Reaching Stellar: Stories of Academic Excellence

Darlene SteinkampUIS Helps Alleviate Nursing Shortage

Illinois has a nursing shortage. To help meet this shortage, in 2014 the University of Illinois Chicago College of Nursing worked with UIS and Memorial Health System to launch a nursing program here in Springfield. Students take pre-nursing classes at UIS, and then apply to complete two more years at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing, Springfield Regional Campus, with classes held at UIS and clinical work at Memorial Hospital.
Twelve nurses graduated from the program in 2018, the first graduates from the program. This year, 24 more nurses will graduate, and 65% say they plan to stay in Springfield.*
Darlene Steinkamp is one of the students completing her nursing program this May. “It’s really hard coursework,” she says, “but at the end of the day, it’s important to know all this because we are taking care of lives.
Academic Excellence is a Reaching Stellar priority…because learning empowers the future.
*See “Illinois lawmakers trying to find solution to nurse shortages,” by Katie Bandish, NewsChannel20 (2/27/2019).

Turner ClarkTurner Clark | Undergraduate Research

Since the start of Spring Semester 2018, Clark has worked with Associate Professor of Management Nathan Steele and Assistant Professor of Management Sudeep Sharma to investigate “The Role of Personality Traits in Predicting Negotiation Effectiveness.” He presented his research at the University of Illinois Undergraduate Research Day at the Illinois State Capitol in 2018 (pictured at right) and the National Conference in Undergraduate Research in Memphis, Tennessee, which he says is one of the most amazing experiences he has had at UIS. “I think every student benefits from the close working relationship that we have with our UIS professors,” he said. “It will benefit us  for the rest of our lives.”

Dr. Holly Kent | Excellence in Teaching

Dr. Holly KentIn May 2018, Dr. Holly Kent, associate professor history at UIS, received the Pearson Faculty Award given for excellence in teaching. She specializes in fashion history. In recognition of her unique scholarship and teaching excellence, Dr. Kent was chosen as a representative to the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) to collaborate and develop a multi-campus, multi-disciplinary course entitled “Fashion as an Agent of Social Change Since 1900.” Read more about Dr. Holly Kent and about faculty award recipients.