June 2018 | Alumni Newsletter

Emily JankauskiMeet Alumna Emily Jankauski

Alumna Emily Jankauski MA ’16 LAS enjoys championing the accomplishments of her community through feature writing and meeting people who are passionate about their community. She enjoys these aspects most in her role as editor of the Mahomet Citizen. Emily says that UIS helped her make the jump from the classroom to the newsroom, and quickly became a place that helped mold her into an eager young professional.

Students at Field Station at Lake Springfield.Reaching Stellar: Facilities & Technology…Building Tomorrow’s University Today

Chancellor Susan Koch exclaimed, “UIS is on the lake!” regarding the new UIS Field Station at Lake Springfield. It’s a resource that includes a 3,000-square-foot building, more than 400 feet of lakeshore and a dock system – all just a few minutes from campus. Read about how the Field Station will be used at UIS, and see photographs and  renderings of the renovations. Pictured are Environmental Studies students working at the Field Station.

Cole Taylor Cole Taylor Signs with Angels

Cole Taylor signed with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, becoming the first-ever player in Prairie Stars history to join a Major League Baseball organization. Taylor says, “It’s definitely a dream come true that I’m getting this opportunity.” He took the field in a Pioneer League contest with the Orem Owlz, a minor-league affiliate of the Angels, last week.

Chancellor Susan J. KochUIS Perspectives: Opportunities for Success Online

Online learning isn’t the wave of the future; it’s already here and it is providing affordable, accessible, high quality educational opportunities. These three characteristics have been at the heart of online education at UIS since the first online class was offered in 1997. UIS has moved to the forefront of universities engaged in online learning, and continues to provide opportunities for success to those who cannot follow a more traditional path. Read more from Chancellor Susan J. Koch.

Mother & daughters harvest broccoli in the gardenUIS Campus Community Garden is Open to All

The UIS Campus Community Garden serves as an outdoor classroom where community members cultivate fresh produce, build relationships and work to make our food system more sustainable. What started out as a group class project in Fall 2016 has grown into a year-round project and registered student organization. You are welcome to harvest produce at any time, and are invited to join the weekly garden work night on Wednesdays at 5pm now through mid-August.

Upcoming Events Calendar

Investiture for PNC Distinguished Professor in Banking & Finance – Wednesday, September 5

Prairie Star 5K – Saturday, September 8

Sangamon Auditorium Broadway Series – Starting November 8


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