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UIS will hold commencement on May 12

SPRINGFIELD – Dr. Joel V. Brawley, Alumni Distinguished Professor of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University, will deliver the address at the University of Illinois at Springfield’s commencement on Saturday, May 12. Of the 943 students eligible to graduate, 620 will participate in ceremonies in Sangamon Auditorium, 320 at 9:30 a.m. and 300 at 1:30 p.m.

Brawley has taught at Clemson University in South Carolina since 1965, becoming a full professor in 1972 and advancing to his current position in 1982. He has received numerous teaching awards including two from the Mathematical Association of America for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics in 1998 and 1999. In 2001, he received an Award of Excellence for Teaching in the Sciences from the Clemson University College of Engineering and Sciences. He also developed a program to better prepare Ph.D. students for careers as college teachers. Brawley’s research articles have been published in over 70 refereed publications. He has been a consultant for the National Security Agency since 1975. He consulted with the Institute for Defense Analyses in 1986 for their communication research division and in 1987 for their super computing research center and consulted with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1988. Brawley earned three degrees from North Carolina State University – a bachelor’s degree in engineering mathematics and both a master’s degree and a doctorate in mathematics with a minor in statistics.

Graduates of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Services will participate in the morning ceremony. Graduates of the College of Business and Management and the College of Public Affairs and Administration will participate in the afternoon ceremony. Ann Larson, professor of biological science, has been chosen grand marshal for both ceremonies.

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Student speakers, chosen by a campus committee, are Dawn Michelle Boyer, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in English, and Ann Marie Jones, who will receive a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Boyer will speak in the morning and Jones will speak in the afternoon. The faculty and students in each program select one graduating student who best exemplifies the goals and spirit of that program. These students, designated as program marshals for this ceremony are:
Accountancy: Carrie Anne Peters, M.A.
Sharon G. Merriman, B.A.
Biology: Kathleen E. Koch McClain, M.S.
Lori E. Koch Claybaugh, B.S.
Business Administration: David L. Burkum, M.B.A.
Robert Edwin Anderson, B.B.A.
Chemistry: Brian Arthur Connery, B.S.
Child, Family, and Community Services: Jackie L. Goeppinger, M.A.
Clinical Laboratory Science: Melissa Ladage, B.S.
Communication: Lisa Sims, M.A.
Rebecca Lin Miller, B.A.
Community Arts Management: Michael Patrick Donovan, M.A.
Computer Science: Sandra Ohler, M.S.
Andrew Joseph Klein, B.S.
Criminal Justice: Brooke Michelle Freeman, B.A.
Economics: Steven Michael Bishoff, M.A.
Kevin Andrew Wells, B.A.
Educational Leadership: Nanci C. Ganci, M.A.
English: Brian Leroy Jackson, M.A.
Robert Earl McElroy, B.A.
Environmental Studies: Natalie N. Albers, M.A.
Health Services Administration: Karen Sue Austin, B.A.
History: Madeline Gumble, M.A.
Beth E. Shetter, B.A.
Human Development Counseling: Claire D. Heffron-McKinney, M.A.
Human Services Laura L. Goff, M.A.
Individual Option: Christine Ann Broccardo, M.A.
Legal Studies: Susan Marie Bates Anders, M.A.
Michael Christian Cernovick, B.A.
Liberal Studies: Joy Darlene Suits, B.A.
Management: James H. Nuernberger, B.A. (Springfield Campus)
Laura Lynne Schmidgall, B.A. (Peoria Campus)
Management Information Systems: Cheryl Shutt, M.S.
Mathematical Sciences: Michelle Lynn Dufour, B.A.
Political Studies: Charles C. Casey, M.A.
Paul Gerard Gottemoller, B.A.
Psychology: David Martin Hope, B.A.
Public Administration: Gerard J. Bauer, M.P.A.
Public Affairs Reporting: Jennifer Lynn Flath, M.A.
Public Health: Karen Theresa Blakeley, M.P.H.
Social Work: Gloria Johnson, B.S.W.
Sociology/Anthropology: Cara Marie Montgomery, B.A.
Visual Arts: Jamie K. Miller, B.A.

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Receptions for graduates and guests will immediately follow commencement. In the morning, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will hold its reception in the cafeteria, and the College of Education and Human Services will hold its reception in the Studio Theatre, both located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center (PAC). In the afternoon, the College of Business and Management will hold its reception in the PAC cafeteria and the College of Public Affairs and Administration will hold its reception in the Studio Theatre.

Commencement activities will begin Thursday, May 10, with a graduation party in the Student Center (Student Life Building) and the Quad, sponsored by the Student Activities Committee. There will be a barbecue and family entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m. and a graduation party from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m.

The annual Honors Convocation will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 11, in Sangamon Auditorium. Dr. Richard Ringeisen, UIS chancellor, will speak. Ringeisen, former vice chancellor for academic affairs at East Carolina University, joined UIS April 1. Following the convocation at approximately 8 p.m., a reception will be held for all graduates, faculty, and guests in the auditorium lobby.

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