Shane Graham is not your typical college student. At 25, the U.S. Army veteran has found a passion for acting at the University of Illinois Springfield. The communication major plays three roles in UIS Theatre’s spring production of “Almost, Maine”.
Kelsie Roberts enjoys helping others, whether she’s fixing a problem at work or volunteering with a non-profit organization on the weekend. At the University of Illinois Springfield, she works at the ID Center where she creates i-cards, the official identification for students. Roberts is also a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) leadership team…
Like most graduate students, Francisco Solano planned to finish his MBA at the University of Illinois Springfield in two years. However, his plans were changed by a military deployment. A year and a half into his education, while in the middle of a Graduate Public Service (GPSI) internship with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Solano got the opportunity to deploy for a year with the with the U.S. Army.
For the past three years, University of Illinois Springfield psychology major Hailey Hawkins has spent her spring break volunteering with the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) student organization. In 2017, as president of the organization, she helped to organize the trip. Hawkins and a group of 25 UIS student spent their spring break helping with eco-restoration projects along the Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast.
Hometown: Palatine, IL Major: Mathematical Sciences Future plans: Become a math teacher The University of Illinois Springfield is preparing future math teacher Oscar Mercado to be a leader in the classroom. At UIS, he is the president of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), colony president of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., treasurer… Oscar Mercado ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL Major: Liberal Studies Future Plans: Become a family doctor As a resident assistant (RA) at the University of Illinois Springfield, Benita Ekwonwa has learned many lessons about leadership. Every day she successfully juggles a full academic schedule and her duties as an RA. She is often on call 24 hours a… Benita Ekwonwa ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Liberal Studies Future Plans: Work in law enforcement Daniel Owusu-Bempah says his road to a college education hasn’t always been an easy one, but the University of Illinois Springfield liberal studies major is now only a few months away from graduation. At age 24, Owusu-Bempah considers himself to be a non-traditional… Daniel Owusu-Bempah ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Bloomington, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Undecided Destiny Ramsey never dreamed she would be a role model, but as a NCAA Division II basketball player at the University of Illinois Springfield she is for many children in central Illinois. As a student-athlete, she regularly visits elementary and junior high schools where she speaks… Destiny Ramsey ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Edinburg, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Career in Human Resources Miranda Swope transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield from her local community college in order to continue her postsecondary education. At UIS, she’s earning her bachelor’s degree in communication while working as a student ambassador for the Admissions Office. In that role, she… Miranda Swope ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Los Molinos, California Major: Psychology Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree It has always been Ashti Dawson’s goal to earn a bachelor’s degree, but being a member of the Army National Guard and a single mother has always come first. Now, 14 years after she took her first college class, she’s one semester away… Ashti Dawson ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Wildwood, Missouri Major: Accountancy Future Plans: Play basketball and become an accountant University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball player Zach Steinberg says he’s learned that leadership is not about age, but how you overcome adversity. He’s faced many challenges not only on the basketball court, but at home. Now he’s living his dream of… Zach Steinberg ‘19 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Work in business or become a Chicago firefighter Anthony Boyd serves as a role model for many first-generation college students at the University of Illinois Springfield. The Chicago native and business administration major is the first person in his family to attend college. Now, he mentors two… Anthony Boyd ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Springfield, IL Majors: Computer Science & Legal Studies Future Plans: Work as a software developer Austin Mehmet has learned many lessons about leadership at the University of Illinois Springfield as president of the Student Government Association (SGA). The computer science and legal studies major has learned about time management, teamwork and how to delegate… Austin Mehmet ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Decatur, IL Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice Future Plans: Become a police officer University of Illinois Springfield student Jon Welton enjoys helping people. The Criminology and Criminal Justice major is a member of the Leadership for Life Service Organization on campus and is a private first class in the Illinois Army National Guard. Welton… Jon Welton ‘20 Read More »
Hometown: Wildwood, Mo Major: Psychology Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree in Psychology University of Illinois Springfield volleyball player Ashley Beaton represents NCAA Division II athletes on a national level as the student representative for the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Beaton applied for the position after being a member of the UIS Student-Athlete Advisory… Ashley Beaton ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: McLeansboro, IL Majors: Political Science & Legal Studies Future Plans: Attend to Law School As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield, Marc Cox has started a full-time career in state government working for the Illinois Senate Republicans. He’s completed four internships as an undergraduate student at UIS. Most recently, he interned… Marc Cox ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Decatur, IL Major: English Future Plans: Become a writer Like many other outgoing University of Illinois Springfield students, English major Raven Wilson thrives on leadership. On campus, she works as a tutor at The Learning Hub and sings in the gospel choir. Nothing holds her back, including her blindness. She recently helped start a… Raven Wilson ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Edinburg, IL Major: Social Work Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree in social work Audrey LeVault says being a resident assistant (RA) at the University of Illinois Springfield is teaching her valuable leadership skills and preparing her for a future career in social work. LeVault is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program,… Audrey LeVault ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Hyderabad, India Major: Management Information Systems Future Plans: Start his own company International graduation student Aman Tummala, a Management Information Systems major from India, loves to meet new people and learn about other cultures. He’s getting that opportunity at the University of Illinois Springfield. Tummala is president of the Indian Student Organization and the… Aman Tummala ‘16 Read More »