Friday, April 23, 2010

Social media's impact on consumers and businesses

University of Illinois Springfield Web Services Director Sherry Hutson was interviewed on the WTAX-AM Morning Newswatch on April 23, 2010. She spoke about social media trends when it comes to consumer habits and businesses.

Hutson says social media can serve both a positive and negative purpose for businesses. She also spotlights some of the companies that are using social media effectively.

Listen to the WTAX podcast of the interview online:
http://www.wtax.com/play_window.php?audioType=Episode&audioId=4592745

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Colleges moving to paperless systems

The University of Illinois Springfield, as well as the U of I’s other campuses in Urbana and Chicago, has been “100 percent online for registration since fall of 2004,” said Brian Clevenger, director of records and registration at UIS.

The U of I also uses the database system for grades, class rosters, syllabi, etc.

“We held out and did our course schedules on paper until summer-fall 2010,” he said. “Some still wanted to hold that paper in their hands. If you’re not great with change, it takes a while.

“It has saved us several thousand dollars,” Clevenger said. “We no longer mail grades or bills to students.”

Clevenger's comments were featured in a April 22, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100422-SJR-Colleges-paperless-systems.pdf

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Assistant A.D. at UIS takes job in Florida

The excitement of big-city life beckoned and Alison Fitzgerald is heeding the call.

Fitzgerald, 26, is leaving her post as the assistant director of athletics for compliance at the University of Illinois Springfield and has accepted a similar position at NCAA Division II Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla.

Fitzgerald has helped UIS make the transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II with the school set to attain full membership for the 2010-11 academic year. She became UIS’ first compliance director in June 2008 after graduating from Marquette University’s law school.

Fitzgerald was featured in a April 21, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100421-SJR-Assistant-AD-at-UIS.pdf

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

UIS welcoming Monica Chiu to campus

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.

Mae Marie-Noll from the University of Illinois – Springfield explains that author and Associate Professor of English and University Honors Program Director at the University of New Hampshire, Monica Chiu, will share her works with the public April 14th.

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.

Noll adds that Chiu is one of many speakers that the university will be welcoming to the school this semester.

The event was featured by WTIM Radio in Taylorville on April 5, 2010.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100405-WTIM-Monica-Chiu.pdf

Listen to Mae Marie-Noll's interview online

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Cyber security conference set in Springfield

A one-day conference on cyber defense and disaster recovery will be held Friday, March 12 at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The event is hosted by the UIS Computer Science Department in cooperation with InfraGard Springfield. Breakout sessions in Conference Room C/D on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center will cover topics such as cyber threats, hacking, risk assessment and computer-forensic response.

The event was featured in a February 27, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100226-Cyber-security-conference.pdf

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

UIS, civil service workers reach tentative agreement on furloughs

The University of Illinois Springfield has reached tentative agreement on unpaid leaves of absence with five of seven bargaining units representing campus civil service employees.

Most University of Illinois academic employees, including more than 460 at UIS, were ordered to take furlough days this spring as part of the university's response to a growing backlog of unpaid state appropriations to the U of I.

The article was featured in a February 24, 2010 edition of the State Journal-Register.

Download a pdf of the article:

UIS%2C%20civil%20service%20and%20furloughs.pdf

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Thursday, February 4, 2010

UIS Prairie Stars names new men's head soccer coach

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars named a new men’s soccer coach. Chad Jones will take over for Joe Eck as head coach.

Jones is new to the head coaching ranks and UIS, but not to the Springfield area.

The news of Jones' new position was reported in a February 4, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100204-SJR-soccercoach.pdf

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Downstate Illinois Innocence Project takes on Slover case

Pinning hopes for a new trial for the Slovers on a fingerprint found on a bridge railing, the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project presented its case at a hearing Monday afternoon.

The project, based at UIS, has taken the case of Michael Slover, Jeannette Slover and Michael Slover Jr., who are all serving 60-year sentences for the murder of Karyn Hearn Slover.

The latest details about the case were reported on February 2, 2010, by the Decatur Herald & Review and WCIA-3.

Download a PDF of the Herald & Review's story:
20100202-HR-Slover.pdf

Download a PDF of the WCIA-3 report:
20100201-WCIA-Slover.pdf

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

UIS' Sims getting better by the minutes

The new year has been good to University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars junior Justin Sims.

The 6-foot-6 reserve forward has made the most of his minutes during the past few men’s basketball games after a so-so December.

Sims has been a regular contributor off a bench that’s averaging 31 points per game. He is tied with teammate Ryan Thornton for fourth on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game, and he’s third in rebounding with 4.3 per game.

“He’s getting more playing time and scoring the basketball for us,” UIS coach Kevin Gamble said.

Sims was featured in a January 28, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100128-SJR-UIS-Sims-getting-better.pdf

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Thursday, January 21, 2010

UIS furlough days affect students

Students returned to the University of Illinois Springfield campus this week with questions about how the recently announced U of I furlough plan for faculty and staff might affect them.

Some faculty will be taking all four days on the same dates to raise awareness about the impact of the state budget on higher education, while other staff and faculty will try to minimize the affect of furloughs on students.

Additionally, on Wednesday, faculty and academic professionals were given the option of taking a temporary pay cut equivalent to what the university would save by them taking a furlough day, so that they have the option to continue working instead of taking time off.

Details about the furlough days and the state's debt to UIS were discussed in a January 21, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100120-SJR-furloughdays.pdf

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

UIS is not one of GLVC schools to add football

The Great Lakes Valley Conference is expanding its sports program by adding football with the inaugural season slated for 2012.

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars, who are new to the GLVC and NCAA Division II, will not be among the league’s football-playing schools, however. UIS is “absolutely not” starting a football program, according to athletic director Rodger Jehlicka.

The story was published in the January 20, 2010, State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100120-SJR-football.pdf

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

UIS Diversity Center director is keynote speaker for MLK celebration

Dr. Clarice Ford, director of the Diversity Center at UIS, was the keynote speaker for a Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration and parade held in Rome, Georgia, which was attended by approximately 1,500 people.

The march and celebration was the feature of a January 18, 2010, article on Rome Newswire.com.

Download a PDF of the article:
20100118-RomeNewsWire-MLKDay.pdf

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UIS community joins in MLK celebration downtown

The Ministerial Alliance of Springfield’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. observance service, held at Union Baptist Church, became the destination for the University of Illinois Springfield’s march in honor of King this year.

The march began at Second Street and Capitol Avenue, where UIS' Voices in Praise Choir performed in front of a statue of Martin Luther King Jr. before about 40 people walked toward Union Baptist Church, where the annual service was held.

The march and UIS' involvement in the celebration was featured in a January 19, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article: 20100118-SJR-MLKmarch.pdf

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Celebrating New Year's should involve safe drinking

Many people look forward to ringing in the New Year with a few rounds of beer, friends and lighthearted laughs.

Valerie Scarborough, alcohol and drug prevention coordinator at the University of Illinois Springfield, says good times can quickly become bad memories when peer pressure and a lack of restraint lead to dangerous dares at the bar counter.

Scarborough's comments were featured in a December 29, 2009, article published by Gatehouse Media.

Download a PDF of the article

20091229-Gatehouse-drinkingNewYears.pdf

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Vintage Brass Band created by employees of UIS

The Vintage Brass Band will be presenting "A Vintage Brass Christmas" at the First Presbyterian Church on Saturday, December 12. The band was created by husband and wife musician team of UIS staff members R. Todd Cranson and Rose Schweikhart Cranson in 2009.

The band was the subject of a feature in the December 10, 2009, Illinois Times.

Download a PDF of the article
20091210-IT-brassband.pdf

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

UIS Downstate Innocence Project director comments on big case

On November 10, filing by Illinois State's Attorney Anita Alvarez raised serious questions about the methods students used to gather evidence in a case currently in Cook County Circuit Court. The actions will have a big impact on the case of Anthony McKinney, whose case is being worked on by students at Northwestern University's Center for Wrongful Convictions.

Larry Golden, co-director of the Downstate Illinois Innocence Project and a professor emeritus at UIS, teaches classes on wrongful convictions. Golden's comments were featured in a December 7, 2009, article in the Truthout about McKinney's case.

Download a PDF of the article

20091207-truthout-innocenceproject.pdf

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Monday, December 7, 2009

UIS donates to Central Illinois Foodbank

UIS collected a record 6,209 pounds of food — 40 percent more than last year — for the Central Illinois Foodbank as part of the 2009 Holiday Stars Project.

The news was featured in the December 5, 2009, State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the clip
20091205-SJR-HolidayStarscollection.pdf

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Friday, December 4, 2009

UIS collects food for Central Illinois Foodbank

UIS collected 6,209 pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank as part of the 2009 Holiday Stars Project, which was an increase of more than 40 percent over last year.

The news was featured in a story from WICS-TV on December 3, 2009.

To watch the news clip, go online here.

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

UIS staff is part of Springfield Choral Society

Janette Kirkham, employee at UIS, has been a part of the Springfield Choral Society since 1985.

This weekend, the Choral Society will present “Peace in All the Earth,” a concert of 22 songs from 12 different countries, in eight different languages. The chorus will dedicate its program to men and women serving in the military.

A December 3, 2009, article featuring the Choral Society and comments from Kirkham was published in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article
20091203-IllTimes-JanKirkham.pdf

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Eck ends 31-year career with Prairie Stars

After 31 years, today is the first day Joe Eck is no longer with the Prairie Stars’ men’s soccer program, first with Sangamon State University and, since 1995, with the University of Illinois Springfield.

Eck, 54, announced his retirement earlier this month, citing family and employment reasons. Eck has worked at the university since 1981 and is assistant director for planning at the Department of Facilities and Services.

He said the school’s transition from NAIA to NCAA Division II status has “drastically increased” the paperwork associated with his part-time job as soccer coach.

Eck's story was featured in an October 26, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article.
20091026-SJR-Eck-ends-31-year-career.pdf

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Bernard Schoenburg: New job for Jaeger

Bethany Jaeger, who has been Statehouse bureau chief for Illinois Issues magazine since early 2006, is leaving that job to become a management consultant for Kerber, Eck & Braeckel in Springfield.

Jaeger, 29, of Chatham, is an Algonquin native who has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. She interned with Illinois Issues as part of her master’s program in 2004.

Jaeger's departure was featured in Bernard Schoenburg's column in an October 22, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article.
20091022-SJR-Schoenburg-Jaeger.pdf

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Friday, October 2, 2009

Eck says he'll retire after UIS' season

Joe Eck is retiring as the University of Illinois Springfield men’s soccer coach at the end of this season, leaving a program he has been a part of since 1979.

Eck announced Thursday he’s stepping down after eight seasons as head coach. He’s leaving the coaching ranks, but not college soccer. Both of his children will play for NCAA Division I soccer programs next year and he doesn’t want to miss out on their college experiences.

Eck's announcement was featured in a October 2, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article.
20091002-SJR-Eck-to-retire-as-UIS-soc.pdf

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Monday, September 28, 2009

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.

Download a PDF of the article.
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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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.

Download a PDF of the article.
20090921-SJR-Australian-ambassador-t.pdf

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Friday, September 11, 2009

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.

Download a PDF of the article.
20090911-SJR-UIS-compliance-officer.pdf

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Monday, August 24, 2009

Grunzke hired as baseball coach for UIS

UIS athletic director Rodger Jehlicka announced Friday that Brian Grunzke will coach the baseball program at the university starting in the 2010-11 school year.

The news was featured in an August 21, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article
20090821-SJR-baseballcoach.pdf

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Bradley announces retirement from WUIS

Since January 1975, WUIS has had only one news director, and public radio listeners around Springfield have woken up to Rich Bradley’s voice for more than three decades.

But this week, Bradley announced he would retire from the station at the end of September.

Bradley's career and upcoming retirement were the focus of an August 6, 2009, feature in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article
20090806-SJR-RichBradley.pdf

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Furlough days a possibility for U of I

A message from University of Illinois President B. Joseph White and the chancellors at the three U of I campuses went out alerting staff and faculty that unpaid furlough days may be considered as a way to alleviate any budget deficits.

The topic was featured in a July 22, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the story
20090722-SJR-furlough%20days.pdf

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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

UIS names new head athletic trainer and assistant trainer

UIS has named a new head athletic trainer and an assistant trainer. Les Mitkos has been named the head trainer, and Debra Fitzl will be the assistant. They will begin their duties July 16.

The topic was featured in a July 1, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article
20090701-SJR-newathletictrainers.pdf

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

UIS would get new public safety building under capital construction plan

Springfield-area state lawmakers say the $29 billion capital construction plan they approved this spring illustrates their top spending priorities brought to them by their communities.

As part of the plan, UIS would be able to build a new 10,000-square-foot public safety building on the west side of campus with $4 million included in the proposed capital bill. The building is greatly needed, as the current police department is housed in an old farmhouse.

The capital plan was the topic of a June 8, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article
20090608-SJR-capitalplan.pdf

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Berman focuses on COPLAC visit in column

UIS Provost Harry Berman wrote an editorial column in the May 16, 2009, State Journal-Register in coordination with the UIS Commencement Ceremony.

The column focused on a recent visit from representatives of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC), an organization of leading small, public liberal arts colleges and universities throughout the country. UIS is seeking membership in this organization, and during the site visit, the university had a chance to look at itself through the eyes of others.

Download a PDF of the column
20090516-SJR-Bermaneditorial.pdf

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Commencement in Photos

UIS celebrated Commencement on Saturday, May 16, 2009.

View a photo gallery of the Commencement Ceremony on the Web site of the State Journal-Register here.

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Monday, May 4, 2009

Chancellor explains his side of conflict with faculty

Richard Ringeisen, chancellor of the University of Illinois at Springfield, said long-standing tensions between the UIS administration and faculty led to recent events that included the resignations of three coaches and a no-confidence vote in him by some faculty members.

The subject was a part of an April 27, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

Download a PDF of the article
20090427-SJR-facultyadminconflict.pdf

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Thursday, October 30, 2008

White tells campuses to prepare for tough times

In a recent campuswide memo, U of I President Joseph White said that he has told leaders at the three campuses to prepare for tough economic times over the next year and a half. White said the university should expect to face possibilities such as reduced state support, students with greater need for financial assistance, and leaving vacant positions unfilled.

Download a pdf file of an article from the October 28, 2008, Chicago Tribune
20081028-CT-PrezsaysLeanTimesAhead.pdf

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Monday, October 13, 2008

UIS move into NCAA means change

UIS officially joined the NCAA Division II, Great Lakes Valley Conference, on October 8, 2008.

In an article that appeared in the State Journal-Register on October 9, Prairie Stars coaches talked about what the move meant for their teams.

Download a pdf file of the article
20081009-SJR-CoachesGladtobeinGLVC.pdf

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Friday, September 12, 2008

Gas prices affect athletics, too

An article in the September issue of the Springfield Business Journal discussed the impact of rising gas prices on local businesses. Correspondent Raegan Hennemann also spoke with UIS Athletic Director Rodger Jehlicka about its effect on college sports. Jehlicka noted that UIS coaches have several options to avoid going over budget. Download a pdf file of the article:
20080900-SBJ-AffectofGasPrices.pdf

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Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Documentary by Dave Antoine to be shown

"Springfield Had No Shame," a documentary by UIS staff member Dave Antoine, will be shown on September 15 as part of the campus' series of events commemorating the city's 1908 race riot.

In an article that appeared in the September 8, 2008, State Journal-Register, reporter Pete Sherman talked with Antoine about his experiences producing the film.

Download a pdf file of the article

20080908-SJR-DocumentarybyDaveAntoine.pdf

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Alcohol 101

Many college students, away from parental oversight for the first time, indulge their new-found freedoms by drinking too much, too often.

The August 12, 2008, State Journal-Register ran an article that took a look at the problem and how some campuses are responding to it. Valerie Scarbrough, an alcohol and drug prevention counselor at UIS, was among those interviewed.

Download a pdf file of the article

20080812-SJR-Drinking%20101.pdf

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

U of I employees to get raises

The July 22, 2008, State Journal-Register reported on a campuswide memo from UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen stating that U of I employees would be receiving pay raises averaging 1.5 percent. The raises are merit-based and will be funded through tuition, state money, and internal reallocations.

Download a pdf file of the article
20080722-SJR-UofIPayHikes.pdf

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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Chancellor Ringeisen profiled in Springfield Scene

Chancellor Richard Ringeisen had a long and successful career before he came "home" to UIS. The May/June 2008 edition of Springfield Scene Magazine features a profile of the Chancellor by Ed Russo.

Download a pdf file of the article

20080515-SSMag-Chancellor.pdf

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Friday, May 9, 2008

Heupel takes "Issues" into a new era

Illinois Issues, the public affairs magazine published by UIS' Center for State Policy and Leadership, is entering a new era with veteran statehouse reporter Dana Heupel as executive editor.

An article in the May 2008 edition of the Springfield Business Journal profiles both Heupel and the magazine.

Download a pdf file of the article.
20080509-SBJ-Heupel.pdf

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