Preparing for the Classroom

DSC_1148On Thursday, December 3rd, all student teachers from UIS came together for their final campus seminar. Their professors, Dr. Brian Kahn and Dr. Cindy Wilson, had arranged a day for them that would send them out into the profession armed with expertise and knowledge beyond what they had received in their numerous hours of course work, studying, preclinical experiences and even student teaching. The student teachers interacted with area superintendents, consultants, and other experts on topics including interviewing, the Teachers’ Retirement System, final licensure requirements, masters’ degree programs, and teacher evaluations. Many thanks go to the day’s special speakers: Dr. Scott Day, Dustin Day, Dr. Scott Doerr, Dr. Jennifer Gill, Heather Nielsen, Rich Frankenfeld, and Gail Huizinga(pictured above). Your guidance is much appreciated!

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2015 James J. Pancrazio Scholarship Recipient

The 2015 James J. Pancrazio Scholarship for Human Development Counseling recipient, Greg Irwin, and Scholarship donor, Dr. Sally Pancrazio, standing on either side of Dr. Jim Pancrazio’s formal portrait on the third floor of Brookens.  This photograph was taken immediately following the UIS Scholarship Luncheon, held on October 28th, 2015.


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Welcome Our Newest Member

DSC_0822 reductionDr. Tiffany Nielson is happy to join UIS in the Human Development Counseling Department.  Dr. Nielson will be co-coordinating the marital, couple, and family counseling specialty.  Her interests additionally include child and adolescent counseling, mentoring, child sexual abuse, and religiosity and spirituality in counseling.

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Academic Majors Fair

On September 24th from 4:30 -6:30pm in the Lincoln Residence Hall Greatroom the Capital Scholars Honors(CAP) Peer Mentors hosted an Academic Majors Fair. Over 20 Major programs and their affiliated academic clubs came out to talk with the freshman CAP students about their programs. Each of the programs came with pamphlets and passion to share with the students. This was a great opportunity for the students to learn more about the purpose and application of each major. As part of the event students were given “bingo” sheets to help encourage them to learn about all the majors , not just the ones they think they would like to know about. After the sheet was filled out the students received a Jimmy John’s catered lunch.  The College of Education and Human Services was represented by Martin Martsch , Associate Professor of the Social Work program.Pictures of event can be viewed on our facebook page here.

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Another call for Celebration

Dr. Kay Kay McChesneyMcChesney Associate Professor of Social Work at UIS has had SAGE open accept her manuscript “Teaching Diversity: The Science You Need to Know in Order to Explain Why Race Is Not Biological” for publication.

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Pause for Recognition

We received word today that as of September 1st the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Concentration of our Human Services Department has been reaccredited by the Illinois Certification board as a Advanced Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Counselor Training Program. This is a difficult process that calls for the program to be reevaluated every three years. Our Faculty and Staff continue to work hard to ensure the programs offered are of the best quality to equip UIS students for engaging the world around them. Just an example of  leadership lived in the everyday that produces great results. Thank you and congratulations to  Dr. Carolyn Peck and her faculty for  all of their hard work resulting in this achievement.IAODAPCAlogores

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Camp Invention

Our own Drs. Cindy Wilson and Vicki Childs from TEP helped teach at Camp Invention! This week long summer camp for kids teaches students problem solving skills in the science, technology, education and mathematics fields. Read and see more about the summer program here.…/top-…/stories/vid_23335.shtml

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MSS Ceremony Pictures

Have you visited our Facbook page recently? Check it out now to see all of the photos from Project Midstate Student Support (MSS) Graduation, Induction, and Scholarship Ceremony! Here are a few, but go to to see them all!

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iPods for Alzheimer’s- Consider Putting Your Old iPod to Good Use!

SIU Med School is seeking new or used iPods to benefit dementia patients!

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is in search of new or used iPods and chargers to help enrich the lives of persons with Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.

Those who live with Alzheimer’s disease may benefit from a program known as Music and Memory, which advocates for the use of personalized, digital playlists to trigger pleasant memories in dementia patients. According to researchers at Music and Memory, dementia patients who listen to their own customized playlists are happier, more engaged and attentive and less agitated and reliant on medications.

Maggie Schaver, who works at SIU’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders, helped introduce Music and Memory to a local elder care facility nearly two years ago. “The Music and Memory program at Mill Creek has been very rewarding. After being introduced to their iPods, we saw people who were withdrawn talk freely about memories associated with their music; we saw inactive people get up and dance; and we saw people who were sad, even crying, look up and smile –smile a lot! The impact for residents has been so positive that Mill Creek management has expanded the program to their locations in other cities.”

Now, Schaver has established a program for SIU Memory and Aging Clinic patients and is hoping to spark interest in establishing similar programs at other central Illinois nursing homes and assisted living homes.. “Currently we are matching donated iPods with persons who have been diagnosed with a memory loss disorder, such as Alzheimer’s disease. We assist families by educating them on how to set up a personalized playlist for each person and introducing the iPod to the person with memory loss. In many cases we actually set up the iPod for them, as some people do not have access to the technology. We also work to inform area nursing homes and assisted living centers about this simple but effective approach to improving quality of life for their residents. ”

Specifically, the Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders is seeking:

  • iPods, new or used. (Post 2009 iPod Shuffles are best, but nearly any working iPod will do)
  • Accompanying chargers
  • Monetary gifts to assist with the purchase of headphones and/or new iPods
  • iTunes gift cards

(Note: Ear-buds are not needed.)

Please mail or deliver iPods and other donations to Maggie Schaver, SIU-SM Center for Alzheimer’s Disease, SIU Clinic’s Building , 751 N. Rutledge, Room 3500, in Springfield, 62703. For more information, contact Schaver at 217-545-7193 or by email at For more information on the benefits of personalized music for dementia, visit

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