UIS Student Affairs Newsletter
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A Message from Dr. Tim Barnett:

Dr. Tim BarnettLeadership Lived is the new UIS brand. It is not a slogan or a logo, but it describes who the University of Illinois Springfield is. As Chancellor Koch said recently:

“Our research shows that it describes UIS and, in fact, always has, long before we articulated it. Thousands of UIS graduates are making a difference through careers in government and in non-profit organizations. Leadership Lived also describes the positions UIS graduates hold in the private sector and the roles they play in their own communities, local charities, their churches and their children's schools. It also describes the leadership of our faculty in their various disciplines and the professors' mentoring role with students.”

The Four Core Attributes that Leadership Lived is built around are:

• Teaching Focused Academic Experience
• An Abundance of Opportunities to Collaborate
• A Right Sized Supportive Community
• A Tradition of Educating Public Servants and Leaders.

How do we, as members of the Division of Student Affairs and the UIS community, currently embody these attributes? What else can we do to foster the brand, Leadership Lived?

The first attribute, Teaching Focused Academic Experience, occurs in several ways. The most obvious is that several staff within the Division of Student Affairs teach UIS classes. Many Student Affairs offices, including Admissions, Records and Registration, Career Development Center, Financial Assistance, and International Student Services help support faculty and the classes they teach. But, as we all know, students learn in and outside of classrooms. Leadership Lived is seen in the role- modeling Student Affairs professionals provide day in and day out as well as the leadership, work and volunteer opportunities provided UIS students.

The second attribute, An Abundance of Opportunities to Collaborate, is seen throughout Student Affairs. Staff work with faculty on a variety of projects, and encourage students to plan programs, work through conflicts, volunteer, and do fund-raising. Such collaboration teaches students about the importance of teamwork. It also demonstrates that while loyalty to one’s own organization is important, it’s also important to work with others to accomplish goals.

The third attribute, Right Size Supportive Community, is about the connection students make with other students and their involvement and participation in various activities and events. In a recent Directors’ meeting, we discussed retention of transfer students. As we reviewed data, among the things that stood out was that students who left UIS said they never felt a connection with UIS. Whether it Is during orientation or activities such as intramurals and Late Nite or awareness of all that the university offers, the connections students make are critical to their overall experiences and satisfaction at UIS. SO much of what Student Affairs staff members do is to make connections with students. We work with students to help them gain skills for success in college and life in general.

The fourth attribute is A Tradition of Educating Public Servants and Leaders. UIS has a long history of educating tomorrow’s leaders and public servants through a wide variety of majors and extraordinary internships. Graduates choose service and non-profit careers; others excel in the private sector. All are contributing to a better world through ethical leadership and a commitment to making a difference.

Student Affairs staff members do an amazing job of modeling Leadership Lived—such an amazing job that I couldn’t begin to list all the ways in one column! Living the UIS brand, “Leadership Lived,” is the responsibility of all of us. We do it through advising, teaching, mentoring, training, listening, role modeling, and more. “Students First,” the vision statement of the UIS Division of Student Affairs, is our way as a Division to live this brand.

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Spotlight: Black Male Initiative and Black Male Collegiate Society

Vernon Gair Black Male Collegiate Society

Justin Rase Black Male Collegiate Society

Everybody has transitions to make when they start college, with transitions being different for different populations of students, say Justin Rose and Vernon Gair. Justin and Vernon are among the African-American males at UIS who are making it a point to reach out to other black male students on campus through the Black Male Initiative, a Diversity Center program that began in 2010, and the Black Male Collegiate Society, a student organization that grew out of the Black Male Initiative.

The Black Male Initiative and Black Male Collegiate Society sponsor a variety of activities, including mentoring, tutoring and study sessions, community service, and leadership discussions.

Justin is the volunteer coordinator of the Black Male Initiative, and Vernon is president of the Black Male Collegiate Society. Including alumni, the Black Male Collegiate Society has about 30 members and expects to induct 13 new members Feb. 22, said Vernon. Vernon Gair is a senior and is triple majoring in business administration and management, with a concentration in accounting.
Justin, a Whitney Young Fellow, is a graduate student in public administration. Clarice Ford is the adviser to the Black Male Initiative and the Black Male Collegiate Society.

The Black Male Initiative and Black Male Collegiate Society helped plan Black History Month events, said Justin, adding that throughout the year, “We are looking to make campus life and community life better and helping the black male.”

Justin and Vernon grew up in Chicago and say they know the kind of challenges facing young African-American men. The Black Male Collegiate Society stresses the importance of volunteerism and community service. Members volunteer with the Springfield public schools, Boys and Girls Club, and other organizations during the school year and also do community outreach in their home cities or towns on breaks and during summers. Of working with youth, Justin said, ““We want to help them (the children) know that they can do their part to succeed in life.”

Word-of-mouth and seeing positive role models in action have attracted student involvement in the Black Male Initiative and the Black Male Collegiate Society, according to Vernon.

“We want to be an example for those who come behind us,” Vernon said.

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Black History Month Events

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - 2013 Black History Month Programs


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UIS joins global “One Billion Rising” campaign to stop violence against women and girls

One Billion Rising

One Billion Rising photo

One Billion Rising Photo Men Pledge

The UIS Women’s Center will join with activists around the world on Feb. 14, for “One Billion Rising,” the largest day of action in the history of V-Day. V-Day is the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls.

UIS students and staff have been practicing a dance, which will be performed at 11:15 a.m. outside the Food Emporium and at 5:15 p.m. at TRAC prior to the start of the UIS women’s basketball game. The “One Billion Rising” campaign is activating women to perform similar dances around the world.

“One Billion Rising” began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls.

On Feb. 14, 2013, V-Day’s 15th anniversary, UIS will join activists, writers, thinkers, celebrities, and women and men around the world to express outrage, demand change, dance, and rise in defiance of the injustices women suffer, demanding an end at last to violence against women.

As part of the effort, male students, staff, and faculty at UIS have signed a pledge to help end the violence. Male and female students have also made glittered self-portraits, which will be displayed during the dance performances.

For more information on “One Billion Rising”, visit www.onebillionrising.org. For details on the UIS event, contact Lynn Otterson, director of the UIS Women’s Center at 217/206-7173 or lotte1@uis.edu.

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National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day Feb. 22

National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day is set for Friday, Feb. 22, and UIS Rec Sports will host a variety of events open to students, staff and faculty.
Events range from Wii Sports to Zumba to Ironman Weightlifting contests and a 3-on-3 basketball tournament.

Those participating will receive Rec Sports bracelet and have their names entered into a drawing for such prizes as an MP3 player and a heart rate monitor.

National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day was established to focus on the positive benefits of recreational sports, fitness activities, and wellness programs to Americans of all ages. It also represents the founding day of the NIRSA, the UIS Rec Sports website says, noting, “On Feb. 22, 1950, Dr. William Wasson organized 20 African-American men and women intramural directors from eleven Historically Black Colleges to attend the first Intramural Conference at Dillard University in New Orleans. The National Intramural Association was formed.”

Dr. Wasson, UIS Rec Sports adds, “served as the first President of the association and is considered the founder of the NIRSA. The NIA eventually became the National Intramural Recreational Sports Association in 1975.”

For more information and a schedule of National Recreational Sports and Fitness Day events at UIS, visit
National Recreational Sports & Fitness Day - Special Events ....


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Fitness tip: What’s enough? What’s too much when it comes to weight-lifting?
By Jay Swenson, Assistant Director, Intramurals and Club Sports

Working out. What’s too much? What’s not enough? When it comes to cardiovascular activities such as running, biking or using an elliptical, opinions vary. While it will not hurt you to get cardio every day, it’s still good to allow your body to recover once and a while.

What experts don’t disagree on is how much one should weightlift. Weightlifting, regardless of the amount of weight or type of listing is a healthy activity that helps burn fat while gaining muscle. Even though both are healthy activities, you typically do not want to weightlift every day. Lifting weights tears your muscles (not at all as scary as it sounds!), and your muscles need time to heal. The muscles heal stronger than they were to begin with and this is how muscle mass is gained.

But what if you still want to lift every day? This is okay, but make sure you vary the muscle groups worked. For example, Monday, you could lift upper-body, Tuesday, work on lower-body, and then on Wednesday, head back to upper-body. This may not be possible when starting out, as your first lift will leave you much sorer than future lifts. Generally, however, one day off in-between lifting is what you need to do.

That said, as with any fitness program, don’t overdo it at first. While you may have the energy and ambition to really push yourself the first time out, the idea is to make sure you want to keep working out and keep improving. If you push too hard to begin with, you may start to dread your workout and thus make excuses not to do it. Instead, find a workout you enjoy and slowly make it more and more challenging. And, remember that Rome wasn’t built in a day!

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2013 Springfield Collegiate Career Fair Feb. 12 at UIS

The 2013 Springfield Collegiate Career Fair, including120 employers, is set for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.Tuesday, Feb. 12 at TRAC.

Hosting this annual event are Career Development offices at UIS, Benedictine University at Springfield, Robert Morris University, and Lincoln Land Community College.

“The event is a great way to connect students, alumni, and community job seekers with employers who are looking for candidates for jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and future connections,” notes the UIS Career Development Center on its website.

For more information, visit:



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Student Affairs Professional Development Webinar Brownbags

Student Affairs Professional Development Committee Presents: Webinar - Brownbags

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Customer Service – The Disney Way

Cynthia Thompson, Wendy Gochanour and Cathleen Cassavant presented “Customer Service—The Disney Way” as a Student Affairs Professional Development Workshop Jan. 30.

Disney is considered by many to be THE model of customer service, said Cynthia, adding, “Disney is the largest single site employer in the world and has the lowest employee turnover rate of any major company in the hospitality industry.”

“ Each year, people from all over the United States and around the world travel to Orlando to attend their world-renowned Disney Institute in order to learn to provide customers with a more positive customer experience,” she added.

The four “secrets” of Disney’s success, as noted at the UIS workshop:

• Legendary attention to detail.
• Exceeding people’s expectations.
• Making use of a theme.
• Being guest-centered.

“Attention to detail involves such things as keeping the park immaculately clean and creating an environment that is always positive. Exceeding people’s expectations refers to looking for opportunities to provide customers (guests) with magic moments and special consideration,” Cynthia said. “Theme involves using special terminology and a fun atmosphere to increase the excitement. Finally, Disney is guest-centered by stepping into the shoes of the guests and thinking about what the guests need most from their experience at Disney – and fulfilling exceeding it!”

A CD of the presentation is available for checkout in Chris Ryan’s office.

Customer Service- The Disney Way

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Department of Residence Life to begin
Resident Assistant interviews for 2013-2014

Resident Assistants

As UIS students apply for R.A. positions for the 2013-2014 academic year, Barbara Wheatley, Resident Director at UIS and a Student Affairs Newsletter Committee member, offered this overview of the
selection, hiring and training of R.A.s and the responsibilities R.A.s assume.

Campus housing in many institutional designs was created as a convenience amenity. Students had beds, meals and easy access to the campus. Housemothers and monitors managed the affairs and basic needs of those who lived in campus housing. Such simple interactions spawned a career field that many Student Affairs Professionals choose to join: Residential Life. A wonderful symbiotic relationship developed with the birth of the Residential Life paraprofessional, the student support staff member known as a resident assistant.

From house monitor to paraprofessional, the Resident Assistant has become an essential part of the Residence Life team. These chosen few become the embodiment of student leadership. These students are among the first to arrive to campus at the start of the year and the often last to leave. We endow them with major responsibilities and expect the utmost from them. R.A.s role model the characteristics of leadership in every act of support they give a fellow student; from a kind welcome at check-in, an invitation to lunch or the stern enforcement of university policy. The R.A. has become a staple in Residential Life and campuses around the world.

At UIS, the Residence Life Department views R.A. selections and training as a point of pride. This department puts the “Student First” motto to work by cultivated strong student leadership. R.A.s arrive two weeks before the start of fall classes to take part in intensive training. They are the campus’s eyes and ears. They are in many cases the first to point of contact for a student in need. The UIS resident assistants, in my opinion, are among the best.


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Staff Spotlight Graphic


 Randy Williams 2012 Employee of the Year

Randy Williams 2012 Employee of the Year

Randy Williams’ wife told him he might want to write a speech in case he was named the 2012 Employee of the Year at UIS.

The UIS Food Service Administrator did not write a speech, but he was named the university’s Employee of the Year and honored at a reception Jan. 31 in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby.

“I am so honored to have received this accolade and even more honored to have been among such a wonderful group of nominees,” Randy said. “These professionals have worked hard to set the bar for UIS employees to come and I admire them for their professionalism, ethics, and the servant’s heart they infuse in their work and bring to UIS. I believe the University is fortunate to have such skilled ambassadors on the front lines. Indeed, we all try to have a servant’s heart.”

One of the nominators wrote that “Randy’s greatest asset is his energy and enthusiasm,” and added, ”He consistently brings to work a positive, winning, can-do attitude.”

VIDEO: Randy Williams named the 2012 UIS Employee of the Year

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Chris Carver Nurse Practioner/Associate Director Health Services

Q&A with Christine Carver, MSN, FNP-BC,
Associate Director/Nurse Practitioner in the UIS Health Services

What is your educational background?
Nurse Practitioner Certification Completion Program, Family Nurse Practitioner Track, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville
What is your professional background in Health Services?
I have been a registered nurse for 37 years, working with surgery patients, orthopedics, Employee Health and Education, and briefly in the Emergency Room, ICU and Home Health. In 1995, I went to the Illinois Department of Public Health. I worked more than 11 years with the Illinois Breast and Cervical Cancer Program at IDPH.
Where did you work before UIS?
I was the Nurse Practitioner, The Breast Center at SIU School of Medicine, Springfield IL (2008-2012).
What are some of your Interests?
Reading, attending concerts and plays, eating out with friends, baking and tending to a large perennial garden. Walking the dog and playing with my grandchildren are also favorite activities. I am also a grant reviewer for the Susan G. Komen Memorial Affiliate. I review grants for both the “Mammograms Saves Lives” License Plate grant and the “Komen Race for the Cure” grants.
Anything else you would like to add?
I came to UIS due to a past interest in school health care and a desire for a new employment experience. I have been very impressed with the friendliness and willingness to assist new staff. Everyone is so helpful.

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News Briefs


Valentine’s dinner at PAC Restaurant

A Valentine’s dinner and entertainment are set for Saturday, Feb. 16, at the PAC Restaurant.
The event will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a dinner for two costing $24. Reservations will be accepted through Tuesday, Feb. 12.
To make a reservation, call 206-7741 or 206-7740. or e-mail rwill6@uis.edu or gevan2@uis.edu.

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History Channel show

Curious about Valentine’s Day?
Its centuries-old history is outlined on this link:


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Smoothies, snacks and coffee at TRAC

Looking for a quick snack while on the south edge of campus?

TRAC’s Island Oasis offers a number of snacks such as granola bars, muscle milk and smoothies. Coffee is also being sold at TRAC: Buy a coffee tumbler for $5 and get refills of coffee for only 50 cents.

The Island Oasis smoothies are made from all natural fruit, pure cane sugar and crushed ice, according to Geoffrey Evans, UIS Food Service director.
Several types of fruit are offered, including strawberry, banana, peach, mango, raspberry and pineapple.

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Graduation applications due

Students graduating in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013 must submit an online Graduation Application via Student Self-Service (https://apps.uillinois.edu/ - “Graduation” tab) by the deadlines listed below:

• Spring 2013 Graduates - February 15, 2013
• Summer 2013 Graduates who DO wish to participate in the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony - February 15, 2013 *
• Summer 2013 Graduates who DO NOT wish to participate in the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony - July 1, 2013

*A student petition signed by your adviser and department chair approving your participation in the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony is also required by Feb, 15, in order to participate.

Students MUST be sure to verify that all curriculum information is listed accurately BEFORE submitting an online Graduation Application (including major, minor, concentration, etc.). If you have any questions or concerns, please email registrar@uis.edu or call 217/206-7730.

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UIS Commencement Saturday, May 11

The 42nd UIS Commencement Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 2 p.m., at the Prairie Capital Convention Center.

For family members and friends who cannot attend, the ceremony will be webcast live on the UIS website. DVDs of the ceremony will also be available for purchase.

Students graduating in Spring 2013 or Summer 2013 who would like to participate in the Spring 2013 Commencement Ceremony must submit an online graduation application by Feb. 15. Students can do so by going to the Graduation tab via Student Self-Service at https://apps.uillinois.edu/

Information about the upcoming Ceremony is available on the Commencement website, http://www.uis.edu/commencement/, and is updated regularly.

UIS Records and Registration expects the number of graduates participating in the Spring 2013 Commencement to be comparable to last year’s 768 participants.

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Student Affairs Professional Development Library




Become a Safe Zone member or continue your training

Register at http://www.uis.edu/lgbtq/programs/SafeZone.html or test out of the initial Fundamentals session at https://uistraining1.uis.edu/.

"A phenomenal program with noble goals of supporting and advocating on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Very encouraging and inspiring." - UIS Faculty Member

"Very helpful information presented in a very comfortable atmosphere." - UIS Staff Member

"Wasn't sure I would learn anything – but really did!" - Undergraduate Student

For more information go to http://www.uis.edu/lgbtq/programs/SafeZone.html or contact the LGBTQA Resource Office at lgbtq@uis.edu or 217-206-8316.

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Recipe Rack

Heart Healthy Valentine’s Day Recipes:

Berry Mixed Green Salad with Grilled Chicken:

12 cups mixed baby greens
1 ½ cups sliced strawberries
2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
6 tablespoons light raspberry vinaigrette
1 pound grilled chicken breast, sliced

In a large bowl, combine the greens, strawberries and cheese. Pour the vinaigrette over the mixture and toss. Divide among four dinner plates and top with sliced chicken.

Buffalo Chicken-Blue Cheese Meatloaf:

2/3 cup oats
½ cup nonfat milk
4 tablespoons buffalo sauce
1 pound lean ground chicken breast
½ cup chopped celery
¼ cup chopped onion
2 egg whites
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup crumbled blue cheese

Combine oats and milk in bowl and let stand for a couple of minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix until just combined.
Place in a lightly oiled 9x5x3 inch loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Balsamic- Roasted Broccoli:

5 cups broccoli florets
2 tablespoons balsamic vinaigrette
2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

In a large bag, combine all ingredients. Shake the bag to coat well. Arrange in a single layer on a lightly oiled baking sheet.
Bake for 12-15 minutes at 400 degrees.

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