November 2019 | Alumni Newsletter
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.
Meet Alumnus Dewey Detmers
Dewey Detmers ’11 MBA is the Director of Voice Services at Windstream Communications. He says he’s seen success in his career thanks to opportunities for his skills to shine, skills that he says UIS faculty and staff helped him identify and sharpen. Dewey and his wife completed the UIS MBA program together while working full-time, and are now parents to four children.
Alumna Teresa Haley Awarded 2019 First Citizen
Civil rights leader Teresa Haley ’92 LAS, MA ’94 PAA, president of the Springfield branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the NAACP Illinois State Conference, was named First Citizen. The 57th annual First Citizen Award recognizes the unselfish service an individual gives to the community. Teresa has been involved with the NAACP for more than 25 years, and says she loves telling her community about where we’ve been, and is excited about telling them where we’re going.
Alumni Inducted into ILSIP Hall of Fame
Three alumni were inducted into the Samuel K. Gove Illinois Legislative Staff Internship Program Hall of Fame at a recent ceremony. David Menchetti, Kevin Schoeben and John Nicolay were recognized for careers that exemplify distinguished public service. Learn more about these outstanding alumni.
Senior Melissa Van Named 2019 Student Laureate
UIS senior Melissa Van has been selected as a 2019 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Van received the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award, which is presented each year to one outstanding graduating senior from each four-year college, university and community college in the state. Melissa says, “UIS has given me many opportunities to show what I am made of, and I want to take my leadership skills and apply them after I graduate. There is so much I want to accomplish not just for myself, but for my community.”
Clarice Ford Honored with Community Leadership Award
Dr. Clarice Ford, UIS Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, was honored with the 2019 Community Leadership Award from The Outlet, a Springfield-based non-profit young men’s mentoring initiative. She was recognized for her senior leadership stewarding programs and services that contribute to student development and success both inside the classroom and beyond.
Students Thank Donors at Scholarship Luncheon
Students got a chance to say thank you to their scholarship donors during the 23rd annual Scholarship Luncheon. Students and donors shared stories of how UIS and scholarships have had an impact on their lives. Enjoy a video recap of the afternoon and a photo gallery.
Nominations Open for Alumni Awards
Every year, outstanding UIS graduates and friends are honored with the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement, Alumni Humanitarian, Distinguished Service, and Loyalty awards. We invite you to learn more about these awards and to nominate someone deserving today.
Upcoming Events Calendar
Illinois Statehood Day History Symposium – Tuesday, December 3
Martina McBride: The Joy of Christmas 2019 – Friday, December 6
Sangamon Experience Grand Opening – Thursday, January 30
Naples, Florida Network & Learn – Friday, February 14
UIS Alumni Gala – Friday, February 21
Blue Man Group Speechless Tour – Wednesday, February 26
Broadway Series & Pre-Show Dinners – Spring 2020