Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Media advisory: "Patriotic American Muslims through History"

What: "Patriotic American Muslims through History," a panel discussion on the contributions American Muslims have made to this country

When & Where: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 4, in conference room C/D, lower level of the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield

Details: Sponsors are UIS student groups Muslim Students Association and Peace Students Organization.

Panelists include Dr. Maryam Mostoufi of the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield and the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, and Dr. Baker Siddiquee, UIS associate professor of Economics. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

For additional information, contact Mohammed Khaleel Yacoob, PSO/MSA vice-president, at 405/537-5081.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Installation of Green Roof

What: Green roof being installed on new residence hall at University of Illinois at Springfield. Living plant matter and soil are being placed on three levels of roof top on that building.

When: Wednesday, August 13, and Thursday, August 14.

Where: New residence hall, called Founders Hall, located adjacent to Lincoln Residence Hall on west side of campus.

Why: The green roof is part of UIS’ strategic goal to create more energy savings and increase environmental sustainability.

Insulation provided by the roof will reduce heating costs by 8% and cooling costs by 16% in the building. It will also reduce storm water runoff, and the water retained will help nourish and maintain the health of the plantings, called sedums.

The green roof at UIS is the first installed on any structure in central Illinois.

Read more about green roofs.

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Thursday, May 8, 2008

Commencement Ceremonies 2008

Contact: Cheryl Peck, 217/206-7823, cpeck1@uis.edu

What: 37th commencement ceremonies for the University of Illinois at Springfield. Of the 1,292 students eligible to graduate, 715 will participate in the ceremony. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will deliver the commencement address.

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008.

Where: Prairie Capital Convention Center, 9th and Adams streets in downtown Springfield.

Details: The doors to the main floor of The Center open at 1 p.m.

Justice Burke has a long and distinguished career as a child advocate and legal professional. In 1968, after working as a physical education teacher of mentally disabled children, she founded the Chicago Special Olympics, which grew to become the International Special Olympics. Later, as Gov. Jim Edgar's Special Counsel for Child Welfare Services, as well as a member of his Legislative Committee on Juvenile Justice, she helped bring about reforms in the state's juvenile justice and child protection systems. She was appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court in 2006.

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