December 2016 Issue

A Journey of Unexpected Change and Fulfillment

When Distinguished Service Award recipient Cheryl Peck first walked into a classroom at UIS (then SSU), she was afraid to raise her hand. When Peck retired, she had been the Director of Public Relations—spokesperson for the entire University—for almost 17 years.

A Time to Reminisce and Celebrate

We often recall and celebrate our past during the holiday season. View video chapters of a Historic Video Series of the University, created by alumnus Blake Wood.

You Can Reach a Goal If You Don’t Give Up

At age 49, UIS adult learner and Navy veteran Dennis McDonald is proof that you can reach a goal if you don’t give up. McDonald is set to receive his bachelor’s degree in computer science this December, sporting a 4.0 GPA. He’s also among three UIS students who were top finishers in the National Cyber League annual competition.

Students Break Food Collection Record

Hundreds of students helped to collect a record 14,085 pounds of food – just over 7 tons – for the Central Illinois Foodbank. The total breaks a previous record of 11,620 pounds of food collected in 2014. UIS also created a food bank on campus for students and families in need.

Action Item: Recruit a Student to UIS!

YOU earned a college degree. YOU experienced small classes and professors who know you. There is no better representative than YOU to recruit a student to UIS. Share your experiences and encourage prospective students – traditional or adult learners – to check out UIS.