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"UIS Cares" will focus on Jefferson Middle School

April 28, 2008

Contact: Kelly Thompson, 217/206-8448, kthom03s@uis.edu

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield's Office of Student Volunteer Services and Civic Engagement will sponsor the sixth annual "UIS Cares" event on Wednesday, April 30, as part of the campus' participation in National Volunteer Week.

From 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., members of the campus community will be completing a beautification project at Jefferson Middle School, 3001 Allis Street, in Springfield.

UIS Cares is a half-day event in which UIS students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends take on a service project in partnership with a community-based organization. L. Christopher Miller, Vice Chancellor for Student and Administrative Services, said that UIS selected Jefferson Middle School as the project site this year because a strong mentoring partnership already exists between the two campuses.

"Several UIS students have been serving as mentors at Jefferson," Miller said, "and we wanted to let the students know UIS truly does care about the condition of their school."

Miller added that several Jefferson students will be on the UIS campus on May 1 for a tour and a look at college life.

To sign up as a volunteer for the beautification project or for information about other ways to help, contact Kelly Thompson, director of UIS' Office of Student Volunteer Services and Civic Engagement at volunteer@uis.edu or call 206-7716.



The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs: 21 bachelor's, 20 master's, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.

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