Monday, August 30, 2010

UIS 40th Anniversary Lunch and Learn Series

Join us for thought-provoking, three-session educational series on the University of Illinois Springfield campus as we celebrate our 40th anniversary. These lunch-time programs, Timely Talk About Timeless Topics, held in the lobby of Sangamon Auditorium from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. will build upon our SSU heritage of open dialogue and intelligent debate. Designed to inform as well as stimulate creative thinking, a panel of faculty emeriti, current faculty and other experts will make brief presentations and engage in discussion among themselves and with the audience.

On September 22 the topic will “Education and Tools of Technology”. Rich Bradley, retired news director of public radio station, WUIS, will moderate a panel that will include Rob Gordon, President and General Manager, WPLN Public Radio, Nashville, TN, a current member of the National Public Radio Board and former General Manager of WSSU; Steve Rohrer, a 1979 graduate of SSU in Computer Science and who served for 30 years as Director of UIS Campus Technology Services; and Dr. Karen Swan, UIS James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership, a widely published and well-respected scholar in the online education community. Join us for a discussion of the ways education is impacted by advances in technology and what is being lost or gained in the digital age.

October 20 the topic is the printed word as Dr. Larry Shiner, emeritus professor of Philosophy, History and Visual Arts at UIS moderates a panel on “Our Digital Age: The Future of Books, Newspapers and Libraries”. The series will conclude on November 17 with the topic of the economy as UIS College of Business and Management Dean Ron McNeil moderates a panel on “Financial Institutions and the Public Trust”.

Reservations are available for a delicious hot buffet lunch that begins at 11:30 a.m. The cost for lunch is $20 per session. The presentations that begin at 12 and end at 1:30 p.m. are free and open to the public. To sit near the front and enjoy the camaraderie at the tables we hope you will join us for lunch.

Why not register for the entire series for $50 and save! Pre-paid luncheon reservations are required a week prior to each session. Reservations are required by September 15 to receive the series discount.

Pre-registration is also requested from those not purchasing the lunch, but who wish to attend the presentations. For more information and to register, visit or contact the Office of UIS Alumni Relations at 217/206-7395 or

Sponsors are the UIS Alumni SAGE Society, the Illinois State Historical Society and the Office of UIS Chancellor.

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