SPRINGFIELD – "An A-maze-ing Experience," Homecoming Week at the University of Illinois at Springfield, will be celebrated October 1 through 6 with a variety of special events and activities. A partial schedule follows; events are free unless otherwise noted.
Homecoming begins Monday, October 1, with a bonfire at 9:30 p.m. at the UIS Pond on the northeast side of campus.
Events on Tuesday, October 2, include an Alumni SAGE Society Lunch and Learn program in the "Of Time and the Mississippi" series, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant. Speakers will be distinguished alumnus Bill Lambrecht and associate professor of History Bill Siles. Reservations are $12 and $15. Go to www.uiaa.org/spfld or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ultimate Entrepreneurship Challenge is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Tuesday on the campus Quad. This free event brings together a number of young business people – all of whom have made millions before age 25 – in a program designed to spread the entrepreneurial spirit to their peers. Advance registration is recommended, however walk-ins are welcome. Sponsors are the Student Activities Committee and the Career Development Center. To register, go to www.uis.edu/careerservices/eee_about.html.
Other events for Tuesday include a Students vs. Alumni Basketball Game, set for 7 p.m. in UIS' new Athletics and Recreation Center, and a performance by the Neo-Futurists at 9 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. The Neo-Futurists create immediate, non-illusory, interactive performances. Their signature piece, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.
On Wednesday, October 3, the Georgian State Dance Company, from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium. The group's performances have been named "Best Show of the Year on Broadway." Tickets are $31 and $36; go to www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium/index.htm to order or for more information.
Events for Thursday, October 4, include an opening reception for the exhibit "Faces of Paris" beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, located in room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building. The exhibit features photographs by Mary Alice Johnston, who went to Paris for the first time in 1950 to study at the Sorbonne.
The 2007 Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series – focusing on "Lincoln and the Law" – will begin at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. Speakers are Dr. Mark E. Steiner, who will address "Lincoln, Lawyers, and the Rule of Law," and Dr. Brian R. Dirck, who will discuss "The Lawyer in the White House." Cullom Davis, UIS professor emeritus of history, will moderate. For more information, contact the Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217/206-6576.
Later Thursday evening, a pep rally is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on the UIS Quad.
From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 5, the Friends of Brookens Library will hold a used book sale in the Brookens overhang area. Proceeds will benefit library activities.
The Prairie Stars Luncheon: Student/Alumni Conversations will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the PAC Restaurant. Go to www.uis.edu/studentaffairs/homecoming.html to make reservations.
Beginning at 5:30 in PAC G, the Alumni SAGE Society will sponsor the Sangamon Trail Blazers' Reunion, a reception and dinner. Dick Williams, former director of the SSU Physical Plant, and Dave Barrows, executive director of Facilities and Services, will reflect on the development of the UIS campus over the years. Cost is $18 per person; make reservations by Friday, September 28, by phoning 206-7395 or sending an e-mail to email@example.com.
Also on Friday, the award-winning one-man comedy show Defending the Caveman will be presented at 8 p.m. in the PAC Studio Theatre. (Additional performances are scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday.) Tickets are $36; for information or to order, go to www.uis.edu/sangamonauditorium or call the ticket office at 206-6160 or 800/207-6960.
Friday events wrap up with a homecoming dance beginning at 9:30 p.m. in the Food Emporium, located on the lower level of the PAC.
Other events on Saturday include:
Homecoming College, with sessions scheduled from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. in various locations in the Health and Sciences Building. Classes will focus on a variety of topics, such as "The Psychology of First Impressions" and "Bob Dylan's America." For complete information and to register, go to www.uis.edu/studentaffairs/homecoming.html.
Also from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., The Amazing Race will take participants on a walking tour of campus as they follow a trail of clues. Participants will be able to choose an intermediate or advanced course.
The Second Annual UIS Homecoming Parade begins at 4 p.m. on campus and features bands, candy, and floats. Parking will be available along the parade route in campus lots A, C, D, E, and I.
A homecoming barbecue follows the parade, from 5 to 7 p.m. near the east side of Kiwanis Stadium.
The UIS Prairie Stars men's soccer team takes on the team from William Woods at 7 p.m. in Kiwanis Stadium. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 non-UIS college students and senior citizens, and $3 children grades K-12. A fireworks display will immediately follow the game.For more information about any of these events, contact UIS' Office of Student Life at 206-6665 or go to www.uis.edu/studentaffairs/homecoming.html.