Thursday, October 28, 2010

UIS kicks off Holiday Stars Project with Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods

The Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at the University of Illinois Springfield will sponsor a Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods competition to collect the most canned goods on Halloween, Sunday, October 31.

The event is part of the UIS Holiday Stars Project, a campus-wide service initiative giving focus to UIS’ efforts to make a difference in the local community during the upcoming holiday season. The overall goal is to collect 6,000 of pounds of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank by December 3, 2010.

“Over the past two years, thanks to help from the local community, UIS students, faculty and staff have been able to collect over five tons of food for the Central Illinois Foodbank. We greatly appreciate the community’s support with this project,” said Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

Twenty teams of UIS students who registered for the Trick-or-Treat for Canned Goods drive have been assigned to neighborhoods where they will collect non-perishable food items. The teams have already canvassed the neighborhoods in advance, distributing door hangers that explain the project.

On Halloween, the teams will revisit their neighborhoods between 4:30 and 8 p.m. to pick up donations. Collected items will be returned & weighed that evening at the University of Illinois Springfield, and prizes will be awarded to teams that bring in the most pounds of food.

The Holiday Stars Project continues through November, when specially marked collection bins will be placed around the UIS campus. Everything collected during the project will be presented to the Foodbank on Friday, December 3, 2010.

The Central Illinois Foodbank serves 160 agencies throughout 21 central Illinois counties and also hosts the Kids CafĂ©, part of a nation-wide program through America’s Second Harvest that feeds children a hot, nutritious meal in a safe environment. More information is available at

For more information about the UIS Holiday Stars Project, contact Kelly Thompson, director of the UIS Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, at 217/206-8448, or go to

Monday, October 25, 2010

UIS volleyball team to hold "Pink Out" game

The UIS Women’s Volleyball Team will be hosting a “Pink Game” on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 7 p.m. against Robert Morris University Springfield. The volleyball team will be selling T-shirts for $12 and all proceeds will be donated to breast cancer awareness. Anyone that purchases and wears the pink T-shirt will be allowed free admission to the October 26 match.

Come support a great cause and watch an exciting match! Let’s Pack the Place in Pink! Anyone wishing to purchase a T-shirt – please see a UIS Volleyball Player or Coach Riggle.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Speakers Series presents "1970: What We Were Reading"

WHAT: In celebration of the University of Illinois Springfield’s 40th anniversary the Friends of Brookens Library and the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “1970: What We Were Reading”. The panel discussion will feature UIS Emeritus faculty members Cullom Davis, Judy Everson and Marcellus Leonard.

WHEN: Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: The year 1970 was a banner year for American publishing—books that would help to shape the consciousness of an entire generation were published that year and are still being read and discussed. Our panel of distinguished UIS emeritus professors have chosen to reflect on three important books from that year: Studs Terkel’s Hard Times, an oral history of the Great Depression; Kurt Vonnegut’s absurdist classic Slaughterhouse Five; and Maya Angelou’s moving memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first book by a black woman to appear on the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list.

The discussion will be moderated by Cecelia Cornell, associate professor of History at UIS. Friends of Brookens Library will be sponsoring a dessert reception after the book panel discussion in the PAC Restaurant.

The ECCE Speakers Series at UIS is a campus-sponsored lecture series that aims to exemplify engaged citizenship as part of the university’s effort to foster appreciation for the practice of diversity and the active effort to make a difference in the world. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information contact Marcia Rossi, library administration at 217/206-6597 or email

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

UIS Career Development Center presents "Networking: Connecting for Success"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Career Development Center will host a networking event designed to bring UIS students, faculty, alumni and business partners together to network with each other.

WHEN: Monday, October 25, 2010 from 6 to 8 p.m. with registration beginning at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sangamon Auditorium Lobby, located on the 2nd floor of the Public Affairs Center on the UIS campus.

DETAILS: Keeping alumni and business partners connected to UIS offers “real world experience” and mentoring for students looking to secure jobs and opportunities once they’ve completed their academic career. The event is open to UIS students, faculty, alumni and business partners. Registration before the event is encouraged.

In honor of the 40th anniversary of UIS, crews will also be taping thoughts and recollections of SSU/UIS “connections and experiences”. Interviews will be simple and last from 5-7 minutes and be filmed in the TV studio. Alumni, recent graduates, and business partners are welcome to participate. The interviews will take place between 5:45 and 7:55 p.m.

For more information on how to register visit

For questions, e-mail Rachel Hasenyager or call the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents "Object Code"

Object Code, an exhibition of new works relating to digital culture by artist Mike Miller, opens at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery on November 4 and continues through December 1, 2010. The gallery will hold a reception for the artist on Thursday, November 4 from 5:30 – 8 p.m. Miller will also give a lecture about the exhibit and other work completed during his 2009 sabbatical leave on Wednesday, November 10, from 12-1 p.m. at the UIS campus, Public Affairs Center, Conference Room C/D. Both events are free and open to the public.

With references to programming, search engines, social media, and the human genome, Object Code questions the operations and products of the digital revolution. The exhibition brings together a variety of elements from the current digital culture in an effort to question what human beings want and need from technology. Miller investigates computer language in a number of works, pointing out the transformative yet subliminal role it plays in our lives. Genetic research and social media are also considered in a large installation that includes a re-creation of a Facebook page measuring sixteen feet. The exhibition employs a hybrid mixture of analog and electronic processes including painting, etching, laser-cutting, CNC modeling, and screen printing to question notions of utopia, progress, and the infallibility of science in contemporary culture.

“In Computer Science, the object code is the deepest level of computer code, that which is read by the computer’s processor and actually performs the desired calculation or function,” said Miller. “The purpose of this exhibit is to encourage personal reflection about the impact of digitization on our culture, and to consider the changes that have occurred in our patterns of living.”

Miller is associate professor of Visual Arts at the University of Illinois Springfield. He received his M.F.A from the University of Michigan, and B.F.A. from Texas Christian University. Recent exhibitions include the Illinois State Museum, Chicago, IL; Zentral Bibliothek, Zurich, Switzerland; and the White Stag Block Building, Portland, OR. He is a Fulbright Scholar and the recipient of numerous residencies and grants.

The Visual Arts Gallery is located in the Health and Science Building (HSB 201). Gallery hours are Monday-Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information contact Ken Pease, UIS Visual Arts Gallery Preparator at 217/206-6506 or email

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Students to share amazing experiences from their Study Abroad in Peru

Eight dedicated students from University of Illinois Springfield will share their experiences from their Summer study abroad program in Peru on Nov. 4, 2010. The brown bag presentation and photo exhibit will take place at noon, in PAC Conference Room F on the UIS campus. UIS students, staff, faculty and community members are encouraged to attend this free presentation.

"Traveling to Peru this past summer was a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said Craig Pelka, one of the students who spent over a month abroad studying the Peruvian culture and history, completing 32 hours of Spanish immersion, and participating in a volunteer internship at one of the many local non-government organizations.

The UIS delegation lived in Cusco, the former capitol of the Incan empire, and took part in many excursions to historical sites. Students trekked through the jungle, climbed the challenging Huanya Picchu mountain, explored and studied the 500 hundred year old World Heritage Site Machu Picchu, and navigated on Lake Titicaca – the world’s highest navigable lake sitting 12,500 feet above sea level. They also participated in local festivals and parades (sporting traditional costume!) including Inti Rami, the Festival of the Sun God.

A language course also fulfilling an Engaged Citizen Community Experience (ECCE) requirement, this PerĂș Study Abroad was being offered for the second year in a row under the instruction of UIS professor Veronica Espina. “This course is very special to me,” she said. “There has never been such an extensive and truly experiential learning short term study abroad course in South America that allows our students to stay 35 days abroad, intern in Spanish speaking organizations, and travel to World Heritage Sites!”

The group consisted of students Kimberly Bach, Cathy Caldwell, Kelsey Holt, Stanislaw Lipski, Molly Meinhardt, Craig Pelka, Carol Schulte, and Andy Shaffer. The enthusiastic bunch will be eager to share their stories of battling soroche (altitude sickness), eating the local delicacy cuy (guinea pig!), and relying on the magical healing powers of the coca leaf on Nov. 4. “I don't think I could put into words how much this trip has changed me,” said Kelesy Holt. This year’s Brown Bag presentation is sure to be a huge success.

For more information contact Carol Schulte at 217/206-7686 or email

Thursday, October 14, 2010

UIS hosts Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Conference

The University of Illinois Springfield is welcoming intramural and recreational sports staff from 12 different Illinois colleges and universities to campus.

It’s the first time UIS has hosted an Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Conference. The conference is designed to give professionals a chance to network with one another and talk about issues they have in common.

“Everyone will have their own experience and their own opinion and it’s good to gather that information because you’re not always going to have all the answers,” said Matt Panich, UIS Recreational Sports assistant director for facility and member services.

Conference topics centered on developing leadership skills, creating customer service models for reaction staff and included a round table discussion for new professionals entering the field.

Participants also learned what it takes to “go green” with tours of Springfield’s energy efficient Southwind Park & Erin’s Pavilion.

“This year we’re talking about green initiatives and sustainability. You never even would have heard that term 10 years ago,” said Kristin Duitsman, assistant director of facilities for Campus Recreation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The two-day conference concludes on Friday, October 15 with sessions on “Engaging Sport Clubs in the Community” and “Get’em Oriented. Giving your staff the vitals”.

For more information on the Illinois Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Conference visit their website.

Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon 2010

University of Illinois Springfield faculty were honored for their teaching and scholarly research during the annual Faculty Scholarship Recognition Luncheon. The ceremony was held on October 13, 2010, in the Public Affairs Center.

“The quality of the faculty in whatever way we measure is just incredible. It’s not accidental that we’re being noticed. It’s not accidental that we’re winning awards,” said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen.

The University of Illinois’ highest honor, the University Scholar award, was presented to Professor Christopher Z. Mooney during the luncheon. Mooney is a professor in the Political Science Department and The Institute of Government and Public Affairs.

“This is a place where people very much understand and appreciate those of us who study politics in the states,” said Mooney. “The students understand in their bones the importance of state government.”

Mooney was awarded a plaque and $30,000, as University Scholar to be spent over the next 3 years to advance his teaching, research and scholarship.

Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Harry Berman lead a presentation that highlighted faculty research efforts on campus to close the luncheon. He thanked the faculty for their excellent work and service to the university.

Watch a previous video of Mooney being honored by his peers at the State Politics and Policy Conference.

Contest to write lyrics for new UIS school song

The University of Illinois Springfield music program is sponsoring a campus-wide contest to write lyrics for a new school song.

Entries should include no more than two verses and must include a title. All winning entries will be published as verses to the song. The deadline to submit entries is Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Complete contest materials are available online at One lucky lyricist will have their lyrics performed and recorded on a 40th Anniversary CD by the UIS Band and Chorus. Winners will be announced before the premiere performance at the 40th Anniversary Showcase Concert which begins at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 12, 2010 in the Sangamon Auditorium. Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

Dr. William Davis, professor emeritus at the University of Georgia has been commissioned as part of UIS’ 40th anniversary to write the song titled Song and Spirit. The march is a 10 plus minute song that will be performed at various events on campus. Davis is the composer of other fight songs including the University of Kansas’ fight song, Fighting Jayhawk. This project was organized by UIS Music faculty Todd Cranson, supported by many on the UIS campus, and generously backed by Chancellor Richard Ringeisen.

UIS currently has one official school song, the UIS Fight Song – Look to the Stars, by Phillip Snow. Snow was a student at UIS at the time he composed the music and lyrics. The newly commissioned piece of music will be an exciting addition to the musical legacy of the UIS campus.

For more information contact Todd Cranson, UIS band director at 217/206-7549 or email

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Students celebrate National Coming Out Day

Students, faculty and staff at the University of Illinois Springfield are showing their support for members of the LGBTQ community.

A National Coming Out Day celebration was held on the UIS quad on October 11. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning participants used a door on stage to literally “come out of the closet.” They shared their stories about how they came out to their families and problems they’ve encountered.

“The symbol of the door is we’re fighting for equal rights,” said William Kipp, junior Liberal Studies major.

National Coming Out Day was started in 1987 as a day to support gay rights and support each other.

“I feel very, very passionately about equal rights for gays and lesbians and people of various sexual orientations,” said Kari Bedford, senior Communication major.

Kipp had a parent who worked at Brookens Library on the UIS campus. He grew up without the support of his family and the campus, but now feels things have changed.

“Since they’ve opened up Founders Hall and Lincoln Residence Hall and all the new townhouses and brought a larger population onto the campus it’s become open and more friendly,” he said.

The university recently hired its first LGBTQ Resource Office Director and students agree progress is being made.

“It’s a good environment. I feel like there’s a lot happening on campus. It’s a very active campus with the gay and lesbian community,” said Bedford.

National Coming Out activities continue through Friday, October 15th on the UIS campus. Visit the LGBTQ Resource Office for a complete list of events.

New York Times bestselling Lincoln author to discuss new book at UIS

WHAT: Author James L. Swanson will speak about his new book Bloody Crimes: The Chase for Jefferson Davis and the Death Pageant for Lincoln 's Corpse. The discussion will be hosted by Dr. Michael Burlingame, Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at UIS.

WHEN: Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: In Bloody Crimes, James L. Swanson the Edgar Award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Manhunt - brings to life two epic events of the Civil War era: the thrilling chase to apprehend Confederate president Jefferson Davis in the wake of the Lincoln assassination and the momentous 20 -day funeral that took Abraham Lincoln’s body home to Springfield. A true tale full of fascinating twists and turns, and lavishly illustrated with dozens of rare historical images - some never before seen - Bloody Crimes is a fascinating companion to Swanson’s Manhunt and a riveting true-crime thriller that will electrify civil war buffs, general readers, and everyone in between.

Swanson has degrees in history from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of John Hope Franklin, and law from the University of California, Los Angeles. He has held a number of government and think-tank posts in Washington, D.C., including at the United States Department of Justice. He serves on the advisory council of the Ford’s Theatre Society.

His other books include the acclaimed photographic history Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, as well as Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. James L. Swanson was born on Lincoln’s birthday.

For more information contact Dr. Michael Burlingame at This event is free and open to the public.

Monday, October 11, 2010

UIS 40th Anniversary Lunch and Learn Series

Join us for another thought-provoking educational luncheon on the University of Illinois Springfield campus on Wednesday, October 20. These lunch-time programs, 40th Anniversary Timely Talk About Timeless Topics, held in the lobby of Sangamon Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. will build upon our SSU heritage of open dialogue and intelligent debate. Designed to inform as well as stimulate creative thinking, a panel of faculty emeriti, current faculty and other experts will make brief presentations and engage in discussion among themselves and with the audience.

October 20 the topic is the printed word as William Furry, Director of the Illinois State Historical Society and Dr. Larry Shiner, emeritus professor of Philosophy, History and Visual Arts at UIS moderate a panel on “Our Digital Age: The Future of Books, Newspapers and Libraries”. Other participants include Jane Treadwell, Dean of Brookens Library and alumnus Scott Reeder MA ’88 PAR, Managing Editor for the Illinois Statehouse News, an online news service in Springfield. The series will conclude on November 17 with the topic of the economy as UIS College of Business and Management Dean Ron McNeil moderates a panel on “Financial Institutions and the Public Trust”.

Reservations are available for a delicious hot buffet lunch that begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost for lunch is $20 per session. The presentations that begin at 12 and end at 1:30 p.m. are free and open to the public. To sit near the front and enjoy the camaraderie at the tables we hope you will join us for lunch.

Pre-paid luncheon reservations are required by Friday, October 15. Pre-registration is requested from those not purchasing the lunch, but who wish to attend the presentations to assure seating. For more information and to register, visit or contact the Office of UIS Alumni Relations at 217/206-7395 or Sponsors are the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, the Illinois State Historical Society and the Office of UIS Chancellor.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Donor tags attached to items around campus as part of Foundation Week

During the week of October 10-16, the Office of Development will be displaying tags around campus on 300 items given to UIS by donors. These gifts include scientific equipment, artwork, memorial benches and many other items.

Even students who receive scholarship assistance will have tags on their backpacks, which read, “My load is lighter because of my UIS scholarship”.

“I have been out of school for quite some period of time and raising a family, so it definitely helps,” said Kari Thevenot, a junior transfer student who relies on a scholarship.

The week is being called Foundation Week to promote and celebrate the importance of private giving and philanthropy and to highlight the relationship between the University of Illinois Foundation and UIS.

“Its purpose will be to educate our alumni, our students and our friends,” said Vicki Megginson, associate chancellor for development.

Last year alone, over 2,000 UIS alumni made an annual fund donation to UIS. Their gifts totaled over $375,600 often in the form of gifts to honor former faculty members or another person who enhanced their experience at UIS.

Private support extends beyond alumni as well. Last year, private gifts to UIS total more than $3.2 million dollars.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Political Art and the Public Sphere presents Boy I Am film screening and discussion

WHAT: The Political Art and the Public Sphere (PAPS) series presents a screening of the film Boy I Am followed by a discussion moderated by Mike Murphy, UIS assistant professor in Women and Gender Studies.

WHEN: Monday, October 18, 2010 at 6 p.m.

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library at UIS

DETAILS: Boy I Am explores the plight of women struggling with their gender identity as they encounter adversity from both heterosexual society and the lesbian community. Some lesbians, for example, view female-to-male transitioning as anti-feminist, or as a “trend” that takes advantage of male privilege.

Boy I Am is a feature-length documentary that aims to promote dialogue about transgender issues through a look at the experiences of three young transitioning people in New York City. The film not only includes their stories, but also the voices of lesbians, activists, and theorists who raise and address questions that many have but few openly discuss.

Dr. Murphy’s research and teaching interests include feminist approaches to visual and popular culture, critical men’s and masculinity studies, LGBTQ Studies/Queer theory and rape and sexual assault prevention programs.

The PAPS series is a monthly event on the UIS campus featuring a showing or a performance of some kind of “political art,” followed by an hour or two of group discussion. Each of the three installments in the fall 2010 series aims to raise social and political questions related to gender and sexuality.

For more information contact Dr. Richard Gilman-Opalsky, professor of Political Philosophy at or 217/206-8328.

Speakers Series presents "Native American Women: Ethnography and Survival"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “Native American Women: Ethnography and Survival” featuring Deborah Miranda, associate professor of English at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia.

WHEN: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 at 2 p.m.

(The event will be available a few days after the event on video on demand at

WHERE: Brookens Auditorium on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: Miranda's talk will address the issues of literacy, violence, history, religion and power structure as they are related to Native American women. Her research on Isabel Meadows' engagement in a creative use of white, male-dominated liberacy to empower her indigenous, female community is of importance in gender studies, religious history as well as ethnic studies. Through an interdisciplinary approach (anthropological, literary, sociological, and historical) to Meadow's narrative, this talk reveals the gendered violence that hundreds of Native American women would survive.

The ECCE Speakers Series at UIS is a campus-sponsored lecture series that aims to exemplify engaged citizenship as part of the university’s effort to foster appreciation for the practice of diversity and the active effort to make a difference in the world. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information and a list of other speakers series events visit or contact Kimberly Craig at 217/206-6245 or

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mashed Potato Sculpting a tradition at UIS Homecoming

UIS students rolled up their sleeves and got messy during one of the first events celebrating Homecoming 2010.

Mashed Potato Sculpting is a tradition that was started 3 years ago by Assistant Director of Student Life Beth Hoag. Students used food coloring, glitter, wiggly eyes and much more to pull off their creations.

“At first I was a little apprehensive. I was like touching these wouldn’t be fun, but its actually not that bad. It’s kind of just like a giant ball of play doh,” said Emily Newcomb, a sophomore at UIS.

It takes 25 pounds of mashed potatoes to pull off the sculpting and students added flour to make them “extra stiff”.

“It’s just messy and you’re not really use to sculpting with food,” said Randy Knuppel, a senior accounting & business major.

The spud creations were judged based on creativity and students got extra points for basing their creation on the Homecoming theme “Where Stars are Born”. The winner of the contest was rewarded with a $50 gift card.

For a full list of Homecoming events visit the Student Life website

UIS theatre presents The Heidi Chronicles

The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois Springfield will debut its 2010-11 season with the play The Heidi Chronicles by Wendy Wasserstein, opening Friday, October 22. Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS - on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, October 22, 23, and 24, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, October 28, 29, and 30. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. except the Sunday performance (October 24), which will begin at 2 p.m.

Winner of the 1989 Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award, The Heidi Chronicles humorously and poignantly traces Heidi Holland’s coming of age from the late ‘60s to the late ‘80s—mirroring a generation’s trek through various political and social movements, most notably the evolution of the women’s movement. Through thought-provoking and often funny vignettes, Heidi, an intelligent, educated woman, struggles to find her place in a male-dominated world, surrounded by various women who are navigating the same challenging terrain.

Nine actors are playing various roles in the production. The cast includes UIS alumna Ashley Warren playing the role of Heidi; community member Cassie Poe as Susan; student Ben Beams as Scoop; student Jason Youngberg as Peter; student Jennica Danner playing the roles of Fran, Lisa, and April; student Diana Sahagun as Jill, Debbie, and Denise; student Karina Diaz playing Becky, Clara, Molly, and Betsy; student Matt Dobill playing Chris, Mark, and Waiter; and student Tommy Caldwell in the roles of Steve and Ray.

UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson directs this play by the late icon of American theatre, Wendy Wasserstein.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.), $8 for UIS Faculty/Staff and $6 for UIS students with a valid i-card*. Tickets are now available at the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office, located on level two of the Public Affairs Center. Purchase tickets in person, by phone at 217/206-6160 or 800/207-6960 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at Tickets will also be available at the ticket office on the day of the performance, beginning 90 minutes before curtain time. *Please note that a $2 Sangamon Auditorium “Stage Operating Surcharge” is added to all tickets purchased, and for mail and phone purchases, an additional $4 service fee is added. On-line tickets are assessed a convenience fee by Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office based on ticket price.

For more information on the upcoming theatre season contact Missy Thibodeaux-Thompson at 217/206-8307 or email