Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Edgar says he'll vote for Brady

Despite recent criticism of Bill Brady's budget plans, former Gov. Jim Edgar says he will vote for the Republican nominee for governor come November.

Edgar previously called Brady's across-the-board budget cutting ideas "naive" and had recommended he rethink his fiscal policies regarding bridging a $13 billion budget deficit.

But in speaking to students at the University of Illinois' Springfield campus Monday night, Edgar said he'll be voting Republican, arguing that Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has not made the most of opportunities to get spending under control.

Edgar's comments at UIS were featured in a April 27, 2010, article in the Chicago Daily Herald.

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Monday, April 26, 2010

UIS alternative prom provides option for gay students

Springfield-area high school students uncomfortable with bringing dates of the same gender to their own schools’ proms have another option — an “Alternative Prom” at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The event, which runs from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on April 24 in the student center at the UIS Student Life Building, will be the sixth annual alternative prom sponsored by the UIS Queer-Straight Alliance, according to Jessica Enock, 22, a UIS junior from Buffalo Grove and chair of the event’s planning committee.

Enock said the UIS event, which has no admission charge, is open to any area high school or college-age students — gay or straight — and is geared toward young people who want to attend a dance where they will not be judged based on their sexual orientation.

Alternative prom was featured in a April 24, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Review: Faith, ideals, humanity themes of 'The Runner Stumbles'

Although the UIS Theatre's production of "The Runner Stumbles" is set a full century ago, when Catholic Church rituals and practices were much more structured and Catholics were struggling to gain acceptance in America's predominantly Protestant culture, its themes and plot elements remain timely.

On one level, "Runner", which plays today, Sunday, and April 29-May 1 at the University of Illinois Springfield Studio Theatre, appears to present familiar, almost stereotyped, images of a tradition-bound, repressive Catholic Church and backward, suspicious small-town residents, blended with a traditional murder mystery. But on a deeper level it is about the eternal struggle to reconcile faith, reason, and emotion and aspire to high ideals without losing touch with one's humanity.

Directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, the two-act drama by Milan Stitt -- based on an actual court case -- takes place in a Michigan logging town in 1911, where the former Catholic parish pastor, Father Rivard (Dug Hall) is on trial for the murder of a young nun, Sister Rita (Ellyn Thorson) four years earlier.

The review was published in a April 24, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, April 23, 2010

Police donate bicycles to youth foundation, UIS

The Springfield Police Department donated 14 unclaimed bicycles to the Rutledge Youth Foundation and the University of Illinois Springfield’s Diversity Center bike checkout program on Thursday.

The UIS program loans bikes, free of charge, to members of the university community. A user can borrow a bike for five days.

“Many of our students are international students, so they come to UIS and they’re not able to bring their own bikes,” said Jeannie Capranica, Diversity Center program manager.

The donation was featured in a April 23, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

UIS play looks at questions of duty, faith

On its surface, “The Runner Stumbles” is a murder mystery about whether a priest killed a nun.

Milan Stitt’s play, which opens Friday in a production by UIS Theatre, digs much deeper than that, looking at questions of faith and duty, to oneself and God.

Director Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson, an assistant professor of theater at the University of Illinois Springfield, said the story has a timeless quality.

Based on a true story from rural Michigan in 1911, the story unfolds in flashbacks. It opens with Father Rivard (Dug Hall) in jail, accused of murdering Sister Rita (Ellyn Thorson).

The play was featured in a April 22, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Future teacher Moeller learns how to build a softball program

Like most college seniors, Brianne Moeller is concocting a plan that will land her a job.

The University of Illinois Springfield softball player, who will earn her degree after completing a student teaching requirement in the fall, hopes her sports background and knowledge increases her marketability. She figures a school could kill two birds with one stone by hiring someone who can teach and coach.

Moeller has been a valuable piece in the puzzle for UIS for several seasons. She also was a standout in softball, volleyball and basketball at Nashville High School.

“I think that’ll help me get a teaching job,” she said. “Also, I don’t know how my life would be without sports. I think that will be a good transition. I’ll still be a part of it in some kind of way.”

Moeller was featured in a April 22, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Professor starts fund to benefit UIS athletes

Barbara Hayler didn’t attend many University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball games prior to the 2009-10 season, but following the team this season has compelled her to help student-athletes who have lost their athletic scholarships for the 2010-11 academic year.

Hayler, a Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice at UIS, has established the Help Honor Our Promises for Education Fund. Hayler is seeking donations to the Help HOPE fund, which would provide financial assistance to junior athletes who have had their scholarships terminated, regardless of sport, and help with academic costs.

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

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Monday, April 19, 2010

These students who pray together stay together

On a recent Friday evening, in a room in the Student Life Center at the University of Illinois Springfield, Todd Magruder reflects on the early days of the Christian Student Fellowship on campus.

Before UIS became a four-year university, the fellowship catered to upperclassmen and graduate students at what was then known as Sangamon State University.

Christian Student Fellowship has its share of followers. Its Friday night services, which include praise and worship and a sermon, typically draw 50 to 60 students from the UIS campus and neighboring Lincoln Land Community College, from a variety of faith backgrounds.

The CSF group was featured in a April 18, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

UIS students being asked to pay for construction of student center

University of Illinois Springfield students will vote later this month on whether to increase student fees to build a student union on the UIS campus.

“The student union is the primary intersection and the living room of a campus,” said Derek Felix, the UIS student representative on the U of I board of trustees and co-chairman of the project.

The student-driven proposal would be funded by an increase in fees of up to $200 per semester for full-time students and $100 per semester for part-time ones. A referendum on the proposal will be held in conjunction with the UIS Student Government Association elections April 28-29.

Voting takes place online through the UIS homepage at www.uis.edu.

The student center proposal was feature in a April 16, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

U.N. Club at UIS receives global award

The University of Illinois Springfield Model United Nations Club received one of the Model U.N.'s highest global awards recently in New York City.

The UIS delegation was one of 17 to win an Outstanding Delegation Award at the 2010 conference, which ended April 3. More than 400 international colleges and universities competed at the event.

Model United Nationals is a conference that simulates a U.N. meeting.

"We've been participating for over 25 years in the National Model U.N. Conference, and this is the top award we've got so far," said Driss Elakrich, head delegate.

The award was featured in a April 15, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

UIS students overcome obstacles to take top honors

Life is finally returning to normal for Alfred Komolafe, a Nigerian-American UIS student forced to miss the opportunity of a lifetime, representing his school at the National Model U.N. in New York. He was not allowed to board the plane at the airport after being informed his name was on the federal no fly list.

Komolafe worried his absence would impact the team's performance, so before they left him at the airport he handed over a binder filled with all the research he'd prepared.

Despite a lot of long days and sleepless nights trying to learn the new material, the team won top honors. The team was awarded the Outstanding Delegation Award for their efforts.

The Model U.N. team was featured in a April 13, 2010, report by WICS-TV.

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Area Colleges: UIS splits at Truman State

The University of Illinois at Springfield softball team rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh inning and posted a 3-2 victory over Truman State in the first game of a non-conference doubleheader. Truman State came back to win the nightcap 9-0.

In the first game, the Prairie Stars jumped to a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Brooke Carroll walked with the bases loaded. After Truman State responded with two in its half of the fifth, setting up the last-inning dramatics.

Ashley Sanders doubled to left with one out and Brianne Moeller walked before Brittany Morgan singled to load the bases. Carroll then stroked a two-run double to give UIS a 3-2 lead.

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Area Colleges: Vorreyer second at UIS golf shootout

The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Abby Vorreyer shot a final-round 88 and finished second at the Prairie Star Shootout that concluded Tuesday at Piper Glen Golf Club.

Vorreyer, who shot an opening-round 82, finished second at 169 behind Quincy’s Carrie Lambkin, who carded a final-round 83 and took medalist honors by one shot.

UIS got a third-place finish from Tiffany Blumhorst, who shot 179 (87-92) while Lillian Luker tied for sixth at 187 (90-97).

The Prairie Stars’ Kelsey Blake shot 95-94—189 and finished eighth while Katie Boyd went 97-94—191 and was alone in ninth place.

The shootout was featured in a April 14, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Politics can't get between two UIS roommates

Maybe those folks in Washington, D.C., could learn something from Matt Van Vossen and Ryan Melchin.

Van Vossen, 20, president of College Democrats at the University of Illinois Springfield, and Melchin, 21, chairman of the College Republicans on campus, are juniors who have been friends since freshman year, and they live in the same on-campus four-person townhouse this year.

“We mostly get along,” Van Vossen said. While they’ve done some arguing in their time in school together, he added, “We know where we stand by now on most issues.”

Van Vossen and Melchin were featured in a April 13, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Area colleges: Moeller sends UIS softball to split

Brianne Moeller hit two home runs, including a walk-off shot in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the University of Illinois Springfield an 8-7 win over the Missouri Science & Technology Miners and a doubleheader split Saturday at the Land of Lincoln Softball Complex.

Missouri S&T (18-14 overall, 10-8 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference) won the first game 9-0 in five innings. The Miners finished with nine hits and scored eight runs in the fourth. Brooke Carroll had both of the Prairie Stars’ hits. Moeller was the losing pitcher.

The win was featured in a April 11, 2010 article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Time, and money, running out for MAP college aid program

At the University of Illinois Springfield, Gerard Joseph, director of financial assistance, said 259 eligible students missed the MAP application deadline last year. A total of 845 out of 4,900 students received MAP grants this year, up from 827 last academic year.

“That’s going to become a very critical factor,” Joseph said when asked about students losing money by missing the cutoff.

Returning students will generally be better off financially than freshmen, because tuition rates already are locked in for returning students. University of Illinois officials have suggested tuition could go up by 20 percent next year.

Joseph's comments were featured in a April 2, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Bipartisan roommates at UIS

The president of the college Democrats and the chairman of the college Republicans at UIS are roommates.

Ryan Melchin, a republican and Matt VanVossen, a democrat, met during freshman year. They hit it off and have been friends ever since. The pair say they debate about politics all the time, but they do have common interests.

They hope to set an example for professional lawmakers.

The pair was featured by WCIA-TV Channel 3 in a report on April 1, 2010.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

UIS notes: Ace makes McKillips' day in golf tournament

Golfers at the Wisconsin-Parkside Invitational played the final round in on-and-off rain, but a hole-in-one brightened University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars sophomore Ryan McKillips’ day.

He scored his first hole-in-one on the No. 3 hole Sunday at Otter Creek Golf Course in Columbus, Ind. He aced the par-3, 197-yard hole using a 4-iron.

“It took a couple of bounces before the pin, then went in,” McKillips said. “I was very surprised that it went in. I asked around, ‘Did it actually go in?’ I didn’t yell, scream or jump up and down.
“The thought that crossed my mind was now you can’t shot 80. That would look bad.”

The golf team, UIS' search for a location to play baseball and the men's and women's tennis teams were featured in a April 1, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Nigerian-American UIS Student Denied Boarding by AA

A UIS student was set to represent his college and his country in the National Model U.N. in New York, but instead he was forced to return home alone after being denied boarding at the airport.

Alfred Komolafe, a political science major was questioned by police and the FBI after trying to board an American Airlines flight this weekend.

The university had purchased tickets for Komolafe and 15 other students months ago, with no indication of any problems until the group arrived at Lambert International in St. Louis.

Komolafe was interviewed by WICS-TV 20 for a report on March 30, 2010.

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Illinois student not allowed to board plane at Lambert

A college student told News 4 he was not allowed to board a plane at Lambert International Airport. He said later he was investigated by the F.B.I.

Federal agents refuse to say why they questioned the man over the weekend. The student said he believes he was a victim of discrimination.

Alfred Komolafe spent months preparing for his trip to New York. He was planning to participate in the Mock United Nations delegation with 15 classmates from the University of Illinois-Springfield, but when he tried to get his boarding pass, he was detained.

Komolafe was interviewed by KMOV-TV St. Louis in a report that aired on March 30, 2010.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

UIS softball team picks up first GLVC win

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars earned their first Great Lakes Valley Conference win in school history Sunday, splitting a doubleheader with Drury University.

UIS beat Drury 9-6 in the first game and lost the second 7-2.

Brooke Carroll led UIS (4-12, 1-5 in GLVC) with three hits and three RBI in game one. Brittany Morgan added a pair of hits and three RBIs. Pitcher Alexandra Newbern earned her first win of the season, striking out two batters in her 4 2/3 innings.

The win was featured in a March 29, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Food Notes: Etiquette dinner

A “Dining for Success” dinner, allowing participants to brush up on table manners, will start at 5:30 p.m. April 9 at the Public Affairs Center restaurant at the University of Illinois Springfield. It is sponsored by the school’s Office of Alumni Relations.

The instructor will be Beth Reutter, coordinator of the hospitality management program at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and a corporate etiquette consultant

The cost is $10 for UIS students and $25 for others. Reservations can be made by April 2 at www.uiaa.org/uis/dining or by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 206-7395 or alumni@uis.edu.

The dinner was featured in a March 24, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Area Colleges: UIS sweeps Eureka in softball

The University of Illinois Springfield got to experience two kinds of victories in its sweep of Eureka on Tuesday.

The Prairie Stars took a 3-2, nine-inning win in the first game and then brought out the offense for a 13-4 victory.

In the opener, UIS scored what would be the winning run in the top of the ninth when Tina Buck drove in Brianne Moeller with a sacrifice fly. Moeller was also the winning pitcher, allowing just two earned runs and striking out five in nine innings.

The win was featured in a March 24, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

McFarland sign with UIS

Bill McFarland can now place all his concentration on his last season as an Edwardsville Tiger after signing a letter of intent to continue his college baseball career at the University of Illinois-Springfield.

As for picking UIS, a program in its infancy, it was something intriguing to McFarland. The Prairie Stars will jump start their baseball program in the Spring of 2011 as a member of the Great Lakes Valley Conference, taking SIUE’s slot after its move to Division I.

“What attracted me was obviously the coach and obviously the education,” McFarland said. “To get a degree from the University of Illinois is a heavy thing you can carry deep into your career and to get a chance to start traditions at a new school with everything new, it’s a good feeling.”

UIS head coach Brian Grunzke has a creditable resume, spending the 2009 season as the assistant coach at Northern Iowa, following two years as an assistant at Arkansas-Little Rock.

McFarland's choice was featured in a March 22, 2010, article in the Edwardsville Intelligencer.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

UIS Students help out on spring break

A record number of UIS students returned after a 20 hour trip from Galveston, Texas Saturday night as part of Alternative Spring Break.

The volunteers spent 5 days helping to cleanup homes damaged by Hurricane Ike, which hit in 2008.

While that might not seem like an ideal way to spend spring break, they say the personal satisfaction of helping others was well worth it.

The trip was featured by WAND-TV during a report on March 21, 2010.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Moeller gives UIS first win of softball season

Brianne Moeller was a dual threat in leading the University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars to their first victory of the season in a doubleheader split with Southern Arkansas on Monday.

Moeller tossed a two-hit shutout in the Prairie Stars’ 1-0 victory over the Muleriders in Game 1. She finished with eight strikeouts and drove in the game’s only run with a first-inning triple that scored teammate Ashley Sanders.

UIS (1-7) lost the second game 2-1. The Muleriders scored the winning run on a squeeze bunt in the bottom of the seventh.

The win was featured in a March 16, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

UIS students leave for volunteer spring break

A record number of UIS students and three advisers left Friday night for a week of volunteering in Galveston, Texas, helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike. The hurricane washed over Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula on Sept. 13, 2008.

More than 300 college and university students from across the country will stay 20 to 25 in a room at Alamo Elementary School for the week. They will be bused to several sites to do a variety of work, said Kelly Thompson, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS.

“When you do service for an entire week with someone, you can see the change you’ve made in someone’s life,” said Jaleesa Earthely, a UIS junior from Bolingbrook who is making the trip. “That gives me joy.”

The story was featured in a March 13, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Area Colleges: Abeysinghe stands out in UIS tennis

Thiyumi Abbeysinghe defeated Southern Indiana’s Gretchen Cantwell 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 at No. 2 singles for the University of Illinois Springfield’s only win in a 5-1 non-conference match loss to USI Sunday.

The match, just like the men’s event, was halted due to inclement weather once the Screaming Eagles wrapped up their fifth win.

Abbeysinghe was featured in a March 15, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, March 12, 2010

UIS students to spend spring break helping Hurricane Ike victims

A record number of students from the University of Illinois Springfield will spend their spring break volunteering in Galveston, Texas helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike.

The 45 students and 3 advisers will leave Springfield on Friday, March 12 and return to campus on Sunday, March 20. The group will stay at a local elementary school in Galveston with other students from across the country, volunteering for eight and a half hours each day. The students will be primarily helping with rebuilding and refurbishing homes that were damaged by the storm. Volunteers will also be doing community outreach, visiting home-bound residents, helping to feed the homeless and assisting in other community-related activities.

University of Illinois Springfield student volunteer Jaleesa Earthly says that a program like this is valuable not only for the students involved, but for the university as well.

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The UIS students are taking on the project as part of the One Mission Initiative, a faith-based organization. The group’s mission is to bring volunteers to Galveston to not only provide much needed help, labor, and support to the community here, but to also provide love, hope and encouragement.

Earthly adds that a program like this will also benefit the citizens of Galveston as well.

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The UIS Alternative Spring Break student organization was formed last year, when students took their first trip to Mandeville, Louisiana to help build homes for Habitat for Humanity following Hurricane Katrina.

This report on Alternative Spring Break was filed by WTIM Radio in Taylorville published online on March 10, 2010.

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Monday, March 8, 2010

Science meeting tracks Emiquon progress

The notion that all science is “cold and hard” was debunked nicely at the Emiquon Science Meeting Thursday.

Doyn Kellerhals, a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Springfield, presented her research on the bacteria that decompose leaves of silver maple trees. Bacteria are very difficult to tell apart until they are examined at a DNA level.

She is learning that bacterial communities change as leaves break down. And different bacteria are at work in different habitats.

Kellerhals reminded the audience that the small things really do matter.

“I really like talking about the fish and the ducks, but this is where it all starts.”

Kellerhals was featured in a March 5, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

UIS wins national award for community service

The University of Illinois Springfield has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

According to the UIS Volunteer Center director Kelly Thompson, receiving this award shows how involved the university is involved with the community.

The award was featured in a report by WTIM radio in Taylorville on March 5, 2010.

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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.

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Human Trafficking prevails in Springfield

When you hear about "human trafficking", you might think it's something that happens only in third world countries. But, as many students at the University of Illinois at Springfield found out Wednesday afternoon, the problem is prevalent here as well.

As part of the university's "Engaged Citizenship Common Experience" speaker series (ECCE), the coordinator of the Illinois Rescue and Restore Coalition gave some shocking statistics.

Project Coordinator Lisa Fedina says her group's national hotline has been successful in identifying who, and where, these victims are, and in initiating the process of safely rescuing them.

The event was featured in a February 24, 2010, report by WICS-TV 20.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

UIS men prove they can compete

The men's basketball team has carried the banner for the University of Illinois Springfield in its first year in the Great Lakes Valley Conference and NCAA Division II.

While other UIS teams have struggled to get wins, Prairie Stars coach Kevin Gamble and his squad posted a respectable season after making the move from the lesser National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics.

The article was featured in a February 25, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SMTD moves ahead with bus route overhaul

Life could be getting a little easier for University of Illinois Springfield students who don't have cars.

The Springfield Mass Transit District Board on Monday adopted an overhaul of the city's bus routes that includes a new route that runs directly from UIS and Lincoln Land Community College to the Wal-Mart on South Sixth Street.

Steven Black, a UIS student who is chair of a new group called Citizens for Accessible Safe Transportation, was interviewed for the article that was featured in the February 23, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Health-care industry drives local job market

The health-care industry has been doing its best for months to boost the Springfield area's job prospects.

About 400 students and non-students attended the 12th annual Collegiate Career Fair last week on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield. The fair gave them the opportunity to talk with nearly 100 prospective employers.

Rachel Hasenyager of the UIS Career Development Center was interviewed in the article that was featured in the February 23, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

SMTD board to consider route changes

The Springfield Mass Transit is poised to make some of the biggest changes in its bus routes since the district was formed more than four decades ago.

One new route, for example, goes to the Walmart on South Sixth Street, which currently is not served by an SMTD route. The same route includes the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College.

The article was published in a February 22, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

UIS Prairie Stars hold off Lewis in Men's basketball

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars built a 17-point lead in the second half and held off a late rally to defeat the Lewis Flyers 75-74 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference men's basketball game Thursday.

The UIS victory over Lewis was reported in a February 19, 2010 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

UIS happy to host league tourneys

The University of Illinois Springfield is ineligible to compete in postseason play, but that isn’t keeping the school from hosting the Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s and women’s basketball tournaments March 6-7 at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The university, which cannot compete because of its move this season to NCAA Division II from the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics’ American Midwest Conference, is eager to host the GLVC Final Four. This is only the second neutral site for the tournament.

“We think it will be great to bring those student-athletes as well as fans from Kansas City to Louisville, Ky., to Cincinnati, Indianapolis and possibly Milwaukee, Wis., to Springfield to see what we really have here at UIS,” UIS athletic director Rodger Jehlicka said.

The story was featured in a February 16, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Legislators offer ideas to improve election process

Fresh off an election with seemingly little voter interest, state lawmakers are pushing several proposals to increase voter participation and make for a smoother election process.

Matt Van Vossen, president of the Student Government Association at the University of Illinois at Springfield, supports the measures. He said many students choose not to vote because they cannot reach the polling place in time.

“If early voting were to be made available on campuses, student voter turnout would increase,” Van Vossen said.

UIS spokesman Derek Schnapp said students who live on campus can vote at nearby Lincoln Land Community College. He said the school’s student government group offers carpools for students who need rides to polling places.

The article was featured in a February 14, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100214-Legislators-offer-ideas.pdf

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Monday, February 15, 2010

UIS men upset Quincy

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars, playing without leading scorer and rebounder Richard Oruche, beat a nationally ranked NCAA Division II opponent for the first time with a 69-64 victory over the No. 18 Quincy Hawks on Saturday at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The UIS victory over Quincy was reported in a February 14, 2010, article of the State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

UIS is early adopter of Google Wave for online learning

When a preview version of Google Wave became available last September, some higher ed users dove right in to try the real-time collaboration tool. The University of Illinois Springfield’s Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) is an early adopter.

Last semester, students taking “Internet in American Life” built a wave with peers at the Institute of Technology Sligo (Ireland). Ray Schroeder, director of COLRS and a co-teacher of the course, hopes to create a matrix where faculty can post their interest in creating a wave with people at other institutions.

UIS' use of Google Wave for online learning and teaching was mentioned in a February 2010 article in University Business.

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20100211-UBusiness-googlewave.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.

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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.

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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.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

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.

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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Martin Luther King Jr. march, service planned

Clarice Ford, director of the Diversity Center at the University of Illinois Springfield, will be the keynote speaker Sunday for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative March and Memorial Service.

The march will begin at 3 p.m. at Freedom Corner, the statue of Martin Luther King Jr. at Second Street and Capitol Avenue. The UIS Student Gospel Choir will sing at the statue and lead the singing as marchers proceed to Union Baptist Church, 1405 E. Monroe St., where the service will be held. The march is expected to last about 20 minutes.

The story was featured in a January 14, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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2010014-SJR-MLK-march.pdf

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Parents made sure UIS' Thornton got his shots

Ryan Thornton wrote down his basketball goals in a notebook when he was growing up.

For the University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars sharpshooter, there was more to it than simply recording words on paper.

“My dad got me a goal book when I was in grade school,” he said. “He said maybe get 2,500 shots up each day. I’d look at 2,500 shots and say I could do more, so I might get 3,000 or 3,200 shots up. In the summer I’d set a goal for myself that I want to have a basketball in my hand every day.”

Thornton's story was featured in a January, 14, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20100114-SJR-Parents-made-sure-UIS%27-Thornton.pdf

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Friday, January 8, 2010

UIS uses Google Wave for education

UIS was among the first colleges to use Google Wave for online teaching since the preview version became available in September. The university was mentioned in an article about Google Wave and online learning published in the La Crosse Tribune on January 8, 2010.

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20100108-LaCrosseTrib-Googlewave.pdf

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Thursday, January 7, 2010

Stars align for UIS big man Miranda

DeAndre Miranda has been on both sides of the fence.

The University of Illinois Springfield senior has experienced college life as a student athlete and just a student. After playing college basketball for three seasons, he spent the 2008-09 school year as a regular old full-time student and watching UIS Prairie Stars men’s basketball home games from the stands.

Sitting out for a year taught him a lesson.

“It kind of made me more humble since I had to be a regular student,” Miranda said.

Miranda was featured in a January 7, 2010, State Journal-Register report.

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20100107-SJR-Stars-align-for-UIS.pdf

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Lending a hand: Holiday season volunteering

Chris Maxey, a junior double major in political science and sociology/anthropology at the University of Illinois Springfield, said he recently began volunteering at the breadline to fulfill 20 hours of community service required by his Poverty, Law and Justice course.

Maxey, 21, said he soon found volunteering is much more than just putting the hours down on a piece of paper. He said he was shocked to find the standard of living some coming for meals withstand.

“I was surprised how many elderly, homeless people there were (at the breadline),”Maxey said.

Maxey's comments were featured in a December 22, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091222-SJR-Lending-a-hand.pdf

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Students not indicted for hate crime

A Sangamon County grand jury has refused to indict three University of Illinois Springfield students on hate crime charges in connection with an Oct. 3 altercation in a campus parking lot.

However, the grand jury Thursday did indict two of the men on other charges, including a felony.
The news was reported in a December 17, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091217-SJR-studentsindicted.pdf

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Oruche named GLVC Player of the Week

University of Illinois Springfield senior basketball guard Richard Oruche has been named Great Lakes Valley Conference Player of the Week after leading the Prairie Stars to a pair of wins, including a victory Saturday over previously unbeaten Central State.

The announcement was featured in the December 15, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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20091215-SJR-Oruche.pdf

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

UIS women's soccer team receives conference award

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars women’s soccer team has received a Great Lakes Valley Conference Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Sportsmanship Award for the fall season.

The news was announced in the December 10, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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20091210-SJR-socceraward.pdf

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

U of I Presidential Search Forum Comes to Springfield

The search continues for a new president at the University of Illinois and the committee in charge of hiring wants to hear from you.

Several members of the presidential search committee heard feedback on qualities they want to see in the next university president.

WICS-TV 20 featured U of I trustee Karen Hasara and student committee member Charles Oliver in a December 8, 2009 report.

Watch the report online here.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Some high schoolers opt for early graduation

In the Springfield school district alone, more than 100 high school seniors have applied for early graduation this year, with various reasons of why they want to graduate early, including getting a head-start on college.

Amanda Bly, an admissions counselor at UIS, said that early high school graduates may now start classes at UIS in the spring due to a new policy.

Bly's comments were featured in a December 8, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register about early graduation.

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20091208-SJR-DecHSgrads.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.

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20091205-SJR-HolidayStarscollection.pdf

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Friday, December 4, 2009

UIS wins at buzzer during first GLVC game

During UIS' inaugural game in the Great Lakes Valley Conference at TRAC, UIS senior guard Zach Lewis tipped in the game-winning basket at the buzzer for a thrilling 115-114 double-overtime victory over the Missouri S&T Miners.

The game was featured in a December 4, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091204-SJR-GLVCopener.pdf

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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.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Area colleges: Baseball: UIS signs six recruits

University of Illinois Springfield coach Brian Grunzke has signed the fledgling program’s first recruiting class.

The Prairie Stars will play their first season in the spring of 2011, and Lincoln High School senior infielder Hayden Cosby is among their six signees.

UIS’ other recruits are Bartonville Limestone High School senior pitcher Barry Arnett, Lincoln College sophomore outfielder Nate Blessman, Princeton High School senior catcher Reid Clary, Naperville Central High School senior Matt Cmiel and Washington senior infielder Marshall Escue.

The team was featured in an November 21, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091121-SJR-Area-colleges-Baseball-UIS.pdf

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Win worth the wait for UIS women

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars waited and then waited some more for their first women’s basketball game of the season.

After practicing and scrimmaging against each other for more than 34 days, the Stars had their urge to play quenched Wednesday. UIS welcomed the Robert Morris University Eagles to The Recreation and Athletic Center. The end result was a 78-58 non-conference victory for the Stars.

“It felt good to finally get on the floor,” UIS sophomore guard Alex Blair said. “It was a long preseason, but it just gave us time to work harder and prepare.”

The win was featured in an November 19, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091119-SJR-Win-worth-the-wait-for-UIS.pdf

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Good Deeds: UIS canned food drive

"I want to thank the people of Springfield for their generosity this Halloween. I was captain of a team of students from the University of Illinois Springfield that spread throughout the city on Halloween collecting canned goods for the Central Illinois Foodbank. There were 14 teams total, and together UIS collected more than 4,000 pounds of food!"

UIS student Jaleesa Earthely was featured in the Good Deeds section of the State Journal-Register in a November 14, 2009 edition.

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20091114-SJR-Good-Deeds.pdf

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Review: 'Shape of Things' pushes boundaries of art, love

By the final curtain, the first line in “The Shape of Things” could be directed at every character: “You stepped over the line.”

The Neil LaBute play, which opened Friday in the Studio Theatre at the University of Illinois Springfield, follows four college students testing the boundaries of love and life — and each other.

As Adam, Joey Cruse displays some of the same fecklessness he used to great comic effect as Leo Bloom in “The Producers” this year at The Muni. Evelyn has to be everything Adam isn’t, and Carol Schulte plays the role with enough of an edge to make you wonder if everything is as it seems.

Lauren Braden’s Jenny blends likability with vulnerability, and Kevin Brownell’s Phil steals several scenes with some of the funniest lines in the play.

The review was published in an November 14, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20091114-SJR-Review-Shape-of-Things.pdf

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Friday, November 13, 2009

U of I committee starts presidential search

The retiring president of the University of Illi­nois got a standing ovation at his final meeting of the school’s board of trustees.

Meeting in Springfield, the board also ap­pointed a 19-member committee, including for­mer Springfield Mayor Karen Hasara, to search for a new president. The committee will be chaired by trustee Pamela Strobel.

Also appointed to the committee from the Uni­versity of Illinois Springfield were:

* Faculty members Tih-Fen Ting, chair of the campus senate and associate professor of envi­ronmental studies, and James Patrick Hall, di­rector of the MBA program and vice chair of the campus senate.

* Student representative Charles Olivier, vice president of the Student Government Associa­tion. He is an undergraduate in accountancy and business administration.

The appointments were reported in an November 13, 2009 State Journal-Register article.

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20091113-SJR-U-of-I-committee.pdf

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Intern Queen visits UIS

UIS students got a dose of reality to help them gain an edge in today’s tough job market and it came from the queen herself, "The Intern Queen".

Lauren Berger had 15 internships under her belt by the time she graduated from college, each with different companies. Now the self-titled "Intern Queen" has made a career of helping others land internships.

Berger's visit to the UIS campus was featured by WICS-TV reporter Heather Hubbs in a November 11, 2009 report.

Watch the report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_906.shtml

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Young characters walk fine line in UIS play

At the center of “The Shape of Things” is the line between art and life.

The Neil LaBute play, which opens Friday at UIS Theatre, begins with a literal interpretation of that divide when Adam, a college student and part-time museum security guard, finds Evelyn on the wrong side of a velvet rope guarding a statue.

Suffice to say that Evelyn’s can of spray paint was just a small indication of how dirty she’s willing to get smudging the line between art and life.

“In other words, how much should art be infused in our daily living?” director Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson said. “Is art something that should just be seen on the occasional weekend visit to the museum, and keep it over there, safe? Or should we live all our lives artistically?”

The play was featured in an November 12, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091112-SJR-Young-characters-UIS-play.pdf

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If not for Richard, Prairie Stars would be poorer

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team is depending on Richard Oruche, and the 6-foot-3 senior guard is expecting a lot from himself.

A role player last season, Oruche will look to continue to contribute but in a larger quantity.

“He was more of an energy guy last year because we had some very good players on our ballclub,” UIS coach Kevin Gamble said. “He didn’t get the time he felt he could get, but the time that he got we wanted him to come in with high energy, guard the best player and just be one of those guys that puts it all on the floor when he gets out there.”

Oruche was featured in an November 12, 2009 State Journal-Register article.

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20091112-SJR-If-not-for-Richard.pdf

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

UIS student gov't backs athletic fee increase

The University of Illinois Springfield’s move to NCAA Division II athletics got another boost Sunday night when the Student Government Association voted to support a $17 increase in the intercollegiate athletic fee paid by students.

If the increase is approved by the U of I board of trustees, UIS students next fall will be paying an athletic fee of $149 per semester, up 12.9 percent from the 2009-2010 school year.

The increase will be used to help cover equipment and travel costs for the inaugural UIS baseball team, which scheduled to compete in 2010-11.

The fee change was featured in an November 10, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091110-SJR-UIS-student-government.pdf

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Military loan program expanding in Illinois

State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias is expanding a state-operated loan program that aims to help military veterans regain their financial footing once they return home from deployment.

Shannon Kirby, a University of Illinois Springfield student and a Navy veteran, said she wished the program had been available for her after she left active duty in 2008.

“I came back home. I didn’t have a lot of money saved up,” said Kirby, 30, a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Kirby was featured in an November 10, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091110-SJR-Military-loan-program-expan.pdf

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Monday, November 9, 2009

UIS student addresses dignitaries at academic awards ceremony

Priyanka Deo, a 21-year-old student at the University of Illinois Springfield who is studying pre-law and sociology, knows the importance of hard work.

And on Saturday, she got reinforcement of the payback for such work.

She was one of 50 Illinois college students who received a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award for their outstanding curricular and extracurricular work. The award is given to only one student at each of Illinois’ four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and Deo got the extra honor of addressing the crowd of dignitaries and students during the ceremony at the Old State Capitol.

Deo was featured in an November 8, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091108-SJR-UIS-student-addresses.pdf

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Area colleges: UIS volleyball finishes with victory

The University of Illinois Springfield ended the season by beating Kentucky Wesleyan 25-19, 25-14, 25-14 in a Great Lakes Valley Conference match at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

UIS won two of its last three matches to finish 11-20 overall and 2-12 in the GLVC.

Courtnee Brown led UIS with 14 kills and 10 digs, and Cayla Roberts added 10 digs. Carrie Gerberding had 36 assists and four service aces for the Prairie Stars.

The game was featured in an November 8, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20091109-SJR-Area-colleges.pdf

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

UIS Hopes to Gain International Appeal

In an effort to increase enrollment from students overseas UIS is hosting a group of EducationUSA advisers who come from 5 different countries around the globe.

"By brining international students here they connect with our students, they're involved in our courses, they're helping to internationalize the curriculum," said Dana Atwell, UIS ESL Coordinator in the Office of International Programs.

The international visitors were featured in an November 2, 2009 report by Heather Hubbs of WICS-TV 20 Springfield.

Watch the report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_839.shtml

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Monday, November 2, 2009

UIS Notebook: It's all new for Gamble's Prairie Stars

Not only will the University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball team play in a new division and a new conference this season, but the roster will have a new look.

UIS officially will move up from NAIA to NCAA Division II in 2009-10 and from the American Midwest Conference to the Great Lakes Valley Conference.

Nine of coach Kevin Gamble’s 14 players are new to the UIS Prairie Stars program.

“It was a little scary at the beginning, but I like the intensity and the effort that the guys are putting out,” Gamble said.

The team was featured in an October 31, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091031-SJR-UIS-Notebook-Gamble.pdf

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Trick-or-Eat competition to collect canned goods

The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at the University of Illinois Springfield will sponsor a Trick-or-Eat competition to collect canned goods Saturday.

The event is part of the UIS Holiday Stars Project. The overall goal is to collect 4,500 of pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank by Dec. 3.

Teams of UIS students have been assigned to neighborhoods where they will collect non-perishable food items. The teams have already canvassed the neighborhoods, distributing collection bags, along with door hangers that explain the project.

The article was featured in an October 29, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20091029-SJR-Trick-or-Eat-competition.pdf

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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Springfield college students see through eyes of a drunk driver

Students used fatal vision goggles as they walked the line simulating a roadside sobriety test. Students also got into a golf cart and tested the goggles with impaired vision.

The simulator is one of three big events planned by UIS as the university celebrates National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week.

The story was featured in a WAND-TV 17 news report on October 21, 2009.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Funding MAP Grants could add to state budget crisis

Michelle Claussen is a junior at the University of Illinois Springfield. She relies on several forms of financial aid including MAP Grants to keep her in school.

When MAP grant funding was slashed she worried about how she'd pay for school, but now that the funding has been restored some believe the financial hardship has been handed over to the state.

"We're spending more than we're taking in on a regular basis," said UIS Political Science Professor Chris Mooney.

The story was featured in a WICS-TV 20 report on October 20, 2009 by reporter Heather Hubbs.

Watch the story online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_748.shtml

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Monday, October 19, 2009

Lack of soccer wins doesn't take way Torricelli's enthusiasm

The victories haven’t been numerous in Ryne Torricelli’s collegiate soccer career.

“I’ve been watching the Prairie Stars since I was a kid,” Torricelli said. “I’ve always wanted to play here."

“This was a dream come true to play here. I’m still in Springfield, my family can watch me play, and I’m getting a good education. I wouldn’t change a thing.”

Torricelli along with men's soccer coach Joe Eck were featured in an October 19, 2009 State Journal-Register article.

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20091019-SJR-Lack-of-wins-doesn-t-tak.pdf

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Friday, October 16, 2009

MAP grant threat brings college students to Springfield

The threat of losing a key piece of financial aid next semester spurred thousands of Illinois college students to rally Thursday in Springfield and pressure lawmakers to replenish funding for the Monetary Award Program.

Jaime Casinova, a University of Illinois Springfield junior, said he depends entirely on financial aid -- including MAP grants -- to attend college.

MAP grant recipient Charles Olivier, a junior at UIS, said education should be one of the state's top funding priorities, he said.

The students comments were featured in an October 16, 2009 edition of the State Journal-Register.

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20091016-SJR-MAP-grant-threat.pdf

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Monday, October 12, 2009

UIS volleyball team gets first league win

The University of Illinois Springfield earned the first Great Lakes Valley Conference victory in program history Saturday, downing Maryville 29-27, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22.

UIS (7-13 overall, 1-7 in the GLVC) and Maryville (2-14, 1-8) are both first-year GLVC members. Courtnee Brown led UIS with eight kills and 14 digs, and Kim Bartosiak added six kills. Carrie Gerberding dished out 22 assists and Cayla Roberts chipped in with nine digs.

The win was featured in an October 12, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091011-SJR-Area-colleges-Volleyball.pdf

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

UIS adding new undergrad degree program

The University of Illinois Springfield is adding a 23rd undergraduate degree program that is expected to attract 25 students next year.

The state Board of Higher Education approved the Management Information Systems bachelor’s degree for UIS at its meeting in Chicago on Tuesday.

The undergraduate major is designed to provide students with a balance of technical skills and business knowledge and to prepare them for employment in private and public sectors in a changing global economy.

The announcement was featured in an October 8, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091008-SJR-UIS-adding-new-undergra.pdf

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Fire Safety Grant at UIS

The University of Illinois Springfield now has more money for fire safety on campus. The school received a $10,000 grant from State Farm Insurance.

WICS-TV 20 interviewed Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center Director Kelly Thompson about the grant and how it's being used in an October 6, 2009 report.

Watch a video of the report online:
http://www.wics.com/newsroom/top_stories/videos/wics_vid_672.shtml

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

UIS students face hate crime charges

Three University of Illinois Springfield students were arrested early Saturday in connection with an incident that authorities are calling a hate crime.

The three men allegedly were at an off-campus party when they began calling two other men derogatory names aimed at homosexuals.

The story was published in an October 6, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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20091006-SJR-Three-face-charges-in-f.pdf

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

MAP grants fall victim to state budget cuts

MAP Grant funds for more than 700 students on the University of Illinois Springfield campus are in question for the spring 2010 semester. Lawmakers cut the money from the budget to keep the program fully funded.

WAND-TV reporter Gordan Graham interviewed UIS students April Fountain and Charles Olivier along with UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen in a September 29, 2009 report.

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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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Friday, September 25, 2009

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

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 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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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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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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Monday, August 31, 2009

Peoria woman struggles through 'nightmare' year

It hasn't been a good year for Tenshar Farmer. The 35-year-old Peorian lost her job, her home and so far has been unable to collect unemployment insurance.

But she's not giving up. This fall, she plans to resume taking classes at Illinois Central College through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The agreement with ICC was featured in an August 29, 2009, article in the Peoria Journal-Star.

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20090829-PJS-Peoriawoman.pdf


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Democrat Day at UIS

University of Illinois Springfield campus Democrat Day will be held from 6 p.m. to midnight on Saturday, August 29. Voter registration will be available and the music group The Backliners will perform starting at 7:30 p.m.

College Democrats president Matthew Van Vossan says candidates have been invited and State Rep. Mike Boland, D-East Moline, a candidate for lieutenant governor, has said he plans to attend.

Van Vossan's comments were featured in an August 27, 2009, Bernard Schoenburg column in the State Journal-Register.

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20090827-SJR-DemDay.pdf

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Thursday, August 20, 2009

Move-in day for freshmen at UIS


UIS freshmen students were moving into the dorms on Wednesday, August 19th. Most students were able to get their belongings inside before tornado sirens sounded mid-afternoon.

The move-in process was featured in an August 20, 2009, article of the State Journal -Register and on WICS TV.

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UIS%20freshmen%20move%20into%20dorms.pdf

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Budget forces universities to reexamine on-line learning enrollment restrictions

The University of Illinois at Springfield capped online classes at 20 students each more than a decade ago.

During a distance-education conference Ray Schroeder, director of UIS' Office of Technology-Enhanced Learning, raised the prospect that the university and others may have to reexamine online-enrollment restrictions as budget pressures mount.

Schroeder was featured in an article in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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20090807-Chroniclehighered-onlinelearning.pdf

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Note-sharing on the Web levels academic playing field

The development of free note-sharing Web sites, where students upload their class notes to share with their peers, has begun to create an open stockpile of downloadable information that some say is further leveling the academic playing field.

Karen Pressley, professor of psychology at UIS and chair of the academic integrity council, says that note-sharing sites could be concerning but it depends on how students actually use them.

The topic was the feature of an August 5, 2009, article on Inside Higher Ed.

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20090805-InsideHigherEd-notesharing.pdf

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