Tuesday, July 22, 2014

UIS men’s basketball team adds transfer Elem

University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball coach Bill Walker announced the signing of junior college transfer Sammie Elem on Monday.

Elem is transferring from Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., and will have two years of eligibility. In one season with the Rattlers, the 6-foot-7 forward averaged 7.2 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 48.8 percent from the floor. Prior to his stint at Otero, Elem played at Wilbur Wright Community College in Chicago.

Elem graduated from Normal University High School, where he averaged 12.4 points and 7.8 rebounds per game.

Elem was featured by The State Journal-Register on July 22, 2014.

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Amid smaller enrollments, Illinois universities, colleges forced to adjust to changing landscape

Online growth has also been a key reason why the University of Illinois Springfield has bucked the downward trend of enrollment at state schools, said Ray Schroeder, the school’s associate vice chancellor for online learning.

“Over the years, the online programs have grown to serve more than one-third of our students,” he said, indicating the school’s 1,650 online “majors” from 48 states and a dozen foreign countries helped swell the UIS enrollment to more than 5,000.

“As a result of the growth of the online student population, enrollments at UIS have continued to grow when enrollments at other universities have stagnated or dropped,” said Schroeder.

“Generally, those universities that have embraced 21st century approaches such as online learning continue to thrive despite the challenges of higher costs and lower governmental subsidies,” he said.

Schroeder was featured by the Peoria Journal Star on July 20, 2014.

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Glenwood grad Nicholson named UIS softball coach

New University of Illinois Springfield softball coach Shannon Nicholson is leaving one familiar place for another.

The 2003 Chatham Glenwood High School graduate returns to the area for her first head-coaching stint. Nicholson was pitching coach the past six seasons at her alma mater, Illinois State University.

“It is definitely going to be a different role, one I feel totally prepared for,” Nicholson said. “Working around Melinda Fischer, who is going into her 30th season at ISU, I've been able to learn so much from her. I feel she prepared me.”

Nicholson is the third softball coach in UIS history. She replaces Mat Mundell, who took over the same position at the University of Evansville.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on July 17, 2014.

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