A committee of fifteen people called the Committee for Higher Education in Central Illinois led the way in the 1960s to raise $1 million to buy the land for a community college (Lincoln Land) and university (Sangamon State, now called UIS). A resolution forever remembering these fifteen people hangs in the Hatmaker Room 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.
Sangamon State had not been open a year when a tradition emerged – the wearing of floppy hats to celebrate innovation and having a university in the state capital city.
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.
UIS partnered with the Illinois National Guard to educate troops being deployed to Afghanistan. They discussed the country’s infrastructure, history, culture, public health needs, and economic structure.
UIS has been the site of ILEAD U (Illinois Libraries Explore, Apply and Discover) Initiative in recent years. The initiative is part of the Illinois State Library’s effort to use web technologies that foster community participation to create innovation and positive change.
Hundreds of college students converged on the State Capitol in Springfield in support of continued funding for the Monetary Award Program, which helps students most in need of financial assistance.
The Illinois House of Representatives started coming to UIS in 2007, when the House Chamber was undergoing renovation, for its swearing-in ceremony in January. They enjoyed the hospitality so much that they returned in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
Two graduates of the Public Affairs Reporting program have won Pulitzer Prizes: Kathy Best and Deb Peterson. Best returned years later from Seattle, in 2013, to be the UIS commencement speaker.