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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

UIS to host Central Illinois High School Newspaper Conference

Some 135 student staff members of area high school newspapers and their advisers will gather at UIS on Friday, February 2, for the Ninth Annual Central Illinois High School Newspaper Conference. The half-day event will be hosted by conference organizers Debbie Landis, adviser to UIS’ student newspaper The Journal, and Mary Bohlen, associate professor of Communication.

Bohlen noted that this year’s conference is expected to have a record attendance, with participants from Springfield, Southeast, Lanphier, Sacred Heart-Griffin, Rochester, and Pleasant Plains high schools. "High school newspaper advisers routinely praise this opportunity for their students to hear excellent speakers on a variety of topics," she added.

Students will attend presentations on layout and design, interviewing and broadcast writing, photography, covering the arts, online publishing and ad sales, and sports reporting. State Journal-Register Publisher Sue Schmitt will be the luncheon speaker.

Other speakers include:
(from the State Journal-Register) Robert Burns, sportswriter; Kelsea Gurski, editor of The Voice teen section; Shannon Kirshner, photographer; Marcia Martinez, sports writer; Greg Pacelli, online systems coordinator; Jason Piscia, online editor; and Nick Rogers, arts and entertainment editor
(from public radio WUIS-WIPA) Kavitha Cardoza, reporter and Springfield bureau chief
(from The Journal) Emily Martin, editor-in-chief; Ashley Stoneking, assistant editor; Sandeep Balgarkshi, layout and design editor; Erin Sibley, business manager; and Jeremy Wilburn, advertising representative and layout specialist.

Support for the conference was provided by the Illinois Press Association, and by the UIS Provost’s Office, Division of Student Affairs and Administrative Services, and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

The Springfield area chapter of the Association for Women Journalists provided additional support in memory of the late AWJ co-founder and long-time SJ-R staff member Rosalynne Harty Gillespy.

For additional information, contact Bohlen at 6-7362.

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Buffet supper a la Lake Wobegon

6 p.m. Tuesday, February 20, PAC Conference Room C/D

Before the performance of “Garrison Keillor: Lake Wobegon Days” at 7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium

Cost of the supper is $25/person; $20 for members of the Alumni Association, WUIS Public Radio, and Friends of Sangamon Auditorium. Space is limited; make reservations by Tuesday, February 13. Call 206-7395 or register online.

Tickets to “Lake Wobegon Days” are available through the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office, phone 206-6160.

Friday, January 12, 2007

UIS website now accessible from Internet-enabled cell phones

A mobile version of the UIS website is now accessible from Internet-enabled cell phones.

From your cell phone:
  • Open your web browser and go to www.uis.edu/m


  • Go directly to www.uis.edu. Click for mobile site appears at the top of the screen. Click on that link to go to the mobile site.
The mobile version of the UIS website is a collection of text-only pages that download quickly, including important campus phone numbers (click on a number to make a call), campus news items, calendar items, announcements, and athletics headlines.
A link to Webmail is also included; however this is not a special mobile version and the quality of the display may vary, depending on the phone.

The first click from the mobile page takes you to a summary page. If that page contains links, and you click on those links, you will end up in the regular UIS website.

For more information or to submit an idea for additional mobile site content, contact the Office of Web Services at webservices@uis.edu or phone 6-7532.

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Rape Aggression Defense training for women

The Women's Center and the Police Department at UIS will offer RAD training for women from 5:50 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday evenings in February. The program is presented free to all UIS women students, staff, and faculty. Sessions will be led by Sgt. Mike Stuart and Officer Amanda Parris from the UIS Police.

To learn more about RAD, go to www.uis.edu/police/rad.htm. Contact the Women's Center at 6-7173 or womenscenter@uis.edu to enroll.