February 2017 Issue

Joye Williams–Mills ’04 PAA | “I have learned to aim at the sky”

Facing adversity. Accepting help. Setting goals. Perseverance. Achieving. Leadership lived. Meet UIS alumna Joye Williams–Mills ’04 PAA who is looking to her Alma Mater once again to help her achieve personal goals, earn a graduate degree and set an example for her grandchildren.

Leadership lived | Daniel Owusu-Bempah ’17 LAS

At age 24, Daniel Owusu-Bempah ’17 LAS considers himself to be a non-traditional student who makes time for everything. He’s a husband and father and works an off-campus job. On campus, he’s a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Black Male Collegiate Society. He started his own photography business and often takes pictures of campus events along with portraits of friends and family.

Celebrating Black History Month 2017

UIS is celebrating Black History Month with events designed to educate and raise awareness. The theme of this year’s celebration is P.O.W.E.R. (Perseverance, Opportunity, Wealth, Education, and Responsibility). Upcoming activities include a Black Lives Matter Movement panel discussion and a showing of Loving, the 2016 historical drama film which helped transcend American families as we see them today.

Lunch and Learn Series | Spring 2017

The Lunch and Learn Series is back! Join us for lunchtime programs which stimulate thinking and build upon the University’s tradition of open and intelligent dialogue. The first program takes place on Thursday, February 23, with the theme of “Establishing Springfield – and the Horseshoe too!”

Alumni to be Inducted into Hall of Fame

Kansas City Star reporter Scott Canon MA ’82 PAA, Chicago Tribune investigative reporter Michael Hawthorne MA ’89 PAA and former State Journal-Register editor and reporter Mike Kienzler MA ’73 PAA will be inducted into the UIS Public Affairs Reporting Hall of Fame on Monday, March 6. The ceremony will take place in Springfield at the Inn at 835.