Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Thrill and delight at the magic of the Student Union!

The UIS Student Union Campaign Kickoff was this afternoon on the campus quad and what an event it was!! We had over 800 people from the campus and community join us for a carnival celebration with lots of games, free food (including my favorite health food – cotton candy), entertainment and various other forms of merriment. There was a rumor going around that the Chancellor was going to strap into the gyroscope; but I can assure you it was not true!! The high point of the event for me was announcing to the crowd that we have already received $2.4 million in gifts from lead donors for this critically important project for the UIS campus. Twenty-four months from now, we’ll have an even bigger party to cut the ribbon on the new building!! Can’t wait for that day!

View the Student Union Campaign video

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

A New Option for Nursing Education at UIS

Today I had the pleasure of announcing a new partnership with the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Nursing and Memorial Health System to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at UIS starting in fall 2015. 
Not only will this bring one of the top ranked nursing education programs in the nation to Springfield, but it will help UIS grow and fulfill a need for more baccalaureate level nurses in Springfield.   
This type of collaboration, that benefits students and our communities, as well as makes the most efficient use of our resources, is what the University of Illinois does best. 
You can learn more about the partnership by visiting http://www.uis.edu/nursing/
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