Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Media Advisory: Girl Tech 2009

What: Girl Tech 2009, a technology camp for middle-school girls. The camp will offer sessions on programming, robotics, computer networking, iMovie, Photoshop and computer hardware.

When: Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Where: University of Illinois at Springfield, University Hall Building

Details: A partial list of sessions includes Cartoons Galore!, Persona Magazine, Wireless Treasure Hunt and Robotics at the Robot Zoo. To be eligible, students must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. The registration fee is $20 per girl, which covers lunch both days, snacks and a participation T-shirt. For more information about specific sessions, go online to

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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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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Media Advisory: Good as Gold Ceremony honors local volunteers

What: In honor of National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), the University of Illinois at Springfield and the Junior League of Springfield have formed a partnership to host the Springfield Good as Gold Ceremony, a recognition event to acknowledge community members and organizations for their volunteer efforts.

When: Thursday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m.

Where: The Sangamon Auditorium lobby of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

Details: More than 50 people will be recognized during the Good as Gold Ceremony for their achievements and efforts, including those receiving the Heart of Gold, Youth Volunteer, Organization Agent of Service or UIS Outstanding Community Service Award.

UIS will also honor one staff or faculty member and one student who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service and volunteerism with the UIS Star Staff and UIS Star Student award.

Additionally, the Junior League will feature the winner of its Outstanding Community Service Award, recognizing a local junior high school girl for her leadership and volunteerism.

The winner of the Distinguished Volunteer award will have the opportunity to give a brief presentation to showcase his or her accomplishments within the Springfield community and will receive a donation stipend to give to the charity of his or her choice.

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Monday, April 20, 2009

Media Advisory: UIS Cares Day benefits local community

What: In observance of UIS Cares Day and to celebrate National Volunteer Week (April 19-25), the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, along with members of the UIS community, will be planting trees at Southwind Park.

When: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22.

Where: Edwin Watts Southwind Park in Springfield, located near the corner of S. 2nd Street and Southwind Road.

Details: UIS is celebrating National Volunteer Week this week with the 7th annual UIS Cares Day. UIS Cares is a half-day community service event in which UIS students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends take on a community service project in partnership with a community-based organization.

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Thursday, April 16, 2009

Media Advisory: UIS alumna to sign copies and read from new book

What: University of Illinois at Springfield alumna Joanna Beth Tweedy will read from her debut novel, The Yonder Side of Sass and Texas, and sign copies of the book.

When: Friday, April 17 at 7 p.m.

Where: Café Annex on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

Details: Tweedy has taught courses in creative writing, literature, composition and educational leadership, and has served as faculty-in-residence for the Capital Scholars Honors Program at UIS. Early versions of some of the novel’s chapters were included in her creative-writing thesis project, which was nominated for UIS’ Thesis of the Year Award by the English Department. Tweedy is the host of the public radio program Quiddity on WUIS and is also the founding editor of Quiddity’s companion international literary journal, housed at Benedictine University at Springfield, where she is an associate dean. A book tour is planned for the summer.

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Media Advisory: President White to discuss American childhood

What: U of I President B. Joseph White will discuss "Brilliant Futures for America's Children, Home and Family Imperatives"

When and Where: 12:15 p.m., Friday, November 7, Public Affairs Center conference room C/D at the University of Illinois at Springfield. Doors will open at 11:45 a.m.

Details: Dr. White's presentation will touch on a variety of issues related to American children and their families. The program is presented by the Business/Education Partnership of Sangamon County.

Download a pdf file of the media advisory from Sarah Wolin of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce

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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Media Alert: Confirmation of news conference

Contact: Paul MacDonna
Assistant Athletic Director/Sports Information Director
Office: 217-206-6752
Cell: 217-891-2301

The University of Illinois at Springfield and the Commissioner of the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), will hold a press conference on:

Wednesday, October 8
3 p.m.
On the center court in
The Recreation and Athletic Center
2171 University Drive
Springfield, Illinois

The press conference will include the following personnel:

UIS Chancellor Richard D. Ringeisen
GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich
UIS Athletic Director Dr. Roger Jehlicka

UIS Head Coaches will be available for comments, including Kevin Gamble (Men's Basketball); Roy Gilmore (Women's Basketball); Joe Fisher (Women's Volleyball and Softball); Jay Davis (Men's and Women's Golf); and Manny Velasco (Men's and Women's Tennis).

The press conference will be webcast live, beginning at 3 p.m., and can be found on the Internet at these locations: and

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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,

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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