Category: Students

Courtney Cox ‘17

Hometown: Chatham, IL Major: English M.A. Future Plans: Become a college English professor Courtney Cox loves to express her creativity through the written word. The graduate English major is focusing on digital publishing at the University of Illinois Springfield. Cox is the managing editor of “The Alchemist Review”, the literary journal on campus, and “Uproot”,… Courtney Cox ‘17 Read More »

Taylor Vazquez ‘18

Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: English Future Plans: Become a librarian Even as a little girl, Taylor Vazquez knew she wanted to become a librarian. Now, the English major is getting an early start on her career goal by working as a student manager at Brookens Library at the University of Illinois Springfield. Vazquez is a… Taylor Vazquez ‘18 Read More »

Kylah Foster-Griffin ‘18

Hometown: Richton Park, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Work in higher education administration Kylah Foster-Griffin fell in love with the University of Illinois Springfield during a campus tour in high school. Now, the communication major is helping other students discover all that UIS has to offer as a student orientation coordinator. She and her staff… Kylah Foster-Griffin ‘18 Read More »

Carter Staley ‘16

Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: Communications Future Plans: Career in media relations Carter Staley is a communication major in the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. He has worked for St. John’s Hospital in Springfield as a marketing and public relations intern as well as the UIS Office of Electronic Media as… Carter Staley ‘16 Read More »

Will Newton ‘17

Hometown: Chicago Major: Political Science Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree and seek political office Will Newton didn’t know what to expect when he left home to attend the University of Illinois Springfield. Now, the Chicago native is helping other students make the transition as a Student Ambassador for UIS Admissions. Newton answers phone calls… Will Newton ‘17 Read More »

Brooke Ginglen ‘19

Hometown: Lewistown, IL Major: Pre-Nursing Future Plans: Become a nurse practitioner Brooke Ginglen is a Camerata music scholar at the University of Illinois Springfield. She sings in Camerata Music Groups and recently performed at a University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting. She chose UIS because of the abundance of opportunities and the small class… Brooke Ginglen ‘19 Read More »

Alex Ginglen ‘17

Hometown: Lewistown, IL Major: Computer Science Future Plans: Become a software engineer Alex Ginglen is a Camerata music scholar at the University of Illinois Springfield. He sings in Camerata Music Groups and recently performed at a University of Illinois Board of Trustees meeting. Ginglen also plays the trombone in the UIS Concert Band and drums… Alex Ginglen ‘17 Read More »

Ashley Hollinshead ‘17

Hometown: Rochester, IL Major: Chemistry Future Plans: Become a doctor As an undergraduate student, Chemistry major and Capital Scholars Honors Program member Ashley Hollinshead is getting to do hands-on research at the University of Illinois Springfield. She was recently chosen, along with ten other UIS students, to present her research at the University of Illinois… Ashley Hollinshead ‘17 Read More »

Daniell Bennett ‘16

Hometown: Pekin, IL Major: Chemistry Future Plans: Medical school The University of Illinois Springfield was a top choice for Daniell Bennett. Between the location, small class sizes, and opportunities for involvement and networking, she says she knew it would provide everything necessary to prepare her for medical school. Chemistry plays a large role in her… Daniell Bennett ‘16 Read More »

Liz Rupel ‘16

Hometown: Chatham, IL Major: Environmental Studies Liz Rupel is part of the student leadership team that helped to create a community garden at the University of Illinois Springfield. The garden will provide locally grown food to the campus community. Rupel is also a member of the Tau Sigma Honor Society on campus. Following graduation, she… Liz Rupel ‘16 Read More »

Rachel Wilham ‘17

Hometown: Pleasant Plains, IL Major: Environmental Studies Future Plans: Join the Peace Corps Rachel Wilham helped to create a community garden at the University of Illinois Springfield after coming up with the idea in an Introduction to Sustainability class. The garden will provide locally grown food to the campus community. Wilham led the effort to… Rachel Wilham ‘17 Read More »

Erica Peak-Nordstrom ‘17

Hometown: Rochester, IL Major: English Future Plans: Write for a non-profit agency Erica Peak-Nordstrom helped to create a community garden at the University of Illinois Springfield after coming up with the idea in an Introduction to Sustainability class. The garden will provide locally grown food to the campus community. Peak-Nordstrom led the effort to fundraise… Erica Peak-Nordstrom ‘17 Read More »

Rebecca Stein ‘18

Hometown: Lincoln, IL Major: Legal Studies Future Plans: Become an international lawyer with a focus in human rights Legal Studies major Rebecca Stein brings spirit to the University of Illinois Springfield as a member of the cheerleading team. She is also a member of the Asian Student Organization and the Leadership for Life service organization…. Rebecca Stein ‘18 Read More »

Tyshianna Bankhead ‘17

Hometown: Rock Island, IL Major: Sociology/Anthropology Future plans: Open a community center and dance studio Tyshianna Bankhead has big plans for her future, which are fueled by the leadership opportunities she’s received at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is a student ambassador for UIS Admissions, co-president of the African Student Association, secretary of Girl… Tyshianna Bankhead ‘17 Read More »

Moyo Adeolu ‘16

Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Broadcast journalist Chicago native Moyo Adeolu says being active and involved have made her a leader at University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, she has served as the marketing student worker for WUIS, student worker for the Office of Electronic Media, and currently works at the UIS Women’s… Moyo Adeolu ‘16 Read More »

Chetan Naik ‘16

Hometown: Goa, India Major: Management Information Systems Future Plans: Work in Supply Chain Management Chetan Naik traveled more than 8,000 miles to attend the University of Illinois Springfield. However, it wasn’t until he arrived that he found a passion for volunteer work. Naik is a graduate student majoring in Management Information Systems.