May 2019 | Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Update | May 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 Humanitarian Award Recipient

Matthew and Heather WallaceAlumnus Matthew Wallace serves as Managing Director of Opportunities NOW Myanmar, an entrepreneurship development system that seeks to reduce poverty by providing business training and mentoring in various stages of business startup. He co-founded the organization after he and his wife moved to Myanmar in 2008 to work full time on poverty alleviation and job creation. Wallace was recently honored with the UI Alumni Humanitarian Award at a ceremony on campus.

First Students Graduate from New Public Policy Program

Four students comprise the first graduating class of UIS’ new public policy bachelor’s degree program. “This program was started as a way to provide students who are interested in government and politics with a more applied curriculum and to utilize our location in the state capital to allow students, who already are interested in government, a chance to start interning and working in the field,” said Magic Wade, assistant professor of political science.


Then and Now | Commencement

More than 1,200 graduating students were recognized during the 48th annual UIS Commencement ceremonies. While the size and location of the event may have changed over the years, the pride and excitement filling Commencement has remained. Enjoy a “Then and Now” pictorial showing Commencement traditions carrying on from Sangamon State University through today.

Reaching Stellar Campaign

Reaching Stellar: The Campaign for the University of Illinois Springfield seeks to raise funds from friends and alumni for UIS students and our wider community. This month we honor alumna Karen Hasara, who received an honorary doctorate of humane letters during 2019 UIS Commencement. Karen envisions a stronger, more connected world in the future. Read about how Karen Hasara is contributing to that future through a scholarship bequest. Pictured: Karen Hasara and recipient Garrad Straube at the 2018 Scholarship Luncheon.


Illinois Innovation Network Expands to 15 Statewide Hubs

Illinois Innovation NetworkThe Illinois Innovation Network, a group of hubs across the state that aims to boost Illinois’ economy through entrepreneurship, research and workforce development, has added nine new members, including all of Illinois’ public universities. “The growing network will bring together the very best minds to address our most pressing challenges, forging breakthrough solutions that will drive new waves of progress and prosperity for all of Illinois and beyond,” said Tim Killeen, president of the U of I System.

Upcoming Events Calendar

LGBT Film Series – May 31 & June 21

Gary Allan at Sangamon Auditorium – Saturday, June 1

Summer Star Party – Saturday, June 15

Washington, DC Network & Learn – Thursday, June 20

Foot in the Door Fair – Thursday, August 29

EXPLORERS Alumni Travel Program – September trips

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