September 2016 Issue

Enrollment Growth

UIS has its second largest enrollment in school history at 5,428 students, and the University of Illinois System is experiencing its second straight year of record enrollment. Online learning at UIS grew 4.3 percent and includes students from 46 states and 9 countries. Pictured is the freshman class with its 300 members.

Homecoming Week is October 3-8

Join fellow alumni for traditional UIS Homecoming activities including the Alumni Homecoming Happy Hour on Wednesday, October 5, at Engrained Brewing Company. On Friday, October 7, learn about craft beer and chili at the Lunch and Learn. Later, come out for the parade followed by the at-game tailgate during Women’s and Men’s Soccer games. The induction ceremony for the 2016 Prairie Stars Athletic Hall of Fame is Saturday, October 8.

UIS Alumni Gala – in Honor of You!

Join us for the 2016 UIS Alumni Gala on Friday, October 21, at the revered Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The event is a festive evening of food stations, cocktails and networking which features a presentation of the highest honors bestowed upon UIS alumni.

Alumni Spotlight: Why a practicing MD returned for a second undergraduate degree at UIS

Dr. Ben Stull ’16 LAS is an emergency physician who decided to return to school and complete a second undergraduate degree online. Find out why he landed at UIS and chose a degree in math.

Upcoming Events and News

Visit the UIS Observatory for Friday Night Star Parties and help students practice networking skills at a reception on Friday, September 23. Attend the annual Lincoln Legacy Lecture on Thursday, October 20 and and share your political memorabilia at the UIS History Harvest on Saturday, October 22.

During the first week of classes, over 100 students volunteered at nine sites for the annual Welcome Week Service-A-Thon and 17 new faculty members joined UIS.