Ospreys, a fish-eating bird of prey, are endangered in Illinois. So Dr. Tih-Fen Ting and UIS students are trying to get them re-established. The birds are being kept at Anderson Lake near Havana, Illinois. As adults, ospreys usually return to nest in the area where they were raised. The hope is that these chicks will do… Read More »
Academics at UIS
You might want to watch this one more than once because this “Forty Years in Review” presentation shows you 40 years of spectacular SSU and UIS history in just three minutes.
SSU’s first commencement ceremony took place in 1972 and Springfield WICS Channel 20 was there to cover the story. There is video of President Robert Spencer speaking at that program.
Historian Cullom Davis, who founded a major oral history program, also recalls the early years of Sangamon State and talks about the star students of the university’s early years. He also talks about the community’s suspicions of SSU.
English Professor Judy Everson talks about the early years of SSU and the successes that occurred to get the university on its feet. “We had such a rich experience, that I think it was a wonderful place to teach,” she said.
The main corridors of downtown Springfield were decorated with UIS banners when UIS celebrated in 40th anniversary in 2010. The banner themes reflected three strategic goals: academic excellence, enriching individual lives, and making a difference in the world.
The Midstate Student Support project at UIS helped Springfield native Blake Johnson fulfill his dream of becoming a teacher. “When I first stepped on campus, I felt like home,” said Johnson.
UIS student Zachary Sullivan from the Quad-Cities was elected governor of the statewide Model Illinois Government (MIG) organization in 2013. MIG puts on a government simulation for over 300 college students each year at the state capitol. Sullivan chose UIS because of its location in the state capital and the hands-on experiences it provides to… Read More »
UIS students participate actively in Model United Nations at the Model UN Conference in New York each spring. An outstanding UIS student, Priyanko Deo, won the best delegate award out of 400 students, which earned her an invitation to the Global United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.
Professor Michael Cheney’s podcast “Unit 1: Beatles as Mosaic” was listed as the second most downloaded podcast on iTunes U in 2010 – with 23,744 downloads in just one just. Cheney teaches an online course on The Beatles.