Gifts in 2016 Advance the Mission of UIS: 6 examples

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6 examples of the difference donors make

What a great year donors have helped to create here at UIS! Through their gifts, donors advanced the mission of UIS and helped the University achieve great things:

  1. On May 4, 2016, at 10:30 a.m., we officially broke ground on our first-ever Student Union, a $21.7 million project. University of Illinois President Timothy Killeen joined UIS Chancellor Susan Koch for the event. Take a construction tour with the Chancellor.
  2. A total of 5,428 students are enrolled, up from 5,402 students in fall 2015. That makes it the second largest student body in UIS history.
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  4. On Monday, April 25, 2016, in partnership with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), UIS dedicated the new UIS Child Protection Training Academy, which includes the Residential Simulation Lab (a simulated training house) and a mock courtroom. The two labs are designed to train students, investigators, law enforcement and other first responders to identify and respond in cases of child maltreatment.
  5. The University Professional & Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) honored UIS with its award for Strategic Innovation in Online Education during its annual conference on April 8, 2016 in San Diego, CA. Earlier in the year online programs at UIS were ranked among the best in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report.
  6. Since 2011, the Illinois Innocence Project at UIS has played a leading role in nine exonerationfor-online-contents of innocent individuals, including six in the last four years. Among innocence organizations, these are large numbers. Also since 2011, 55 UIS students have worked for the Illinois Innocence Project on its cases and other work. Most recently, the Innocence Project contributed to the freedom of Teshome Williams, wrongfully convicted as a result of erroneous eyewitness identification, incentivized witnesses and inadequate defense