UIS Alumni Events
Join us for upcoming Alumni Events
Events are a great way for Alumni to stay current with what’s going on at UIS. Whether you’re returning to campus for Homecoming, or watching an event at Sangamon Auditorium, there are many ways to stay active with your alma mater. We encourage your involvement and hope to see or hear from you.
If you have questions about any of the following events, please contact Chuck Schrage, Associate Chancellor for Alumni Relations at UIS.
UIS Alumni Gala | Friday, February 23, 2018
The UIS Alumni Gala celebrates UIS alumni and friends who have impacted the world and exemplify Leadership Lived. Join Chancellor Susan J. Koch in celebrating achievement and distinguished service, as we honor two exceptional alumna. Kathy Best will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award, and Mary Mitchell Beaumont will be presented with the Distinguished Service Award.
The event will be held on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the UIS Student Union from 6pm-8:30pm. All UIS alumni are welcome and encouraged to wear UIS Blue. Guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle, and explore the new UIS Student Union. To RSVP for the event complete this form or call 217-206-6058. The last day to register is February 13.
Lunch & Learn Series | February 27, March 29, May 2
You’re invited to the thought-provoking, expert-led Lunch & Learn Series presented by the UIS Alumni SAGE Society this spring at UIS. These lunch-time programs will stimulate thinking as they build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue. All sessions will be held at the UIS Student Union. Cost is $23 per person for each session, which includes a hot lunch. A discounted series subscription price for all sessions is also available for only $60. Register for the Lunch & Learn Series online or by calling 217-206-6058. Registration deadline is one week prior to each event.
February 27: Celebrating Culture and History
Elizabeth Alexander and Nell Clay, board members of the Central Illinois African American History Museum, will share the vision of the city’s newest cultural center as they present We Have a Dream: The Future of Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum. Dr. James Cornelius, Henry Horner Lincoln Collection, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Museum, will present Lincoln, Lost and Found: Mysteries and Wonders of Illinois’ Lincoln Collection.
March 29: Rochester and The State Capitol
Raymond and Pamela Bruzan, teachers, writers, environmentalists and community boosters from Rochester, will present Cotton, Violins, and Shots in the Night: A Timeline Visit to Rochester, Illinois. Presenting How the 6th Illinois Capitol Stayed in Springfield will be Mark Sorensen, Macon County Historian, former assistant director of the Illinois State Archives and past president of the Illinois State Historical Society.
May 2: From Prairie to Sustainable U
Tom Wood, Archivist, University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), will present on From Prairie to University, and provide a storied look back at the physical infrastructure development of the University. Dr. Megan Styles, assistant professor of environmental studies, will present on the history and social changes of the sustainability movement, sustainable development and on sustainability initiatives at UIS.
Regional Alumni Networking Events
We invite UIS alumni and friends to join us as we gather across the country. These events are a great opportunity to network and learn.
Naples, Florida | Thursday, February 15, 2018 | 5:30pm
Be our guest for fun and socializing with UIS alumni, donors and friends over cocktails and hors d’oeuvre. Then take part in a group Q&A session with Chancellor Susan J. Koch. Register for the Naples event online or by calling 217-206-6058. Registration requested by February 8.
The Club at Naples Bay Resort
1800 Tamiami Trail E
Naples, FL 34112
Phoenix, Arizona | Saturday, March 10, 2018
Join UIS and Chancellor Susan J. Koch for Spring Training Baseball – Chicago Cubs vs. Chicago White Sox. Be our guest for socializing with UIS alumni, donors and friends over lunch and traditional ballpark fare in a fun, relaxing and laid-back atmosphere. Stay tuned for an online registration link.
Game time: 1:05pm
Gates open: 90 minutes prior to game time
2330 W. Rio Salado Parkway
Mesa, AZ 85201
Chicago, Illinois | Thursday, April 5, 2018 | 5:30pm
Be our guest for fun and socializing with UIS alumni, donors and friends over cocktails and hors d’oeuvre. Then take part in a group Q&A session with Chancellor Susan J. Koch. More details to come.
Washington, DC | Thursday, June 7, 2018 | 6pm
Homecoming is an annual tradition at University of Illinois Springfield that engages students, alumni, staff and faculty, as well as members of the community. Stay tuned for details on 2018 Homecoming events. We hope to see you at one of these great events!
Prairie Star 5K
The Prairie Star 5K is annual run/walk hosted on UIS campus. UIS students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are welcome to participate. Stay tuned for details about the 3rd Annual Prairie Star 5K in 2018.