Welcome Message – Spring 2019
January 14, 2019
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
Welcome to the 2019 spring semester at the University of Illinois Springfield! I hope you’re looking forward, as I am, to many opportunities ahead during the coming semester.
It’s hard to believe a year ago today we were celebrating the opening of the new Student Union. I hope you’ll find an opportunity to visit the Stu today to enjoy one of many activities planned to celebrate the One-Year Anniversary. In just a year’s time, the UIS Student Union has become the center of campus life and has hosted more than 600 events including ice skating on the patio, movie nights, craft sessions, smores-making at the fire pits, the new Tuesday Noon concert series and more. Here’s to many future years of memories and milestone moments at the Stu!
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, both undergraduate and graduate, to invest your efforts deeply in your education as you learn and prepare for your future. The mission of the U of I System “to transform lives and serve society” is very much alive at UIS thanks to our student-centered approach to teaching and learning.
In addition to course offerings, the Spring 2019 semester offers many other possibilities for leadership, learning, civic engagement, and fun! Whether it’s cheering on our basketball teams in TRAC, seeing a Broadway show in Sangamon Auditorium, attending a UIS theatre or music production, joining a student organization or putting together a team for Springfest, there’s plenty of opportunity to stretch into new experiences this semester. I highly encourage you to take advantage of UIS campus life to its fullest.
An early, and very fulfilling, opportunity to get involved this semester is the upcoming MLK Day of Service, an opportunity to continue Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of serving others. This year’s service project on Monday, Jan. 21, centers on food distribution to the Springfield community. More information, including registration instructions, is on UIS Connection. I can’t think of a better way to honor the memory of one of our country’s greatest leaders.
UIS is a place where leadership is lived, every day. In that spirit, I hope you will lead the way in offering an especially warm welcome this week to students who are new arrivals to our campus this semester. Our university has a reputation for providing a welcoming and supportive 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 part of our community.
Whether you are with us here on campus or joining us as an online student, I’m so glad each of you is part of the University of Illinois Springfield.
Again, welcome and best wishes for a productive and enjoyable semester.