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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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

SMTD moves ahead with bus route overhaul

Life could be getting a little easier for University of Illinois Springfield students who don't have cars.

The Springfield Mass Transit District Board on Monday adopted an overhaul of the city's bus routes that includes a new route that runs directly from UIS and Lincoln Land Community College to the Wal-Mart on South Sixth Street.

Steven Black, a UIS student who is chair of a new group called Citizens for Accessible Safe Transportation, was interviewed for the article that was featured in the February 23, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, February 22, 2010

SMTD board to consider route changes

The Springfield Mass Transit is poised to make some of the biggest changes in its bus routes since the district was formed more than four decades ago.

One new route, for example, goes to the Walmart on South Sixth Street, which currently is not served by an SMTD route. The same route includes the University of Illinois Springfield and Lincoln Land Community College.

The article was published in a February 22, 2010, edition of the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

UIS Diversity Center sponsors film premiere

A locally-directed short film aimed at challenging stereotypes surrounding HIV and AIDS is premiering Tuesday, December 1, at UIS.

The screening of the film, called "This Life Ain't Pretty," is free and open to the public, and it will be held at Brookens Auditorium. An article about the screening and the film was featured in a November 26, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

UIS co-hosts Take Back the Night event

On Saturday, May 2, UIS and Lincoln Land hosted the second annual “Take Back the Night” event, aimed to educate people about partner violence and sexual assault.

The event was a feature of a May 3, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

UIS hosts Good as Gold Ceremony to honor local volunteers

The first ever Good as Gold Ceremony, a partnership between UIS and the Junior League of Springfield, drew about 275 people to honor more than 50 local volunteers who have made an impact on the community.

Members of the UIS community were among those being honored with UIS Student Star Award, UIS Staff Star Award, Heart of Gold Awards and awards for outstanding community service.

The ceremony was featured in an April 24, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, December 29, 2008

International students celebrate the holidays away from home

On Tuesday, December 23, 50 students representing a handful of cultures gathered at the Butler Housing Commons building on the UIS campus to spend time together, listen to music and try a few new foods during a holiday party coordinated by Jeannie Capranica, acting assistant director of the Diversity Center.

The holiday party and other social opportunities for international students who stay on campus over winter break are written about in an article by the State Journal-Register on December 25, 2008.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Students enjoy living in LRH service wing

Opportunities for community service abound for residents in the Leadership for Life Service Wing in UIS' Lincoln Residence Hall. These first- and second-year students are finding that volunteering not only helps them make connections, it changes they way they look at a variety of things.

An article in the November 17, 2008, "Voice" section of the State Journal-Register looks at the LLSW and some of the residents.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Alcohol 101

Many college students, away from parental oversight for the first time, indulge their new-found freedoms by drinking too much, too often.

The August 12, 2008, State Journal-Register ran an article that took a look at the problem and how some campuses are responding to it. Valerie Scarbrough, an alcohol and drug prevention counselor at UIS, was among those interviewed.

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