Date: September 28, 2000


Contact: Lezli Austen

Grants and awards for UIS nearly doubled for fiscal year 2000

SPRINGFIELD - Grants and contracts acquired by the University of llinois at Springfield jumped dramatically in fiscal year 2000 which ended June 30.  Awards totaled $15.1 million, nearly double the $8 million received in fiscal year 1999. These awards resulted from over $17.5 million dollars in proposed funding submitted to federal, state, and local government, not-for-profit organizations, and corporations by 43 UIS project directors from all four colleges, the Institute for Public Affairs, the Women's Center, Student Affairs, and Business and Administrative Affairs. The Office of Policy and Administrative Studies was the highest grossing unit on campus with $5.6 million in awards. Other units grossing over $1 million were the Institute for Public Affairs Central Office, $2.7 million; Center for Legal Studies, $1.2 million; Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) office, $1.3 million; and the College of Education and Human Services, $1.3 million. "Last year was certainly the institute's most productive year," said Nancy Ford, executive director of the Institute for Public Affairs. "We are proud of our accomplishments.  Institute units had major federal grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Education, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and the U.S. Department of Justice." In addition, the institute received grants or contracts from 15 Illinois government agencies, the legislature and the courts, three foundations, five associations or private entities, and three other colleges and universities.

            Ted Mims, associate professor of computer science, received $98,655 to continue operating the Cisco Regional Networking Academy Program, a partnership between Cisco Systems, education, business, government, and community organizations around the world. The program centers on teaching students to design, build, and maintain computer networks. Using web technologies, the program prepares students for the 21st century workplace and simultaneously serves as a valuable model for successful e-learning. Under this academy, UIS provides training on Cisco Systems to UIS students and to local school districts. To date, eight area schools have signed on to receive training and become local Cisco Academies, teaching the systems to their students.

            UIS' student intern programs and education awards continued to receive strong support. Programs receiving funding equal to or above that of the previous year were the Illinois Cooperative Work Study Program, GPSI, Illinois State Legislative Internships, Project Students, Parents, and Teachers (STP), and Project Minority Student Support (MSS). The Cooperative Work Study Program, directed by Barbara Jensen and< Elaine Rundle-Schwark, received a $30,000 increase over last year's funding. "This additional funding will substantially increase the number of applied study term (AST) positions offered during the 2000-2001 academic year," said Jensen. The state of Illinois remained the top funder for UIS projects, accounting for nearly 73 percent of the total received. Other funding sources included federal government (20.2 percent), corporations (1.5 percent), and not-for-profit organizations (5.3 percent).


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