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. As a public liberal arts college, and the newest campus in the University of Illinois system, UIS is a member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges. UIS is also part of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the American Council on Education. The campus' main repository, Brookens Library, holds a collection of nearly 800,000 books and serials- in addition to accessible resources at the University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campuses.

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University of Illinois Springfield
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  • Leadership lived: Kaelan Smith
    University of Illinois Springfield political science and economics major Kaelan Smith is passionate about helping people in his community. He recently helped start the Downtown Discounts program, which saves UIS students money at downtown businesses. On campus, Smith is the vice president of the UIS College Republicans and is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, where he volunteers as ...
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  • Leadership lived: Edwin Robles
    Edwin Robles has always been interested in politics and hopes to one day run for office. At the University of Illinois Springfield, he was elected by the student body to serve as their voice on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. As the student trustee, Robles has a seat at the table at all of the board of trustees meetings. He regularly travels to the other U of I System campuses for me...
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  • Leadership lived: Garrad Straube
    Garrad Straube transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield to be part of the men’s cross country and track and field teams. The criminology and criminal justice major is currently completing an internship at the Illinois State Police Academy and hopes to become a police officer following graduation. On campus, Straube works as a student ambassador for UIS Admissions where he gives prospe...
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  • UIS Service-A-Thon 2017
    University of Illinois Springfield students volunteered at nine Springfield locations during the annual Welcome Week Service-A-Thon on September 1, 2017.
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  • UIS Student Union Tour - August 2017
    Take a video tour of the new University of Illinois Springfield Student Union, which is scheduled to open in January 2018. The building was about 85 percent complete in August 2017.
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  • Leadership lived: Yaw Kesse
    University of Illinois Springfield political science major Yaw Kesse has a passion for public service. Kesse has spent the summer interning at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in Springfield where he works in the Bureau of Collections. He credits UIS for the internship opportunity saying it has helped prepare him for his future career. At UIS, Kesse is a member of the Upsi...
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  • Leadership lived: Ashley Osuma
    Ashley Osuma loves to share the knowledge she’s gained from her four years on campus with incoming freshmen. Osuma is a peer mentor for the Summer Bridge Program, a two-week on-campus living-learning experience for first-year students who need additional academic support and college preparation. Throughout the school year, she’ll continue to mentor the students as a resident assistant (RA) in Linc...
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  • Leadership lived: Andrew Koontz
    As a student manager at Brookens Library, Andrew Koontz makes sure that patrons find the resources they need. He also trains new student workers and is responsible for special projects. Koontz has worked at the library for the past year and a half and worked his way up to the student manager position. It’s the first time he’s ever held a management position. After he graduates from UIS, Koontz pla...
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  • Leadership lived: Da Zhane' Sinclair
    Da Zhane' Sinclair says the University of Illinois Springfield “feels like home” and the friends she’s made on campus are like family. Sinclair, an accountancy major, is a resident assistant (RA) on campus and mentors fellow first-generation college students as part of the Necessary Steps Program. As an RA, Sinclair regularly plans social events to help her fellow students feel welcome. Being an R...
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  • Leadership lived: Yu Shao
    Music has been a part of Yu Shao’s life since she was six-years-old. That’s when she first started playing the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument with thousands of years of history. Shao says it was her love of music that brought her to the University of Illinois Springfield where she is a Camerata Music Scholar. She regularly sings with the UIS Chorus and plays in small ensembles. Shao als...
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  • Leadership lived: Marquiera Harris
    The first time Marquiera Harris visited the University of Illinois Springfield she felt so welcomed that she instantly knew that UIS was her perfect fit. Now, the social work major is helping other students make the transition to UIS as an orientation coordinator. Harris supervises 18 student orientation employees and helps to coordinate social media operations. On the day of orientation, she is r...
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  • Leadership lived: Justin Brown
    Justin Brown is making the most out of his summer by interning at Horace Mann’s Security Operations Center in Springfield. He helps monitor, review and take action on abnormal web or email traffic that might be coming through the network. On campus, Brown is a member of the Computer Science Club and the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF). He’s also part of the UIS Prairie Stars cross country and t...
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  • Leadership lived: Payton Roberts
    Payton Roberts loves volunteering with children on and off campus. At the University of Illinois Springfield, she is the volunteer coordinator for the Lee Elementary Homework Club. She and other UIS students travel to the school weekly to help kids with their homework and teach them about different cultures from around the world. She has also spent the past two summers volunteering with kids in Is...
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  • UIS KickStart Orientation 2017
    The University of Illinois Springfield is welcoming hundreds of new students to campus during its summer KickStart Orientation events in June, July and August. A total of six different orientation sessions are planned. The two-day overnight events helps students understand UIS requirements, meet their fellow classmates and learn their way around campus.
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  • Leadership lived: Daniel Rodriguez
    Biology major Daniel Rodriguez is leading the effort to maintain the University of Illinois Springfield Community Garden over the summer as the project coordinator. It’s a paid student position where he works 20 hours a week watering the plants, pulling weeds and organizing volunteers. During the school year, Rodriguez is also active as a member of the TARA Meditation Club, the Biology Club and pl...
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  • Leadership lived: Abbegayle Stevenson
    Before enrolling in classes at the University of Illinois Springfield, Abbegayle Stevenson had never traveled outside the country. Now, she’s traveled to five countries in Europe and is about to embark on a summer study abroad trip to Croatia. Stevenson, a social work major, spent the past 9 months studying abroad in Trollhättan, Sweden at Högskolan Väst (University West). At UIS, she is a foundin...
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  • Leadership lived: Marissa Jones
    Growing up on a family farm in central Illinois, the outdoors has always been a part of Marissa Jones’ life. Her passion of nature and the environment led her to the University of Illinois Springfield where she is majoring in environmental studies. At UIS, she is employed as the Campus Sustainability Projects Coordinator where she helps to organize suitability events on campus. She is also the co-...
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  • Leadership lived: Saiprasad Bhosle
    Growing up in India, Saiprasad Bhosle never expected that he would play more cricket in the United States than he did at home. However, as the captain of the University of Illinois Springfield Cricket Club intramural sports team he’s getting that chance. He recently led the team to its first national victory in the American College Cricket Tournament. It’s the first time any UIS intramural sports ...
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  • UIS Commencement 2017
    The University of Illinois Springfield held two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 13, 2017, at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in downtown Springfield. A record 1,270 students took part in the ceremonies, making it the largest commencement in the university’s history.
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  • Leadership lived: Abigail Norville
    As an undergraduate biology major at the University of Illinois Springfield, Abigail Norville has been working with faculty members and other students to study Hepatitis C, a viral blood born pathogen, in the central Illinois homeless population. The students traveled to homeless shelters in five cities where they tested the population for the disease. Norville was recently chosen to present her r...
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  • Leadership lived: Karen Seegers
    Karen Seegers grew up in a small town and knew she wanted to attend a university where her professors would know her name. She’s glad she chose the nursing program at the University of Illinois Springfield. Seegers enjoys helping people and wants to work as an emergency life flight helicopter nurse and eventually become a nurse practitioner. At UIS, Seegers is also part of the Leadership for Life ...
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  • Leadership lived: Beatrice Bonner
    Beatrice Bonner loves to talk and inform people. Ever since working at a radio station in high school, she’s wanted to become a TV news reporter. Bonner is a communication major at the University of Illinois Springfield. This semester, she’s taking a visual storytelling class where she’s learning what it takes to put together a story. Outside of the classroom, Bonner is the vice president and a fo...
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