Emily Lynch

Current Location/Hometown: Springfield, IL

UIS Degree: B.A. (Business Administration)

Current Position: Marketing Consultant at ABC NewsChannel 20-Fox Illinois

How did your UIS education prepare you for your career?

I graduated with a degree in Business Administration and took Advertising as an elective. It was one of my favorite classes, so I knew I wanted to work in that field somehow.

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Rianne Hawkins

Current Position

I am the Senior Director for Public Policy and Advocacy at Planned Parenthood of Illinois and Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.

What is your fondest memory of UIS?

I met my husband, Neil Calderon, at UIS and we started dating.

How has your UIS education prepared you for your current career?

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Nathan Blasioli

Career Highlights

I am currently working for a a company called Neurotour. During my time I have been the athletic trainer on multiple performances. I am currently working in Europe on the Disney Aladdin The Musical UK and Ireland Tour. Before this I was on the North American Tour of Aladdin where I traveled all over the US and Canada.


My hobbies include traveling. In the past year I was able to travel to 20 different states and 6 different countries. With a trip to Greece and Switzerland coming up next month.

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The UIS Visual Arts Gallery presents “Gemstones,” a group exhibition featuring philanthropic artists

The University of Illinois Springfield Visual Arts Gallery is pleased to present “Gemstones,” a group exhibition that features an accomplished roster of local, regional and national artists that have also served as donors to the gallery. The exhibition will open with a free public reception from 5:30-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 29, and will run through Thursday, July 27.

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UIS alum Doug Hamilton speaks about the current state of artificial intelligence and ethics

Doug Hamilton, head of artificial intelligence (AI) research at Nasdaq and a University of Illinois Springfield alum, spoke about the current state of artificial intelligence and ethical considerations during two appearances April 12-13, 2023, on campus.

Hamilton earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from UIS in 2012. He then attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he earned his master’s in engineering and management.

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PAR seeks former students for alumni panel, journalism camp

The Public Affairs Reporting program is looking for former students to assist with two events happening at and around UIS in the months to come.

1. On April 20 at 3 p.m., the UIS School of Communication and Media (the academic unit that includes PAR) is hosting an alumni panel discussion to highlight what alumni are doing with their degrees. This opportunity is open to PAR alums who are journalists OR have related careers, like PR or lobbying. The event is at UIS.

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Remembering the first PAR class 50 years ago

Each month, UIS has a guest column spot in The State Journal-Register. I was given the opportunity to write this month’s entry about the Public Affairs Reporting program's 50-year anniversary.

⁦Aside from getting to see my byline again in the newspaper where I spent 21 years of my life, I was happy that Mike Kienzler, a member of the first PAR class in 1972-1973, shared some memories from his days as a student and reporting intern at the Capitol.

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