Thursday, May 31, 2007

U of I launches $2.25 billion campaign

The University of Illinois has launched Brilliant Futures: The Campaign for the University of Illinois, the largest fundraising effort in the school's 140-year history. The goal of the campaign is to raise $2.25 billion to support students, faculty, research, programs, and campus environments. According to U of I Foundation President Sidney S. Micek, the Foundation has received commitments of $990.8 million in gifts, grants, and pledges to the campaign as of May 29, 2007.

The Brilliant Futures Campaign publicly launches June 1 at an event at Chicago's Navy Pier. The Campaign began with its planning phase on July 1, 2003, and will continue through the end of 2011. Read more>>

Thursday, May 24, 2007

College of Education and Human Services to honor three emeritus faculty

Three retired faculty members from UIS' College of Education and Human Services – M'Lou Burnett Dixon, Caryl Moy, and Regan Smith – will be honored at a luncheon beginning at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in Sangamon Auditorium Lobby. Oil portraits of the three, to be installed in the College, will also be unveiled. Read more>>

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Management Department award winners

Three UIS students majoring in Management -- Debra Trott, Jesse Donley, and Phuong Nguyen -- have received awards for excellence in the department. Read more>>

Alumni to host Summer Party

The UIS Alumni SAGE Society will host a Summer Party beginning at 5 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Island Bay Yacht Club, 76 Yacht Club Rd., Springfield. Advance reservations are requested by June 8. Read more>>

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

UIS grad to represent Illinois at national event

Derek Murray, who graduated from UIS in May with a bachelor's degree in Computer Science, has been chosen to represent Illinois at the Cisco Networking Academy 10th Anniversary Celebration, which will take place in Washington, DC, in October. Only one Cisco student/alumni is being invited from each state. Read more>>

Thursday, May 17, 2007

BOT approves tuition hike: UIS remains among most affordable

Tuition at UIS will be $3,180 per semester for full-time freshmen and transfer students enrolling for the first time in summer or fall 2007. The U of I Board of Trustees voted to approve the 2007-2008 rates at its meeting in Chicago on Thursday.

The new rate is $390 more per semester than the rate paid by last fall's new students. However, the rate is guaranteed not to increase for four consecutive years after the student's initial enrollment. Illinois' public universities implemented a guaranteed tuition plan for all undergraduate students in 2004. Read more>>

Cavalry band to present concert series

The 10th Illinois Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Band -- a recreated Civil War-era band -- will present the first in its seven-part summer concert series beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 19, in Union Park across from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum. The band is an affiliated ensemble of UIS Music and is directed by Todd Cranson, UIS assistant director of co-curricular music. Read more>>

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Students receive achievement and recognition awards

Achievement and recognition awards were presented to 90 students during UIS commencement ceremonies on May 12. Click here to see a list of awards and the students who received them>>

Monday, May 14, 2007

Three UIS students receive Brundage scholarships

Three students at UIS -- Priyanka Deo, Allison Leight, and Sarah Wellard -- were among 20 recipients of Avery Brundage Scholarships, made to U of I students who excel in both academics and athletics. Each will receive $2,500 for the 2007-2008 academic year. Read more>>

UIS graduates more than 1,150

More than 1,150 students received degrees at UIS' 36th commencement ceremony on May 12. See a printable list of graduates' names and degrees>>

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Graduate student receives FMC Fellowship

Annalee Huntington, a graduate student in the MBA program offered by UIS in Peoria, has received a Graduate Fellowship from Chicago-based FMC Technologies, Inc. Huntington will receive $9,000 for the 2007-2008 academic year. She is currently employed as an operations supervisor with Caterpillar.

FMC graduate fellowships are made to outstanding students in business administration, engineering, or related fields in recognition of noteworthy achievements. Nominations are made by students' program advisers and final selections are made by representatives of FMC, the U of I, and the U of I Foundation. Read more>>

Students inducted into educational honor society

Seven students in the College of Education and Human Services at UIS were inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, in ceremonies held May 6 on campus. Students selected for membership must exhibit high academic achievement, commitment to a career in education, and a professional attitude that promises steady growth in the profession.

Allan Cook, associate professor of Teacher Education and counselor for the UIS chapter, noted, "These seven students' decision to become teachers honors the profession," Read more>>

Media advisory: CBM reception

College of Business and Management faculty and staff, leaders from the business community, and friends of the university will gather at a reception today to mark the college's recent accreditation by AACSB International.

The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – International is the world's premier accrediting agency for collegiate schools of business. Only about 10 percent of business programs worldwide and about 28 percent in the U.S. presently have this accreditation. Read more>>

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

WUIS exceeds spring fundraiser goal

Public radio station WUIS recently completed its most successful fundraiser ever, raising more than $120,000 in donations over nine days. Station Manager Bill Wheelhouse noted that the high goal was necessary to keep up with rising expenses related to programming and technical maintenance. Station Development Director Lisa Stott said listener response proves that public radio is "really a community endeavor and a community resource." Read more>>

Sangamon Auditorium announces 07-08 Class Acts Series

Sangamon Auditorium at UIS has announced the line-up for its 2007-2008 Class Acts Series for young audiences. Read more, including a brief description of each program>>

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Reception honors faculty achievements

UIS held its annual reception to recognize faculty achievements on May 2. Chancellor Richard Ringeisen and Provost Harry Berman presided over a ceremony honoring faculty members who have received tenure and/or promotion, been awarded sabbaticals, or granted emeritus status.

In addition, the tenth annual Pearson Award for outstanding teaching was presented to Ethan Lewis, associate professor of English, and the ninth annual Spencer Faculty Service Award was given to Karen Kirkendall, associate professor of Individual Option. Read more>>

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Commencement will be May 12 at The Center

UIS' 36th commencement will be Saturday, May 12, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield. Anna Eleanor Roosevelt will deliver the main address in ceremonies that begin at 2 p.m. Of the 1,162 students eligible to graduate, 682 will participate in the ceremony.

More information, including marshals' names and a link to the live webcast>>

45 CBM students inducted into honor society

Forty-five students from UIS' College of Business and Management will be inducted into Sigma Beta Delta – an international honor society in business, management, and administration – in a ceremony and reception to be held on campus Saturday, May 12.

For business students who attend a college or university with a Sigma Beta Delta chapter, membership is the highest national recognition they can receive. Read more>>