April 2019 | Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Update | April 2019

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 Alumna Sheri Hall

Sheri HallSheri Hall MA ’16 EHS is the Head of School at Vail Christian Academy in Edwards, CO. She taught third grade at Springfield Christian School for seven years, and served as the K-8 Principal for another ten years. Sheri’s advice for current or prospective students is “don’t wait!” “Even if you have to start small with just a few classes at a time, the UIS faculty team will work with you so that your degree completion fits with your family and time.”



UI Day at the Capitol

UI Day at the CapitolMore than 100 students and alumni from the University of Illinois System’s three universities, including UIS, were at the Illinois State Capitol speaking with lawmakers about the educational and economic importance of the U of I when it comes to the future of Illinois. If you would like to get involved in future activities, visit the Illinois Connection Advocacy Network website.



Professor Larry Shiner Honored as Outstanding Advocate Leader

Professor Larry ShinerProfessor Larry Shiner received the William E. Winter Award for Outstanding Advocate Leadership. He began teaching at Sangamon State University in 1971, and has had an impact on not only students over the years, but also fellow faculty and UIS programs. Learn more about Professor Shiner and see photos from his award presentation.




A Pathway to Opportunity for This Year’s Graduates

Chancellor Susan J. KochChancellor Susan J. Koch introduces us to four unique students in her monthly State Journal-Register article. These students will walk across the stage at commencement next month in celebration of their accomplishments in different programs and stages of life.



Reaching Stellar Campaign

Jan and Francie StaggsReaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of Illinois seeks to raise funds from friends and alumni to add to the excellence of UIS programs for students and our wider community. This month, we feature alumni Jan and Francie Staggs, with 23 years of consecutive giving to UIS. Read more, including why the Academic Excellence he received at UIS took Jan to a job he loved every day for 20 years.



Introducing UIS Today Digital Edition

UIS Today Cover Featuring Donovan PepperWe are thrilled to offer you the inaugural digital edition of UIS Today, the new magazine of UIS. Published three times per year, UIS Today provides in-depth coverage of the people, places and topics that matter to you. On mobile or desktop, you can easily navigate within the magazine and link to additional content.


Upcoming Events Calendar

Alumni & Student Art Exhibit Reception – Thursday, April 25

NPR Public Radio Week – April 29-May 3

Lunch & Learn | Three-I Baseball & Forgotten Voices of Illinois – Tuesday, April 30

Alumni Humanitarian Award Ceremony – Thursday, May 2

Finding Neverland Pre-Show Dinner & Conversation – Monday, May 6

EXPLORERS Alumni Travel Program – September trips

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