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Leadership lived: Zach Steinberg

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 playing college basketball and pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accountancy. He’s also a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee, the University Bible Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He regularly volunteers in the community visiting sick children at local hospitals and making appearances at elementary schools. Following graduation from UIS, Steinberg hopes to continue his basketball career and eventually become an accountant.

Leadership lived: Ashti Dawson

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 from earning her degree in psychology at the University of Illinois Springfield. She served 15 years in the Army National Guard, before retiring from the military in 2014. At UIS, she’s leading the newly formed Military & Veterans Club as president. Her goal is to make it easier for veterans to transfer to UIS. She is also part of the Student Veterans Affairs Committee. Dawson is currently completing a work study program at the Sangamon County Veterans Assistance Commission. Following graduation from UIS, she wants to continue her education and earn a master’s degree in human services.

Leadership lived

It’s the University of Illinois Springfield’s declaration to the world about who we are. It’s our reputation, a promise built on core strengths we can demonstrate. It’s also what makes us unique.

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