Tuesday, April 27, 2010

UIS to hold third annual Take Back the Night march

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will hold its third annual Take Back the Night rally and march on campus.

WHEN: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: UIS campus starting in the Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) Greatroom, followed by a march around the campus quad.

DETAILS: 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 will start at the UIS Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) in the Greatroom at 7:00 p.m. Musician Tom Irwin, a UIS student, will perform at the start and end of the rally. The keynote speaker for the Speak Out will be Candi Clouse, UIS alum and Prevention Coordinator for the Sojourn Shelter.

Around 7:30 p.m., the group will then march around the UIS Quad. Following the march, Tom Irwin will be playing and there will be hot chocolate available. There will also be informational booths and refreshments in the LRH Greatroom, 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. Co-sponsors of the event include the UIS Women’s Center, UIS Diversity Center and LGBTQ Resource Office.

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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Thursday, April 22, 2010

UIS Chamber Orchestra to present Early 20th Century Dance Music Program

WHAT: The UIS Chamber Orchestra will perform turn-of-the-century dance orchestra music from the John Robichaux collection.

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, IL 62703

DETAILS: Robichaux established himself as the premiere dance orchestra leader in New Orleans, from 1891 into the 1930’s. The John Robichaux Orchestra was active at the time of early jazz in New Orleans.

UIS Chamber Orchestra director Todd Cranson also directs the UIS Bands and serves as the Artistic Director of the Vintage Brass Band in Springfield, IL. His interest in 19th century American band music and the Creole Romantic composers of New Orleans sparked the idea to perform dance music from the Robichaux collection at Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House which was built in 1904. According to Cranson, “this event will allow our community a special opportunity to experience an exquisite intermingling of music, dance, architecture, and history.”

The UIS Chamber Orchestra is open to students, staff, faculty, and local community musicians. For information about getting involved, e-mail music@uis.edu and visit uis.edu/music.

Deborah Hyland of St. Louis will offer period dance lessons during the evening, so that the music may be enjoyed as it was originally intended. Hyland is a folk dance educator, who has taught dance to a wide range of audiences in the St. Louis area and beyond since 1991.

Admission of $5 per person at the door; includes music, dance lessons and refreshments. No advance reservations required. Lawn chairs welcome if the evening weather is pleasant.

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Senior visual arts majors showcase their representation of what "Art Is"

WHAT: Fourteen senior University of Illinois Springfield visual art majors will showcase their representation of what “Art Is” during an end of the year exhibition.

WHEN: Exhibition runs April 29 through May 13, 2010. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. beginning in the Visual Arts Gallery and concluding in the Access Gallery.

WHERE: UIS Visual Arts Gallery located in the Health and Sciences Building, Room 201 on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Prepare to see many unique works of art by the talented visual arts majors. The seniors are Kaitlyn Bitner, Rachel Book, Kimberly Bretz, Willa Campbell, Lauren Cooper, Michael Curry, Adrian Hebert, Aby Lee Hood, Shannon Lubben, Ashley Moore, Valencia Robinson, Veronica Sparks, Emily Welch and Jennifer Yakes.

Each student has their own media, intention and style and the works are a summary of the inspiration and abilities they have acquired during their experiences at the university. The exhibit includes paintings, ceramics, digital media, screen-printing and installations of mixed media. “Art Is” describes the philosophy that art is anything and everything. It is a state of being that is not characterized or explained… it just Is.

For further information, go to www.uis.edu/visualarts/ or contact the gallery by phone at 217/206-6506 or by e-mail at gallery@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Walk and talk at Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon: "Birds of Emiquon"

WHAT: A public seminar entitled “Birds of Emiquon” will be presented by Tharran Hobson, an Illinois River Restoration Manager with The Nature Conservancy.

WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Alfred O. and Barbara Cordwell Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (formerly the Emiquon Field Station) near Lewistown, Illinois

DETAILS: Hobson will present a short orientation to bird watching, and then guide visitors on a walk up the bluff behind the Field Station. Bird sightings and photography will be possible. “This time of year is good for migrant warblers in the uplands,” notes Hobson. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for hiking and bring binoculars.

UIS’ Therkildsen Field Station is at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve, located between Havana, IL and Lewistown, IL near the Dickson Mounds Museum. The program is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. Entrance to the field station is on Prairie Road, located off Illinois Rts. 97/78, approximately one-and-a-half miles north of the Dickson Mounds turnoff. A sign will be posted at the turnoff and a map is also available online at www.uis.edu/emiquon/.

Everyone entering the property will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Rain date is May 6 at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Hua Chen, Interim Director of the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, at hchen40@uis.edu or (217) 206-8339.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Dining for Success Dinner teaches students and alumni business etiquette



The Office of UIS Alumni Relations/U of I Alumni Association hosted its annual Dining for Success Dinner on Friday, April 9 in the PAC Restaurant.

Beth Reutter, a corporate etiquette consultant and coordinator of the Hospitality Management Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign taught students and alumni the rules of business and social dinner behavior.

“The main thing to remember is you’re not there for the food. You’re there for the networking that’s going on,” said Reutter.

UIS senior communication major Luke Runyon came to the course looking for answers. He recently went to a formal dinner with four forks on the table and had no idea what to do with them.

“It’s a great experience to really pick up a lot of those skills that you’re really going to need once you go out for job interviews after you graduate,” said Runyon. “I think it could be one of the deciding factors, especially in a job market like right now.”

Reutter has made it her mission to not only improve the etiquette of college students, but business professionals. She regularly speaks to Chamber of Commerce groups in Central Illinois as well as Chicago.

“It takes practice, practice, practice. I will say that to tonight’s group. You can’t just leave. You have to leave and practice it,” said Reutter.

She notes that etiquette is actually slipping in the United States and she’s made it her mission to improve people’s skills one event at a time.

“The biggest mistake is getting too comfortable. Going social instead of business. I’m very strong about warning against alcoholic beverages during a business event,” she said.

For more information visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition website.

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UIS plans service activities as part of National Volunteer Week

The University of Illinois Springfield Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center is planning a series of service activities to celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 18-24.

“We will have several exciting activities to highlight the spirit of volunteerism both on campus and in the local community,” said Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

The week gets started on Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium with a presentation by dynamic public speaker Jonathan Sprinkles. He has won national awards for his inspirational talks on leadership, diversity, and service. The title of his program is called “How to be a Change Maker." Using a highly interactive speaking style, Mr. Sprinkles will talk about how those with the most influence on others are almost always those who serve others, that true leadership comes from those who put others first. This event is part of the ECCE Speaker Series and is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association.

On Tuesday, April 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby the Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center will host the second annual Good as Gold Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, a recognition ceremony for UIS and community members that have volunteered their time and resources during the previous year. This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Junior League and Illinois Campus Compact.

The week will end on Friday, April 23 with “UIS Cares Day”, a service event where students will help revitalize Washington Park in Springfield by mulching trees from 10a.m. - Noon.

The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center also plans to release a video compilation and Google map of all of the service projects they’ve done throughout the year. The video and map will be made available on their website at www.uis.edu/volunteer.

For more information about any of the events contact Kelly Thompson at kthom03s@uis.edu or 217/206-8448.

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Friday, April 9, 2010

Sunday night Star Parties to be held for people with disabilities

The University of Illinois Springfield is holding several Star Parties for people with disabilities throughout the spring in the UIS observatory, located at the top of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. Sunday Night Star Parties for people with disabilities are free, but reservations are required.

The dates of the Star Parties, weather permitting this fall are Sunday, April 25, and Sunday, May 16. The events begin at 8 p.m. and will include a short presentation before the viewing. The featured objects for viewing will be the first-quarter moon and the planet Mars.

Sunday Star Parties are conducted by John Martin, UIS professor of astronomy and physics. The sessions use a unique telescope specially designed to give people with disabilities access to the sky.

The modified eight-inch Schmidt Cassegrain telescope at UIS uses a fixed eyepiece that brings the image to the viewer. This eyepiece can be moved backward and forward in its tube to be able to accommodate anyone from a large person in a high wheelchair to a child in the lowest, smallest wheelchair. The telescope is the first one of its kind in the world.

For more information or to make a reservation for a Sunday Star Party event, contact Professor John Martin at 217/206-8342 or jmart5@uis.edu.

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Speakers Series: The Open Space of Democracy


2010 UIS Earth Day Event

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents The Open Space of Democracy. The 2010 UIS Earth Day event speaker will be Terry Tempest Williams, known as "a citizen writer," who speaks out eloquently on behalf of an ethical stance toward life.

WHEN: Thursday, April 22, 2010 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

(The event will be available via live webcast and video on demand at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html)

DETAILS: Williams is a naturalist and fierce advocate for freedom of speech, she has consistently shown how environmental issues are social issues that ultimately become matters of justice.

Known for her impassioned and lyrical prose, Williams is the author of several books including the environmental literature classic Refuge: An Unnatural History of Family and Place. In 2006, Williams received the Robert Marshall Award from The Wilderness Society, their highest honor given to an American citizen.

This event is co-sponsored by the UIS Julia J. Henderson Award Fund and the Senate Committee on Sustainability.

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

UIS Health Awareness Week offers lifesaving screenings and education



The University of Illinois Springfield Campus Health Service and the Master of Public Health Student Association hosted a health fair providing screens and educational services on Wednesday, April 7.

Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to take part in the annual event, which celebrates National Public Health Week.

“Prevention is key. A lot of times people don’t know they have a problem and if it can be detected early they can prevent it from becoming worse,” said Jill Stoops, UIS Campus Health Service nurse practitioner.

Stoops hopes health fairs like this one will help catch problems early by offering blood glucose, blood pressure, body fat testing, bone density and HIV screenings.

“I’ve actually had a few people from the community who have come, who have had high blood pressure and didn’t know it or high cholesterol,” she said.

UIS invited outside health providers like Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital to help with the screenings. Other on-campus health services like the Counseling Center were also represented.

“Education and just awareness is such a good tool and a good key to keeping people happy and living a successful life,” said Michelle Skotzke, UIS Counseling Center graduate assistant.

The Counseling Center helps student’s cope with stress related issues or other mental health problems that may be impacting their lives.

UIS Health Awareness Week runs through Friday, April 9. Organizers have a week full of activities planned, which include speakers and other presentations. Learn more by visiting our previous news release on the event.

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Lunch and Learn series presents "Literature: Prairie Visions, Prairie Voices"

“Central Illinois: Patchwork of Creative Minds”, a thought provoking three session educational series examining creative expression that has flourished in the heartland of Illinois, will continue April 21 at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Rooms C/D. Over the lunch hour attendees will hear presentations by two experts and enjoy a delicious hot buffet luncheon available at 11:30 a.m. The presentations are from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Moderator for the series is William Furry, Director of the Illinois State Historical Society. There is a charge for lunch, but the presentations are free and open to the public.

The topic to be addressed on April 21 is “Literature: Prairie Visions, Prairie Voices”. Dr. Barbara Burkhardt, UIS Associate professor of English will make a presentation “The Past is Ever Present: William Maxwell and Logan County, IL”. Dr. Burkhardt is the author of a much celebrated biography of Maxwell, William Maxwell: A Literary Life, University of Illinois Press (2005), paperback (2008). Dr. Dennis Camp, Faculty Emeritus of English and noted Vachel Lindsay scholar will make a presentation entitled, “All About U.” Camp is President of the Vachel Lindsay Association and is the author of a forthcoming, three-volume biography of Lindsay.

The series will end on May 19 with the topic “Architecture: Backyard Barns and Prairie Cathedrals.” Presenters include Larry Kanfer, award-winning Champaign, Illinois photographic artist and journalist, whose recent book is Barns of Illinois. Floyd Mansberger, Director of Fever River Research that specializes in cultural resource management projects associated with historic properties, will report on recent archeological discoveries in the Lincoln Home neighborhood that provide a retrospective on this 150th anniversary of the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency.

Paid reservations are required for the luncheon by April 14. The cost is $20 per person for lunch and the presentations. Pre-registration is also requested from those not purchasing the lunch, but who wish to attend the presentations. For more information and to register, visit www.uiaa.org/uis/patchwork or contact the Office of UIS Alumni Relations at 217/206-7395 or alumni@uis.edu. Sponsors are the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, the Illinois State Historical Society and the Office of UIS Chancellor.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

10th Annual UIS Science Research Symposium

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Natural Science Division is celebrating the 10th Annual UIS Science Research Symposium featuring student and faculty research presentations and a distinguished keynote speaker.

WHEN: Friday, April 16, 2010 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium is on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS

DETAILS: This year's keynote speaker will be Dr. Andrew Gewirth, from the Department of Chemistry at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and his talk will be on the “Behavior of Supported Phospholipid Bilayers”.

The primary goals of the symposium are to share the results of various local scientific studies, encourage scientific dialogue in the community, and to inform the community of the research conducted at UIS and at neighboring campuses. The symposium is open to the public. Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty involved in any aspect of scientific research are encouraged to present either oral presentations or poster presentations. Prizes will be awarded to the three best student oral presentations and to the three best student posters.

For more information contact Dr. Matt Evans, Assistant Professor of Biology at mevan4@uis.edu or 217/206-8367. You can also visit the symposium website at www.uis.edu/biology/symposium/.

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UIS Theatre's season concludes with Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles

The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois Springfield will conclude its 2009-2010 season with the play The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt, opening Friday, April 23. Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS - on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 29, 30, and May 1. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. except the Sunday performance (April 25), which will begin at 2 p.m.

The Runner Stumbles is set in 1911 at a remote northern Michigan parish where a young nun, Sister Rita, mysteriously dies. Her superior, Father Rivard, is charged with the crime. As the trial unfolds four years later, the story alternates between the past and the present, revealing a conflicted relationship between the young nun and the priest. Sister Rita tries to inject color and life into the rural, drab town, bringing more tension to the surface. Part courtroom drama, part memory play, part romance, the play explores conflicts between duty to the church and duty to self, forbidden passions, and divisions between strict traditional morality and complex human emotions.

The cast is made up of 4 men and 5 women. Cast members include Dug Hall* (Father Rivard); Ben Gold* (Guard – Amos); Jennica Danner* (Erna); Ben Beams* (Lawyer – Toby); Ellyn Thorson* (Sister Rita); Nancy Cole@ (Mrs. Shandig); Dwight Langford* (Prosecutor); Jim Bonacum^ (Monsignor – Secretary); Kaitlyn Best* (Louise). * denotes a UIS student, @ a community member, and ^ a faculty member.

UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct.

Tickets – $12 general adult; $10 senior citizen, 65+ with photo ID; $8 UIS faculty/staff with current I-card; $6 all students with current school ID – are available now at the UIS Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.uis.edu/theatre. Tickets will also be available at the ticket office on the day of the performance, beginning 90 minutes before curtain time.

For more information, contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson at 217/206-8307 or email mthom1@uis.edu.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Explore and make music history at the UIS Music Spring 2010 Showcase Concert

The UIS Music Spring Showcase Concert will be held in Sangamon Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010 and feature the Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Band.

Many of the selections performed at this year’s UIS Music Spring Showcase Concert illustrate the evolution of music that is still popular, decades and in some cases even centuries after it was first composed. The Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Sharon Graf, will open the evening performing songs from a variety of cultures and eras, including “Ahe Lau Makani (There is a Breath)” by Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii; “Fire, Fire,” a polyphonic English madrigal by Thomas Morley; “The Erie Canal,” an American folk song accompanied by piano and fiddle; “Oleana,” an American folk song accompanied by violin; and “Blackbird,” a classic Beatles song. Todd Cranson will add to the chorus’ performance of “Blackbird” with a solo tuba rendition of the classic tune.

The Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Todd Cranson, will follow, performing selections from John Robichaux’s 19th Century New Orleans Dance Orchestra. Robichaux, a jazz bandleader, drummer and violinist, wrote more than 350 songs and many orchestral arrangements, which are now housed at the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University.

Following a brief intermission and presentation of student awards, the Concert Band under the direction of Todd Cranson will take the stage. The Concert Band performance will include a number of selections, including “Galop from Genevieve De Braban” by Jacques Offenbach, from which the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn was later extracted; the landmark “Fantasia for Band” written by Vittorio Giannini; and “Clash” by Ryan Main, an interesting pieces filled with dissonant sounds.

Doors will open for the concert at 7:20 p.m., and refreshments will be served in the lobby after the performance.

The Showcase Concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and will be used to benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Award. For more information visit www.uis.edu/music/ or contact Todd Cranson at rcran2@uis.edu or 217/206-7549.

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Speakers Series presents Hip Hop, Lao American Youths, and Performative Blackness

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents Hip Hop, Lao American Youths, & Performative Blackness. The featured speaker for this event is Monica Chiu, Associate Professor of English and University Honors Program Director at the University of New Hampshire.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 at 2 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

(The event will be available via video on demand at http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html)

DETAILS: A long standing goal of immigrant children has been to become “Americanized” as a key to their future economic and social success. In the particular case of Lao American youth, "becoming white" is closely associated with performing blackness. This talk discusses how Lao American boys' refashion themselves with the blackness inspired by media in order to achieve the so-called social acceptance among their American peers. It also highlights how their efforts to "fit in" are related to their academic struggles. Taking ethnographical and cultural approaches, this talk addresses how this cultural phenomenon reflects the dilemma of social acceptance for adolescents, the perception of community, as well as U.S. immigration history and the relationships between different racial groups.

Chiu specializes in Asian American Studies, she is the author of Filthy Fictions: Asian American Literature by Women (2004), the editor of Asian Americans in New England: Culture and Community (2009).

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

UIS presents Project Success: Dress to Impress

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will host “Project Success: Dress to Impress” as part of the annual Springfest celebration on campus. Project Success is a runway fashion show that displays how to dress for business casual and business professional.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Student Life Building (SLB) Gymnasium on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Through fun and fashion, the audience will get a sense of how to dress for professional interaction and career daily wear, while learning which kinds of fashion flops to avoid.

UIS students have been invited to form teams 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. Nina Wright from Western and Southern Financial Group and Sharon Thornton Knop, a UIS alumnus, from State Farm will return as this year’s judges and be joined by a member of the Capitol Radio Group. Tim Burns from Prudential, an employer partner with the UIS Career Development Center, will act as emcee for the evening. The winning team will be awarded a prize of $600.

Project Success is sponsored by UIS Career Development Center, UIS Office of Alumni Relations, and Student Government Association. It will be available via live Webcast for online students and those who are unable to attend.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rachel Hasenyager or Gale Kilbury at 217/206-6508. A complete list of Springfest events is available at www.uis.edu/sga/sac/Springfest.html.

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"Sustain" exhibition now on display at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery

WHAT: The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois Springfield presents an exhibition of fine art entitled "Sustain." This internationally juried exhibition features the selected works of 13 artists.

WHEN: Open now through Thursday, April 22. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

WHERE: Health and Sciences Building, Room 201 on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Art has always been a forum for change. The artists’ work addresses the three issues of sustainability resource conservation, social justice and economic equity.

Please join us for a closing reception as part of the campus' celebration of Earth Day on April 22 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in the gallery. Along with the exhibition, Terry Tempest Williams, environmental activist and author, will give a speech entitled "The Open Space of Democracy" at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium.

For further information, go to www.uis.edu/visualarts/ or contact the gallery by phone at 217/206-6506 or by e-mail at gallery@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Workshops on web trends and the latest technology tools offered on the UIS campus

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Information Technology Services Department will offer five workshops for any U of I alumni in April. The public is also welcome. Topics and dates include: Facebook (April 12), Online Safety (April 16), iPhone/iPod touch (April 19), Google Docs (April 23) and Digital Photography (April 30). Each class will be from 12 noon – 1:30 p.m. on the UIS campus in the Brookens Library lower level class room 141 A.

Workshops offered in January on the UIS campus created demand for a spring series. The cost is $10 per session and each is free-standing. Space is limited and reservations are required. To learn more about each workshop visit www.uiaa.org/uis and look for the technology banner.

To register, contact Kara McElwrath at kmcel2@uis.edu or 217/206-8237. These classes are sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association/UIS Alumni SAGE Society, CEHS Alumni Council and UIS Information Technology Services.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

UIS to hold inaugural symposium for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will hold its inaugural symposium for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The event, which will feature student and faculty oral presentations and poster exhibits, is free and open to the public to attend.

WHEN: Friday, April 9, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Presentations will be held in Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library and in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) lower level conference rooms C and D on the UIS Campus.

DETAILS: The keynote presenter will be Dr. Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies. He will be speaking on "The Joys of Conducting Original Research, or What New Can Be Said about Abraham Lincoln?" Burlingame’s presentation will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, with a reception following.

This event showcases research and writing projects of UIS undergraduate and graduate students across disciplinary lines in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Presentations will cover a variety of topics, such as the rhetorical meaning of comedic humor, the history of the Civil War, and the interpretation of a 19th century diary through song. The intent is to share the rewards of original research with students and faculty, as well as with Springfield and surrounding area communities. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

For more information visit www.uis.edu/clas/students/symposium.html or contact Deborah McGregor at 217/206-7439 or email mcgregor.deborah@uis.edu.

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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, March 24, 2010

Speakers Series presents the Reality of the Improbable: Science Fiction as Social Commentary

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents The Reality of the Improbable: Science Fiction as Social Commentary. Author Edward Beekman-Myers will be the featured speaker for this presentation.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Conference Room G, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

(The event will be available via video on demand at http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html)

DETAILS: Within most works of science fiction and fantasy there exists a basis in present day and/or historical reality. A number of authors have used the genre to comment on particular social problems and injustices by placing them in an otherworldly setting and exaggerating them in order to raise awareness. Looking at various works of sci-fi and fantasy in literature, film, and television, we can see how something that seems improbable can often be all-too real.

Beekman-Myers is the author of several short stories, plays, and novels, including the first volume in a sci-fi/comedy series, The Totally Gnarly Adventures of the Galactically Bitchin’ Comet Sweat!, which was recently published through CreateSpace. He serves as an instructor for UIS’s Speaker Series and as an English instructor for various other colleges in the Springfield area. www.beekmanmyers.com

A book signing will follow the discussion.

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

UIS chorus to perform at Vachel Lindsay Home

The University of Illinois Springfield Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Sharon Graf, will perform at the historic Vachel Lindsay Home in Springfield at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 27, 2010. The Vachel Lindsay Home is located at 603 S. 5th Street in downtown Springfield. This will be the vocal group’s first performance of the semester and its second performance at the historic home of poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay.

The event will feature songs from a variety of cultures and eras, including “Ahe Lau Makani (There is a Breath)” by Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii; “Fire, Fire,” a polyphonic English madrigal by Thomas Morley; “The Erie Canal,” an American folk song accompanied by piano and fiddle; “Oleana,” an American folk song accompanied by violin; and “Blackbird,” a classic Beatles song. Todd Cranson will add to the chorus’ performance of “Blackbird” with a solo tuba rendition of the classic tune.

In addition, Dr. Graf will lead a brief discussion of the songs and will provide information on the UIS Music program and upcoming events.

The current UIS chorus program began in 2001 and is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as Springfield community members, all with a variety of skill levels. After the Vachel Lindsay event, the next Chorus performance will be at the UIS Showcase Concert, which features the Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Concert Band and will be held in Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield campus on April 9, 2010, at 7:30 p.m. Information about these and other events is available at uis.edu/music.

Anyone who is interested in joining the UIS Chorus may contact Dr. Sharon Graf by emailing music@uis.edu or calling (217) 206-6240.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

"Expanding Your Horizons" teaches girls about science, technology, engineering and math



Hundreds of sixth, seventh, and eighth grade girls from central Illinois got a hands-on lesson about careers involving science, technology, engineering and math during a conference on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

The American Association of University Women - Springfield Branch coordinated and sponsored the March 20 "Expanding Your Horizons" event, which was also sponsored by UIS and The Children's Center, a Memorial Health System affiliate.

“This conference is going to show them that because the sessions are being taught by women, that they have every opportunity that a man has,” said event co-chair Carol Kerins.

Girls were able to participate in more than 20 hands-on workshops involving computers, animation, robots, medical technology, television production and much more.

“I think it’s pretty cool because you get to do lots of different things,” said Collen, a 7th grader who took part in the event.

“Expanding Horizons” has been taking place in the Springfield community for 23 years and experts say it’s more important now than ever.

“The research in the field shows that the number of women in the field is falling dramatically and if we don’t start doing things like this to engage girls in technology we’re going to wind-up with a field that is completely male dominated,” said Mary Sheila Tracy, UIS Computer Science Instructor.

For more information on the event and how to get involved next year visit www.aauw-il.org/springfield.

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Thursday, March 18, 2010

UIS to host Dining for Success Dinner event

WHAT: The Office of UIS Alumni Relations will host a fun and informative dinner featuring instruction in business and social etiquette.

WHEN: Friday, April 9, 2010 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center restaurant (lower level PAC) on the campus of University of Illinois Springfield

DETAILS: The four-course dinner will provide participants with the opportunity to brush up on their table manners and provide other dining tips to enhance business and social interactions over a meal. Beth Reutter, coordinator of the Hospitality Management Program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, will be the instructor. A corporate etiquette consultant certified by the Protocol School of Washington, D.C., Reutter has presented this program to college students and other college groups as well as to business and Chamber of Commerce groups in Central Illinois as well as Chicago.

The cost of the event (including dinner) is $10 for current UIS students and $25 for all others. The program is open to the public, however space is limited and advance registration is required. Make reservations no later than April 2 online at www.uiaa.org/uis/dining or by contacting the Office of UIS Alumni Relations by phone at 217/206-7395 or by e-mail at alumni@uis.edu.

The event is presented by the Office of UIS Alumni Relations/U of I Alumni Association, and co-sponsored by the UIS Career Development Center, Office of Student Life and Graduate Public Service Internship Program.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2010

"Under the Dome" gives high school students an insider look at state government

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will host its second annual “Under the Dome” event, giving central Illinois high school students a behind the scenes look at the statehouse during the spring 2010 legislative session.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Illinois State Capitol Building - Springfield, Illinois

DETAILS: “Under the Dome” is the state’s premier immersion event for high school juniors interested in government, politics, and public service.

Students and teachers will spend the day behind the scenes at the Illinois Statehouse on one of the busiest days of the legislative session. They’ll talk with lawmakers and lobbyists, analysts and journalists, and see up close how policy is made in Illinois.

UIS has been preparing leaders in government and public service since its founding 40 years ago. UIS government-related majors include Communication, Criminal Justice, Environmental Sciences, Environmental Studies, Global Studies, Legal Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Affairs Reporting and Public Health.

Enrollment is limited to 40 high school juniors in order to provide a quality in-depth experience. There is no cost for students to attend and lunch is provided, along with snacks and beverages.

View our Under the Dome webpage for more information.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Women Candidates for the American Presidency: from Victoria Woodhull to Hillary Clinton

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents Women Candidates for the American Presidency: from Victoria Woodhull to Hillary Clinton. The featured speaker for this event is Sara Evans, a pioneer in the field of women’s history, who taught at the University of Minnesota from 1976-2008.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

(The event will be available via live webcast and video on demand at http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html)

DETAILS: In celebration of 2010 marking the 90th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment granting voting privilege to all American women and in honor of Women’s History Month, this event examines women and the presidency.

Hillary Clinton may have been the first truly viable female candidate for the presidency, but she was far from the first to run. In fact, she is part of a very long line of women who have challenged cultural assumptions about gender and political power. Understanding the importance of her accomplishment – and the more than two centuries of linked struggles for gender and racial equality — requires a look back at the many women who broke the path and began to make the unthinkable, thinkable.

Sara Evans has been an active feminist since 1967 and chronicled the feminist movement in the late 20th century in several books including Personal Politics, Wage Justice, Born for Liberty, and Tidal Wave.

This event is produced by ECCE and the UIS Women’s Center, with financial support from the Student Government Association (SGA).

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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Speakers Series presents American Indian Traditions: Black Elk's Legacy

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents American Indian Traditions: Black Elk's Legacy. The featured speaker for this event is Aaron Black Elk DeSersa, a member of the Lakota Sioux Tribe of South Dakota, living on Pine Ridge Reservation.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS

(The event will be available via live webcast and video on demand at http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html)

DETAILS: DeSersa is the great-grandson of Nicholas Black Elk and holder of the Black Elk family pipe, signifying him as the religious leader or spiritual conscience of the family.

He will describe for us the unique contribution his great-grandfather and family have made to our culture. In carrying on their traditional way of life, and in educating others about "walking in a sacred manner", or continuously honoring your beliefs in your life and your work, the Black Elk DeSersa family embody a unique world view. The American Indian perspective of the connectedness of all people, and indeed all living things, means that their orientation to life is different from that of most Americans.

Aaron will share some family, tribal and American history, and will describe some of the ongoing results of his great-grandfather's teachings. Such an authentic voice from one of the best known, historic American Indian families is a rare opportunity for the Springfield community.

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

Lecture at Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon: "Historic Indian Tribes of Emiquon"

WHAT: A public lecture entitled “Historic Indian Tribes of Emiquon” will be presented by Dr. Michael Wiant, Director of the Dickson Mounds Museum, Lewistown, Illinois.

WHEN: Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 6:30 p.m.

WHERE: Alfred O. and Barbara Cordwell Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (formerly the Emiquon Field Station) near Lewistown, Illinois

DETAILS: Wiant will present an overview of the history and way of life for Native American tribes that resided along the central Illinois River between the mid 17th and early 19th centuries. The tribes included the Illiniwek, Kickapoo, and Potawatomi, among other Native American tribes.

UIS’ Therkildsen Field Station is at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve, located between Havana, IL and Lewistown, IL near the Dickson Mounds Museum. The program is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. Entrance to the field station is on Prairie Road, located off Illinois Rts. 97/78, approximately one-and-a-half miles north of the Dickson Mounds turnoff. A sign will be posted at the turnoff and a map is also available online at www.uis.edu/emiquon/.

For more information, contact Hua Chen, Interim Director of the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, at hchen40@uis.edu or (217) 206-8339.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference brings national experts to UIS



The University of Illinois Springfield hosted the 7th annual Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference on Friday, March 12 in the Public Affairs Center.

“Protecting yourself and your business from international threats” was the focus of the conference organized by UIS' Computer Science department, in conjunction with InfraGard Springfield, an initiative of the FBI, and CSSIA, a regional center for cyber security. The event was open to businesses, schools and others who wanted to learn more about cyber security.

“We are really trying to bring something unique to the area. We don’t get too many speakers of that great quality in the central Illinois area,” said Janis Rose, UIS Computer Science Instructor and coordinator of the event.

Presentations covered topics on the present and growing risk to businesses and individuals from international threats, both by cyber and physical means.

“I’m liking the hands on experience because I can now take that back to my employer and use those skills,” said Derek Murray, a UIS graduate student.

Murray earned his undergraduate degree from UIS in Computer Science and is now working on his master’s degree, while working for a major insurance company. He has been looking forward to the conference as a means of professional development.

“It’s a way to get and exchange new ideas from some experts in the field both known nationally and internationally,” said Murray.

For more information on the Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference visit http://csc.uis.edu/center/conferences/cddr2010.html

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

PAPS Series presents Trouble the Water

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Political Art and the Public Sphere series presents a screening of the film Trouble the Water. The film will be followed by an open discussion about Hurricane Katrina and the significance of race and class on what happened to the residents of New Orleans.

WHEN: Monday, March 29, 2010 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus

DETAILS: During the spring semester, all three installments of PAPS will provide a forum for focusing on particular political issues under the general heading “Water and Politics.”

On the day before Hurricane Katrina - just blocks from the French Quarter but far from the New Orleans that most tourists knew - Kimberly Rivers Roberts, an aspiring rap artist, turned her new video camera on herself and her 9th Ward neighbors trapped in the city. Kim and her husband Scott continued to film their harrowing retreat to higher ground and the dramatic rescues of friends and neighbors. When the couple finally returns to the devastation of their neighborhood, they’re met with the appalling and repeated failures of government. Relegated to the role of refugees in their own country the moment the levees broke, these two New Orleans residents document their struggle against the forces of nature, poverty, and politics, as they attempt to rebuild their lives amidst one of the greatest natural disasters ever to befall the United States.

Each semester, Political Art and the Public Sphere features a showing or performance of some kind of “political art,” followed by a group discussion of the issues it raises. The basic idea behind PAPS is to consider how ‘art’ raises provocative social and political questions.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky at rgilm3@uis.edu or 217/206-8328.

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UIS Star Parties to resume during spring

The University of Illinois Springfield’s popular Star Parties this spring will be held on the following Fridays, weather permitting: March 26, April 2, April 16, April 23 and April 30. Note that those dates EXCLUDE April 9. There will be no star party on that date. On the other dates, Star Parties are held from 8 to 10 p.m. in the UIS observatory, located on the roof of Brookens Library.

The Star Parties will be hosted by John Martin, assistant professor of Astronomy/Physics. The observatory’s telescopes will be used to view a number of celestial objects, including Mars, the red planet, Saturn, the ringed planet; the Great Orion Nebula, a nearby cradle of new stars; and the Moon, when visible. Other double stars and star clusters will also be viewed.

At a typical Star Party, visitors learn about galaxies, the sun, stars and stellar evolution, as well as star and constellation identification, prior to using the telescopes. These discussions take place in the stairway gallery of astronomical pictures on the way to the observation deck.

Star Parties are free and open to the public. Reservations are not required, and groups are encouraged to attend. The entrance to the campus observatory is located outside Brookens Library on the southeast corner.

Questions about whether the weather is suitable for viewing should be directed to 217/206-8342 at 7 p.m. on the evening of the Star Party. More information about Star Parties can be found online at http://www.uis.edu/astronomy/about/starparties.html.

For more information or if you have questions about Star Parties, contact John Martin at 217/206-8342 or email jmart5@uis.edu.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

"Expanding Your Horizons" gives girls hands-on lessons in math, science and technology

WHAT: "Expanding Your Horizons in Math, Science and Technology" – a hands-on conference designed for girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades.

WHEN: Saturday, March 20, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Many cutting-edge careers will involve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and will be wide open to well-prepared young women. Girls who attend this conference can choose three sessions from more than 20 hands-on, experiential workshops in these STEM areas. Separate workshops for parents and teachers will be held concurrently.

Girls’ workshops will allow participants to interact with successful women who are scientists, physicians, engineers, architects and professionals in many other careers traditionally held by men. They will meet other girls with similar interests and learn about career opportunities for women in these fields.

A partial list of topics includes The Fantastic Voyage... Inside our Bodies, Medical Laboratory Investigators Solve a Mystery, Women of the Web – Create a Personal Photo Web Page, Come Fly with us, and Are you Superhero Material?

The workshops for adults are designed to provide information on how to help girls cope with issues common to their age group, keep them on track for success in math, science and technology, and provide links to the resources to help access higher education and career information.

Adult workshop topics include Bridging the Gaps during Middle and High School, Unraveling the Mystery of the ACT and SAT, and “Green” Your Daughter’s Career for More “Green” in Her Wallet.

The event is presented by the American Association of University Women - Springfield Branch, and is sponsored by UIS and The Children's Center, a Memorial Health System affiliate.

Advance registration is required and space is limited for this event. For a brochure and registration information, call 217/787-8078 or go to www.aauw-il.org/springfield.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

UIS Alumni Peoria Chapter event to focus on gangs

WHAT: “Circle of Violence” will be the focus of A Taste of UIS Peoria program sponsored by the Peoria Chapter of the Office of UIS Alumni Relations.

WHEN: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 from 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Peoria Center, ICC Perley Bldg, Room 203, 115 SW Adams, Peoria

DETAILS: Two UIS Peoria Center alumni will share information about the growing challenge of gangs in the Peoria area. Learn what is being done to combat this problem on the street and in the correctional system. Panelists will include Detective Elizabeth A. Blair ’93 MA ‘03, Peoria Police Department, and Lt. Jason Haynes ‘05, Federal Bureau of Prisons. Ronda Guyton ’04 Deputy Sheriff, Peoria County Sheriff’s Department will moderate.

From 5-6 p.m., enjoy refreshments and a demonstration by Dennis Scheibe ‘88, IT Service Coordinator/AV Integrator, of high end video conferencing equipment used in the delivery of courses between Peoria and Springfield. The panel presentation and discussion will be from 6-7 p.m.

The program is open to the public, however reservations are requested.

For more information and to make a reservation e-mail alumni@uis.edu, or call the UIS Peoria Center at 309-999-4250.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Good as Gold Ceremony to honor community volunteers

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and the Junior League of Springfield (JLS) are excited to announce the second annual Springfield Good as Gold Ceremony, a volunteer recognition event to acknowledge local community members and organizations.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. (Registration starts at 4:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Lobby

DETAILS: This will be an upscale event emceed by Jessica McGee of WICS-TV 20 and Dave Daniels from WDBR 103.7 FM to recognize volunteers who use their time and talent to help improve the lives of others in the Springfield area.

There are several categories for which an individual can be nominated, including an award for Heart of Gold, Distinguished Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, and Organization Agent of Service Award. In addition, at the ceremony the Junior League of Springfield will feature the winner of its Outstanding Graduate Award, recognizing a local female high school junior for her leadership and volunteerism. UIS will also honor one staff or faculty member and one student who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service and volunteerism.

Nomination forms can be filled out or downloaded online at either www.jlsil.org or www.uis.edu/volunteer. Only volunteers living and/or volunteering within Sangamon County will be considered to receive an award.

The deadline to nominate an individual or organization is Friday, March 19, 2010. For more information, contact the UIS Volunteer Center at volunteer@uis.edu or 217-206-7716.

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UIS Lunch and Learn Series resumes for Spring 2010

The University of Illinois Springfield’s “Central Illinois: Patchwork of Creative Minds,” a three-part educational series examining creative expression that has flourished in the heartland of Illinois, will resume this spring beginning in March.

The presentations will be held in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Rooms C/D. Over the lunch hour, attendees will hear presentations by two experts and enjoy a delicious hot buffet luncheon available at 11:30 a.m. The presentations are from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. There is a charge for lunch, but the presentations are free and open to the public. The moderator for the series is William Furry, director of the Illinois State Historical Society, and sponsors are the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, the Illinois State Historical Society and the Office of UIS Chancellor.

The first presentation will be held on March 24 and is a program titled “Song and Dance Along the Sangamon” by Todd Cranson, UIS assistant director of Co-Curricular Music and director of the Vintage Brass Band. Cranson will speak about music and social dancing in early Springfield. Tom Irwin, a song writer, national performer and music editor and writer for Illinois Times weekly newspaper, will then discuss and perform songs of place in the Sangamon River Valley.

On April 21, “Literature, Prairie Visions, Prairie Voices” will be the topic addressed by Dr. Barbara Burkhardt, associate professor of English at UIS and a leading expert on the life and work of Lincoln, Ill. native William Maxwell, who is a former literary editor of The New Yorker magazine. She will be joined by Dr. Dennis Camp, UIS faculty emeritus of English, Vachel Lindsay scholar and author of a new Lindsay biography, who will discuss why Lindsay is an important literary figure.

The series will end on May 19 with the topic “Architecture: Backyard Barns and Prairie Cathedrals.” Presenters include Larry Kanfer, award -winning Champaign, Ill. photographic artist and journalist, whose recent book is Barns of Illinois. Floyd Mansberger, director of Fever River Research, which specializes in cultural resource management projects associated with historic properties, will report on recent archeological discoveries in the Lincoln Home neighborhood that provide a retrospective on this 150th anniversary of the election of Abraham Lincoln to the presidency.

Paid reservations are required for the luncheon at least one week before each session. The cost is $20 per person for lunch or $50 per person for all three lunches if paid reservations are received by March 17. Pre-registration is also requested from those not purchasing the lunch who wish to attend the free presentations.

For more information or to register, visit www.uiaa.org/uis/patchwork or contact the Office of UIS Alumni Relations at 217/206-7395 or alumni@uis.edu.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Cyber Defense and Disaster Recovery Conference focuses on international threats

WHAT: “Protecting yourself and your business from international threats” is the focus of a one-day conference at the University of Illinois Springfield. The conference is hosted by UIS' Computer Science department, in conjunction with InfraGard Springfield, an initiative of the FBI, and CSSIA, a regional center for cyber security.

WHEN: Friday, March 12, 2010

WHERE: Conference Room C/D, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

DETAILS: There is a present and growing risk to businesses and individuals from international threats, both via cyber and physical means. Due to the ‘take all’ attitude of foreign intelligence services and the insiders they compromise, no one is immune. It is important for all of us to maintain a healthy respect for the privacy of our personal and business electronics and information in the global economy.

Breakout sessions will focus on social networking, hacker prevention, risk assessment, computer forensic response, and PKI. Michael Davis, author of Hacking Exposed, is keynote speaker. Other presenters come from the National Security Agency, FBI, IBM, Semantec, and others. In addition, conference registration of $30 includes SANS interactive training, ‘Catching the Wiley Hacker’.

COST: $30 includes a sit down lunch and break refreshments. There is no extra charge for the SANS interactive training track: ‘Catching the Wiley Hacker.’

To register: http://csc.uis.edu/cyberconference. Limited seating for SANS training, so register early. Registration closes Friday, March 5th at 5pm. Any questions call Janis Rose at 217-206-8246.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Collegiate Career Fair brings hundreds of job seekers to UIS



Students from the University of Illinois Springfield and three other colleges were treated to a one-stop-shop in finding a job during the 12th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair.

The event was held on Thursday, February 18, 2010, in the Public Affairs Center lobby on the UIS campus. The career fair brought in representatives from approximately 100 area employers, along with approximately 400 students and alumni.

“It’s a really good way to network with about 100 different people in a very short period of time,” said Tammy Craig, Career Services Director.

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.

“I thought this would be a great time to get a practice run at a career fair and also just get experience talking with recruiters from companies,” said Vernon Cail, UIS graduate student in Public Health.

Cail hasn’t decided what he wants to do after graduation, but came to the fair looking for government jobs. Other students like UIS junior accounting major Dara Abina came to the fair with a single goal in mind, to find their dream job.

“We’re in economic times where a lot of people really don’t have jobs and people are coming out here to offer jobs. It’s just an amazing experience,” said Abina.

The UIS Career Development Center has been working with students to prepare them for the fair, so they’d know what to expect. That still couldn’t take away all the nerves.

“It’s kind of like a rush because when you walk up to a table you really don’t know what to say, but it just comes out the right way,” said Abina.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s Collegiate Career Fair, which is a partnership between UIS, Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris College and Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University.

For more information about the Collegiate Career Fair, go online to www.uis.edu/careerservices.

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Speakers Series presents Combating Human Trafficking in Illinois

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents Combating Human Trafficking in Illinois. Lisa Fedina, Project Coordinator of the Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition will be the featured speaker at the event.

WHEN: Wednesday, February 24, 2010 at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Conference Room G, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center (PAC) on the University of Illinois Springfield campus.

(The event will be available via live webcast and video on demand at http://www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html)

DETAILS: Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition is a state-wide group made up of social service organizations, law enforcement, advocacy groups, and community members working together to fight human trafficking in Illinois.

Fedina will discuss the basics of human trafficking (including child exploitation, sex trafficking, and labor trafficking), trafficking in local and global contexts, U.S. anti-trafficking legislation, victim identification, and how individuals can get involved in local anti-trafficking efforts. www.dhs.state.il.us/rescueandrestore

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit http://illinois.edu/goto/speakerseries or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

UIS PAPS series to present viewing and discussion of Flow

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s series called Political Art and the Public Sphere will resume for the spring 2010 semester. The first installment will be the viewing and discussion of the film Flow.

WHEN: Monday, February 22, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus

DETAILS: During the spring semester, all three installments of PAPS will provide a forum for focusing on particular political issues under the general heading “Water and Politics.”

Flow is an award-winning documentary investigation into what many experts call the most important political and environmental issue of the 21st century. The film builds a case against the privatization of the world's dwindling fresh water supply with a focus on politics, pollution and human rights. The film raises the question: “can anyone really own water?”

Each semester, Political Art and the Public Sphere features a showing or performance of some kind of “political art,” followed by a group discussion of the issues it raises. The basic idea behind PAPS is to consider how ‘art’ raises provocative social and political questions.

For more information, contact Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky at rgilm3@uis.edu or 217/206-8328.

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UIS Visual Arts Gallery hosts exhibit by Felicia Olin

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Visual Arts Gallery will be hosting an exhibit by Springfield resident Felicia Olin. Olin’s exhibit will focus on portraits that are inspired by the past, relics from nature, oddities, anatomy, books, animals and botanicals.

WHEN: A reception and artist talk will be February 18 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

WHERE: The Visual Arts Gallery, room 201 of the Health and Sciences Building on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: Born in 1977, artist Felicia Olin has lived in Springfield most of her life. She received her associate's degree from Springfield College in Illinois and her BFA in painting from Illinois State University. Felicia is a member of the Prairie Art Alliance and participates in area shows.

The Visual Arts Gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, contact Ken Pease at 217/206.6506 or email gallery@uis.edu.

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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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Friday, January 29, 2010

2010 UIS Technology Day focuses on social technologies

WHAT: The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its tenth annual Technology Day to showcase the innovative ways that faculty, staff and students are using technology in education. The theme for this year’s event is “What Are You Learning Now? Teaching with Social Technologies.”

WHEN: Wednesday, February 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: The Public Affairs Center (PAC), lower level, on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Participants will have opportunities for networking and for exchanging knowledge and expertise related to technology and education. All activities are free and open to the public. Participants are welcome to attend some or all of the sessions, and prizes and refreshments will also be available.

Kyle Bowen will be the keynote speaker for Technology Day 2010, and his presentation will start the event. Bowen is the director of informatics at Purdue University and recently led the development of Hotseat, a new social networking-powered tool that enables students to collaborate via Twitter or Facebook both inside and outside of the classroom.

K-12 educators may receive 3 CPDUs for attending Technology Day. Teachers interested in obtaining CPDU credit for participation should email Mae Noll at mnoll1@uis.edu prior to February 5.

UIS sponsors of the event include the Academic Technology Committee, Brookens Library, Information Technology Services, the Office of Web Services, and the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service.

For more information, contact Tulio Llosa, director of educational technology in the office of Information Technology Services, at 217/206-7755 or tllos1@uis.edu.

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Speakers Series presents AIDS in the African Continent

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents AIDS in the African Continent. The free of charge event features a film screening of Living with AIDS, followed by a discussion moderated by Africa Action's Briggs Bomba and UIS International Admissions Counselor, Samba Dieng.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS

DETAILS: Living with AIDS documents the work of an orderly in a hospital in Zambia, where the majority of the patients are HIV-positive. In the film, the orderly, Samura, exposes the untold story of AIDS: how poverty and the complex nature of African culture and sexuality are hampering efforts to eradicate this horrifying disease.

Briggs Bomba of Africa Action has extensive experience working with civil society organizations in Zimbabwe and other African countries and has traveled extensively on the African continent.

Samba Dieng has a master’s degree in international relations and political science. He grew up in seven countries and has worked for Africa Action as an intern. While at Africa Action, he helped design a campaign update on the President’s Emergency Plan for Aids relief and developed a monthly HIV/AIDS fact sheet. Both Briggs and Dieng are natives of Africa and have first-hand experience of the disease.

For more information and a list of other speakers series events, visit the speaker series Web site or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or craig.kimberly@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Illinois primary election examined by UIS political experts



Three noted University of Illinois Springfield professors recently took part in a community forum, answering questions about the upcoming Illinois primary election. The presentation was held on January 26 at the Public Affairs Center on campus.

Political experts Chris Mooney, Professor of Political Science; Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Science; and Charlie Wheeler, Director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program presented insight and analysis and invited questions from the audience.

“It’s an opportunity we like to take, to get together and talk about elections. People get very interested and excited. You’ve got races that are close,” said Mooney.

The February 2 primary election features a battle for the GOP and Democratic nomination for governor, as well as the U.S. senate seat once held by President Barack Obama. Political experts say it’s the governor’s race that could turn out to be the most interesting.

“If you look at the polling, you’ll see on the democratic side the two major candidates, Governor Quinn and Comptroller Hynes are within the margin of error for the polls. On the republican side, nobody seems to have emerged from the field,” said Wheeler.

The UIS political team takes hundreds of phone calls every year from members of the media looking for experts to speak on election and legislative topics.

“The media always need to get a fresh perspective that doesn’t come from one of the candidates or the parties,” said Mooney.

The primary forum was sponsored by Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society. The group plans to host similar forums in the future.

“UIS is sort of wired into state government and politics in a way that really makes us unique,” said Mooney.

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

UIS political experts to discuss Illinois primary election

WHAT: Three noted University of Illinois Springfield political experts will discuss the upcoming February primary election in Illinois during an open forum.

WHEN: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 at 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC), Conference Room C/D

DETAILS: Chris Mooney, Professor of Political Science; Kent Redfield, Professor Emeritus of Political Science; and Charlie Wheeler, Director of the Public Affairs Reporting Program will present insights and analysis and invite questions about the election. The forum is open to the UIS community and the general public.

The forum is being hosted by Pi Sigma Alpha, the Political Science National Honor Society. More information about the chapter can be found online at http://www.uis.edu/politicalscience/students/pi-sigma-alpha.html.

For more information on the forum contact Jason Pierceson, Chair of the Department of Political Science at 217/206-7842 or jpier2@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

WUIS holds annual essay contest for high school seniors

Public radio station WUIS 91.9 FM is holding an essay contest open to all central Illinois high school seniors on the topic of your personal philosophy, This I Believe.

The top ten essays as selected by a panel at WUIS will air between February 15-26, 2010, once during Morning Edition at 7:50 a.m. and again during All Things Considered at 4:45 p.m. It will also be posted at WUIS.org and Facebook.com/WUIScommunity.

Entrants whose submissions are aired will also receive a $100 scholarship from the Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise.

WUIS encourages students to get their teachers involved in the process. The essays should be between 350 and 500 words, or about three minutes when read aloud at a natural speaking pace (4,000 character limit). The essays should be submitted electronically through the WUIS website.

All of the essays submitted will be posted on the national This I Believe Essay Collection website after a review process.

The deadline to submit essays for the contest is January 28, 2010 at 11:59 p.m.

For more information and a list of past essay contest winners visit the WUIS website or e-mail WUIS@uis.edu.

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