UIS Tennis player Mae Flight is co-president of the Habitat for Humanity Club on campus where she spends time helping with building projects in the Springfield community. She also helps newly arriving international students feel at home as an International Student Ambassador and by working in the Office of International Student Services.
Darlene Steinkamp has been very involved on the UIS campus. She is the co-founder and vice president of Legion of Ladies, a student organization created to empower women on campus. She is also the social chair of the Student Nurses Association and works as a student ambassador for UIS Admissions where she helps prospective students learn about the University.
Shaina Humphrey is the elected student representative to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. She is also active on campus as the president of the Black Student Union and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and is co-president of the Student Advocacy Coalition. She works for the UIS Office of Electronic Media and for UIS Campus Recreation as a facility lead.
As the elected external vice president of the Student Government Association at the University of Illinois Springfield, Daniel Rude is a voice for students both on and off campus. As the traditions coordinator for the Student Activities Committee (SAC) he plans two of the biggest events on campus – homecoming and Springfest.
Tommie Redmond is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Black Male Initiative. He is also an orientation leader and a Necessary Steps Program mentor. Redmond interns in the programming unit at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is a social work intern and case evaluator at the Illinois Innocence Project where he reviews wrongful convictions.
Maria Espinosa is a member of the UIS women’s golf team, a science peer tutor at The Learning Hub and recently went on a study abroad trip to Ghana, West Africa where she helped to conduct important public health research.
International student Madhuri Podipireddy is a leader in the Graduate Public Service Internship Program (GPSI) Student Association at the University of Illinois Springfield. She recently started her second semester interning for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services as a business analyst in the Department of Innovation and Technology.
Ben Paoletti is a member and resident assistant for the Leadership for Life Service Program, a student project coordinator for the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, vice president of the Alternative Spring Break student organization and is a former undergraduate senator on the Student Government Association.
Haley Simpson never imagined her love of social media could turn into a future career. She works at the UIS Student Union doing social media and marketing. She is also a member of the UIS Green Fee Committee and treasurer for the Community Garden Club and the College Democrats.
Growing up in the Chicago-area Navie Fields says he didn’t have many male role models. Now, he’s trying to change that for the next generation of young men by volunteering and serving as president of the Black Male Collegiate Society at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Miranda Mogle was already a successful small business owner when she decided, at age 30, that she wanted to complete her bachelor’s degree in business administration at the University of Illinois Springfield.
International computer science graduate student Vincent Joseph calls his educational experience at the University of Illinois Springfield “fantabulous”. Joseph has spent the past four semesters interning at the Office of the Illinois Auditor General where he’s been hired on full-time following graduation from UIS.
As president of the Student Activities Committee (SAC), Ahja Howard is responsible for planning two of the biggest and longest-running student life events at the University of Illinois Springfield each year. She also spends her time mentoring elementary school students in Springfield as a volunteer for the 4-H Mentoring Program.
Conor McKenzie was among a group of UIS students who traveled to Cuba on a study abroad trip in January 2018. At UIS, McKenzie was recently elected the head delegate of the Model Illinois Government team. He is also a part of the Model United Nations team.
Before transferring to the University of Illinois Springfield, Molly Looby says she felt “lost” and “very small”. However, she’s now found her voice as a student worker for the UIS Women’s Center and president of the UIS College Democrats.
Madison Reuss has a passion for volunteering. The University of Illinois Springfield student recently went on a week-long Alternative Spring Break trip to Texas where she and 20 other students helped clean up the damage left by Hurricane Harvey.
Colleen McMahon and fifteen friends founded the Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. Captivating Chi Chapter at the University of Illinois Springfield. McMahon is now president of the chapter and is shaping the future of Greek Life at UIS as the president of the UIS Greek Life Council.
During the 2017 season, Michael Rothmund set several UIS and NCAA records for homeruns. He led the entire NCAA (Division I, II and II) in home runs at 24 and broke the Division II single season homerun record averaging almost one home run per every two games played. He was also named the UIS Athletics Male Athlete of the Year and 1st-Team All-Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Aaron Boyd came to the University of Illinois Springfield knowing he wanted to give back to his community. Boyd is the vice president of the UIS Black Male Collegiate Society, historian for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Upsilon Xi Chapter, a student orientation coordinator for the UIS Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations and an intramural referee for UIS Campus Recreation.
Ciara Koepke is a senior resident assistant at Lincoln Residence Hall where she mentors other resident assistants, plans events and oversees front desk operations. Koepke, a history major, is a member of the Leadership for Life Service Program where she helps to recruit students to the volunteer-focused first year living-learning community. She is also the vice president of the History Club on campus.