FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                    Date: October 3, 2002

  Contact: Shaunda Waters 206-6333


UIS observes First Monday 2002


SPRINGFIELD -- On Monday, October 7, the University of Illinois at Springfield student affiliate of the American Association of University Women, along with UIS’ Diversity Task Force and Office of Minority Student Affairs, will take part in First Monday, a national campus-based day of education that focuses on social justice.

This year’s theme, Civil Liberties in a New America, is designed to raise awareness about the importance of protecting civil liberties in times when national security is a concern.

The presentation will begin at noon in conference rooms C and D, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.  A short documentary titled “Of Rights and Wrongs: The Threat to America’s Freedoms” will be shown, followed by a panel discussion. The event is free and open to the public.

First Monday is an annual program that takes place on the first Monday in October to coincide with the opening day of the U.S. Supreme Court.  For more information, contact UIS’ Office of Minority Student Affairs at 206-6333.