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UIS student selected for prestigious women’s leadership program

May 11, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – Amy Ballinger-Cole, a senior in the Liberal Studies program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, is one of 20 women college and university students to be accepted into the New Leadership Illinois class of 2006.  The program will be held May 30 through June 4 at the University of Illinois at Chicago campus.

New Leadership Illinois is a non-partisan, week-long residential program for college juniors and seniors designed to increase women’s representation in all elements of public life, including elected office.

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Jointly sponsored by the U of I Institute of Government and Public Affairs and the Conference of Women Legislators of the Illinois General Assembly, New Leadership Illinois encourages young women to choose careers in public service and assists them to develop the skills needed to be effective. Women leaders from various aspects of state government, including the legislature, serve as mentors and faculty-in-residence during the program.

The curriculum focuses on four key areas: leadership education, policy skills, political savvy, and active learning. During the week, students participate in a variety of activities such as workshops, panel discussions, and field trips and meet formally and informally with a number of women leaders, including current and former legislators, other elected and appointed officials, lobbyists, and political campaign staff.

The IGPA works to improve public policies and the performance of government by conducting research on public policy issues and the public decision-making process, and by facilitating application and dissemination of research to those who confront policy issues.

COWL is a non-profit organization that encourages female legislators to work in a bi-partisan fashion to advance the interest of women, children, and families through state, local, and federal initiatives.

Liberal Studies at UIS helps students to design academic experiences that meet their unique educational interests and goals. The program emphasizes integration of broad learning categories with a variety of instructional methods to form a well-rounded, individualized educational experience.

New Leadership Illinois is part of the New Leadership Development Network sponsored by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University.  For more information, go to www.igpa.uiuc.edu/newLeadership/default.htm.

    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.