Monday, March 29, 2010

UIS Health Awareness Week April 5-9

The University of Illinois Springfield Campus Health Service and the Master of Public Health Student Association will host the annual UIS Health Awareness Week from April 5-9. A health fair featuring vendors will take place on Wednesday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) lobby and conference rooms on the concourse level. Health Awareness Week at UIS is designed to educate the university community and others in the surrounding area about good health practices.

In 1995, former President William Jefferson Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as National Public Health Week (NPHW). Each year since then the public health community has focused on issues that are important to improving the public’s health. The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops an annual national campaign to help educate the public. This year’s theme is: “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time”.

UIS has added various activities this year and speakers throughout the week. On Tuesday, April 6 the Center for First Year Students and the Department of Recreational Sports are teaming up to hold a Wii Sports/Play tournament from 5 to 8 p.m. in the PAC room G.

Wednesday, April 7 attendees are encouraged to bring items to donate for Haiti relief efforts. “Fitness testing” will also be done by the Recreational Sports Department. At the end of the fitness testing, you will receive a detailed analysis about your general health. Testicular and prostate exams will be performed by Dr. William Severino from Springfield Clinic and dietitians will be available to consult offering bone density, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol screenings and more. Those who complete an evaluation form will be entered in a drawing and eligible to win prizes donated by the Springfield community and individual departments in the Division of Student Affairs.

The luncheon speaker on Wednesday, April 7 will be Linda McCall, MS, FNPBC, CDE of Springfield Diabetes and Endocrine Center. The topic of discussion will be: “Metabolic Syndrome.” This discussion will take place in PAC G from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Healthy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served to those attending the discussion.

Gene Taylor, CEO of Sangamon Schools Credit Union will discuss “Financial Wellness” in PAC F from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on April 7. Next, Diana Weyhenmeyer, RN, MA, OCN of St. John’s Hospital, will discuss: “The Spectrum of Wellness” in PAC G from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The final speaker of the day is John Starman, MA Practitioner in PAC F at 5:30 p.m. who will talk about “Chronic Brain Distress.”

Health Awareness Week will conclude on Thursday, April 8, with Jenna Hogan, MPH, RD Extension Educator in Nutrition and Wellness of the University of Illinois who will discuss “Metabolic Syndrome” in PAC C from 10 to 11 a.m. with individual appointments from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Exercise Demonstrations by the Department of Recreational Sports will take place in PAC D from 11 to 12 p.m.

For more information on Health Awareness Week contact Linda Tait, UIS Campus Health Service at 217/206-6676 or email ltait2@uis.edu. Information is also available online at www.uis.edu/healthservices.

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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

12th annual Collegiate Career Fair to be held at UIS

WHAT: The career planning and placement offices of the University of Illinois Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris College and Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University will host the 12th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair. The primary audience for the free event is current students and alumni of the four participating institutions.

WHEN: Thursday, February 18, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Beyond information about actual job openings, the fair is designed to provide an open information exchange about different organizations, hiring trends and the best routes to future opportunities. For potential employers, it is a chance to disseminate pertinent information and to develop a pool of candidates interested in future opportunities, internships and summer openings as well as permanent employment.

Representatives from approximately 100 area employers are expected to be on hand, and the event has an average attendance of more than 400 students and alumni.

Information for students, alumni and others: Pre-registration is not required; business-casual attire is required, and participants should bring copies of their resumes to the fair.

Information for employers: Advance registration is required. Free booth space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online at www.uis.edu/careerservices. For more information or to register, contact the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

For more information about the Collegiate Career Fair, go online to www.uis.edu/careerservices, call 217/206-6508 or e-mail careerservices@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Stars Project to donate thousands of pounds of food to Foodbank

WHAT: The UIS Holiday Stars Project will be presenting food collected throughout the month of November to the Central Illinois Foodbank.

WHEN: Thursday, December 3, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Public Affairs Center conference room C/D on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus

DETAILS: The UIS Holiday Stars Project is a month-long food drive benefitting the Central Illinois Foodbank. The project was first started in 2008, when more than 4,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Foodbank. Food collected this year has already surpassed the amount collected last year.

In addition to collecting food on campus, students also involve the community through a “Trick or Eat” competition. On Halloween night, fourteen student groups from UIS collected 4450.1 pounds of food.

On Thursday, all of the food collected from this year’s project will be loaded into a truck from the Central Illinois Foodbank to assist families from the 21 counties serviced by the Foodbank.

For more information, contact Kelly Thompson, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, at 217/206-8448 or kthom03s@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

UIS Career Development Center hosts Foot in the Door Fair

The Career Development Center at the University of Illinois Springfield will sponsor the 2009 “Foot in the Door” Fair for UIS students interested in part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities – both on- and off-campus – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, in the lower level concourse area of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free to all UIS students.

The “Foot in the Door” Fair is intended to bring students and local employers or organizations together to discuss career opportunities in a broad range of available positions.

A partial list of off-campus employers attending include State Farm Insurance, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and the Illinois Policy Institute. On-campus employers attending include UIS Athletics, UIS Recreational Sports, Brookens Library and UIS’ Office of Graduate Intern Programs. The complete listing of employers and other event details can be found online at www.uis.edu/careerservices.

The Career Development Center will also have a table at the event where students can come to ask any questions they may have. Students are encouraged to bring their resumes and networking cards to the event and should be prepared to briefly outline their education, experience, goals and what types of positions they are interested in. A business casual dress code will be observed.

Additionally, the UIS Career Development Center will be holding walk-in hours on Monday, August 24, Tuesday, August 25, and Wednesday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Student Affairs Building (SAB) 50, during which students can receive resume help and other suggestions to prepare for the event.

Students who cannot attend the event can go to the Career Development Center’s Web site and use UIS CareerConnect, a job and internship posting system, to find on- and off-campus jobs and internships, upload their resumes, as well as schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center.

For more information about the “Foot in the Door” Fair, go online to www.uis.edu/careerservices/foot_fair/foot_recruiter.html or call the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508. Individuals requesting disability related accommodations should also contact the UIS Career Development Center.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

UIS Career Center invites employers to participate in “Foot in the Door” Fair

The Career Development Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield will sponsor the 2009 “Foot in the Door” Fair for UIS students interested in part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities – both on- and off-campus – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, in the lower level concourse area of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free to all UIS students.

The “Foot in the Door” Fair is intended to bring students and local employers or organizations together to discuss career opportunities in a broad range of available positions. Local employers with job opportunities are invited to participate in the event, which typically yields around 300 students in attendance.

Booth assignments will be made on a first-come, first-served response basis. Additionally, interviewing rooms will be available for employer use during the fair.

Registration for the event takes place through the Career Center’s online system called UIS-SUCCESS, which also allows employers to establish a company profile and post career opportunities at no cost. UIS students and alumni are then able to view and apply for positions directly through the system by uploading their resume.

All employer services through the UIS Career Center are free of charge. Employers are given the opportunity to host on-campus information sessions, informational tables, interviews and more. For more information about employer services, contact the Employer Relations Recruitment Coordinator at (217)206-6508 or e-mail employerrelations@uis.edu.

For more information about the “Foot in the Door” Fair or to sign up for an employer booth, go online to http://www.uis.edu/careerservices/foot_fair/foot_recruiter.html or call the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Dr. Peter Wenz to discuss political philosophies in the U.S. during ECCE presentation

Dr. Peter Wenz, University of Illinois at Springfield Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, will present a program called “How to Form Political Coalitions without Sacrificing Personal Integrity” on Tuesday, June 9, at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

Wenz’s presentation is part of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series at UIS. The event is free and open to the public.

The program will examine the cultural and political division in the United States between the left wing and right wing. Wenz argues that Americans use 12 political philosophies in their thinking, not simply a dual, Republican/Democrat approach when analyzing political and controversial issues. His talk will illustrate this possibility with discussion of same-sex marriage, school vouchers, genetic engineering and other current issues.

Wenz retired from UIS in December 2004 after spending 28 years as a member of the Philosophy Department. He also had a one-third joint appointment to do research and writing in what was originally called the Center for Legal Studies, now called the Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies.

Wenz is the author of six books, the most recent of which is titled Beyond Red and Blue: How Twelve Political Philosophies Shape American Debates. After his presentation, the UIS bookstore will be selling copies of the book, and Wenz will also do a book signing.

This program is the first of four ECCE presentations this month. Other events include a program called “V for Vendetta: A Discussion of Terrorism and Political Violence,” with a showing of the movie V for Vendetta and a discussion with Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, on Monday, June 15 at 6 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, and a program about the Southwind Park Project by Diane Mathis and Butch Elzea on Tuesday, June 23, at 2 p.m. in University Hall room 2008. Marc Miller will give a second program about the Southwind Park Project that will take place at the park on Friday, June 26, at 11 a.m., when community members and UIS students are invited to plant trees and gardens.

For information about any ECCE event, contact Kimberly Craig, series coordinator, at 206-6245 or e-mail speakerseries@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Voices in Praise choir to perform at Six Flags St. Louis

The Voices in Praise choir at the University of Illinois at Springfield, along with other choirs and groups, will be participating in Gospel Fest with the Spirit of Praise 2009 on Saturday, May 9, in St. Louis. The choirs will perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges at Six Flags St. Louis for a chance to open for renowned artist Kirk Franklin.

Voices In Praise will be singing “My Name is Victory” and “If It Wasn’t For Your Grace.”

Voices in Praise has performed at various local events such as the “Amazing Grace” event at the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb in celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday and the “Do the Right Thing” Festival for the Springfield Urban League. They have also performed at Living Word Fellowship Ministries and Abundant Faith, the Healing Waters Reception, the grand opening of the new Springfield Urban League Studio and Faith AME Church in February for the Black History Month Women's Breakfast.

Future endeavors for the choir include singing at the Graduating Seniors Capitol Honors Breakfast for the Capitol Honors Scholars Program at UIS on Saturday, May 16.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

UIS holds 2nd annual Take Back the Night with LLCC

The University of Illinois at Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College are teaming up to hold the second annual LLCC/UIS Take Back the Night on Saturday, May 2, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

Take Back the Night is a movement inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations that brings survivors, supporters and activists together in a call for the end of violence against women.
The Speak Out and March start at the Lincoln Land campus in the Helen Hamilton Area at 7:30 p.m. Musician Tom Irwin, a UIS student, will perform at the start of the rally.

The keynote speaker for the Speak Out will be Candi Clouse, UIS alum and Prevention Coordinator for the Sojourn Shelter.

Around 8:15 p.m., the group will then march to the UIS campus. The band A Day and a Wake Up will play at around 8:30. There will also be an Information Fair and refreshments on the UIS Quad, as well as The Clothesline Project, a project to support victims of domestic violence.

The event is presented by the Women’s Issues Caucus club from UIS and the Feminist Activist Coalition student club at LLCC. Co-sponsors of the event include the Lincoln Land Women’s Studies and International Club and the UIS Women’s Center, Women and Gender Studies, Student Government Association, African Student Association, Black Student Union, Christian Student Fellowship, Delta Sigma Omicron, Diversity Center, Indian Student Organization and Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS).

More information about Take Back the Night is available at www.takebackthenight.org/. For more information about the rally and march, contact womenscenter@uis.edu or 206-7173.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Project Success focuses on proper business attire

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host “Project Success: Dress to Impress” on Thursday, April 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium on the UIS campus. Project Success is a runway fashion show and presentation about how to dress for business casual and business professional.

UIS students have been invited to gather teams of five and compete by showing their best and worst examples of business attire. The runway show will be judged by the audience and a panel of judges. Each member of the winning student team will receive a $100 gift card.

Following the runway competition, Jennifer Hunt, extension educator in Computer and Family Economics for the University of Illinois Extension, will give a presentation on business attire, first impressions and on creating an affordable professional wardrobe.

The event will also be available via live Webcast, and the online audience can participate in the runway judging through Elluminate.

Project Success is sponsored by UIS’ Career Development Center, Alumni Relations, Student Government Association and Diversity Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristen Chenoweth at 217/206-6501 or kchen01s@uis.edu.

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Monday, March 16, 2009

UIS to host showing of movie 'Milk'

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host a showing of the movie Milk on Friday, March 27, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

The first showing of Milk will begin at 3:30 p.m. with an “Out in Politics” panel discussion following at 6 p.m., also in Brookens Auditorium. A second showing of the film will begin at 8 p.m. Both showings and the panel discussion are free and open to the public; UIS students will receive priority seating.

Milk stars Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna and James Franco, and tells the story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as a gay activist in the United States.

In 1977, Milk was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, becoming the first openly gay man to be voted into major public office in America. While in office, he forged coalitions across the political spectrum. From senior citizens to union workers, Milk changed the nature of what it means to be a fighter for human rights before his untimely death in 1978. The film charts the last eight years of Milk’s life.

The “Out in Politics” panel held between film showings will consist of LGBTQ-identified (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning) politicians who will share their experiences on being out and active in the political arena.

The event is sponsored by the UIS LGBTQ Resource Office and the LGBTQ Resource Office Programming Advisory Board.

For more information, contact the LGBTQ Resource Office at LGBTQ@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Voices in Praise Choir to participate in Old State Capitol event

The Voices In Praise Choir (VIP) from the University of Illinois at Springfield will be one of eight to ten local choirs participating in the “Amazing Grace – A Time of Spirituals” event at the Old State Capitol on Saturday, February 7. The event will run all day with singing from the local choirs and a showing of the movie Amazing Grace, which details the ending of the slave trade in Europe through William Wilberforce.

The day will culminate with all of the choirs joining together at President Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb to sing “Amazing Grace.” The event commemorates Lincoln’s 200th birthday and celebrates the end of slavery.

The Voice in Praise Choir will perform at 11 a.m. at the Old State Capitol and will sing four pieces: “Down by the Riverside,” “Swing Low,” “Wade in the Water” and “Kum Ba Yah.”

The choir will also be performing the same selections at the Faith Temple AME Church during its annual Black History Month Breakfast on February 28 at 10 a.m.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

11th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair to be held at UIS

The career planning and placement offices of the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris College and Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University will host the 11th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The primary audience for the free event is current students and alumni of the four participating institutions.

Representatives from approximately 100 area employers are expected to be on hand. A partial list of those already confirmed includes Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois workNet Center, and Scentsy.

Tammy Craig, director of the Career Development Center at UIS, noted, “This is the most high profile event held on campus for students who would like to talk with local and national businesses as well as agencies of the local, state and federal government. The professional atmosphere gives students the chance to make positive first impressions on company representatives.” Craig added that, in addition to searching for a job, students are encouraged to attend the fair for networking and gathering general information.

Beyond information about actual job openings, the fair is designed to provide an open information exchange about different organizations, hiring trends and the best routes to future opportunities. For potential employers, it is a chance to disseminate pertinent information and to develop a pool of candidates interested in future opportunities, internships and summer openings as well as permanent employment.

Information for students, alumni and others: Pre-registration is not required; business-casual attire is required and participants should bring copies of their resumes to the fair. UIS’ Career Development Center is also offering opportunities for advance preparation with several programs. “Career Fair Prep Expo: Making the Most of Career Fairs” will be held in the Public Affairs Center, across from the Food Emporium, on Thursday, February 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and on Friday, February 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Just In Time Career Fair Prep Workshop” is on Wednesday, February 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Career Development Center, Student Affairs Building 50, and a workshop on “Recession Proof Job Search Techniques,” sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association, is on February 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Career Development Center.

For current UIS students and Career Development Center clients, a “Last Chance Resume Critique” will be held on Friday, February 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Career Development Center.

Information for employers: Advance registration is required. Free booth space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online at http://www.uis.edu/careerservices. For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

UIS’ Career Development Center is located in room 50 of the Student Affairs Building, phone 217/206-6508. An updated list of employers participating in the Career Fair, as well as the web-based programs UIS-SUCCESS and CareerSearch are available on the center’s website at http://www.uis.edu/careerservices.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Finals Week Cram-a-thon

  • Monday & Tuesday, December 15 & 16
  • 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. in the Diversity Center, SLB 22
  • Free limited printing, on-campus transportation, and laptops available for use within the center

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Monday, December 8, 2008

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training for women

Free 12-hour self-defense course for all UIS women students, staff, and faculty
  • Wednesday evenings in February (Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25)
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Led by Sgt. Mike Stuart and Ofc. Amanda Baughman of the UIS Police
Contact the UIS Women's Center at 6-7173 or womenscenter@uis.edu to enroll.

Learn more about RAD

For more information on acquaintance and stranger rape prevention as well as rape survivor support, information and referrals, contact the Women's Center.

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Monday, December 1, 2008

UIS student groups to present "Patriotic American Muslims through History"

"Patriotic American Muslims through History," a panel discussion on the contributions American Muslims have made to this country through to the present day, will be presented at 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. The event is free and open to the public.

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

Panelists will 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.

The Peace and Muslim Students organizations work to unite people of all religions, races, castes, origins, ethnicities, colors, and sexes; promote peaceful and nonviolent solutions to problems; and encourage peaceful means of negotiation.

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

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

World AIDS Day

The campus will host a number of activities in observance of World AIDS Day, Monday, December 1

11:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., PAC F
  • Free AIDS testing
2:30 - 7:30 p.m., PAC C/D
  • Movie and dialog
  • Second Life (UIS virtual reality) - Scavenger hunt and dance
  • Suffice, the Center for First-Year Students - chorus, writers, & poets speak out against AIDS
6 p.m.
  • Special guest speaker: Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Alao, first-place winner of the 2001 UN International Art Competition

Co-sponsors: BASUAH (Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS); Illinois Department of Public Health, Office of Minority Services; and UIS African-Caribbean Student Organization, African Student Association, Center for First-Year Students, Counseling Center, Diversity Center, Health Services, Office of Student Life, Office of Technology Enhanced Learning, and Public Health program

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Veggie Club art show

Accepting submissions through 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 3
Artwork should relate to nature, animals, or vegetarianism
  • Exhibit runs December 3 to 5, in Brookens concourse
  • Opening night reception begins at 6 p.m.
  • 1st and 2nd place prizes awarded
For more information, contact Ashleen Woods at awood03s@uis.edu

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Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Paralympic athlete Jean Driscoll to speak at UIS

Paralympic athlete Jean Driscoll (left) will be presenting "Dream Big and Work Hard" on Thursday, November 6, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The program, part of the Girl 2 Girl DreamSpeakers series, will be held in the Student Life Building gym on the east side of the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Driscoll, a 1991 graduate of the University of Illinois, is recognized by Sports Illustrated for Women as one of the top 25 female athletes of the twentieth century. She won silver medals in the 1992 and 1996 Summer Olympic Games and served as a Presidential delegation member to the 2008 Olympics. She holds the world record in the 10,000 meter track event and marathon road racing distances and is the only person ever to win the Boston Marathon eight times.

The presentation is sponsored by the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, Athletics, and Office of Disability Services.

Girl 2 Girl DreamSpeakers is a mentoring program for girls in grades 8, 9, and 10 in Springfield School District 186 and is made possible through a grant from the Sangamon County Community Foundation and its Women for Women Fund.

For more information, call 217/206-7716, e-mail volunteer@uis.edu or go online to www.jeandriscoll.com.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

31st annual International Festival will focus on "Harvest Celebrations around the World"

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its 31st Annual International Festival, this year focusing on "Harvest Celebrations around the World," from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 16. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival will feature cultural performances and exhibits, plus a variety of ethnic foods from local restaurants. All activities will take place in the lower-levels of the Public Affairs Center and Library on the UIS campus.

This year, in "theme park" fashion, each room will represent a different part of the world with continual performances, food, and exhibits presented together. Programs will be available to help participants visit the celebrations of their choice. The theme of "celebrating the harvest" is intended to illustrate how people in other countries observe their equivalent of America's Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information, contact the UIS Office of International Student Services at 217/206-6678 or send an e-mail to iss@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

UIS Diversity Center to host traveling exhibit "Summer of Hate"

The Diversity Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield will host the traveling exhibit "Summer of Hate: A Modern Perspective on the Springfield Race Riot of 1908," from November 3 through 21 in the Center, room 22 of the Student Life Building on the east side of the UIS campus.

Ken Page, president of the Springfield branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), will unveil the exhibit during an opening reception at 5:30 p.m. on November 3 in the Center. Both the exhibit and opening reception are free and open to the public.

Commemorating the centennial anniversary of the Springfield Race Riot of 1908, the 14-panel exhibit includes photographs, maps, and historical accounts of the violence that resulted in the deaths of six people and the destruction of dozens of homes and businesses and led to the founding of the NAACP.

Area high school students researched and created the exhibit with assistance from staff members at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. After researching the riot using historical materials in the Presidential Library, the students toured Springfield to pinpoint key riot locations, gather modern and historical images, and create maps.

"It is my hope that events such as this exhibit will translate into positive action that will last one hundred years," Page said.

For more information, contact the UIS Diversity Center at 217/206-6333 or e-mail diversitycenter@uis.edu.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

UIS to host annual Hunger Banquet

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its third annual Oxfam Hunger Banquet on Tuesday, November 18, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Great Room of Lincoln Residence Hall on the UIS campus. The dinner is free and open to the public, however reservations are required.

The event is held in observance of National Hunger and Homelessness Week and will focus on the theme "Spreading the Peanut Butter Thin," based on the book Spread the Peanut Butter Thin! by central Illinois author Leah Riley. Riley will be present at the dinner to discuss her personal experiences with poverty. The program will also include a video and discussions about hunger.

The Hunger Banquet is presented by UIS student organizations Women's Issues Caucus, Las Olas, Alternative Spring Break, Christian Student Fellowship and by the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center. Donations of non-perishable food and canned goods will be accepted for the 2008 Holiday Stars Project, a campus-wide holiday service initiative benefiting the Central Illinois Foodbank.

During a Hunger Banquet, guests are randomly assigned high-, middle-, or low-income rankings and are served meals that range from gourmet fare to small portions of rice and water, depending on the guest’s designation. The purpose is to heighten participants’ awareness of hunger in the U.S. and internationally. Guests are invited to share their thoughts after the meal.

"Oxfam" was the original postal abbreviation for the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief, which was started in England during World War II to provide relief to war victims in Europe. Oxfam America, an affiliate of Oxfam International, is a relief and development organization that works to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger and injustice.

To make a reservation for the UIS Hunger Banquet or for more information, contact Lenore Cole in the Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center at 217/206-7716 or e-mail volunteer@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2008

UIS kicks off holiday project with trick or treating for charity

The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield will sponsor the campus' first Trick or Treat for Canned Goods competition on Halloween, Friday, October 31.

The event is part of the first-ever UIS Holiday Stars Project, a campus-wide service initiative giving focus to UIS' efforts to make a difference in the local community during the upcoming holiday season. The overall goal is to collect 2008 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank.

Teams of UIS students who register for the trick or treat event will be assigned neighborhoods where they will collect non-perishable food items. The teams will canvas their neighborhoods in advance, on Saturday-Sunday, October 25-26, distributing collection bags, along with doorhangers that explain the project.

On Halloween, the teams will revisit their neighborhoods between 4:30 and 8 p.m. to pick up donations. Collected items will be weighed, and prizes will be awarded to teams that bring in the most food in pounds.

The Holiday Stars Project continues through November, when specially marked collections bins will be placed around campus and UIS will participate in a federal Hunger study in conjunction with the Foodbank. Everything collected during the project will be presented to the Foodbank on December 4.

Central Illinois Foodbank serves 160 agencies throughout 21 central Illinois counties and also hosts the Kids Café, part of a nation-wide program through America's Second Harvest that feeds children a hot, nutritious meal in a safe environment.

For more information about the UIS Holiday Stars Project, contact Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, at 217/836-3706.

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UIS presents a look at "Campus Computing and the Law"

"Trouble Online: Campus Computing and the Law," a program aimed at giving college students insight into legal rights and responsibilities related to social networking sites, will be presented Wednesday, November 12, at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event will be held twice, at noon and 5 p.m., in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. Both sessions are free and open to the public.

In a program hailed as "entertaining, even hilarious," attorney/advocate C. L. Lindsay III (at left) -- author of The College Student's Guide to the Law: Get a Grade Changed, Keep Your Stuff Private, Throw a Police-Free Party, and More! (Taylor Trade Publishing, 2005) -- will lead a discussion designed to teach students "everything they need to know about their online lives," including what their rights and potential liabilities are, as well as how the laws operate. Topics will include the various ways that information posted to a student's Facebook or MySpace page can open the door to problems such as repercussions for violating plagiarism and intellectual property laws, diminished job opportunities, and increased vulnerability to Internet predators.

A recognized expert in the field of student rights and educational law, Lindsay is the founder and executive director of the Coalition for Student & Academic Rights (CO-STAR), a national organization that provides free legal assistance to thousands of college students each year. Lindsay's weekly column, "Ask CO-STAR" is distributed nationwide on Knight Ridder/Tribune's College Wire Service.

Sponsored by the UIS Career Development Center, the event is co-sponsored by the UIS Office of Alumni Relations, Student Activities Council, and Student Government Association. It is also presented as part of the ECCE Speakers Series at UIS -- events that aim to exemplify engaged citizenship as part of the university's effort to foster appreciation for and practice of diversity and the active effort to make a difference in the world.

For more information, contact Kristen Chenoweth in the Career Development Center at 206-6501. Individuals who would like to request disability-related accommodations should contact the Center at 206-6508 no later than October 31.

For information about ECCE events, contact series coordinator Kimberly Craig at 206-6245 or send an e-mail to speakerseries@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Postcard Party

9:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 22
Women's Center, SLB 15 (new location)

Send postcards to women in Ohio, reminding them to vote on Election Day

Why you should go:
  • Free food
  • Watch a movie
  • Encourage people to exercise their right to vote
Hosted by the Women's Issues Caucus and Student Government Association

For details, send an e-mail to wicaucus@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

UIS program will address domestic violence

The Healing Waters Empowerment Project: "I Will Carry My Sister's Pain" will be presented at the University of Illinois at Springfield beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The event, as well as a 6 p.m. reception in the Public Affairs Center restaurant, is free and open to the public.

Presented in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the program tells the stories of six victims of domestic violence, who share their experiences through song, dance, poetry, and inspirational readings.

Event facilitator LaTrice Nettles explained that the program is designed to provide a forum to discuss domestic violence and how it affects men and women of all cultures, sexual orientations, and races, and to raise awareness and understanding of domestic violence and related issues, including how to get out of a violent situation.

Featured performers will be Briana Byrd, Dorian Byrd, Shellie Moore Guy, Joy Johnson-Williams, Nina Little, Sandra Solomon, Juanita Spann, and the Suffice Gospel Choir and Beloved Dance Team.

The event is sponsored by the UIS student organization Living Word Bible Study; co-sponsors are the UIS Student Activities Committee, Women's Center, Diversity Center, and Office of Volunteer & Civic Engagement, and student groups Suffice Gospel Choir, Student Parents Association, and Christian Student Fellowship.

For further information contact LaTrice Nettles at 836-0861 or Lwbs@uis.edu.

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Women's Center Open House

Staff of the Women's Center will host an open house

in their new location -- SLB 15

from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 6.

For more information, call 6-7173.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

UIS students to take part in AmeriCorps Opening Day events

Sixteen students from the University of Illinois at Springfield will be among AmeriCorps members from around the state who take part in the 2008 AmeriCorps Opening Day ceremonies, Thursday, October 16, in downtown Springfield.

The Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar (M3C) Fellows AmeriCorps Program is a 10-state initiative that creates opportunities for students to work together as agents of civic change in their local communities and on their campuses.

Morning activities at the Prairie Capitol Convention Center will involve the students in a service project assembling CPR and first aid information packets for the American Red Cross. In the afternoon, students will collect non-perishable food items for the Central Illinois Food Bank as they march to the State Capitol, escorted by members of the Springfield Fire Department.

The students also will hear remarks from a number of speakers, including Scott Kimmel, executive director, and Rosemary Keefe, commissioner, of the Serve Illinois Commission; Springfield Mayor Timothy Davlin; State Representatives Lisa Dugan and Richard Brauer; State Senator William Haine; former AmeriCorps member Patti Kurtz; and Parkland College Director of Student Life Tom Caulfield. Jerry Lambert, from WICS TV20, will serve as master of ceremonies.

See more information about the Midwest Campus Compact Citizen-Scholar Fellows Program.

For information about UIS' Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center contact Center Director Kelly Thompson at 206-8448 or volunteer@uis.edu.

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Midterm Stress Free Zone

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 16, PAC concourse
  • Tips on reducing stress
  • Free neck massages by licensed therapists
For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 6-7122.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

UIS to host panel discussion of civil unions

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host an informational panel discussion on civil unions beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, October 20, in conference room C/D, lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Panelists will include Rick Garcia, public policy director for Equality Illinois; Jim Madigan, staff attorney at Lambda Legal; and Gail Clodfelter, a representative for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) of Springfield. Discussants will also include a couple who will be directly affected by the passage or defeat of the Civil Unions Act (HB 1826), currently pending in the Illinois House of Representatives.

HB 1826, The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection and Civil Union Act, would extend basic state-level protections and responsibilities to all adult, committed couples by recognizing civil unions. The Act also preserves the separation of church and state and ensures that religious denominations would not be forced to recognize or sanctify relationships they oppose.

Sponsors of this discussion session are the UIS Safe Zone program and Campus Health Service.
For more information, contact Campus Health Services at UIS at 206-6676.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

UIS to host foreign and independent film series

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield is sponsoring an Independent and Foreign Film Series on Friday nights this fall. All films will begin at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on level one of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. Admission is free and the public is welcome to attend.

Films include:

September 12Saint of 9/11 (USA 2006) An iconic image from September 11 shows a team of rescue workers carrying a priest's body from the rubble of the World Trade Center. The priest was Father Mychal Judge, beloved chaplain with the New York City Fire Department. A compassionate champion of the needy and forgotten, Father Judge wrestled with his own private demons while touching others in "powerful and miraculous ways." This film is not rated.

September 19 – Persepolis (France 2007, animated) This story of a childhood coinciding with regime change and war is based on the bestselling graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Growing up in Iran, young Marjane was a tomboy, but when she was 10 years old her world changed overnight. Girls could no longer go to school with boys, and in public they had to cover themselves in long dark robes. Then a relative is killed in the Iran/Iraq war and Marjane's parents send her to school in Austria. Though she is safe there, she never quite fits in. Rated PG 13.

September 26 – Ten Canoes (Australia 2007, in Aboriginal English) The film interweaves two stories set in Australia's distant past. In the first story, a group of men, led by a tribal elder, head into the forest to gather bark for canoes. Because the elder knows that one of the young men has taken a fancy to one of the elder's wives, he tells the group a story about the old laws, and a young man who had no wife. This film is not rated.

October 3 – Arctic Tale (USA 2007) A "heartbreaking" documentary of life on the arctic tundra that puts a face on the effects of global warming, this film is essentially aimed at children, but the message is sobering. Rated G.

October 10 – Kinky Boots (UK 2006) Charlie Price has inherited his father's failing shoe factory, and with it the realization that soon he will have to lay off many of its loyal employees. Enter Lola, a female impersonator in teetering high heels, and everything changes as the two men set out to conquer the "brave new world of sexy, cross-dressing footwear." Rated PG 13.

October 17 – 10 Questions for the Dalai Lama (USA 2006) Filmmaker/explorer Rick Ray spoke at length with the Dalai Lama during a private visit to his monastery in Dharamsala, India. Some of the questions Ray asked were: How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? The result has been described as "part biography, part philosophy, part adventure, and part politics." This film is not rated.

October 24 – I'm Not There (USA 2007) This experimental take on the life of Bob Dylan features six actors – including Christian Bale, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Cate Blanchett -- portraying different aspects the legendary musician's life and work. Rated R.

October 31 – Dr. Strangelove (USA 1964) Stanley Kubrick's comic masterpiece starring Peter Sellers (in three roles) has been called "the funniest, most poignant black comedy ever made, a vicious satire on the farcical aspects of the military and the cold war." Rated PG.

November 7 – Taxi to the Dark Side (USA 2007) An in-depth look at the Bush administration's use of torture in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Guantanamo Bay. The title is taken from the true story of an Afghani taxi driver, mistaken for a terrorist and killed during a torture session conducted by American troops. Rated R.

November 14 – 4 Months, 3 Weeks, and 2 Days (Romania 2007) Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival, this "excruciatingly intense" drama is set in Communist Romania in the 1980s. Abortion and contraception are illegal, but a pregnant college student and her roommate turn to a black-market abortionist for help. The film realistically portrays the rough and gritty situations in which two young women must make decisions and deal with their consequences. This film is not rated.

November 21 – The Birds (USA 1963) Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, loosely based on a story by Daphne du Maurier, begins as a light comedy, then slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people with increasing viciousness. Rated PG 13.

For more information about any of these films, contact the UIS Office of Student Life at 206-6665.

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Tuesday, August 5, 2008

"Foot in the Door" Fair for UIS students

The Career Development Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield will sponsor the 2008 "Foot in the Door" Fair for UIS students interested in part-time job, internship, and volunteer opportunities – both on- and off-campus – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday, August 28, in the lower level concourse area of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free to all UIS students.

Students are not required to register in advance, however they will be asked to stop by a registration table at the event. At that time, programs will be available with detailed information about the employers and organizations present. Participants should bring copies of their resume and be prepared to briefly outline their education, goals, experience, and transferable skills. A business casual dress code will be observed.

UIS students who would like help preparing for the event can contact the Career Development Center, located in room 50 of the Student Affairs Building, telephone 206-6508 or e-mail careerservices@uis.edu.

During the 2007 Part-Time Job Fair, representatives from more than 20 off-campus organizations and a dozen on-campus departments participated, along with approximately 250 students.

This year, UIS on-campus offices represented will include Recreational Sports; English as a Second Language; Experiential and Service Learning Programs; Graduate Public Service Internship Program; Institute for Legal, Legislative, and Policy Studies; Illinois Legislative Staff Intern Program; Disability Services; Multicultural Student Affairs/Diversity Center; Student Life; and Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

Some 30 off-campus employers and organizations are also currently expected to attend, including Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; Aflac; Buckle, Inc.; Capitol Radio Group; Family Service Center; Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach; Illini Bank; Memorial Health System; Mini O'Beirne Crisis Nursery; Planned Parenthood; Sangamon County Child Advocacy Center; Springfield Public School District 186; Springfield YMCA; State of Illinois-Central Management Services; Target; and Youth Service Bureau.

Information for recruiters interested in participating

Updated information for students

Recruiters and participants who would like to request disability accommodations should also contact the Career Development Center.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Involvement & Volunteer Expo

Registration is now open for campus groups that would like to take part in the Involvement and Volunteer Expo, to be held August 27 during Welcome Week.

Participants will have an opportunity to promote their organizations to new and returning students.

Register your group and get more information

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