Funds That Enhance Academics

Above: UIS students meet for class on the quad.

Make a Difference for Academics Throughout the University

Academic Affairs Fund for Excellence

An unrestricted fund available to the Provost to meet unexpected needs and take advantage of unforeseen opportunities to enhance academics at UIS.

Ambassador Luncheon Series Fund

A fund to support local students’ attendance at the Ambassador Series luncheons and to help ambassadors who might not be able to pay all their expenses to come to Springfield.

Art Acquisitions Fund

Gifts to this fund will help display and care for gifts of art to UIS, which has received so many museum-quality pieces of art that the campus is becoming a “walking museum” for students.

Harry and Deborah Berman Sabbatical Fund

Throughout their many years in Springfield, Dr. and Mrs. Berman have been committed to academic endeavors. During his years at UIS, Dr. Harry J. Berman served as a gerontology professor, as Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, Provost and Interim Chancellor. Deborah M. Berman served during this time in a variety of central administrative positions at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield. Through this fund, the Bermans continue their commitment to academic and faculty excellence. The Bermans intend the Sabbatical Fund to help faculty on their first sabbatical, who can use the funds for travel, lodging, airfare, equipment, software, conference registration fees, and other non-salary items that will help the faculty faculty meet the objectives of the sabbatical.

Capital Scholars Operating Fund

The Capital Scholars Honors Program offers well-prepared and motivated students an opportunity to develop creative thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills through education based in the liberal arts. Your gift could help bring excellent speakers to the program, pay for service-based experiences, enrich the program with arts experiences, or more.

Chancellor’s Unrestricted Fund

Chancellor’s Fund for Excellence

Three unrestricted funds available to the Chancellor to meet needs and take advantage of opportunities that come to UIS.

Engaged Citizenship Common Experience (ECCE) Speaker Series Fund

The Engaged Citizenship Common Experience at UIS represents a distinctive Speaker Series Course that all UIS undergraduates must take before graduating. The series features a diversity of topics, all chosen to give students a wider perspective on life. We believe the program helps students become more mature in their understanding of life so that they can more effectively make a positive difference in the world. Your gifts will support expenses for this unique program, such as speakers’ travel costs and honoraria, publicity, or other expenses.

Carrol C. Hall Fund

There are no restrictions attached to the gift but a preference is that the income from the fund be used for the presentation of an annual lecture or series of lectures on the subject: Capitalism with the intent of providing the furtherance of educating young Americans concerning the economic system and philosophy which made the United States of America the greatest nation of the modern world.  The endowment was established through an estate gift of Carrol C. Hall, a longtime Springfield resident who passed away in 1995, who worked for 38 years as a science teacher, including 28 years at Springfield High School. In 1945, while continuing to teach, he co-founded Horace Mann Insurance Company and served as the company’s first president. Learn more by visiting 

Edmund L. Kowalczyk Fund for Leadership at UIS

Edmund L. Kowalczyk, Rozanne Robertson’s late husband, worked for Johnson & Johnson for a number of years and was a highly respected and effective businessman and leader who excelled at presenting seminars.  Springfield resident Rozanne Robertson has established the Edmund L. Kowalczyk Fund for Leadership at UIS in his honor. She is a former member of the World Affairs Council of Central Illinois and volunteer at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The Kowalczyk Fund will be used for lectures on leadership at UIS, most likely as part of the ECCE Speaker Series during the coming years.  Thank you, Rozanne, for contributing to UIS in such a thoughtful way. We are privileged to remember your late husband through this fund.

Graduate Student Recognition Fund

Gifts to this fund are used to strengthen graduate education at UIS through support of activities such as award programs for outstanding research conducted by graduate students, research support grants made to graduate students, and promotion of graduate student involvement in the life of campus.

Julia Henderson Award Fund

Dr. Henderson, who distinguished herself through her academic success and public service, including many years working at the United Nations, created this fund to support fellowships, forums to encourage intelligent discourse in support of controversial but important ideas, and concern for methods to improve the analysis and delivery of vital governmental services. Most recently, the fund has supported scholarships for Theatre students.

Information Technology Services Fund

This fund provides unrestricted support for the Department of Computing Services with provides Information Technology Services (and everyone at UIS who uses computers on campus has reason to be grateful for their services!).

Caryl Towsley Moy, Ph.D., Endowed Fund for Collaborative Research

Richard H. Moy, M.D., former dean of the SIU medical school, and his sons Philip B. Moy, Ph.D., and Eric R. Moy, J.D., have created an endowed fund at the University of Illinois Springfield in honor of their wife and mother Dr. Caryl T. Moy. The fund will support approved collaborative research projects involving at least one faculty member from UIS and one faculty member from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine.  Dr. Caryl Moy taught for 21 years at UIS (then Sangamon State University) beginning in 1970. She also served as clinical professor at the SIU Medical School.

Oakley Online Teaching Award Fund

The Burks Oakley II Distinguished Online Teaching Award recognizes UIS faculty members whose performance exemplifies the institution’s commitment to excellence in online teaching.

Pearson Faculty Awards Fund

This fund gives us a way to recognize excellence in teaching at UIS. Our faculty—their commitment to their students and their academic fields—is one of the strongest advantages that we offer students. Help us celebrate this excellence by adding to this fund.

Undergraduate Student Research Fund

Faculty-student collaboration is a core strength of UIS, a powerful impetus for learning and development. Your gifts to the Undergraduate Research Support Program will help to provide funds for research, travel to professional conferences for presenting results, and support for UIS’ Student Arts and Research Symposium (StARS), which occurs in the spring.


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