FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                            Date:  October 31, 2001

Contact:  Cheryl D. Peck


Prominent UIS alumni to participate in Leadership Roundtable

SPRINGFIELD - Several distinguished University of Illinois at Springfield alumni from across the nation will participate in the first UIS Leadership Roundtable on Thursday and Friday, November 1 and 2, at the university.

The roundtable will bring to UIS such prominent alumni as Leroy Walker, Jr., owner of McDonald’s Franchises (MA, 1981), and Pam McDonough, Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs (MA, 1989), to discuss the realities and challenges of the global marketplace and ways in which institutions of higher education can best prepare students to assume positions of leadership in their careers.

 “UIS is fortunate to count among its alumni many extraordinary leaders in business and public service,” said UIS Chancellor Richard Ringeisen. “These people are willing to share their experience and expertise with us on the topic of leadership and the challenges they have faced throughout their careers.”

Other alumni participants are W. Robert Felker, President and Chief Operating Officer, Banc One Capital Markets (BA, 1974); Michael E. Broll, President and CEO, SCIS Food Services, Inc. (BA, 1978); Karen Hasara, Mayor of Springfield (BA, 1972; MA; 1992); Douglas K. Penrod, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, AEP Energy Services (BA, 1981);


Randy Schilling, President, CEO and Founder, Quilogy (MBA, 1989); Lindsay Strand, President, Lindsay Strand Associates, Inc. (MA, 1978); Thom M. Serafin, CEO, Serafin & Associates (BA, 1973; MA, 1993); and Donna Sollenberger, President and CEO, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics (BA, 1971; MA, 1974).

On Thursday evening, a forum on leadership will feature a discussion between the alumni and several current UIS students and faculty at 6:15 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, located on the lower level of the Public Affairs Center.

On Friday, Chancellor Ringeisen will host a breakfast during which the alumni will meet deans and faculty from their colleges and programs of study. Professor Phillip Paludan, the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair in Lincoln Studies, will deliver remarks on “Leadership in the Lincoln Style.” The alumni will then participate in a panel discussion to explore the topic of leadership in higher education, business, government, and industry.

The roundtable, sponsored by UIS and the University of Illinois Foundation, is made possible through a gift from American General.