268 UIS and Downtown Springfield go hand-in-hand

The University of Illinois Springfield shows its community pride for Downtown Springfield, Illinois. Related Links: UIS and Downtown Springfield, a wonderful partnership UIS supports Downtown Springfield video

267 UIS economic impact on Sangamon County

A new study shows how the University of Illinois Springfield is having a major impact on the Sangamon County economy. In Fiscal Year 2013-14, the university added $176.8 million in additional income to the local economy. Related Links: Economic Impact News Release SJR Column: Economic Impact, January 2015 UIS Impact About the study Demonstrating the… Read More »

266 Recipients connect with donors at Scholarship Luncheon

More than 275 people attended the annual UIS Scholarship Luncheon, which brings together donors and scholarship recipients. For many of the donors it was their first time meeting the students they support. Related Links: UIS Scholarship Luncheon 2014 Video Showing our appreciation for scholarship donors 2012 Scholarship Luncheon 2011 Scholarship Luncheon Chancellor’s remarks at the… Read More »

265 Innocence Project helps free man imprisoned for 29 years

A Chicago man who had proclaimed his innocence for nearly 30 years was set free from prison after DNA tests ruled him out as a suspect. Jim Abernathy was represented by the Illinois Innocence Project based out of UIS. Related Links: The Illinois Innocence Project UIS Illinois Innocence Project uses DNA evidence to exonerate man… Read More »

264 UIS to offer nursing program partnership

To accommodate the huge demand for nurses across the country, UIS will partner with Memorial Health System and UIC College of Nursing to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Undergraduate students will begin their nursing education on the UIS campus in the fall of 2015. Related Links: A new option for nursing education at… Read More »

263 UIS Visual Arts Gallery features local artist

Central Illinois art lovers will appreciate the abstract paintings of local professor and artist Lyle Salmi. In his exhibition Sublime Light, Salmi says his works are “rooted in the here and now by the insistence of surface and brush stroke.” Related links: UIS Visual Arts Gallery to feature Decatur artist UIS Visual Arts Gallery Lyle… Read More »

261 UIS Dance Marathon raises money for CMN

UIS students marked the conclusion of a year-long fundraising effort for families benefitting from the Children’s Miracle Network at St. John’s Children’s Hospital in Springfield, with a dance marathon on campus. Related links: UIS to announce money raised for CMN Local family benefits from Children’s Miracle Network UIS Dance Marathon benefits Children’s Miracle Network

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 »