University of Illinois Springfield is one of three campuses of the world-class University of Illinois. UIS is known for educating public servants and leaders.
Robyn Crutchfield wanted to make sure she was far enough away from home, but not too far when she chose the University of Illinois Springfield. “I enjoy the small school feel of UIS and the feeling of support I get here,” she says. Robyn has served as president of the Alternative Spring Break student organization and the Tau Chi Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority.
Janell Mathus had no trouble excelling in school. “Straight As in high school for the most part,” she says with a smile.
She kept those grades up during her time at UIS, and though she would have worked hard for them regardless of assistance, she credits the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program—a Living Learning Community—for supporting her as a first generation student at UIS.
Prairie Stars mascot, charges to the stage during his introduction at the UIS Athletics BBQ. In February, UIS embarked on finding a mascot to complement the Prairie Stars nickname. With feedback from the campus community, a committee chose Orion, known in Greek myth as a great hunter and immortalized in the stars as a constellation.
Psychology major LeAnna Kehl is co-director of Dance Marathon at the University of Illinois Springfield. She founded the organization to raise funds to help change the lives of children as well as to give UIS an important connection to the community.
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