Christopher Vemagiri Marbaniang, a graduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield, hopes to combine his two passions, public health and theatre, to educate people about important health issues. He was recently part of the UIS Theatre production of “Machinal” and has appeared in three other productions at UIS.
At the University of Illinois Springfield, Jake Seidel is president of the Biology Club, a member of the UIS Cross Country and Track and Field teams, the Capital Scholars Honors Program, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and Students Allied for a Greener Earth (SAGE).
Edwin Robles has always been interested in politics and hopes to one day run for office. At the University of Illinois Springfield, he was elected by the student body to serve as their voice on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. As the student trustee, Robles has a seat at the table at all of the board of trustees meetings.
Garrad Straube transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield to be part of the men’s cross country and track and field teams. The criminology and criminal justice major is currently completing an internship at the Illinois State Police Academy and hopes to become a police officer following graduation.
Ashley Osuma loves to share the knowledge she’s gained from her four years on campus with incoming freshmen. Osuma is a peer mentor for the Summer Bridge Program, a two-week on-campus living-learning experience for first-year students who need additional academic support and college preparation.
As a student manager at Brookens Library, Andrew Koontz makes sure that patrons find the resources they need. He also trains new student workers and is responsible for special projects. Koontz has worked at the library for the past year and a half and worked his way up to the student manager position. It’s the first time he’s ever held a management position.
Da Zhane’ Sinclair says the University of Illinois Springfield “feels like home” and the friends she’s made on campus are like family. Sinclair, an accountancy major, is a resident assistant (RA) on campus and mentors fellow first-generation college students as part of the Necessary Steps Program.
Music has been a part of Yu Shao’s life since she was six-years-old. That’s when she first started playing the Guzheng, a traditional Chinese instrument with thousands of years of history. Shao says it was her love of music that brought her to the University of Illinois Springfield where she is a Camerata Music Scholar.
The first time Marquiera Harris visited the University of Illinois Springfield she felt so welcomed that she instantly knew that UIS was her perfect fit. Now, the social work major is helping other students make the transition to UIS as an orientation coordinator. Harris supervises 18 student orientation employees and helps to coordinate social media operations.
Justin Brown is making the most out of his summer by interning at Horace Mann’s Security Operations Center in Springfield. He helps monitor, review and take action on abnormal web or email traffic that might be coming through the network. On campus, Brown is a member of the Computer Science Club and the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF).
Before enrolling in classes at the University of Illinois Springfield, Abbegayle Stevenson had never traveled outside the country. Now, she’s traveled to five countries in Europe and is about to embark on a summer study abroad trip to Croatia.
As an undergraduate biology major at the University of Illinois Springfield, Abigail Norville has been working with faculty members and other students to study Hepatitis C, a viral blood born pathogen, in the central Illinois homeless population. The students traveled to homeless shelters in five cities where they tested the population for the disease.
Beatrice Bonner loves to talk and inform people. Ever since working at a radio station in high school, she’s wanted to become a TV news reporter. Bonner is a communication major and a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield.
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…
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: 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: 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: Berwyn, IL Major: Political Science & Legal Studies Future Plans: Become a lawyer Crystal Terrazas admits to being a little homesick her freshman year, but that changed when she became a member of the Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. She now serves as vice president of the University of Illinois Springfield colony. Terrazas,… Crystal Terrazas ‘18 Read More »