Category: Students

Jon Welton ‘20

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 »

Ashley Beaton ‘17

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 »

Marc Cox ‘17

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 »

Raven Wilson ‘17

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 »

Audrey LeVault ‘17

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 »

Aman Tummala ‘16

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 »

Nathan Hoffman ‘17

Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: Political Science Future Plans: Become a lawyer and run for public office It’s fair to say that Nathan Hoffman is busier that your typical college undergraduate. At 21, the University of Illinois Springfield political science major is managing a state representative’s political campaign and representing UIS students, as student trustee, on… Nathan Hoffman ‘17 Read More »

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 »