FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                             Date: April 2, 2003

        Contact: Cynthia Thompson, 206-6665


UIS events will address war stress

SPRINGFIELD – The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield is sponsoring “Healthy Citizenship, Healthy Communities,” a series of events designed to acknowledge and address stress and emotions stemming from the war in Iraq and the future challenges we all face. The community is welcome to join in any of the following activities.

Symbolic ribbons will be available beginning Thursday, April 3, at various campus locations including the Student Life Office and Student Center, both in the Student Life Building on the east side of campus; the Housing Commons; and the Bursar’s Office and Bookstore, both located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center. Ribbon colors are yellow (military support, POW/MIA), blue (free speech), purple (religious tolerance), white (innocence, victims of terrorism, peace), orange (hunger, cultural diversity), and green (the environment).

Beginning Friday, April 4, special window candles can be downloaded and various links to additional resources related to the war will be available from the student life website at

A candlelight vigil -- an opportunity to stand together as a group and support one another in challenging times -- is planned for 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 7, at the UIS Peace and Friendship Garden, which is located next to the pond and near the campus police station.

No single viewpoint will be advanced and all perspectives are welcome during the community dialogue “What Does Patriotism Look Like?” The discussion begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Public Affairs Center conference room G. Professor Jan Droegkamp and Associate Chancellor Lawrence Johnson will moderate.

For more information, contact Cynthia Thompson, director of the UIS Office of Student Life, at 206-6665, or visit