Tuesday, April 27, 2010

UIS to hold third annual Take Back the Night march

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will hold its third annual Take Back the Night rally and march on campus.

WHEN: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: UIS campus starting in the Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) Greatroom, followed by a march around the campus quad.

DETAILS: Take Back the Night is a movement inclusive of all genders and sexual orientations that brings survivors, supporters and activists together in a call for the end of violence against women.

The Speak Out and March will start at the UIS Lincoln Residence Hall (LRH) in the Greatroom at 7:00 p.m. Musician Tom Irwin, a UIS student, will perform at the start and end of the rally. The keynote speaker for the Speak Out will be Candi Clouse, UIS alum and Prevention Coordinator for the Sojourn Shelter.

Around 7:30 p.m., the group will then march around the UIS Quad. Following the march, Tom Irwin will be playing and there will be hot chocolate available. There will also be informational booths and refreshments in the LRH Greatroom, as well as The Clothesline Project, a project to support victims of domestic violence.

The event is presented by the Women’s Issues Caucus club from UIS. Co-sponsors of the event include the UIS Women’s Center, UIS Diversity Center and LGBTQ Resource Office.

More information about Take Back the Night is available at www.takebackthenight.org/. For more information about the rally and march, contact womenscenter@uis.edu or 206-7173.

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Springfest 2010 kicks off with scavenger hunt

Over 300 students at the University of Illinois Springfield are competing in a week-long challenge known as Springfest to see who can rack up the most points.

Springfest kicked off on Monday, April 13 in the SLB gym with a scavenger hunt for over 200 items, which students couldn't leave campus to find. Participants were given 45 minutes to come up with as many items as possible.

“It was very hectic. I mean we were running all over the place trying to find stuff,” said Joshua Hoff, a junior communication major.

The celebration involves teams of no more than twelve people. In additional to the scavenger hunt they also face off in a trivia night, dress to impress event, flag-n-chant and more. At the end of the week, the team with the most points wins a gift card to the restaurant of their choice and the distinction of being Springfest champions.

“It’s a huge thing on campus. It’s a very big community building activity. Students get to know each other and you get to know your friends better,” said Leslie Reutter, senior criminal justice major and co-coordinator of Springfest.

Springfest events taking place include:
* Monday, April 12: Scavenger Hunt at 9:30 p.m. in SLB Gym
* Tuesday, April 13: Trivia Night at 9:30 p.m. in SLB Gym
* Wednesday, April 14: Dress to Impress (Career Development Center) at 9:30 p.m. in SLB Gym
* Thursday, April 15: Flag-N-Chant at 9:30 p.m. in SLB Gym
* Friday, April 16: Dance from 9 p.m. -12 a.m. in SLB Gym
* Saturday, April 17: Sports Day with BBQ Dinner--Performance by Absolutely Perfect

For more information, contact Lakeshia Washington or Leslie Reutter at uissacc@uis.edu or call 217-206-6463. You may also visit the Springfest website at www.uis.edu/studentlife/thingstodo/Springfest.html.

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

UIS presents Project Success: Dress to Impress

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will host “Project Success: Dress to Impress” as part of the annual Springfest celebration on campus. Project Success is a runway fashion show that displays how to dress for business casual and business professional.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 14, 2010 from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

WHERE: Student Life Building (SLB) Gymnasium on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Through fun and fashion, the audience will get a sense of how to dress for professional interaction and career daily wear, while learning which kinds of fashion flops to avoid.

UIS students have been invited to form teams and compete by showing their best and worst examples of business attire. The runway show will be judged by the audience and a panel of judges. Nina Wright from Western and Southern Financial Group and Sharon Thornton Knop, a UIS alumnus, from State Farm will return as this year’s judges and be joined by a member of the Capitol Radio Group. Tim Burns from Prudential, an employer partner with the UIS Career Development Center, will act as emcee for the evening. The winning team will be awarded a prize of $600.

Project Success is sponsored by UIS Career Development Center, UIS Office of Alumni Relations, and Student Government Association. It will be available via live Webcast for online students and those who are unable to attend.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rachel Hasenyager or Gale Kilbury at 217/206-6508. A complete list of Springfest events is available at www.uis.edu/sga/sac/Springfest.html.

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Monday, March 29, 2010

UIS Health Awareness Week April 5-9

The University of Illinois Springfield Campus Health Service and the Master of Public Health Student Association will host the annual UIS Health Awareness Week from April 5-9. A health fair featuring vendors will take place on Wednesday, April 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) lobby and conference rooms on the concourse level. Health Awareness Week at UIS is designed to educate the university community and others in the surrounding area about good health practices.

In 1995, former President William Jefferson Clinton proclaimed the first full week of April as National Public Health Week (NPHW). Each year since then the public health community has focused on issues that are important to improving the public’s health. The American Public Health Association (APHA) serves as the organizer of NPHW and develops an annual national campaign to help educate the public. This year’s theme is: “A Healthier America: One Community at a Time”.

UIS has added various activities this year and speakers throughout the week. On Tuesday, April 6 the Center for First Year Students and the Department of Recreational Sports are teaming up to hold a Wii Sports/Play tournament from 5 to 8 p.m. in the PAC room G.

Wednesday, April 7 attendees are encouraged to bring items to donate for Haiti relief efforts. “Fitness testing” will also be done by the Recreational Sports Department. At the end of the fitness testing, you will receive a detailed analysis about your general health. Testicular and prostate exams will be performed by Dr. William Severino from Springfield Clinic and dietitians will be available to consult offering bone density, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol screenings and more. Those who complete an evaluation form will be entered in a drawing and eligible to win prizes donated by the Springfield community and individual departments in the Division of Student Affairs.

The luncheon speaker on Wednesday, April 7 will be Linda McCall, MS, FNPBC, CDE of Springfield Diabetes and Endocrine Center. The topic of discussion will be: “Metabolic Syndrome.” This discussion will take place in PAC G from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. Healthy hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served to those attending the discussion.

Gene Taylor, CEO of Sangamon Schools Credit Union will discuss “Financial Wellness” in PAC F from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on April 7. Next, Diana Weyhenmeyer, RN, MA, OCN of St. John’s Hospital, will discuss: “The Spectrum of Wellness” in PAC G from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The final speaker of the day is John Starman, MA Practitioner in PAC F at 5:30 p.m. who will talk about “Chronic Brain Distress.”

Health Awareness Week will conclude on Thursday, April 8, with Jenna Hogan, MPH, RD Extension Educator in Nutrition and Wellness of the University of Illinois who will discuss “Metabolic Syndrome” in PAC C from 10 to 11 a.m. with individual appointments from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Exercise Demonstrations by the Department of Recreational Sports will take place in PAC D from 11 to 12 p.m.

For more information on Health Awareness Week contact Linda Tait, UIS Campus Health Service at 217/206-6676 or email ltait2@uis.edu. Information is also available online at www.uis.edu/healthservices.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

CAP Honors event helps students "stress bust" before finals

The Capital Scholars Honor Peer Mentoring Program at UIS helped students take a break before finals during its annual “Stress Busters” event on Thursday, December 10, 2009.

Students got the chance to make stress balls, play card games, paint, and play bags and water pong during the end of the semester celebration in the Lincoln Residents Hall great room.

“Right now is a good time to have it with the finals coming up. I don’t know how I would have done it otherwise,” said Chris Crockett, sophomore biology major.

“Stress Busters” is also a time for junior and senior peer mentors to connect with freshman students who are about to take their finals for the first time.

“I just felt after last year that I wanted to start giving back to the freshmen. Things that it took me awhile to learn, things I’d like to help them transition to college with,” said Brett Walker, senior CAP Honors peer mentor.

Other peer mentoring events focus on helping students with class, financial aid and adjusting to college life.

“This is our most looked forward to event,” said Mike Czarny, junior CAP Honors peer mentor.

Students were also treated to a variety of free food from cookies to a chocolate fountain.

“I think it’s really great to get everyone’s mind off of school and stuff. We came straight from lab and hurried over here because we were really excited about it,” said Jessalyn Fontana, freshman biology major.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

UIS vs. UIC basketball game trip

Students from the University of Illinois Springfield packed a charter bus and a van and headed to Chicago on November 14, 2009 to watch the Prairie Stars men's basketball team take on the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Student Michael Omenazu took a video camera along to document the trip and game. He interviewed students, staff, and Chancellor Richard Ringeisen along the way. You can check out the video he created by clicking on the YouTube video above.

The transportation for the students to the game was provided by a friend of the university.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Homecoming 2009: Over the Rainbow Relay Race

University of Illinois Springfield students slipped into ruby red high heels to face off during the Over the Rainbow Relay Race on Wednesday. The relay was part of the Homecoming 2009 at UIS, but similar events sponsored by Recreational Sports are held every week as part of “Wacky Wednesday”.

The Student Life Office helped to bring in a giant inflatable bounce house to campus for students to run through. They first started off in the high heels having to maneuver between orange cones before ditching the heels and jumping inside.

“I have a lot of respect for women because I can’t do it and women walk around in high heels all the time,” said junior criminal justice major Andrew Crain.

The male and female students with the fastest time both got an “I Won Wacky Wednesday” t-shirt.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Homecoming 2009: Mashed Potato sculpting

University of Illinois Springfield students got creative with a popular mashed vegetable during Homecoming Week 2009.

Assistant Director of Student Life Beth Hoag came up with the idea for mashed potato sculpting last year. The event was such big hit she decided to bring it back again with a few rules. Students had to design something based on UIS or the homecoming theme “There’s No Place Like Homecoming”.

UIS Food Service prepared 25 pounds of “extra stiff” potatoes for students to use. They decorated the mashed wonders with everything from food coloring to feathers and glitter.

“It’s almost like play doh just a little softer,” said junior business major Baily Meek. “I wouldn’t have expected it to be like that”.

Volunteers judged each design on creativity and theme. The winner of the contest was rewarded with a $50 gift card.

Click Here for a full list of Homecoming 2009 events.

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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Fall into Volunteering Fair

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center presents “Fall into Volunteering Fair”.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Main Concourse

ADDITIONAL INFO: This is a chance for students to meet local non-profit groups and become a volunteer in the Springfield community.

Representatives from Lincoln Memorial Gardens, Illinois State Museum, Boys and Girls Club, Planned Parenthood and Memorial Medical Center will be attending along with over 15 other local organizations.

This program is also sponsored by UIS Housing and the Experiential and Service-Learning Programs.

For more information please contact Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center Director Kelly Thompson at 217/206-8448 or kthom03s@uis.edu.

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UIS Homecoming and Family Weekend

The University of Illinois Springfield will be holding its annual Homecoming activities during the week of September 28 through October 3. UIS Family Weekend will also coincide with the events on October 3 and 4. The theme of Homecoming Week 2009 is “There’s No Place Like Homecoming.”

The schedule of events for the week is as follows:

Monday, September 28
- “Network: Strategic Alliances” from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Sangamon Auditorium Lobby. Beth Reutter of the Hospitality Program at the U of I in Champaign will present the program about networking skills. Go to www.uis.edu/careerservices to register or for more info or call 217-206-6508.
- Homecoming Pep Rally at 9:30 p.m. at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC). First 200 students with ID through the door will get a free Homecoming T-shirt.

Tuesday, September 29
- Homecoming Court voting and Mashed Potato Sculpting from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Public Affairs Center (PAC) Food Emporium Patio (Rain Location: PAC Concourse).
- Make Your Own Spirit Wear at 9:30 pm in the Food Emporium. Paints, poster board and blank t-shirts are provided.

Wednesday, September 30
- Homecoming Court voting and Over the Rainbow Relay Race from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the UIS Quad
- Neo-Futurists performance at 9:30 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. The Neo-Futurists are a collective of wildly productive writer/director/performers who create theater that is a fusion of sport, poetry, and living newspaper.

Thursday, October 1
- Homecoming Court voting and Come on 6’s dice game from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the PAC Main Concourse.
- Homecoming Dance at 9:30 p.m. in the Student Life Building gym. Dress is semi-formal.

Friday, October 2
- Volunteer Service Event from 1 to 5 p.m.
- UIS Women’s Soccer vs. Bellarmine at 5 p.m. at Kiwanis Stadium
- Student Cookout at 6:30 p.m. on the east side of Kiwanis Stadium
- Movie: Wizard of Oz at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium
- UIS Men’s Soccer Game vs. Bellarmine at 7:30 p.m. at Kiwanis Stadium. A firework display will be held immediately following game.

Saturday, October 3
- Yellow Brick Road 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. at TRAC. Cost is $10 for UIS students; $15 for non-students and $20 the day of the event. Registration deadline is September 16, and t-shirts will be provided to those registered by the deadline.
- Educational Technology Showcase at 10:00 a.m. in Brookens Library 141A on the lower level.
- Family Weekend Luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in PAC rooms C and D. Reservations are required.
- UIS Homecoming Parade at 5 p.m. on the UIS Campus.
- Homecoming BBQ & Lawn Party from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on the east side of Kiwanis Stadium.
- UIS Students vs. UIS Alumni/Faculty/Staff Basketball Game at 7 p.m. at TRAC

For more information, contact the UIS Student Life Office at 217/206-6665 or go online to the Homecoming Web site at http://www.uis.edu/homecoming.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

Students Share Experiences from Peru Study Abroad

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield students share learning experiences and photos of their Summer Study Abroad trip to Perú during a “Brown Bag” lunch presentation.

WHEN: Thursday, September 17, 2009 from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Room F at UIS

ADDITIONAL INFO: This is the first time UIS has sent a delegation of students to South America. They lived in the former imperial capital of Cusco for a week, climbed Machu Picchu, navigated Lake Titicaca located 12,500 feet above sea level, stayed with host families on Amantani Island, and took 28 hours of immersion Spanish! They did all this while battling soroche (altitude sickness) and eating the local cuy or guinea pig!

This dedicated group of nine UIS students spent 17 days in Perú as part of their study abroad that focused on language, culture, and history. A photo exhibit will be displayed during the same week in the PAC Cafeteria Concourse.

For more information about the presentation and the trip contact Veronica Espina at 217/206-8300 or vespi1@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Registered Student Organization Deadline

Now is the time for students to leave their mark on the University of Illinois Springfield campus. The Office of Student Life is taking priority applications for registered student organizations (RSOs) until September 15th.

Students are required to register on an annual basis and attend one student origination workshop. RSOs are required to have a written constitution and bylaws that govern the group along with a faculty or staff advisor.

UIS had more than 70 registered students organizations during the 2008-2009 academic year. They are separated into six different categories: Cultural/Diversity, Religious/Spiritual, Academic/Honorary, Political/Advocacy, Service or General Interest.

All student organizations fully registered by September 15th will be eligible for two $50 prizes.

Fill out the RSO registration form online: http://www.uis.edu/studentlife/Forms/Registration%20form%2009-10.pdf

For more information, visit the UIS Student Life Office Web site: http://www.uis.edu/studentlife/

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Finals Week Cram-a-thon

  • Monday & Tuesday, December 15 & 16
  • 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. in the Diversity Center, SLB 22
  • Free limited printing, on-campus transportation, and laptops available for use within the center

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

CTL Finals Help House

  • Tuesday, December 9
    Prewriting Strategies & Thesis Statements - 10 a.m., Founders Hall 153
    Integration - noon, BRK 416
    MLA Style - 4 p.m., Founders Hall 153
  • Wednesday, December 10
    Grammar & Mechanics - 10 a.m., Founders Hall 153
    Avoiding Plagiarism - 11 a.m., Founders Hall 153
Walk-in Math & Writing Tutoring
December 9 & 10 - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Founders Hall 153

Advocates for Academics 2nd Annual Winter Wonderland
December 10 - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Founders Hall
  • Homemade soup
  • Prizes
For more information: afa@uis.edu

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Monday, December 1, 2008

UIS student groups to present "Patriotic American Muslims through History"

"Patriotic American Muslims through History," a panel discussion on the contributions American Muslims have made to this country through to the present day, will be presented at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, December 4, in conference room C/D, lower level of the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors are UIS student groups Muslim Students Association and Peace Students Organization.

Panelists will include Dr. Maryam Mostoufi of the Islamic Society of Greater Springfield and the Greater Springfield Interfaith Association, and Dr. Baker Siddiquee, UIS associate professor of Economics. The discussion will be followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The Peace and Muslim Students organizations work to unite people of all religions, races, castes, origins, ethnicities, colors, and sexes; promote peaceful and nonviolent solutions to problems; and encourage peaceful means of negotiation.

For additional information, contact Mohammed Khaleel Yacoob, PSO/MSA vice-president, at 405/537-5081.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

International Education Week activities

Presented in conjunction with International Education Week 2008, November 17 to 21, a program of the U.S. Departments of State and Education

Sunday, November 16
31st annual International Festival, 4 to 8 p.m., lower level PAC and Brookens Auditorium

Monday-Wednesday, November 17-18
Information Fair, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m., Food Emporium
Information on Study Abroad, ESL, International Student Association, Global Studies major, Diversity Center
T-shirt sales (Ashikaga, Japan and Study Abroad themes), games, and surprises

Monday, November 17 and Tuesday, November 18
Presentation on Study Abroad Opportunities, noon and 5 p.m., PAC conference room F

Wednesday, November 19
Presentation on the new Global Studies Major, noon and 5 p.m., PAC conference room E

Thursday, November 20
International Center Open House, 1 to 2:30 p.m., HRB 52

For more information, contact Jonathan GoldbergBelle at 6-8319

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Friday, November 7, 2008

University to hold Sustainability Week

The University of Illinois at Springfield is raising awareness about sustainability and the environment by hosting Sustainability Week from November 10 through November 15. Activities held throughout the week focused on sustainability include:

Monday, November 10
A bike ride will begin at 1:30 p.m. in front of Lincoln Residence Hall on the UIS campus and will be led by UIS Bike Enthusiasts.
Battery recycling begins – dead batteries will be collected in designated containers in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) Food Emporium and the lobby of University Hall until 12 p.m. on Friday, November 15.

Tuesday, November 11
Students Allied for a Greener Earth (SAGE) will be holding a recycled art contest, and judging will take place in the PAC Food Emporium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Wednesday, November 12
Judging for the SAGE recycled art contest will take place in the PAC Food Emporium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Thursday, November 13
Judging for the SAGE recycled art contest will take place in the PAC Food Emporium from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
A Sustainability Forum will be held at 6 p.m. as part of the ECCE Speakers Series at 6 p.m. in PAC Room F. Members of the UIS faculty from various disciplines will discuss ideas generated from current literature on sustainability and shared societal responsibility.

Friday, November 14
A Coffee House with Chad Perrone, a singer/songwriter, will be held at 8:30 p.m. in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room. Students are encouraged to bring their own coffee mugs, and attendees will be entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift card to Target.

Saturday, November 15
The UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center will hold a service project in coordination with America Recycles Day. America Recycles Day is a national event promoting the social, environmental and economic benefits of recycling. For more information about or to participate in America Recycles Day, contact the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at 206-7716 or volunteer@uis.edu.

“We hope the events planned for the week will help students learn more about ethical and sustainable decision-making and will encourage students to evaluate their impact on the environment,” said Mae Marie Noll, undergraduate academic advisor and co-presenter of Sustainability Week.

For more information about UIS Sustainability Week, email Noll at mnoll1@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Postcard Party

9:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 22
Women's Center, SLB 15 (new location)

Send postcards to women in Ohio, reminding them to vote on Election Day

Why you should go:
  • Free food
  • Watch a movie
  • Encourage people to exercise their right to vote
Hosted by the Women's Issues Caucus and Student Government Association

For details, send an e-mail to wicaucus@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

UIS program will address domestic violence

The Healing Waters Empowerment Project: "I Will Carry My Sister's Pain" will be presented at the University of Illinois at Springfield beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 30, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. The event, as well as a 6 p.m. reception in the Public Affairs Center restaurant, is free and open to the public.

Presented in recognition of October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the program tells the stories of six victims of domestic violence, who share their experiences through song, dance, poetry, and inspirational readings.

Event facilitator LaTrice Nettles explained that the program is designed to provide a forum to discuss domestic violence and how it affects men and women of all cultures, sexual orientations, and races, and to raise awareness and understanding of domestic violence and related issues, including how to get out of a violent situation.

Featured performers will be Briana Byrd, Dorian Byrd, Shellie Moore Guy, Joy Johnson-Williams, Nina Little, Sandra Solomon, Juanita Spann, and the Suffice Gospel Choir and Beloved Dance Team.

The event is sponsored by the UIS student organization Living Word Bible Study; co-sponsors are the UIS Student Activities Committee, Women's Center, Diversity Center, and Office of Volunteer & Civic Engagement, and student groups Suffice Gospel Choir, Student Parents Association, and Christian Student Fellowship.

For further information contact LaTrice Nettles at 836-0861 or Lwbs@uis.edu.

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Women's Center Open House

Staff of the Women's Center will host an open house

in their new location -- SLB 15

from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Thursday, November 6.

For more information, call 6-7173.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Midterm Stress Free Zone

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Thursday, October 16, PAC concourse
  • Tips on reducing stress
  • Free neck massages by licensed therapists
For more information, contact the Counseling Center at 6-7122.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

Award-winning film "Election Day" to be shown at UIS

The award-winning PBS documentary "Election Day" will be shown at the University of Illinois at Springfield beginning at 7 p.m., Monday, October 20, in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

Sponsored by the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, the event is free and open to the public. A short panel discussion will follow the film.

A political film that is not about candidates or politics, but instead explores the "street-level experience of voters," "Election Day" challenges viewers to think about the nature of American democracy and whether actual practices adequately achieve national ideals.

On November 2, 2004, director Katy Chevigny sent 14 film crews to shoot simultaneously from dawn until long past midnight. Together they captured 11 stories over a range of locations, from major cities like Chicago, St. Louis, and New York; to middle-sized cities like Dearborn in Michigan, Cincinnati and Shaker Heights in Ohio, and Orlando and Quincy in Florida; to the little town of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and the even tinier Stockholm, Wisconsin; to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota.

The results have been called "as fast-paced and suspenseful as a thriller" with heroes who are "ordinary Americans determined to vote, to turn out others to vote, and to see that the voting is legally and fairly done."

This event is presented in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series P.O.V., produced for PBS by American Documentary, a nonprofit media organization dedicated to presenting contemporary nonfiction stories that express opinions and perspectives not usually covered by mainstream media.

For more information, contact the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at 206-7716 or send an e-mail to volunteer@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

UIS to screen "10 Questions for the Dalai Lama"

10 Questions for the Dalai Lama, a film by Rick Ray, will be presented beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, October 17, in Brookens Auditorium, lower level of Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The film and a discussion session that follows are free and open to the public.

In this 2006 film, Ray examines some of the fundamental questions of our time by weaving observations from his own journeys throughout India and the Middle East together with the wisdom of an extraordinary spiritual leader. Speaking at length with the Dalai Lama over the course of an extended private visit to his monastery in Dharamsala, India, Ray asked a number of questions, including: How do you reconcile a commitment to non-violence when faced with violence? Why do the poor often seem happier than the rich? Must a society lose its traditions in order to move into the future? The result has been described as "part biography, part philosophy, part adventure, and part politics." Also included are rare historical filmclips and footage by individuals who, at great personal risk, filmed with hidden cameras inside Tibet.

Part of UIS' Fall 2008 Foreign and Independent Film Series, the film is also presented as part of the ECCE Speakers Series at UIS -- events that aim to exemplify engaged citizenship as part of the university's effort to foster appreciation for and practice of diversity and the active effort to make a difference in the world.

Upcoming ECCE programs include "Centennial of Fire" with author/historian Roberta Senechal on October 23; and "Queer Love in the Time of War and Shopping" with Martin Manalansan on October 29. See the complete schedule of ECCE speakers and topics for the 2008 Fall Semester.

See the line-up of remaining foreign and independent films for the fall semester.

For information about any ECCE event, contact Kimberly Craig, series coordinator, at 206-6245 or send an e-mail to speakerseries@uis.edu.

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