Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Survival Training Leads to Book on Arctic Wilderness Exploration

Joe Wilkins once lived a double life. By day, was a quiet professor at the University of Illinois  Springfield. But when he was away from teaching, he led another, more dangerous life.

During his days in the Air Force in the 1960s, he was trained in arctic wilderness survival in Alaska.

For decades, he used that training to explore, and now document, the beauty and danger he experienced.

His new book is the culmination of those travels. It’s called “Gates of the Arctic National Park: Twelve Years of Wilderness Exploration.”

Wilkins, the very “Indiana Jones”-like author, is a professor emeritus at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

“Gates of the Arctic National Park” documents his explorations in Alaska between 2005 and 2017. 

And a side note: All net proceeds from the book’s sale will benefit veterans in need through the Joe Wilkins Veterans Scholarship Fund at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

Monday, July 16, 2018

Graduates earn 1,898 degrees, certificates from University of Illinois at Springfield

About 50 percent of the 1,898 degrees and certificates handed out by the University of Illinois Springfield in 2016-17 were to students in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services programs, making them the most popular programs that year, according to the latest disclosure from the U.S. Department of Education.

The agency's National Center for Education Statistics shows the public institution in Springfield conferred 836 master's degrees and 113 bachelor's degrees in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services programs.

But the single most popular program was for a master's degree in Computer Science. Data shows the school gave out 612 master's degrees in Computer Science, followed by 224 master's degrees in Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst and 139 bachelor's degrees in Business Administration and Management, General.

The university enrolled 5,428 students for 2016-17, including 2,959 in undergraduate programs and 2,469 in graduate programs.

This article appeared in the Illinois Business Daily on July 15, 2018.

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

UIS hosts summer softball camp

Parents can now sign up their kids for University of Illinois Springfield's softball camp.

The camp kicked off Wednesday for players in grades six through eight.

Sessions for kids in elementary school will start Monday, July 16.

This story aired on Fox Illinois on July 11, 2018.

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