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Media Advisory: Annual Fall Convocation

August 16, 2006

What:  Convocation – a celebration of the new academic year with remarks by Chancellor Richard Ringeisen and introduction of 40 new faculty members.  The theme of Dr. Ringeisen’s talk will be that UIS is on an upward trajectory as it becomes a full-fledged four-year university this fall. 

When:  3 p.m. Thursday, August 17, 2006 

Where:  Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center 

Details:  The fall semester, which starts Monday, August 21, is shaping up to be an exciting one with an expanded curriculum for freshmen, 60 new courses, 40 new faculty, and more than 850 residential students, the most ever.  Early enrollment figures show a record number of freshmen and international students, and an increase in online enrollment for the 17th consecutive semester.   

    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 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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