Alumni and friends can invest in University of Illinois Springfield by sharing their time, skills and experience with students and campus units. Opportunities vary throughout the year – some are one-time-only events and others require ongoing commitment. If you have a skill or interest that is not listed, please contact and we will help connect you to the right unit. Your engagement strengthens and maintains the reputation of your alma mater.

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SAGE Society

The Alumni SAGE Society is a group of University of Illinois Springfield/Sangamon State University alumni and friends ages 50 and better. The group offers opportunities for Service, Action, Growth and Enrichment, as alumni and friends connect and reconnect with one another and the University community.

The Alumni SAGE Society and the Illinois State Historical Society partner to provide thought-provoking, expert-led Lunch & Learn programs each fall and spring. These lunch-time programs include a hot lunch, and new and interesting topics each session.

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Illinois Connection Advocacy Network

Illinois Connection is the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance’s legislative advocacy network. Its mission: to gain greater federal and state support for the University of Illinois’s three campuses as well as their interests. By increasing awareness and understanding of the U of I’s positive impact on the state, nation and world, Illinois Connection advocates help to ensure the University’s legacy and longevity.

Visit the Illinois Connection Advocacy Network website to subscribe to their weekly e-newsletter with updates on state issues impacting the University of Illinois System, or join the network. Follow them on Facebook.

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Volunteer and Civic Engagement

Opportunity to present on leadership and service to first-year students in the Leadership for Life service program. We also welcome professionals with experience in one of our five areas of service: youth and education, hunger and homelessness, public health, community awareness, and sustainability.
For more information, contact

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Sangamon Auditorium Volunteer Association

Join a trained corps of more than 235 volunteer ushers to greet, direct, assist and ensure the safety and comfort of patrons attending performances and other events at Sangamon Auditorium and the Studio Theatre. For more information about the Sangamon Auditorium Volunteer Association visit their volunteer opportunities page.


For additional information about how to get involved, contact the Division of Advancement.