Friday, December 19, 2014

UIS Intensive English Program Graduation

In September WICS brought you the story of the Intensive English Program at the University of Illinois Springfield that's attracting students from all over the world.

The program's goal is to teach foreign students English, and then have them get degrees at UIS. 

Thursday, the students featured in our story graduated from the program and are ready to take classes at UIS.

The celebration afterwards was a mix of culture and honors.

"I will go to try some traditional classes and make some new friends and of course go back and see my old friends," Yawen Li, graduate, UIS Intensive English Program.

UIS administrators say the number of students attending the program has doubled over the years and they hope, it continues to grow.

This story appeared on WICS Newschannel 20 on Thursday, December 18, 2014.

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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

UIS web team help students with finals stress

It's finals week at UIS and students have a new way to hit a winner.

The school's web team created an interactive Pong game for its homepage. It's the old-fashioned video game. It's a stress buster for students and they say it's definitely doing the trick.

"It's definitely a welcomed break from finals and the stress," said Brittany Carls, UIS senior. "It's good to pull up the picture and see 'Oh there's a game' instead of a picture, so just take a little break and play some Pong."

The game is currently on the website, but not for long. It is scheduled to be taken down on Wednesday, but school officials say they may keep the pong up until finals end on Friday because of its popularity.

The game had more than 9,000 hits in less than 24 hours.

The story was reported by WICS-TV 20 on December 16, 2014.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Susan Koch: Important factors for enrolling in college

The following is a portion of a guest column written by UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch. It was published in The State Journal-Register on December 14, 2014.

"One of the most enjoyable aspects of serving as the leader of a university is spending time with talented young people.

I’m always interested to learn from University of Illinois Springfield students how they successfully navigated the college decision process and ultimately chose the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois for their college experience.

For first-year students from Illinois, there are well over 100 possibilities in-state alone, and the type of school, distance from home, academic majors offered, cost, selectivity, size, location, housing, student life and even food are all important factors that help students match their personal profile to the right institution. Navigating through the possibilities and making the right match, however, can be both challenging and complicated.

For students (and parents) considering UIS, one of the best resources for navigating the college decision process is our talented Director of Admissions Fernando Planas."

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