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.
Madison Stone says she’s glad she had a mentor to help her though her first year at the University of Illinois Springfield. Now a junior, Stone is giving back by mentoring four freshman students in the Capital Scholars Honors Program. At UIS, she is a shepherd and bible study leader for the Christian Student Fellowship, a member of the Society for Human Resource Management student chapter and interns at the UIS Human Resource Office.
Mel Clark admits to having “grown up a lot as a person” since enrolling at the University of Illinois Springfield. As a freshman, Clark got involved with the Gender and Sexuality Student Services Office, formerly the LGBTQA Resource Center. Now, as a senior on campus, Clark is a member of the InQueery peer education team and works for Gender and Sexuality Student Services helping to plan events.
Nick Zambito came to the University of Illinois Springfield ready to be a leader. As a freshman, he helped start the Habitat for Humanity Club on campus and was recognized for outstanding leadership by the Capital Scholars Honors Program. He currently serves as the external vice president of the Student Government Association and as a mentor for the Leadership for Life Service Program.
Suparna Banerjee says she’s glad she came to the United States to earn her master’s degree in computer science at the University of Illinois Springfield. Banerjee recently founded a new student organization on campus called the Hostility Elimination Liaison Program (HELP). The program aims to address discrimination and hate against minorities based on their social and political identities.
Rosie Dawoud is helping future University of Illinois Springfield students discover what the university has to offer as a student ambassador for UIS Admissions. Dawoud is also involved in campus politics as the internal vice president for the Student Government Association and a senator for the campus senate.
Oluseyi Elliott calls the University of Illinois Springfield “a beautiful place for international students to feel at home.” As the elected international student senator on the Student Government Association, it’s his mission to make fellow international students feel welcome and listen to their concerns.
As Vince Walker puts it, first and foremost “I love basketball!” The University of Illinois Springfield junior communication major is helping lead the UIS Prairie Stars men’s basketball team during a successful start to the season. On campus, Walker is a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the University Bible Fellowship and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Maddie Cullick is the president of the Legion of Ladies, a student organization focused on empowering women, community service, friendship, bonding and leadership. She has been a UIS cheerleader since her freshman year and is the campus relations chair for Dance Marathon, a student volunteer organization that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Graduate computer science major Bhavyanshu Parasher says he chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of its outstanding cyber security courses. At UIS, Parasher works as a student web associate for the UIS Office of Web Services, is vice president of the UIS Computer Science Club and recently helped to redesign the UIS Computer Science Department website.
University of Illinois Springfield psychology major Danielle Gibbs admits that she’s a “very busy person.” She is a facility lead for UIS Campus Recreation where she supervises shifts and helps plan special events at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC). Gibbs is the secretary, historian and a founding member of the Chi Chapter of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.
Regina Bolin was recently honored with the Student Laureate Award from the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Bolin is vice president of the Alternative Spring Break student organization, a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also played on the UIS Prairie Stars Women’s Soccer team for four years.
Abbie Varble loves to give back to her community. At UIS, Varble is co-president of the Habitat for Humanity Club, a resident assistant and member of the Leadership for Life Service Program. She is also a peer mentor for the Capital Scholars Honors Program, a member of the Christian Student Fellowship and plays in the UIS Concert Band.
Patricia Mubirigi is using her personal experience to help fellow students make better decisions when choosing classes. At the University of Illinois Springfield, Mubirigi is a peer adviser and intern for the Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS).
Christopher Vemagiri Marbaniang, a graduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield, hopes to combine his two passions, public health and theatre, to educate people about important health issues. He was recently part of the UIS Theatre production of “Machinal” and has appeared in three other productions at UIS.
At the University of Illinois Springfield, Jake Seidel is president of the Biology Club, a member of the UIS Cross Country and Track and Field teams, the Capital Scholars Honors Program, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society and Students Allied for a Greener Earth (SAGE).
The University of Illinois Springfield has empowered Briana Rodriguez to become an advocate for issues she believes are important. The sophomore legal studies major recently participated a rally in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program at the Illinois State Capitol.
Melissa Van is getting a jumpstart on her future career at the University of Illinois Springfield where she helps promote student events on campus as the marketing chair for the Student Activities Committee and the Asian Student Organization. Van is also the vice president of the UIS Community Garden Club and a Capital Scholars Honors Program peer mentor.
Garrett Nimmo enjoys being a voice for his fellow students. He was recently elected president of the University of Illinois Springfield Student Government Association (SGA) in a campus-wide race. As SGA president, Nimmo meets with university leaders to express student positions on important issues.