Alumni Relations

UIS MBA Graduates at Commencement
A Global Family

With more than 43,000 members, the global UIS Alumni family has shared experiences and pride in the University of Illinois Springfield and its predecessor, Sangamon State University. From its earliest non-traditional students, who helped create a brand-new educational model at SSU, to today’s diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students, we share a common pride in our unique institution.

Part of the Office of Advancement, Alumni Relations advances the interests of the University and its alumni. Through the following programs and services, we seek to strengthen the ties between our alumni, the UIS community and the local and global communities touched by our graduates.


Alumnihood Series

We have a program to welcome everyone to alumnihood. Throughout the year we’ll post insightful videos, useful tools and blogs, and inspiring stories from alumni just like you. We understand that life after graduation can be a hard transition, and we want to be here for you through it all.

Justin Rose, UIS Director of Diversity and Inclusion, tells us how to go beyond the basics and set goals that really matter.

Want more unique goal setting ideas? Look no further.

Alumna Kaleigh Moore

Hustle. Hustle. Ka-ching!
Why the side hustle is such a big deal – and how you can cash in.

Alumna in courtroom

Pivot! Pivot! Pivot! 
Staying a step ahead in your career.


Alumni Profiles View All

Dre Duvendack

Dre Duvendack

UIS Degrees: B.A. 2017 (Communication/ Management minor) (Magna Cum Laude), M.A. 2019 (Communication)

Current Position: Onboarding Specialist at Hope; Adjunct Instructor at UIS

Paris Ervin

Paris Ervin

UIS Degrees: B.A. 2002 (Communication), M.P.A. 2015 (Public Administration)

Current Position: Chief Communications & Civic Engagement Officer for Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs

Elizabeth Blair

Elizabeth Blair

UIS Degrees: B.A. 1993 (Social Justice Professions), M.A. 2003 (Individual Option - Criminal Justice Instruction)

Current Position: Chief of Security at Quest Charter Academy

Donovan Pepper

Donovan Pepper

UIS Degrees: B.A. 1994 (Political Studies), M.A. 1996 (Political Studies)

Current Position: National Director of Local Government Affairs for Walgreen Co.


If you have questions, please feel free to contact Chuck Schrage, Associate Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations by phone at 217-206-6058.