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Monday, December 29, 2008

The only big green roof in Springfield?

Green is popular now. At UIS, it's reality. When we opened Founders Hall, a residence hall, we installed a green roof that generated some good discussion in the local community. Jeremy Wilburn took some great pictures. We hope the roof becomes a positive example in the region -- "Hey, they've got a green roof on the new residence hall at UIS!" Also, the three acres of prairie that we're maintaining are a living laboratory for faculty members like Tih-Fen Teng. I'd like to think that people expect this kind of innovation at a university.

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Thursday, December 18, 2008

3 stories I really like

Our students at UIS are making a big difference in the world.

It's starting to look like this next generation is going to reach out farther and more passionately than boomers like me ever did. For example, UIS students set out to collect 2008 pounds of food for the needy this fall; our campus doubled that goal. Remarkable. And somebody else in the world identified one of our student's Jump for Joel project as THE ONE CHARITABLE PROJECT to support if you have to choose something. Yep, our students are making a difference. Very nice.

Also, UIS was named "fourth best in Midwest" in our category by U.S. News and World Report in its 2009 college rankings. It's the first year UIS was eligible for these rankings. Nice.

One other thing: we need to keep letting people know that for the first time, more than 1,000 students live on campus in our residence halls and apartments. That's more than some small private colleges. The atmosphere keeps getting more lively, but pictures tell this story much better than these words do.

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Friday, December 12, 2008

Evidence of our expertise: we're widely quoted

It's been an historic week for Illinois politics and government, reaching "a truly new low," according to U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.

Located in the state capital, UIS has a lot of expertise on this topic. Here are a few ways we've been in the news:

Dr. Kent Redfield in the NY Times: "Sad commentary that we re-elected him"'
Charlie Wheeler in Chicago Tribune: "Most incompetent governor"
Dr. Redfield in Huffington Post: About Quinn and Blagojevich
Dr. Christopher Mooney to AP: "We're making this up as we go along"
For more quotes from around the country, and the latest, go to UIS in the News and pay special attention to "Previous Posts" on the right-hand side.
Also see Illinois Issues' blog. The magazine is published by UIS.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008


The state is abuzz today with the arrest of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. It's only the latest thing that he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat just vacated by President-elect Barack Obama. Illinois Issues columnist Charlie Wheeler said months ago he expected the governor to be indicted, because an investigation has been ongoing for years. So inside Illinois, it was no great surprise, except that it happened today. Many people on our campus specialize in studying Illinois politics -- and it's shocking even for us to hear U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald call Blago's corruption "a truly new low" in Illinois. This is absolutely stunning. As Rich Miller said in his Capitol Fax column today, what kind of nutball would do this?

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