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Prominent UIS alums to participate in Leadership Roundtable

October 18, 2006

SPRINGFIELD – The University of Illinois at Springfield will host distinguished alumni from across the nation as the group gathers to participate in a Leadership Roundtable on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, October 18 through 20, at the university.

The topic of the Roundtable, "Engagement: Local to Global," will be the focus of meetings and panel discussions between the 14 alums and UIS administrators, faculty, and student groups. The program is designed as a way to bring some of the best and brightest alumni together with educators to share their insights on the realities and challenges of the global marketplace.

"UIS is very fortunate to have among its alumni many extraordinary leaders in business, finance, and public service," said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. "These individuals have graciously agreed to share their experiences and expertise with us through intensive discussions about how we can best prepare our graduates for the future."

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Roundtable participants are:

James A. Downing, manager/administrator, Village of Thorton, Illinois, and founder, Illinois Venture Capital Association (MBA, 1999); Michael A. Dunbar, coordinator, Art in Architecture, Illinois Capital Development Board, Springfield, and nationally renowned sculptor (MA, 1976); Randall F. Dunn, vice president, Navix Imaging, Inc., Southwest Florida Regional Imaging, Punta Gorda, Florida (BA, 1973; MA, 1974); Lin N. Ezell, director, Marine Corps National Museum, Quantico, Virginia (BA, 1974); Kathleen D. Gowin, senior vice president of sales, Global Treasury Services, Bank of America, N.A. (MBA, 1987); Karen Hasara, former mayor, City of Springfield (BA, 1972; MA, 1992); Thomas E. Livingston, resident vice president, CSX Transportation, Chicago (M.S., 1990; MPA, 1997).

Pamela M. McDonough, CEO, DeAngelo-McDonough Construction Management Company, Chicago (MPA 1989); Syma R. Mendelsohn, executive vice president, JZA, Inc., Bethesda, Maryland (MA, 1975); Kevin Purcell, consultant, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle (MA, 1980); Diane Rutledge, superintendent, Springfield Public School District 186 (MA, 1978); Michael S. Schwartz, chairman, U.S. Railroad Retirement Board, Chicago (MA, 1980); Thom M. Serafin, president and CEO, Serafin & Associates, Inc., Chicago (BA, 1973; MA 1993); and Phil Zeni, CEO and senior consultant, The NEXT LEVEL Management Consultants, Scottsdale, Arizona, and San Francisco (BA 1972).

    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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