Category: Students

Jauzlyn Hardy ‘19

Jauzlyn Hardy says she loves the “close knit community and how easy it is to form bonds and friendships” at the University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, the criminology and criminal justice major is co-president of the African Student Association, president of Afro Beat Dance Crew and event chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success. She also works at UIS Brookens Library.

Rory Carlson ‘22

International student Rory Carlson chose the University of Illinois Springfield because he loved the campus, its great academic programs and wanted to play NCAA Division II men’s soccer. During the 2018 season, he tied for third among UIS Division II single-season leaders with four assists and started in 15 matches. On campus, Carlson is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program and the Chemistry Club.

Tehya Fortune ‘20

Tehya Fortune is glad she chose the University of Illinois Springfield because she says “I really believe that it is where I am meant to be.” Fortune plays on the Prairie Stars women’s basketball team and works at the Student Union on campus. She enjoys the “small campus environment” at UIS where she says “everyone knows each other.” Following graduation from UIS, she hopes to work in film and television production.

Estelle Higdon ‘21

Estelle Higdon chose the University of Illinois Springfield because coming from a smaller hometown, she wanted a college that was “not too big or small.” On campus, she is president of the Needle Arts Club; co-director of Leadership for Life Service Program; marketing director for The Alchemist Review, the English Department’s literary journal; and a member of the Christian Student Fellowship.

Mackenzi Matthews ‘21

Transfer student Mackenzi Matthews is heavily involved in the Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, she is also head delegate for the Model Illinois Government Club, treasurer of the Green Fee Committee and works at the Student Union.

Monica Naviri ‘19

Monica Naviri chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) Program. Naviri is currently interning at the Illinois Department of Healthcare & Family Services where she serves as an information analyst. On campus, she is president of the Indian Student Organization where she leads student events.

Katie Simpson ‘19

Katie Simpson is heavily involved at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is the student project coordinator for the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center where she helps run the UIS Cares STARS food pantry, is one of the directors of the Leadership for Life Service Program and is a peer mentor and member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program.

Daniel Mahony ‘21

Daniel Mahony chose the University of Illinois Springfield because it was a perfect fit for him from both an athletic and academic perspective. The exercise science major plays on the UIS men’s soccer team, works for the Office of Electronic Media and recently helped to produce a brochure explaining why UIS is a great place for international 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.