Thursday, August 30, 2012

Nothing like a good picnic

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always enjoyed a good picnic and Tuesday’s UIS Chancellor's Welcome Back picnic ranks right up there as one of the best! We had food, music, laughter, great conversations …. and a little spontaneous dancing! We even had one country western song played (at the Chancellor's request) by our talented DJ, Jaime M Cruz. (Thanks, Jaime!) A real spirit of community was so obvious as I walked around talking with students, faculty and staff. I look forward to many more community gatherings during the coming year. Thanks to all who participated for helping us set a new attendance record at the Chancellor's Welcome Back Picnic. Best wishes to all for a great semester!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Athletics Backyard BBQ

What a great kick off to the 2012 athletic season. The weather, food, and atmosphere was an A+ this past Saturday. It was great to see such a great combination of students, parents, faculty, staff, and community at the Prairie Stars Backyard BBQ. I encourage all of you to get to the various athletic contests and get loud and support our teams. The Blue Crew is always looking for more fire power. I am so ready for the start of the season. We had a slight taste with some soccer exhibitions this past weekend, but it’s time for the real thing. I hope to see you out and about supporting our Stars!!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

French Braiding – Another important skill in the Chancellor's toolbox

One of the things that is so challenging (and enjoyable) about being a university chancellor is that you never know for sure what the day will bring. Whether dealing with budgets, academic planning, student life, community engagement or fund-raising; having lots of experience and many different skills are important keys to success. Yesterday – move in day for freshmen at UIS – provided an unusual example. The Chancellor had an opportunity to, of all things, french braid student Rebecca Britton's hair! Luckily, I've had lots and lots of experience … and it's actually really fun! Welcome all you new students and best wishes for a terrific year at the Springfield campus of the University of Illinois!

Monday, August 20, 2012

New "Digs"

We're just about ready to launch the new semester and there is lots of excitement and anticipation in the air on the UIS campus! I went on a tour of the newly-renovated apartments and townhouses this week at Larkspur, Clover, and Bluebell Courts on the UIS campus’ east side. This multi-million dollar project is nearly complete. What great “digs” our students will soon be able to enjoy! I know many students are anxiously waiting to move into the new accommodations this week, and let me say… I think you will be impressed. I'm sure residents will enjoy the beautiful new bedrooms, living rooms, kitchens (with dishwashers!), and bathrooms; but as you can see by the photo, I was most impressed by the spacious closets! No wonder students tell me they love UIS housing!!