June 2019 | Alumni Newsletter
The global UIS Alumni family has more than 43,000 members with shared experiences and pride in the University of Illinois Springfield and its predecessor, Sangamon State University.
Meet Alumnus Robert Dixon
Alumnus Robert Dixon ’13 PAA, MA ’17 PAA is the director of legislative affairs for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). He’s worked in multiple governmental and legislative affairs roles, and says being a student leader at UIS gave him the skills to operate in a professional setting, lead others toward achieving goals and strategically complete tasks from beginning to end.
New UIS Building Funded in Capital Bill
Among new capital projects for UIS included in the Illinois General Assembly’s public works construction program is a $35 million, 50,000-square-foot library and student learning success center. The building will be situated between the Health and Sciences Building and the Student Union. Chancellor Susan Koch said the goal is to have “shovels in the ground” by 2020. Read more about the project.
First Prairie Stars Player Drafted for MLB
Senior pitcher Andrew Dean recently made history by becoming the first Prairie Stars player selected in the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft. Dean was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 18th round, and is also the first Prairie Stars pitcher to earn All-American accolades.
New Sculptures Installed Outside Student Union
Three sculptures by California-based artist Lisa Williamson were recently installed outside the Student Union. The artwork was made possible thanks to the John N. Chester Estate Fund, an endowed gift fund created with the intent of adding to the attractiveness of U of I campuses. The sculpture series, entitled “Obstruction, Reflection, Transition” combines bright colors with high reflectivity stainless steel. Watch a highlight video and read more.
UIS Career Outcomes Report
More than 90 percent of graduates from the 2017-18 academic year are working or continuing their education according to the new UIS Career Outcomes Report. The report explores what activities alumni are engaging in 12 months after graduation. Check it out.
Upcoming Events Calendar
Foot in the Door Fair – Thursday, August 29
EXPLORERS Alumni Travel Program – September trips
Sangamon Auditorium Broadway Series – Starting October 18