Wednesday, February 29, 2012

UIS' Fakuade gets all-GLVC first-team honor

University of Illinois Springfield senior Michael Fakuade was named first-team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference and was joined by teammate West Dawson on the GLVC’s All-Defensive team.

Fakuade, a 6-foot-7 senior from Chicago Von Steuben High School who began his college basketball career at Northern Illinois, averaged 14.5 points and was second in the GLVC with 11.0 rebounds per game.

He is second in the nation in blocked shots (3.5 per game), fourth in rebounding and eighth in double-doubles (13). He is the only player in the GLVC to lead multiple statistical categories (blocked shots, rebounding and double-doubles).

Dawson, a 6-5 junior from Decatur Eisenhower by way of Lincoln College, was second on the Prairie Stars with 111 defensive rebounds and recorded 34 steals with eight blocked shots.

Senior guard Jermaine Love-Roberts was named second-team All-GLVC. He leads the conference in free throw percentage (119-for-138, .862) and is eighth in the league in scoring (16.5). The Rich East graduate averaged nearly 19 points per game in his last 11 outings and scored in double figures in his final 22 games.

The trio was featured in an February 29, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Stars' Beale on All-GLVC 2nd team

Senior Bailey Beale became the first member of the University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball team to earn All-Great Lakes Valley Conference honors when she was named second team all-conference.

In addition, Beal has been accepted into the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association’s “So You Want to Be A Coach” program and will accompany the UIS coaching staff to the Women’s Final Four in Denver.

“This is a great honor for Bailey and the UIS women’s basketball program,” Prairie Stars coach Marne Fauser said. “The second-team all-conference honor is a reflection of her tireless work ethic, competitiveness and intrinsic drive. Those traits helped elevate her to one of the best players in the GLVC.”

Beale, who is from Independence, Mo., finished second in the GLVC with 67 3-point field goals and ranked 14th in steals (47) and 17th in scoring (12.3 points per game). The durable guard led the conference in minutes played (34.7 per game).

Beale was featured in an February 29, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Year two of building UIS baseball program in full swing

New University of Illinois Springfield baseball coach Mike Zandler doesn’t see a lot of gray area when it comes to his approach for the upcoming season.

“What we can do is make the players better and at the end of the year see where we’re at,” he said. “I have tunnel vision in that respect. That’s how I’m gauging how we do.”

Year Two of building the UIS program is under way, and Zandler is in his third month with the Prairie Stars. The Falls Church, Va., native was formerly an assistant at NCAA Division I Davidson College. He was introduced at UIS last December as a replacement for Brian Grunzke, who is now an assistant at South Dakota State.

The Prairie Stars’ roster is an equal mix of newcomers and returning players from last year’s 8-35 inaugural season. Zandler worked primarily with pitchers at his previous post, so expect UIS to benefit from his expertise.

The Stars’ four starting pitchers, in no particular order, are sophomore Barry Arnett, senior Ethan Morris, Illinois-Chicago transfer Jacob Frerichs and freshman Kyle Schildroth.

The team was featured in an February 25, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

UIS stages a classic, "True West"

Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, the head of the UIS theatre department these last 10 years, is taking a sabbatical this semester, but he is staying home in Springfield. As head of an academic program, he does not normally have the time to act in productions. But his sabbatical has given him time to perform in what is now an American stage classic,

"True West," by Sam Shepard, in the Studio Theatre at UIS Feb. 24-26 and March 1-3 (7:30 p.m. except for a 2 p.m. matinee on Sun., Feb. 26). The production is directed by UIS theatre professor Milissa Thibodeaux-Thompson, Eric’s wife.

The play is about two estranged brothers who have not seen each other in many years. Austin (Craig Rauch), the younger brother, is a successful screenwriter. Lee (Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson), the older, is a drifter of sorts. They do not get along and the plot revolves around the reappearance of Lee to his brother and what ensues. Without giving too much away, this play about sibling rivalry also becomes a play about role reversals. The UIS production also features Tom Hutchinson and Susan Jeffers.

The play was featured in an February 23, 2012, article in the Illinois Times.

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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Sibling rivalry: Brothers battle in "True West"

There’s little truth in “True West.”

With a desert-dwelling drifter who can’t stand the sound of chirping crickets, and his studious screenwriter brother who doesn’t mind, irony introduces the plot of the Sam Shepard play that opens Friday at UIS’ Studio Theatre.

“True West” is the story is of two estranged brothers, Lee and Austin, who both end up back in their mother’s California home as adults, while she vacations in Alaska. The two are presumed to have a father, only referred to as “Old Man,” locked up somewhere nearby.

It’s clear from the first line that the relationship is strained, as well as distant.

“So, mom took off for Alaska, huh?” accuses Lee, played by Eric Thibodeaux-Thompson, UIS associate professor of theater and director of UIS Theatre. The brothers’ mother, played by Susan Jeffers, asked Austin to housesit — but not Lee.

The play was featured in an February 23, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Books tells Lincoln's life story in words, photographs

Acclaimed landscape photographer Robert Shaw has teamed up with renowned Lincoln historian Michael Burlingame to produce a book titled “Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way — The America Lincoln Knew.”

The book takes readers on a visual journey that is unique among books about Abraham Lincoln. Burlingame’s writing and Shaw’s photographs are woven together with Lincoln’s own words to tell Lincoln’s life story.

The 276-page hardcover book is a culmination of five years of research and hundreds of days of photography in 10 states and the District of Columbia. Shaw traveled more than 100,000 miles in taking photos for the book.

The book begins at Lincoln’s birthplace in Kentucky, moves through his younger years in Indiana, offers a comprehensive view of his 29 years in Illinois, travels to The White House and the years of the Civil War, and concludes with an epilogue by Burlingame.

Burlingame is the author of “Abraham Lincoln: A Life,” “The Inner World of Abraham Lincoln,” and most recently “Lincoln and the Civil War.” Burlingame is the holder of the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The book was featured in an February 23, 2012, article in The Jacksonville Journal-Courier.

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Softball: Eleven returning players should boost UIS

Ask any University of Illinois Springfield softball player and she’ll tell you last year was a success. Eleven of the Prairie Stars’ 18 players are returnees.

The pitching staff is made up entirely of juniors and seniors. Four of the five pitched for UIS last spring.

Aubrey Watson produced a 7-4 record and had the top earned run average (1.83). Watson, junior Tina Buck (4.11 ERA, 73 strikeouts) and senior Heather Gradishar (3.42 ERA) logged the most innings.

With pitching covered, Coach Mat Mundell recruited players for other needs.

“The element of speed is something we really worked on,” he said. “We tried to bring in more speed to be able to change the game a little bit with that offensively."

The Stars will put their skill on display by opening the season Feb. 23 with six games over three days in Bentonville, Ark.

The team was featured in an February 23, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Downtown could be residential magnet, advocates say

Annie Tierney made a pros-and-cons list about living in downtown Springfield before she and husband Ben moved into the Lincoln Square Apartments in July.

Cons included parking hassles, limited entertainment choices and a business district that all but closes after weekday work hours.

But the pros won out for the gregarious graduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield, who dreams of working in government.

“I really like being in the center of everything,” said Tierney, who waited two months before space became available in the distinctive red-brick apartment complex at Fifth and Monroe streets.

An urban design team looking at trends in downtown Springfield said enticing more people like Tierney to live in the heart of the city is vital to the area’s future growth.

Tierney was featured in an February 22, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Seven to receive state's highest award, The Order of Lincoln

As the Land of Lincoln celebrates the 203rd birthday of Abraham Lincoln, Governor Pat Quinn announced seven distinguished Illinoisans who will receive The Order of Lincoln, the state’s highest award.

The Order of Lincoln Medallion will be presented by The Lincoln Academy of Illinois officials at a special ceremony Saturday, April 21 at the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield.

The 2012 Laureates include:

Dr. Naomi Burgos Lynn served as the President of Sangamon State University in Springfield beginning in 1991 and through its reorganization into the University of Illinois Springfield. She was the first Hispanic woman president of an American public university. Lynn has published extensively in the fields of political science and public administration, and she has served as President of the American Society for Public Administration, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the Women’s Caucus for Political Science. She retired as the first Chancellor of the University of Illinois Springfield in 2001.

Dr. Lynn was featured in an February 21, 2012 Gatehouse News Service article.

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Monday, February 20, 2012

Farewell to a classic: Karl Scroggin to retire from WUIS

Hosting a public radio program for nearly 30 years has put Karl Scroggin in the company of some of classical music’s greats.

Meeting and talking to people who are as passionate about classical music as he is are among things Scroggin said he will miss when he retires March 30 as music director and host of “Classics with Karl Scroggin” on WUIS-FM (91.9), the public radio station at the University of Illinois Springfield.

“I’ve done everything I can to enlighten, inspire, to educate, to kind of pay it forward in terms of keeping classical music alive, teaching people to appreciate it, to love it, to become accustomed to it, to recognize it as an inestimable, invaluable part of our culture,” said Scroggin, 60.

Like many UIS employees who are about Scroggin’s age or who have been employed there for 30 years or more, Scroggin’s retirement decision is based in part on changes in pension calculations.

Scroggin was featured in an February 19, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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UIS men keep West title hopes alive

The culprit who caused the chaos on the final play Saturday in the University of Illinois Springfield’s 70-69 win over Missouri-St. Louis remains a mystery.

That’s OK with the Prairie Stars because their hopes of winning the West Division of the Great Lakes Valley Conference are still alive.

The back-and-forth men’s basketball game came down to the closing seconds and a wild finish at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

The game was tied at 69 with 7 seconds left when UIS senior forward Michael Fakuade stepped to the free-throw line. He made the first of two free throws for a one-point lead but missed the second.

The Stars (14-12 overall, 11-6 in the conference) pulled within a game of Missouri-St. Louis (17-8, 12-5) in the West Division. UIS is tied for second in the West with Quincy (18-7, 11-6).

The win was featured in an February 20, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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UIS trying to squash the competition

During the week they’re your average college students taking classes, but on the weekend these UIS students are out east taking on the best in their sport.

"Most of us here just started playing during college," said John Tienken, founder of the UIS Squash Club.

Since squash isn't a big sport in central Illinois the team spends a lot of time on the road, but the road well traveled has led to success. The team made it to nationals its first year earning the attention of some collegiate giants.

"We play big schools like Northwestern, Notre Dame, and we're faced with the fact that most of our players haven't played squash, so we're playing catch up a lot, but it's exciting to play big names," said Tienken.

The team could only compete with a five member squad its first year, but now is able to face off against the giants with a nine member team.

WCIA-TV featured the team in an February 20, 2012, report.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

At UIS, transition smooth for home-schooled students

Home-school students don’t seem to have a problem settling in at the University of Illinois Springfield, which is among colleges that actively recruit them, according to Judy Shipp, director of UIS’s counseling center.

“If someone has any kind of transition issues, regardless of the background they’ve come from, we can help them with those kinds of things,” Shipp said. “I can’t say that we have something specifically set up for people who have been home-schooled, and I can’t say that we’ve seen those kinds of issues.”

UIS does not track the number of home-school students who attend the college, said Leigh Brannan, an admissions counselor. She said UIS saw an opportunity in trying to attract home-schooled students.

“Within the past couple of years we’ve started an initiative to reach out to those students,” she said.

That includes recruiting at the Chicago Homeschool Expo, which gives home-schoolers a chance to meet up with educational vendors and admissions counselors for three days each August.

Home-schoolers were featured in an February 17, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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College Golf: Prairie Stars open spring schedule Sunday

Several University of Illinois Springfield men’s golfers spent more time than usual on the course during winter break.

“They played a lot over Christmas so we would be ready for February,” UIS coach Frank Marsaglia said.

UIS opens the spring portion of its schedule Sunday at the two-day Frito Lay Invitational hosted by Jackson (Miss.) State University where Eddie Payton, brother of late Chicago Bears running back Walter Payton, is the longtime coach.

According to Marsaglia, UIS is the sole NCAA Division II team in the primarily Division I field that includes Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. The Prairie Stars are new to the tournament.

The team was featured in an February 17, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, February 16, 2012

UIS Basketball: Plenty at stake for Prairie Stars

There’s a lot on the line Thursday night when the University of Illinois Springfield men’s and women’s basketball teams play at Maryville in Great Lakes Valley Conference games.

The UIS women are fighting to qualify for the GLVC Championship Tournament, while the men’s team is chasing a league title. The Prairie Stars women’s team and Missouri-St. Louis are tied for fifth in the West Division of the GLVC standings with a 4-11 record.

It’s not a dire situation for the UIS men’s team. The Stars are tied with Quincy for second in the West standings, a single game behind division leader Missouri-St. Louis. UIS is 13-11 overall and 10-5 in the conference. UIS has 11 wins in its last 15 games.

“We’re in a situation where we control how the season plays out, and that’s a good thing,” UIS men’s coach Ben Wierzba said.

The teams were featured in an February 16, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

UIS sponsors Kids' Night Out

The University of Illinois Springfield’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee is holding a Make-A-Wish Kids’ Night Out for children ages 5-13 on Friday at The Recreation and Athletic Center.

UIS student-athletes will provide skill instruction in basketball, baseball, softball, tennis, soccer, volleyball and cheerleading. The event will also include arts and crafts and movie. A snack and drink will be provided to participants.

The cost is $20 per child and $15 for each additional sibling with all proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Children should wear athletic gear. Contact 206-8467 or saac@uis.edu for more information or to register.

The Kids’ Night Out is part of the NCAA Division II Student-Athlete Advisory Committee’s Week of Wishes campaign. UIS has already raised $800 for the cause. Donations are being accepted on behalf of UIS at www.wish.org/NCAADII.

The event was featured in an February 15, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

McNeil claims woman charged in different slaying killed his daughter

A man convicted in 1999 of murdering his 3-year-old daughter says the person responsible for the murder is now behind bars facing murder charges in an unrelated case, but prosecutors say they reviewed and rejected the suspect he proposes.

Barton McNeil, who is serving life in prison in Menard Correctional Center, was convicted of smothering Christina McNeil on June 16, 1998.

He maintains his innocence and says the woman responsible is Misook Wang, who was arrested Sept. 14 on three counts of murder and one count of concealment of the homicidal death of her mother-in-law, Wenlan “Linda” Tyda. Her case has not yet gone to trial.

The Downstate Innocence Project is reviewing the case following a request from McNeil, but has made no determination in the case. The institute at the University of Illinois at Springfield investigates and litigates cases for inmates that appear to have been falsely accused of their crimes.

The case was featured in an February 14, 2012, article in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

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Some state leaders pushing for marriage equality

Some state leaders say civil unions aren't enough. Now they hope to legalize gay marriage here in Illinois.

A bill was recently introduced proposing just that. It would allow same-sex couples to wed.

"I think it has a good chance over the next two, three, four, years of seriously being considered," said Jason Pierceson. He's a political science professor at UIS. He's been researching the topic for years. He says the transition would be fairly seamless.

"Essentially all the laws are in place, legal protections are in place, now with civil unions it would just be a name change," he said.

But, he doesn't think the bill will pass this year, especially with many lawmakers running for re-election.

Pierceson's comments were featured on WCIA-TV Channel 3 in an February 13, 2012, report.

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Funding woes shadow MAP grant proposal

Gov. Pat Quinn’s push to increase funding for a key state college scholarship program has the support of university officials, but they remain worried about the state’s overall support for higher education and the money the state owes those institutions.

Quinn pushed the idea of increasing funding for the Monetary Award Program, which gives grants to Illinois residents attending in-state colleges and universities, on Wednesday, when he met with college presidents at the Executive Mansion.

Quinn’s idea comes at a time when state funding for higher education has dropped and, like thousands of vendors, Illinois owes money to colleges.

Tom Hardy, spokesman for the University of Illinois, said the state owes its flagship university system $301 million. Derek Schnapp, a spokesman for the University of Illinois Springfield, estimated that the state owes UIS a little over $10 million.

Details about how Quinn proposes to increase MAP grant funding — and how the increase would be paid for — won’t be known until the governor delivers his Feb. 22 budget address.

“At UIS, where over 80 percent of our students are from Illinois, nearly one out of five students has a MAP grant. Many students would not be able to attend college without it,” UIS Chancellor Susan Koch said in a statement. “An increase in funding for MAP grants would be a tremendous investment for Illinois because there is no better public good than increasing the number of college graduates for our state."

MAP grants were featured in an February 13, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Lincoln was a modern campaigner, of sorts

Illinois marks the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth on Sunday, and scholars note that the 16th president's shrewd sense of politics and knack for retail campaigning may serve as a lesson for candidates seeking offices from the Statehouse to the White House this year.

Lincoln cut his teeth as a campaigner based in the small pioneer town of New Salem, where he practiced the fine art of door-knocking along the woodsy 19th century campaign trails just north of Springfield.

Later, as Lincoln was on the verge of becoming the national standard-bearer for the still-young Republican Party, the savvy politician made use of what might have been the equivalent of the social media of his day: a pamphlet of partisan news clips that included coverage from both the Democratic-leaning Chicago Times and the Republican-leaning Chicago Press & Tribune of his 1858 debates over slavery with opponent Stephen A. Douglas.

"It would be like Newt Gingrich wanting to publish the earlier debates in South Carolina," said Michael Burlingame, a nationally renowned Lincoln scholar now based at the University of Illinois at Springfield. "I think it indicates Lincoln thought he won the debates."

Burlingame's comments were featured in an February 12, 2012, Chicago Tribune article.

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New book showcases Abe Lincoln's Illinois

The Illinois Abraham Lincoln knew was a land of prairies and wildflowers, creeks and rivers, where dirt roads connected towns and farms.

“There were no bridges back then at all,” says landscape photographer Robert Shaw, whose book, “Abraham Lincoln Traveled This Way,” was released just before Feb. 12, the 203rd anniversary of Lincoln’s birth.

Subtitled “The America Lincoln Knew,” the book is a photographic reverie of the country’s landscape and architecture as Lincoln would have experienced it, including swimming a horse through the Mackinaw River on his way to Tremont, one of Lincoln’s stops on his rounds as a young attorney in central Illinois’ Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Michael Burlingame, the Lincoln scholar at the University of Illinois-Springfield, wrote the narrative and compiled the Lincoln quotes that accompany Shaw’s photos.

“We don’t have photos of what the Eighth Judicial Circuit looked like in the 1840s,” Burlingame says. “It gives us a sense of the world Lincoln saw.”

The book was featured in an February 12, 2012, article in The Peoria Journal Star.

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Friday, February 10, 2012

UIS men: Prairie Stars move within one game of first

Great Lakes Valley Conference men’s basketball coaches ranked the University of Illinois Springfield sixth out of eight teams in the West Division in their preseason poll.

Those voters underestimated the Prairie Stars. With its 78-63 victory over William Jewell on Thursday at The Recreation and Athletic Center, UIS is tied with Quincy for second place in the West. The Stars’ hopes of winning the division title are still alive.

With four regular-season games remaining, UIS has a 12-11 overall record and a 9-5 GLVC mark. The Stars’ next game is against visiting Rockhurst on Saturday at 3:15 p.m.

“We put ourselves in the position and we’re still competing for it,’’ UIS men’s basketball coach Ben Wierzba said of the division title.

The win was featured in an February 10, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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UIS signs two women's soccer players

The University of Illinois Springfield has signed a pair of recruits from suburban Chicago, including a much-needed goalkeeper.

New Lenox Providence Catholic High School’s Eileen Kenny and Plainfield North’s Paige Polonus have signed letters of intent to play for the Prairie Stars in the fall.

Polonus replaces Kelli Kubal, the UIS starting goalie the past four seasons. Polonus has started in goal for Plainfield North for three seasons. The National Honor Society student and Illinois State Scholar is a three-year goalie for Chicago International Soccer Club based in Homer Glen, which advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2011 State Cup.

Kenny, a midfielder and forward, played for two seasons at Tinley Park Andrew before transferring to Providence. She also played for United Soccer Academy of Oak Brook in the under-18 Black Elite Division, and her team won the Kalamazoo Invitational and was undefeated at the Adidas Germantown (Tenn.) Invitational last year.

Kenny is also a gymnast who has received All-America honors.

The players were featured in an February 10, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

'That's Love Baby' exhibit opens at UIS

Among the first pieces that visitors to artist ALLISON LACHER’S exhibit at the University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery will see are two kites.

Placed so they appear to be flying toward each other against a light-blue wall, the kites are made of a chrome-plated frame containing thin, netting-type material with sparkles. The kites’ tails include bows.

Bows of several colors are in abundance throughout the exhibition of sculptural and installation-based works in THAT’S LOVE, BABY, which runs through March 8 in the gallery, Room 201, Health and Sciences Building at UIS. A reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 9.

“That’s Love, Baby” is Lacher’s exploration of themes of young love, domesticity and naiveté.

Lacher's exhibit was featured in an February 9, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Prairie Stars' quest for GLVC tourney berth resumes

The University of Illinois Springfield’s quest for its first-ever berth in the Great Lakes Valley Conference Men’s Basketball Championship tournament continues Feb. 9 against William Jewell.

With an 8-5 conference record, UIS is tied with Quincy for second in the West Division. The top four teams from the GLVC West and East divisions and four wild-card teams qualify for the 12-team tournament.

“The guys have put us in the position where every game means something,” UIS coach Ben Wierzba said.

The team was featured in an February 9, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Springfield author tours nation to share history

Springfield resident and historian Robert Moore, 68, a former U.S. Marshal has dedicated his retirement years to the history of African Americans in the U.S. Marshals Service. He is touring the nation with an exhibit he created on African American marshals and promoting his book, The Presidents Men: Black United States Marshals in America.

Moore grew up in Mississippi and served in the U.S. Army before moving to Rockford, where he joined the Illinois State Police as a trooper. He came to Springfield to take on the role of Equal Employment Opportunity director for the state police. He has worked as deputy police chief of Savannah, Ga., as chief of internal affairs for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, as a private consultant on minority hiring, and as chief of police in Jackson, Miss.

He also earned two degrees – a bachelor’s in criminal justice and a master’s in public administration – from Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois at Springfield. Moore served as a U.S. Marshal from 1994 to 2002 on appointment by President Bill Clinton.

Moore was featured in an February 9, 2012, article in the Illinois Times.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Basketball: UIS to honor faculty, staff

Thursday will be faculty/staff appreciation night at the University of Illinois Springfield men’s and women’s basketball games against William Jewell.

Admittance to the 5:30 p.m. women’s contest and 7:45 p.m. men’s game is free to all UIS faculty and staff members.

UIS athletes named to various athletic academic honor rolls will be recognized at halftime of the men’s game. Athletes will be escorted by faculty members who have influenced their academic careers.

The games were previewed in an February 8, 2012, report by The State Journal-Register.

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Volunteers bring print to those unable to read themselves

The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair.

These are some of the publications central Illinoisans can hear through a service offered by WUIS-FM, the public radio station at the University of Illinois Springfield.

“We have about 20 volunteers who read local and national newspapers and magazines to those who have disabilities,” said Sinta Seiber-Lane, program director for WUIS-FM 91.9, a member station of National Public Radio.

Volunteers for the WUIS-WIPA Radio Information Service read publications to those who are print disabled — blind, visually impaired, learning disabled and physically disabled — 24 hours a day, seven days a week via sideband receivers and through the Internet.

“We recently started offering online services where users can access the service with a password,” Seiber-Lane said.

The service was featured in an February 8, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Employment rate for Illinois teens at lowest point in 42 years

University of Illinois Springfield administrator Dyanne Ferk cautioned against assuming that unemployment numbers mirror employment figures.

“A 25 percent employment rate doesn’t mean 75 percent are unemployed and looking for work,” said Ferk, associate dean of the College of Business and Management at UIS.

“You are not going to get from this report how many teens are looking and can’t find a job. I’m sure there are some. I’m also sure there are teens too busy with speech and sports and part of the underground economy getting paid cash baby-sitting.”

Ferk's comments were featured in an February 7, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Springfield area moves into warmer temperature zone

Joan Buckles oversees a crew of 11 and 370 acres of trees, flowers, shrubs and plants in her role as superintendent of grounds at the University of Illinois Springfield.

She said she has always tried to “push the limit” of the planting zones to get as much variety as possible on campus. Buckles, who has a degree in horticulture, said the USDA zone maps are useful. But she said the real decisions on when, where and what to plant vary within the same yard, field or campus.

“You can always stretch the zone limits by making micro-climates,” said Buckles. “For example, the south side of the house is going to be warmer than the north.”

Buckles was featured in an February 5, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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UIS Democrat and Republican leaders share united home front

Getting Republicans and Democrats to get along isn't easy, but two UIS students are showing them how it's done.

Zach Watkins
and Sean Miller are both presidents for the opposing views, but have been roommates for the past two years. They get along, and use their passionate opinions to grow.

''Obviously people have their own beliefs, but people have to compromise. That's something that's not done in Capitol Hill or in Congress here in Illinois. I think if they would just learn to talk to each other, they'd come to a better collective idea,'' said Watkins.

The two have organized several events on campus, and plan on living together until graduation.

WCIA-TV featured the roommates in an February 4, 2012, broadcast.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Prairie Stars baseball No. 8 in preseason poll

The University of Illinois Springfield baseball team was picked to finish eighth in the West Division in the Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

Quincy was picked to win the West Division and received nine first-place votes. The Hawks were followed by Drury (four first-place votes), Missouri S&T (two) and Rockhurst (one). William Jewell, Missouri-St. Louis, Maryville and UIS rounded out the list.

The Prairie Stars play their first game under new coach Mike Zandler on Feb. 25 against Monticello, Ark.

The ranking was featured in an February 3, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

UIS voted No. 7 in preseason softball poll

The University of Illinois Springfield was picked to finish seventh in the West Division, according to the Great Lakes Valley Conference preseason coaches’ poll.

Missouri-St. Louis was picked to win the West and earned 12 first-place votes. Second-place selection Drury received four first-place votes. Missouri S&T, Quincy, Rockhurst, Maryville, UIS and William Jewell rounded out the voting.

With 12 first-place votes, Lewis was picked to win the East Division. Both Indianapolis and Northern Kentucky received two first-place votes. Lewis was followed in the voting by Indianapolis, Northern Kentucky, Bellarmine, Southern Indiana, Wisconsin-Parkside, Saint Joseph’s and Kentucky Wesleyan.

The ranking was featured in an February 1, 2012, article in The State Journal-Register.

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