Stories from the University of Illinois Springfield
By Courtney Westlake
At this year’s International Festival, Rick Lane noticed that during downtime, members of the Students of African Descent group and the Indian group began to dance together and enjoy each other’s cultures. That is exactly the environment Lane is working to create, with help from many others on campus, as the director of the Office of International Student Services at UIS.
U.S. News & World Report’s 2009 Edition of America’s Best Colleges ranks the University of Illinois at Springfield as the best public university– Master’s category – in the state of Illinois and the fourth best public university in that category in the entire Midwest. The Master’s category includes colleges and universities that provide a full range of undergraduate and master’s programs but only a few, if any, doctoral programs.
International Festival focused on “Harvest Celebrations around the World”
The 31st Annual International Festival — “Harvest Celebrations around the World” – was 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, November 16. The event was free and open to the public. The festival featured cultural performances and exhibits, plus a variety of ethnic foods from local restaurants. All activities took place in the lower-levels of the PAC and Library.