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Barbara Ferrara receives first CAPE Award presented at UIS

May 20, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - Barbara Ferrara (left), interim executive director of the Center for State Policy and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is the recipient of the first Chancellor’s Academic Professional Excellence Award at UIS. The award was presented at a reception held May 18 in the Public Affairs Center restaurant on campus.

The CAPE Award recognizes U of I academic professionals for their efforts in three general categories: work projects, professional development and affiliations, and contributions to their units. The award has been made at the U of I campuses in Chicago and Urbana-Champaign for a number of years and will now be awarded annually at UIS. While the number of recipients and the amount of their awards varies by campus, UIS recipients receive $500 for personal use and $500 for their departments.

“I am honored to receive this first CAPE Award at UIS,” said Ferrara. “It’s important that the university demonstrates that it recognizes and values what a critical role academic professionals play in the operation of the university and that we, in addition to faculty, contribute in significant ways to the educational and professional accomplishments of the institution.”

All academic professionals are eligible to receive the CAPE Award. Nominations are reviewed by campus committees and candidates’ names are forwarded to the chancellors, who make the final selections.

UIS APAC chair Tom Ambrose said, “I would like to congratulate all the nominees for the CAPE Award, and especially Barbara. She has made significant contributions to the Center and constantly demonstrates her leadership and her commitment to the university.”

UIS Awards Committee chair Carlyn Shank noted, “We could not have been more delighted about Barbara’s selection. Not only does she make outstanding overall contributions to UIS, but she was the founding chair of the Academic Professional Advisory Committee, which was begun shortly following the campus’ merger with the U of I system in 1995.” Ferrara served in the position for four years and was also the first person from UIS to chair the University Professional Personnel Advisory Committee.

The UIS award was based on activities conducted during the past 15 months. During that time, Ferrara has been instrumental in a number of campus efforts, including helping to plan and conduct the 2003 Public Policy Summit, “Politics and Ethics in Illinois: Past, Present and Future,” held at UIS in April 2003, which drew an audience of 250 and was webcast live and later broadcast on Access 4 TV and the Illinois Channel.  She also assisted the Survey Research Office in designing a related statewide survey on public perceptions of Illinois’ political culture and state government ethics and corruption and helped edit the summit proceedings, later published as a monograph and on the Center’s website. She is similarly involved with the upcoming 2004 Public Policy Summit, scheduled for June 17, on “Policy Issues in Cyberspace: Cyberethics, E-Commerce, and Spam.”

In the period under review, Ferrara also served on the board of directors of the Illinois Channel, an independent, non-profit corporation modeled after C-SPAN, and represented the U of I as a member of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Council, advising on issues related to regulation of the nonprofit sector in Illinois. She is currently a student in UIS’ Doctor of Public Administration program.

Other finalists for the UIS CAPE Award were Peggy Dunn, program coordinator of the CSPL’s Public Policy High School Initiative; Jonathan GoldbergBelle, director of the Office of International Affairs; Kim Hayden, director of the Office of Graduate Intern Programs; Terri Jackson, coordinator of Multicultural Student Affairs; Tulio Llosa, academic technology services specialist in Educational Technology; and Chuck Schrage, vice president for Alumni Relations.

The Academic Professional Advisory Committee at UIS is an elected body whose function, as defined by University statutes, is to furnish a channel of communication between academic professional staff and the administrative officers of the University.

The Center for State Policy and Leadership, comprised of 10 units and with a total budget of about $8 million, helps UIS accomplish its public affairs mission through applied research, media, citizen education, internships, and training programs involving faculty, students, staff, and outside partners.

    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.