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UIS is regional host site for National Teleconference on Student Civic Engagement

January 28, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - The University of Illinois at Springfield will be a regional host site for the National Teleconference on Student Civic Engagement, Thursday, February 19. Broadcast from the campus of Michigan State University, the program will begin at 1 p.m. CST. The UIS location is conference room F, on level one of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Participants at the more than 50 host sites in 23 states will be able to take part in the discussion as a panel of professionals, administrators, faculty, staff, and students share their thoughts on civic engagement and respond to audience phone calls and e-mails. Following the teleconference, attendees are invited to stay and continue the dialogue until 3:30 p.m.

Part of the national Raise Your Voice: Student Action for Change Campaign, the teleconference will examine the student view of democracy, college/university responsibility for student engagement, and the role of community in higher education. Sponsored by Campus Compact with support from The Pew Charitable Trust, since 2002 the Raise Your Voice initiative has offered support to student civic engagement as a way to address crucial public issues.

Panelists for this conference will include Dr. John Keiser, currently president of Southwest Missouri State University and former vice president for academic affairs and acting president of Sangamon State University, which became UIS in 1995. Other panelists are Piyali Nath Dalal, program director, Minnesota Campus Compact; Sarah Long, Americorps member, Providence Community Health Centers, Providence, Rhode Island; Fabricio Rodriguez, executive director, Philadelphia Jobs with Justice; and Emily Yee, student at the University of California-San Diego. Moderator will be Dr. David Cooper, faculty member at Michigan State.

 Reservations are not required but are recommended, particularly for large groups. Copies of the 2002 report The New Student Politics will be available free at the event.

For more information about the teleconference at UIS, contact Karin Cotterman, director of UISí Office of Student Volunteers and Service Learning, at (217) 206-7716. More information about the Raise Your Voice campaign is available at


    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 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.