Archive for October, 2007


Electronic Viewbook

Here it is folks! The project that took me away from you for so long.

We looked at some companies that provide this service, but due to budget cuts were unable to go with them. In light of that situation, I did some searching and came up with my own version.

Check it out here!

We will be converting a lot of our print materials to electronic to save some cost and make our materials more accessible for people. They will also be interactive with videos, clickable photos, etc. This is just the first of many projects that I will be working on in the next year in an ambitious schedule I have set for myself.

Please leave your feedback and let me know what you think! Thanks!


Back to Blogging!

Hello all you faithful readers out there! Sorry for such a long hiatus. Life gets busy you know. But I am back in full force and will be blogging a lot more!

So a weekend update:

On Saturday, Jordan, Liz, and I went up to Bloomington for a little gathering at our friends Dan and Melissa Collin’s house. It’s kinda funny because it was somewhat like a house warming party, but they will be moving in two weeks so they can be closer to Melissa’s job in Champaign. Her commute is an hour, while Dan’s is about three minutes. They’re going to split the distance and each have about 25 – 30 minute commutes.

I am definitely thankful for my four minute commute to and from work. I’ll get a taste of a longer commute on November 6th because they are doing some much needed work on the Toronto Road railroad crossing. I have to slow down to like 30 mph or else my car bounces all over the place. Sports car + big rims, small tires + RR crossing = not fun! The construction will last for like four days?!?! Lucky for me, I only have to do it once because I’ll be leaving for San Diego the next morning and will be gone for a week! Thank you Stamats!

Anyway, back on topic. After we got back from Bloomington, HRC sponsored the Monster Bash! Here are some photos from the event:

Jordan and I as the Mobster couple.

Chad and Kaley as Spartan Warriors!
(Yeah, that’s a real metal spartan helmet and shield)

Priyanka as a racer with her agent Pavan

The Crew
Left to Right: Kaley, Chad, Me, Jordan, Rich, Rachel, Erin, Chase

Sunday was a nice relaxing day mixed with a little homework. I will be ordering a new computer today which is pretty exciting! I cannot wait for it to get here! It will make me so much more productive! That’s a good thing because I have a lot of ambitious projects I want to do this winter in preparation for next year! I’ll definitely keep you updated as they progress!

Today is also the celebration party for UIS getting Higher Learning Commission re-accreditation approval! I’m gonna sneak over to that and grab some grub.

Have a great day!


WOW! I’m back!

So, sorry for such a long absence, I’ve been working on a huge project, but I FINALLY finished it! I will unveil it on Monday to the public, so you’ll have to wait a little longer to see what has been consuming my life for the past two weeks. Other than that, I’ve just been keeping myself busy with homework from my classes and preparing for the last part of the year.

On Saturday, some friends of mine (and UIS graduates) Dan Collins and Melissa Collins (formerly Melissa Morris) are having a get together at their house in Bloomington. Jordan and I are going to run up there for a little bit to visit with them. That ought to be a good time!

After that, we have to get back to Springfield because I am the official photographer for the Monster Bash, a big Halloween party on campus. People dress up in their costumes and dance the night away. I have taken couple/group photos for the past three years now as a keepsake for the attendees. It’s always a good time! You should definitely come…free entry and free food!

On Sunday, the UIS Theatre is presenting their play Picnic at 2 p.m. in the Studio Theatre. Tickets are very cheap, and Eric and Missy T-T have done a great job with performances.

On the 30th, the East Side RA’s are hosting a Haunted Trail. I was involved with it last year, and it was voted the best program on campus! It’s over by the YMCA soccer fields. It’s a bit of a walk, but it’s totally worth it!

I’ll post some more next week with some photos and maybe I’ll even do a photo slideshow or something like that. For now, I hope that ties you over! Thanks for being patient! Check out the other bloggers in the mean time!


Homecoming on Tuesday

So thanks everyone for playing last night, it was a lot of fun! The Alumni/Faculty/Staff team put up a heck of a fight, only losing by 3 points to the Student team. Amanda and Shawntrell were the stars for our team. I only had one rebound, one steal, and one turnover in three or so minutes of play. I spent most of my time photographing. I hope everyone that played enjoyed it as much as I did, and I hope to be able to do many more A/F/S vs. Students in the future. Here are some photos from the game!

Here’s my team. See if you can spot me.

Shawntrell drivin’ past Sami.

Steve Crans puts in a layup over Andy.

Down by three with under a minute and Grazia shooting free-throws.

Also on Tuesday, was the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour in LRH. I went for a little bit and heard a lot of good speakers. I highly encourage you to go if they come to your town. I learned a lot about business that I never knew before. I also have some photos from that.

Extreme Tour…Check them out!

One of the speakers.

Other than that, I studied the rest of the day…I have a nasty little midterm tonight that I’m not looking forward to. I feel prepared, I’m just lacking that ever-so-important confidence that I usually have.



So last night was the bonfire to open up Homecoming Week. I must say, this year’s bonfire went very well! Not to say that last years didn’t go well, but there was an absolute MOB of people trying to get their FREE T-SHIRT! It’s a T-Shirt people! You’ll get 50 more of them in your time here…trust me, I know. I’ll take a photo of all the free t-shirts I got from UIS in my four years here. It’s difficult to maneuver around taking photos with a large camera and everyone is pushing and shoving their way around you just to get a t-shirt…Sorry, a little rant there…I’m done though.

But yes, this year’s bonfire went very well. The fire was going good for a while, but people stole all the chocolate, so they ran out of stuff for s’mores. That goes to show you, the early bird gets the worm (or s’more in this case). The more important reason for the bonfire was to announce homecoming court and have a good time. I would say that a good time was had by all! Here are some photos from the event!

Roaring Bonfire

Chad toasting a perfectly browned marshmallow.

The long poles are meant to ruin my shots…

Brian and a friend

Some girls havin’ fun and enjoying their s’mores
Nick is afraid of the fire…

Erin’s best impression of Liz Lota during “Welcome Week.”

Chilaxin’ by the fire.

And yes…there were people swinging from trees.
P.S. That’s my custom SSU t-shirt I made for last years homecoming (10th year as UIS)

I don’t know about everyone else, but I’m looking forward to tonight! I hope I don’t play suck too bad playing basketball…Come out to the NEW UIS Gymnasium (no longer the Assembly Closet) and cheer on your favorite basketball team tonight at 7:00 p.m!

Also, don’t forget about the other events going on today…the Alumni SAGE Society Lunch and Learn program in the “Of Time and the Mississippi” series that starts in one minute(11:30 a.m.) in the PAC Restaurant, the Entreprenureship Challenge in the LRH Great Room from 3 to 7, and then the Neo-Futurists at 9 p.m. in the Brooken’s Auditorium!

P.S. I’m playing on the Alumni/Faculty/Staff team…you should holler for us and your favorite blogger!


Homecoming Week!

Alright everyone! This week is homecoming week! Now that everyone is just getting settled in and have midterms coming up, it all gets interrupted with a week of a ridiculous number of events and programs. This years Homecoming theme is “An A-maze-ing Experience.” I will be at most event taking photos, so be sure to look for them every day this week. Today, I’ll post the schedule so you can get a good idea of what all is going on. UIS Homecoming is open to all students, past and present, and is often a good time for alumni who haven’t seen the growth of this campus to do so.

Traditional opening Bonfire at the UIS Pond starting at 9:30 p.m.

From 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Homecoming Court voting will start in the Food Emporium. In years past, the voting has been rigged…the voting the last couple of years has been a combination of actual voting, like with votes, and a penny war. The money raised always goes to a good cause, but there has been too much emphasis on the penny war. Basically anyone who brings in a lot of money ends up winning which doesn’t seem quite fair. So we’ll see if they change things up this year and alter the voting.

Also starting at 11:30 a.m. is the UIS Alumni SAGE Society Lunch and Learn program. It will be held in the PAC Restaurant and will run till 1:30 p.m. The topic “Of Time and the Missisippi” will be presented by distinguished alumnus Bill Lambrecht and associate professor of History Bill Siles. RSVP required via Alumni Association Website or email

From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. is the Ultimate Entrepreneurship Challenge on the Quad. This FREE event brings together a number of young business people – all of whom have made millions before age 25 – in a program designed to spread the entrepreneurial spirit to their peers. The Career Center at UIS has put on some good programs in the recent past and this one should be no different. I highly encourage people to attend this event. Registration is required via the Career Development Center Website.

Tuesday is a busy day…at 7 p.m. in the new UIS Recreation and Athletics Center will be the first ever basketball game! Ok…so it’s not a real basketball game, but it should be entertaining none-the-less. The community on this campus is strengthened even more so with this event. The Alumni/Faculty/Staff vs. Students game has been ongoing for the last three years (Similar events: FAST – Faculty and Staff Team – vs. Blue Crew). The last two years I coordinated this event and coached the student team (it was volleyball though) when I was a student, but now will be participating as a player for the staff side. I’m looking forward to this event, it’s always been a lot of fun. Our coach is the Chancellor, so feel free to come out and route on your favorite team! On a side note…it’s not a good idea to boo your teachers when you have midterms coming up…kidding.

Finally a performance by the Neo-Futurists at 9 p.m. in Brookens Auditorium will wrap up the night. The Neo-Futurists create immediate, non-illusory, interactive performances. Their signature piece, Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind, is an ever-changing attempt to perform 30 plays in 60 minutes.

So if you make it through Tuesday, you can slow down a little with only one event on Wednesday. The Georgian State Dance Company, from the former Soviet Republic of Georgia, will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Sangamon Auditorium. The group’s performances have been named “Best Show of the Year on Broadway.” Tickets are $31 and $36; go to Sangamon Auditorium to order or for more information. Also, Homecoming voting continues from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

P.S. Wish me luck on my first Mid-term as a Graduate Student!

I hope you took my advice and got some rest on Wednesday because beginning Thursday we don’t stop rockin’ till the weekend’s over. From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Chemistry Club is holding their annual Tie Dye event. They have been doing this for a couple years now, and it’s a great way to connect with the science faculty on this campus! Everyone loves tie dye, so bring your shirts and have fun!

At 5:30 p.m. is the Opening Reception at the UIS Art Gallery for Mary Alice Johnson, a former Springfield resident & wife of retired UIS faculty Richard Johnston. Her exhibit “Faces of Paris” features photographs from her first trip to Paris in 1950 to study at the Sorbonne. Check out more about the Visual Arts Department on their website.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the Lincoln Legacy Lecture series will be held in the Brooken’s Auditorium. Speakers are Dr. Mark E. Steiner, who will address “Lincoln, Lawyers, and the Rule of Law,” and Dr. Brian R. Dirck, who will discuss “The Lawyer in the White House.” Cullom Davis, UIS professor emeritus of history, will moderate. For more information, contact the Center for State Policy and Leadership at 217-206-6576 or read this News Brief to make reservations.

Finishing up the night at 9:30 p.m. will be the Pep Rally. Show support for your UIS Fall sports teams: Volleyball, Soccer, Tennis and Basketball!

Running from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. the Friends of Brookens Libray will be holding a book sale in the Brookens overhang area. All the proceeds will go to benefit the library’s additions.

Beginning at 5:30 in PAC G, the Alumni SAGE Society will sponsor the Sangamon Trail Blazers’ Reunion, a reception and dinner. Dick Williams, former director of the SSU Physical Plant, and Dave Barrows, executive director of Facilities and Services, will reflect on the development of the UIS campus over the years. Cost is $18 per person; make reservations by Friday, September 28, by phoning 206-7395 or sending an e-mail to

Also on Friday, the award-winning one-man comedy show Defending the Caveman will be presented at 8 p.m. in the PAC Studio Theatre. (Additional performances are scheduled for 5 and 8 p.m. on Saturday.) Tickets are $36; for information or to order, go to Sangamon Auditorium or call the ticket office at 206-6160 or 800/207-6960.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Center, the Mystery Dinner Theatre will be performing their show. Tickets are only $10 and you can register online: RSVP.

Finally, the Homecoming Dance in the PAC Food Emporium from 9:30 p.m. on. Homecoming Court will be introduced and an King and Queen will be announced.

UIS Band activities for high school and alumni musicians are scheduled throughout the day. For more information, go to Band Day.

Homecoming College, with sessions scheduled from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m. in various locations in the Health and Sciences Building. Classes will focus on a variety of topics, such as “The Psychology of First Impressions” and “Bob Dylan’s America.” For complete information and to register, go to Homecoming 2007. To register for these events, RSVP.

Also from 1:15 to 3:30 p.m., The Amazing Race will take participants on a walking tour of campus as they follow a trail of clues. Participants will be able to choose an intermediate or advanced course.

The Second Annual UIS Homecoming Parade begins at 4 p.m. on campus and features bands, candy, and floats. Parking will be available along the parade route in campus lots A, C, D, E, and I. My car will be participating in the parade representing the UIS Admissions Department and the Student Ambassadors. Come check us out!

A homecoming barbecue follows the parade, from 5 to 7 p.m. near the east side of Kiwanis Stadium (i.e. the soccer field by the Housing Commons and East Campus Housing).

The UIS Prairie Stars men’s soccer team takes on the team from William Woods at 7 p.m. in Kiwanis Stadium. Admission is $6 for adults, $4 non-UIS college students and senior citizens, and $3 children grades K-12. A fireworks display will immediately follow the game.

Finally, the Family Weekend Brunch from 10:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. in PAC C/D. RSVP. is required.

Congrats…If you’ve made it to the end of my blog, I applaud you. I could have linked to the Homecoming website, but where’s the fun in that. I hope you check back often this week to see the updates from all the events! Leave your Residence Hall rooms, or your Townhouse or Apartment and meet people, have a good time, and enjoy the remainder of the nice weather…winter is just around the corner…boo.

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