March 2018 | Alumni Newsletter

Celebrating Alumnae During Women’s History Month

Colleen Kelly

Alumna Colleen Kelly MA ’85 LAS is the Senior Director of Advancement and Communications at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Colleen has been an advancement professional for more than 25 years, and has raised in excess of $200 million. She says that Sangamon State University gave her a career she never imagined as an undergraduate.


DeShana ForneyAlumna DeShana L. Forney MA ’95 PAA is the Senior Director of Government and Community Relations for Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, subsidiaries of WEC Energy Group. She has over 20 years of legislative, budgetary and management experience. DeShana was recently inducted into the Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame for her outstanding public service.




Crystal Creswell

Alumna Crystal Creswell ’01 CBM, MBA ’09 CBM is the Operations Manager for the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI). Crystal says her time at UIS allowed her the opportunity to experience a broad range of subjects related to business, and provided her with the confidence she needed to pursue her current role at MCLI.




Liz Alexander and Nell Clay

Reaching Stellar: The Public Good

Every day UIS contributes to the Public Good through its excellent alumni. Nell Clay MA ’93 LAS and Elizabeth Alexander ’95 PAA spoke recently at a UIS Alumni SAGE Society Lunch and Learn event about their work for the African American History Museum here in Springfield. Read an excerpt from Elizabeth’s moving comments and view a gallery of images. More on the UIS Reaching Stellar Campaign here.

Gove Hall of Fame InducteesFormer ILSIP Interns Inducted into Hall of Fame

The Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Internship Hall of Fame at UIS recently honored four individuals who served as legislative interns at the state capitol. Mark Denzler, Marcilene Dutton, DeShana L. Forney and David A. Joens were inducted during a ceremony at the Old State Capitol on March 12. These outstanding individuals were recognized for their years of public service and important contributions to Illinois and its citizens.

Chancellor Susan J. KochUIS Perspectives: Good teachers are always working to be better teachers

Chancellor Susan J. Koch shares how UIS professors are enhancing their expertise through the Teaching Fellows Program at UIS. The program is the brainchild of Dr. Layne Morsch, who says, “The Teaching Fellows Program creates opportunities for faculty to engage together with high impact practices that can transform their teaching and improve student learning.”

Upcoming Events Calendar

Pre – Show Reception & Dinner: Kinky Boots – Sunday, March 25

Chat with the Chancellor | Chicago – Thursday, April 5

Illinois Capital Innovation Competition Awards – Friday, April 6

Illinois Innocence Project’s Defenders of the Innocent Event – Saturday, April 28

Lunch & Learn: From Prairie to Sustainable U – Wednesday, May 2

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