September 2019 | Alumni Newsletter

Alumni Update | September 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.

Meet Alumna Elizabeth Kelly

Elizabeth KellyElizabeth Kelly ’14 PAA is an Associate Attorney at Tueth, Keeney, Cooper, Mohan & Jackstadt in Edwardsville. She presented at the firm’s School Law Seminar and published an article for the firm on new Illinois laws affecting school districts. Elizabeth says, “The Legal Studies department [at UIS] introduced me to key legal writing skills that prepared me for the writing I would be doing both in law school and as a practicing attorney.”




Largest Freshman Class in UIS History

Class of 2023Freshman enrollment at UIS grew by more than 18 percent according to Fall Semester 2019 census numbers. The total number of first-year students stands at 373, compared to 316 last fall semester, making it the largest incoming freshman class in school history.


UIS Ranked 4th Best Public Regional University

ColonnadeUIS has been ranked the fourth best public university in the Midwest Regional category and the top public regional university in Illinois by U.S. News & World Report. Factors determining rankings include class size, academic reputation and alumni giving, among others.



Star Parties: A Tradition Since 1977

Star Party in 1970sFor more than 40 years, Star Parties have hosted community members of all ages to view celestial objects. Associate Professor Dr. John Martin says, “Astronomy can help kids look at science in a different and more exciting way – a way that can turn into something big later.” The UIS Observatory plans to make much-needed renovations, including better accessibility.


Digital Editions of UIS Today Magazine

UIS Today Cover Featuring Randy Witter

Published three times a year, UIS Today provides in-depth coverage of the people, places and topics that matter to you. On mobile or desktop, you can easily navigate within the magazine and link to additional content. Read the most recent edition featuring alumnus Randy Witter.



Upcoming Events Calendar

Hispanic/LatinX Heritage Month – Now through October 15

ECCE Speaker Series – Now through November 13

Wrongful Conviction Day – Wednesday, October 2

Footprints of Sangamon Lunch & Learn – Tuesday, October 8

Beaumont Endowed Lincoln Legacy Lecture – Tuesday, October 15

Beautiful Pre-Show Dinner – Friday, October 18

Springfield Marathon – Sunday, October 20

God of Carnage – UIS Theatre – October 25 – November 2

Illinois Connection: Springfield Alumni in Government – Tuesday, October 29

International Festival – Friday, November 1

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas – Sunday, November 17

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