October 2016 Issue

Discover the rich history of the UIS International Festival

UIS celebrates the 39th International Festival this year on Friday, November 4, with the theme “World as One: Uniting Peoples and Cultures.” Enjoy a look back at the longest running student-led program on campus and browse photographs dating back to 1978, the first year of the Festival.

How Jason Blake found a perfect fit for himself

After two years of college, Jason Blake ’15 CBM dropped out to pursue career aspirations full-time, which included stints as a singer and working for celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. In the process, Jason broke a promise to himself… but a recommitment to earning a college degree led him to UIS and an unexpected new career in Hawaii.

Campus Spaces: Sit down with Shakespeare

UIS unveiled a new Shakespeare Garden earlier this fall, marking the 400th anniversary of the poet and playwright’s death in 1616. The themed garden is just north of Brookens Library, and features the Bard on a bench, plants mentioned in his work and signs with relevant quotations.

Men’s Basketball to Play Bradley and Northwestern

The men’s basketball schedule includes games versus the Northwestern Wildcats in Evanston (Friday, November 4) and the Bradley Braves in Peoria (Friday, November 11). Join us for pre-game receptions for alumni, fans and friends prior to each game.

Visual Arts Gallery to Feature Alumni in New Exhibition

The UIS Visual Arts Gallery will present “Mirror|Mirror,” a two-person, collaborative exhibition featuring UIS graduates Stanley Bly ’04 LAS and Amanda Greive ’01, ‘09 LAS, MPH ’03 PAA. The exhibit opens on Thursday, October 27, with a reception from 5:30 to 8 p.m.