Monday, January 28, 2013

UIS to celebrate Black History Month 2013

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 “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality: The Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington”. The following is a list of events that are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

Friday, February 1 

Soup and Conversation 
The UIS Diversity Center will hold a Soup and Conversation discussion on Friday, February 1 from 2-3:30 p.m. in the Diversity Center, Student Life Building (SLB 22). Participants can enjoy Gumbo Soup, while discussing the film Soul Food Junkies, which explores family, food, and tradition.

Speaker: Omar Tyree 
Omar Tyree will speak on Friday, February 1 at 7 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center, Room C/D (located on the lower level). Tyree is a New York Times best-selling author, journalist, reporter, poet, screenwriter, songwriter, playwright, event host, lecturer, blogger, publishing consultant and literacy advocate. He won a 2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literature in Fiction, a 2006 Phillis Wheatley Literary Award for Body of Work in Urban Fiction, and a 2010 HBCU Legends Award for his tireless work in urban literacy.

Saturday, February 2 

Barber and Beauty Shop 
The UIS Black Student Union and Black Male Collegiate Society will sponsor a Barber and Beauty Shop on Saturday, February 2 from 2-6 p.m. in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room. Students will be able to get their hair curled, straightened, cut, etc.

Ebony Ball 
The Ebony Ball, a gala showcasing and honoring African American student leaders, will be held on Saturday, February 2 at 9 p.m. in the Student Life Building (SLB Multipurpose Room). The ball will feature a court, similar to homecoming or prom.

Tuesday, February 5 

Virgil Rhodes Concert 
The Division of Student Affairs presents, Dr. Virgil J. Rhodes, Jr. in concert on Tuesday, February 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center Food Emporium. Rhodes is a jazz historian, jazz promoter, jazz performer and college professor. He was a charter member and still performs under the group name Footprints, which plays jazz endues and festivals throughout the world. Virgil never played a musical instrument, until he was 35. Now twenty plus years later, he is a very skilled player on the flute and saxophone and teaching himself how to play acoustic bass and piano.

Saturday, February 9 

Heritage Bowl 
The Heritage Bowl, a game style academic tournament designed to increase knowledge about African American contributions to society, will be held on Saturday, February 9 from 2-5 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium (lower level Brookens Library). The bowl was created to educate and stimulate the minds of UIS students.

Sunday, February 10 

Celebration of Gospel 
A Celebration of Gospel will be held on Sunday, February 10 from 6-9 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium (lower level Brookens Library). The event will celebrate the history of Gospel music and its artists and musicians.

Wednesday, February 13

ECCE Speakers Series: From Maid to Millionaire
The UIS Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “From Maid to Millionaire” featuring Dr. Rhondda Robinson Thomas on Wednesday, February 13 at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium (lower level Brookens Library). Thomas is an assistant professor of African American Literature at Clemson University. In this multi-media presentation, Thomas will examine the neglected stories of African American domestics in the North, particularly the experiences of young African American women who relocated to Cleveland during the Great Migration and found employment, housing, and recreation at the Phillis Wheatley Association (PWA). The African American female domestic has become an iconic figure in Southern culture, literary texts, and popular films such as The Help and Gone with the Wind.

Saturday, February 16 

Heart of a Collegiate Man 
The UIS Black Male Collegiate Society presents “Heart of a Collegiate Man” on Saturday, February 16 from 2-5 p.m. in the Diversity Center, located in the Student Life Building (SLB 22). Dating and relationship topics will be discussed among participants.

Motown in Yo’Town 
UIS will honor Motown on Saturday, February 16 at 10 p.m. with “Motown in Yo’Town” in the Housing Commons. Motown is a recording label that played an important role in racial integration of popular music. This event will consist of music honoring the greats of Motown, film and stage, celebrating music from then to now. There will be acting, karaoke, dancing, and a classical Soul Train line.

Wednesday, February 20 

Speaker: Evelyn Ivy 
The UIS College of Business & Management will host a presentation by alumna Evelyn Ivy, CPA on Wednesday, February 20 from 4-6 p.m. in the PAC Restaurant (lower level Public Affairs Center). Ivy is the founder and CEO of Financial Keepers, a Springfield-based firm. She holds three master’s degrees from UIS in Educational Technology (2005), Business Administration (MBA) (2008), and Accountancy (2009). Ivy knows what it takes to succeed in school, at work, and in life. If you would like to attend, RSVP before February 14, 2013 to

ECCE Speakers Series: Governance & Human Rights in Gambia 
The UIS Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “Monitoring Governance and Human Rights in Gambia” on Wednesday, February 20 at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium (lower level Brookens Library). Dr. Alieu Taal, a senior faculty member at the University of The Gambia, will discuss the country’s reputation for human rights abuse and disrespect for the rule of law. International efforts are underway to improve Gambia’s human rights record.

Thursday, February 21 

Poetry Night 
The UIS Black Student Union (BSU) presents Poetry Night on Thursday, February 21 at 9 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center Atrium (PAC third floor). BSU’s annual poetry night features the creative writing and performances of UIS students and local poets.

Friday, February 22 

Black Male Collegiate Society Induction 
The UIS Black Male College Society will induct new members during a ceremony on Friday, February 22 from 5-8 p.m. in the Public Affairs Center (Room C/D).

Saturday, February 23 

Byron Hurt Film Screening & Discussion 
Award-winning documentary filmmaker, published writer, anti-sexist activist, and lecturer Byron Hurt will discuss his film, Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes, following a screening on Saturday, February 23 at 2 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium (lower level Brookens Library). His popular documentary examines representations of gender roles in hip-hop and rap music. Hurt is also the host of the Emmy-nominated series, "Reel Works with Byron Hurt." His latest film, Soul Food Junkies, was released in 2012 and aired nationally on PBS’ Emmy award-winning series, Independent Lens. For more information, visit

Dance Festival 
The UIS Black Student Union (BSU) will hold its second annual Dance Festival on Saturday, February 23 from 8-11 p.m. in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room. The event highlights student organizations, such as the Legacy Dance Team, Dancing Stars and Global Rhythm. Students get to see and learn about other cultures through performance and dance.

Sunday, February 24 

Voices in Black
“Voices in Black”, a tribute to African American women though song, dance and spoken word, will take place on Sunday, February 24 from 4-7 p.m. in the Lincoln Residence Hall Great Room. The event will feature a series of monologues and song telling.

Wednesday, February 27 

Speaker: Junior Bridgeman 
Junior Bridgeman, a former NBA player and businessman, will speak on Wednesday, February 27 from 10:30 a.m. to Noon in Brookens Auditorium (lower level Brookens Library). Bridgeman started his basketball career at the University of Louisville and was later drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers. Bridgeman spent 12 years playing for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks before entering a career in business. He is currently the president of Bridgeman Foods, which owns and operates 160 Wendy’s restaurants across the country.

ECCE Speakers Series: The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King
The UIS Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speakers Series presents “The Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King” featuring Dr. Konrad Hamilton on Wednesday, February 27 at 7 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium (lower level Brookens Library). Hamilton will discuss Dr. King’s legacy in the context of today and how his mission continues. Hamilton holds a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University and is an associate professor of history and chair of American Studies at Knox College.

February 28 – March 1

Illinois History Symposium at UIS
The 2013 Illinois History Symposium, “Slavery and Emancipation: Global Perspectives,” will be held on the UIS campus February 28-March 1. UIS students and faculty, with proper identification, will be admitted free to all presentations, but paid reservations in advance are required for any meals, including the SAGE luncheon on February 28. For more information, visit

For more information on Black History Month events at UIS, contact Dr. Clarice Ford, executive director of the UIS Diversity Center, at 217/206-6333 or

Thursday, January 24, 2013

UIS hosts Springfield Collegiate Career Fair

WHAT: The career centers at the University of Illinois Springfield, Lincoln Land Community College, Robert Morris University, and Benedictine University at Springfield are excited to announce the 15th annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair. Students and alumni from the four institutions, other colleges and universities, and community members are invited to attend.

WHEN: Tuesday, February 12, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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

DETAILS: Beyond information about actual job openings, the fair is designed to provide an open information exchange about different organizations, hiring trends and the best routes to future opportunities. For potential employers, it is a chance to disseminate pertinent information and to develop a pool of candidates interested in future opportunities, internships and summer openings as well as permanent employment.

Representatives from approximately 100 local, regional and national employers representing health care, banking, government, retail, unions, insurance, law enforcement and others sectors are expected to participate. The event has an average attendance of more than 300 students and alumni.

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 resumes to the fair.

Information for employers: Advance registration is required. Free booth space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is available online at

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

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Chicago-based duo Industry of the Ordinary presents "Guns and Butter" at the UIS Visual Arts Gallery

The Visual Arts Gallery at the University of Illinois Springfield welcomes the Chicago-based collaborative team, Industry of the Ordinary, for a provocative performance and time-based installation that consists of a firearm encased in a butter sculpture.

The artists for the exhibit “Guns and Butter” will be on campus Thursday, January 31 to conduct the performance aspect of their project in the gallery, beginning at 2 p.m., and to later present a lecture in Brookens Auditorium at 5:30 p.m. A reception will follow in the gallery from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be on display through February 21. All events are free and open to the public.

The prolific collaborative duo, comprised of Chicago-based English expatriates Adam Brooks and Mathew Wilson, are known for their thought-provoking performances that challenge perceptions of what is ordinary or every day. They will work together in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery to construct a butter sculpture around an inoperable firearm. As time passes during the course of the exhibition, space heaters will gradually melt away some of the butter, further exposing the encased rifle.

The artists, currently presenting a mid-career retrospective at the Chicago Cultural Center, recently created a butter sculpture of President Obama, and in another performance, toured that sculpture around the streets of Chicago while filming pedestrian response. The butter sculpture created here in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery will be created with the surplus butter that remains from that endeavor, still currently on display in their retrospective, Sic Transit Gloria Mundi. Wilson said he and Brooks want people to become less passive when they view everyday surroundings and to help them look closer at the experiences everyone shares. He went on to note that their work, which sometimes deals with topics like terrorism and infidelity, can be controversial, but pushing boundaries is part of the human experience.

During their lecture, Industry of the Ordinary will address the nature of their work, challenging established perspectives on the familiar, and the intentionality behind the deliberate inclusion of a firearm in this exhibit amidst the current and hotly charged dialogue surrounding the topic of gun control.

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery is centrally located on the UIS campus in the Health and Science Building, room 201 (HSB 201). Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information regarding the exhibition, please visit the UIS Visual Arts Gallery website at, or contact the gallery by phone at 217/ 206-6506 or email

Friday, January 18, 2013

UIS students partner with the American Red Cross to prevent fires during MLK Jr. Day of Service

WHAT: Approximately 50 students, in coordination with the University of Illinois Springfield Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center, will be going door-to-door distributing American Red Cross fire safety and disaster preparedness information to thousands of homes on Springfield’s east side. The effort is part of the national Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

WHEN: Monday, January 21, 2013 from Noon to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Various neighborhoods on the east side of Springfield.

DETAILS: UIS students will be distributing safety information to various neighborhoods and areas where the American Red Cross, Illinois Capital Area Chapter has seen the most fires over the past two years. The goal is to increase safety awareness through education to help lower the number of fires each year.

According to the Springfield Fire Department, “Increased risk of residential fire accompanies behaviors like smoking, inattentive grease frying, alternative heating (space heaters or stove heating instead of traditional methods), and even poor general housekeeping. Inadequate smoke and carbon monoxide detector use adds to the risk of death or injury.”

The UIS student volunteers are members of the following campus organizations: Alternative Spring Break, Black Male Collegiate Society, Leadership for Life, International Student Organization, Military Veterans Student Organization, and the Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity.

On average, the American Red Cross, Illinois Capital Area Chapter responds to a disaster every 72 hours and provides direct financial assistance to hundreds of individuals and families every year.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

UIS hosts 2013 Illinois History Symposium "Slavery and Emancipation: Global Perspectives"

The 2013 Illinois History Symposium, “Slavery and Emancipation: Global Perspectives,” will be held on the campus of the University of Illinois Springfield February 28-March 1, with additional programs and activities at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on March 2.

This year’s symposium, co-sponsored by the Illinois State Historical Society, the History and International Programs Departments at UIS, and UIS’ Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Public Affairs and Administration, will examine human bondage in both contemporary and historical contexts, from legalized chattel slavery in antebellum America and serfdom in tsarist Russia to human trafficking, forced labor, and sexual exploitation around the globe.

More than fifty scholars from around the nation and the world will participate in this year’s symposium, which coincides with the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863. Although a great deal of the symposium will focus on the history of slavery, abolition, emancipation, and Reconstruction politics during the nineteenth century, scholars will be on hand to discuss the dark stain of human trafficking in the global context, and how it continues to affect men, women, and children.

The symposium will feature a number of renowned scholars including Peter Kolchin, Henry Clay Reed Professor of History at the University of Delaware, an expert on the comparative history of Russian serfdom and American slavery; Michael Burlingame, Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, UIS; Matthew Holden, Wepner Distinguished Chair of Political Science, UIS; Richard Burchill, Nicholas J. Evans, Mick Wilkinson, and Doug Hamilton of the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation, University of Hull, England; and recently published authors Darrell Dexter (Bondage in Egypt: Slavery in Southern Illinois), Stacey Robertson (Hearts Beating for Liberty: Women Abolitionists in the Old Northwest), and Guy Fraker (Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency).

Registration for the 2013 Illinois History Symposium is open to everyone. Students and teachers are especially invited, and Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU’s) for teachers seeking advanced certification will be available. UIS students and faculty, with proper identification, will be admitted free to all presentations, but paid reservations in advance are required for any meals, including the SAGE luncheon on February 28, and the Symposium Banquet on March 1 (at the Presidential Museum).

For more information about the symposium, or to download a registration form, visit, or call 217/525-2781.