Thursday, September 29, 2016

Online enrollment up at UIS

Online learning is a trend that has grown significantly in recent years, and the University of Illinois Springfield has seen a big uptick in online enrollment this year.

UIS has seen a 4.5% increase in online enrollment this fall, with over 30% of the entire student body made up of students who are only taking online classes. However, the growth is nothing new for UIS.

Dr. Vickie Cook is the Director of the UIS Center for Online Learning, Research and Service. She said, "We had online programs that started in late 1999-2000, and we have continued to grow every semester, except for one, throughout that time frame."

There are over 1,600 online students at UIS this fall.

Rene Corso is one of those students, who went back to school to get a bachelor's degree in business administration.

"Whenever I was younger, it was a lot better for me to go to a classroom," said Rene. "It offered more structure."

She says she chose to take online classes because of its convenience. "Being a little bit older, working full time and having a family, it just made it a lot easier for me to be able to do it online at my own leisure," said Rene.

The online learning program at UIS has expanded globally.

The program has students in 46 states, 2 territories and 9 countries.

This story appeared on WICS Newschannel 20 on September 28, 2016.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Unveiling Shakespeare Garden at UIS

On the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare's death, a brand new garden will be unveiled on the University of Illinois Springfield campus Thursday around 1:30 p.m.

The themed garden will feature plants often mentioned in William Shakespeare’s work.

The Shakespeare Garden,was made possible by an award from the University of Illinois’ Chester Fund, and will include signs near each plant with the relevant quotes and references to the certain plays or poems where the plant or flower was used as a metaphor.

The centerpiece of the Garden is a life-sized bronze sculpture of the Bard himself, titled “Shakespeare,” by renowned sculptor Gary Lee Price.

Its location will be in between Brooken's Library and the UIS Police Station.

This story was posted on on September 27, 2016.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Women's Soccer: Stars snap losing streak

Maggie Juhlin and Emily Matsen scored goals in the University of Illinois Springfield’s 4-1 victory over Saint Joseph’s in a Great Lakes Valley Conference game at Kiwanis Stadium.

UIS snapped a three-game losing streak -- all one-goal losses.

The Prairie Stars built a 4-0 lead.

Macy Martin and Hailey Hawkins also scored for UIS.

UIS goalie Paloma Guijarro made one save.

This article appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 24, 2016.

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