Wednesday, September 30, 2009

UIS Celebrates Homecoming – With Mashed Potatoes?

They're doing the mashed potato for the University of Illinois Springfield Homecoming celebration this year.

We're not talking about the dance. We're talking about the actual mashed potatoes.

That would be 25 pounds of mashed potatoes, to be exact. That's what students used Tuesday during the campus lunch rush to express themselves creatively during Homecoming Week.

The mashed potato sculpting event was featured in a WICS-TV 20 report on September 29, 2009.

Read the story online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_625.shtml

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Monday, September 28, 2009

Pep rally kicks off UIS homecoming week

Homecoming activities kick off today (Monday) at the University of Illinois Springfield and later in the week include a parade, a barbecue and varsity soccer games.

UIS Family Weekend also coincides with homecoming events on Saturday and Sunday.

The theme of the 2009 event is “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.”

The homecoming schedule was published in a September 28, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090928-SJR-UIS-homecoming-activiti.pdf

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Rich Bradley signs off at WUIS

Friday was pretty much like any other weekday for Rich Bradley, news director at WUIS radio at the University of Illinois Springfield. That is until the last 45 seconds of his seven-minute noon newscast, when he acknowledged he is retiring and thanked his listeners.

Bradley, 69, will officially retire on Oct. 1, which also is his 35th anniversary at the university station.

Bradley's story was featured in a September 26, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090925-SJR-Rich-Bradley-signs-off.pdf

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Friday, September 25, 2009

Radio Legend Retires

After 35 years on the air WUIS radio News Director Rich Bradley anchored his last newscast on September 25, 2009.

WICS-TV 20 Anchor/Reporter Carl Madonna featured Bradley in a report aired on September 24th on the 5:00 p.m. news. Bradley talks about some of the big stories he's covered and his feelings on leaving the station he helped create.

Watch the video of the report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_599.shtml

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Good police work, public awareness keys to anti-terrorism effort, experts say

Alert police work led to the arrest of an alleged would-be federal building bomber in Springfield Thursday.

Bruce Liebe, a retired Illinois State Police officer who teaches a class on terrorism as a law-enforcement challenge at the University of Illinois Springfield, agreed that Finton’s arrest shouldn’t prevent anyone fom going about their normal routine.

“But I think it definitely heightens the message that’s been put out by the FBI and other law enforcement that people need to remain diligent and observe … people or persons or things that may be out of place and report those to the appropriate authorities,” Liebe said.

Liebe's comments were featured in a September 25, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20090925-SJR-Good-police-work.pdf

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Prairie Stars find 'keeper in Kubal

Kelli Kubal isn’t bothered by an unexpected turn of events — she just goes with the flow.“Things don’t really bother me,” the University of Illinois Springfield sophomore goalkeeper said. “Plans change. It’s not a big deal to me.”

“She’s an upbeat kid,” UIS women’s soccer coach Pete Kowall said. “If you go to a restaurant she doesn’t like, she deals with it. If we don’t buy her the gloves she exactly likes, she deals with it. Last year, she didn’t like the soccer balls I bought, she dealt with it.”

Kubal's story was featured in a September 25, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090925-SJR-Prairie-Stars-find-keepe.pdf

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Thursday, September 24, 2009

Brown contributes for UIS

Avon native Courtnee Brown, a junior at the University of Illinois Springfield, had 22 kills recently against Christian Brothers University.

“She’s made an immediate impact from day one,” said Prairie Stars coach Angie Riggle, in her first year. “She works hard every day in practice and in every game.”

The story was featured in a September 23, 2009 edition of the Galesburg Register-Mail.

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20090923-GRM-Brown-contributes.pdf

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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

UIS students respond to volunteer fair

Representatives of two dozen non-profit groups and organizations set up on the concourse of the Public Affairs center as part of UIS’ first-ever “Fall into Volunteering Fair.”

“It was an idea developed by students who wanted a volunteer fair,” said Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center. The center and UIS Housing got together to sponsor the fair.

The fair was featured in a September 23, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20090923-SJR-UIS-students-respond.pdf

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Australian ambassador to speak in Springfield

The Australian ambassador to the United States will kick off the 2009-10 Ambassador Series, a Springfield tradition that brings people face-to-face with ambassadors from around the world.

Vicki Megginson, associate chancellor for development at the University of Illinois Springfield, said 100 to 130 people have been attending the series, but the sponsors have increased their outreach this year.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if we have more attend,” she said.

Megginson's comments were featured in a September 21, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090921-SJR-Australian-ambassador-t.pdf

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Student loan defaults up, but cause unclear

Figures released this week by the U.S. Department of Education show an increase in the student loan default rate, and Illinois numbers bear that out, too -- though the details vary among individual colleges and universities.

At the University of Illinois Springfield, the student loan default rate improved slightly. The most recent rate was 3.8 percent, compared with 3.9 percent for the prior year.

Gerard Joseph, director of financial assistance at UIS, said the school -- like many others -- tries to encourage students to borrow only what they need.

The story was featured in a September 18, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20090918-SJR-Student-loan-defaults.pdf

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UIS' Doellman has unfinished business on soccer field

Quincy natives Brian Doellman and Anthony Longo grew up playing soccer together, so when Longo made a commitment to attend the University of Illinois Springfield, Doellman took a campus visit and knew that’s where he wanted to spend his college career.

“Anthony and I have played on traveling teams together since we were about 12, and we’ve known each other longer than that,” Doellman said. “When he came here, I knew it was at least a place I had to look at.

“When I visited, I liked the campus, the town, the academics, and the tradition, so the decision wasn’t too difficult. I felt comfortable here. This was the right place for me.”

Doellman's comments were featured in a September 19, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090919-SJR-UIS-Doellman-has-unfinis.pdf

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Friday, September 18, 2009

The latest Republican Gubernatorial candidate

University of Illinois Springfield Political Science Professor Chris Mooney was interviewed by WICS-TV 20 about former Illinois GOP Chairman Andy McKenna entering the governor's race.

Reporter Catie Sheehan asked Mooney about McKenna pairing up with Sen. Matt Murphy, who could run for Lt. Governor on the so far unofficial ticket.

Watch September 17, 2009 report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_557.shtml

Thursday, September 17, 2009

UIS notebook: Prairie Stars to host sports smorgasbord Friday

The south side of the University of Illinois Springfield campus will be abuzz with activity Friday.

The UIS Prairie Stars’ volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer teams all play their first-ever Great Lakes Valley Conference home matches that evening, making Kiwanis Stadium and The Recreation and Athletic Center the places to be.

The teams were featured in a September 17, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090917-SJR-UIS-notebook.pdf

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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Slide Ended in Apparent Suicide

Christopher Kelly was a roofer, a fundraiser, a gambler and a felon. He started small, made millions, befriended a young politician named Rod Blagojevich and died last weekend in an apparent suicide.

Kent Redfield, a professor of political science at the University of Illinois at Springfield, described Kelly as "part of the inner circle from the beginning." He called it ironic at best that Blagojevich made Kelly his point man with the Illinois Gaming Board.

Redfield's comments were featured in a September 15, 2009 edition of the Washington Post.

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20090915-WashPost-Slide-Ended-in-Apparent-Suicide.pdf

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Garrison Keillor cancels appearance in Illinois

Humorist Garrison Keillor has canceled an appearance at the University of Illinois-Springfield a week after suffering a minor stroke.

Keillor, host of A Prairie Home Companion, on Monday canceled the performance scheduled for Sept. 21. It will be rescheduled.

The news was featured in a September 14, 2009 article in the Chicago Tribune.

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20090915-Trib-Garrison-Keillor.pdf

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Wojciechowski to be a Prairie Star

La Salle-Peru senior right-side hitter Brittnee Wojciechowski literally found the perfect fit when looking for a college to attend next year.

Wojciechowski, one of the many talented front-row players on the Lady Cavaliers, felt at home when she visited the campus of University of Illinois Springfield.

“When I stepped on campus at UIS, I was like, ‘Oh, this feels like home,’” Wojciechowski said.

Wojciechowski was featured in a September 10, 2009 article in the LaSalle News Tribune.

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20090910-NewsTrib-Wojciechowski.pdf

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Enrollment up at UIS

More students than ever before are attending the University of Illinois Springfield this fall.

Enrollment figures released this week for UIS show a record 4,961 students enrolled for the fall semester, a 5 percent increase over last fall’s 4,711 students.

Chancellor Richard Ringeisen said the higher figures “demonstrate the value attached to the high-quality education UIS delivers for students from all over Illinois.”

The enrollment numbers were featured in a September 11, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20090911-SJR-UIS-enrollment.pdf

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Law degree pays off for UIS compliance officer

Sports have always been a part of Alison Fitzgerald's life, now she's brought that passion to the University of Illinois Springfield.

The 26-year-old is consumed with athletics as it relates to the Great Lakes Valley Conference and NCAA Division II. Fitzgerald is the assistant director of athletics for compliance at the University of Illinois Springfield. It’s her job to know the NCAA and GLVC rules and regulations and keep the Prairie Stars’ athletic department in line with them.

Fitzgerald was featured in a September 11, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20090911-SJR-UIS-compliance-officer.pdf

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Thursday, September 10, 2009

College grant cutoff devastating for some

Charles Olivier last year received about $1,200 toward his tuition and fees at the University of Illinois Springfield from a state program that helps students based on need

Olivier, a junior, will get another $600 during this year’s fall semester. But because of state budget cuts, he is scheduled to get $0 for the spring semester as every other Monetary Award Program grant recipient.

“It is a program aimed at our neediest students,” said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. “We’re aware that it’s a big problem.

The MAP grant story was featured in a September 10, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090910-SJR-MAPGrant.pdf

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Blagojevich book offers his side

Former Governor Rod Blagojevich is trying to present a different portrait of himself in his new book The Governor.

Kent Redfield, a political science professor at the University of Illinois-Springfield, says it's too late for Blagojevich to resuscitate his reputation. "I think the judgment is pretty clear ... that he was a complete disaster (as governor) in addition to being completely corrupt," Redfield says. "He's become a sideshow."

Redfield's comments were featured in a September 8, 2009 edition of USA Today.

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20090908-USAToday-Blagojevich-book.pdf

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Quinn names former Springfield mayor, 4 others to U of I board

Gov. Pat Quinn appointed five new members Friday to the University of Illinois board of trustees, including former Springfield Mayor Karen Hasara, who earned two degrees from the University of Illinois Springfield.

UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen praised Quinn’s decision to appoint Hasara. “It is really an exciting moment for UIS,” he said. He said he is almost certain Hasara is the first UIS alumnus on the board of trustees.

Ringeisen's comments were featured in a September 5, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20090905-SJR-Quinn-names-former-Spr.pdf

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Former Springfield Mayor Appointed to U of I Board of Trustees

Governor Pat Quinn appointed former Springfield Mayor and UIS alumnus Karen Hasara to serve on the U of I Board of Trustees.

Reporter Catie Sheehan from WICS-TV 20 interviewd UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen for the story that aired on September 4, 2009.

Watch the full video of the report:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_482.shtml

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Friday, September 4, 2009

UIS' Longo wants to carry on family coaching tradition

Quincy native Anthony Longo was destined for soccer long before he was born.

His grandfather, Frank, was involved in coaching on the high school and college level in the River City. His father is the head coach of the girls team at Quincy Notre Dame High School, and his uncle holds a similar post with the Quincy boys team.

“I told my grandma that grandpa must be turning over in his grave to know I was coming over here to school,” said Longo, a senior member of the University of Illinois Springfield men’s soccer team.

Longo's story was featured in a September 4, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20090904-SJR-Longo.pdf

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Thursday, September 3, 2009

MAP Grant funding cut for Spring

State cuts to MAP Grant funding for the Spring 2010 semester were featured in a WICS-TV 20 report on the 10:00 p.m. news on September 2, 2009. UIS students Charles Olivier and Jaime Casinova were interviewed about how the funding cut will impact them.

Reporter Kelly Larson also set down with UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen to talk about what the university is doing to help students.

Watch the full video of the report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_467.shtml

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Gallery displays rarely seen art of critic, philosopher

The stunningly stark woodcut print “DEAD MAN, BLACK BIRD” displayed at the University of Illinois Springfield’s Visual Arts Gallery seems to bring to life artist ARTHUR C. DANTO’s preference for the black-and-white woodcut.

A world-renowned author, philosopher and artist, Danto used that art form to permit the “directest” statement with the greatest economy of means.

“ARTHUR C. DANTO: PRINTS” will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays through Sept. 23 at the arts gallery at UIS.

The gallery was featured in an September 3, 2009, Tamara Browning column in the State Journal-Register.

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20090902-SJR-ArtGallery.pdf

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