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  • The Public Good

    Meet Hannah Warden

    Meet Hannah Warden, Business Administration major. She is the force behind the 2018 UIS Dance Marathon that raised more than $10,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network. Hannah and her team of volunteers spent the year raising awareness and funds for the HSHS St. John’s Children’s Hospital, culminating in the Marathon where students got a chance to meet some of the patients treated at St. John’s and their families. She volunteers at the hospital most weeks. “There are some of the kids who have spent days, weeks and years in the hospital,” Hannah said, “so anything I can do to give back to them is amazing and it brings me a lot of joy.” Hannah was honored with the UIS Star Student Award at the Springfield’s 2018 Good as Gold Ceremony.

    The Public Good…because we are all part of this journey together.

  • Academic Excellence

    UIS Students and Faculty Research in Ghana

    Three faculty and seven students have traveled to Ghana, West Africa, this summer to do research in the prevalence and risk factors for diabetes, hypertension and hepatitis C co-infection with HIV among Ghana’s people. The group is also assessing water quality by collecting samples from local sources and testing for coliform, E. coli and other harmful substances. Take a look at Alexandra Madden’s UIS Snapchat Takeover from Ghana. UIS is proud to offer a program in a country outside of students’ comfort zone, with dramatic cultural differences. (That’s on top of the research experience!) Professors on the trip include Dr. Josiah Alamu, Public Health; Dr. Dennis Ruez, Environmental Studies; and Dr. Kamau Kemayo, African-American Studies.

    Academic Excellence that Empowers the Future – for all of us.

  • UIS Center for Lincoln Studies

    Why have a UIS Center for Lincoln Studies?

    Springfield is the right place to establish a national center for the study of Abraham Lincoln’s life, his era, his leadership, and his legacy, and UIS is the perfect place for this ambitious endeavor. In Springfield, Lincoln lived and raised a family, practiced law and politics, and prepared for the presidency. Today, Mr. Lincoln’s hometown is a hub for Lincoln research and tourism, attracting thousands of visitors each year from around the globe. But while Lincoln was a citizen of Illinois from 1830-1861, he ultimately became a citizen of the world, so connecting Lincoln to a national and international context will be a mission of the Center, as well.

    Stellar – Because a UIS Center for Lincoln Studies instructs, inspires and elevates all of us.

  • Facilities & Technology

    Facilities & Technology | New Field Station at UIS

    “There’s a new addition to our campus that lets us say for the first time: ‘UIS is on the lake!’” Chancellor Koch recently said about the new UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield. This new resource includes a 3,000-square-foot building, more than 400 feet of lakeshore and a dock system – all just a few minutes from campus. Under the leadership of Dr. Tom Rothfus, Director of Emiquon (pictured at right), the Field Station will serve as a multipurpose educational, research and recreational facility. Plans for facility improvements are now underway, but faculty in Environmental Science and Biology are already using the Field Station, and several classes are scheduled there for Fall, 2018. The Chancellor added, “I’ve even heard there may be a collegiate bass fishing team in our future.”

    Facilities & Technology at UIS…Building tomorrow’s University today.

  • Scholarships

    Scholarships | Jenetta Thomas

    Already a nurse, online student Jenetta Thomas enrolled in the UIS Master's of Public Health program in 2014 to become a public health educator in her hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio. In Spring 2018, Jenetta spent two months in the Intensive Care Unit with her gravely ill daughter. “I actually submitted paperwork with my advisor to put my degree on hold because of the stress and not knowing if I could afford it.” Jenetta says, “One week later, I learned I had received the Evelyn Zimmerman Scholarship in Public Health. I can honestly say I would not have been able to continue without it.”

    Jenetta will graduate in December 2019 after finishing her Public Health Internship. She now works as Nurse Coordinator for children with special needs and medical handicaps and also teaches classes through the Hamilton County (Ohio) Department of Public Health focusing on safe sleep and reproductive life planning.

    Scholarships…Because they affirm the aspirations, energy and diversity of our students

  • The Public Good

    The Public Good | Illinois Issues Forum

    NPR Illinois serves the Public Good throughout Illinois. Last year, NPR Illinois toured the state to hear how the two-year state budget impasse affected communities in Illinois. This year, they continue to travel throughout Illinois, featuring an expert panel and seeking solutions to the continuing fiscal problems in Illinois and discussing prominent issues 2018 election. A recent forum, moderated by Sean Crawford, took place in Naperville, Illinois. Experts Judith Brodhead, Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo and Colin Dalough discussed how economic success and state policy are affecting the development of collar counties. Learn more about the experts and watch the Naperville forum, and stay tuned to learn about the next Illinois Issues Forum. The Illinois Issues Forum is produced and hosted by NPR Illinois with support provided by AARP Illinois.

    UIS serves the Public Good…because we are all part of this journey together.

  • Center for Lincoln Studies

    Meeting with Local Lincoln Leaders

    One of the goals of the Center for Lincoln Studies at UIS is to enhance public education about Lincoln’s life and legacy. With that in mind, during this early phase for the Center, UIS academic and administrative leaders have been meeting with representatives from local organizations with a Lincoln interest to share plans, discuss ideas with local Lincoln leaders and lay the groundwork for future collaboration. The Center is sure to benefit from the interest and involvement of these renowned Lincoln leaders in Springfield.

    Because Lincoln still instructs, inspires and elevates all of us

  • Academic Excellence

    Academic Excellence | MBA students shine

    Congratulations to UIS MBA students Ajey Kulkarni, Paul Lutinen and Keith Tanner, who scored in the top 10% of graduate business students nationally on the Educational Testing Service’s (ETS) Major Field Test. More than 3,000 higher education programs use the test to assess students’ knowledge in specific disciplines. Most of the questions require specific knowledge of marketing, management, finance and managerial accounting. Half the questions are based on case-studies.

    Tanner, Lutinen and Kulkarni, pictured at right with Dr. Jorge Villegas, take their courses at the UIS Peoria Center. Kulkarni works at Caterpillar, Inc.; Lutinen at Atlas Supply Company; and Tanner at AQS/SCSI, LLC.

    UIS – Academic Excellence that Empowers the Future

  • The Public Good

    The Public Good | Illinois Issues Forum

    NPR Illinois serves the Public Good throughout Illinois. Last year, NPR Illinois toured the state to hear how the two-year state budget impasse affected communities in Illinois. This year, they continue to travel throughout Illinois, featuring an expert panel and seeking solutions to the continuing fiscal problems in Illinois and discussing prominent issues related to the 2018 election. A recent forum, moderated by Sean Crawford, took place in Naperville, Illinois. Experts Judith Brodhead, Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo and Colin Dalough discussed how economic success and state policy are affecting the development of collar counties. Learn more about the experts and watch the Naperville forum, and stay tuned to learn about the next Illinois Issues Forum. The Illinois Issues Forum is produced and hosted by NPR Illinois with support provided by AARP Illinois.

    UIS serves the Public Good…because we are all part of this journey together.

  • Scholarships

    Bekha Scott | Driven to Serve

    At age 13, UIS alum Bekha Scott was diagnosed with neurofibromatosis (NF2) which caused tumors to grow on her nerves. Despite physical problems, Bekha always contended that she was not disabled. “I just have a body that doesn’t work,” she said.

    According to her mother, Jennifer Williams, Bekha’s time at UIS “was an amazing experience for her.” Because of her strong commitment to helping others, Bekha served as president of the UIS Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at UIS, and in 2013 received the Distinguished Service Key. She graduated with BS in social work in 2014.

    In 2016, when she was 25, Bekha passed away. In honor of Bekha’s indomitable spirit, her family established the Rebekha Scott Servant Leaders Scholarship at UIS in 2018. “Honestly,” her mother says, “it’s just something Bekha would do. That’s why we did it.”

    Learn how you can create a scholarship

  • Academic Excellence

    Dr. Holly Kent | Excellence in Teaching

    In May 2018, Dr. Holly Kent, associate professor history at UIS, received the Pearson Faculty Award given for excellence in teaching. She specializes in fashion history. “Dr. Kent serves as a generous mentor to both colleagues and students,” said members of the faculty review committee. “Dr. Kent’s courses are rigorous and engaging, a result of her innovative pedagogical strategies.” In recognition of her unique scholarship and teaching excellence, Dr. Kent was chosen as a representative to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) to collaborate and develop a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary course entitled “Fashion as an Agent of Social Change Since 1900.” Read more about Dr. Holly Kent and about faculty award recipients.

    Stellar – Academic Excellence that Empowers the Future

  • Center for Lincoln Studies

    Approvals for the Center Secured

    In January 2018, the UIS Campus Senate approved the new Center for Lincoln Studies at UIS, and in March 2018, The Illinois Board of Higher Education added its approval. Special thanks to James Ermatinger, Dean of the UIS College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, for everything he did to negotiate this process.

    The Center for Lincoln Studies at UIS is expected to be a national base for scholarship, teaching and public history about Lincoln’s life, leadership and legacy, and give students an opportunity to collaborate with Lincoln scholars on research, history and public policy projects. Because it will engage broad campus and community audiences, the Center will add to the wealth of all things Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois.

    Stellar – Because a Center for Lincoln Studies at UIS instructs, inspires and elevates all of us.

  • Facilities & Technology

    Bank of Springfield Scoreboard | The Difference a Gift Makes

    When Chris Ramirez, coach of the nationally ranked UIS baseball team, came to UIS in 2013, the team had no place to play at UIS and instead played games at parks throughout Springfield. Today, the team has its own home field with a new synthetic turf and big plans to develop a premier baseball stadium with covered hitting and training facility, locker rooms and a clubhouse, restrooms and a concession area. According to Coach Ramirez, it all started with a gift from the Bank of Springfield for a scoreboard. A little support from a major booster, Ramirez said in an SJR article, and within a year the team had a home field.

    That’s the difference a gift can make.

    More information on plans for the UIS Baseball Stadium.

  • The Public Good

    Scott Reimers | An Unselfish Public Servant

    Scott Reimers earned a Master’s in Public Administration from UIS in 1995. He currently serves the Public Good as Assistant Vice President for State Legislative Affairs for the Illinois State Medical Society.

    On May 10, 2018, Scott received the prestigious Rail Splitter Public Service Award from the local chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. The Rail Splitter award honors a public servant who exhibits the highest standard of excellence, dedication and accomplishment. According to one nominator, since beginning his career in state government, “Scott has proven to be a bridge-builder and a voice of reason…. He is the epitome of an unselfish public servant.” Upon receiving the award, he challenged those in attendance to choose a student to mentor and make it their business to assist that student as he or she moves from academics into a public affairs profession. Scott is pictured at right with his wife Lori.

    The Public Good is a Reaching Stellar campaign priority: Engagement. Collaboration. Impact. Because we are all part of this journey together.

  • Center for Lincoln Studies

    Dr. Michael Burlingame | World-Renowned Lincoln Scholar

    Dr. Michael Burlingame will be a important asset to the new UIS Center for Lincoln Studies. He is the Chancellor Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies and an internationally renowned scholar who has published twelve books on the life and times of Abraham Lincoln. His work “Abraham Lincoln: A Life,” a two-volume biography, was honored with Gettysburg College’s 2010 Lincoln Prize, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the 2009 Russell P. Strange book award from the Illinois State Historical Society for the best book on Illinois history. It was also listed as one of the five best books of the year 2009 by The Atlantic Monthly.

    Read more about Dr. Michael Burlingame.

  • Facilities & Technology

    Ann Comerford | The Student Union

    Join Chancellor Susan J. Koch & The University of Illinois Springfield community for the Student Union ribbon cutting on Sunday, January 14, 2018. Ceremony at 2:00 p.m. Open house following until 4:00 p.m. “It’ll truly be a community hub for the campus,” said Ann Comerford, Executive Director of the UIS Student Union. “Students will study here, they’ll eat here, and there will also be a lot of programs and events. We hope this will be a place where people get to know the campus community. It will be great for UIS and also for Springfield.” 

     

  • The Public Good

    Katie Brethorst | Dana Thomas House Volunteer

    Katie Brethorst, a history major from Carlyle, Illinois, loves telling stories. That love, coupled with her love of history, has led to a deeply satisfying role at the Dana Thomas House in Springfield. Katie first toured the house with her UIS Capital Scholars Honors class. She enjoyed the tour so much that she returned with her mother and boyfriend, which is when she discovered she could serve at the facility as a tour guide. She now volunteers three times a week, perfectly blending her love of storytelling and history: “I fell in love with the history and the house immediately.”

    Like so many UIS students and alumni, Katie is servingthe Public Good: Engagement. Collaboration. Impact. Because we are all part of this journey together.

  • Scholarships

    Sonia Hernandez | Driven to Succeed

    Sonia Hernandez’s parents came to the United States as immigrants, seeking acceptance and respect more than power and wealth. Sonia has seen them return home at the end of the day, worn out physically and emotionally from unfair treatment at work. The image of that weariness is driving Sonia. “My dream is to become an international human rights lawyer and advocate for those who feel like they can’t advocate for themselves,” she says. At UIS, Sonia is majoring in Legal Studies and Political Science, She says every year is a financial struggle, but the Lee Humphrey Dodd Memorial Scholarship has made her journey easier. “The day I cross the stage (at Commencement), I will have many people to thank. The Humphrey family will be among them.”

    Learn about how you can create a scholarship.

  • Academic Excellence

    Aubrey McCarthy | Professional Experience as a Student

    Aubrey McCarthy’s passion for helping people has led to a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s in Human Development Counseling at UIS, expected in Fall 2018. She plans to work with children with developmental disabilities.

    At UIS, Aubrey has done research on child development with Dr. Michele Miller. “I have been able to present at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference in Chicago and the Society for Research in Child Development Conference in Austin, Texas.” She appreciated collaborating and learning from child development experts and gaining a taste of what her professional life will entail.

    Read more about Student Research at UIS. Make a gift in support of student research.

  • Facilities & Technology

    Student Union | Marissa Jones

    You may never have thought of the Student Union as a real-life lesson in environmental studies, but for Marissa Jones it has been exactly that. Marissa first became passionate about sustainability in a course taught by Dr. Megan Styles. After being appointed as the Campus Sustainability Projects Coordinator, Marissa was further excited to learn all the sustainable features included in the Student Union design—features that will qualify the Student Union for a LEED Gold Certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, is a rating system to evaluate and encourage sustainable design.

    “A LEED Gold Certification will not only save us money,” Marissa says, “but will also prove our motto of ‘Leadership lived’—this time through sustainable infrastructure!

    Learn more about the Student Union’s green features.

  • The Public Good

    Helping Springfield-area Kids Grow Up Great

    For the past six years, approximately 600 local Head Start children have attended two shows at Sangamon Auditorium thanks to a grant from the PNC Foundation “Grow Up Great” initiative. Prior to the performance, Auditorium staff go to all 36 Springfield-area Head Start facilities to prepare children for the performance and leave a book of the play being performed. The program also provides training in the arts for Head Start teachers, and brings Head Start families for an evening performance at the Auditorium. Teachers appreciate the program, as do the families, who have had responses like this to the evening performance:

    “The kids were full of excitement and wonderment.” “My grand-daughter loved it all.” “Thank you for the opportunity to bring my family.”

    Read more about Arts Start

  • Center For Lincoln Studies

    Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series

    On November 19, 2002, the Inaugural Lincoln Legacy Lecture took place at UIS. The series has been held every year. More than 5,000 students and community members have attended the lectures over the years, including 600 who attended a special symposium in April 2015 before a re-enactment of Lincoln’s Funeral. Unique to the lecture series is a dual focus on issues important to Lincoln and still important to us today. The 2017 lecture, held on Thursday, October 12, was on the topic of Lincoln and Education.  

    The Lincoln Legacy Lecture series is sponsored by the Center for State Policy and Leadership, in cooperation with the Chancellor Naomi Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies (with many additional co-sponsors and support from alumni and friends).

    Learn more about the Lincoln Legacy Lecture series.

     

  • Academic Excellence

    Taking on the Challenge of Cyber Security

    Justin Brown is majoring in Information Systems Security at UIS. This past summer, he interned at the Security Operations Center at Horace Mann. He helped to monitor, review and take action on abnormal web or email traffic that might be come through the network. He enjoyed the challenge of staying on top of new attacks and.

    Justin also appreciated the opportunity to apply what he had been learning at UIS. “The Horace Mann internship provided a lot of hands-on experience,” he says, “taking theories and practices I had been learning in my courses at UIS and applying them. UIS definitely sets up their students for success not only in their career path but life in general.”

    Read more about computer science at UIS

  • Scholarships

    "Something I Will Use Every Day"

    Tyshianna Bankhead majors in Sociology Anthropology at UIS because she wants to stand up  against injustice. In the summer of 2017, with the help of the James L. Lundquist Scholarship, she went to The Gambia to work with a local organization seeking to curb traditional practices that harm women. “I get fired up about it because this issue involves the lives of others, and I know we are all part of this life journey together.”

    Tyshianna plans to work for the police department in the Quad Cities area on issues of diversity and ethnic training. “The study abroad gave me new insight about others who live in another community, within another culture, another world—something I will use every day in my career.”