FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                Date: February 12, 2003

            Contact: Karin Cotterman, 206-7716


UIS students to participate in week promoting activism

SPRINGFIELD Students at the University of Illinois at Springfield will join their counterparts on college and university campuses across the state and the nation to participate in the Raise Your Voice: Student Action for Change campaign scheduled for the week of February 16.

Raise Your Voice was formed to counter the perception that modern American youth are disinterested in and detached from political processes and social issues. During the week, events are planned that encourage college students to take the opportunity to learn about critical issues and to make their opinions heard.

UIS’ “Week of Action” will focus on several areas including politics, the environment, education, social work, and the community.

Karin Cotterman, coordinator of the UIS Office of Student Volunteers and Service Learning, noted, “ The purpose of the Week of Action is to advocate for student participation in all realms of civic life -- everything from voting and engaging public policy issues to volunteering in the community.”

On Tuesday, February 18, Chad Pregracke, founder of Living Lands and Waters, will speak on “Environment and Activism” at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the first level of Brookens Library on the UIS campus. Living Lands and Waters is a beautification and restoration project that has worked to clean up the shorelines of the Mississippi, Illinois, and Ohio rivers. A reception will follow Pregracke’s presentation, which is free and open to the public. More information about Living Lands and Waters is available at

On Wednesday, Feb. 19, the 6th Annual Lobby and Education Day of the National



Association of Social Workers will begin at 9 a.m. with a workshop/panel discussion at the Springfield Renaissance Hotel. In the afternoon, participants will visit with legislators at the Capitol. A reception will follow at the Renaissance Hotel. There is a $15 fee for this event. For more information, contact Sandra Mills, coordinator of the UIS Social Work program, at 206-7602.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, students will take part in a dialogue on “Higher Education and the Illinois Budget” from 10 a.m. to noon in room M1 of the Stratton Building. Dan Layzell from the Illinois Board of Higher Education and a representative of the Illinois Community College Board are among the legislators and policy makers who have been invited to attend, and a representative from the Governor’s office is expected. For more information or to arrange transportation, call 206-7716.

Friday, February 21, has been designated as a day of service when members of UIS student clubs and organizations will serve with community groups such as the Animal Protective League, Catholic Charities, Fifth Street Renaissance, and others. For more information, call 206-7716.

Later on Friday, the Independent/Foreign Film Series at UIS will screen “Bloody Sunday” at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. This film recaps the violence that ensued in 1972 when British troops fired into a political demonstration in Northern Ireland. Admission is free.

Raise Your Voice is an initiative of Campus Compact, a national organization of nearly 900 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. Funding to support the campaign is provided through The Pew Charitable Trusts.

At UIS, sponsors are the Office for Student Volunteers and Service Learning and the Office of Student Life. For more information, contact Cotterman at 206-7716 or go to