March 2016 Issue

Women’s History Month | Alumnae Leadership lived

Alumnae represent Leadership lived every day. They work in government and politics, start their own businesses, improve the world in the nonprofit sector, and transform the companies and industries they work in. We invite you to learn about where and what three of your fellow graduates are doing through these alumni profiles: Rikeesha Phelon ’99 PAA, MA ‘05 LAS; Julie Zara ‘86 LAS; and Kelly Thompson MA ‘02 LAS.

Student Union Update | Open January 2018

Construction of the new 50,000-square-foot Student Union is more than 50 percent complete. Chief design firm Dewberry Architects of Peoria describes the facility as having an “open” look with large, transparent spaces, outside terracing, multi-use areas and a two-story open lounge. Take a video tour of the building and read an update on the Student Union.

Scott Reeder MA ’88 PAA | True Crime Podcast

Veteran journalist Scott Reeder MA ’88 PAA is co-producing Suspect Convictions, a new true crime podcast that has ascended to the top of the iTunes chart. Reeder, a graduate of the Public Affairs Reporting program, shares experiences reporting on the tragic murder of a 9-year old girl, exploring the lives of both the victim and accused. The Illinois Innocence Project makes an appearance on the podcast.

UIS Network and Learn Event | Chicago

Be our guest at the annual spring gathering of Chicago area alumni and friends on the evening of Thursday, April 20, at the Union League Club. Socializing, networking, a University update by Chancellor Susan Koch and a presentation by Dr. Hilary Frost, Associate Professor and Chair of Global Studies.

Emiquon Preserve Floodplain Restoration | Field Trip

Join UIS for a field trip on Thursday, April 20, to the Emiquon Preserve near Havana. Walk the grounds, learn more of floodplain restoration and visit the Therkildsen Field Station at Emiquon, home to student and faculty research. Return to campus and the STARS showcase of student scholarly and creative works.