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U. of I. Moms Association announces 2008 Spirit Award winners


Stephanie Lulay, News Bureau

CHAMPAIGN Ill. — The University of Illinois Moms Association awarded the first Illini Spirit Awards to two campus programs at the Moms Weekend Kick-off Dinner on April 11.

The awards were created to provide financial support to programs and projects that contribute to a positive student experience at the U. of I. Winners received $1,000.

The Relaxation Room at the OASIS, located in a theater-like room with comfy recliners in the Illini Union, provides a 20-minute audio-visual guided imagery experience for students and assists with stress management, improving attitudes, relaxation, healing and motivation. The Relaxation Room is a collaboration of McKinley Health Center, the Illini Union and the School of Architecture. The donation will be used to help fund production of a second custom DVD that will enhance the imagery experience.

Girl POWERED for all Colors is an organization that strives to improve the health of all young women regardless of color, through a study of cultural, environmental and social influences and development of culturally specific nutrition and physical activity programs. Girl POWERED is a collaboration of Campus Recreation, the departments of kinesiology and community health and of nutritional sciences, the Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center, La Casa Cultural Latina and the Latina/o Studies Program.

The Moms Association at Illinois, established in 1923, is believed to be one of the first such organizations in the U.S. Its mission is to support programs, services and activities that promote the health, safety and well-being of the university community. The association serves as the parent liaison to the campus.