January 2019 | Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Update | January 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.

2019 Alumni Gala | Celebrate & Honor

Join fellow alumni and friends at the 2019 Alumni Gala on Friday, February 22 as we celebrate and honor two exceptional individuals.

Randall F. Dunn | Alumni Achievement Award

Randall F. DunnAlumnus Randall F. Dunn is the 2019 recipient of the UI Alumni Achievement Award. Pursuit of higher education fueled his passion for entrepreneurship and leadership, propelling Dunn to achieve significant professional success and to lead in his local community. The Alumni Achievement Award is the highest University honor bestowed upon alumni, and recognizes graduates who have attained outstanding success and national or international distinction in their chosen profession or life’s work.


Dr. Larry Golden | Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Larry GoldenProfessor emeritus Dr. Larry Golden is the 2019 recipient of the UI Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Golden is a founding faculty member of the University and founding director of the Illinois Innocence Project. His life and career have been dedicated to teaching and activism in the areas of civil rights and liberties, law, inequality, and justice. Golden’s distinguished service has made a significant impact on the University’s overall welfare and the advancement of its mission.


UIS Perspectives: Career Development at UIS

Chancellor Susan J. KochAccording to the Pew Research Center, a college degree is worth more today than ever before in terms of employment prospects, higher salaries and job satisfaction. In her recent State Journal-Register column, Chancellor Susan J. Koch shares what UIS is doing to provide students with career development opportunities, and how the Career Development Center serves as a liaison and partner with community businesses.


EXPLORERS Travel Program

Amalfi Coast

For 50 years, the University of Illinois Alumni Alliance’s EXPLORERS travel program has sent alumni and friends on unforgettable adventures around the world. With all details meticulously choreographed, EXPLORERS offers you exclusive access to a variety of once-in-a-lifetime adventures, providing a safe and enriching way for you, your friends and your families to connect and experience the world. View our 2019 calendar of trips.


Reaching Stellar Campaign

Lori FairchildReaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of Illinois Springfield 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 celebrate Lori Fairchild.  Just eight years out of college, Lori Fairchild has already established herself as a generous and loyal donor to UIS. Why is she such a loyal donor, and what does she support on campus (her interests are quite eclectic!).



Upcoming Events Calendar

RENT Pre-Show Dinner & Conversation – Wednesday, January 30

Black History Month – Month of February

Rock of Ages Pre-Show Dinner & Conversation – Tuesday, February 12

Career Connections Expo – Thursday, February 14

Houston, Texas Meet & Eat Luncheon – Thursday, February 14

Dallas, Texas Meet & Eat Luncheon – Friday, February 15

Lunch & Learn | Lincoln on the Circuit & Mary Lincoln in the White House – Tuesday, February 26

Mesa, Arizona Spring Training Baseball – Sunday, March 3

Naples, Florida Network & Learn – Wednesday, March 20

The Sound of Music Pre-Show Dinner & Conversation – Wednesday, March 27

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