August 2020 | Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Update | August 2020

The global UIS Alumni family has more than 44,000 members with shared experiences and pride in the University of Illinois Springfield and its predecessor, Sangamon State University.

Meet Alumnus Douglas Hamilton

Douglas HamiltonDouglas Hamilton, ’12 LAS is the Managing Director of Artificial Intelligence at Nasdaq Inc. He’s worked as a software developer helping to launch a new DMV CRM system for the State of Arkansas and worked on an advanced analytics program for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Douglas says, “UIS provided me with a broad exposure to a number of quantitative disciplines I use on a daily basis.”



UIS Perspectives: United in Safety as the Fall Semester Begins

Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney

Interim Chancellor Karen Whitney shares an overview of how UIS is uniquely prepared for the start of classes this fall in the monthly State Journal-Register column UIS Perspectives. She says, “Just as our work at UIS this summer has prepared us for students’ return to campus, our work together as a community this fall will help support these students as they pursue their academic goals.”



UIS Awarded State Grant for Paid Student Internship Opportunities

UIS’ Office of Engaged Learning has been awarded a nearly $45,000 Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program grant to increase the number of paid internship opportunities available to students completing academic internships through the Internships and Prior Learning Program. The grant will provide matching funds for approximately 40 paid internship opportunities.


Move In Day – United in Safety

Move InNearly 900 students returned to campus for the start of fall classes during Move-In Week, held August 17-21. All students were required to pre-register for a move-in time slot in order to reduce congestion and support physical distancing. “With COVID-19 we’ve created quite a different process, but it’s working out really well,” said Brian Kelley, Director of UIS Residence Life.


Reaching Stellar Campaign: Center for Lincoln Studies

Abraham Lincoln Statue at UISUIS has scheduled its grand opening for the Center for Lincoln Studies for February 12, 2021 – the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The Center is one of five stated priorities of the Reaching Stellar capital campaign that seeks to raise $40 million for UIS by 2022. Now that the dream of the Center is becoming a reality, it is expected to be a national base for scholarship, teaching and public history about Lincoln’s life, leadership and legacy. “I want people to come in and get the feeling that amazing things are going to be happening here,” said Anne Moseley, Acting Director of the Center for Lincoln Studies.



Record Number of Educators Take UIS Course on Teaching Online

Adonis Fuller

The UIS ION Professional eLearning Program’s Overview of Online Instruction course has seen a large jump in enrollment, as more Illinois higher education professors and K-12 teachers are wanting to learn how to better teach online. Vickie Cook, UIS executive director of online, professional, and engaged learning says, “UIS has been recognized as a national leader in online learning. We believe that we are all stronger when we stand together.”


GLVC Postpones Soccer and Volleyball Seasons

Orion mascot with volleyball and soccer

UIS soccer and volleyball seasons have been postponed until the second semester. The Great Lakes Valley Conference’s (GLVC) Council of Presidents voted to postpone the majority of its fall sports “based on guidance from the league’s athletics director and an extensive review of the recommended testing and safety measures developed by the NCAA Sports Science Institute.”


Helping Re-establish Ospreys in Central Illinois

Osprey chicksEvery summer since 2014, UIS Environmental Studies Associate Professor Tih-Fen Ting has trekked to Virginia or Massachusetts to bring Osprey chicks back to Central Illinois for release. The Osprey is a large, distinctively shaped fish-eating hawk that is endangered in Illinois. Chicks are placed into a tower until they are old enough to be released. This summer a total of twelve chicks were relocated to Central Illinois.

Upcoming Virtual Events

Ceremony of Investiture – Thursday, September 24

Fall 2020 Lunch & Learn Series – starts Thursday, October 8

Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture Series – Wednesday, October 14