August 2017 Issue

Starting the Fall Semester | Then and Now

The fall semester is upon us, with many activities taking place such as move-in day, visiting the bookstore and many others. View a “Then and Now” pictorial depicting life at the university during the first weeks of the semester.

First Pitch: New Turf Dramatically Improves Baseball Field

UIS Baseball has a goal to develop a premier baseball stadium that will be recognized as one of the top NCAA DII venues in the Midwest region. The stadium will serve as a great asset to the community, fan base, alumni, donors, corporate partners, high schools, and many other benefactors. The first step has already been completed—a new artificial turf playing surface.

History Harvest | International Festival

Plans are underway to celebrate the University’s rich international and cultural diversity at the 40th International Festival – the longest running student-led tradition at the UIS. Send in your memories and photos to Erika Suzuki by October 1 so they can be shared at the event.

Attention Runners: Race Entry Drawing for Springfield Marathon

UIS is a sponsor of the 2017 Springfield Marathon presented by Springfield Clinic, and is serving as “race central” for the races, including the start and finish lines. Send your name, email address and phone number to by September 1 to be entered into a drawing for one of three available complimentary race entries. One entry per person; one recipient per household.

Save the Date for Upcoming Events

Athletics Backyard BBQ – August 27, 2017

Prairie Star 5K – September 9, 2017

Homecoming Week – September 25-30, 2017

Lunch and Learn Series – September 28, October 17 and November 15, 2017

Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series – October 12, 2017

40th International Festival – November 3, 2017

Student Union Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting – January 14, 2018

UIS Alumni Gala – February 23, 2018