Monday, September 17, 2018

Women's Soccer: Mraz’s goal gives UIS first victory

Taylor Mraz scored the game-winning goal at 88 minutes 31 seconds of the second half to give the University of Illinois Springfield a 1-0 victory over Maryville in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener for both women’s soccer teams Friday at Kiwanis Stadium.

Paloma Guijarro delivered a cross-field pass and got the assist on Mraz’s goal.

It was the first win for UIS, which is 1-2-2 overall.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 14, 2018.

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C-SPAN bus coming to Springfield next week

A 45-foot customized C-SPAN bus will be in Springfield Tuesday and Wednesday as part of the public affairs channel’s “50 Capitals Tour.”

The tour began in September 2017 and is scheduled to be completed in November.

At each capital city, the bus is opening its doors and also gathering viewpoints on politics.

On Tuesday, the bus will be open to the public from 9:30 to 11 a.m. outside the Statehouse on Capitol Avenue, near Second Street.

Earlier that day, state Rep. Tim Butler, R-Springfield, will be interviewed aboard the bus for the channel’s “Washington Journal” program.

The bus also will be at Springfield High School in the afternoon.

On Wednesday, the bus will be open to the public while parked near the Student Union at the University of Illinois Springfield from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The bus will be at Grant Middle School earlier in the day.

The bus is equipped with a TV production studio, a smart TV and classroom area for conversations with students and teachers, and a D.C.-themed selfie station where visitors can share their bus experiences through social media.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 14, 2018.

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Leno Assists With Rebranding Of UIS Performing Arts Center

Comedian Jay Leno has helped to launch a rebranding of the main stage at the University of Illinois Springfield.

The building is being renamed the UIS Performing Arts Center, home of Sangamon Auditorium.

At the conclusion of his show there Sunday night, Leno flipped a symbolic switch to turn on large roof-mounted spotlights, which will illuminate the night sky during major shows at the university.

This story aired on NewsTalk 94.7 and 970 AM, WMAY on September 16, 2018.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Men's Soccer: Prairie Stars win GLVC opener

Mario Gonzalez scored a goal at 58 minutes 2 seconds of the second half to lift the University of Illinois Springfield to a 1-0 win over Maryville (Mo.) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference opener Friday at Kiwanis Stadium.

Mario Falsone assisted Gonzalez on the game-winner.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 14, 2018.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

UI Springfield sees freshmen bump

University of Illinois Springfield has grown by 14 percent according to new numbers.

The fall semester enrollment numbers show that the total number of first-year students sits at 316, compared to the 278 counted in the fall semester last year.

Additionally, 90 percent of the new freshmen are Illinois residents and 47 percent are self-reporting as a minority.

Of the university’s 4,575 students, 9.5 percent of students are international students.

UIS saw an increase of students from Illinois, from 72.2 last year to 75.5 this year, according to the school.

The total student body has fallen from 4,956 last year and total undergraduate stands at 2,814 down from 2,932 recorded last year.

This story appeared online on MyJournalCourier on September 12, 2018.

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UIS hosting Diverse Business Opportunity Fair

The University of Illinois Springfield is hosting a Diverse Business Opportunity Fair Wednesday. 

Diverse businesses in the Springfield community interested in doing business with the state of Illinois' public universities and community colleges are invited to attend from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the UIS Student Union Ballroom.

The goal is to increase participation by minority, women, persons with disabilities and veteran-owned firms.

The Diverse Business Opportunity Fair is sponsored by the Chief Procurement Office and organized by the University of Illinois.

It is open to all businesses who desire to do business with the state of Illinois public universities and colleges

This story aired on WAND TV 17 on September 12, 2018.

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UIS enrollment drops 7.7 percent compared to last year

Fall semester enrollment at the University of Illinois Springfield fell by 7.7 percent compared to last fall, according to statistics released by the university on Wednesday.

After the first 10 days of classes, the total number of students enrolled in fall classes at UIS stands at 4,575 compared to 4,956 students in fall 2017.

It’s the second year in a row UIS has seen enrollment losses and the lowest the campus’ headcount has been since 2005, when fall enrollment was 4,517.

UIS Chancellor Susan Koch said the university was “fully expecting” the drop, given the large graduating class last year and the decline in the international student population, a nationwide trend brought on by prospective students’ safety concerns and uncertainty over visa statuses.

“Of course, we’d love to say that our headcount is higher this year than last year,” Koch said. “But we were expecting this and that’s OK.”

UIS is not alone in losing students. Northern Illinois University, Western Illinois University and both Southern Illinois University campuses also announced enrollment drops. The continued declines illustrate the reputational challenges many of Illinois’ public universities still face as they continue to recover from the two-year state budget impasse, which decimated funding for higher education. 

“Of course, it helps tremendously that we’re a part of the University of Illinois system,” Koch said. “That’s a big part of our ability to continue to press on and position ourselves for growth. So we’re going to continue with the strategy that we’re currently employing because we believe it’s working well. “At the same time, we’d like to build back that international enrollment that we’ve lost,” Koch continued. “We’ve had delegations go to India and China, and we’ll be continuing to do that.”

In the past few years, the university has added new academic programs ranging from a nursing partnership with UIC to degrees in growing fields like exercise science and data analytics.

The university also has made a number of facility improvements to its campus, including the opening of the new student union. Such investments are yielding results, Koch said. Most notably, there’s been a 14 percent increase in freshman enrollment, which jumped from 278 last fall to 316 now.

Of this group, nearly 90 percent were from Illinois. “We have made a commitment to focus, first and foremost, on serving Illinois families,” Koch said. “And I think we see that across the system this year in the success we’ve had. And part of the strategy that we’re using is to continue those efforts to make the University of Illinois experience both affordable and to continue the excellence.”

This article appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 12, 2018.

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Men's Cross Country: Pasley leads UIS to win

Sophomore Tyler Pasley won the 3.73-mile race and the University of Illinois Springfield posted a perfect score Friday in capturing the UIS Prairie Stars Invitational for the second straight season. 

Pasley finished in 20 minutes 41.78 seconds as UIS scored 15 points, taking the first six spots.

Kenton Wilson (20:55.91) was second for UIS, followed by teammates Brendan Kroeger (21:04.09), Blake Jones (21:12.86), Ryan Stark (21:16.78) and Tyler Hiserote (21:20.18).

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 7, 2018.

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Women's Volleyball: UIS volleyball picks up third straight win with doubleheader victories

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars are riding a winning streak after a doubleheader victory this weekend.

They swept both McKendree and Lindenwood, 3-0.

This story appeared on WICS Newschannel 20 on September 8, 2018.

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Men's Soccer: UIS men’s soccer gets win

The University of Illinois Springfield men’s soccer team scored two goals in the final 10 minutes for a 4-3 win over the University of Wisconsin-Parkside on Thursday.

The Stars’ Thiago Fernandes tied the game with just over four minutes remaining and Mario Falsone scored the game-winning goal with just under a minute remaining in regulation.

The Prarie Stars collected their first win and are 1-2.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 6, 2018.

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Women's Cross Country: Christy, UIS win own invitational

Freshman Taryn Christy took first place to help the University of Illinois Springfield repeat its title Friday at the UIS Prairie Stars Invitational on the UIS campus.

It was Christy’s first collegiate race and she finished the 2.49-mile race in 15 minutes 40.64 seconds.

Freshman Morgan Suttles (16:39.70) finished fifth, Alexa Thomsen was seventh (16:41.11) and Savannah Brannan (17:04.31) placed 10th for UIS, which scored 26 points.

This story appeared in The State Journal Register on September 7, 2018.

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

University of Illinois Springfield earns re-accreditation from HLC

The University of Illinois Springfield received institutional re-accreditation from the Higher Learning Commission.

The 10-year re-accreditation as approved at a meeting on July 31.

UIS has been accredited by the commission since 1975.

"This re-accreditation is a testament to the quality of academic programs that are offered at the University of Illinois Springfield," said UIS' Chancellor Susan Koch.

This story appeared on FoxIllinois on September 5, 2018.

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UIS announces men’s, women’s basketballs schedules

The University of Illinois Springfield’s 2018-19 men’s basketball schedule was released on Wednesday, with 15 home games and some noteworthy non-conference tests early in the season.

UIS opens the season by hosting the Prairie Stars Tipoff Classic on Nov. 9-10 at The Recreation and Athletic Center. UIS will play Malone that Friday night before facing Hillsdale on Saturday afternoon.

An important road trip ensues when the Prairie Stars travel to the Central Missouri Classic on Nov. 16-17. UIS then plays defending national champion Northwest Missouri on Nov. 19 at the Municipal Auditorium in Kansas City, Mo.

The Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule starts on Nov. 29 at Maryville.

UIS finished last season with a 14-14 overall record and a 6-12 mark in the

The University of Illinois Springfield women’s basketball schedule was announced on Wednesday. 

The season begins at the Purdue Northwest Cross Conference Classic when the Prairie Stars face Tiffin and Purdue Northwest, respectively, on Nov. 9-10 in Indiana.

The Great Lakes Valley Conference schedule begins at Maryville on Nov. 29.

The Prairie Stars will have a five-game homestand from Jan. 5-19 with NCAA Division II regional finalist and GLVC champion Drury, coming to UIS on the final night.

UIS ended last season with a 13-13 overall record and a 7-11 mark in the GLVC.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 6, 2018.

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

UIS students kick off school year giving back to community

On Friday, the University of Illinois Springfield held its annual Welcome Week Service-A-Thon.

This is an event encouraging students to get involved in their community.

There were 80 UIS students who volunteered at nine locations throughout Springfield.

"It gives students an opportunity to explore their interests which then leads to other volunteer opportunities they take part in,” Connie Komnick, with UIS.

The volunteer opportunity was open for the entire campus.

One student who volunteered, Ella Snyder, also participated in the event last year. This year, she had the opportunity to volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House, a place that lent her family a hand when her brother received a heart transplant.

"They took us under their wing and helped us, so it was really great being able to help,” said Snyder, a student at UIS.

School officials said the event is also a great way for first-year students to get to know their new home.

The goal of the service day is to give students an opportunity to try something new and hopefully encourage them to volunteer all year long.

This story aired on WICS Newschannel 20 on August 31, 2018.

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Women's Volleyball: UIS volleyball splits matches

The University of Illinois Springfield Prairie Stars split matches in the Warriors Classic on Saturday, losing in four sets to Wayne State before defeating Kentucky State in three.

Tiffany Bauer collected 13 kills in a win over Kentucky State and 21 in the loss to Wayne State. Bauer also led UIS with 11 digs against Kentucky State.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 1, 2018.

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Women's Soccer: UIS draws at home

Paloma Guijarro was in net for the University of Illinois Springfield Prarie Stars, who played to a 0-0 draw against Lindenwood University at Kiwanis Stadium.

Guijarro collected three saves in the draw. The Stars have played to a draw in both matches this season.

This story appeared in The State Journal-Register on September 1, 2018.

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