Tuesday, October 20, 2009

National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

WHAT: UIS students will put “beer goggles” on and drive around in a golf cart in an effort to educate them about drunk driving during National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Main Quad

DETAILS: The UIS Counseling Center is planning an obstacle course that students will try to navigate through with the “beer goggles” on. The center will also have the seat belt convincer on hand to teach them the importance of buckling up. Students will be encouraged to sign red ribbon pledge cards against drunk driving at an event on Thursday.

CONTACT: Valerie Scarbrough, UIS Alcohol and Drug Prevention Coordinator at 217/206-7122 or vscar2@uis.edu

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Friday, April 24, 2009

Media Advisory: UIS hosts etiquette dinner for junior high and high school girls

What: The Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center at UIS will be hosting an etiquette dinner for middle and high school-aged girls.

When: Everyday Etiquette training will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m., and the dinner is from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 28.

Where: Everyday Etiquette training will be held in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) in Conference Room G on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus. The etiquette dinner will take place in the PAC Restaurant.

Details: The etiquette dinner is part of the Girl 2 Girl DreamSpeakers program, a mentoring program matching more than 100 Springfield School District 186 female students with more than 40 UIS female student-athletes. One of the goals of the Girl 2 Girl program is to assist girls in grades 8, 9 and 10 in developing basic etiquette skills, such as proper introductions, social media etiquette, using dinner utensils and more. About 50 UIS students and District 186 students will be attending the dinner. The program is funded by a grant received from the Sangamon County Community Foundation and its Women for Women Fund.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Media Advisory: Holiday Stars Project

What: The Holiday Stars Project at UIS has collected an incredibly large amount of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank. Chancellor Ringeisen will announce whether UIS reached its collection goal and talk about why this first-time project is so important to the university and the community. The food that has been collected will be on display before it's loaded onto a Foodbank truck.

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4, 2008

Where: UIS Food Emporium, lower level of the Public Affairs Center

Details: UIS students who participated in the Trick or Treat for Canned Goods in October will be present. During that drive, many members of the community gave food to the Holiday Stars Project. Also, UIS has been collecting food for the Project from members of the campus community for more than two months.

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

Media Advisory: Homecoming Parade

What: Homecoming Parade at the University of Illinois at Springfield

When & Where: 5 p.m., Saturday, October 4, UIS campus

Details: UIS’ Homecoming Week 2008 is capped off with the Third Annual Homecoming Parade. Some 25 entries, including 12 student groups, will participate in the parade which will feature walking units, floats, bands, fire trucks, candy, and possibly construction equipment. UIS mascot Blue the Star is scheduled to appear as parade marshal.

Parking will be available along the route in lots A, C, D, F, and G.

Download a map of the parade route: ParadeRoute.pdf

After the parade, a Homecoming BBQ & Lawn Party will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the east side of Kiwanis Stadium, followed at 7 p.m. by a men's soccer game pitting UIS against Williams Baptist College.

More information is available from UIS' Office of Student Life, call 206-6665.

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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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