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SECA award honors memory of UIS professor

April 28, 2004

SPRINGFIELD - An award honoring the memory of Lee Frost-Kumpf, associate professor of Political Studies and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was announced during the 2003 State Employees Combined Appeal Awards Luncheon, held April 21 at the Governor's Mansion to honor agencies and universities who reached their fundraising goal.  Frost-Kumpf, who passed away in August 2003, served as chair or co-chair of UIS’ SECA campaign from 1999 to 2002 and under his direction the university achieved record levels of giving.

The award, to be presented each year to an outstanding agency or university ambassador, reads in part: “Lee served on the SECA Advisory Board and as an Ambassador for many years. His dedication, leadership, enthusiasm, and grounded ethics served as a model for the true spirit of a SECA volunteer and leader.  Your contribution reflects the spirit and passion of Lee Frost-Kumpf.”  The first recipient was Curt Conrad of the Department of Natural Resources.

Announcing the establishment of the award, UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen, outgoing honorary SECA chair, recalled Frost-Kumpf’s “great enthusiasm” for SECA. “During the campaign we could literally see Lee’s energy and laughter as we watched the ubiquitous posters and flyers and e-mail reminders – reminders that we always needed just a little bit more to reach our goal,” said Ringeisen.

“Lee was over the top with his energy for SECA and for life, and he helped make UIS go over the top in our campaigns. How proud he was when we set new records under his leadership, and we were very proud of him.”

Ringeisen also noted that Frost-Kumpf was instrumental in beginning a project to design an electronic form that will allow state employees to make contributions online. UIS Academic Technology Services Specialist Tulio Llosa also played a key role in the project, which is nearly complete and will be implemented with the next campaign. “We are proud to make a contribution to SECA in this way,” said Ringeisen.

At UIS, Frost-Kumpf held a joint appointment with the Institute for Legal, Administrative, and Policy Studies. In spring 2003 he received the fifth annual Spencer Award, made to a faculty member who demonstrates excellence in citizenship as well as service to the campus and to his or her discipline.  He was active in various scholarly publications, research, and presentations and worked with the city of Springfield and the U.S.-Ukraine Foundation as a consultant and facilitator of strategic planning to help citizens of the Ukraine find ways to implement democratic processes in their country. The plan that resulted subsequently became a model for local government used in more than 200 Ukrainian cities.

Frost-Kumpf received the Ph.D. in philosophy from The Ohio State University and came to UIS in 1996 from The Pennsylvania State University, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Administration of Justice Program.

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 40 degree programs – 20 bachelor’s, 19 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.
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