind. During the fair, staff members from the UIS Career Development Center will host a student hospitality area and provide on-the-spot coaching, a coat check and information on the employers attending.

Students are also encouraged to use the prep walk-in hours that the Career Development Center will host during the week before the fair. CDC staff will be on hand to help students get resumes ready, practice their introductions, and learn how to navigate the career fair. Hours will be announced within the next few weeks and posted on UIS Connect and the CDC event calendar.

Full event details including a list of the employers who have registered for the fair are available at www.uis.edu/career

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UIS ski trip planned for February
Rec Sports is organizing a ski trip to Granite Peaks in Wausau, Wis., Feb. 8-10, 2013.

The event is open to students, faculty, staff, and friends and family. Friends and family must be accompanied by a current UIS i-card holder at registration and while on the trip.

Cost is $115 for UIS students, $230 for Rec members, and $322 for non-Rec members; included in the price is transportation, ski/snowboard rentals, and hotel stay. Participants are responsible for food, ski/snowboard lessons, and rental of additional equipment.

In order to reserve your seat on the trip you must provide all of the following:

  • a completed trip registration form
  • a completed liability release form
  • provide a copy of your insurance card
  • proper payment

All of these items must be brought to the Rec Sports office (REC 1008).  If any one item is missing (i.e. you forget your insurance card), a seat cannot be reserved. 
More information about the trips and the required forms (Trip Registration and Liability Release) can be found at  http://www.uis.edu/recsports/programareas/outdoor/index.html.


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Campus honors veterans, soldiers serving overseas

two UIS students tie a yellow ribbon around a tree in honor of Veteran's Day.

Students tie yellow ribbons to UIS trees to honor veterans.
Photo courtesy The Journal


A flag-raising ceremony on Nov. 12  and yellow ribbons on UIS trees were some of the ways UIS students and others observed Veterans Day and honored those serving in the U.S. military.

UIS students also helped collect toiletries to send men and women deployed overseas.
Some links to coverage of these activities:
UIS students tie hundreds of yellow ribbons to honor Veterans
Illinois Springfield in the News: UIS students pay tribute to vets

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UIS Connection to be introduced to campus

UIS Connection Logo

UIS Connectiion will be introduced to the UIS campus Jan. 14, and between now and then, departments and offices are encouraged to submit any events they would like promoted to http://uisconnection.uis.edu and to include the link on their individual websites.
“Events should include those that are yearly or one-time programs held monthly,” said Jeannie Capranica, Diversity Center program manager. She said events can be provided via a “submit news” tab on the website.
Students and staff members of the Division of Student Affairs and the UIS Office of Web Services are among those helping with the new site,  “which is not meant to take away from any individual department website but to combine all our events,” Jeannie said.

“The website will empower students to learn what is going on around campus and to help, especially the non-traditional students, become more involved with the university. What we came up with is UIS Connection, a student-driven website,” Jeannie said in a recent e-mail. “On this site, students can easily access different department websites, tools they need for their classes, and view upcoming and past events all in one location.”

What will make the website function, Jeannie said, “are submissions by students, organizations, departments and faculty.”

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International Festival highlights students, cultures from around the world

On November 9th, UIS students celebrated international and cultural diversity with the 35th Annual International Festival. During the event there were artistic performances, food tastings, and exhibits.


Daughters of the Dance performed during the festiva.
Watch the video at : http://www.uisjournal.com/features/2012/11/14/daughters-of-the-dance-performing-at-the-35th-annual-international-festival/

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Soup and conversation

Students sitting in semi circle

“Soup and Conversation,” sponsored by the Diversity Center, features a free lunch each month and discussions about  understanding differences and intercultural dialogue. 

Remaining Soup and Conversation events are Feb. 1, March 1, and April 5 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in SLB 22.  Photo by  Jeannie Mingeaud Capranica.  

For more details: Click Here  

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How to keep in shape during the winter

It’s difficult to stay active in the winter. Running or walking outside involves 15 minutes of preparation (both physically and mentally) as you pack layer after layer of clothing on. Also, with the days running shorter, it’s easy to get tired earlier and just want to stay warm in your house.

While it’s not usually on the top of the list in a hectic holiday season, staying active is just as important, if not more, in the winter. Below are a couple ideas of staying active and, more importantly, staying warm.

Individual yoga – One way to stay active in your house is to do some basic yoga. Without going into a huge amount of details, it’s very easy to find some basic poses online that can get you started. This a great way to relax and could also get you ready to join a class once the spring semester starts!

Use indoor machines – TRAC will still be open over break. Find a machine to your liking and give it a whirl! Whether it be cycling, a treadmill, or an elliptical, working out indoors is a good way to stay active while staying warm.

Mall walk – It may sound silly, but this is the time of year that everyone shops. You may not even realize it, but walking store to store (briskly, if you are like me and wait until the last minute to shop) is a great way to stay active without even realize you are doing so.

Regardless of what you find you like, it’s important to remember to stay active during the winter months. It’s good for you physically and mentally.

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Black Collegiate Society at UIS works with Big Brothers, Big Sisters

News @ Illinois Springfield: UIS students mentor children at ...

UIS fraternity provides role models for elementary school students ...

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Student Affairs Holiday Party

Student Affairs Christmas Party Graphic

December 13, 2012, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
at Ginger Restaurant - West White Oaks Drive (next to Barnes and Noble)

The theme this year is International

Bring a wrapped gift, no more than $10.00, symbolizing another country for the gift exchange.

Please RSVP to Tisha Palmer by December 10, include your guest's name if one will be joining you.

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SAD affects people’s moods, energy levels and sleep cycles
Compiled by Valerie Gebbhardt and Kim Rutherford

unhappy girl

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) usually occurs in areas where there is a marked difference in seasonal changes and the days become longer with less sunlight.    This results in a change in a person's mood, energy level and sleep cycle.  If a person already has some type of mood disorder, such as depression, and anxiety, their chances of having SAD increases when the seasons change.  
For some depressed people, their SAD symptoms may occur in the spring, while someone with a bipolar disorder diagnosis, theirs may occur in the fall.  For people with SAD the highest rates of suicide occur during the months of May and June in some areas of the world.  To be diagnosed with SAD, the person has to experience severe mood swings two years in a row during the same time frame and then the mood swings will disappear until the same time, the next year.    For some people this maybe the only time that they have severe symptoms.
 Symptoms are more common in women than in men, and very common during the winter months.  Some symptoms during this time frame may include:  increased sadness, irritability, menstrual difficulties (women), decreased activity, increased sleeping patterns, increased carbohydrate cravings which will then increase the chances of weight gain, and interpersonal problems.  
“Light therapy,” which provides exposure to artificial light that resemble s outdoor light, can be useful in helping people with SAD
Full spectrum lamps can be bought for about $35 at Menards.   The lamps come in either table or floor models

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If you have events you want included on the calendar for the next newsletter, email Debbie Landis, Kristen Chenoweth, Gwen Cribbett, Geoff Evans, Kim Rutherford, Michael Stephens, Jay Swenson, or Barbara Wheatley

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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.


Student scholarship applications available

Financial Assistance announces the following scholarship applications:

The UIS Institutional Scholarship Application 2013-2014 is now available to be completed online. Application deadline is 11:59 pm February 15, 2013.

The Friends of UIS Scholarship for Students with Disabilities Application 2013-2014 is now available. Application deadline is February 15, 2013.

The Global Studies Experience Scholarship Application 2013-2014 is now available. Application deadline is March 29, 2013.

Scholarship forms available online

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InQUEERy: Peers providing queer answers

InQueery Logo

The LGBTQA Resource Office began the new peer education program this fall.
Fourteen students were trained to interact with their peers to combat homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism through innovative activities and engaging workshops. These students, who created and voted on the name “inQUEERy,” spoke with classes, athletics teams, student organizations, and residence halls.Using their personal narrative, students shared their stories while integrating contemporary issues into the discussions.
A year and a half of planning went into the peer education program, including researching, syllabus and curriculum writing, and garnering support from academic departments and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, according to Kerry Poynter, director of the LGBTQA Resource Office.

Peer educators are required to complete an ECCE three-hour credit course offered through Women and Gender Studies (WGS 357 also cross listed in Sociology/Anthropology, and Political Science). The course, offered last spring, will be offered again starting this January.
A description of the games and activities are online as well as a request form at http://www.uis.edu/lgbtq/programs/peer.html

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Winter Break in Residential Life
By Barbara Wheatley
On the break between fall and spring semesters, the campus can look like a winter desert.
The residence halls close their doors with only a small number of students staying behind.
Residence Life, Food Service, Campus Police, Facilities and Services, and TRAC all provide service to support the students who stay behind. Working together, these departments make sure students still have access to what they need when they need it.
Our campus is home to many international students for whom the trip home can be arduous. Many international students will take this time to explore the country or spend break with local friends and family. During their respective sports seasons, student athletes normally live in the Residence Halls but may also spend parts of winter break on campus practicing and participating in games.
For Residence Life, where every there are students living, staffing, including resident assistants, are provided.
The students who are assigned to the apartment and townhouse areas live there year-round. They deck out their homes and walk-ways for the holidays; the decorations remind us that there is still life on our winter desert and services we can provide.

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Holiday break coming!
The Holiday Break is coming up quickly, and many of the staff will want to take time off during these days, says Tim Barnett, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.
Because of different responsibilities, some offices will need to remain open between Christmas, Dec. 27 and 28  and New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31.
Residence Life, Admissions, Registration, and Financial Assistance are scheduled to be open, answering phone calls and available to talk with anyone that comes to campus. Other offices should have their phone message changed to indicate their offices are closed until Jan. 2 and that their voice mail and emails will be checked during the period of time their offices are closed.

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Upcoming Events

Jan 11: Transfer Orientation & Graduate Orientation

Jan. 19: Welcome Back Dance Party (Club Fusion)

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Observance

Jan. 26: Preview Day

Feb. 1 - Feb 28: Black History Month

Feb. 1: LateNite Stars

Feb 12: 2013 Springfield Collegiate Career Fair

Find out about holidays you didn't know existed.


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Hanukkah observance under way
Hanukkah, also known as the festival of lights, began Dec. 8 and concludes Dec. 16.

The eight-day celebration commemorates the Jewish uprising in the second century B.C. against the Greek-Syrian kingdom, which had tried to impose its culture on Jews and adorn the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem with statues of Greek gods.

The holiday lasts eight days because according to tradition, when the Jews rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem, a single vial of oil, enough for one day, burned miraculously for eight, according to a recent article in the Associated Press.

For many Jewish people, the holiday symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, with those observing the holiday lighting a candle each night.

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Flu Shots for staff and faculty

Staff and faculty who’d like to get a flu shot on campus may do so by calling Health Services to schedule an appointment. Phone number is 206-6676.

CDC - Seasonal Influenza (Flu) - Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine/
Where to get Shots/Immunizations

Here are some locations other than your personal physician office, local health department or VA where you can receive the required immunizations:

Health Services

University of Illinois at Springfield
Business Services Building, Room 20
Phone: (217) 206-6676
E-mail: HealthServices@uis.edu

By appointment
Mon - Fri 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. & 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Sangamon County Department of Public Health Immunization Clinic

2833 South Grand Avenue East
Springfield, IL 62702
Phone: (217) 535-3102

8:30 am -12:30 pm & 1:30 -7:00 pm

8:30 am - 12:30 pm& 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Fri .
8:30 am - 12:30 pm & 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm

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Be green, join food services clamshell program

Recycling icon

The initiative was essentially prompted by food services' desire to reduce the number of polystyrene ‘to go’ containers used, and in the process reduce the number that end up in landfills.

The clamshell containers are reusable and should last a number of years.

How it works : for $5.00, you receive a card which functions as a token that entitles you receive a plastic clamshell when you visit the Food emporium. You may take the clamshell to your office or anywhere on campus. For food safety reasons, you must return the clamshell to food Services to be washed. When you return the clamshell, you receive a card that entitles you to receive another, clean clamshell from Food Services. Keep in mind that you may return a clamshell and receive another one in the same visit; you’ll just be using a different clamshell.

Additionally, you may purchase a reusable tumbler for $5.00. Bring the tumbler to the food emporium, fill it with your favorite beverage and receive .25 cents off the purchase price.

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Recipe Rack

Dark Chocolate Covered Almonds

1 pound of raw almonds

3.5 oz. of dark chocolate- 90% cocoa works best

1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Roast almonds by baking at 350 degrees for 12-15 minutes

Microwave dark chocolate in bowl for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally

Mix in almonds and cocoa powder and stir until completely mixed

Spread on wax paper, cool in refrigerator for 1 hour.

Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Evans


Tropical Fruit Cakes

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1/4 cup rum or 1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups mixed dried tropical fruit
1/2 cup chopped macadamia nuts or 1/2 cup brazil nuts
1/3 cup rum or 1/3 cup pineapple juice
1/4 cup rum or 1/4 cup pineapple juice

Grease and lightly flour eight 1-cup fluted tube pans or six 4-1/2x2-1/2x1-1/2-inch individual loaf pans and set pans aside.

In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.

In a large bowl beat butter with an electric mixer on medium to high speed for 30 seconds, add brown sugar; beat until combined.

Add eggs, one at a time, beating on medium speed until combined (The batter may appear curdled).

Combine 1/4 cup rum or pineapple juice, 1/4 cup pineapple juice, the corn syrup, ginger, and vanilla.

Add flour mixture and rum mixture alternately to butter mixture, beating on low speed after each addition just until combined.

Fold in fruit bits and nuts.

Spread batter in prepared pan.

Bake in a 325 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes for fluted tube pans or 30 to 35 minutes for loaf pans or until a toothpick inserted into centers comes out clean.

Cool cakes in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes. Remove from pans; cool at least 1 hour on racks.

Poke holes in cakes using a wooden toothpick or bamboo skewer.

Soak eight or six 8-inch-square pieces of double thickness 100-percent cotton cheesecloth with the 1/3 cup rum or pineapple juice and wrap each cake in rum- or juice-soaked cheesecloth (OR just pour a few tbsp of the juice or rum over each cake before the next step).

Wrap each cake tightly in foil or seal in a plastic bag.

Chill in refrigerator for 24 hours.

Remove foil or remove cakes from bags; drizzle with 1/4 cup rum or pineapple juice. Rewrap with foil or return to plastic bags and refrigerate at least 24 hours.

Remove cheesecloth before serving.

If desired, sprinkle with sifted powdered sugar. Makes 6 or 8 cakes (24 servings).

Make-Ahead Tip: Prepare Tropical Fruit Cake as directed through until the 24 hr chill, except refrigerate up to 5 days. (Or prepare Tropical Fruit Cakes as directed through up to 24 hr chill, except do not sprinkle with powdered sugar. Place in self-sealing freezer bags. Seal, label, and freeze up to 3 months.)

To serve, thaw frozen cakes in freezer bags in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe courtesy of Kristen Chenoweth

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