Monday, April 26, 2010

UIS alternative prom provides option for gay students

Springfield-area high school students uncomfortable with bringing dates of the same gender to their own schools’ proms have another option — an “Alternative Prom” at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The event, which runs from 8:30 p.m. to midnight on April 24 in the student center at the UIS Student Life Building, will be the sixth annual alternative prom sponsored by the UIS Queer-Straight Alliance, according to Jessica Enock, 22, a UIS junior from Buffalo Grove and chair of the event’s planning committee.

Enock said the UIS event, which has no admission charge, is open to any area high school or college-age students — gay or straight — and is geared toward young people who want to attend a dance where they will not be judged based on their sexual orientation.

Alternative prom was featured in a April 24, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

These students who pray together stay together

On a recent Friday evening, in a room in the Student Life Center at the University of Illinois Springfield, Todd Magruder reflects on the early days of the Christian Student Fellowship on campus.

Before UIS became a four-year university, the fellowship catered to upperclassmen and graduate students at what was then known as Sangamon State University.

Christian Student Fellowship has its share of followers. Its Friday night services, which include praise and worship and a sermon, typically draw 50 to 60 students from the UIS campus and neighboring Lincoln Land Community College, from a variety of faith backgrounds.

The CSF group was featured in a April 18, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, April 16, 2010

UIS students being asked to pay for construction of student center

University of Illinois Springfield students will vote later this month on whether to increase student fees to build a student union on the UIS campus.

“The student union is the primary intersection and the living room of a campus,” said Derek Felix, the UIS student representative on the U of I board of trustees and co-chairman of the project.

The student-driven proposal would be funded by an increase in fees of up to $200 per semester for full-time students and $100 per semester for part-time ones. A referendum on the proposal will be held in conjunction with the UIS Student Government Association elections April 28-29.

Voting takes place online through the UIS homepage at

The student center proposal was feature in a April 16, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

UIS Students help out on spring break

A record number of UIS students returned after a 20 hour trip from Galveston, Texas Saturday night as part of Alternative Spring Break.

The volunteers spent 5 days helping to cleanup homes damaged by Hurricane Ike, which hit in 2008.

While that might not seem like an ideal way to spend spring break, they say the personal satisfaction of helping others was well worth it.

The trip was featured by WAND-TV during a report on March 21, 2010.

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Monday, March 15, 2010

UIS students leave for volunteer spring break

A record number of UIS students and three advisers left Friday night for a week of volunteering in Galveston, Texas, helping with recovery efforts following Hurricane Ike. The hurricane washed over Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula on Sept. 13, 2008.

More than 300 college and university students from across the country will stay 20 to 25 in a room at Alamo Elementary School for the week. They will be bused to several sites to do a variety of work, said Kelly Thompson, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS.

“When you do service for an entire week with someone, you can see the change you’ve made in someone’s life,” said Jaleesa Earthely, a UIS junior from Bolingbrook who is making the trip. “That gives me joy.”

The story was featured in a March 13, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, November 16, 2007

UIS featured in look at city's expanding campus life

The growing number of residential students at UIS has created the need for expanded facilities in a number of areas.

Chancellor Richard Ringeisen discussed recently completed projects and some that are underway, as well as others planned for the future, in the Springfield State Journal-Register’s special Outlook 2008 section on Education and Careers. The section was part of the Wednesday, November 14, edition.

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