Category: Students

Shaina Humphrey ‘19

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.

Daniel Rude ‘19

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 ‘20

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 ‘19

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.

Madhuri Podipireddy ‘19

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 ‘21

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.

Navie Fields ‘19

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.

Vincent Joseph ‘18

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.

Ahja Howard ‘20

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 ‘19

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.

Molly Looby ‘19

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 ‘19

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 ‘18

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.

Michael Rothmund ‘18

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 ‘20

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 ‘19

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.