Student Affairs Staff Achievements

Erika Suzuki celebrates her 5th year at UIS. She began working at UIS October, 2013 as Program Coordinator with the International Student Services Office.  She has been a main force organizing the 40th International Festival at UIS, the longest running event of all times.

STARS Lounge New Location

Stars Lounge in the SLB Building has moved into 2 spaces.

  • Food and beverages  are now in the New Stars Café lower level of Brookens Library.
  • The gaming portion of Stars Lounge, including two pool tables, a foosball table, five Xbox stations, TVs, as well as the couches, tables, and chairs have moved to the OLD PAC Restaurant.

¨ Snack items such as soda, chips, and candy will be sold from both locations.

Students will have two different environments in which to spend their free time – both of which will be closer to the center of campus – and the university will be able to increase enrollment and accommodate its new programs.

By having Stars Lounge located on the library’s lower level, it offers students that are studying an option to have beverages and snacks while they study or do research in the upper levels of the library.

Stars Lounge Hours (beginning Monday, August 28th)

Monday through Saturday – 11am – 8pm

Sundays – 4-8pm

The Stars Café location will provide a quieter atmosphere, while the PAC Restaurant will provide the energy and excitement of a typical game room.

Stars Café Hours (beginning Monday, August 28th)

Monday through Thursday – 11am – 11pm

Friday & Saturday – 11am – 5:30pm

Sunday – 2pm – 11pm


International Student Services has moved from HRB 52 to HRB 10

The Journal Newspaper has moved from SAB 20 to HRB 52



Springfest brings out 150 students to help Habitat for Humanities

Approximately 150 UIS students, working with the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center at UIS and Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County, helped build a 900-square foot Habitat for Humanity house in Springfield in April. The event was part of the UIS Springfest.

The house, built to be highly energy efficient, included three bedrooms; one bath; an open living room, kitchen and dining combination area; and a laundry, heating and cooling room.

It was the fourth house in five years that UIS students helped build, according to Mark Dochterman, director of the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center.

Message to Students About Possible Faculty Strike

April 27, 2017

Dear Students,

You may be aware that the University has been negotiating for several months with a new faculty labor union that represents the tenure-earning faculty on our campus. Those negotiations are ongoing and our goal is to reach an agreement that is satisfactory to both the faculty union and the University as soon as possible.

At the same time negotiations continue, the union has notified the university that it may organize a strike before the end of this semester. Though we are doing everything possible to avoid a work stoppage, we also must be prepared and we want you to know how a possible strike could affect your classes, your grades, and – for those who are graduating this spring – the completion of your degrees. Please know that our priority is always to protect your educational interests.

While we expect that most classes will be held during a strike, some faculty who are represented by the UIS United Faculty union could choose not to teach their classes during a strike. Regardless of any strike announcement, you should attend your scheduled classes. If you get to a class and your instructor is not present, please wait at least 15 minutes before leaving. If you have questions about assignments or other related matters, you may contact your instructor or check with the academic department offering the class.

We know you (and your parents) may have additional questions concerning a possible strike. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Student Affairs website at this link to be sure you are well informed.

Should there be a strike, we will work to minimize the disruption of instruction and to ensure that you can continue to make timely progress towards your degrees, meet your course objectives and receive your grades in a timely fashion.

We greatly appreciate the contributions of our outstanding faculty and will continue to work with the union negotiators to reach a satisfactory agreement.

If, after reviewing the FAQs, you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Dr. Clarice Ford, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

FAQ for Students and Parents on Possible Faculty Strike

April 2017

Q  If a strike is called, should students still go to class?

 A: Yes, the campus expects that classes will be held as scheduled. Should there be a strike, we hope members of the faculty union will respect their instructional obligations and not impair students’ progress in their current courses.

 Q:  What should a student do if he or she goes to class and the instructor is not there?

A:  If you go to class and the instructor is not present, please wait at least 15 minutes for their arrival, after which you may leave. If you have questions about assignments or other related matters, you may contact your instructor or check with the academic department offering the class. If you have further questions or concerns, you may contact the College Dean’s office:

College of Business and Management:              (217) 206-6533

College of Education and Human Services      (217) 206-6784

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences:              (217) 206-6512

College of Public Affairs and Administration: (217) 206-6523

Q:  Should I be doing the assignments I have due between now and the end of the semester?

 A:  Yes, assignments should be completed and submitted as scheduled. Students should expect that the objectives of courses will be fulfilled.  If there are interruptions, make-up arrangements must be implemented to ensure the instructional objectives are delivered.

Q:  What if picketers are in front of my building and tell me not to enter?

 A:  Students have a right to attend classes, enter academic and administrative buildings, and to do so without being interrupted, intimidated, coerced, or threatened. Picketing on public property is usually lawful so long as the picketing is peaceful, does not create a disturbance, and does not block entrances or exits to campus buildings.

 Q: If a strike causes students to miss class, how will that affect their grades?

 A: Decisions about how to complete coursework will be determined class by class under the guidance of the department. The university’s goal is to ensure students are treated fairly and the objectives of their academic courses are fulfilled.

Q:  I am enrolled in some courses taught by adjunct or other non-UIS United Faculty (non-union member) instructors.  Will these classes be impacted by a strike? 

 A:  No. Adjuncts and other non-UIS United Faculty instructors are not included in the UIS United Faculty bargaining unit. The University expects that these adjuncts and instructors will honor their employment contracts and continue to work.

Q:  Would a delay of grades have a negative impact on my academic progress or graduation status?

A:   We are working hard to avoid any disruption to grading and to the routine activities of academic progress audits and clearance for graduation.  Deans and other administrators will make decisions based on the best interests of students.



The 46th annual UIS commencement ceremonies will be held at the Prairie Capital Convention Center (The Center) on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  There will be two ceremonies at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.  The ceremonies will be divided by college.  Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will participate in the 12:30 p.m. ceremony.  Students in the College of Business and Management, College of Education and Human Services, and College of Public Affairs and Administration will participate in the 5:30 p.m. ceremony.

Once again, we are asking ALL faculty members to click on the link below to indicate whether or not they will be participating in the commencement ceremony and (if appropriate) order regalia.

Please be aware of the following important points:

  • You must submit this form by March 3.
  • Commencement regalia for those faculty who order it should arrive in late April and will be delivered to your dean’s office.
  • If your participation plans change after March 3, you should contact the Office of Records and Registration (
  • Information for UIS faculty pertaining to this year’s commencement ceremonies can be found online at: As new information becomes available, it will be added to the website.

Thank you in advance for your prompt submission.  Please direct any questions to the Office of Records and Registration ( or 217/206-7730).

Journal staff win five awards in Illinois College Press Association contest

Staff of The Journal, the UIS student newspaper, won five awards in the non-daily 2016 Illinois College Press Association competition.

Awards were presented Saturday, Feb. 18, at a luncheon that capped a 1 ½- day ICPA convention at the Doubletree Hotel Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

Erica Thomas of Springfield, Journal photographer, won first-place for a sports photo she took of two players in action during a UIS men’s soccer game.

Alex Camp of Chicago, former Journal columnist and assistant editor for sports, won second-place for a spring 2016 column describing his concerns about returning to Chicago after earning his bachelor’s degree. Camp, now a graduate student in the UIS Public Affairs Reporting Program, received an honorable mention for a headline he wrote in fall 2016: “Hell freezes over: Cubs win the pennant.”

Also awarded honorable mentions:

  • Megan Swett of O’Fallon, Illinois, Journal editor-in-chief, for the fall 2016 article, “Celebrating Queertober:

AroAce student discusses her identity, her relationships, and the LGBT+ community.”

  • Former Journal reporter Jeff Burnett of Loves Park, Illinois,  for a story about the Sangamon County Drug Court, which was published in the fall 2016 Journal magazine, Beyond.

Burnett is a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program.

More than 30 college newspapers from throughout the state are members of the ICPA, which holds a convention each year with workshops and a keynote address by  professional journalists, and organizes the annual ICPA contest.

In the non-daily competition, The Journal competed against student newspapers from schools with enrollments of more than 4,000 students, including among others, DePaul, Columbia College, University of Chicago, SIU-Edwardsville, Bradley, Loyola, and the School of the Art Institute.

Professional journalists from different states served as judges for the 2016 ICPA competition.

UIS to honor several Division of Student Affairs staff for their years of service

UIS will honor employees for years of service in an annual recognition event in April.

Several employees of the Division of Student Affairs will be recognized for their years of service:

5 years

Dr. Mark Dochterman, Volunteer and Civic Engagement

Mary Umbarger, Student Life

Dr. Sarah Colby Weaver, Disability Services

Dr.Van Vieregge, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Johnell Greer, Student Work and Financial Assistance

Jolene Vollmer, International Student Services

Jay Swenson, Campus Recreation

 10 years

Jill Briggs, Admissions

Gwen Cribbett, Admissions and Records

Gale Kilbury, Career Development

15 years

Cynthia Thompson, Student Life

Brian Catherwood, Records and Registration

25 years

Christina Ryan, Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

New International Student Check-In and Orientation Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 9 & 10

Check-In for new UIS international students is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Jan. 9, in Room 109 of the Health Sciences Building.

Orientation for new international students begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10, in The Recreation and Athletic Center on the UIS campus.

For more information, e-mail, visit, or call 217-206-6678.