Thursday, April 22, 2010

UIS Chamber Orchestra to present Early 20th Century Dance Music Program

WHAT: The UIS Chamber Orchestra will perform turn-of-the-century dance orchestra music from the John Robichaux collection.

WHEN: Saturday, May 1, 2010 from 6-9 p.m.

WHERE: Dana-Thomas House, 301 E. Lawrence Avenue, Springfield, IL 62703

DETAILS: Robichaux established himself as the premiere dance orchestra leader in New Orleans, from 1891 into the 1930’s. The John Robichaux Orchestra was active at the time of early jazz in New Orleans.

UIS Chamber Orchestra director Todd Cranson also directs the UIS Bands and serves as the Artistic Director of the Vintage Brass Band in Springfield, IL. His interest in 19th century American band music and the Creole Romantic composers of New Orleans sparked the idea to perform dance music from the Robichaux collection at Springfield’s Dana-Thomas House which was built in 1904. According to Cranson, “this event will allow our community a special opportunity to experience an exquisite intermingling of music, dance, architecture, and history.”

The UIS Chamber Orchestra is open to students, staff, faculty, and local community musicians. For information about getting involved, e-mail and visit

Deborah Hyland of St. Louis will offer period dance lessons during the evening, so that the music may be enjoyed as it was originally intended. Hyland is a folk dance educator, who has taught dance to a wide range of audiences in the St. Louis area and beyond since 1991.

Admission of $5 per person at the door; includes music, dance lessons and refreshments. No advance reservations required. Lawn chairs welcome if the evening weather is pleasant.

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Walk and talk at Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon: "Birds of Emiquon"

WHAT: A public seminar entitled “Birds of Emiquon” will be presented by Tharran Hobson, an Illinois River Restoration Manager with The Nature Conservancy.

WHEN: Thursday, April 29, 2010 at 5 p.m.

WHERE: Alfred O. and Barbara Cordwell Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon (formerly the Emiquon Field Station) near Lewistown, Illinois

DETAILS: Hobson will present a short orientation to bird watching, and then guide visitors on a walk up the bluff behind the Field Station. Bird sightings and photography will be possible. “This time of year is good for migrant warblers in the uplands,” notes Hobson. Visitors are advised to dress appropriately for hiking and bring binoculars.

UIS’ Therkildsen Field Station is at The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Preserve, located between Havana, IL and Lewistown, IL near the Dickson Mounds Museum. The program is free and open to the public; reservations are not required. Entrance to the field station is on Prairie Road, located off Illinois Rts. 97/78, approximately one-and-a-half miles north of the Dickson Mounds turnoff. A sign will be posted at the turnoff and a map is also available online at

Everyone entering the property will be asked to sign a liability waiver. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and must have their waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Rain date is May 6 at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Hua Chen, Interim Director of the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, at or (217) 206-8339.

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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 or call 217-206-6463. You may also visit the Springfest website at

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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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Wednesday, January 27, 2010

UIS Theatre to hold open auditions for spring production

UIS Theatre will be holding open auditions for the spring 2010 production of The Runner Stumbles by Milan Stitt, directed by Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson. All theatre artists are invited to audition for roles or apply for work offstage.

The auditions will be held Sunday, January 31 and Monday, February 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center (PAC). Callbacks will be held Tuesday, February 2. Performance dates for the production will be April 23, 24 and 25, and April 29, 30 and May 1.

During auditions, actors are asked to fill out the audition form upon arrival. Auditions will consist of "cold readings" from the script. Prepared monologues and resumes are appreciated but are not required. Roles are available for four women and five men.

Scripts are available for reserve check-out in Brookens Library, and also for check-out with a $10 refundable deposit in the Communications Department office, located in University Hall 3010.

Those interested in working backstage (stage managers, props crew, sound research, costumes, dresser and running crew) are asked to attend one night of auditions to fill out an audition form and indicate an area of interest. Thibodeaux-Thompson will take a few moments to meet with those interested to discuss the area of interest.

For more information, contact Thibodeaux-Thompson at or 217/206-8307.

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Monday, October 19, 2009

UIS Women's Center Hosts "Love Your Body Day" Fair

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Women’s Center will hold a “Love Your Body Day” Fair as part of the national annual event

WHEN: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

WHERE: Public Affairs Center Concourse (PAC) on UIS campus

DETAILS: Everyone is welcome to participate in the fair and will have the opportunity to create buttons with phrases such as “This is why I’m hot” and “I’m kind of a big deal because…” all in an effort to promote healthy body image. The Women’s Center will also be handing out information highlighting “10 Steps to Positive Body Image.”

The UIS Women’s Issues Caucus (WIC) club will have a table at the event selling “This is what feminist look like” t-shirts and promoting their domestic violence cell phone “Light Vigil” on the UIS Quad taking place on October 28, 2009 at 9:30 p.m.

The UIS Alpha Phi Omega club will focus on breast cancer awareness by selling pink cupcakes. All the proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for cancer research.

UIS Recreational Sports will be talking about the effects supplements have on the body. They’ll also have information about finding your “happy” weight.

Planned Parenthood Illinois Action will also have a table at the event where they’ll register voters for the upcoming primary and general elections.

For more information on the “Love Your Body Day” Fair contact Women’s Center Director Lynn Otterson at 217/206-7173 or

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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, June 16, 2009

UIS hosts Distance Credentialed Counselor Workshop

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC) Workshop on Thursday, July 23, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, July 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

ReadyMinds, a leader in distance counseling, will be offering this training under the authorization by the Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc., an affiliate of the National Board of Certified Counselors.

Counselors will experience hands-on training that can be applied effectively in their current work environment. The need for distance services is growing, and the workshop will provide professional enhancement to counselors who are engaging in more e-mail and telephone exchanges with their clients.

The workshop will cover such topics as establishing a counselor/client relationship via distance, determining counselor and client suitability to distance counseling and confidentiality strategies.
This workshop has been approved by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC), and by the Human Services Education Council (HSEC), for up to 15 continuing education hours.

To attend the DCC training, participants must possess a master’s degree in counseling or an appropriately-related field from a regionally-accredited college or university. To also obtain the DCC Credential in addition to attending the DCC training, participants must have a master’s degree, be licensed to practice counseling or a related field in the state or country in which the candidate resides or works or be certified in good standing as a National Certified Counselor, and successfully complete the DCC Training Program and the DCC written Training Accountability Requirement document.

The training fee is $595 and includes the two-day training, all training materials and breakfast and lunch on both days. Licensed professional counselors and national certified counselors are eligible to receive a $150 discount. Contact Lisa Miller at or call (888) 225-8248 to receive this discount.

To register for the DCC training, go online to and click on the training site “University of Illinois at Springfield.” For more information about the DCC credential, visit or call (336) 482-2856.

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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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Monday, April 27, 2009

UIS holds 2nd annual Take Back the Night with LLCC

The University of Illinois at Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College are teaming up to hold the second annual LLCC/UIS Take Back the Night on Saturday, May 2, from 7:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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 start at the Lincoln Land campus in the Helen Hamilton Area at 7:30 p.m. Musician Tom Irwin, a UIS student, will perform at the start of the rally.

The keynote speaker for the Speak Out will be Candi Clouse, UIS alum and Prevention Coordinator for the Sojourn Shelter.

Around 8:15 p.m., the group will then march to the UIS campus. The band A Day and a Wake Up will play at around 8:30. There will also be an Information Fair and refreshments on the UIS Quad, 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 and the Feminist Activist Coalition student club at LLCC. Co-sponsors of the event include the Lincoln Land Women’s Studies and International Club and the UIS Women’s Center, Women and Gender Studies, Student Government Association, African Student Association, Black Student Union, Christian Student Fellowship, Delta Sigma Omicron, Diversity Center, Indian Student Organization and Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS).

More information about Take Back the Night is available at For more information about the rally and march, contact or 206-7173.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Project Success focuses on proper business attire

The University of Illinois at Springfield will host “Project Success: Dress to Impress” on Thursday, April 2 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium on the UIS campus. Project Success is a runway fashion show and presentation about how to dress for business casual and business professional.

UIS students have been invited to gather teams of five 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. Each member of the winning student team will receive a $100 gift card.

Following the runway competition, Jennifer Hunt, extension educator in Computer and Family Economics for the University of Illinois Extension, will give a presentation on business attire, first impressions and on creating an affordable professional wardrobe.

The event will also be available via live Webcast, and the online audience can participate in the runway judging through Elluminate.

Project Success is sponsored by UIS’ Career Development Center, Alumni Relations, Student Government Association and Diversity Center.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristen Chenoweth at 217/206-6501 or

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Monday, March 9, 2009

Annual Etiquette Dinner helps participants with social and business etiquette

An enjoyable and informative dinner featuring instruction in business and social etiquette will be hosted by the University of Illinois at Springfield on Tuesday, March 31, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center restaurant on the UIS campus. The etiquette dinner program is open to the public; however, space is limited, and advance registration is required.

The four-course dinner will give participants a chance to brush up on their table manners and learn other tips that will enhance their careers and personal lives. Beth Reutter, coordinator of the Hospitality Management Program at the U of I campus at Urbana-Champaign, will be the instructor. Reutter, who is a corporate etiquette consultant certified by the Protocol School of Washington, has presented this program to students and other college groups as well as to business groups in the Champaign-Urbana area.

The cost of the event, including dinner, is $10 for current UIS students and $25 for everyone else. The deadline to make a reservation for the program is March 24. Reservations may be made online at or by contacting Alumni Relations by phone at 206-7395 or by e-mail at

The event is presented by the Office of UIS Alumni Relations/U of I Alumni Association and co-sponsored by the UIS Career Development Center, Student Government Association, Office of Student Life and Graduate Public Service Internship Program. Northwestern Mutual Financial Network is the local business sponsor.

For more information, contact Mary Caroline Mitchell at 217/206-7395.

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