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Five 2017 Online Graduates to Celebrate

On Saturday, May 13, on the morning of the UIS Commencement, 50 online graduates and their families and friends attended the annual Online Brunch. They represented a total 416 online graduates in 2017! We have gathered an online 2017 Photo Gallery of the Brunch for online Graduates.

We have also chosen five students to feature this year--but really, we are celebrating all our 2017 UIS online graduates. Congratulations!

Kami R. Branom: Sometimes impossible is possible
 Kami Branom

On paper, Kami Branom looks less than likely to succeed. Her parents were drug addicts, she suffered domestic abuse as a child and through her teenage years, and she became pregnant as a teenager. “Those facts could easily have defined the rest of my life,” she says, “but I was not going to let any statistic tell me what I can and cannot do.” Read about the success Kami achieved through her online program at UIS...

Kari Caldwell: A Win-Win Opportunity at UIS
Kari Caldwell 

A few years ago, Kari Caldwell realized that she was ready for a career change. Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) sounded good, but completing a Master's in Teacher Leadership also appealed to her. But which should she choose? What Kari found out about opportunities at UIS settled the issue for her...

Jessica Green, who helps us know if food labels are true
 Jessica Green

Jessica is a registered and licensed dietician and food-safety auditor working for NSF International, a company that independently tests and certifies food-label claims. Her job requires both nutritional knowledge and an environmental perspective. So a few years ago, she began an online Master's degree program in public health at UIS. Read more about her experience--including an interesting advantage she sees to online group projects!

Diandra Wilson Werner gets her teacher's certificate at UIS
Diandra Werner 

Diandra Wilson Werner earned her secondary education degree as an online student at UIS. Having three roles—taking classes, student teaching and being a mom—was tough, but she made it work. Read more about how she managed to make all that work...

Kory Wright: How a trip around the country led to a teaching career
 Kory Wright

Career aspirations come from lots of places. For Kory Wright, his decision to become a high school teacher came out of an around-the-country adventure. This May, Kory graduated from UIS with a degree in Biology and a teacher's certificate--all as a result of visiting every state in the country in 64 days. Find out more about how that happened...

Alumni Stories--In Their Own Words

UIS is so proud of our many online graduates. In this issue, we feature two of these alumni. In future issues, we would love to have news about more online alumni. Please drop us a line with your news! We would also be interested in hearing suggestions about online alumni to feature in this or other UIS publications.

Amelia Owre earns the Chapin Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award at UIS
Amelia Owre 

On February 6, 2017, UIS alumna Amelia Owre was awarded the UIS Outstanding Master's Thesis Award for the 2015-2016 year. She had graduated in May 2015 with a master's degree in environmental sciences, a degree she completed online. Read more of Amelia's story in her own words...

Adam Soper: Entrepreneur and Web Designer—all while still a student
 Adam Soper

By the time alumnus Adam Soper graduated from UIS with a degree in computer science, he had already designed and launched a retail website, AmericanRetailUSA, representing hundreds of American manufacturers and thousands of products, and visited by thousands of shoppers every day. Read Adam's story in his own words...


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