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Leadership lived: Katie Selway

Featured Video: Leadership lived: Katie Selway Katie Selway has been a cheerleader nearly all of her life. Now, she’s helping to spread school spirit at the University of Illinois Springfield. The social work major is captain of the Prairie Stars cheerleading team and president of the Blue Crew, a fan section made up students who attend home…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Leadership lived: Marissa Farris Featured Video: Leadership lived: Marissa Farris Volunteering makes Marissa Farris feel like she’s making a difference. At UIS, the Business Administration major is president of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity where she helps to keep campus clean. She’s also vice chair for finance and co-sponsorship for the Student Activities Committee,…

 

 

 

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RJ Swartz

Business Administration major RJ Swartz has found his voice at the University of Illinois Springfield. Before coming to college, he was shy about expressing his opinions. However, that all changed when he got involved at UIS. Swartz now mentors other students in the Leadership for Life volunteer program and the Capital Scholars Honors Program. On campus, he’s a member of the Alternative Spring Break student organization and works for UIS Admissions and Marketing as a student worker. After he graduates from UIS, Swartz hopes to join the Peace Corps and help others learn about marketing.

Nikhil Reddy

Nikhil Reddy Gudur chose UIS because he wanted to earn a University of Illinois degree. Now, the graduate Management Information Systems major is a leader on campus. Read more

Aretha Hughes ’16

Hometown: Chicago, IL
Major: Psychology
Future Plans: Pursue a career in Clinical Psychology

Aretha Hughes
Aretha Hughes helps plan two of the biggest annual events on the University of Illinois Springfield campus. As traditions co-coordinator for the Student Activities Committee, she’s responsible for planning Homecoming and Springfest activities. The psychology major from Chicago is also vice president of the Spirit Team and a member of the Black Student Union. Hughes says attending UIS has taught her a lot of about leadership and has helped to improve her communication skills and her ability to work professionally with others.

Leadership lived: Marissa Farris Featured Video: Leadership lived: Marissa Farris Volunteering makes Marissa Farris feel like she’s making a difference. At UIS, the Business Administration major is president of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity where she helps to keep campus clean. She’s also vice chair for finance and co-sponsorship for the Student Activities Committee,…

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The University of Illinois Springfield hosted the 38th annual International Festival on November 13, 2015, at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC) on campus. The theme of the festival was “World at a Glance”.

Michael Lotspeich

Leadership lived

As a student-athlete on the UIS cheerleading squad, Michael Lotspeich knows what it means to be loud, passionate, and involved. Determined to learn more about education policy, he examines rural education agency inequalities…read more


Monday, November 09, 2015

Hannah Cave honored with Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois

Cave, UIS Chancellor KochUniversity of Illinois Springfield senior Hannah Cave has been honored with the Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Cave, a Rochelle, Ill. native, is majoring in Global Studies at UIS with a teaching certification. She holds a 3.85 GPA while balancing a number of campus responsibilities, including being a resident assistant and serving as the student representative to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees during the 2014-15 academic year.

Her future plans include seeking a position as a high school social studies teacher, while pursuing a master’s degree, and eventually become a student affairs professional.

“I have always loved learning and want to continue doing so,” said Cave, who has made the Dean’s List for the past three and a half years.

Despite having “scarce” financial resources growing up, Cave said “The thought of not attending college never crossed my mind.” She lives by the motto, “If there’s a will, there’s a way.”

Because of her love of learning, Cave said she choosing a major was a difficult process.

“I have always wanted to be a teacher, but my aspiration for traveling has kept me looking for more, hence my Global Studies major.” While attending UIS, Cave got the chance to study abroad in Finland last summer.

“With this plan, I will be able to continue to be a lifelong learner, while helping hundreds of others along the way,” she said.

Cave is involved on campus with the Capital Scholars Honors Program and intramural sports and has previously held positions on the Student Government Association.

In the community she is a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Red Cross, the American Lung Association and Making the Grade, where she serves as a role model to high school students.

“I have had an amazing time at UIS developing my leadership skills and growing as a person and a scholar,” said Cave. “My commitment to UIS is something that will never end as this is where I found my home, honed my skills, met lifelong friends and found myself,” she said.

Each year an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree-granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is awarded the Student Lincoln Academy Medallion and thereby becomes a Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities.