Thursday, September 21, 2017

Women's Soccer: Stars’ Guijarro wins weekly honor

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Paloma Guijarro has been named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

The junior goalkeeper helped the Prairie Stars shut out Drury and Missouri S&T last weekend.

She made nine saves in the two games.

Guijarro has allowed one goal in 270 minutes. She has a .917 save percentage in three matches.

She is the first UIS women’s player ever to earn the weekly honor.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 20, 2017.

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Training crucial to real-life work

University of Illinois Springfield students, interested in protecting children, are getting a front row seat to a day on the job. 

On Wednesday, a national organization training professionals in the field stopped on campus. They're showing students the best way to respond to a child abuse call.

It's part of an initiative to better prepare future workers.

"Don't let him hurt me." A mother in sheer panic, but don't be alarmed. This is an inside look at a mock crime scene. Professionals are practicing how to respond to a child abuse call.

"It's very intense. It's something you're never prepared for." Marlene Constant is the only student on the team. She's playing a forensic investigator. Together, they're trying to find out what went wrong here.

"It was a little surprising, but you really have to be confident of what's going on around you from the temperature of the room to the smells.

"The place is filthy with trash, spoiled food and blood nearly everywhere you look. But, this is an average day on the job. "This is a very important job, but it's very, very difficult, but with the right training, people can do this and they can feel confident in the work that they do."

Betsy Goulet teaches child advocacy studies at UIS. he will be watching all this play out by video in class.

"Hopefully, their experiences in the house have given them a much better sense when they knock on that door."

She says this will help students prepare for jobs in child welfare and law enforcement.

Constant agrees and she's ready for the real world. "It'll help me to understand and pick up on some warning signs that I can be on the lookout for."

DCFS' new hires and UIS students use the home for hands-on training. They say this type of practice will help attract candidates and keep them in their roles.

This story aired on WCIA on September 20, 2017.

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

UIS to conduct first responder training with state agency

The University of Illinois Springfield is scheduled to train more than 20 first responders on ways to protect children and families.

The session is planned for Wednesday and will include instructions on how to conduct witness interviews and how to investigate a crime scene.

Attendees will get a chance to be a part of a mock crime scene investigation at a university training facility.

The university founded the Child Protection Training Academy two years ago with the state's child welfare agency.

Over 250 investigators for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services have been trained through the academy.

This story appeared in U.S. on September 20, 2017.

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