Jon Talarico decided to attend college as a boy–even though no one in his family had ever done so. After two years at his local community college, economic issues forced him to set aside his goals. He says he “resigned himself to bagging groceries” fulltime. Today, Jon has begun his senior year at UIS. He is majoring in political science. The donor-funded Kent Redfield Scholarship is helping him financially.
Outstanding Student Research Award
Hillary Rikli, who graduated with a chemistry degree in 2012, won the Outstanding Chemistry Research Thesis Award, funded by gifts to the Chemistry Department. She worked with Dr. Stephen Johnson on a project related to bullet ants–reputed to have the most painful insect sting in the world. Now graduated, Hillary continues to work with Dr. Johnson on the venom of creatures like tarantulas, scorpions, and wasps (and she loves it!). Read more about Hillary’s research.
The Illinois Humanities Council has joined individual donors in supporting the production of a video that chronicles historical events at the Old State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. Produced by UIS’ Office of Electronic Media, The Old State Capitol: A Witness to History will be an entertaining and educational overview of events through history that have taken place at the Springfield landmark.
The UIS Fund provides unrestricted support to UIS, helping many programs and the students in those programs. One of those programs is the Black Male Collegiate Society, which seeks to empower black men to succeed in the collegiate environment. Justin Rose is a founding member of the BMCS.
Wayne and Margie Fox AST Award
Wayne and Margie Fox have generously funded an award for business students who demonstrate excellence in an unpaid internship. Many UIS students invest significant time in these internships, called Applied Study Terms. The Fox Award acknowledges the excellent work of selected business students.
PNC’s $90,000 Gift Yields Impressive Results
A year ago, in May, 2011, the PNC Foundation awarded its first Grow Up Great grant in the Springfield area to Sangamon Auditorium. The three-year $90,000 grant provided funding to enhance the performing arts experiences of 600 Springfield Urban League Head Start students.
Today, a year into the three-year grant, we have excellent results to report from the grant.
The Polly Roesch Music Room
Music at UIS is growing each year, thanks in large part to Polly Roesch and her support through scholarships and gifts. Believing in the promise of a music program that brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members to make and share music, Polly gave music scholarships, and today because of her gift musicians on campus have a beautifully renovated music room.
Chris Young Presents Research on Ground Squirrels
This past year your gifts to the UIS Fund provided support to the College of Public Affairs and Administration, which used part of your gifts to help Environmental Science student Chris Young present research on Franklin’s ground squirrels.