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UIS to hold 34th commencement ceremony May 7 at The Center

April 27, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – International businessman Phillip T. Zeni, Sr. will deliver the address at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s 34th commencement ceremonies, to be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, 9th and Adams streets in downtown Springfield. Of the 1,132 students eligible to graduate, 695 will participate in the ceremony.

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Live webcast of the ceremony
Phillip Zeni bio
Commencement information

To ensure that family members and guests of each graduate have a seat, tickets will be required for admission until 15 minutes before the ceremony. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The doors to the main floor of The Center will open at 1 p.m.

Zeni, a UIS graduate and 2003 recipient of the University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award, is the chief operating officer and executive vice president of Orban/CRL -- a manufacturer of sophisticated audio processing equipment for the broadcasting and Internet streaming industries with offices and manufacturing facilities in Arizona, California, Germany, and the Netherlands.

At one time the youngest general manager of a radio station in Illinois, Zeni has since enjoyed a long and varied career, spanning nearly four decades and including a stint as director of business development for NBC Radio, a senior position on the staff of Illinois Governor Richard Ogilvie, and White House assignments during the Ford and Carter administrations.

John Nosari, associate professor of Accountancy, has been chosen to serve as grand marshal. The student speaker will be Christine Zeivel, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies.

Faculty and students in each academic program select one graduating student who best exemplifies the goals and spirit of that program to serve as student marshal for the ceremony.

This year’s marshals are:

Accountancy - Lori Albright, B.AWonhee Hong, M.A.
Biology - Denise Cass, B.S.Jessica Bonnett, M.S.
Business Administration - Elizabeth Marie Rem, B.B.A.Rick Joseph Haberkorn, M.B.A.  Michael Wayne Hastings, M.B.A. (Peoria)
Chemistry - Julia A. Edwards, B.S.
Clinical Laboratory Science - Mark Krohe, B.S.
Communication - Leslie R. Reliford, B.A.Daniel Naumovich, M.A.
Computer Science  - Joshua Mulvaney, B.S.Amol Gaikaiwari, M.S.
Criminal Justice - Zachary Heard, B.A.Gail Humiston, B.A. (Peoria)
Economics - Saira Malik, B.A.
Educational Leadership - Michael Todd McGiles, M.A.
English - Tina Farmer, B.A.Rebekah Fowler, M.A.
Environmental Studies - Darien Siddall, M.A.
History - James Marchioro, B.A.Amanda Podeschi, M.A.
Human Development Counseling - Lindsay Hager, M.A.
Human Services - David Martin Hope, M.A.
Individual Option - Suzanne Woods, M.A.
Legal Studies - Christine M. Zeivel, B.A.Jeannie Christine Priestley, M.A.
Liberal Studies - Abigail Emmerson Tear, B.A.
Management - Diana M. Meister, B.A. (Peoria)Barbara L. Weatherford, B.A.
Management Information Systems - Jack L. Girup, M.S.
Political Studies - James E. Greer III, B.A.Heather Humphrey, M.A.
Psychology - C. Lee Affrunti, B.S.
Public Administration - Megan Fulara, M.P.A.
Public Affairs Reporting - Dara Kolet Walch, M.A.
Public Health - Bhibha Das, M.P.H.
Social Work - Heidi Lanier, B.S.W.
Sociology/Anthropology - Joseph P. Haarstick, B.A.
Teacher Leadership - Linda Sue Brown, M.A.
Visual Arts - Joseph Miller, B.A.

A number of events are planned for graduates, their families, and guests, beginning Friday, April 29, with a reception for Peoria-area students. Events on Wednesday, May 4, include an Inaugural Ring Presentation ceremony and a Late Night Breakfast. An Honors Banquet for students in the Capital Scholars program will be held on Thursday, May 5. UIS’ four colleges will hold individual receptions on Friday evening and Saturday morning, May 6 and 7. A breakfast for online degree graduates is also scheduled for Saturday morning. Updated information, including a complete list of events, is available at the Commencement website at www.uis.edu/registration/graduation/commencement/.

The ceremony will be webcast live at www.uis.edu/technology/uislive.html and rebroadcast on public cable station ACCESS 4 the evening of the ceremony. Videotapes ($20) and DVDs ($25) can also be ordered from the Office of Electronic Media, phone 217/206-6799.

For more information, go to the UIS Commencement website at www.uis.edu/registration/graduation/commencement/.



    The University of Illinois at Springfield, one of three U of I campuses, is a small, public liberal arts university that offers 42 degree programs – 21 bachelor’s, 20 master’s, and the Doctorate of Public Administration. UIS has a special mission in public affairs and service and is known for extraordinary internships, a wireless campus, extensive online offerings, and a commitment to teaching.