Category: Students

Grace Jenkins ‘21

Grace Jenkins is a part of the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program, the parliamentarian for the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Alpha Phi Chapter at UIS, president of Voices and Praise and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Following graduation from the UIC College of Nursing, she plans to become a labor and delivery nurse.

Sierra Peterson ‘21

Sierra Peterson transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield to complete her bachelor’s degree. On campus, she works at the Student Union. As part of her job, she helps manage the UIS CARES Stars Supply Stop, a place where students can pick up school supplies at no cost, with no judgement.

Stephanie Matheu ‘20

Stephanie Matheu is involved both on and off the University of Illinois Springfield campus. She is a specialist in U.S. Army Reserves, works full-time off campus, is a member of the UIS Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) Program and is a former UIS Prairie Stars cheerleader.

Francesca Butler ‘21

Francesca Butler chose the University of Illinois Springfield because she says it offers the one-on-one attention she would expect from a private liberal arts college. On campus, she is an advocate for the environment as chair of the Green Fee Committee. She is co-captain of the Dancing Stars, chair of the Leadership for Life Public-Health Committee and a student lead worker at Brookens Library.

David Alonso ‘20

David Alonso chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of its location in the state capital. On campus, he is a founding members of the UIS Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, treasurer for the UIS College Republicans and a member of the Christian Student Fellowship.

Divya Shet ‘19

Divya Shet calls the University of Illinois Springfield “an amazing place for international students.” She is heavily involved on campus as a graduate student assistant at the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service. She previously worked as an International Students Ambassador for the Office of International Student Services.

Alexis Eddings ‘20

Transfer student Alexis Eddings came to the University of Illinois Springfield seeking a close-knit community. She credits UIS for opening many doors from job shadowing and internships. Following the recommendation of her Human Resources Professor, Eddings joined the UIS Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter to participate in the Case Competition.

Jen Brooks ‘19

Jen Brooks leads a busy life working a full-time job, while raising two children. That’s why she decided the University of Illinois Springfield’s online Teacher Education Program was the perfect choice to help her complete the state’s requirements to become a teacher. She recently presented her research on the Illinois teacher shortage to lawmakers at the state capitol as part of the sixth annual Illinois Innovation Network Undergraduate Research Day.

Ashlee Knapik ‘21

Ashlee Knapik is learning hands on at the University of Illinois Springfield. She recently completed an internship at accounting firm Eck, Schafer and Punke in Springfield before graduating with a bachelor’s degree in accountancy and business administration on May 11. Knapik will be returning to UIS in Fall Semester 2019 as a student in the MBA Program.

Areli Calderon ‘20

As a psychology major, Areli Calderon wants to spend her life helping people who have experienced sexual assault. On campus, she is president of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc., a mentor for the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program and Gender and Sexuality Student Services and a liaison between the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault and UIS.

Heba Qazi ‘19

Heba Qazi says it’s important for young women to feel empowered and know what they can accomplish with a college education. Qazi, who recently graduated from the University of Illinois Springfield with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, helped to organize “The Future is Female” event on April 26, 2019.

Adella Nguyen ‘19

International student Adella Nguyen helped found the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) Chapter at the University of Illinois Springfield and also served as director of marketing and promotions. In March 2018, she was part of the first place team at the National SAM Business Case Competition in Washington, D.C.

Alex Phelps ‘20

Alex Phelps came to the University of Illinois Springfield to be part of the men’s cross country and track and field teams! He’s also heavily involved on campus working as a student receptionist for the Office of Admissions and is a student leader for the University Bible Fellowship.

Katie Brethorst ‘20

Katie Brethorst is involved in the UIS Theatre Program, works for the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office and is a staff writer for the student newspaper. This summer, she’s working for Fever River Archaeology at the Springfield Race Riot dig site.

Jon O’Daniel ‘19

Jon O’Daniel recently completed an internship at accounting firm Eck, Schafer & Punke LLP in Springfield where he learned about tax preparation and audits. On campus, he is the president of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Kappa Beta Colony.

Kelsey Marucco ‘19

Kelsey Marucco is now only a few steps away from becoming an elementary school teacher. On campus, she is heavily involved as a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program and the Tri Sigma Sorority. She also works for UIS Campus Recreation and at the Cox Children’s Center on campus.

Luigi Cabantog ‘22

Luigi Cabantog came to the University of Illinois Springfield knowing he wanted to make a difference. As a freshman, he was elected a Student Government Association senator and joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity where he is the philanthropy and service chair.