Reaching Stellar: Illinois Innocence Project trains next generation of exonerators

The Illinois Innocence Project at UIS has freed or exonerated 20 people since it was founded 20 years ago.

On campus in Springfield, it’s known for the powerful display of flags each Wrongful Conviction Day in October, where one flag is displayed for every innocent person exonerated from prison.

But IIP also is known for giving both undergraduate and law school students real-world experience that shapes them into the next generation of defenders of the innocent.

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UIS meets fundraising goal almost a year ahead of schedule

The University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) announced that the Reaching Stellar Campaign hit its $40 million goal on August 13.

University officials said the campaign is far from finished, as Reaching Stellar will continue into June 2022 to support its five priority areas, which include scholarships, academic excellence, the Center for Lincoln Studies, “the public good” and facilities & technology.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on August 30, 2021.

UIS meets record-breaking fundraising goal almost a year ahead of schedule

There was nothing unlucky about Friday the 13th this year for the University of Illinois Springfield. That is the day that the Reaching Stellar Campaign hit its $40 million goal almost a year ahead of schedule.

The public portion of the fundraising campaign, the largest in the University’s history, launched in October 2017. As of Friday, Aug. 13, Reaching Stellar had recorded a total of $40.02 million in gifts and commitments.

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Reaching Stellar: Academics soar with launch of online MBA program

The College of Business and Management has heard for years from students who said they would consider pursuing a Master of Business Administration degree – if it was offered online.

“We would say, ‘One day, one day,” CBM Associate Dean Jorge Villegas said. “That day has arrived.”

In October the CBM is set to launch its online MBA program, as well as a master’s degree in Finance. In the pipeline for 2022 are online master’s degrees in Cybersecurity Management, Health Care Informatics and Human Resource Management.

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Reaching Stellar: UIS Center for Lincoln Studies

Reaching Stellar priority becomes reality with opening of Center for Lincoln Studies

UIS held its grand opening for the Center for Lincoln Studies on February 12, 2021 – the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birth. The Center is one of five stated priorities of the Reaching Stellar fundraising campaign that seeks to raise $40 million for UIS by 2022.

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