Build on civic pride already existing. 83% of Illinoisans rate their community as an excellent or good place to live. Tell people to put this pride to work instead of dwelling on criticism. Teach and promote civic skills. Provide leadership training. Make it easier for people to register to vote. Get up to speed technologically…. Read More »
Community Involvement Activities (secular): Such activities include volunteering, membership and participation in organizations, working with others to solve community problems, serving on a board, and attending a committee meeting or a board or council meeting. Almost two-thirds of our respondents (66%) reported volunteering time to at least one type of organization. More than one in… Read More »
The Illinois Civic Engagement Project identified 68 ways that people at all levels of society can encourage people to get more involved in their communities. Here is the list of the 68 ways (PDF). Related links: Final report of the Illinois Civic Engagement Project About the Illinois Civic Engagement Project Other resources related to the project
U.S. Congressman Rodney Davis used University Hall at UIS as the host site for meetings with two of his advisory groups on May 13, 2014 – one for elementary and secondary leaders in his 13th Congressional District and the other for higher education leaders. He listened intently to their concerns about education.
Several UIS students were honored for their roles in the annual Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation at the state capitol on March 2, 2014. The UIS delegation was also honored with the Outstanding Large Delegation award.
State Senator Kimberly Lightford, a UIS alum, was the featured speaker at the UIS Alumni in Government breakfast earlier this year. She gave an inspirational speech about her rise to the state Senate and had some good advice for other alumni. Related links: See more pictures of UIS alumni at that breakfast
UIS students and faculty get mentioned in news outlets in the state of Illinois more than 150 times a month, and we do our best to keep track of them. Related links: For more information, contact Blake Wood Visit the UIS Newsroom online
Carolyn Neitzke directs the UIS Conference Center, which hosts hundreds of events every year for external groups and the campus community, is a familiar face because of her many, many contacts. She also provides extraordinary customer service and was named the 2013 UIS Employee of the Year. Related links: Student newspaper account of this award… Read More »
A UIS student at the age of 22 got herself elected as an Algonquin Township trustee, and she was also very active on campus.
An advantage of UIS being located in the state capital played out again this week when several of them got tickets to the GOP gubernatorial debate downtown. Putting the group together was Riley Quinlan, external vice president of the Student Government Association. Related links: Students featured on Channel 20, the ABC affiliate