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UIS celebrates Homecoming with a variety of events

September 15, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Homecoming week at the University of Illinois at Springfield – October 2 through 8 – will be celebrated with a variety of special events and activities. The theme for Homecoming 2006 is "Through the Decades."

A partial schedule of events follows.

Monday, October 2, will feature a homecoming bonfire at 9:30 p.m. at the UIS Pond on the northeast side of campus.

On Tuesday, October 3, at 7 p.m. in the UIS gym, the UIS women's volleyball team will face off against the team from William Woods University.

Also at 7 p.m., renowned poet/storyteller Robert Bly will give a reading of his work followed by a book-signing and reception in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. This free event is part of the library's 30th anniversary celebration and is open to the public.

On Wednesday, October 4, at 11 a.m. Bly will give an address in Brookens Auditorium on "What Responsibility Do We Have in the Iraq War?" This presentation is also free and open to the public.

Events for Thursday, October 5, include a Student Alumni Leadership Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant. Co-sponsors are the Alumni SAGE Society and the Student Government Association. Neil Calderon, 2002 graduate and director of the Illinois Student Internship Program, will be the featured speaker. Alumni who want to make reservations should call 206-7395. Current students who want to reserve a place should call 206-7712.

On Thursday evening, at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, the Alumni Association and the Visual Arts program will present a panel of art critics in a discussion of sculptor Preston Jackson's work. Jackson is the subject of the current citywide exhibit "Bearing Witness," on display at UIS and three other venues in Springfield. Following the discussion, there will be a reception in the PAC restaurant.

A pep rally is also scheduled for Thursday, beginning at 10 p.m. on the UIS Quad.

Friday, October 6, features a Neighborhood Block Party and Karaoke from 5 to 7 p.m. on the Quad.

A homecoming dance with DJ will begin at 9:30 p.m. in the Food Emporium, located on the lower level of the PAC.

On Saturday, October 7, UIS Band activities are scheduled throughout the day for high school and alumni musicians. For more information, go to www.uis.edu/music.

From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby, the Alumni SAGE Society will sponsor the "Sangamon Trail Blazers' Reunion," a continental breakfast designed to give alumni and retired and long-term faculty and staff an opportunity to reconnect. History Professor Emeritus Cullom Davis and Phil Bradley, who was the campus' first student commencement speaker in 1972, will give welcoming remarks. The event is free but reservations are requested; phone 206-7395 or send an e-mail to alumni@uis.edu.

Also on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m., UIS' four colleges – Business and Management, Education and Human Services, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Public Affairs and Administration – will host open college receptions on the grassy area across from Cox Children's Center. Current faculty from the academic programs housed within each college will be present.

Other events on Saturday include:

Family Weekend Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., PAC conference room C/D

Campus Showcases, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., various locations. Tours will be available of Lincoln Residence Hall and the UIS Townhouses, public radio station WUIS, and the newly renovated Visual/Performing Arts Building. State-of-the-art classrooms in University Hall will be open for demonstrations. Professor Gary Trammell and members of the Chemistry Club will present "Chemistry in Action," various demonstrations and experiments, in room 324 of the Health and Sciences Building. Tours of campus landscaping and gardens will leave from the Sangamon Auditorium lobby at 1:30 and 2:30 p.m. At 1:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, Professor Emeritus Charles Schweighauser will introduce a screening of the documentary "The Sangamon River: A Sense of Place," which he produced.

The First Annual UIS Homecoming Parade, beginning at 4 p.m., on campus. Bands, fire trucks, candy, and floats will be part of the first-ever UIS Homecoming Parade.

Homecoming Tailgate Party, 5 to 7 p.m., east side of Kiwanis Stadium, with special guests 99.7 KISS FM.

Men’s Soccer Game, 7 p.m., Kiwanis Stadium, pitting the UIS Prairie Stars against the Missouri Baptist Spartans

Events wrap up on Sunday, October 8, with a brunch for participants in the Family Weekend program. Advance registration is required, call 206-6665.

For more information about Homecoming events, contact UIS' Office of Student Life at 206-6665. For information about alumni-related activities, contact the UIS Alumni Association at 206-7395. For information about Robert Bly's appearances, contact Brookens Library at 206-6597.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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