Tuesday, September 1, 2015

UIS survey looks at issues for transgendered

A national survey conducted by the University of Illinois-Springfield shows positive attitudes toward the rights of transgendered people.

Springfield's WTAX-AM reports the survey conducted online of 774 people shows 81 percent supportive of those who are transgendered having the same rights as the rest of us. However, only 41 percent support using public funds to help provide medical treatment for them.

Associate professor of political science Jason Pierceson says information about needs of the transgendered community in terms of politics, policy, and law is lacking. He says the more education there is, the more hearts and minds will be changed.

This article appeared online in The State Journal-Register on September 1, 2015.

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Monday, August 31, 2015

Civil rights icon John Lewis' to appear at UIS as part of campuswide reading program

An appearance by civil rights icon John Lewis, now a U.S. congressman, will highlight events related to the University of Illinois Springfield's "One Book, One UIS" community read for 2015-16.

The graphic memoir "March," written by Lewis and Andrew Aydin and illustrated by Nate Powell, tells Lewis' life story as a civil rights activist and leader. The book is a trilogy, with the third part yet to be published.

Jane Treadwell, UIS librarian and dean of library instructional services, said the book selection committee considered whether a graphic novel would have as much appeal as a traditional book to the campus community.

"Undergraduates already have been exposed, and they like that format," Treadwell said. "We decided that because of the subject matter, it would work."

The highlight of the "March" initiative is an Oct. 19 appearance by Lewis, Aydin and Powell at UIS. Tickets for the 7 p.m. event, which are free, are available Monday through the Sangamon Auditorium ticket office. The event is supported in part by Illinois Humanities and the Field Foundation of Illinois.

More information on the community read and the Oct. 19 event is available at onebookoneuis.com.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on August 31, 2015.

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As school starts, some UIS students start giving back

With the school year underway, some UIS students spent no time getting back out into the community. It's part of the Welcome Week Service-A-Thon, organized by the university's volunteer and civic engagement center.

Students spent the day giving back to seven local organizations. Organizers say volunteers get as much out of the event as the recipients.

"Just knowing that you're giving back. that you're helping the company, and knowing that you're doing something for somebody else. "You might say 'oh the foodbank' and really don't know the qualifications of the foodbank, so they get to learn a lot about the foodbank, the factory of the foodbank, and what they're doing for the people that they're helping," project coordinator Jasmine Herbert said.

UIS students can continue to volunteer their time to these organizations throughout the school year.

The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 on August 28, 2015.

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