Joshua Kauffman

KauffmanCurrent Location: Springfield, IL
Hometown: Elwood, IL

UIS Degree: MBA 2008

Current Position
System Director of Communications and Public Affairs at Hospital Sisters Health System

Career Highlights
“As Communications Manager for the Illinois Department of Transportation, I was interviewed on CNN and MSNBC regarding historic acts of Mother Nature and their impact on Illinois roadways, and was also quoted in the New York Times concerning the Midwest’s first high-speed rail corridor. Likewise, I was fortunate to serve as the lead actor and producer of several statewide traffic safety TV and radio commercials, and was blessed to be the youngest graduate to receive Southern Illinois University’s (my undergraduate alma mater) Distinguished Alumni award along the way.”

Memories of SSU/UIS
“Serving as president of the Graduate Public Service Internship – Student Association. It was an incredible experience to help reform the organization, expand membership and the association budget by roughly 50 percent, and serve as a constructive voice for an estimated 120 graduate students and interns in state government. I also distinctively remember UIS’ personable, unique and diverse staff, which effectively prepared me for higher roles both in the public and private sectors.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“UIS instilled a refined personal foundation of intellectual curiosity, while helping me develop technical skills on a global scale. I am proud to have been a part of UIS’ rich history and stellar reputation as a quality, affordable and dynamic university.”

Advice to Students
“Thoroughly enjoy your college years, and try to get involved in leadership positions in as many applicable, academic organizations as your time allows. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone each day to incur the most prevalent, swift and long-lasting personal and professional growth possible. Identify professional mentors at the university and always absorb as much theoretic, pragmatic and universal knowledge as possible from your professors and peers.”

Favorite Movie
“The Patriot. This remarkable film signified the unprecedented resilience, determination and collective vision of a developing population, at its time, against a robust, affluent former ally whose unlikely defeat paved the way for the liberated America we know today.”

Posted on February 8, 2016