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BBA Marshal

Beta Gamma Sigma

Dean’s List

Scholarship Winners

Fox Award



2017 BBA Marshal

Commencement 2014 bInternational student, Wei Jin,  served as the marshal for the BBA Program at the 46th UIS commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 13. Shane Clark of Bartonville, IL served as marshal for the Peoria BBA Program. Each year the program has the privilege of selecting one undergraduate for each venue to lead the program’s graduates in the commencement ceremony.  Each person represents the highest academic, professional and personal accomplishments expected by the faculty in the program. Congratulations to Wei Jin and Shane!


Dean Ron McNeil and Provost Lynn Pardie, honorary inductee, center, with 2016 College of Business & Mgmt inductees & college faculty BGS members.
Dean Ron McNeil and Provost Lynn Pardie, honorary inductee, center, with College of Business & Mgmt inductees & college faculty BGS members.

Beta Gamma Sigma is the international honor society serving business programs accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a business student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International. The society grants admission to the top 10 percent of the baccalaureate class and the top 20 percent of graduate students.

The University of Illinois Springfield Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society chapter inducted new members from the College of Business and Management during the induction ceremony on April 3, 2017 in Brookens Auditorium. A total of 86 members were included in the membership for 2017.


 16-17 DEAN’S LIST

The College of Business and Management congratulates the following BBA students for achieving Dean’s List status.

Magali Barrera

Regina Bolin

Jane Carter

Amy Cecil

Samuel Churchill

Turner Clark

Sam Clarke

Kaitlin Coultas

Yvette Cuellar

Taylor David

Khalid Dhalla

Anh Do

Emily Doering

Alison Duncan

Marissa Farris

Carrie Flick

Kelsey Graham

Kelly Grooss

Jessica Hansen

Mary Hazard

Harry Hiscock

Wei Jin

Aubrey Johnson

Jacqueline Johnson

Kellen Leschke

Stephanie Ludwig

Ryan McHenry

Colleen McMahon

Abbie Mulkins

Tytianna Murray

Camille Niccum

Dustin Phelps

Kayla Puckett

Aimee Rabeler

Lesley Reynolds

Madison Shane

Jami Stephan

Abby Thomas

Abbie Varble

Micheal Ward

Chelsey Witkowiak

Gilan Yakhlif

Among the 2016-17 BBA recipients for UIS scholarships were:

Samantha Boettjer         Northwestern Mutual, D. Patrick Scheina Scholarship

Regina Hope Bolin         Eugene R. and Elaine A. Wilkinson Scholarship

Cole Buehnerkemper     Northwestern Mutual, D. Patrick Scheina Scholarship and Manny Velasco Scholarship (two separate scholarships)

Shane Michael Clarke     UIS Transfer Scholarship

Turner A Clark                 William and Mary Schnirring College of Business and Management Scholarship

Chelsea Leschae Cross   Richard and Charlene Osborne Access Illinois Scholarship

Yvette M Cuellar             Phi Theta Kappa Scholarship

DeBord, Brittany             Sikich LLP Accountancy Scholarship

Emily E Doering              William H. Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship

Farris, Marissa D             Gilbert N. and Frances G. Stein Scholarship

Ashly Marie Fliflet           Francis J. Budinger Memorial Scholarship

Trevor Ryan Flota            Kent Weber Scholarship

Arranda M Gardner          Paul M. Snodgrass Memorial Scholarship

Kylie J Gilmore                Camerata Music Scholarship and Marine Bank Scholarship in Business Administration and Richard and Charlene Osborne Access Illinois Scholarship (3 separate scholarships)

Brittney Ann Heid           Michael F. and Pamela M. Luenz Scholarship

Jacqueline Johnson         Chapin/Lanphier Scholarship

Daniel Paul Kelly            Leona Vollintine Accountancy Scholarship in Honor of Donald Stanhope

Jeremy Richard Lewis     Leona Vollintine Accountancy Scholarship in Honor of Donald Stanhope

Olivia J Lohse                  Camerata Music Scholarship

Colleen M McMahon       Evelyn Brandt Thomas Scholarship

Kaylan Mills                    Regina Midden Farley Memorial Scholarship and Marine Bank Scholarship in Business Administration and Northwestern Mutual Scholarship, D. Patrick Scheina Scholarship (3 separate scholarships)

Austin J Polley                 William H. Chamberlain Memorial Scholarship

Nicholas Reynolds          Marine Bank Scholarship in Business Administration

Kelsie L Roberts              Leona Vollintine Accountancy Scholarship in Honor of Donald Stanhope

Melissa N Van                 Kellner Family Scholarship

Abbie Lynn Varble          Access Illinois Scholarship – Pardie; and Sarah Dauphinais Scholarship; and Jack Dolan Music Scholarship; and the Edith B. Terril Memorial Scholarship  (4 separate scholarships)


Wayne & Margie Fox Award – 2014

  • The Fox Award targets  exemplary College of Business and Management undergraduate students who successfully complete  internships with a Springfield nonprofit organization. Each year Wayne and Margie Fox  make a generous $2500 award to the university with the intent to honor two students. Jill Gossett of Springfield and John Howard of Peoria earned the award for 2014.
  • John Howard, a recent BBA graduate, interned with the Springfield Community Federation, a non-profit which strives to improve the lives and life outcomes of disadvantaged single adults, families, and children in central Illinois. The primary mission of SCF is to promote community strategies that strengthen family support networks and alleviate poverty for vulnerable children and families. The Federation acts as a clearinghouse for community collaboration including programs offering education and networking for community support providers,  referral services for food and basic family needs, and child & family wellness outreach.
  • Jill Gossett AST District 23BJill Gossett, a Summer 2013  BBA graduate, completed her internship at District 23 Mercantile & Foundry, a store benefiting the Cochlear Implant Awareness Foundation (CIAF). The foundation was started in 2006 by Michelle Tjelmeland, herself deaf since the age of 25 and the mother of a daughter who is also deaf. Both are able to hear today because of cochlear implant technology. CIAF has provided help and recycled implant parts to more than 500 families in their search to find information and resources about the surgery.  After the success of the foundation, the retail store was the next step to help support the foundation and was opened on Macarthur Boulevard.The main focus of Jill’s internship at District 23 Mercantile & Foundry encompassed the buying and merchandising part of the retail business. Jill said that she  learned so much and enjoyed the experience immensely: ” I will definitely continue to volunteer at District 23. It is a great store, great people, and it supports a great cause.  I am grateful for the opportunity to have worked with them.” Read more about Jill’s internship
  • Jill Harbison and Sinen Aydin, both BBA students, received the 2012 Wayne and Margie Fox award.FoxAwardphoto--200_000Business administration student Jill Harbison was awarded for her work with the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois. Jill assisted with development and facilitation of events, assisted with developing and maintaining outreach with churches and schools, cultural groups, and service and professional organizations to enhance visibility, fund raising, membership and program options for GSCI. She also maintained proper records and reports.  She participated in direct service to girls in a variety of in-school tutoring and scouting projects as well as presentations to develop troop membership.  GSCI is comprised of 7 service centers across 38 counties. It serves 20,000 girls and 5000 adult members annually.  Jill completed her undergraduate degree in May and is now a graduate student in the Public Administration program as well as a Graduate Public Service Intern with the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services.
  • Business administration student Sinem Aydin was also awarded for her work for the Old State Capitol Historic site. She reconstructed its Facebook page and website especially implementing ways to make the site appealing to all cultures. She assisted in organizing and reviewing the annual report, created a survey for local businesses to analyze results of tourist activity, recruited volunteers, and assisted with summer event planning.  Sinem anticipates completing her degree in May 2013.
  • Wayne and Margie Fox were both reared and educated in central Illinois. Wayne graduated from Ball Township High School in Chatham with Margie graduating from Springfield High School. Wayne continued to further his education with an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering, and a Master in Business Administration from Sangamon State University (now UIS). Wayne started his career with the Illinois Commerce Commission, and recently retired as president of an out of state Fortune 500 gas and electric utility. During this time, Margie stoked the home fires and served as Wayne’s advisor and best friend, and mom to their only child, Justin, now married and living in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area. Throughout their adult lives, Margie and Wayne have freely given of their time and resources to make their communities a better place in which to live and work. With this award, the University will be able to recognize those students who choose to give of their talent, time and acquired skills to serve the good of the community without expectation of monetary compensation. The Foxes hope to encourage and further that expressed sense of volunteerism on the part of the award recipient, into a lifelong practice. Wayne and Margie now make their home on Lake Tellico, near Knoxville, Tennessee.