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.
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.
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.
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.
Kelsie Roberts enjoys helping others, whether she’s fixing a problem at work or volunteering with a non-profit organization on the weekend. At the University of Illinois Springfield, she works at the ID Center where she creates i-cards, the official identification for students. Roberts is also a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) leadership team…
Hometown: Bloomington, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Undecided Destiny Ramsey never dreamed she would be a role model, but as a NCAA Division II basketball player at the University of Illinois Springfield she is for many children in central Illinois. As a student-athlete, she regularly visits elementary and junior high schools where she speaks… Destiny Ramsey ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Work in business or become a Chicago firefighter Anthony Boyd serves as a role model for many first-generation college students at the University of Illinois Springfield. The Chicago native and business administration major is the first person in his family to attend college. Now, he mentors two… Anthony Boyd ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Roxana, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Open a small business Volunteering makes Marissa Farris feel like she’s making a difference. At UIS, the business administration major is president of the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity where she helps to keep campus clean. She’s also vice chair for finance and co-sponsorship for the Student… Marissa Farris ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Carthage, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Join the Peace Corps or work for a marketing firm Business Administration major RJ Swartz has found his voice at the University of Illinois Springfield. Before coming to college, he was shy about expressing his opinions. However, that all changed when he got involved at UIS. Swartz… RJ Swartz ‘17 Read More »
Majors: Business Administration & Global Studies Hometown: Collinsville, IL Future Plans: Work for the EPA Manuel Gomez chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the personalized attention he receives on and off the field. The UIS Prairie Stars men’s soccer forward is a first generation college student who’s passionate about the environment. He also… Manuel Gomez ‘16 Read More »
Major: Business Administration Hometown: Rockford, IL Future plans: Become a marketing consultant for a theatre company or music label Northwestern Mutual Scheina Access Illinois Scholarship recipient Music has always been a part of Kylie Gilmore’s life. At the University of Illinois Springfield, she’s a member of the choir and a Camerata Scholarship recipient. The $10,000… Kylie Gilmore ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Grow his business Tyler Gansky knew there was a demand for a food delivery service in Springfield, so he took matters into his own hands. The University of Illinois Springfield business administration major started his own business called Abe’s Takeout. He hired his own employees and contracted… Tyler Gansky ‘15 Read More »
Hometown: Aurora, IL Majors: Business Administration & Management Future Plans: Work in the business field Kerry Portillo-Lopez is president of the Organization of Latin American Students at the University of Illinois Springfield. The group encourages leadership among Latin American students and raises awareness of their history and culture. Each year, Kerry volunteers her time to… Kerry Portillo-Lopez ‘15 Read More »