Thursday, April 15, 2010

U.N. Club at UIS receives global award

The University of Illinois Springfield Model United Nations Club received one of the Model U.N.'s highest global awards recently in New York City.

The UIS delegation was one of 17 to win an Outstanding Delegation Award at the 2010 conference, which ended April 3. More than 400 international colleges and universities competed at the event.

Model United Nationals is a conference that simulates a U.N. meeting.

"We've been participating for over 25 years in the National Model U.N. Conference, and this is the top award we've got so far," said Driss Elakrich, head delegate.

The award was featured in a April 15, 2010, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Friday, March 5, 2010

UIS wins national award for community service

The University of Illinois Springfield has been named to the 2009 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

The Corporation for National and Community Service, which administers the annual Honor Roll award, recognized more than 700 colleges and universities for their impact on issues from poverty and homelessness to environmental justice.

According to the UIS Volunteer Center director Kelly Thompson, receiving this award shows how involved the university is involved with the community.

The award was featured in a report by WTIM radio in Taylorville on March 5, 2010.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Books of the Year: The Top Five

Dr. Michael Burlingame’s book “Abraham Lincoln: A Life” has been picked by The Atlantic Monthly magazine as one of the top five books of 2009. Burlingame is a professor of history at the University of Illinois Springfield and holds the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies.

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Monday, November 9, 2009

UIS student addresses dignitaries at academic awards ceremony

Priyanka Deo, a 21-year-old student at the University of Illinois Springfield who is studying pre-law and sociology, knows the importance of hard work.

And on Saturday, she got reinforcement of the payback for such work.

She was one of 50 Illinois college students who received a Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Award for their outstanding curricular and extracurricular work. The award is given to only one student at each of Illinois’ four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities, and Deo got the extra honor of addressing the crowd of dignitaries and students during the ceremony at the Old State Capitol.

Deo was featured in an November 8, 2009 article in the State Journal-Register.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

US News and World Report ranks UIS fourth best in Midwest for second year

The University of Illinois Springfield has maintained its rankings from last year in U.S. News & World Report’s 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges.

UIS is ranked as the best public university — master’s category — in Illinois and the fourth-best public university in that category in the entire Midwest. UIS held the same rankings in the 2009 edition.

The rankings were featured in an August 21, 2009, article in the State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009


UIS has been invited to join the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges and is now the only COPLAC college in Illinois.

COPLAC consists of liberal arts colleges that tend to have smaller student populations, class sizes and faculty-to-student ratios.

The announcement was featured in the June 24, 2009, State Journal-Register.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver applications now available

An article in the January 13, 2009, Canton Daily Ledger featured the availability of Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver applications for 2009-2010.

The Children of Veterans Tuition Waiver is a four-year tuition waiver at the University of Illinois. It may be used at any of the university's campuses: Urbana-Champaign, Chicago, Health Sciences Center, Springfield or Global Campus. Up to six scholarships are awarded per county.

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Thursday, November 13, 2008

Scholarship to be named after Kent Redfield

UIS Professor Emeritus Kent Redfield is getting a scholarship fund named after him. The Kent Redfield Scholarship will be awarded annually to a student based on merit and financial need.

Redfield, a leader for years in research into campaign contributions in Illinois, retired September 1 after 29 years at UIS, but he still remains highly involved with the university and plans to teach a class per semester starting in the new year.

The news of his scholarship fund appears in a column in the September 13, 2008, issue of the State Journal-Register. Download a PDF file of the column

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