Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Water is flowing!

Did you know that UIS now has its very own waterfall? Our UIS grounds crew have been working tirelessly for many weeks to complete a new waterfall at the UIS pond and I am happy to report they have finished and the water is flowing! The waterfall was built to honor recently retired UIS horticulturalist, Joan Buckles, who led the grounds crew at UIS for many years and is partly responsible for the beautiful campus that we call our own. Thanks to Brian Beckerman and all the members of the crew who did such a beautiful job on this project. As you enjoy the beautiful fall weather, I hope you will take a few minutes and wander over to the UIS pond to enjoy this wonderful new addition to our campus property.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

UIS is growing!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y8uu4FIrUzk/VA9lpZf6ymI/AAAAAAAAAkY/DHOumDax40I/s1600/Random%2BCampus%2B2.jpg Word is getting out to more and more that UIS is a great place to learn and  grow …  and we are growing! Our fall 2014 enrollment report was released this morning and it’s now official: UIS has the highest enrollment in the history of the campus!

We’ve grown by almost 300 students this year. I’m especially pleased that the academic quality of our freshman class continues to increase at the same time the student body is becoming more diverse.  Fifteen percent of our student body this year is international – with most international students coming from India and China. Whether you came to join our academic community from across the street or from the other side of the globe; I’m pleased that you have chosen the Springfield campus to pursue your University of Illinois degree.  I look forward to the contributions you will make to our academic community.
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