Thursday, May 22, 2008

College of Education and Human Services to honor four emeritus faculty

Four retired faculty members from the College of Education and Human Services at the University of Illinois at Springfield – Jack Genskow, Barbara Hartman, Gary Storm, and Don Yohe (shown at the left, top to bottom) – will be honored at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 19, in the Auditorium Lobby in the Public Affairs Center on campus. Genskow is being honored posthumously.

A panel discussion with Hartman, Storm, and Yohe will be moderated by English Professor Emerita Judith Everson. Portraits of the four, to be installed in the College, will also be unveiled. The event is open to the public, however, reservations are required and must be made by June 12.

Hartman was an associate professor of Human Development Counseling; Storm was an associate professor of Teacher Education; and Yohe was an associate professor of Child, Family, and Community Services. Genskow, who was a professor of Human Development Counseling, died in December 2000.

Larry Stonecipher, dean of the College of Education and Human Services, noted, "Each of the professors being honored made valuable contributions, to Sangamon State University and to UIS, and they established a legacy of excellent teaching that continues."

The new portraits will join those of emeritus faculty M'Lou Burnett Dixon, Robert Crowley, Caryl Moy, James Pancrazio, and Regan Smith – who were honored in previous years – on the walls of the College’s classroom area on the third floor of Brookens Library. All of the portraits were painted by Robert Nettles, of Louisville, Kentucky.

The Office of UIS Alumni Relations is co-hosting the event along with the College and the CEHS Alumni Council.

Make a reservation or get more information.

Those who are unable to attend the event in person may send greetings.

Make a donation to a scholarship in honor of these faculty.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

UIS announces 2008-2009 Class Acts season at Sangamon Auditorium

The University of Illinois at Springfield announces the 2008-2009 Class Acts series at Sangamon Auditorium. The goal of Class Acts is to present a diverse performing arts program for youth in support of educational and cultural goals mandated by the State of Illinois for grades K through 12.

Now in its 23rd season, Class Acts strives to assist youth in understanding the nature of the performing arts by providing students with the experience of live performance and by furnishing instructional packets to assist teachers. It endeavors to introduce students to new ideas that will promote their personal and social well being as well as their educational growth through familiarizing them with new forms of communication and acquainting them with the existence of other cultures and the contributions they have made to the world.

These educational performances designed for young audiences take place during the school day. Students who attend area public or private schools often attend performances with their classes as field trips. Parents are encouraged to talk to their child's teacher about arranging a trip.

School teachers and administrators and home school parents can reserve tickets by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217.206.6160 or toll free at 800.207.6960 or online at Additional information about upcoming performances is available by contacting the Sangamon Auditorium Administrative Office at 217.206.6150. Tickets are $5.50 each, and every 16th ticket is free. The general public may purchase walk-up seats, if available, on the day of the scheduled event.

Youth programming in the Class Acts series, in conjunction with other Sangamon Auditorium events, is supported in part by the Helen Hamilton Performing Arts Endowment for Youth Fund, gifts from Elizabeth and Robert Staley, and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. The 2008-2009 Class Acts season is sponsored by Siciliano.

Click here for detailed information about the 2008-2009 Class Acts season.

About Sangamon Auditorium at the University of Illinois at Springfield

Sangamon Auditorium is located at the University of Illinois at Springfield and hosts more than 120 performances annually. Also home to the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and Springfield Ballet Company, it is the only auditorium of its kind and size in the Springfield area, with a seating capacity of 2,018. Sangamon Auditorium continues to fulfill its mission of presenting and supporting varied cultural and educational professional arts activities to audiences in Springfield, Sangamon County, and the surrounding areas. The auditorium administrative offices can be reached at 217.206.6150 or by email at