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260 Why “informal socializing” helps civic engagement

Some people are surprised to see “informal socializing” as a path to social engagement. But our research shows that 7 in 10 people participate at least monthly in a small informal or recreational social setting – giving them, as Robert Putnam suggests, opportunities to discuss civic and political events. This study was completed before Facebook… Read More »

249 Athletes of the Year are from central Illinois

Megan Bergerud (basketball) of Virginia and Jared Massengill (baseball) of Neoga have been named the UIS Athletes of the Year. The awards were announced May 10 at the annual Athletics banquet. Elizabeth Kelly of Carlinville (basketball) was named Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Related links: More about Megan Bergerud More about Elizabeth Kelly More about… Read More »

248 Commencement held in downtown convention center

UIS will hold its 43rd commencement ceremony May 17 in the Prairie Capital Convention Center downtown. As many as 6,000 guests will be on hand – which also means a considerable number of restaurant meals and hotel rooms purchased locally. Walgreens exec Donovan Pepper, a UIS alum, will be the speaker. Related links: Live webcast… Read More »

238 A hundred thousand meals for children

More than 500 volunteers gathered in the UIS Recreation and Athletic Center in November 2013 to help assemble Manna Packs for hungry children around the world. It was called the Feed My Starving Children event.

234 UIS baseball player also volunteers many hours

As an outfielder on the University of Illinois Springfield baseball team, Adam Unes knows being a NCAA student-athlete means more than just taking the field and playing ball. Unes and his teammates spent over 300 hours during the spring semester volunteering at St. John’s Breadline.  A great example of Leadership lived! Related links: What “Leadership… Read More »

233 Juried student art exhibition now on display

The Art Student League presents the 2014 University of Illinois Springfield Student Juried Exhibition from March 31 to April 11, 2014, in the Access Gallery in the Visual and Performing Arts Building.

228 22 more nation’s flags at UIS

UIS recently added 22 more nation’s flags to the lobby of Sangamon Auditorium, with each flag representing the country of origin of a UIS student. UIS now has more than 400 international students. Related links: How we support international students