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Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Best wishes

I always feel a touch of sadness at UIS's annual Retirement and Recognition ceremony, and this year was no different.

I watched and applauded as a few dozen of my colleagues had their names read ceremoniously to signal their farewell. With the dozens of colleagues are hundreds of shared stories, and I always remember a few of them with great fondness. This year, as 33-year computer science instructor Mary Sheila Tracy stepped forward, I thought of her working with students and robots in the tunnel between the PAC and Brookens Library. What a thrill for these students. I also think of Mary Sheila's dedication to our students who have formed an active Catholic student organization and now have Mass on campus every week.

Well done, Mary Sheila and colleagues! I wish you all the best and new discoveries of joy in the next phase of your life.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Good as gold? Yes they are

It just seems right to see the awards for volunteer service so connected to UIS. The Good as Gold ceremony filled the Sangamon Auditorium lobby this evening and has become a significant Springfield event. More than 50 volunteers and businesses were honored, including Glenn Allison, a lifelong resident of Sherman, who earned the 2014 Distinguished Volunteer AwardI was especially proud of Mallory Beck (below), whose career I have followed and who won the Star Student Award for her volunteer efforts, and the other nominated UIS students. Read more about them here by scrolling down just a bit.
Matt Dobill, Jill Gossett and Mallory Beck.