Monday, November 19, 2018

UIS Visual Arts Gallery announces the 2018 silent auction and benefit fundraising exhibition

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery will hold its annual silent auction and benefit fundraising exhibition starting on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018. All events are open to the public.

The auction will offer more than 100 items donated by local and regional artists. Ceramics, photography, glass, painting and drawing, crafts and more will be available at the auction. This event guarantees something for everyone, plus great food, drinks and fun all in support of the UIS Visual Arts Gallery mission.

Bidding begins on Monday, Dec. 3 and a closing event, along with final bidding, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Visual Arts Gallery, room 201 in the Health and Science Building on campus.

This year, the event will also feature a performance by UIS Music Camerata scholarship students from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Abigail Walsh, director of the program, will lead performances by a string quartet, soloists, and a voice, violin and piano trio.

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

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 or contact the gallery at 217/206-6506 or

Monday, November 12, 2018

UIS to co-host a history symposium celebrating Illinois’ Bicentennial on statehood day

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield and the Illinois State Historical Society will co-host the Illinois History Symposium celebrating Illinois’ Bicentennial on statehood day. Illinois became a state on December 3, 1818. The symposium will explore Illinois’ first 200 years of history through a variety of historical presentations.

WHEN: Monday, December 3, 2018, from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Symposium speakers will include Michael Wiant, former head of anthropology at the Illinois State Museum and director of Dickson Mounds Museum; Bill Kemp, librarian and archivist of the McLean County Museum of History; Hinda Seif, UIS associate professor of sociology/anthropology and women & gender studies; Tiffani Saunders, UIS instructor of sociology and African American studies; Devin Hunter, UIS assistant professor of public history; and Robert Sampson, associate professor of history at Millikin University.

Members of the public are invited to participate in the morning and afternoon sessions from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1:45 to 3:45 p.m. free of charge. For a full schedule go to

As part of the Lunch & Learn Series, a hot buffet at a cost of $23/per person is required for those who attend the 11:30 a.m. presentation. Reservations for the lunch presentation are requested, as seating is limited. The registration deadline is one week prior to the event.

Visit to register online. For more information, contact the UIS Office of Advancement at 217/206-6058 or email

Friday, November 9, 2018

UIS Music Program presents “Magic and Mysticism” Concert

WHAT: The University of Illinois Springfield Music Program presents “Magic and Mysticism” - a magical musical and visual multimedia experience featuring performances by the UIS Band, jazz ensemble, flute choir and Camerata Scholarship students.

WHEN: Friday, November 16, 2018, at 7:30 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Come join the UIS music ensembles for a dramatic musical and visual multimedia experience featuring music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, Hansel and Gretel and more! A night of magical music will be enhanced by storytelling, still and animated visual representations and lighting effects.

This concert marks the premiere of the UIS Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Adjunct Professor Robert Sears. The group will open with “Queen Bee” by Count Basie and arranged by Sammy Nestico. Other works include pieces by Duke Ellington, Pat Metheny and Jaco Pastorius. Also included in the first half is a medley of folkloric songs from Mexico performed by the UIS Flute Choir and an arrangement of “Queen of the Night” from Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” performed by a brass ensemble consisting of Camerata scholarship students.

Under the direction of Applied Music Specialist, Abigail Walsh, the UIS Band will open the second half of the concert with Rossano Galante’s “A Childhood Remembered” followed by music from Harry Potter, Berlioz’s “March Hongroise” and Mortin Lauridson’s “O Magnum Mysterium.”

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, Jazz Ensemble or Orchestra may contact Abigail Walsh at 217/206-7549 or

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

UIS Career Development Center seeks donations of professional clothing for student job interviews

The University of Illinois Springfield Career Development Center is asking Springfield-area residents to donate clean, new or gently used, ready to wear professional clothing for students to wear to job interviews and internships.

The professional clothing drive is being held as part of National Career Development Month.

This year, the Career Development Center is specifically asking for donations of full suits, professional dresses, suit jackets or blazers, skirts or slacks, shirts or blouses, ties or scarfs and shoes.

Donations may be dropped off at the UIS Career Development Center, located in the Student Affairs Building, Room 50, on the east side of the UIS campus Nov. 12-16 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Clothing will be distributed to students Nov. 26-30 during the UIS Professional Clothing Closet event.

For more information, contact the UIS Career Development Center, at 217/206-6508 or