Thursday, October 14, 2010

Official city holiday ornament depicting UIS unveiled

A three-dimensional depiction of the colonnade on the quadrangle at the University of Illinois Springfield is featured on the 2010 City of Springfield ornament.

The design, unveiled at a press conference at the colonnade Wednesday, is the 18th in a series of collectible ornaments depicting local buildings and landmarks.

The series is a project of St. Joseph’s Home, a not-for-profit nursing home established in 1903. Sales of the ornament support the home.

The 2¼-inch tall ornament depicts the colonnade, constructed on the north side of the UIS Quad in 2005, as well as a base commemorating the 40th anniversary of UIS.

Terri Hempstead, development coordinator of St. Joseph’s Home, said the university a year ago suggested that the home consider spotlighting UIS.

“We were thrilled,” she said. “It is a worthy addition to the group of buildings and landmarks that define the identity of Springfield.”

The ornament was featured in a October 14, 2010, article in The State Journal-Register.

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