UIS students volunteering across Springfield in the eighth annual Service-A-Thon

serviceUIS students are starting their 2016-2017 school year with service to others by registering for the eighth annual Service-A-Thon sponsored by the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

About 130 students will volunteer with the Friday, Aug/ 26, event.

The event is held in collaboration with seven local organizations: Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, M.E.R.C.Y Communities Inc., the Springfield Urban League Inc., Family Service Center, Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, the Central Illinois Foodbank and St. John’s Breadline.

Among the activities students will be involved with are preparing items for resale at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, cleaning and preparing apartments for new residents in MERCY Communities,

painting and landscaping for the Springfield Urban League, and harvesting and weeding at the UIS Community Garden. In addition, they’ll assist with clean-up and paint work at the Family Service Center,

work on the UIS Cross Country Course, sort and prepare medical supplies for shipment for the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, and sort and prepare donated food items for the

Central Illinois Food Bank.  They’ll also serve dinner at the St. John’s Breadline.

Last week, first-year students at UIS also participated in a service project sponsored by the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

More photos can be found at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uisstudentaffairs/albums/72157669574195983

Student Affairs Staff Honored

Each year, the UIS Division of Student Affairs recognizes staff from across the division for exceptional achievements and acts of service.

Dr. Clarice Ford, UIS Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, announced the 2015-2016 award recipients at a recent retreat held on campus:

Cox Children’s Center Staff, Student Affairs Award for Excellence.Cox Center

Executive Chef Howard Seidel, UIS Food Service, Vice Chancellor’s Award.






Sophia Gehlhausen Anderson, Coordinator of Programs and Outreach for Hispanic/Latino Students, Diversity Center, Mentor of the Year.






Alexandria Cosner, Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness, Campus Recreation, New Student Affairs Member Award.




Johnell Greer, Business and Administrative Associate, Student Work and Financial Assistance, Students First Award.




Margaret Carlen, Admissions and Records Supervisor, UIS Admissions, Quality Service Award.




The Cox Children’s Center, UIS Food Service, Diversity Center, Campus Recreation, Student Work and Financial Assistance, and Admissions are among more than 20 centers and offices that comprise the Division of Student Affairs.