UIS graduate to speak at 2014 commencement ceremony

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
May 7, 2014
Filed under Archives, Features, News

Two-degree UIS graduate Donovan Pepper will be the commencement speaker at this year’s ceremony. He said “I plan to simply share about my own experience at UIS and how the 2014 graduates are no different from me when I graduated some 20 years ago.” Now the national director of local government... Read more »

UIS contributes to ‘build blitz’

UIS contributes to ‘build blitz’

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
April 30, 2014
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Sangamon County’s Habitat for Humanity hosted its 17th annual Youth BUILD event constructing a new home that will be given to UIS student Barbara Bell – a foster parent. The effort was part of Springfest’s service project. Director of Volunteer and Civic Engagement, Mark Dochterman said, “We... Read more »

Heartbleed infests, UIS spared

Heartbleed infests, UIS spared

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
April 23, 2014
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A recent computer virus sent UIS’ Academic Technology Service Specialist Clayton Bellot into an afternoon of crisis containment with university network servers: Heartbleed. When the flaw was released, Bellot began scanning UIS’ entire network. The UIS systems were found unaffected by the bug. Bellot... Read more »

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
April 16, 2014
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Science needs the light of free expression to flourish, says host astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson of Fox’s new series “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.” The show premiered on Sunday, March 9. Producer Seth MacFarlane, best known for his “Family Guy” series, assisted in the reboot... Read more »

Build-a-Blanket Lock-in

Build-a-Blanket Lock-in

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
April 9, 2014
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"Over 700 children in Springfield are currently homeless, and 1.9 million are food insecure in Illinois," said Elise LoBue, from the department of Service Learning, during Friday’s Build-a-Blanket Lock-in. The event, sponsored by Leadership 4 Life and Habitat for Humanity, brought out nearly 50... Read more »

UIS staff travels to China to get a new take on Chinese cuisine

UIS staff travels to China to get a new take on Chinese cuisine

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
April 2, 2014
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Recent initiatives among many American universities have shifted to attracting and  increasing their international student populations. This is what prompted UIS’ recent endeavor to China. Vice Chancellor Tim Barnett said, “The Chinese student population is the largest of all international students... Read more »

HIV today: The risk rises

HIV today: The risk rises

Megan O'Dell
March 14, 2014
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While we proclaim to be an enlightened society, we are still ignorant to HIV knowledge, said Jonna Cooley, executive director of Springfield Phoenix Center. It is estimated that over one million individuals in the United States are living with HIV – one in six are unaware of... Read more »

What you may not know about Valentine’s Day

What you may not know about Valentine’s Day

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
February 12, 2014
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As Valentine’s Day approaches, several timeless traditions come to mind. Gifts of chocolate, extravagant candy and bushels of roses have melted the hearts of people around the world for years - but why? The history of this sentimental holiday dates back to the tale of Saint Valentine, who practiced... Read more »

Career fair preview

Megan O'Dell and Ashley Henry
February 4, 2014
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The annual Springfield Collegiate Career Fair is just around the corner, offering students and community members alike a valuable networking opportunity to connect with employers and learn about job openings and volunteer opportunities. Elaine Thomas, employer development and informatics... Read more »

Online Portfolios: Keep you competitive

Megan O'Dell and Ashley Henry
February 4, 2014
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Portfolios are no longer just for writers and artists. With the push to stay up to date and remain competitive in today’s job market, creating an online portfolio can serve as a way to turn your resume into a tool that will gain an interview and a career. Career Development... Read more »

Eat this, not that

Eat this, not that

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
January 29, 2014
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There is no reason to torture yourself with daunting and expensive diet crazes. Simple swap outs in your everyday food choices can lead to a healthier 2014. Kristin Obert, Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness at UIS says, “Diets won’t work long-term because there is a designated end point.... Read more »

Alpha Phi Alpha chartering ceremony

Alpha Phi Alpha chartering ceremony

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
December 11, 2013
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Developments in social scenery began in the spring of 2012 as student initiatives to incorporate Greek Life on campus took off. The infiltration of Greek life at UIS has been a four-year-long journey for president of the Greek affairs board Kyle Palmer. Palmer said, “I’m very excited for UIS.... Read more »

Transitioning to self-acceptance

Transitioning to self-acceptance

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
November 13, 2013
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"I refused to live as a man one more day, no matter how thick my stubble was," UIS graduate Kari O’Doran said when describing her first day dressing in women’s clothing. “I never felt like a masculine person my whole life. There were things about myself that separated me from others.” O’Doran... Read more »

QSA presents annual drag show

QSA presents annual drag show

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
November 6, 2013
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Queer Straight Alliance concluded Queertober with the annual Drag Show. The large crowd turned out with a variety of students, faculty and local Springfield residents. The performance began with emcee Lady Jasmine pumping up the audience with her fierce attitude. The performers included a mixture... Read more »

Let’s talk about SEX

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
October 30, 2013
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Privates, atten-hut! Boot camp now in session. Dental dams, alcohol free lube and dirty talk were a few of the many subjects brought up in an interactive presentation given by sexologists Esther Lastique and Joni Frater. The duo, can be found in everything from Google to Playboy. Their busy schedules... Read more »

‘New Springfield’ exhibit conceptualizes city

‘New Springfield’ exhibit conceptualizes city

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
October 16, 2013
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Long gone are the days when an artist’s ego couldn’t fit in the door let alone on a canvas. Rosemary Williams offers a viewer friendly approach to her exhibition “New Springfield.” The exhibit, now being showcased at UIS’ Visual Arts Gallery, not only allows the audience to perceive it personally,... Read more »

Speakers shine light on ‘out’ athletes

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
October 9, 2013
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Hudson Taylor and Jeff Sheng challenged students, community members and athletes alike to overcome homophobia in athletics. The ECCE speaker event highlighted the struggles of athletes and allies speaking up for LGBTQA community members. ... Read more »

Learn new languages with the click of a button

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
October 9, 2013
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Bonjour! Ciao! Guten Tag! Become acquainted with languages around the globe through Mango Languages. Campus Senate recently approved the new language-learning program comparative to the widely known Rosetta Stone. The program offers an array of foreign language tools accessible through Brookens Library. Mango,... Read more »

Combating media stereotypes in Latin American culture

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
October 2, 2013
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Hispanic culture has endured stereotypical cinematic portrayal in American film since the 1930s. From bandits, to promiscuous women, to hyper violent members of society, Latin American men and women are depicted as one dimensional characters that harbor racism and prejudices worldwide. UIS’ Organization... Read more »

Hollins offers insight on BOT issues

Megan O'Dell, General Reporter
October 2, 2013
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Jamaal Hollins discussed his new role as 2013-14 Student Trustee and offered an inside perspective on the Board of Trustee’s influence within the University. Hollins revealed the inner workings of the Board, explaining that they exercise final authority over the University. The Board, made up of... Read more »