The following column was written by UIS Chancellor Susan J. Koch and published in the September 11, 2016 edition of The State Journal-Register.
"This September is an exciting time on the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois — with construction of the new student union well underway and more students choosing to pursue their U of I degree in the personalized environment for which UIS is so highly regarded.
UIS is also participating this fall in an important worldwide celebration: the 400th anniversary of the death in 1616 of poet and playwright William Shakespeare, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language.
Thanks to an award from the Chester Fund of the University of Illinois, UIS will soon be unveiling a Shakespeare Garden on campus — a themed garden that features plants mentioned in the works of Shakespeare. The Bard often used plants and gardens as metaphors for life, with many important scenes taking place in garden settings."
Read the full column online.