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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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Senior visual arts majors showcase their representation of what "Art Is"

WHAT: Fourteen senior University of Illinois Springfield visual art majors will showcase their representation of what “Art Is” during an end of the year exhibition.

WHEN: Exhibition runs April 29 through May 13, 2010. The opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 p.m. beginning in the Visual Arts Gallery and concluding in the Access Gallery.

WHERE: UIS Visual Arts Gallery located in the Health and Sciences Building, Room 201 on the UIS campus

DETAILS: Prepare to see many unique works of art by the talented visual arts majors. The seniors are Kaitlyn Bitner, Rachel Book, Kimberly Bretz, Willa Campbell, Lauren Cooper, Michael Curry, Adrian Hebert, Aby Lee Hood, Shannon Lubben, Ashley Moore, Valencia Robinson, Veronica Sparks, Emily Welch and Jennifer Yakes.

Each student has their own media, intention and style and the works are a summary of the inspiration and abilities they have acquired during their experiences at the university. The exhibit includes paintings, ceramics, digital media, screen-printing and installations of mixed media. “Art Is” describes the philosophy that art is anything and everything. It is a state of being that is not characterized or explained… it just Is.

For further information, go to www.uis.edu/visualarts/ or contact the gallery by phone at 217/206-6506 or by e-mail at gallery@uis.edu.

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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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Monday, April 12, 2010

Dining for Success Dinner teaches students and alumni business etiquette

The Office of UIS Alumni Relations/U of I Alumni Association hosted its annual Dining for Success Dinner on Friday, April 9 in the PAC Restaurant.

Beth Reutter, a corporate etiquette consultant and coordinator of the Hospitality Management Program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign taught students and alumni the rules of business and social dinner behavior.

“The main thing to remember is you’re not there for the food. You’re there for the networking that’s going on,” said Reutter.

UIS senior communication major Luke Runyon came to the course looking for answers. He recently went to a formal dinner with four forks on the table and had no idea what to do with them.

“It’s a great experience to really pick up a lot of those skills that you’re really going to need once you go out for job interviews after you graduate,” said Runyon. “I think it could be one of the deciding factors, especially in a job market like right now.”

Reutter has made it her mission to not only improve the etiquette of college students, but business professionals. She regularly speaks to Chamber of Commerce groups in Central Illinois as well as Chicago.

“It takes practice, practice, practice. I will say that to tonight’s group. You can’t just leave. You have to leave and practice it,” said Reutter.

She notes that etiquette is actually slipping in the United States and she’s made it her mission to improve people’s skills one event at a time.

“The biggest mistake is getting too comfortable. Going social instead of business. I’m very strong about warning against alcoholic beverages during a business event,” she said.

For more information visit the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition website.

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UIS plans service activities as part of National Volunteer Week

The University of Illinois Springfield Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center is planning a series of service activities to celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 18-24.

“We will have several exciting activities to highlight the spirit of volunteerism both on campus and in the local community,” said Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

The week gets started on Monday, April 19 at 5 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium with a presentation by dynamic public speaker Jonathan Sprinkles. He has won national awards for his inspirational talks on leadership, diversity, and service. The title of his program is called “How to be a Change Maker." Using a highly interactive speaking style, Mr. Sprinkles will talk about how those with the most influence on others are almost always those who serve others, that true leadership comes from those who put others first. This event is part of the ECCE Speaker Series and is co-sponsored by the Student Government Association.

On Tuesday, April 20 starting at 4:30 p.m. in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby the Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center will host the second annual Good as Gold Volunteer Recognition Ceremony, a recognition ceremony for UIS and community members that have volunteered their time and resources during the previous year. This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Junior League and Illinois Campus Compact.

The week will end on Friday, April 23 with “UIS Cares Day”, a service event where students will help revitalize Washington Park in Springfield by mulching trees from 10a.m. - Noon.

The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center also plans to release a video compilation and Google map of all of the service projects they’ve done throughout the year. The video and map will be made available on their website at www.uis.edu/volunteer.

For more information about any of the events contact Kelly Thompson at kthom03s@uis.edu or 217/206-8448.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

UIS Health Awareness Week offers lifesaving screenings and education

The University of Illinois Springfield Campus Health Service and the Master of Public Health Student Association hosted a health fair providing screens and educational services on Wednesday, April 7.

Students, faculty, staff and community members were invited to take part in the annual event, which celebrates National Public Health Week.

“Prevention is key. A lot of times people don’t know they have a problem and if it can be detected early they can prevent it from becoming worse,” said Jill Stoops, UIS Campus Health Service nurse practitioner.

Stoops hopes health fairs like this one will help catch problems early by offering blood glucose, blood pressure, body fat testing, bone density and HIV screenings.

“I’ve actually had a few people from the community who have come, who have had high blood pressure and didn’t know it or high cholesterol,” she said.

UIS invited outside health providers like Memorial Medical Center and St. John’s Hospital to help with the screenings. Other on-campus health services like the Counseling Center were also represented.

“Education and just awareness is such a good tool and a good key to keeping people happy and living a successful life,” said Michelle Skotzke, UIS Counseling Center graduate assistant.

The Counseling Center helps student’s cope with stress related issues or other mental health problems that may be impacting their lives.

UIS Health Awareness Week runs through Friday, April 9. Organizers have a week full of activities planned, which include speakers and other presentations. Learn more by visiting our previous news release on the event.

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

UIS Theatre's season concludes with Milan Stitt's The Runner Stumbles

The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois Springfield will conclude its 2009-2010 season with the play The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt, opening Friday, April 23. Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS - on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 23, 24, and 25, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 29, 30, and May 1. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. except the Sunday performance (April 25), which will begin at 2 p.m.

The Runner Stumbles is set in 1911 at a remote northern Michigan parish where a young nun, Sister Rita, mysteriously dies. Her superior, Father Rivard, is charged with the crime. As the trial unfolds four years later, the story alternates between the past and the present, revealing a conflicted relationship between the young nun and the priest. Sister Rita tries to inject color and life into the rural, drab town, bringing more tension to the surface. Part courtroom drama, part memory play, part romance, the play explores conflicts between duty to the church and duty to self, forbidden passions, and divisions between strict traditional morality and complex human emotions.

The cast is made up of 4 men and 5 women. Cast members include Dug Hall* (Father Rivard); Ben Gold* (Guard – Amos); Jennica Danner* (Erna); Ben Beams* (Lawyer – Toby); Ellyn Thorson* (Sister Rita); Nancy Cole@ (Mrs. Shandig); Dwight Langford* (Prosecutor); Jim Bonacum^ (Monsignor – Secretary); Kaitlyn Best* (Louise). * denotes a UIS student, @ a community member, and ^ a faculty member.

UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct.

Tickets – $12 general adult; $10 senior citizen, 65+ with photo ID; $8 UIS faculty/staff with current I-card; $6 all students with current school ID – are available now at the UIS Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at www.uis.edu/theatre. Tickets will also be available at the ticket office on the day of the performance, beginning 90 minutes before curtain time.

For more information, contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson at 217/206-8307 or email mthom1@uis.edu.

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Monday, April 5, 2010

Explore and make music history at the UIS Music Spring 2010 Showcase Concert

The UIS Music Spring Showcase Concert will be held in Sangamon Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 9, 2010 and feature the Chorus, Chamber Orchestra, and Concert Band.

Many of the selections performed at this year’s UIS Music Spring Showcase Concert illustrate the evolution of music that is still popular, decades and in some cases even centuries after it was first composed. The Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Sharon Graf, will open the evening performing songs from a variety of cultures and eras, including “Ahe Lau Makani (There is a Breath)” by Queen Liliuokalani, the last reigning monarch of Hawaii; “Fire, Fire,” a polyphonic English madrigal by Thomas Morley; “The Erie Canal,” an American folk song accompanied by piano and fiddle; “Oleana,” an American folk song accompanied by violin; and “Blackbird,” a classic Beatles song. Todd Cranson will add to the chorus’ performance of “Blackbird” with a solo tuba rendition of the classic tune.

The Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Todd Cranson, will follow, performing selections from John Robichaux’s 19th Century New Orleans Dance Orchestra. Robichaux, a jazz bandleader, drummer and violinist, wrote more than 350 songs and many orchestral arrangements, which are now housed at the William Ransom Hogan Jazz Archive at Tulane University.

Following a brief intermission and presentation of student awards, the Concert Band under the direction of Todd Cranson will take the stage. The Concert Band performance will include a number of selections, including “Galop from Genevieve De Braban” by Jacques Offenbach, from which the U.S. Marine Corps Hymn was later extracted; the landmark “Fantasia for Band” written by Vittorio Giannini; and “Clash” by Ryan Main, an interesting pieces filled with dissonant sounds.

Doors will open for the concert at 7:20 p.m., and refreshments will be served in the lobby after the performance.

The Showcase Concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and will be used to benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Award. For more information visit www.uis.edu/music/ or contact Todd Cranson at rcran2@uis.edu or 217/206-7549.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

UIS to hold inaugural symposium for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will hold its inaugural symposium for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The event, which will feature student and faculty oral presentations and poster exhibits, is free and open to the public to attend.

WHEN: Friday, April 9, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WHERE: Presentations will be held in Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library and in the Public Affairs Center (PAC) lower level conference rooms C and D on the UIS Campus.

DETAILS: The keynote presenter will be Dr. Michael Burlingame, holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies. He will be speaking on "The Joys of Conducting Original Research, or What New Can Be Said about Abraham Lincoln?" Burlingame’s presentation will take place from 4 to 5 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, with a reception following.

This event showcases research and writing projects of UIS undergraduate and graduate students across disciplinary lines in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Presentations will cover a variety of topics, such as the rhetorical meaning of comedic humor, the history of the Civil War, and the interpretation of a 19th century diary through song. The intent is to share the rewards of original research with students and faculty, as well as with Springfield and surrounding area communities. The public is invited to attend and refreshments will be served.

For more information visit www.uis.edu/clas/students/symposium.html or contact Deborah McGregor at 217/206-7439 or email mcgregor.deborah@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Good as Gold Ceremony to honor community volunteers

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) and the Junior League of Springfield (JLS) are excited to announce the second annual Springfield Good as Gold Ceremony, a volunteer recognition event to acknowledge local community members and organizations.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 2010 at 5:15 p.m. (Registration starts at 4:30 p.m.)

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Lobby

DETAILS: This will be an upscale event emceed by Jessica McGee of WICS-TV 20 and Dave Daniels from WDBR 103.7 FM to recognize volunteers who use their time and talent to help improve the lives of others in the Springfield area.

There are several categories for which an individual can be nominated, including an award for Heart of Gold, Distinguished Volunteer, Youth Volunteer, and Organization Agent of Service Award. In addition, at the ceremony the Junior League of Springfield will feature the winner of its Outstanding Graduate Award, recognizing a local female high school junior for her leadership and volunteerism. UIS will also honor one staff or faculty member and one student who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service and volunteerism.

Nomination forms can be filled out or downloaded online at either www.jlsil.org or www.uis.edu/volunteer. Only volunteers living and/or volunteering within Sangamon County will be considered to receive an award.

The deadline to nominate an individual or organization is Friday, March 19, 2010. For more information, contact the UIS Volunteer Center at volunteer@uis.edu or 217-206-7716.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Collegiate Career Fair brings hundreds of job seekers to UIS

Students from the University of Illinois Springfield and three other colleges were treated to a one-stop-shop in finding a job during the 12th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair.

The event was held on Thursday, February 18, 2010, in the Public Affairs Center lobby on the UIS campus. The career fair brought in representatives from approximately 100 area employers, along with approximately 400 students and alumni.

“It’s a really good way to network with about 100 different people in a very short period of time,” said Tammy Craig, Career Services Director.

Beyond information about actual job openings, the fair is designed to provide an open information exchange about different organizations, hiring trends and the best routes to future opportunities.

“I thought this would be a great time to get a practice run at a career fair and also just get experience talking with recruiters from companies,” said Vernon Cail, UIS graduate student in Public Health.

Cail hasn’t decided what he wants to do after graduation, but came to the fair looking for government jobs. Other students like UIS junior accounting major Dara Abina came to the fair with a single goal in mind, to find their dream job.

“We’re in economic times where a lot of people really don’t have jobs and people are coming out here to offer jobs. It’s just an amazing experience,” said Abina.

The UIS Career Development Center has been working with students to prepare them for the fair, so they’d know what to expect. That still couldn’t take away all the nerves.

“It’s kind of like a rush because when you walk up to a table you really don’t know what to say, but it just comes out the right way,” said Abina.

Plans are already in the works for next year’s Collegiate Career Fair, which is a partnership between UIS, Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris College and Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University.

For more information about the Collegiate Career Fair, go online to www.uis.edu/careerservices.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

UIS to host GLVC Basketball Final Four for men and women

The University of Illinois Springfield will host the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) men's and women's basketball tournaments. The final four games of the two tournaments will be held at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on the campus of UIS on March 6 and 7.

"The GLVC is grateful for the support we have received in the Springfield business community for this year's basketball tournament," said GLVC Commissioner Jim Naumovich.

The tournament, in its 13th year, will determine the league's men's and women's champion and the winners of the tournaments will receive the league's automatic berth to the NCAA Division II National Tournament.

"We are extremely excited to be the host for the GLVC final four. Fans are going to see some highly competitive basketball at a very reasonable price," said UIS Athletic Director Rodger Jehlicka.

The GLVC will be returning to a neutral site for the tournament for the first time since 2007. UIS will serve as the neutral site host as the Prairie Stars will not be eligible to compete in the GLVC Tournament until the 2010-11 season.

Tickets for the event can be purchased in advance by contacting UIS at 217-206-7017. For more information on the GLVC tournament and how to purchase tickets click here.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

UIS to hold symposium on arts, humanities and social sciences

The University of Illinois Springfield will be hosting the first annual Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Symposium on April 9 in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus.

Undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty, in the arts, humanities and social sciences are invited to submit abstracts for the symposium. The due date for the submission of abstracts has been extended until March 8.

The purpose of the research symposium is to showcase student research and student/faculty reciprocity in the arts, humanities and social sciences. Members of the community are invited to attend, and students from other campuses also may participate or attend.

Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Chair of Lincoln Studies, will present the keynote address,"The Joys of Conducting Original Research, or what new can be said about Abraham Lincoln?" There will also be poster sessions as well as oral presentations, and prizes will be awarded.

Potential participants should visit http://www.uis.edu/clas/students/symposium.html for forms and information on abstract parameters and poster board sessions as well as general information about the symposium.

For more information, contact Deborah McGregor at mcgregor.deborah@uis.edu.

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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, December 7, 2009

UIS Theatre presents student-directed scenes

UIS Theatre will be presenting student-directed scenes on Tuesday, December 8 and Wednesday, December 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. Admission for the event is free, and it is open to the public.

The scenes will be from contemporary American plays and directed by UIS Theatre students. The scene presentations are part of the final project for students enrolled in the course "THE/COM 476, Directing for the Theatre."

Scenes will be presented from the following plays:

Proof by David Auburn, directed by Jessica J. Fraser

Fences by August Wilson, directed by Bianca Shaw

Lone Star by James McLure, directed by Matt Craven

The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, directed by Carol Schulte

Butterflies are Free by Leonard Gershe, directed by An Mowers

Apartment 3A by Jeff Daniels, directed by Ben Beams

Women of Manhattan by John Patrick Shanley, directed by Karina Diaz

Reasons to be Pretty by Neil LaBute, directed by Dug Hall

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Holiday Stars Project to donate thousands of pounds of food to Foodbank

WHAT: The UIS Holiday Stars Project will be presenting food collected throughout the month of November to the Central Illinois Foodbank.

WHEN: Thursday, December 3, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE: The Public Affairs Center conference room C/D on the lower level of the PAC on the UIS campus

DETAILS: The UIS Holiday Stars Project is a month-long food drive benefitting the Central Illinois Foodbank. The project was first started in 2008, when more than 4,000 pounds of food was collected and donated to the Foodbank. Food collected this year has already surpassed the amount collected last year.

In addition to collecting food on campus, students also involve the community through a “Trick or Eat” competition. On Halloween night, fourteen student groups from UIS collected 4450.1 pounds of food.

On Thursday, all of the food collected from this year’s project will be loaded into a truck from the Central Illinois Foodbank to assist families from the 21 counties serviced by the Foodbank.

For more information, contact Kelly Thompson, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, at 217/206-8448 or kthom03s@uis.edu.

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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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Thursday, November 19, 2009

UIS Music program presents Fall Showcase Concert

For a musical tour around the world, UIS students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to attend the UIS Music Fall Showcase Concert on Friday, Dec. 4, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

The event will feature music from a variety of countries, cultures and historical periods. Highlights include selections from Russia, China, Germany, and New Orleans plus songs sung in Swahili and Hebrew.

The evening begins with a pre-concert lecture by UIUC musicology student Jessica Davis of Urbana in the lobby outside the PAC Studio Theatre from 7 to 7:20 p.m. Doors will open for the concert following the lecture, and refreshments will be served after the performance.

The Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Todd Cranson, will open the evening with music of John Robichaux’s 19th Century New Orleans Dance Orchestra. This music was all the rage at high society dances around the turn of the 20th Century and competed and comingled with early jazz in the Crescent City.

Following the Chamber Orchestra, the Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Sharon Graf, will perform numerous selections from around the world including Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” performed with the Chamber Orchestra.

The program concludes with selections by Sousa, Wagner, and more performed by the UIS Concert Band.

The Showcase Concert is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome and will benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Award.

The current UIS Music program began in 2001 and is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as Springfield community members, all with a variety of skill levels. Anyone interested in joining the UIS Chorus, Band or Chamber Orchestra may contact Sharon Graf or Todd Cranson by emailing music@uis.edu or calling (217) 206-6240.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hunger Banquet spotlights problems in U.S. and around the world

The University of Illinois Springfield Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center hosted the 5th annual Oxfam America Hunger Banquet in the Student Life Building Gym on Monday, November 16, 2009.

The featured speaker at the event was Joel Berg, executive director of the New York City Coalition Against Hunger and author of the book “All You Can Eat”. Berg spoke on campus during National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

“The reason we’re hosting it is on campus we’re trying to highlight that 1 in 6 individuals in the world today suffers from hunger, so we want to really raise awareness on our campus about hunger and homelessness,” said Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

UIS student volunteers helped to organize the Hunger Banquet where participants were broken up into different groups. Students that were selected to be low-income ate on the floor only receiving rice, while those selected to be higher income ate at the table.

“I am one of those children that came from a poverty stricken neighborhood, so I think giving back to the community is a very good thing,” said Monique Johnson, UIS sophomore social work major.

Berg says raising awareness about hunger is key to stopping the problem, but that’s not all that needs to be done.

“We really strongly believe that in New York City or here in downstate Illinois you cannot end this problem with just a little more charity alone. You need government leadership and a change in our economic policies,” said Berg.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Students to be inducted into National Criminal Justice Honor Society

WHAT: Seven new members will be inducted into the Epsilon Chi Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society.

WHEN: November 17, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center (PAC) Conference Room G

DETAILS: Alpha Phi Sigma, the only national honor society for criminal justice majors, recognizes the academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one-third of the total hours required for graduation and must maintain specified grade-point averages overall and in the major. Inductees include Jeremy Carnes, Gregory Foster, Rebecca Garrett, Jeffrey Jacobs, Gregory Payne, Leslie Reutter, and Monica Summers. Leanne Brecklin, associate professor of Criminal Justice at UIS, serves as chapter adviser.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

UIS hosts fair that helps students continue education

The University of Illinois Springfield Career Development Center and Office of Alumni Relations hosted the second annual UIS Graduate and Professional School Fair on Thursday, November 5, 2009 in the PAC concourse.

The event brought 31 graduate and professional schools from Illinois and the Midwest to the UIS campus.

“We’re having this because many of our students as undergrads are trying to decide what they’re going to do after graduation and what is required to meet their career goals,” said Gale Kilbury, UIS Career Counselor.

The fair allowed students to meet with many representatives at once and gain valuable information in a short amount of time.

“Definitely having them all here in one location is more efficient for us students than having to contact them all via e-mail or trying to go to all the schools and have an orientation,” said Teela Whyte, UIS senior social work major.

Kilbury says having a graduate degree will increase student’s marketability and help them land a better job in the career path they choose.

For more information contact Gale Kilbury in the UIS Career Development Center at 217/206-6508 or gkilb01s@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Students honored during 2009 Scholarship Luncheon

The University of Illinois Springfield honored more than 100 scholarship donors and their recipients during the 2009 Scholarship Luncheon on Tuesday, November 3, 2009 in the Sangamon Auditorium lobby.

Nearly $200,000 in funds for scholarships come from donors who make an annual commitment to help UIS students pay for their education.

"For many of them it's the very first time that they will meet. For some of these students and donors they will form lifetime relationships," said Vicki Megginson, Associate Chancellor 0f Development.

UIS students apply for scholarships online through the Office of Financial Aid. The campus has a uniform application system that only requires a student to apply once. The information they submit is then matched with eligible scholarships.

"To get somebody to help me is very honorable. Ultimately I want to achieve my bachelor's degree in mathematical science, so I’m going to use that to teach," said Simon Wilson, UIS junior and scholarship recipient.

"I really appreciate what they've done for us and getting a scholarship really helps a student get through college and not having to worry about your finances and being able to concentrate on your academics," said Ivy Ingram, UIS senior and scholarship recipient.

For a full list of scholarship winners click here.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

International Festival brings world to UIS campus

The University of Illinois Springfield hosted the 32nd Annual International Festival on Sunday, October 25, 2009 in the Public Affairs Center.

The festival allowed participants to take a trip around the world in only a matter of minutes. Each PAC conference room was organized to be a different part of the world with Asian, European, American and African culture represented.

Students and community members preformed music and dance from different parts of the world in the Studio Theatre. Springfield restaurants donated native food for visitors to enjoy.

“Having people from different parts of the world interact with each other, learn from each other, appreciate one another is not only educational, but it helps us to get along better with one another,” said Rick Lane, UIS Director of International Student Services.

The International Festival has grown each year and organizers say more than 500 visitors took part in this year’s festival.

The theme for the International Festival was “Dancing Under the Stars” in recognition of the International Year of Astronomy.

Watch a slideshow featuring the International Festival: http://www.uis.edu/sightsandsounds/slideshows/international09/index.html

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Friday, October 23, 2009

UIS Peoria Center to hold open house at new location

The University of Illinois Springfield is celebrating its new downtown Peoria location by hosting an open house. The Peoria Center is located inside the Illinois Central College Perley Building, Room 120, 115 Southwest Adams Street in Peoria. The open house will take place on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. and is open to UIS alumni and friends. The new space will provide a central location and more room to allow the center to continue providing place-bound working adults with affordable, convenient way to pursue their dreams.

The UIS Peoria Center had long been located on the ICC campus before the move and will mark 34 years in the city this year. Since its establishment in 1975, more than 2,426 area students have graduated from the degree programs at the Center. The programs offered have changed over the years, but the focus has remained on providing Peoria area working adults the opportunity to earn a degree and enhance their career options.

“The programs we offer in Peoria are business related in direct response to demand,” said Jana Wise, director of the UIS Peoria Center. “Our students, most of whom are not only working full-time but raising families, tell us it’s a tremendous opportunity to earn a U of I degree from an accredited College of Business and not have to leave Peoria.”

The programs currently offered at the UIS Peoria Center are a bachelor of arts degree in Accountancy; a bachelor of arts degree in Management; a bachelor of arts in Criminal Justice; a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA), and a minor in Management Information Systems. In addition, three business degree completion programs are offered entirely online, a bachelor’s degree in Economics, bachelor’s in Business Administration (BBA), and the Master of Science degree in Management Information Systems.

Most classes at the UIS Peoria Center are offered evenings and weekends, which accommodates working students and also the faculty. The same faculty who teach on the main campus in Springfield drive to Peoria to teach in the evenings. The business courses offered in their programs are relevant to issues impacting the economy, such as Technology, Management, Forensic Accounting, and Global Leadership.

For more information contact Jana Wise, director of the UIS Peoria Center at 309/999-4250 or wise.jana@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

"Love Your Body Day" Fair teaches positive body image

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Women’s Center held a “Love Your Body Day” Fair on Wednesday, October 21, 2009 in the PAC Concourse to teach students about positive body image.

Women were able to create buttons with phrases such as “This is why I’m hot” and "I'm a big deal because..." to give them a sense of empowerment.

"In our culture we have so much attention and it grows all the time being paid to the outer person, to the body, to the image," said UIS Women's Center Director Lynn Otterson.

The UIS Women’s Issues Caucus also sold “This is what feminists look like” t-shirts and the Alpha Phi Omega club sold pink cupcakes as part of breast cancer awareness month.

UIS Recreational Sports taught participants about the effects of nutritional supplements and how to find your “happy weight”.

“Love Your Body Day” is part of a national annual event, which UIS celebrates each year.

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Theatre open auditions for Student-Directed Scenes

WHAT: Students who are currently taking THE/COM 476, Directing for the Theatre will be holding open auditions for their final project scenes.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 28 from 3:45pm – 6pm and Thursday, October 29 from 2pm – 4:30pm in the University of Illinois Springfield VPA Room 170.

DETAILS: Everyone is welcome to audition; auditions will consist of cold readings from the various plays directed by the students.

For more information contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson at mthom1@uis.edu.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

"Girls under the Hood" teaches car care lessons

Have you ever wondered how to change a flat tire or check your oil or tire pressure? The University of Illinois Springfield Women’s Center hosted a “Girls under the Hood” event on Thursday, October 8 to answer some of those questions.

Guest mechanics from Green Toyota Scion Audi Volkswagen started out by giving the ladies an overview of what to know, what to do, and how to talk to a mechanic. Participants then popped the hood on a Toyota Camry to do some hands on learning.

"Since a lot of the students come in and regularly don't know how to maintain their car because usually their fathers, brothers, uncles or maintenance people take care of it they may not be familiar with how to take care of it during the winter months," said Women's Center Graduate Assistant Lisa Koerkenmeier.

Students who attended the event were entered into a drawing with a chance to win free car detailing or a car maintenance gift basket.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

UIS Chorus to perform at Springfield's Vachel Lindsay Home

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Sharon Graf, will perform at the Vachel Lindsay Home in Springfield.

WHEN: Saturday, October 17, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.

WHERE: 603 South 5th Street, Springfield, Illinois

ADDITIONAL INFO: This will be the vocal group’s first performance of the semester and the first ever at the historic home of poet Nicholas Vachel Lindsay.

The event will feature music from a variety of countries, cultures and historical periods. Highlights include songs from Russia, China, and a selection sung in Swahili.

The current UIS Chorus program began in 2001 and is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni as well as Springfield community members, all with a variety of skill levels. After the Vachel Lindsay event, the next Chorus performance will be at the UIS Showcase Concert, which features the Chorus, Chamber Orchestra and Band and will be held at the PAC Studio Theatre at the University of Illinois at Springfield campus on December 4, 2009, at 7:30 p.m.

For more information on the UIS Chorus or the upcoming performance contact Dr. Sharon Graf at 217/206-6240 or by e-mail at music@uis.edu.

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Monday, October 5, 2009

UIS raises pride flag as part of National Coming Out Week

The University of Illinois Springfield is celebrating National Coming Out Week on campus by showing its pride. A group of students, faculty and staff gathered in front of the Public Affairs Center to raise a rainbow-colored flag Monday, October, 5, 2009.

The first pride flag raising ceremony was held three years ago on campus and the celebration has been growing ever since. UIS Chancellor Richard D. Ringeisen issued a statement in support of the LGBTQ community at UIS calling them "important members of the entire university community."

“I think for an institution to display our pride flag so publicly is very important and it really says we’re not ashamed to have you here, we’re proud of you,” said UIS student Renee Rathjen.

“This is just another example of showing this is a very inclusive university that everyone has value to us,” said Ringeisen

The flag will fly over campus for the entire week.

Other National Coming Out Week Events:

Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Meet the Author, Dr. Pierceson Book Signing, 4:00pm PAC Lobby

Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Speak Out 1:00-5:00 UIS Quad

Friday, October 9, 2009
Safe Zone Training Phase 1 - 1:00-4:00 pm, PAC C/D (registrations reqd.)

For more information contact the LGBTQ Resource Office at 217/206-8316 or e-mail: LGBTQ@uis.edu.

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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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Friday, September 25, 2009

Toastmasters Club key to student success

The University of Illinois Springfield Career Development Center is working to improve the public speaking skills of students. The center has started a Toastmasters Club to bring in professional mentors from the community to work with students.

Employee Relations Recruitment Coordinator Rachel Hasenyager started the club. She says the skills that students are learning are key in job interviews. During the meeting students are called on to perform impromptu “table top” speeches. Students have a limited amount of time to talk about a subject they may know little about.

The Toastmasters Club also teaches students how to participate in the setting of a formal meeting. Every participant is introduced to the audience before they begin speaking.

Hasenyager says she hopes the club will also help teach leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

Students also get the chance to network with the professional mentors brought in from the community. Hasenyager hopes that will pay off once they’ve graduated and are looking for a job.

The club meets every other Friday at Noon in the Student Affairs Building (SAB) Room 50. The next meeting will be on October 9th, followed by October 23rd.

Toastmasters will welcome Springfield native Ed Hearn, who was crowned the 2006 World Champion of Public Speaking by Toastmasters International. Hearn will present his award-winning speech on Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 8:00 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center Restaurant.

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Monday, September 21, 2009

Networking: Strategic Alliances workshop

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Career Development Center presents Networking: Strategic Alliances "Collect Success Partners".

WHEN: Monday, September 28, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Sangamon Auditorium Lobby on UIS Campus

ADDITIONAL INFO: Join the UIS Career Development Center, Office of UIS Alumni Relations, and Springfield Chamber of Commerce for a night of networking how-tos. Learn the tips and tricks of building your career network from hospitality expert, Beth Reutter. Enjoy refreshments while building your career network with other students, alumni, faculty, staff, Chamber of Commerce members, and other community professionals.

Don't wait for graduation or your next job search to begin building your career network. Build those connections now and be ready when opportunity knocks! Make sure to get started during our event. According to the recent NACE Job Outlook 2010 Fall Preview survey, employers are planning to trim college hiring by 7%. In another NACE Survey, nearly 70% of college seniors cited networking as an extremely useful career tool. So what are you waiting for? Sign up for the event today and start your network now!

Professional business attire is strongly recommended.

For more information about the presentation contact Kristen Chenoweth, Communication Program Coordinator at 217/206-6501 or kchen01s@uis.edu.

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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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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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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

UIS Career Development Center hosts Foot in the Door Fair

The Career Development Center at the University of Illinois Springfield will sponsor the 2009 “Foot in the Door” Fair for UIS students interested in part-time jobs, internships and volunteer opportunities – both on- and off-campus – from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 27, in the lower level concourse area of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free to all UIS students.

The “Foot in the Door” Fair is intended to bring students and local employers or organizations together to discuss career opportunities in a broad range of available positions.

A partial list of off-campus employers attending include State Farm Insurance, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum and the Illinois Policy Institute. On-campus employers attending include UIS Athletics, UIS Recreational Sports, Brookens Library and UIS’ Office of Graduate Intern Programs. The complete listing of employers and other event details can be found online at www.uis.edu/careerservices.

The Career Development Center will also have a table at the event where students can come to ask any questions they may have. Students are encouraged to bring their resumes and networking cards to the event and should be prepared to briefly outline their education, experience, goals and what types of positions they are interested in. A business casual dress code will be observed.

Additionally, the UIS Career Development Center will be holding walk-in hours on Monday, August 24, Tuesday, August 25, and Wednesday, August 26, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Student Affairs Building (SAB) 50, during which students can receive resume help and other suggestions to prepare for the event.

Students who cannot attend the event can go to the Career Development Center’s Web site and use UIS CareerConnect, a job and internship posting system, to find on- and off-campus jobs and internships, upload their resumes, as well as schedule an appointment with the Career Development Center.

For more information about the “Foot in the Door” Fair, go online to www.uis.edu/careerservices/foot_fair/foot_recruiter.html or call the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508. Individuals requesting disability related accommodations should also contact the UIS Career Development Center.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

UIS to host tech camp for middle-school girls

The University of Illinois at Springfield’s Computer Science Department will be holding Girl Tech 2009, a technology camp for middle-school girls, on Thursday, June 18 and Friday, June 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the University Hall Building on the UIS campus.

The camp will offer sessions on programming, robotics, computer networking, iMovie, Photoshop and computer hardware. A partial list of sessions includes Cartoons Galore!, Persona Magazine, Wireless Treasure Hunt and Robotics at the Robot Zoo. Instructors of the sessions are female faculty members in the UIS Computer Science Department and Visual Arts Department, as well as staff members in Information Technology Services.

Classes begin at 9 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Before and after camp activities are planned to allow camp participants to stay the entire day.

To be eligible, students must be entering 7th, 8th or 9th grade in the fall. The registration fee is $20 per girl, which covers lunch both days, snacks and a participation T-shirt.

For more information about specific sessions and to obtain the registration form, go online to http://csc.uis.edu/girltech2009.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Voices in Praise choir to perform at Six Flags St. Louis

The Voices in Praise choir at the University of Illinois at Springfield, along with other choirs and groups, will be participating in Gospel Fest with the Spirit of Praise 2009 on Saturday, May 9, in St. Louis. The choirs will perform live in front of an audience and a panel of judges at Six Flags St. Louis for a chance to open for renowned artist Kirk Franklin.

Voices In Praise will be singing “My Name is Victory” and “If It Wasn’t For Your Grace.”

Voices in Praise has performed at various local events such as the “Amazing Grace” event at the Old State Capitol and Lincoln’s Tomb in celebration of Lincoln’s 200th birthday and the “Do the Right Thing” Festival for the Springfield Urban League. They have also performed at Living Word Fellowship Ministries and Abundant Faith, the Healing Waters Reception, the grand opening of the new Springfield Urban League Studio and Faith AME Church in February for the Black History Month Women's Breakfast.

Future endeavors for the choir include singing at the Graduating Seniors Capitol Honors Breakfast for the Capitol Honors Scholars Program at UIS on Saturday, May 16.

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Alpha Phi Sigma honor society to hold inductions

Induction ceremonies for four new members of the Epsilon Chi Chapter of Alpha Phi Sigma at the University of Illinois at Springfield, the national criminal justice honor society, will be held at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 26, in the Public Affairs Center restaurant on the UIS campus. A dinner will accompany the induction ceremonies.

Alpha Phi Sigma, the only national honor society for criminal justice majors, recognizes the academic excellence of undergraduate and graduate students. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one-third of the total hours required for graduation and must maintain specified grade-point averages overall and in the major.

Students being inducted are Ashley Douglas, Kaila McKenzie, Leslie Ochoa and Joe Sawyer. Leanne Brecklin, associate professor of Criminal Justice at UIS, serves as chapter adviser.

The ceremony will also honor 12 members who are graduating this academic year: Joe Dattoli, Ashley Douglas, Michelle Edwards, Karen Harrold, Jon Hartwig, Shane Hibbs, Jennifer Lamb, Anthony Mikels, Audra O’Brien, Howard Purdue, Nicole Reynolds and Samantha Wood.

UIS’ Criminal Justice department is housed within the College of Public Affairs and Administration and offers the baccalaureate degree and undergraduate minor.

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Friday, March 13, 2009

9th annual Science Research Symposium

The University of Illinois at Springfield’s ninth annual Science Research Symposium – featuring presentations on applied or theoretical research by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in science programs at UIS and other four-year colleges in the area – will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 17, on the UIS campus. The symposium is free and open to the public.

Awards will be presented for the best student posters and oral presentations. College-level science presentations are welcome from schools outside UIS. The presentations and a keynote address will be held in Brookens Auditorium, located in the lower level of Brookens Library.

The keynote speaker is Dr. Peter Ward, professor of Paleontology from the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, who will speak on “Extinctions: Past, Present, and Future” from 3 to 4 p.m. A reception for Dr. Ward will immediately follow the keynote program.

UIS began hosting the symposium in 2001 to recognize the growing number of college students engaged in research projects. Dr. Rebecca Landsberg, UIS assistant professor of Biology and symposium co-coordinator, noted, “The symposium aims to encourage scientific dialog and inform the academic community of scientific research conducted at UIS and neighboring campuses. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students and faculty involved in applied or theoretical research. We particularly encourage presentations by students.”

Other goals include promoting community interest in scientific research and inviting nationally recognized scholars to share information about their own research.

The deadline to submit an abstract is March 27. For details, including format, guidelines and registration, go to www.uis.edu/biology/. The registration fee for presenters is $10; however the fee is waived for students who are members of biology or chemistry student clubs.

Symposium sponsors at UIS are the Biology, Chemistry and Clinical Laboratory Science programs, the Speaker’s Fund, the Research Board and student science clubs.

For more information, contact Landsberg at 217/206-7338 or rland3@uis.edu, or Dr. Yash Mhaskar, assistant professor of Chemistry and symposium co-coordinator, at 217/206-7336 or ymhas2@uis.edu.

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Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Voices in Praise Choir to participate in Old State Capitol event

The Voices In Praise Choir (VIP) from the University of Illinois at Springfield will be one of eight to ten local choirs participating in the “Amazing Grace – A Time of Spirituals” event at the Old State Capitol on Saturday, February 7. The event will run all day with singing from the local choirs and a showing of the movie Amazing Grace, which details the ending of the slave trade in Europe through William Wilberforce.

The day will culminate with all of the choirs joining together at President Abraham Lincoln’s Tomb to sing “Amazing Grace.” The event commemorates Lincoln’s 200th birthday and celebrates the end of slavery.

The Voice in Praise Choir will perform at 11 a.m. at the Old State Capitol and will sing four pieces: “Down by the Riverside,” “Swing Low,” “Wade in the Water” and “Kum Ba Yah.”

The choir will also be performing the same selections at the Faith Temple AME Church during its annual Black History Month Breakfast on February 28 at 10 a.m.

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Monday, February 2, 2009

11th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair to be held at UIS

The career planning and placement offices of the University of Illinois at Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris College and Springfield College in Illinois/Benedictine University will host the 11th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 19, in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The primary audience for the free event is current students and alumni of the four participating institutions.

Representatives from approximately 100 area employers are expected to be on hand. A partial list of those already confirmed includes Archer Daniels Midland, Illinois workNet Center, and Scentsy.

Tammy Craig, director of the Career Development Center at UIS, noted, “This is the most high profile event held on campus for students who would like to talk with local and national businesses as well as agencies of the local, state and federal government. The professional atmosphere gives students the chance to make positive first impressions on company representatives.” Craig added that, in addition to searching for a job, students are encouraged to attend the fair for networking and gathering general information.

Beyond information about actual job openings, the fair is designed to provide an open information exchange about different organizations, hiring trends and the best routes to future opportunities. For potential employers, it is a chance to disseminate pertinent information and to develop a pool of candidates interested in future opportunities, internships and summer openings as well as permanent employment.

Information for students, alumni and others: Pre-registration is not required; business-casual attire is required and participants should bring copies of their resumes to the fair. UIS’ Career Development Center is also offering opportunities for advance preparation with several programs. “Career Fair Prep Expo: Making the Most of Career Fairs” will be held in the Public Affairs Center, across from the Food Emporium, on Thursday, February 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 4:30 to 6 p.m., and on Friday, February 6, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Just In Time Career Fair Prep Workshop” is on Wednesday, February 11, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Career Development Center, Student Affairs Building 50, and a workshop on “Recession Proof Job Search Techniques,” sponsored by the University of Illinois Alumni Association, is on February 18, from 5 to 6 p.m. in the Career Development Center.

For current UIS students and Career Development Center clients, a “Last Chance Resume Critique” will be held on Friday, February 13, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Career Development Center.

Information for employers: Advance registration is required. Free booth space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online at http://www.uis.edu/careerservices. For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

UIS’ Career Development Center is located in room 50 of the Student Affairs Building, phone 217/206-6508. An updated list of employers participating in the Career Fair, as well as the web-based programs UIS-SUCCESS and CareerSearch are available on the center’s website at http://www.uis.edu/careerservices.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Art Students League Holiday Sale

  • 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Thursday, December 11
  • PAC concourse
  • Artwork and art supplies

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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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Monday, December 8, 2008

Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) training for women

Free 12-hour self-defense course for all UIS women students, staff, and faculty
  • Wednesday evenings in February (Feb. 4, 11, 18, & 25)
  • 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Led by Sgt. Mike Stuart and Ofc. Amanda Baughman of the UIS Police
Contact the UIS Women's Center at 6-7173 or womenscenter@uis.edu to enroll.

Learn more about RAD

For more information on acquaintance and stranger rape prevention as well as rape survivor support, information and referrals, contact the Women's Center.

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Thursday, December 4, 2008

Playing Shakespeare

2 p.m., Tuesday, December 9, in VPA 170, the Acting Studio

Students will perform two contrasting Shakespearean monologs -- "audition packages" that are a major piece of their work in the course.

For details, contact Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson at 6-6613.

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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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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Veggie Club art show

Accepting submissions through 5 p.m., Wednesday, December 3
Artwork should relate to nature, animals, or vegetarianism
  • Exhibit runs December 3 to 5, in Brookens concourse
  • Opening night reception begins at 6 p.m.
  • 1st and 2nd place prizes awarded
For more information, contact Ashleen Woods at awood03s@uis.edu

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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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Monday, November 10, 2008

Bookstore Grand Opening

UIS' new bookstore will celebrate its Grand Opening in Founders Hall on Thursday, November 13.
  • Ribbon cutting ceremony at 11 a.m.
  • Discounts on clothing and gift items
  • Refreshments
  • Prizes

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Sustainability brown bag

"Save Time, Save Money, Save Trees: Conserve Your Limited Resources through Office Sustainability"

noon to 1 p.m., Thursday, December 4, PAC F

Speaker: Rose Schweikhart Cranson, dean's assistant, College of Public Affairs & Administration

Next program: February 4. Jamie McGill, campus recycling coordinator, will talk about Recycling at UIS.

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Campus blood drive

  • 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 19
  • Bloodmobile will be parked near Lincoln Residence Hall
  • If you have questions about donating, call 753-1530.
  • Walk-ins are welcome, but to schedule an appointment, call Jessica at 753-1530 x 6814 or sign up online.
Central Illinois Community Blood Center is the only blood provider to 19 central Illinois hospitals, including Memorial Medical Center and St. John's Hospital in Springfield.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2008

UIS to display paintings by UN award-winning artist

"One Night of Grace," paintings by Nigerian artist Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, will be on display in the Student Access Gallery at the University of Illinois at Springfield from Monday, November 17, through Friday, November 21. (The painting "One Night of Grace" is shown at left.)

An artist's talk beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 18, will be held in conference room H of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. A reception will also be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 20, in the Access Gallery, which is located in the Visual and Performing Arts Building on the east side of the campus. Get directions

The exhibit, artist's talk, and reception are all free and open to the public.

The events are sponsored by the UIS Art Students League; co-sponsors are the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services and Springfield School District 186.

Alao recently took first place in the prestigious United Nations International Art Competition. His winning entry, "Girls and a Greener Environment," chronicles the life of a young girl from infancy to adulthood, and the values she acquires along the way.

His paintings have been exhibited in this country at a number of venues, including the Harvard Business School, the Indianapolis Art Center, the Martin Luther King Art Center, the African Unity Festival, the Nigerian Consulate, the Nigerian Embassy, the United Nations headquarters, the World Bank headquarters, and the Empire State Building. His work has been published by the Metropolitan Museum and the Smithsonian Institution.

Alao is currently touring the United States with his art, working with school-aged children, and giving talks about the mystery and magic of Africa.

For more information about the exhibit at UIS, contact Dannyl Madura, Art Students League president, at 217/220-2320 or dmadu2@uis.edu.

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Friday, October 31, 2008

31st annual International Festival will focus on "Harvest Celebrations around the World"

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host its 31st Annual International Festival, this year focusing on "Harvest Celebrations around the World," from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 16. The event is free and open to the public.

The festival will feature cultural performances and exhibits, plus a variety of ethnic foods from local restaurants. All activities will take place in the lower-levels of the Public Affairs Center and Library on the UIS campus.

This year, in "theme park" fashion, each room will represent a different part of the world with continual performances, food, and exhibits presented together. Programs will be available to help participants visit the celebrations of their choice. The theme of "celebrating the harvest" is intended to illustrate how people in other countries observe their equivalent of America's Thanksgiving holiday.

For more information, contact the UIS Office of International Student Services at 217/206-6678 or send an e-mail to iss@uis.edu.

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Tuesday, October 28, 2008

UIS among host sites for international programming contest

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host a round of competition in an international programming contest on Saturday, November 1. Spectators are welcome.

Sponsored by IBM and the Association for Computing Machinery, the 33rd annual ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest – also known as the Global "Battle of the Brains" Software Competition – sets three-member teams of university students against each other in a competition to solve real-world problems.

The event has become the largest and most prestigious competition of its kind, each year attracting thousands of students – including some of the world's finest students in computing sciences and engineering – from universities around the world. Ninety winning teams from regional contests, held from September to December, will advance to the World Finals, which for 2009 will be hosted by KTH – Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden.

At UIS, 18 teams from eight colleges and universities will compete. Teams will meet for registration and welcome from 9 to 10 a.m. in Brookens Auditorium, lower level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. Team members, special guests, and a representative from IBM will be introduced and the competition will begin at 12:30 p.m. An awards ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium will present ribbons to the top four teams and prizes to the top three teams. The UIS Computer Science Club will host the event, which is sponsored locally by UIS, Novanis, and Capitol Strategies.

Last year, five teams from the UIS competition site placed among the top 10 in the Midwest Regionals and two teams from the UIS competition attended the World Finals.

For more information about the UIS competition, contact Laszlo Acs, past-president of the UIS Computer Science Club, at 622-5398.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

UIS to host first annual Graduate and Professional School Fair

The Career Development Center at the University of Illinois at Springfield will host the first annual Graduate and Professional School Fair on Thursday, November 6, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

The Graduate and Professional School Fair will connect UIS students, alumni, and community members with representatives of higher educational institutions from many disciplines. Participating recruiters include the University of Illinois at Springfield, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, SIU School of Medicine, Western Illinois University, Eastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University School of Law, Bradley University, and Illinois State University's Mennonite College of Nursing.

"Participants will have the opportunity to learn about the different graduate programs that are available, discuss program requirements, and network with recruiters to gain valuable insight and contacts," said Tammy Craig, director of the UIS Career Development Center.

In the afternoon, three breakout sessions will be held in PAC in conference room C/D. They include: Deciding to go to Grad School (12:30 to 1 p.m.); The Grad School Application Process (1:30 to 2 p.m.), and a Panel Discussion/Q&A Session (2 to 3:30 p.m.)

Advance registration is not required; however, registration tables will be available at the event to provide participants with event materials, nametags, and other information. Individuals requesting disability-related accommodations should contact the UIS Career Development Center prior to the event.

For more information, contact the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

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Sustainability Brown Bag Series

A new monthly event sponsored by the Senate Committee on Sustainability

  • "Sustainability Initiatives at Food Service" - noon to 1 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, PAC G
Speakers: Alan Barnhart, food service Administrator, and Howard Seidel, executive chef. Presentation will also discuss the Local Food Initiative.

  • "Save Time, Save Money, Save Trees: Conserve Your Limited Resources through Office Sustainability" – time and place tba, Wednesday, December 4
Speaker: Rose Schweikhart Cranson, dean's assistant, College of Public Affairs and Administration

For more information, contact Tih-Fen Ting, SCS chair, at 6-7876 or TTing1@uis.edu.

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Campus Adobe Day

Representatives from the U of I Software WebStore and Adobe will be on hand to present free workshops that explore Adobe Creative Suite 4’s new features and functionality.

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday, November 3, PAC C/D

Three sessions:
  • 9:30-11:30 a.m. See how Creative Suite Design Premium enables a cross-media workflow
  • Noon-1 p.m. Learn how to move your projects into the digital age quickly and effectively
  • 1:30-3:30 p.m. Empower learning with PDF and Adobe Acrobat 9
Seating is limited; register for one or all of the sessions and get additional information

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