UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Friday, October 19, 2012

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett:
Moving an organization from "Good to Great"

Dr. Tim BarnettMoving an organization from “Good to Great” is never an easy process. There are several fundamental concepts that have to be initiated and followed.

One of those concepts is the “HedgeHog Concept.” In his book, “Good to Great,” author Jim Collins describes it as having “two fundamental distinctions.” The first distinction has three aspects: (1) Identifying what we (the organization) can be best at; (2) What drives our economic engine; and (3) What is the organization deeply passionate about. The second distinction is based on the answers the organization has for the concepts; the answers need to be expressed in one very clear simple statement.

For the UIS Division of Student Affairs, the simple statement is “Students First.” What can UIS Student Affairs be best at? “Serving Students.” Second, what drives our economic engine? Student enrollments drive our economic engine, as Chancellor Koch has said in public addresses on campus. Third, what is Student Affairs passionate about? We are passionate about our students succeeding in their academic goals at UIS. These concepts have been demonstrated in numerous ways within the division. These are just two of the many examples.

During the move-in with our freshmen students and their parents, we heard constant compliments about how well these students were treated from the time they expressed interest in UIS to the day they moved into the residence halls. It was the UIS staff and primarily Student Affairs staff members who created these positive experiences for the students and their parents. Making “Students First” pays off through the personal, quick responses to students and parents’ questions and concerns. Other examples that exemplify “Students First,” what Student Affairs staff members are passionate about, and how we realize enrollments drive the university economic engine: processing applications quickly and communicating in a timely manner with students about any additional information that is needed; providing a positive welcoming experience during New Student Orientation; and ensuring that clean residence halls rooms were ready for students to move into them.

Residence Life has conducted a complete review of its policies for students living in the residence halls. Two years ago, Residence Life struggled with numerous complaints, ranging from the condition of facilities to the policies that student had to live by. The department took to heart the need to make changes, the renovation of the old apartments, and the hiring of additional staff. But most significant have been the changes in policies that impact students’ day-to-day lives; these changes have created a new and positive view of Residence Life by the students living on-campus.

The UIS Division of Student Affairs employs great people. We, on most occasions, do great work. But we want to continue to move forward. We want to be known for our great service to our students. We cannot be satisfied with just being “good.” The competition for students is becoming greater every year. What can and will distinguish UIS Student Affairs is the quality of service we provide to students and their parents. As Collins states, “Moving from Good to Great is not a matter of circumstances. It is a matter of conscious choice and discipline.”

As a division, we have made the choice that we will become known to potential college students and our current students for our great service. Departments within the division need to review their policies to make sure they are student-focused, not staff-focused. We also need to review simple things--from how we respond to phone calls and emails with students, to the face-to-face interactions we have with students. How we interact with students plays a significant role in how our students feel they are being treated.

In my role as the Vice Chancellor, I need to make sure as a division we stay focused on our goal of “Students First.” I also need to provide you with the freedom to do your jobs and to make the necessary changes to meet the goal of “Students First.” Moreover, I need to make sure that individuals and departmental efforts are recognized in moving UIS from Good to Great.

For more information about the book, “Good to Great,” and Jim Collins, visit Jim Collins - Home. The book was published by Harper Press in 2001.

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Stellar Student Service Tips

Homecoming Parade Highlights

Student Affairs Staff in Homecoming Parade
Journal Photo by Colten Bradford

International Student Association in 2012 Homecoming Parade
Journal Photo by Alex Johnson

Career Development Center
UIS Photo by Blake Wood

The 2012 Homecoming Parade attracted 31 entries, an increase of 11 over last year’s parade, according to Cynthia Thompson, Director of Student Life and Homecoming Committee Chair. Organizers said the theme of “Bright Lights, Blue City” represented the “importance that the campus places on bringing students, families, alumni and community together to celebrate our many campus achievements and traditions.” Thirty-five families—117 people altogether—attended Homecoming 2012/Family Weekend activities.

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Scavenger Hunt part of Homecoming and Family Weekend Activities

  1. What prominent public figure has a mask in the main floor of the Brookens Library?
  2. What is unique about where one of the sets of stairs leads to in Brookens Library?
  3. How many columns does the colonnade have?
  4. Who is the small tree dedicated to in the grassy triangular section of land between Brookens Library and the Health and Science building? Look hard!
  5. How many countries have flags hanging in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby(3rd floor of PAC)? These flags represent our students from across the world here at UIS!
  6. Which country does not have a flag hanging in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby? (a. Liberia b. Chile c. Uzbekistan d. Australia)
  7. What is the name of the big painting on the 3rd floor of PAC in the PAC Atrium?
  8. How many Chancellor portraits are on the wall outside the Chancellor’s Office on the fifth floor of PAC?
  9. Which of the following animals are not included in the fossil collection on the 1st floor of the PAC building in the Concourse Hallway outside the Parking Operations office? (a. Terror bird b. Bull shark c. Dire wolf
    d. European bison)
  10. Who is the artist who created the Lincoln Portrait in the first floor lobby of the UHB Building?
  11. Who is the fountain outside Brookens Library dedicated to? (This fountain no longer runs due to flooding risks!)
  12. Where on campus can you use the sun to tell time?

Here are the answers!

  1. Abraham Lincoln
  2. One of the stairways lead straight into a brick wall..it’s a stairway to nowhere!
  3. 12
  4. Yoda the dog    
  5. 66
  6. Australia is not represented among the flags
  7. Distant Thunder
  8. 5
  9. European Bison
  10. Elsa Schmid
  11. Charles Spaulding (Spaulding Fountain)
  12. Patton Park and apparently there is an area between Brookens and PAC as well


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Congratulations to the
2012 Office/Door Decorating Contest Winners!!!

First Place – Experiential & Service Learning Programs
Second Place – Counseling Center


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By Kim Rutherford, Disability Services Learning Specialist

Seattle Fish Market

Author John Christensen created the FISH workplace management system after he visited the Pike Place Fish Market in  Seattle and observed how happy, animated and productive the employees seemed.

In September, Student Affairs staff attended a Professional Development Committee workshop on FISH and learned ways to apply it in their UIS workplaces.  Speakers were UIS Bookstore staff, Brenda Butler, Amy Moser, Michelle Krause and Christina Keeley.

FISH encourages individuals to:

  • Provide amazing service that makes customers want to come back again and again.
  • Build a culture where employees love to give their best every day.
  • Build effective leaders who inspire through their example.
  • Improve teamwork and build trust.

Four simple practices, FISH says, foster energy and commitment in the workplace:

  • Play. Be Relaxed. Find the Positive. Encourage Others
  • Make their day. Genuine Smile. Compliment. Take time. Be present
  • Be there. Pay attention to people – Eye contact. Listen – Make them a priority
  • Choose your attitude. Be happy!

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Foot in the Door Fair – Bigger than Ever

By Kristen Chenoweth, Recruiter and Communications Coordinator

Students and Employers at the 2012 Foot in the Door Fair
Photo Provided by Jeannie Capranica

One-hundred employers registered to meet UIS students seeking part-time jobs, internships, student employment, and volunteer
opportunities during this year’s annual Foot in the Door Fair, making it the largest Foot in the Door fair yet.
The event was held in September at the Public Affairs Center.
“The fair has grown considerably in terms of student and employer turnout,” says Tammy Craig, Director of the Career Development Center.  Previous fairs hosted between 70 and 80 employers.
The fair gave students the opportunity to meet employers offering opportunities locally and nationally. It also encouraged students to get themselves out among employers to not only find jobs but to network with employers, explore career options, and learn about organizations they may wish to join as a volunteer or paid employee.
Leading up to the fair, the CDC held six days of “Resume Mania” to help students polish their resumes and be ready to meet employers.
Increased levels of professionalism and attendance among this year’s students impressed employers. One employer remarked, “Impressive turnout and preparation.” Still, others remarked that while they see improvement in student professionalism, there is room for improvement.
The CDC will continue to get the word out to students that employers expect to see students who are dressed appropriately, in business casual attire at the minimum, and who present polished resumes.
The CDC is already working on the 2013 Springfield Collegiate Career Fair, scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in TRAC. The fair is open to UIS students, as well as students from Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris University, and Benedictine University at Springfield, as well as community members. As the date of the fair approaches, the CDC plans to host more preparation events to help students get ready.


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Winners of the 2nd Annual
Disc Golf Scramble

Disc Golf Team
Photo Provided by Chris Ryan

Winner of 18 Holes: UIS Lifters (Score: 46)
Zach Berillo, Van Vieregge, Jeremiah Hernandez & Chad Eversgerd

Winner of 9 Holes: Bogeys (Score:34)
Tim Barnett, Judy Shipp, Mark Dochterman & Jim Korte

Most Enthusiastic Team: Spice Girls
Lindsay Meece, Mandy Ealey, Margaret Wright & Cindy Smith

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Think before you speak:
Be aware of ‘invisible disabilities’

By Kim Rutherford, Disability Services Learning Specialist

When you find yourself in a crowd of people, whether they are random strangers, colleagues, or friends, think about the language you use. We often don’t realize the power of our words nor do we consider the people our words will affect.   Slang such as “retard,” “retarded,” and “psycho” are often used in a joking manner to describe someone who appears different or troubled. However, to the recipient of such words, these words are cruel. 

The language you choose is your most powerful weapon. You can destroy or heal people during your daily interactions. You can uplift or repress others. You can choose to use your words to encourage and enlighten, or discriminate and degrade. Free speech is a precious privilege, but it is a powerful privilege with a question of responsibility. Your words not only display your intelligence, but also your general worldview. You alone choose how you will affect the lives of those around you.

While out and about on the beautiful UIS campus, or in the Springfield area, it is not uncommon to see someone using a wheelchair, guided by a service dog, or wearing hearing aids. What is not so common to see are people with “invisible disabilities.”

Invisible disabilities refer to disabilities individuals may have that are not easily recognized, which includes, but is not limited to, sensory disorders (hearing and vision impairments), health issues, learning disabilities, and psychological disorders. It is likely that during the day you may encounter someone with a disability that is not quickly noticeable. 

Unfortunately people with visible disabilities often are not held to the same expectations as those who may look “normal.” If you see an individual who uses a wheelchair, he or she may appear to need help, whereas you may encounter several people during a day with depression, anxiety, a learning disability, or other conditions and not be aware of their struggles.  It is important to be reminded of the gray area of what is your perspective, reality, and societal expectations. The person who uses a wheelchair may be more capable and successful than the person dealing with depression and anxiety; yet perceived success is typically judged upon appearance only.

UIS is fortunate to have many excellent resources to assist students with a variety of disabilities. The Office of Disability Services provides academic accommodations, the Counseling Center provides counseling services, Health Services prescribes medications, and the Center for Teaching and Learning works with students to assist them with time management, study skills, and organization.

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Kate Bornstein Kicks off Queertober

Kate Bornstein Presenting
Journal Photo by Lori Beckham

Kate Bornstein, who underwent sex reassignment surgery 26 years ago, kicked off Queertober at UIS with a presentation in Brookens Auditorium. Bornstein’s written works include the books, “Gender Outlaw: On Men, Women and the Rest of Us” and “Hello Cruel World: 101 Alternatives to Suicide for Teens, Freaks and Other Outlaws.” When meeting people who are different or new to you, practice “the activism of radical wonder and radical welcoming,” the 64-year-old Borstein told the UIS audience.

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Stretch, take a walk, and if you can help it, don’t eat lunch at your desk

By Jay Swenson, Recreational Sports Assistant Director, Intramurals and Club Sports and
Shane Stephens, Recreational Sports G.A. and Personal Trainer

We’ve all been there. You’ve been sitting at your desk for the last hour and now you are getting that dreaded cramp in your neck. What can you do to prevent that? Here is a list of some things you can do right at your desk to help prevent such cramps:

  1. Stand up and stretch arms above your head, lean to both sides, followed by five shoulder rolls forward and five shoulder rolls back.
  2. Head tilts – drop head to one side and pull down gently with hand.  Roll head forward and around to other side, repeat and hold. 
  3. Leg stretch (repeat twice)
    1. Place your hands flat on top of your right leg.
    2. Lift your right leg from your hip flexor and fully extend it straight from the knee.
    3. With your leg fully extended flex your upper leg muscle and hold for ten seconds.
    4. Lower your right leg slowly, once again placing your foot flat on the floor.
    5. Repeat exercise with the left leg.
  4. “Magic Carpet Ride” - Sit in chair with legs crossed and your feet on the seat. Place your hands on the armrests, suck in your stomach and raise yourself a few inches above the seat, using your belly, muscles and hands. Hold for 10 to 20 seconds. Rest for 30 seconds. Repeat five times.

Cramps aren’t the only problem this time of the year. With the days becoming shorter you may start to find yourself getting to work when it’s dark and then again leaving when it’s dark. This is something that everyone dreads.
To help alleviate this stress, make sure you get up and walk around every 30 minutes to an hour. Use this time to talk to co-workers or get a drink of water. This will also help you stretch out and help prevent the cramping that was discussed earlier.
If the weather allows, take a 15-minute walk outside. Your body requires Vitamin D, which you can get by being in the sun, each day. Also, remember that spending just a few minutes outside helps break up your daily routine and can boost your mood.
Another way to help improve your mood this time of the year is to play some soft music if your supervisor approves. Pick something pleasant that you like, and you’ll find yourself in a better state of mind.
The main idea to take from all of this: It is important to take breaks during the day, away from your desk. Try to take a break of 15 minutes for every two hours of work.  Staring at your computer screen for hours can lead to eye strain/stress, a headache, and over time, vision problems. 
Eye strain, stiff muscles and stress in general can lead to a less productive workday. When the brain is forced to focus on one task for several hours at a time, it becomes fatigued; fatigue can lead to sloppy, incorrect and poor work.  Your brain needs time to recharge.  This is why, if you can help it, don’t eat lunch at your desk. Use your breaks to walk around, read a book, or eat a healthy snack.
Above all, know everyone needs to take a break once and a while. Not only will it help you physically, it will do wonders for you mentally as well.
For more information:

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Stellar Student Service Tips

Shine Your Light on
Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Share your phone picture

Bring in used cell phones with chargers to the Women's Center, SLB 15. In turn, we'll give you a purple ribbon to commemorate Dating/Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

The Women's Center will get your cell phones and chargers to Springfield's Sojourn Shelter & Services and noted as donated by the UIS community.

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Queertober Ad - List of events thumbnail

Click to view full-size version

  1. LGBTea Weekly Social - Thursdays! 4-6PM. LGBTQA student lounge, SLB 22, A non-judgemental social atmosphere. Drop by any time.
  2. QSA Drag Show feat. Shangela* (RuPaul's Drag Race), Friday, 9:30PM, SLB Multipurpose Rm, part of Late Night. Drag show is free and open to the public. Other Late Night activities are $10 for non UIS students. Sponsored by Student Activities Committee (SAC) & LGBTQA Resource Office.
  3. Pics from the Closet Door on the Quad online at https://www.facebook.com/UISLGBTQAResourceOffice
  4. Over The Rainbow Fundraiser for Older LGBT Seniors - David Bishop Memorial Harvest Ball, Sat. Oct. 20, 7PM

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Doug Blue Feather
In the Spirit of the Flute

Doug Blue Feather Playing Flute

Thursday, November 1
11:30 - 1pm
Lunchtime concert in the Food Emporium
Co-Sponsored by: Diversity Center and Food Service

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Soup and Conversation

Soup and Conversation - picture of soup

Each month open dialogue will focus on a topic of understanding of differences and intercultural dialogue to welkcome diversity, eliminate division, intolerance and stereotyping.

Upcoming Dates

  • November 2nd
  • December 7th
  • February 1st
  • March 1st
  • April 5th

2 - 3:30 pm
Diversity Center, SLB 22

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Student Affairs Cares!

2012 Student Affairs Cares

2012 Student Affairs Cares in Pink 2

Cox Children's Center Cares - Cox Children's center staff and kids in pink

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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 Stevens, 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.


Staff Spotlight

Michelle Vinson joins UIS Department of Residence Life

Michelle Vinson was hired this fall to fill the newly created position of Housing Administrator III in Residence Life.
Michelle, formerly at Saint Louis University, prides herself on being a supportive team member and “being impactful to the lives of the students.”  She says she is guided by the idea that “students come to us with different experiences and are not all at the same place in life when they arrive to our campus.”

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Preview Days

UIS offer special preview days for individual prospective students and their families including an academic fair, campus tours, lunch, and greetings from the Chancellor.

All Preview Days are on Saturdays. The program starts at 10:00 a.m. and concludes at 2:00 p.m.

Upcoming Preview Days

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Saturday March 2, 2013

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Recent Preview Day attracts 70 prospective students

Seventy prospective students and 170 total guests attended a recent Preview Day at UIS, and provided  “overwhelmingly positive feedback” about their visit.
Here is a sample of what they said:
"Illinois’ best kept secret!"

"I loved being able to talk to my prospective professors and other students in my field (at lunch)."

"I’m applying when I get home – this made the decision for me to come here so easy."

"It was great – my mom was very pleased and she would like me to go".

"Really enjoyed it – it was my first Preview Day at any university."

"Well-run, organized, all staff made me feel welcome and took time to answer questions."

"I learned a lot more about UIS and how UIS can prepare me for a career."

"I am now very eager to apply!"

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Transfer Counselor Conference held in UHB

Representatives from more than 20 Illinois community colleges attended a Transfer Counselor Conference held earlier this month in University Hall.
UIS transfer coordinator Raymond Barnett described the event as a “panel-driven information fair presented as a conference.”
Panels, which featured UIS faculty and staff from Academic Affairs and Student Affairs, included Collaborative Teaching, A Right-Sized Campus Community, Educating for Public Service, and Preparing for Success. A lunch and campus tour were also provided.
Transfer counselors often ask about the ease of the transfer student application process, length of time for transfer students to earn their bachelor’s degrees, and availability of internship and other job experiences and research opportunities for students, according to Raymond.

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UIS Trivia

Q: What former White House Press Secretary earned a degree in Public Affairs Resporting from UIS?

Q: What Former First Lady spoke at UIS in 1996?

Answers in next month's newsletter.

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Numerous Student Affairs-oriented books available for check-out

A variety of books on a variety of Student Affairs-related topics are available for check-out in Chris Ryan’s office in University Hall, Room 1072.

Here are links to two lists:

Student Affairs Book List - a list of books recommended for Student Affairs professionals dedicated to continuing education

Student Affairs Books List Continue

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spacerStudents, faculty and staff can ‘Trick or Treat for Canned Goods’

Trick or Treat for Canned Goods to benefit the Central Illinois Foodbank is back for 2012, and students, faculty and staff can form teams and participate, according to the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, the event’s sponsor.
Last year, volunteers collected 8,000 pounds of food, and organizers say they are aiming to exceed that total this year.
The deadline to register teams is 4 p.m. Friday, Oct. 19. For more information, visit www.uis.edu/volunteer, e-mail volunteer@uis.edu, or call 206-7716.

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Recipe Rack

Mediterranean Vegetable Stew

Recipe courtesy of Geoffrey Evans, UIS Food Service Director
2 tablespoons olive oil, divided.
1 cup chopped red onion.
2 cups chopped green pepper.
2 clove garlic
1 cup sliced mushrooms
1 small eggplant, unpeeled, cut in 1-2 inch cubes
1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes
½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
1 (15oz can) chickpeas, drained
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
1 cup chopped parsley
In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoons oil, Sauté onion and pepper until soft.

Add 1 tablespoon oil, garlic, mushrooms and eggplant. Simmer, stirring until eggplant is soft but not mushy, about 15 minutes.

Add tomatoes, olives, chickpeas and rosemary. Simmer until heated through, about 10 minutes, add parsley.

Top with feta cheese if desired.spacerDutch Apple Pie

Recipe courtesy Geoffrey Evans, UIS Food Service Director
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup quick oats
¾ cup melted butter

2/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup water
3 cups sliced peeled tart apples
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, oats and butter; set aside 1 cup for topping.

Press remaining crumb mixture into ungreased 9 inch pie pan.
For filling, combine sugar, cornstarch and water in saucepan. Bring to boil and cook for two minutes until thickened.
Stir in apples and vanilla.
Pour into crust; top with reserved crumb mixture. Bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes or until crust is golden brown.



Irish Beef Stew

Recipe courtesy of Barbara Wheatley, Resident Director, East Campus Apartments


1¼ lbs. well-marbled chuck beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch pieces (NOT extra-lean the flavor is in the fat)
3-4 tablespoons of minced garlic
6 cups beef stock or canned beef broth (use bouillon cubes when I am out of broth)
I cup of dark beer (I like Guinness)
1 cup of fine red wine (if using semi-sweet wine do not use sugar listed below)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1-tablespoon sugar
1-tablespoon dried thyme
1-tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 bay leaves
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
3 lbs. russet potatoes, peeled, cut into ½-inch pieces (about 7 cups)
(if you’re not the into potatoes or burnt out on them sub 1 ½ lbs. trumpet bottoms for 1 ½ lbs. of potatoes ) 
1 large onion, chopped
2 cups ½-inch pieces peeled carrots
Salt and Pepper
Olive oil


Heat olive oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Lightly salt the beef pieces. Brown off beef pieces.  Add chopped veggies - potatoes, onion and carrots (trumpet bottoms if you want to jazz things up) to crockpot. Transfer beef to crockpot. Add garlic and sauté 1 minute. Add beef stock, Guinness, red wine, tomato paste, sugar, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and bay leaves. Stir to combine. Set to cook on low for 8 hours. When you come home from your long day your home will smell like granny was there. Take out bay leaves. Add salt and pepper to taste. Yummy tummy time!  Do not forget the cornbread…

Skillet Cornbread

Recipe courtesy of Barbara Wheatley, Resident Director, East Campus Apartments

1-cup all-purpose flour, sifted
1-cup yellow cornmeal
1 Tbsp. baking powder
A pinch salt
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup of milk
1/3 cup of veggie oil
¼ cup honey
¼ cup sugar
Oiled CAST-IRON Skillet

In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients well. Create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients add remaining wet ingredients to the well. Mix from the middle of the bowl. Mix until well combined.

Heat oiled cast-iron skillet on Med-Hi. Pour cornbread mix in. Place skillet in 350 degree (per heated) oven. Cook for 25 minutes until golden!

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