Thursday, April 19, 2018

UIS to honor local volunteers during annual Good as Gold Ceremony

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield, Junior League of Springfield and the United Way of Central Illinois will present more than 40 awards to Sangamon County volunteers, non-profit organizations and businesses during the 10th annual Good as Gold Ceremony.

WHEN: Monday, April 23, 2018, at 5 p.m.

WHERE: UIS Student Union, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

DETAILS: Individuals and organizations will be honored in several categories including Heart of Gold, Youth Volunteer, Organization of the Year and Distinguished Volunteer. The ceremony will also recognize UIS and/or Lincoln Land Community College faculty/staff members and students who have demonstrated an exceptional commitment to service.

A total of 21 businesses will be named to the Business Honor Roll. The honor roll recognizes businesses that have given back to our community thought direct service and charitable giving.

The 10th anniversary event will additionally honor all of the past Distinguished Volunteer Award winners and provide a special recognition to the founding members of the Good as Gold Committee.

Over the past nine years, the ceremony has recognized more than 400 volunteers, 35 companies, and 25 outstanding local nonprofits for freely giving their time and talents to make Springfield a better place to live.

For more information, contact Mark Dochterman, visiting assistant vice chancellor for student engagement, at 217/206-8448 or mdoch2@uis.edu.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

UIS Visual Arts Gallery exhibit “Essence” to feature the work of graduating students

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) Visual Arts Gallery is proud to present “Essence”, an exhibition showcasing the creativity and skill sets of the senior Visual Arts majors at UIS. The exhibit will open on Monday, April 23, 2018 and run through Thursday, May 10, 2018. The reception will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2018, from 6 to 8 p.m. All gallery events are free and open to the public.

“Essence” spans two campus locations: the UIS Visual Arts Gallery, located in the Health & Sciences Building, room 201, and the Access Gallery, located in the Visual & Performing Arts Building central lobby. A shuttle will be available to transport attendees between the two locations during the reception.

Featuring multi-media works produced by the UIS Visual Arts graduating seniors, “Essence” explores the personal awareness of relationships — with nature, individual experience, historical context, or atmosphere. Exhibiting artists include Amber Buscher, Amanda Helm, Sam Helm, Abbi McKinnie, Tristen Sitko, Madison Tucker and Amanda Zoschke. This exhibition will feature ceramics, painting, digital media, photography, animation, installation and mixed media.

Each of the student artists have created works that collectively strive to transport the viewer, inviting individuals to immerse themselves and recognize not only how our surroundings affect our emotions, but also how individuals affect the environment.

The Visual Arts Gallery is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Access Gallery is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery or contact the gallery at 217/206-6506 or alach@uis.edu.

UIS’ Gamma Phi Omega Chi Chapter to host an American Diabetes Association walk on campus

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield students who are part of the Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. Chi Chapter will host an American Diabetes Association walk on campus in hopes of raising $3,000 for the association. Members of the Springfield community are encouraged to participate, along with UIS students, faculty and staff.

WHEN: Saturday, April 14, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.

WHERE: UIS Colonnade & Quad

DETAILS: The American Diabetes Association is Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.’s national philanthropy. More than 30 million Americans live with diabetes in America today, and 1.5 million more will be diagnosed with diabetes this year. The money raised from the walk will help with research for a cure for diabetes, as well as providing funding for preventative aids and community support.

Anyone interested in participating can register for the walk at www.bit.ly/UISGPhiOADAWalk. A registration fee of $5 should be added to the donation section of the online registration form. There will also be open registration from 8 to 9:30 a.m. the morning of the walk.

Questions about the walk may be directed to Abbegayle Stevenson with the Gamma Phi Omega Chi Chapter by email at uis@gammaphiomega.org.

Monday, April 9, 2018

UIS Illinois Innocence Project Defenders of the Innocent event to feature attorney Jerry Buting from “Making a Murderer”

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Illinois Innocence Project will hold the 11th annual Defenders of the Innocent fundraising event featuring attorney Jerry Buting from the Netflix documentary “Making a Murderer” and author of “Illusion of Justice.” Buting will speak about the workings of an often flawed justice system, as seen from his view as co-counsel in the sensational Steven Avery case and other innocence cases.

WHEN: Saturday, April 28, 2018 (cocktail reception at 5 p.m., dinner & program at 6 p.m.)

WHERE: Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy, Springfield, Illinois

DETAILS: The Illinois Innocence Project will also recognize client Bill Amor who was exonerated February 21, 2018, after spending 22 years in prison as an innocent man. Amor was wrongly convicted of arson-murder in 1997 based on faulty fire investigation and a purported confession to starting the fire in a way that experts testified is scientifically impossible. Since its founding in 2001, the Illinois Innocence Project has helped to free 11 wrongly convicted individuals.

The Project will present “Defender of the Innocent” awards at this year’s event to The Exoneration Project and to retired Carbondale Police Officer Lt. Paul Echols. The Exoneration Project, a pro bono legal clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, provided critical work toward the exoneration of Bill Amor, by leading the trial team, expending countless resources and giving support before and after Amor's exoneration. Echols exemplifies the ultimate quest for justice in his continuing effort to seek the posthumous exoneration of Grover Thompson, now 22 years after the innocent man died in prison.

On average, it takes 7-10 years to free an innocent person from prison, and hundreds of thousands of dollars per case. It also requires a skilled team of litigators and investigators supported by UIS students, volunteers and staff.

Registration for the Defenders of the Innocent event is required by Monday, April 23, 2018. Sponsorships are available. For more information or to purchase a seat, visit www.uis.edu/innocenceproject/ or call 217/206-6569.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

UIS Health & Wellness Fair to offer free health screenings and information

WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield Campus Recreation and Health Services presents the annual Health & Wellness Fair. The event will offer health screenings, information and door prizes. The fair is free and open to the public, students, faculty and staff.

WHEN: Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

WHERE: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) at UIS,  2171 University Drive, Springfield

DETAILS: The Health & Wellness Fair will offer information targeting all aspects of wellness: physical, nutritional, emotional, social, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational and spiritual. There will be fitness testing, health screenings, free food and giveaways.

The Central Illinois Community Blood Center will also be hosting a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) for those interested in donating or blood typing.

For more information, contact Alexandria Cosner, UIS Campus Recreation assistant director of fitness & wellness, at acosn2@uis.edu or 217/206-7103

Monday, April 2, 2018

UIS Speaker Series and Earth Week keynote address tackles climate change as a civil rights issue

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series kicks off Earth Week with the keynote address, “Climate Change as a Civil and Human Rights Issue” by Jacqueline Patterson, NAACP director of environmental and climate justice. This event is free and open to the public.

WHEN: Monday, April 16, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

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

DETAILS: As the director of the NAACP’s Environmental and Climate Change Justice Program, Jacqueline Patterson works with community leaders in the United States and around the world to address climate change as a human and civil rights issue.

Research demonstrates that climate change does not affect all communities equally. People of color, low income communities and women are more vulnerable to the negative effects of climate change. Patterson will discuss why climate change is an important human and civil rights issue and explain how the NAACP is working to empower community leaders to make a change.

Patterson, a researcher, program manager, advocate and activist is also the coordinator and co-founder of Women of Color United. She holds dual masters’ degrees in social work and public health. She sits on a number of local, national and International committees and boards. She will be introduced by local NAACP Environmental Justice Committee member, James Johnson.

This event is co-sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois, UIS Campus Senate Committee on Sustainability and NPR Illinois/91.9 UIS.

Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/.

Thursday, March 29, 2018

UIS Theatre to produce Luigi Pirandello’s play “Six Characters in Search of an Author”

The Theatre Program at the University of Illinois Springfield will present Robert Brustein’s adaptation of the Luigi Pirandello play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” opening Friday, April 13.

Six performances will be presented in the Studio Theatre, on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center at UIS, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday, April 13, 14, 15 and Thursday, Friday, Saturday, April 19, 20, 21. All shows will begin at 7:30 p.m., except the Sunday performance (April 15), which will begin at 2 p.m.

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, UIS associate professor and director of theatre, will direct the production. Dathan Powell, UIS assistant professor of theatre, will be the scenic designer and technical director.

Originally written in 1921, “Six Characters in Search of an Author” is an absurdist metatheatrical play. UIS Theatre will produce the 1998 Robert Brustein adaptation, which has been described by publisher Samuel French as a “highly acclaimed adaption of Pirandello’s masterpiece, a study in illusion and reality which follows a group of characters who try to fashion their life stories into acceptable drama.”

During the play, a group of theatre artists rehearse a known play and get interrupted by six characters from another play, which was never finished by its author. These six characters find themselves in a purgatory of sorts, trying to find a “home” for their stories to live in. Pirandello’s play reminds us that all great art takes on a life of its own, after being created, and we are challenged to find meaningful difference between a work-in-progress and its eventual effects on audience members.

The cast includes UIS students Katie Brethorst, Kat Pruitt, Kov Magana, Mohan Gutta, Chris Vemagiri Marbaniang, Sherri Mitchell and Katie Simpson, along with UIS alumni Blake Detherage, Tom Hutchison and Dwight Langford and community members Sean McCord, Grace Klenke, Avery Biggs and Melissa Betty.

Ticket prices are $14 for adults; $12 for senior citizens (65 or older with a picture I.D.); $10 for UIS Faculty/Staff; $8 for UIS students (and all other college-level students) with a valid, current i-card or college I.D. card; and $6 for 17 and under. Please note that service charges are not included in the prices above.

The new UIS Theatre Box Office is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Visual and Performing Arts Building (VPA 127). Patrons may call the UIS Theatre Box Office at 217/206-PLAY (7529) or visit www.uis.edu/theatre to purchase tickets online or learn more information.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

UIS Music Program presents Spring Showcase Concert on April 6

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

WHEN: Friday, April 6, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

WHERE: Sangamon Auditorium, located in the Public Affairs Center

DETAILS: The event will feature a wide array of music including the first movement of Beethoven’s famous Symphony No. 5, a collaboration between the UIS Orchestra and Chorus by George Gershwin and a set of American-themed pieces for band. This concert will also feature UIS Music Soloist Competition winners Natalie Kerr and Samantha Hwang, performing their violins with orchestra, and Kimberly Nu-tall, singing with the chorus.

The UIS Orchestra, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology Yona Stamatis, will lead the program with music from J.S. Bach, Leroy Anderson and Ludwig van Beethoven. The orchestra line-up is a preview for the highly anticipated “Music and Comedy” concert that the group will present on April 29 at 3 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium.

Directed by Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology Sharon Graf, the UIS Chorus will combine with the Lincoln Land Community College Choir under the direction of See Tsai Chan. They will perform a set of pop and folk song selections including Ryan Tedder’s “Counting Stars” and Redding and Cropper’s “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay”.

The UIS Band will end the program with an American theme under the direction of Applied Music Specialist Abigail Walsh. The program will begin with David Holsinger’s “American Faces” and includes excerpts from Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”, “Downton Abbey - The Suite” by John Lunn and John Philip Sousa’s famous march “Stars and Stripes Forever”.

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 orchestra may contact Abigail Walsh at 217/206-7549 or music@uis.edu.

Monday, March 19, 2018

UIS Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium to showcase research, creativity and innovation

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield presents the 7th annual Student Technology, Arts & Research Symposium (STARS). The two-day event showcases student research and creative activities during the academic year. All events are free and open to the public.

WHEN: Thursday, April 5 from 4 to 9 p.m.
Friday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

WHERE: UIS campus – with various presentations in the Student Union, Sangamon Auditorium, Public Affairs Center and Brookens Auditorium

DETAILS: UIS undergraduate and graduate students will present their research and creative activities through short talks, poster presentations, art exhibitions and musical performances. All events are free and open to the public. The symposium is also a great opportunity for businesses to explore and network with potential new talent for their organizations.

Thursday, April 5
  • Student oral presentations session & student-directed play readings will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center
  • The Launch of the “Alchemist Review”, a literary journal, takes place in Brookens Auditorium at 6 p.m.
  • Keynote Speaker Chen Chen will speak at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium. His A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize-winning book “When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities” is longlisted for the 2017 National Book Award for poetry. He will sign books during a reception that follows his presentation.
  • An open music rehearsal will be held from 8 to 9 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium 
Friday, April 6
    • Art exhibitions will be on display all day in the UIS Student Union
    • Poster sessions will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Student Union
    • Keynote Speaker Rashawn Ray, Ph.D., associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park, will speak at 1 p.m. in the Student Union, as part of the Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series. Ray is the author of “Race and Ethnic Relations in the 21st Century: History, Theory, Institutions, and Policy.” He will speak on the divisiveness plaguing the country and how social media seems to be used as a tool to segregate and isolate rather than unify.
    • An Implicit Bias Workshop led by UIS Assistant Professor Carlee Hawkins, Ph.D. will take place from 2-3 p.m. in the Student Union, followed by a reception for Hawkins and Ray from 3 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Student oral presentation sessions will continue from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Student Union Leadership Center
    • The first annual Illinois Capital Innovation Awards Night will take place from 5:00 to 8 p.m. in the Student Union
    • The UIS Spring Music Showcase concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium
    For the full STARS schedule, visit http://go.uis.edu/stars/. Questions may be directed to Brian Moore at 217/206-6664 or STARSymposium@uis.edu.

    Thursday, March 8, 2018

    UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents “Rochester and The State Capitol”

    WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Office of Advancement, Alumni SAGE Society, Chancellor’s Office and the Illinois State Historical Society presents “Rochester and The State Capitol” as part of the Lunch and Learn Series.

    WHEN: Thursday, March 29, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

    DETAILS: Raymond and Pamela Bruzan, teachers, writers, environmentalists and community boosters from Rochester, will present “Cotton, Violins, and Shots in the Night: A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois.” Presenting “How the 6th Illinois Capitol Stayed in Springfield” will be Mark Sorensen, Macon County Historian, former assistant director of the Illinois State Archives and past president of the Illinois State Historical Society.

    The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $23/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. The registration deadline is one week prior to each event.

    The final Lunch & Learn event of the semester will be “From Prairie to Sustainable U” on May 2. These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.

    Visit www.uis.edu/advancement/alumni/ to register online. For more information, contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or email advancement@uis.edu.

    UIS, Innovate Springfield & SIU Medicine to host inaugural Innovation Competition Awards

    The University of Illinois Springfield, Innovate Springfield and the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine will host the first Illinois Capital Innovation Competition Awards. The awards will be presented during a ceremony from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, April 6, 2018, at the UIS Student Union.

    The awards aim to identify, celebrate and engage area innovators in the Sangamon County area and bring them together to collaborate with leaders from industry, social impact organizations and government.

    Springfield was recently recognized by TechCrunch as one of the top 15 best cities to start a business in the Midwest. In 2016, SmartAsset identified Springfield at the number one best city in the U.S. to work in tech.

    “There’s a significant amount of innovative activity going on in Springfield,” said Bruce Sommer with the UIS Center for Entrepreneurship. “One of the differences between Springfield and other areas is that we lack a coordinated way to channel the impact of innovation through collaboration with researchers and industry.”

    Sommer is working with Innovate Springfield and SIU Medicine to help coordinate efforts, such as the Illinois Capital Innovation Competition Awards, to be a catalyst towards more innovation with greater economic impact for the area.

    “Since opening our doors in 2016, we have seen a significant amount of entrepreneurial activity at Innovate Springfield through our members and in the broader community we engage with,” said Katie Davison, executive director of Innovate Springfield. “Bringing them all under one roof at an event like this really demonstrates the magnitude of diverse innovation occurring in our region.”

    Rob Patino, director of technology transfer with SIU Medicine, points out that there is important cancer, Alzheimer’s and audiology research taking place in Springfield.

    “The SIU School of Medicine is more than an educational institution that treats patients in our community; we also engage in world-renowned research,” he said. “We are very proud of this research and excited about the opportunity to highlight our work throughout the region.”

    Innovative research is also taking place at UIS where faculty are making advances in environmental science, data analytics, digital humanities and public health, according to Keenan Dungey, UIS associate vice chancellor for research and institutional effectiveness.

    “UIS is a comprehensive regional university, where the teacher/scholar model is embodied in our faculty, who often include students as collaborators in their research, and bring their scholarly results into the classroom,” said Dungey. “We also serve the community through policy analyses for government agencies and training the next generation of social workers and teachers.”

    The awards competition is open to researchers, inventors, entrepreneurs, startups, existing businesses, institutions, social entrepreneurs, non-profits and other individuals who currently live in and around Sangamon County, who have lived here at some point in their lives, or are willing to relocate here.

    The deadline to submit an award nomination is March 23, 2018. Visit www.IllinoisInnovationAwards.com to learn how to apply for an award, nominate someone or to attend the event.

    Applicants and nominees will be divided in six different award categories—Research, Business Solutions, Healthcare, Agriculture, Community and Government Solutions and Roots (people who no longer live in the area). Nominations of individuals, businesses, or organizations that engage in innovative practice are encouraged as well.

    For more information, contact Bruce Sommer with the UIS Center for Entrepreneurship at 217/206-6712 or bsomm2@uis.edu.

    Wednesday, March 7, 2018

    Four UIS faculty members to present their research during public presentations on campus

    Four faculty members from the University of Illinois Springfield will present their research as part of the Spring Semester 2018 Faculty Scholarship Series. All presentations are free and open to the public.

    Hinda Seif, UIS associate professor of sociology/anthropology and women & gender studies, will present her research on “Paint it Brown: Women Artists, Space, and Self-Expression in Mexican Chicago” on March 29, 2018, from 12 to 1 p.m. in University Hall (UHB), Room 1031.

    Also on March 29, Holly Kent, UIS associate professor of history, will discuss “Writing Freedom: Abolitionist Women Writers Before the U.S. Civil War” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center, Conference Room F. Following the presentation, she’ll sign copies of her book “Her Voice Will Be On the Side of Right: Gender and Power in Antebellum Antislavery Fiction.”

    On April 18, 2018, Gwen Jordan, UIS associate professor of legal studies, will present "You May Study Law, But You Cannot Practice Here: Transnational Activism of Women Lawyers of Color in the Mid-Twentieth Century" at 12 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center, Third Floor Classroom 3B.

    The final presentation of the semester will be on April 24, 2018, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center, Conference Room F. Rosina Neginsky, UIS associate professor of liberal & integrative studies, will talk about her research on “Mikhail Vrubel and Symbolism in Literary Works,” followed by a book signing of her most recent publications.

    The Faculty Scholarship Series at UIS was launched in Fall Semester 2017 with the goal of sharing the research activities of faculty with the campus and the community. At UIS, faculty often include student researchers in their scholarship, and their results can influence the college curricula. This teacher/scholar model at UIS fulfills our mission to provide “an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities.”

    For more information, contact Keenan Dungey, UIS associate vice chancellor for research and institutional effectiveness, at 217/206-8112 or kdung1@uis.edu.

    Tuesday, February 20, 2018

    UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Leaving Loves Company” by renowned artist Angela Ellsworth

    The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Leaving Loves Company” from renowned Arizona-based artist Angela Ellsworth. “Leaving Loves Company” will open on Thursday, March 1, and run through Thursday, April 12, 2018. A reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, March 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Gallery.

    Angela Ellsworth is a multidisciplinary artist. A direct descendant of Lorenzo Snow, the fifth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she looks to her former Mormon heritage in re-creating histories, both personal and cultural. She is a self-identified queer artist and feminist that lends a strong female perspective, and frequently employs traditional craft practices in the fabrication of her object-based works.

    “Leaving Loves Company” will feature several works by the artist, among them the exhibition namesake, Leaving Loves Company: a stunning hand cart replica, modeled on the hand-drawn carts used during the Mormon western migration. Appearing completely immaculate and potentially otherworldly, this object defies function. The interior is carefully lined with white leather with rabbit fur details. Close inspection reveals that the woodgrain texture that covers the massive cart has been meticulously hand drawn in graphite -- by the artist.

    Angela Ellsworth is an associate professor in the School of Art at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University. Her work has been reviewed in Art News, Fiber Arts, Landscape Architecture Magazine, Canadian Art, Frieze Art, Artforum and Performance Research. She has presented work nationally and internationally including the Getty Center (Los Angeles), Museum of Contemporary Art (Sydney, Australia), Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Warsaw, Poland), National Review of Live Art (Glasgow, Scotland), Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (Los Angeles), Crystal Bridges (Bentonville, Arkansas), Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver, Colorado), Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (Scottsdale, Arizona), and Phoenix Art Museum (Phoenix, Arizona).

    Ellsworth has received awards and grants from several organizations including: Art Matters, Franklin Furnace, New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Inter-Arts Program of the NEA, The Rockefeller Foundation, The Pennsylvania Council for the Arts, New Forms Regional Initiative Grant, Mexic-Arte Museum and Diverse Works, funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation and The Rockefeller Foundation. She is represented by the Lisa Sette Gallery in Phoenix, Arizona.

    The Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, Room 201, and is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    For more information, visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery or contact the gallery by phone at 217/206-6506 or by email at alach@uis.edu.

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    UIS Speaker Series explores how African American children are depicted in popular media

    WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents a lecture on “Black Children in Hollywood Cinema” by Debbie Olson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of English at Missouri Valley College. The event is free and open to the public.

    WHEN: Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 4 p.m.

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

    DETAILS: The lecture will examine the relationship between how African American children are depicted in popular media and how black children in the United States are often considered prone to violence and criminality. The talk will address the significance of the image of the black child to the current cultural construction of childhood in popular media and explore how such image affirms or subverts popular notions of childhood in contemporary America. Olson will also discuss whether black “gangsta” images help inform cultural perceptions of black children and whether historical images of the African child inform those of the African American child.

    Olson’s research interests include images of African/African American children in films and television, critical race theory, cultural studies, and children in new Hollywood film. Her books include “Lost and Othered Children in Contemporary Cinema” (Lexington 2012), “Portrayals of Children in Popular Culture: Fleeting Images” (Lexington 2013), “The Child in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock” (Palgrave 2014) and “The Child in Post-Apocalyptic Cinema” (Lexington 2015). Her monograph, “The Black Child in Hollywood Cinema: Cast in Shadow” (Palgrave 2017) examines the black child in popular Hollywood cinema.

    Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/.

    Thursday, February 8, 2018

    UIS Speaker Series presents a simulation showing the path to immigrating to the U.S.

    Anette Sikka
    WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series will present an immigration simulation led by UIS Assistant Professor of Legal Studies Anette Sikka called “Welcome to America,” exploring the path to immigrating to the U.S.

    WHEN: Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 5:30 p.m.

    WHERE: Conference Rooms C/D, on the lower level of the UIS Public Affairs Center

    DETAILS: Step into the shoes of an individual seeking to immigrate to the U.S. and explore how U.S. immigration works. This simulation gives you a chance to “get in line” to come to the U.S. to work, as a student, or just to visit and see the world's biggest cheeseburger with your friends.

    Sikka will touch on how the Diversity Visa (Green Card Lottery) program was actually started to help undocumented Irish people living in the United States become legal, how the U.S. issued green cards to nearly 1 million applicants last year out of the 6 million who applied and how more than half of the people living in the U.S. who are undocumented first entered the U.S. legally.

    Sikka completed her J.D. at Dalhousie University in Canada in 2001 and her Ph.D. from the University of Ottawa in 2014. Her research focuses on immigration reform and criminal justice, race/class/gender, security sector reform, and international rule of law programming. Sikka worked for the United Nations in Bosnia and Kosovo from 2001 until 2006 and since 2007 as an international consultant on security sector reform and refugee issues in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    UIS Lunch & Learn Series presents "Celebrating Culture and History"

    WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield’s Office of Advancement, Alumni SAGE Society, Chancellor’s Office and the Illinois State Historical Society presents “Celebrating Culture and History” as part of the Lunch and Learn Series.

    WHEN: Tuesday, February 27, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

    WHERE: UIS Student Union Ballroom, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

    DETAILS: Elizabeth Alexander and Nell Clay, board members of the Central Illinois African American History Museum, will share the vision of the city’s newest cultural center as they present “We Have a Dream: The Future of Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum.” James Cornelius, Henry Horner Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum, will present “Lincoln, Lost and Found: Mysteries and Wonders of Illinois’ Lincoln Collection.”

    The cost for the hot buffet lunch and program is $23/per person. Reservations are requested, as seating is limited. The registration deadline is one week prior to each event. A discounted series subscription is available for $60/per person.

    Other upcoming Lunch & Learn events include “Rochester and The State Capitol” on March 29 and “From Prairie to Sustainable U” on May 2. These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue.

    Visit www.uis.edu/advancement/alumni/ to register online. For more information, contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or email advancement@uis.edu.

    Thursday, February 1, 2018

    UIS to mark Black History Month with events celebrating the theme “Speak Up, Speak Out”

    The University of Illinois Springfield will celebrate Black History Month in February with a variety of events designed to educate and raise awareness. The theme of this year’s celebration is “Speak Up, Speak Out.” The following events are free and open to the public or are open to Lincoln Land Community College students, as noted in each individual event entry below.

    Thursday, February 1 
    Candle Light Vigil 
    Students and community members are invited to participate in a Candle Light Vigil honoring the life of anyone who they have lost. Participants are encouraged to light a candle and say a few remarks for that special person. The vigil will start at 10 a.m. in the UIS Student Union. This event is free and open to the public.

    Sunday, February 11 
    Black Male Collegiate Society Induction Ceremony 
    Join UIS as we celebrate the accomplishments of those being inducted into the Black Male Collegiate Society. Hear from various Black Male Collegiate Society members and newly inducted members on their journey from maleness to manhood. This event is from 2 to 6 p.m. in the Student Union Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.

    Wednesday, February 14 
    Movie Night & Discussion 
    Enjoy a movie on the topic of Black Love and stay for a discussion. Lincoln Land Community College students are welcome to attend. This event will be held in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room from 7 to 9 p.m.

    Friday, February 16 
    High School-College Mixer “Sourcing the River” 
    Local high school students (juniors and seniors) are invited to partake in a campus visit where they will have a chance to interact, learn and socialize with many current African American student leaders at UIS. There will be a chance to learn more about the importance of Greek Life and witness a special presentation. This event will be held in the Student Union Ballroom from 4 to 6 p.m. This event is open to local high school students.

    Sunday, February 18 
    Soul Food Festival & Fashion Show 
    The Soul Food Festival will serve to educate, entertain, and unite students. In addition to the great soul food, there will be a fashion show for participants to enjoy with small dance performances throughout. Food will be catered by Nickey’s Place. This event will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center, lower level concourse. This event is free and open to the public.

    Saturday, February 24
    Ebony Ball 
    The Ebony Ball is a chance to appreciate and celebrate the black excellence of our current student leaders. The evening will be filled with education, laughter and positivity. The event is open to all students who believe in leadership and unity. Please take the time to increase the value of our student leaders by rooting them on in celebration this evening. Dress attire is business casual. This year’s theme is “The Harlem Renaissance.” This event will take place in the Student Union Ballroom from 8 p.m. to midnight. Lincoln Land Community College students are welcomed to attend.

    Sunday, February 25 
    Voices in Praise Concert 
    Put on your Sunday’s best and enjoy an evening of praise and worship brought to you by UIS’ Voices in Praise & Epic Praise student club, accompanied by Clifton Jones. This event will take place starting at 6 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium, located on the lower level of Brookens Library. This event is free and open to the public.

    For more information on Black History Month events, visit the UIS Diversity Center website at www.uis.edu/diversitycenter/ or contact Justin Rose, Diversity Center student program advisor, at 217/206-6333 or jrose22@uis.edu.

    Monday, January 29, 2018

    UIS to host the Career Connections Expo for students, alumni and community members

    WHAT: University of Illinois Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College and Benedictine University Springfield are excited to announce the 2018 Career Connections Expo. Community members, students and alumni from the hosting institutions and other colleges as well as community members are invited to attend the free event. The Expo is sponsored by Lutheran Child and Family Services, MSF&W Inc., NPR Illinois and RL Canning.

    WHEN: Thursday, February 15, 2018, from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    WHERE: The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on the UIS campus

    DETAILS: The Expo is designed to help attendees make professional connections, find jobs and internships and explore career paths. For potential employers, it is a chance to disseminate pertinent information and to develop a pool of candidates interested in current or future career opportunities.

    Representatives from more than 100 organizations are expected to be on hand. The event has an average attendance of more than 300 students, alumni and community members.

    Information for students, alumni and others: Pre-registration is not required, business-casual attire is required (NO jeans) and participants should bring copies of their resume to the Expo.

    Information for employers: Advance registration is required. Booth space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online at www.uis.edu/career. For more information, or to register, contact the Career Development Center at 217/206-6508.

    Thursday, January 18, 2018

    UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents "Hold me" by Chicago artist Erin Hayden

    The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Hold me” by Chicago artist Erin Hayden. “Hold me” will open on Monday, January 29, and run through Thursday, February 22, 2018. A reception for the exhibit will take place on Thursday, February 1, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

    Hayden is a multimedia artist whose works often reflect the unfiltered ways in which society consumes virtual information. “Hold me” presents a series of paintings influenced by a memorial card made for Abraham Lincoln's funeral procession.

    Hayden currently lives and works in Chicago. She received her MFA in Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University and BFA at Illinois State University. Her work has been exhibited in various cities across the United States and abroad, including at Stony Island Arts Bank and Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea Torino. Solo exhibitions of her paintings and video work has been shown at Mana Contemporary Chicago and the Randy Alexander Gallery. She has been an artist resident at the Ragdale Foundation, the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity and is a Luminarts Fellow. She has been featured in reviews and publications, such as the Chicago Tribune, Frieze, Lori Waxman's 60wrd/min art critic and NewCity Art.

    The Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, Room 201, and is open Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    For more information, visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at www.uis.edu/visualarts/gallery or contact the gallery by phone at 217/206-6506 or by email at alach@uis.edu.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2018

    UIS Speaker Series explores the history of protests in the United States from a legal and social perspective

    WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series and the UIS Diversity Center presents a panel discussion on “Protest: As American As Apple Pie” featuring UIS faculty members exploring American protest from historical, legal and social perspectives.

    WHEN: Tuesday, February 6, 2018, at 6 p.m.

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

    DETAILS: Protest is as American as apple pie, baseball, rock and roll, and Broadway. From the Boston Tea Party to the national anthem kneel, protest has been a part of America since its founding. Protest has been used in various ways throughout history and has served different functions. This interdisciplinary panel of UIS faculty will explore American protest from historical, legal, and social perspectives. These lenses will serve to contextualize modern protest movements, including the benefit they provide for all citizens.

    UIS faculty members taking part in the panel discussion include Devin Hunter, assistant professor of history; Tiffani Saunders, lecturer of sociology/anthropology and African American Studies; Yona Stamatis, assistant professor of ethnomusicology; and Ann Strahle, associate professor of communication.

    Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/.

    Tuesday, January 16, 2018

    UIS Theatre to hold auditions for an upcoming production of “Six Characters in Search of an Author”

    The theatre program at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS Theatre) will hold open auditions and crew interviews for their upcoming production of Luigi Pirandello's play “Six Characters in Search of an Author” on Sunday, January 21 and Monday, January 22, 2018, in The Studio Theatre at UIS.

    Crew interviews will begin at 6 p.m., followed by auditions at 7 p.m. both nights. Roles and crew positions are open to students, faculty, staff, and community members. Callbacks are slated for Tuesday, January 23.

    A limited number of scripts are available for checkout at the front desk at Brookens Library at UIS. Prepared one minute contemporary monologues and headshots/resumes are appreciated, but not mandatory. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script.

    “Six Characters in Search of an Author” will be performed April 13-15 and 19-21, 2018 in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center. UIS Associate Professor of Theatre Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson will direct with scenic design by UIS Assistant Professor of Theatre Dathan Powell.

    UIS Theatre will perform the 1998 adaption of the play by Robert Brustein, which has been described by the publisher Samuel French as a “highly acclaimed adaption of Pirandello’s masterpiece, a study in illusion and reality which follows a group of characters who try to fashion their life stories into acceptable drama.”

    For more information, contact Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson at 217/206-6613 or ethib1@uis.edu. You can also visit the UIS Theatre website at www.uis.edu/theatre.

    UIS Speaker Series presents “From Racial Hatred to Rational Love: Confessions of a Former White Supremacist” with Joseph Pearce

    WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series presents “From Racial Hatred to Rational Love: Confessions of a Former White Supremacist” with speaker Joseph Pearce. This event is co-sponsored by the UIS Diversity Center and the Catholic Student Organization and is free and open to the public.

    WHEN: Thursday, February 1, 2018, at 7 p.m.

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

    DETAILS: Joseph Pearce's talk will take the audience through his journey from racist revolutionary to his rejection of that ideology. Before he became a well-known college professor of literature, Pearce was a leader of the National Front, a British nationalist white supremacist group. Pearce will chronicle his life from disseminating literature extolling the virtues of the white race, to organizing pro-fascist concerts and brawling on the streets, to his imprisonment for inciting racial hatred and finally to the role that important literary figures played in his conversion from radical revolutionary to Catholic author.

    Joseph Pearce is Tolkien & Lewis chair in literary studies at Holy Apostles College & Seminary and senior editor at the Augustine Institute. He is editor of the St. Austin Review, series editor of the Ignatius Critical Editions, and executive director of Catholic Courses. His books include “The Quest for Shakespeare,” “Tolkien: Man and Myth,” “The Unmasking of Oscar Wilde,” “C. S. Lewis and The Catholic Church, Literary Converts, Wisdom,” “Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, Solzhenitsyn: A Soul in Exile” and “Old Thunder: A Life of Hilaire Belloc.”

    Individuals with disabilities who anticipate the need for accommodations should contact the UIS Speaker Series Office at 217/206-8507 or speakerseries@uis.edu in advance. For a list of other upcoming ECCE Speaker Series events, visit www.uis.edu/speakerseries/.

    Thursday, January 4, 2018

    University of Illinois Springfield to cut ribbon on new $21.75 million Student Union Building

    WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield will officially open the new $21.75 million Student Union Building during a ribbon cutting ceremony. UIS Chancellor Susan Koch will be joined by U of I President Timothy Killeen, Springfield Mayor Jim Langfelder and student leadership to cut the ribbon.

    WHEN: Sunday, January 14, 2018, at 2 p.m. An open house will immediately follow the ribbon cutting until 4 p.m. 

    WHERE: UIS Student Union, 2251 Richard Wright Drive, Springfield

    DETAILS: The two-story, 50,000-square-foot student union anchors the campus’s south quad, providing campus dining services, a Starbucks coffee shop, a ballroom with seating for up to 450 people and a Student Leadership Center that houses student government, volunteer offices and workspaces for student organizations.

    The first-ever student union will serve as a social hub for student life and foster a greater sense of community on the growing campus. In this signature building, so full of light and activity, students will interact with each other and with faculty, staff, and visitors, creating a vibrant and thriving focal point for life at UIS.

    The new facility will fill a void that officials say has grown since UIS became part of the University of Illinois system in 1995. The campus was originally founded in 1969 as Sangamon State University, catering to upperclassmen and graduate-level students, but is now a traditional four-year school that lacked the central gathering place that student unions provide at most colleges across the nation.

    For more information, contact Derek Schnapp, UIS director of public relations, at 217/206-6716 or dschn3@uis.edu.