Karen Renee Fifer | 2020 Loyalty Award Recipient
Karen Renee Fifer, ’83 LAS, MA ’85 EHS, of Springfield, Illinois, earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University. She spent much of her career working at the University, including in the budget and planning office. She retired in 2009.
In addition to her involvement with SAGE Society programs and committees, Karen frequently attends performances at the Sangamon Auditorium and UIS Prairie Stars athletics events. She is a past member of the Friends of Sangamon Auditorium Board and as a former University employee, she also volunteered for the UIS Faculty and Staff Campaign. She has financially contributed to important University priorities through charitable giving. Her son and his family live in Springfield, and she enjoys spending time with them and her four grandchildren.
Her community service extends beyond campus to include being a hospice volunteer through Memorial Medical Center and volunteering to pack medical supplies for people in need throughout the world for Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. She also is a member of American Association of University Women and of the Breakfast Optimists. In the past, she designed costumes for The Muni and other local theatre groups; was on the board for the Springfield Choral Society; and was on the board for the Liturgical Arts Festival.