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Community - Campus Day of Service

April 5, 2014

On Saturday, April 5th, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign kicked off National Volunteer Week with an inaugural Community-Campus Day of Service. Over 60 students, faculty and staff worked with six community partners on seven projects to complete pre-construction projects, community garden spring preparation projects, flyering in the community, reorganizing classrooms at Tap in Leadership Academy, cataloging choral literature, and preparing a Bee Garden. A big thank you goes out to all who helped on April 5!


Enriching perspectives through community engagement

ESLARP in the News


09/10:  Earthwork-picture (News Gazette, pg.B4)


Eagle's Nest Opens Doors, (Belleville News-Democrat)

09/17:  UI Students Travel to St. Louis to Construct Domestic Abuse Shelter (Daily Illini, pg.6)


04/09:  Virginia Park to Receive Facelift (East St. Louis Monitor)

02/09: Detectors distributed to elderly, needy (Bellevue News-Democrat)

Three Views on Service Learning (American Libraries Magazine, Winter 2009, Pages 30-34)


12/08: Design-Build Campus Community Projects (Imagining America Newsletter, Issue no. 11, Fall 08)


12/07: Positive Partnership - UI program changes lives in East St. Louis - but maybe in Champaign-Urbana more (News Gazette, 12/23/07)

10/07: 20-year old Partnership with East Saint Louis reaps many benefits for residents, students (University of Illinois News Bureau, 10/25/07)


07/06: Community development always on UI to-do list  (News Gazette, July 30, 2006)

07/06: Computer trouble? Just call ... Teen Tech Team (News Gazette, July 16, 2006)

Fall 2006, UpWords. "What does ESLARP really mean?", pages 19-21.

Spring 2006, UpWords. "Undergrads in Action: UP260 Community Development Projects", pages 16-17.

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  "Students Study the Real World-In Small Pieces." (COPC Central Newsletter, Vol. 3, Issue 12, Page 4)

ILAPA News BLAST! Illinois Planning News, Official Bi-Monthly Newsletter of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association, no. 7-8.  East St. Louis Action Research Project.


05/04: Course shows benefits of cooperative efforts among architects, planners ( News Bureau, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign )


08/03: Sleazy mortgage tricks rampant (Belleville News-Democrat)

05/03: Young architects nail down lessons (Belleville News-Democrat)

05/03: Second Act for Controversial Mayor (New York Times)

05/03: UI students design house to help revitalize East St. Louis (News Gazette Online)

05/03: 'A win-win opportunity for all of us' UI Students Design House to Help Revitalize East St. Louis (News Gazette)

05/03: Student-built home intended to be catalyst for community (UofI News Bureau)

04/03: Engaged Colleges are Central to Strong Communities (NTAC/eslarp)

04/03: Riding the Rails : Setting East St. Louis On The Right Track by Kenneth M. Reardon (Shelterforce Online)

04/03: East Saint Louis to Host an Expansion of Fair Saint Louis Events and Entertainment (

03/03: St. Louis Chapter of ASLA and Univ. of Illinois Dept. Of Landscape Architecture Celebrate National Landscape Architecture Week at Eagle's Nest (eslarp)

03/03: Paul Adams Receives CAPE Award (Inside Illinois)

03/03: Architecture students to volunteer in East St. Louis (Daily Illini)

01/03: A Fresh Start in Distressed Cities (Bridges)

01/03: East St. Louis: One City’s Story (Bridges)

Fall 2003, Elevation. "A Lesson in Collaboration-The East St. Louis Studio".


12/02: Burial mounds at risk (Edwardsville Intelligencer)

11/02 What We Want Students to Learn: Cultivating Playfulness and Responsibility in a Liberal Education (Change Magazine, Volume 34, Number 6, November/December 2002)

10/02: Rays of Hope Community Development Conference (

10/02: Fed governor sees East St. Louis as good example (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

10/02: Bankers, investors & educators to share ideas in East St. Louis (St. Louis Today - Suburban Journals)

10/02: Builder makes home ownership reality [page 2] (Illinois Business Journal)

10/02: Economic potential of East St. Louis touted (St. Louis Today - Suburban Journals)

10/02: Poole: Lack of Disruption 'Heartening' (Reuters)

10/02: US economy growing modestly in slow recovery-Fed's Poole (Reuters)

10/02: Stocks nudge up on upbeat Greenspan (United Press International)

10/02: Remains discovered at East St. Louis school construction site are reburied (St. Louis Today - Suburban Journals)

09/02: Mike Andrejasich and Jassen Johnson Receive the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service (ESLARP)

09/02: A New Cardinals Stadium Could Be Catalyst for East St. Louis Redevelopment (

07/02: Service learning works in East St. Louis (Daily Illini)

07/02: ESLARP Appears in Daily Illini (ESLARP)

07/02: Grant lets students investigate predatory loans in St. Clair County (Belleville News Democrat)

07/02: Grant lets students investigate predatory loans in St. Clair County (ESLARP)

05/02: UI students trying to put East St. Louis on map - Black history could make it a tourism stop (News Gazette)

04/02: ESLARP News (RickerNotes)

04/02: ESLARP Appears in CRIT Magazine (CRIT)

03/02: Partnerships (Crit-American Institute of Architecture Students)

03/02: Students getting hands-on experience designing unique tours (Inside Illinois)

02/02: Olympic Spirit Burns at Jackie Joyner-Kersee Youth Club (SWI-NEWS)


12/01: Necessity Spurs Community Park Collaboration (Illinois PARKS & RECREATION)

12/01: Jazz Guitarist Eddie Fisher Honored at Book & CD Release Party for Native East St. Louis Artists (SWI-NEWS)

11/01: Rec Salvage: Joyner-Kersee Rebuilt Center in East St. Louis That Meant So Much to Her (Los Angeles Times)

10/01: Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service (Inside Illinois)

10/01: Craig Miller receives the Campus Award for Excellence in Public Service (ESLARP)

10/01: ESLARP News (RickerNotes)

09/01: ESLARP Receives COPC New Directions Grant (ESLARP)

05/01: Miles 2001 Festival Draws Thousands of Jazz Fans (SWI-NEWS)

05/01: "Let's Get This Train Rollin'", MetroLink Extension in St. Clair County Opens (SWI-NEWS)

04/01: Leisure Studies Department Adopts East St. Louis' Virginia Park (LS Newsletter)

03/04: Segment 3 with Ken Reardon from Reclaiming Suburbia (Interview from Wisconsin Public Radio)

03/01: St. Louis plans a jazz party (Detroit Free Press)

02/16: The Digital Divide in East St. Louis (WILL Focus 580 Interview with Paul Adams, Varkki George, and Martin Wolske)

01/01: East St. Louis Library Built Brick by Brick (SWI-NEWS)


12/00: East St. Louis Neighborhood Condition Survey Collecting Data for a Community Development Project (Urban Insight)

12/00: Miles 2001 (St. Louis Business Journal)

12/00: Home Team Helps Two St. Louis-area Families Achieve Dream of Home Ownership (SWI-NEWS)

12/00: Program aims to help residents in East St. Louis gain access to Internet (Inside Illinois)

12/00: Pitching in to keep all connected (News-Gazette)

11/00: College Administrators Tour East St. Louis (ESLARP)

11/00: ESLARP Faculty Fellowships Available (ESLARP)

10/00: Getting East St. Louis wired (News-Gazette)

10/00: Faulk wins NFL Extra Effort Award (

09/00: Down on the River: A group of University of Illinois students is making waves in East St. Louis. by Kenneth Reardon (Planning)

08/00: JJK Boys & Girls Club Receives $25,000 Grant to Establish Local Cisco Networking Academy (SWI-NEWS)

07/00: Habitat Volunteers Endure Extreme Heat and Lack of Power to Build New Homes in East St. Louis (SWI-NEWS)

06/00: EPA Orders Cleanup of Sauget Area 1 Dead Creek Site; Work at Sauget Area 2 Site Q Recently Completed (EPA)

03/00: Governor Ryan Announces $25 Millinoin Grant for East St. Louis "One-Stop" Community Center (Press Release)

03/00: Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Boy's and Girl's Club Opens the Door For Future Children (SWI-NEWS)

03/00: Joyner-Kersee fulfills dream with new facility (St. Louis Business Journal)

01/00: Suncon Inc. builds complex in East St. Louis (St. Louis Business Journal)


11/99: Ms. Ceola Davis and Emerson Park Development Corporation Receive Regional Awards (ESLARP)

11/99: Faith Based Organizing Initiative - Churches Building their Community (ESLARP)

11/99: CDBG Supports Dynamic COPC Center in East St. Louis (COPC)

11/99: Town & Gown: Making Research Serve Communities Needs (Shelterforce)

11/99: News From ESLARP's Eastern Front (ESLARP)

10/99: Jackie Joyner-Kersee Boys and Girls Club Set to Open (SWI-NEWS)

07/99: President Clinton Visits East St. Louis on the New Markets Initiative (ESLARP)

07/99: President Clinton and Secretary Cuomo Present East St. Louis and St. Louis with $3 Million Empowerment Zone Grant (HUD)

07/99: President Clinton Applauds Walgreens Commitment to Inner Cities (Walgreens)

07/99: As Clinton visit approaches, East St. Louis looks for economic boost (The Kansas City Star)

07/99: Mayor Christens Crown Hotel (SWI-NEWS)

06/99: Katherine Dunham - A Living Legacy (SWI-NEWS)

06/99: Mercantile Opens New Branch in East St. Louis (Mercantile Bank)

05/99: Sixteen Students, Three Organizations Honored for Leadership (UIUC News Bureau)

04/99: Education in Action: Students interact with community residents to improve East St. Louis (UIUC News Bureau)

04/99: Illinois legislation aims to prevent school violence, (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

04/99: Debra Powell Child of East St. Louis will Lead at City Hall, (SLPD)

04/99: Agency helps low-income residents make needed home improvements,(SLPD)

03/99: Faculty Symposium Addresses 'Real World' Service Learning (UIUC News Bureau)

03/99: New Library For East St. Louis (SWI-NEWS)

01/99: Cuomo Highlights State of the Union and Announces $47 Million for St. Louis, St. Louis County and East St. Louis (HUD)

01/99: 75 Metro East Felons will be Released Early (SLPD)

01/99: Retiree Urges East St. Louis to Support Youth Center, (SLPD)

01/99: East St. Louis Senior Leads in Classroom, Athletic Fields (SLPD)

01/99: Settlement Ends 12-Year Battle for Money to Cover Flood Damage, (SLPD)

01/99: East St. Louis Nears Halfway Point in its Financial Quest, (SLPD)

01/99: Regionalism wins the day (SLPD)

01/99: East St. Louis Advocacy Agency Comes to Sex Assault Victims' Aid (SLPD)

01/99: Region Wins Praise for Grant Application, (SLPD)

01/99: Metro East Hotels Barely Meet Demand, (SLPD)

01/99: Lawmaker Takes Battle Over College to Governor, Wyvetter Younge Demands Meeting (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

01/99: Officers' Retirements Drain East St. Louis Police Force, (SLPD)

01/99: Region May get Up Top $100 Million in Econimic Aid, (SLPD)


12/98: MetroLink Access Brings Economic Viability to East St. Louis Community (SWI-NEWS)

12/98: Families are Encourages to use Kidcare, Eligible Metro East Families can get Low-Cost Health Care for their Children by meeting the Guidelines for Income (St. Louis Post Dispatch)

12/98: Kwanzaa Observers from both sides of River Unite (SLPD)

12/98: As Expected, First School Day was Frantic at Newly Consolidated East St. Louis High (SLPD)

11/98: Katherine Dunham Artisinal Village Hut Blitz Build (ESLARP)

11/98: Walgreens Boosts Hopes in E. St. Louis (SLPD)

11/98: Crime Drops, But E. St. Louis Remains Wary (SLPD)

11/98: E. St. Louis will Pay $3 Million Settlement, Firm Said City Breached Contract When Work was Given to Another Company (SLPD)

11/98: Mayor Says Hotel Signals Renewal of East. St. Louis (SLPD)

11/98: B&B Owners Emphasize Luxury and Black Culture, Their East St. Louis INN is Booked Solid Every Weekend (SLPD)

10/98: Urban Revitalization: Report by East St. Louis residents lauds university's work in community (UIUC News Bureau)

10/98: JJK Youth Center Is a Dream Come True (SWI-NEWS)

10/98: East St. Louis Builds for Future (SWI-NEWS)

10/98: Groups Will Use Cultural Arts to Give East St. Louis Needed Lift (SLPD)

08/98: URPS Summer Youth Program (ESLARP)

08/98: UI Faculty Members Awarded Partnership Illinois Seed Grants (UIUC News Bureau)

07/98: Neighborhood Based Family Housing Program's Blitz Build (ESLARP)

07/98: Koman plans $10 million center for East St. Louis (St. Louis Business Journal)

07/98: JJK Reaches the End of the Road (SLPD)

07/98: Blocked Rail Crossings Vex Police and Motorists (SLPD)

05/98: UI urban program learns to think big (The News-Gazette)
20070625153055 UI urban program learns to think big - Modest start now a major help for East St. Louis (May 31, 1998)

05/98: UI project offers helping hand to (May 31, 1998)

05/98: ESLARP Retreat'98 (ESLARP)

05/98: Spring Neighborhood Action Projects - SNAP'98 (ESLARP)

05/98: Plans for East St. Louis Apartments Advance Developer is Proposing $20 Million Complex (SLPD)

05/98: Local Leaders Will Try New Tactic to Win Federal Funds: Cooperation St. Louis and East St. Louis Want a Joint Proposal for an 'Empowerment Zone' but Their Efforts are Disorganized (SLPD)

03/98: Metrolink May Revitalize St. Clair County, (SLPD)

03/98: Report Finds Homicides are Down in East St. Louis (SLPD)

02/98: Spring 1998 Outreach Weekends (ESLARP)


12/97: Bed & Breakfast Thrives in ESL (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

11/97: Joyner-Kersee's best finish (Infoseek)

11/97: History of Poles in ESL (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

10/97: Governer Plants Trees in ESL (State of Illinois)

10/97: Report Card: ESL Schools (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

09/97: UI awarded new grant for East St. Louis project (The News-Gazette)
20070625153133 UI awarded new grant for East St. Louis project (September 3, 1997)

09/97: ESL Teachers Start Strike (Yahoo News)

08/97: Partnerships Expands in ESL (COPC Central)


10/96: East St. Louis Neighborhood Technical Assistance Center (NTAC) hosts its grand opening (ESLARP)

08/96: Partnership Illinois Initiative to Highlight, Strengthen U. of I.'s Ties with People of State (UIUC News Bureau)

04/96: The Pierce Report (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

04/96: Awesome Partnership(Neal Peirce)

04/96: ESL Places Its Bet (TIME Magazine)


11/95: East St. Louis renewal project provides unique classroom for students (UIUC News Bureau)

11/95: A hands-on urban education - UI Students are getting their hands dirty while getting a first-hand look at East St. Louis (The News-Gazette)






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