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Katrina Hays, United Way of Central Illinois director of community impact invites residents to join the 21-Week Equity Challenge. 

The Community Health Roundtable series discusses the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and priority populations. 

COVID-19 Vaccine: The Journey to Immunity

  The panel features:

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UIS Lunch and Learn Series -- Pandemics and Epidemics: Past and Present 

Presenter: Dr. Donald Graham, Infectious Disease Specialist, SIU School of Medicine and Springfield Clinic

Moderator: William Furry, Executive Director, Illinois State Historical Society Presented by:

  • UIS Office of Advancement
  • UIS Alumni SAGE Society
  • Illinois State Historical Society

 

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Social Justice on the Prairie: Local to Global

  Panelists:

  • Dr. Larry Golden, UIS Professor Emeritus
  • Dr. Jan Droegkamp, UIS Professor Emerita
  • Dr. Tiffani Saunders, UIS Assistant Professor, Sociology and African American Studies

Moderator:

  • Rev. Susan Phillips, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church

Presented by:

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How Medical Crises Change Our Process of Communication

Presenter: Ann Strahle, Associate Professor, Communication

Moderator: Terri Noel, Founder and Owner, Encore Consulting & Publishing

Presented by:

  • UIS Office of Advancement
  • UIS Alumni SAGE Society
  • Illinois State Historical Society

 

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Lunch & Learn Series:  Societal Norms - Now and Then

Panelists

 

  • Dr. Sean McCandless, Assistant Professor and Assoc. Director, DPA Program
  • Dr. Jason Pierceson, Professor, Political Science

 Moderator

  • Rachel Otwell, Staff Writer, Illinois Times

 Presented by:

  • UIS Office of Advancement
  • UIS Alumni SAGE Society
  • Illinois State Historical Society

 

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Lunch & Learn Series:  The American People, Government, Finances and the Public TrustPresented by the UIS Office of Advancement

Panelists:

  • Rich Miller, Owner and Publisher, Capitol Fax.com
  • Dr. Kenneth Kriz, Distinguished Professor, Public Administration & Director, Institute for Illinois Public Finance
  • The Honorable Tim Butler, Illinois State Representative

 Moderator: Dr. Robert Smith, Dean, College of Public Affairs and Administration Presented by:

John Stremsterfer is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation for the Land of LincolnHe comes back on Community Voices to give an update on The Next 10 project and more with Community Voices' Randy Eccles.

Ameilia Hopkins is a high school student from Pleasant Plains, Illinois. She is a former Podcast Academy participant and has used skills learned in the program to help other people and organziations. Ameilia talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles. 

Bryan Rives is Director of UIS Performing Arts Services at UIS Performing Arts Center at the University of Illinois Springfield. Bryan has over 30 years experience in event management as well as performing arts center management. He talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Karen Whitney is Interim Chancellor at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is the president emerita of Clarion University in Pennsylvania. She talks about what led her to higher education, her vision for UIS, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Amanda Vinicky is a political reporter on WTTW's Chicago Tonight. She previously covered Illinois politics and government for NPR Illinois. Amanda is a Public Affairs Reporting Program graduate. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Brian Mackey hosts the Illinois Public Radio program The21st. He previously reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois. Brian talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner.

David  and Mary Caroline Mitchell have been friends of the station for many years. They especially are big supporters of a program NPR Illinois is able to rebroadcast on Christmas Eve called,  A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College in Cambridge. David and Mary Caroline talk about traveling to see it live, holiday traditions, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles. 

Karen Witter is the chair of the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board. She is also a freelance writer and community volunteer helping different organziations around Springfield, IL. Karen is a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield Sunrise. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles. 

Kenya is a college student from Springfield, IL. She was also a chosen essayist from the NPR Illinois This I Believe Essay Program 2020. Kenya talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Mary Hansen is a reporter for NPR Illinois. She is a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. Mary also has a BA in International Studies from American University. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Julie Staley is Chief Executive Officer and Owner of Spencer Films LLC. She is also President of the Spencer Theatre Company and The Staley Museum. Julie is a former television news anchor and reporter. She talks about new projects, her career, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles. 

Karen Penning and her late husband Matt Penning have been friends of the station for many years. Karen was born and raised in Springfield and is also a former teacher. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Lisa Clemmons Stott is the Executive Director at Downtown Springfield Inc. She also is the former Director of Development for NPR Illinois (WUIS Public Radio). Lisa talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Sarah Beuning is General Counsel at Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Dr. John Martin is Associate Professor of Astronomy-Physics at the University of Illinois Springfield. They talk about their jobs, hobbies, and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Jessica Markley is a college student originally from Springfield, IL. Jessica was a chosen essayist in the NPR Illinois This I Believe Essay Program 2019 and participated in NPR Illinois Stinkbug Night. Jessica talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

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Raychel McBride is the Diversity Inclusion & Affirmative Action Manager at Growmark Inc. She is also the founder of Corporate KIN, a business she started to help non-profits, start-ups, and other businesses implement diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Raychel also is the host of a podcast called Freedom & Champagne and a member of the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

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Kelly McEvers is a two-time Peabody Award-winning jounalist and host of the Embedded podcast. She is the former host of All Things Considered. Kelly was raised in Lincoln, IL and has a B.A. from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

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The Deep Hollow is a trio from Sprinfield, IL that specialize in contemporary folk/Americana music. The trio consists of Micah Walk, Elizabeth Eckert, and Dave Littrell. Listen to the full interview intertwined with some of their music below. 

Jamey Dunn-Thomason is Senior Coordinator of Strategic Communications at the Institute of Government & Public Affairs for the University of Illinois System. Jamey is also the former Illinois Issues Editor at NPR Illinois. She also is a PAR grad and serves on the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board. Jamey talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles. 

Mario Jimenez works for the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and is a member of the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board. He also is the former host of a Latin music radio show. Mario talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles. 

Hannah Meisel covers state government and politics for NPR Illinois. She has a masters in Public Affairs Reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield. Hannah talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Mary Bohlen is Associate Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is also a former reporter. Mary is also has a masters in Public Affairs Reporting from UIS. She talks about this and more with Community Voices' Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

Adam Porter is Professor of Religion at Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois. He also serves on the NPR Illinois Community Advisory Board. He talks about this and more with Community Voices co-hosts Bea Bonner and Randy Eccles.

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