August 2016 Issue
Greetings from your Alma Mater!
As a new school year begins, we are beginning a new alumni email communication that will be the UIS alumni source for information you, our alumni, want directly from your University. You will see this message in your inbox monthly and we encourage you to provide us feedback and share it with your classmates.
Susan J. Koch
Student Union Construction Underway
The long awaited student union project broke ground on May 4, 2016, and construction is well underway. The new UIS Student Union will be the social heart of campus for students and alumni, alike. You can watch construction progress live.
Upcoming Events and News
We have many events coming up over the next couple of months. Run in the Inaugural Prairie Star 5K on Saturday, August 27 and come back to campus in the afternoon for the Annual Athletics Backyard Barbeque. The semiannual Lunch and Learn Series kicks off on Tuesday, September 13. Homecoming Week is Monday, October 3 through Saturday, October 8 and the UIS Alumni Gala is Friday, October 21.
Our students and faculty have been busy over the summer participating in a national collaboration study on super-users of healthcare and relocating endangered osprey birds. A new Athletic Director has been hired and we have a new University Librarian. UIS Alumnus, Dr. Samuel Wheeler, has been hired as the Illinois State Historian.