University of Illinois at Springfield
The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a public university in Springfield, Illinois, United States. The university was established in 1969 as Sangamon State University by the Illinois General Assembly and became a part of the University of Illinois system on July 1, 1995.
In 1967, the Illinois General Assembly created a Board of Regents to operate Illinois State University and Northern Illinois University, as well as a third unnamed institution in Springfield. In 1969, Governor Richard Ogilvie signed into law a bill officially creating Sangamon State University. It originally operated as an "upper-division" universityï¿½that is, a university that offers only the last two years of undergraduate education, as well as graduate work. The first classes were held on September 28, 1970 at First Methodist Church in downtown Springfield. In October, SSU began offering classes in the current campus location near Lake Springfield. The school grew steadily over the years. Its first permanent building, Brookens Library, was dedicated in 1976, and its Public Affairs Center and first dormitories opened in 1980. In 1995, Governor Jim Edgar signed a bill which abolished the Board of Regents and merged SSU with the University of Illinois system. On July 1, SSU officially became the University of Illinois at Springfield. Naomi Lynn, the last president of SSU, became the first chancellor of UIS. In 2001, it admitted freshmen for the first time in an honors program called the "Capital Scholars." On September 8, 2005 the University of Illinois Board of Trustees approved a new general education curriculum, making UIS a full-fledged four-year university for the first time. Freshman were slated to be admitted under the general education curriculum beginning in fall, 2006.
The University of Illinois at Springfield provides an intellectually rich, collaborative, and intimate learning environment for students, faculty, and staff, while serving local, regional, state, national, and international communities. UIS serves its students by building a faculty whose members have a passion for teaching and by creating an environment that nurtures learning. Our faculty members engage students in small classes and experiential learning settings. At UIS, the undergraduate and graduate curricula and the professional programs emphasize liberal arts, interdisciplinary approaches, lifelong learning, and engaged citizenship. UIS provides its students with the knowledge, skills, and experience that lead to productive careers in the private and public sectors. UIS serves the pursuit of knowledge by encouraging and valuing excellence in scholarship. Scholarship at UIS is broadly defined. Faculty members are engaged in the scholarship of discovery, integration, application, and teaching. Excellence in teaching and meaningful service depend on a foundation of excellence in scholarship. One vital area in which UIS extends its scholarship, teaching, learning, and expertise beyond the campus is in the broad area of public affairs. From its location in the state capital, UIS shapes and informs public policy, trains tomorrowï¿½s leaders, and enriches its learning environment through a wide range of public affairs activities, programs, and organizations. UIS empowers its students, faculty, and staff by being a leader in online education and classroom technology. UIS uses technology to enhance its distinctive learning environment and extend that environment beyond the boundaries of the campus.
Cheri Bustos - U.S. Representative, Illinois's 17th district (M.A. Public Affairs Reporting) Ward Churchill - former University of Colorado professor, social critic, activist ('74 B.A. Communications, '75 M.A. Communications) Timothy Davlin - Mayor of Springfield, Illinois (attended, did not complete degree) Vince Demuzio - Illinois State Senator, 1975-2004 ('81 B.A. in Education and Human Services; '96 M.A. in Education and Public Policy) Karen A. Hasara - Former mayor of Springfield, Illinois, Illinois state senator, ('72 B.A. Psychology, '92 M.A. Legal Studies) Gordon S. Heddell - United States Department of Defense inspector general ('75 M.A. Legal Studies) Al Lewis - Columnist, Dow Jones Newswires Robert "Bobby" McFerrin Jr.- vocal performer and conductor (attended 1975-76, did not complete degree) Milton J. Nieuwsma - author, Emmy-winning filmwriter-producer ('78 M.A.) Richard Oruche - Shooting guard on the Nigerian national basketball team ('10 B.A. Business Administration) Dana Perino - White House Press Secretary for the George W. Bush administration ('95 M.A. Public Affairs Reporting)