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Laura Clark joins the Office of AdvancementLaura Clark

Laura Clark, a new director of development in the UIS Office of Advancement, is thrilled to be back at UIS. In the mid-’90s, she took courses for a master’s degree in public history at UIS.

“UIS opened up doors to so many opportunities for me,” she says.

It was an internship at the Springfield Children’s Museum, set up for Laura by Dr. William Siles, professor emeritus of history, that became the stepping stone to a varied and productive career in non-profit management and development.

Her role as director of development in the UIS Office of Advancement

“Coming to UIS was without a doubt the best decision I ever made. I learned so much, personally and professionally, during my time at UIS. I am honored to be in a position where I can play a part in the continued growth and success of UIS,” she says.

At UIS, Laura will be raising money for the College of Business and Management. She’s particularly happy about this because as a graduate student, she worked in the College.

She’ll also be working with representatives of corporate and business foundations to raise support throughout UIS. She welcomes the opportunity at UIS to work with faculty and staff on corporate and foundation grants. Email Laura if you’d like more information about that.

A leader in Peoria

For her work here at UIS, Laura will take advantage of the skills and experience she gained in her two past leadership positions:

  • Executive director of Family House, which provides low-cost housing, meals and other help for families of patients receiving medical treatment and nursing care in Peoria;
  • Vice president of the Peoria Friendship House, an inner-city outreach providing educational, employment and children’s services, as well as other community support. Peoria has a large immigrant population, and she’s especially grateful for the opportunity to develop and implement the “Path to Citizenship” program at Friendship House. During her time with the program 29 (out of 29) students obtained their citizenship.

Laura received two awards for her leadership while in Peoria: 40 Leaders Under 40 in 2010 and 25 Women in Leadership in 2011.

On a personal note…

Laura’s personal interests include Habitat for Humanity, which she has seen bring a lot of success and progress into people’s lives, and also rescue dogs. All three of her animals—two cats and one dog—are rescue animals, and at Friendship House, she personally arranged the adoption of eight dogs found abandoned in the neighborhood.

Laura also loves spending time with her many nieces and nephews. But don’t ask her about cooking! She says, basically “if you can put it in a microwave, I can cook it.”

Welcome, Laura! We’re glad you’re here.


Spring Lunch and Learn series starts February 25

Join us for the Spring Lunch and Learn series! Check out the great line up of events, starting with Coffee and Chocolate on Thursday, February 25.


New scholarship honors Dr. Ted Mims    Ted Mims for archived story

On Thursday, December 17, Bill Hoffman MA ‘ 01 LAS, announced the creation of the Ted Mims Scholarship Fund for computer science scholarships. The fund will create a permanent legacy at the University of Illinois Springfield for Dr. Ted Mims, head of the Computer Science Department.

Bill hopes his donation of $15,000, already doubled by his employer, Microsoft, will grow through the donations of the many students and faculty who have benefited from Dr. Mims’ role in their lives.

Since the Computer Science Department began at UIS in 1991—with Dr. Mims as its only head—the department has seen tremendous growth and especially so when the program went online. For the past three years, the Computer Science Department at UIS had had more than 1,000 majors. As excellent as this growth has been, Dr. Mims is even better known for his deep concern and unwavering commitment to student success.

Bill Hoffman has chosen to honor Dr. Mims because of his role in Bill’s success. Bill says he “ran out of steam” at one point and took an 18-month break during work on his master’s degree. Dr. Mims sought Bill out to say, “Just knuckle down and do it!”

“He could have just let me drift away,” Bill says, “but he didn’t and that degree has made such a big difference in my career.”

Has Dr. Mims made a difference in your life as well?

Over the years, Ted Mims has been fond of saying, “I have love and concern for all my students.”

If you know this to be true in your own life, please add your recognition through a gift to the Ted Mims Scholarship Fund.

The $30,000 endowed fund will generate a $1200 award for one student each year. As the fund increases—through your gifts and the gifts of others like you—more students will receive scholarships and the size of the scholarships will grow. Please help to make this happen.

  • You can give online using this secure Donate Now button. Feel free to leave a message to Dr. Mims about why you are giving in the “Special Instructions” box lower on the page. We’ll pass your messages on.
  • You can send a check, complete a gift card or bring us a gift in person.
  • You can work with a gift officer to give through a gift of stock, bequest, pledges, monthly electronic fund transfer or other means.
  • For more information, please contact the Office of Advancement at 217-206-6058.

Your donation to the Ted Mims Scholarshaip Fund will be a wonderful way to enhance Dr. Mims’ legacy at UIS. Remember, ALL donations will be added to the endowment created in Ted’s honor.


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