Justin Jones-Felder chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the “small community that helps me stay focused.” On campus, he’s the president of the Black Male Collegiate Society and a member of the Upsilon Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Quynh (Selina) Tran chose the University of Illinois Springfield “because of its friendly environment and affordable tuition for international students.” On campus, she works as an international student ambassador for the Office of International Student Services. In that role, she helps other international students adjust to life at UIS.
Ocean Pangan chose the University of Illinois Springfield to play on the women’s golf team and be a part of the Capitol Honors Scholar Program (CAP). On campus she is an international student ambassador, a CAP peer mentor and a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Layla Wellington says she enjoys the “friendly environment” at the University of Illinois Springfield. “People are always willing to help and show support, which is why I think of UIS as my home away from home,” she said. Wellington is part of the Student Activities Committee (SAC), Voices in Praise Gospel Choir and a mentor for the STARS Living-Learning Community.
Menno Servaes chose the University of Illinois Springfield be part of the “talented and driven” men’s tennis team, which he now captains. On campus, he’s the president of The Research Society, Student Government Association Senator for the College of Business and Management, and is a member of the Society of Advancement of Management and Society of Human Resource Management.
R’Lee Jones is heavily involved on campus as the vice president of the Black Student Union and the Voices in Praise Gospel Choir. She is also a member of UIS NAACP and Black Women of Excellence. “My favorite thing about UIS is the culture our students of color bring,” Jones said. “We work hard to make sure our campus understands the importance of not only diversity, but inclusion, equity, equality and the power of acceptance.”
Grace Weber chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the opportunities to get involved and be part of the community. On campus, she plays on the women’s basketball team and is a peer math tutor at The Learning Hub. She is also a leader in the University Bible Fellowship and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Alexis Dhamrait chose the University of Illinois Springfield because “it was close to home and allowed me to receive an excellent education while saving for law school.” At UIS, she is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, Alternative Spring Break and the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity.
Arianna Boyd enjoys the small class sizes and close-knit community at the University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, she is a resident assistant for UIS Residence Life, financial secretary for the Upsilon Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a mentor in the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program.
Carl Burts chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of “what the school had to offer to help me grow as a person,” he said. On campus, Burts is a member of the Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Incorporated, the Black Male Collegiate Society and Necessary Steps.
Allison Hackett chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the welcoming environment. “I instantly felt like I was at home when I stepped onto campus,” she said. “You will always see someone you know whenever you are walking on campus.” At UIS, she’s a member of the women’s soccer team and works at the Student Union.
Nolan Flaherty enjoys making an impact at the University of Illinois Springfield. He is a student government senator, works for the Center of State Policy and Leadership and recently helped to bring the Blue Crew, the UIS Athletics student fan section, back to life.
Libby Price chose the University of Illinois Springfield because it “felt like home” when she visited. She’s currently a member of the cross country and track and field teams, an orientation leader and works as a desk attendant for UIS Residence Life. She says her favorite thing about UIS is “being a Prairie Star athlete!”
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.
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.
Matthew Traxler was one of 14 University of Illinois Springfield students who spent their spring break in Puerto Rico helping the U.S. territory recover from Hurricane Maria. On campus, he is a member of the Phi Kappa Tau Zeta Zeta Chapter. He is the entertainment chair for the Dance Marathon, a fundraiser for the Children’s Miracle Network, and president of the UIS Disc Golf team.
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.
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.
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.