Tuesday, May 3, 2016

UIS golfer Supak tied for fifth in Super Regional

Talon Supak of the University of Illinois Springfield shot a 1-under-par 70 Monday and is tied for fifth place after the opening round of the NCAA Division II Midwest Super Regional at The Meadows.

The 54-hole tournament continues today and concludes Wednesday. The top five teams and the top two individuals not members of the top five teams will advance to the NCAA Division II National Championships May 17-21 in Denver, Colorado.

Supak, who started on the front nine Monday, double-bogeyed the par-4 first hole but had three birdies and 14 pars the rest of the way. Two of his birdies came on par-3 holes: Nos. 2 and 17.

Supak was featured by The State Journal-Register on May 3, 2016.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Redeeming Innocence for 15 Years

The Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Illinois Springfield celebrated 15 years of service Saturday evening.

Exonerating 9 Illinois citizens who have been wrongly convicted of crimes,the organization seeks to help more innocent people who have been wrongly convicted in the justice system.

The most recent exoneree is a Champaign native, Teshome Campbell who spent 18 years behind bars for 1st degree murder, a crime he had no involvement with.

"When I saw the individuals walk across the stage in Chicago each of whom was innocent pick up a flower and go before the cameras and say if it wasn't for the Innocence Project I would have been killed by the State of Texas, the State of Florida, the State of Illinois 3, 4, 5 years ago if it weren't for that. It just can't help but get to you," said Larry Golden, founding director of the Illinois Innocence Project.

The story was reported by WAND-TV 17 on April 30, 2016.

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New UIS community garden will serve multiple purposes

The new community garden at the University of Illinois Springfield is small — only a 20-by-20 foot plot with raised beds — but it has in it everything but the kitchen sink.

Wait — that’s in there, too, along with a repurposed bathtub from the nearby Strawbridge-Shepherd House on campus.

Organizers intend for the UIS Campus Community Garden to serve as a model for sustainability, to build community and to provide hands-on learning.

Megan Styles, assistant professor of environmental studies, said the idea for the garden came from two students in her Introduction to Sustainability class who decided to make a garden their class project last fall.

A core group of about six students, aided by a dozen or more other volunteers, now work on the garden, which was dedicated by UIS Chancellor Susan Koch on Friday.

Koch, who cut a green burlap ribbon that will be repurposed in the garden, said she liked the idea that it is a learning lab.

“It is so hands-on and an example of the personalized education we provide,” Koch said.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on April 30, 2016.

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