Welcome Message – Spring 2017

January 17, 2017

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

Welcome to the 2017 Spring Semester at the University of Illinois at Springfield! I hope you’re looking forward, as I am, to the opportunities ahead during the coming semester.

Many members of our academic community started the semester yesterday by participating in Springfield’s 42nd recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Congratulations to Dr. Mark Dochterman, Director of the UIS Center for Volunteer and Civic Engagement, as well as to the more than 100 UIS students who commemorated the legacy of Dr. King by participating in a Day of Service volunteering in the community. I can’t think of a better way to honor the memory of one of our country’s greatest leaders. Our UIS volunteers were featured in an article in the State Journal Register as well as in other media.

I hope you will join me in offering an especially warm welcome this week to students who are new arrivals to our campus, including international students who are adjusting to a new culture as well as to new academic challenges. UIS has a reputation for providing a welcoming and supportive learning environment thanks to the efforts of students, faculty and staff. A smile, a friendly “Hello,” or a helping hand can go a long way toward making someone feel welcome and a part of our community.

With hundreds of course offerings being launched this week, both on campus and online, UIS faculty will again be providing exceptional learning opportunities. I encourage students to invest your efforts deeply in your education as you learn and prepare for your future. The mission of the University of Illinois – to transform lives and serve society – is alive and thriving at UIS thanks to the contributions of faculty and staff who truly put students first.

In addition to course offerings, the Spring 2017 semester offers many other possibilities for leadership, engagement, learning and just plain enjoyment. Whether it’s attending a basketball game in the TRAC, seeing a Broadway show in Sangamon Auditorium, attending a UIS Theatre production, joining a student organization or putting together a team for Springfest – I hope you’ll make this semester the one when you try a few things new! There is no shortage of ways to be involved, stretch your boundaries, and take advantage of UIS campus life to its fullest.

Dr. King said: “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.” With that thought in mind, I wish you a semester filled with intensive thinking!

With all best wishes,

Chancellor Koch

Chancellor Susan J. Koch