The University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS) is a small, liberal arts university located in Springfield. The school is one of three campuses of the University of Illinois. UIS was established in 1969 as Sangamon State University by the Illinois General Assembly and became a part of the University of Illinois on July 1, 1995.
UIS serves almost 5,000 students in 20 master's degree, 20 undergraduate programs, and a doctorate in Public Administration. The university was once one of the two upper-division and graduate universities in Illinois. In 2001, UIS added a full four-year undergraduate program.
Campus Life & Organizations
The UIS Journal
is the weekly student newspaper of the University. Its circulation is 2,000 per week.
Most buildings are given a three-letter acronym based on the name.
- University Hall - UHB
- Public Affairs Center - PAC
- Brookens Library - BRK
- Health & Sciences Building - HSB
- WUIS/WIPA Radio Station - WUIS
- Student Life Building - SLB
- Visual and Performing Arts Building - VPA
- Student Affairs Building - SAB
- Human Resources Building - HRB
- Cox Child Care Center
- Sangamon Auditorium
Elsewhere on Campus
- The Recreation and Athletic Center - TRAC
- Sangamon Schools Credit Union
- Shepherd House
- Spencer House
- UIS Campus Police Dept.
A diverse group of approximately 900 students live in campus housing, and many are actively involved with campus life and community events. Campus apartment flats, townhouse apartments, and family housing clusters are named after native Illinois plants.
Residence Halls & Commons
- Lincoln Residence Hall - LRH
- Homer L. Butler Commons - HLB
- Founders Residence Hall - FRH
UIS athletic teams are known as the Prairie Stars
, the university competes in the NAIA American Midwest Conference
. In October 2008 the univeristy accepted an invitation to join the Great Lakes Valley Conference
(GLVC) as a NCAA Division II
athletic school. The school's teams will begin competing in the GLVC
in the 2009-2010 season.
Most of the streets that lie within the campus are named after Illinois poets and novelists.
- Ward Churchill - former University of Colorado professor, social critic, activist ('74 BA Communications, '75 MA Communications)
- Timothy Davlin - Mayor of Springfield, Illinois (attended, did not graduate)
- Gary Delsohn - Reporter, chief speechwriter for California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger ('77, MA Public Affairs Reporting)
- Vince Demuzio - Illinois state senator, 1975-2004 ('81 B.A. in Education and Human Services; '96, M.A. in Education and Public Policy)
- Michael A. Dunbar - Sculptor ('76 MA)
- Lin N. Ezell - Director, Marine Corps National Museum ('74 BA Literature)
- Karen A. Hasara - Former mayor of Springfield, Illinois, Illinois state senator, ('72 BA Psychology, '92 MA Legal Studies)
- Gordon Heddell - U.S. Department of Labor inspector general ('75 MA Legal Studies)
- Robert "Bobby" McFerrin Jr.- vocal performer and conductor (attended 1976-77, did not receive degree)
- Dana Perino - White House press secretary ('95, MA Public Affairs Reporting)
- Michael S. Schwartz - Chairman, US Railroad Retirement Board ('80 MA Educational Leadership)
- Ron Sakolsky, Emeritus Professor of Public Administration. Ron taught for more than 20 years on music and social justice issues. In 1995 he was one of two faculty members arrested while distributing leaflets objecting to the destruction of the faculty union, in the takeover of the University by the University of Illinois in a restructuring of higher education.
- Ron Michaelson, visiting professor of political studies - former executive director of the Illinois State Board of Elections
- Chris Mooney and Kent Redfield, professors of political science - among the most-often quoted state government pundits in Illinois media.
- Phillip S. Paludan, professor of history - Abraham Lincoln and American Civil War scholar, Lincoln Prize recipient, and the Naomi B. Lynn Distinguished Chair of Lincoln Studies.
- Paul Simon, Founder/first director of UIS' Public Affairs Reporting Master's Program - United States senator, 1988 presidential candidate
- Charlie Wheeler, director of UIS' Public Affairs Reporting program - longtime Chicago Sun-Times reporter, award-winning columnist.
- Larry Golden, professor emeritus of political science and legal studies - Director of Downstate Illinois Innocence Project.
- Sviatoslav Braynov - professor of Computer Science, nationally known for talks about security and artificial intelligence.
- Adil Mouhammed - professor of Economics, noted expert on the institutional thought of Thorstein Veblen and contributor to the Mellen Studies in Economics series.
- Cullom Davis, professor of history - Archivist, founder of Abraham Lincoln Legal Papers Project
- Patricia Langley, professor of legal studies,women and gender studies, and individual option graduate studies - regionally known as powerful voice for lesbian, homosexual, bisexual, and transgendered interest in central Illinois