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HDC PancrazioAbove: Dr. William Abler teaches a Human Development Counseling class. Inset: Dr. James J. Pancrazio

The James J. Pancrazio Scholarship Fund Now Endowed

For 27 years, Jim Pancrazio taught in the Human Development Counseling (HDC) program at UIS (under the name Sangamon State University through most of his years).

Jim was a Founding Faculty Member of the university and, according to his wife, Sally, he would not have wanted to teach anywhere else: “He loved it here.”

Sally Pancrazio and her sons have now funded an endowed scholarship at UIS in Jim’s memory. Their contributions have been increased through the contributions of many, many of Jim’s former students, and well as colleagues, friends, and other family members who also wanted to honor this beloved professor.

Read more about Dr. Pancrazio’s many contributions to UIS…

UIS Welcomes Paul Kabbes

In early July, University of Illinois Springfield Director of Athletics Kim Pate announced the hiring of Paul Kabbes as Associate Athletic Director for External Operations.

The Office of Development joins the Prairie Stars in welcoming Paul. He will oversee all external units within the athletics department and manage the entire advancement efforts of the athletic department as well.

According to Athletics Director Kim Pate, “Paul Kabbes is an up-and-coming athletic administrator who will have an immediate impact on our external operations. He brings great experience and a proven record of success. Paul understands the importance of athletics in its role as the front porch to community and is passionate about developing a top notch student-athlete experience. He is the perfect person to take our external operation to the next level.”

Paul earned an undergraduate degree in Business Management from Illinois Wesleyan while competing on the baseball team and a master’s degree in Sport Management from Illinois State. You can read more about Paul in the press release announcing Paul’s appointment.

Honor Dr. Stephen Schwark at His Retirement

Dr. Steve Schwark, professor in the UIS Global Studies Department and Director of International Studies, is retiring soon. During his many years, he has had a transformational impact on UIS in a global setting.

We are asking friends, former students, and others to join with us in recognizing and honoring Steve at this time by contributing to a special fund named for him. This fund, the Dr. Stephen J. Schwark China Exchange Program Fund, will provide support for travel and other expenses incurred by Chinese faculty members visiting UIS.

Please send your gift to the new Dr. Stephen J. Schwark China Exchange Program Fund, either by using the Donate button below or by sending your gift to the UIS Office of Development. Thank you!

For more information about the UIS China Exchange Program

Joan Buckles Retiring Soon–Work With Us to Honor Her

Joan Buckles heads up the grounds crew at UIS. For 23 years, she has supervised a crew of 11 workers who keep our gardens, lawns, trees and shrubs looking beautiful in the warmer months, remove snow in the winter, and set up outside events.

She will be retiring soon. In lieu of a recognition celebration, Joan has agreed to allow the campus to plant a tree in her honor.

If you would like to join in honoring Joan, please make a gift using the Donate button below. When you do so, please scroll down and make a note in the Special Instructions box informing us that your gift is for Joan’s tree and commemorative marker. Thank you!

Read more about Joan….

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