Monday, November 14, 2016

UIS Music Program presents Fall Showcase Concert

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Music Program presents its Fall Showcase concert featuring performances by the UIS Chorus, UIS Chamber Orchestra and UIS Band. The performance is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Friday, November 18, 2016, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Studio Theatre, located in the Public Affairs Center at UIS

DETAILS: The event will feature a wide array of music including pieces by Johannes Brahms, Johann Sebastian Bach, Jim Swearingen, Henry Filmore and more.

The UIS Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Yona Stamatis, will lead the program with Brahms’s “Hungarian No. 5”. Other pieces include “Waltz No. 2” by Dmitri Shostakovich and “The Typewriter” by Leroy Anderson, in which Stamatis plays the typewriter with the orchestra while guest conductor Matthew Sheppard takes the baton.

Directed by Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Sharon Graf, the UIS Chorus will perform an arrangement of “Blackbird” by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and “Psalm 50” by Ernani Aguilar. Two acapella groups will perform arrangements of “Irish Lullaby” by Alice Rose Denny and “Build Me Up Buttercup” by Tony McCauley and Michael D’Abo.

The UIS Band will end the program under the direction of Applied Music Specialist, Abigail Walsh, starting with Robery Sheldon’s “Danzas Cubans”. Other works include a programmatic work entitled “The Last Centaur” by Rossano Galante and “At Dawn They Slept (December 7, 1941)” by Jay Bocock. The concert will conclude with Henry Filmore’s "Americans We”.

Donations are welcome and will be used to benefit the UIS Music Student Merit Award. The UIS Music program began in 2001 and is comprised of students, faculty, staff and alumni, as well as Springfield community members, all with a variety of skill levels.

Anyone who is interested in joining the UIS chorus, band or chamber orchestra may contact Abigail Walsh at 217/206-7549 or

Thursday, November 10, 2016

UIS Visual Arts Gallery to hold silent auction fundraiser

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery will hold its annual silent auction fundraiser starting on November 28, 2016.

The auction offers a wide range works donated by local and regional artists. Ceramics, photography, glass, painting, drawing, mixed media works and more will have a presence at the auction. The event serves anyone hoping to acquire new, original works of art, or unique gifts as the holidays approach.

Bidding begins on November 28 and a closing reception, along with final bidding, will take place on December 1 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, room 201 in the Health and Science Building on campus. All events are open to the public.

Works of art were donated to the silent auction by local artists affiliated with the Springfield Art Association and the SAA Collective, The Pharmacy, DEMO Project and from UIS Visual Arts Department faculty members. In addition to the local donors, artwork was donated to the auction from artists from throughout Illinois and beyond.

“This strong showing of support from our local creative community annually paves the way to success for the silent auction benefit, which serves as the sole fundraiser for the gallery each year,” said Jeff Robinson, director of the UIS Visual Arts Gallery. “The auction features an extraordinary range of work and reflects a spirit of support amongst artists that thrive in Springfield.”

All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit UIS Visual Arts Gallery programming throughout the year.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, please visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at, or contact the gallery at 217/ 206-6506.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

UIS to celebrate National Distance Learning Week

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) will host an excellence reception honoring its fastest growing student population during National Distance Learning Week, November 7-11, 2016.

WHEN: Thursday, November 10, 2016 from 10 a.m. – Noon

WHERE: Public Affairs Center Restaurant, located on the lower level

DETAILS: Join UIS online faculty and students as they celebrate National Distance Learning Week with a reception and recognition program.

Learn the history of how UIS has been a leader in online and blended learning degree programs for the over the past 15 years. The reception will include highlight the first two UIS online programs, Management Information Systems and Educational Leadership. Faculty will share thoughts of program growth and information for teaching and learning in an online environment.

UIS Associate Vice Chancellor for Online Learning Ray Schroeder will be honored for his distinguished accomplishments and national awards received in 2016.

Currently, 30.7% of UIS students are enrolled in online degree or certificate programs. That is a 4.3% increase from the Fall Semester 2015. UIS online students reside in 46 states within the United States, and nine foreign countries.

Additional activities for National Distance Learning Week include a faculty panel discussing the design of online courses. The faculty panel will take place on Tuesday, November 8, 2016 from Noon – 1 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (PAC E) and those interested are invited to attend.

For more information on National Distance Learning Week activities, contact Vickie Cook, Director, Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at 217/206-7317 or visit

UIS Speaker Series presents a screening and discussion of "Black Power: The Cry of Jazz"

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents, “Black Power: The Cry of Jazz,” a documentary film and discussion.

WHEN: Monday, November 14, 2016, at 6 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library

DETAILS: “The Cry of Jazz” is a 1959 documentary film by Ed Bland that connects jazz to African American history. It has been credited with predicting the urban riots of the 1960s and 1970s. In 2010, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically and aesthetically significant.” The Library of Congress calls the film “historic and fascinating,” one that “comments on racism and the appropriation of jazz by those who fail to understand its artistic and cultural origins.”

The discussion following the film will focus on how culture and artistic history have depended upon the racist appropriation of the creative work of impoverished and marginalized peoples.

The film presentation and discussion will be moderated by Associate Professor of Political Science Richard Gilman-Opalsky, Ph.D., and Kamau Kemayo, Ph.D., associate professor of African American Studies at UIS.

Gilman-Opalsky hosts a series called Political Art and the Public Sphere, which encourages everyone to consider how “political art” raises provocative social and political questions.

For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events and more information, visit All events are free and open to the public.