Sierra Peterson transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield to complete her bachelor’s degree. On campus, she works at the Student Union. As part of her job, she helps manage the UIS CARES Stars Supply Stop, a place where students can pick up school supplies at no cost, with no judgement.
Stephanie Matheu is involved both on and off the University of Illinois Springfield campus. She is a specialist in U.S. Army Reserves, works full-time off campus, is a member of the UIS Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) Program and is a former UIS Prairie Stars cheerleader.
As a psychology major, Areli Calderon wants to spend her life helping people who have experienced sexual assault. On campus, she is president of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc., a mentor for the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program and Gender and Sexuality Student Services and a liaison between the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault and UIS.
Maura Freeman has two major leadership roles at the University of Illinois Springfield. The senior communication and English major is editor-in-chief of The Journal, the editorially independent student newspaper on campus, and is a resident assistant (RA) for the Department of Residence Life.
Kia Jones has become an expert in reviewing resumes and cover letters. She works at the University of Illinois Springfield Career Development Center where she helps any student who walks through the door make sure they’re ready to apply for a job. In December 2018, Jones was honored with the Student Affairs Employee of the Month award for her above and beyond work helping other students.
As a star basketball player at Springfield’s Lanphier High School, Aundrae Williams knew he wanted to continue his career in his hometown following graduation. Williams has become an important part of the UIS Prairie Stars leadership on the court as a point guard directing the team’s offense. The communication major recently had the opportunity to represent UIS at a national three day NCAA Inclusion Forum in Indianapolis.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Beatrice Bonner loves to talk and inform people. Ever since working at a radio station in high school, she’s wanted to become a TV news reporter. Bonner is a communication major and a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield.
Shane Graham is not your typical college student. At 25, the U.S. Army veteran has found a passion for acting at the University of Illinois Springfield. The communication major plays three roles in UIS Theatre’s spring production of “Almost, Maine”.
Hometown: Edinburg, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Career in Human Resources Miranda Swope transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield from her local community college in order to continue her postsecondary education. At UIS, she’s earning her bachelor’s degree in communication while working as a student ambassador for the Admissions Office. In that role, she… Miranda Swope ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Richton Park, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Work in higher education administration Kylah Foster-Griffin fell in love with the University of Illinois Springfield during a campus tour in high school. Now, the communication major is helping other students discover all that UIS has to offer as a student orientation coordinator. She and her staff… Kylah Foster-Griffin ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: Communications Future Plans: Career in media relations Carter Staley is a communication major in the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. He has worked for St. John’s Hospital in Springfield as a marketing and public relations intern as well as the UIS Office of Electronic Media as… Carter Staley ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Broadcast journalist Chicago native Moyo Adeolu says being active and involved have made her a leader at University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, she has served as the marketing student worker for WUIS, student worker for the Office of Electronic Media, and currently works at the UIS Women’s… Moyo Adeolu ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Dolton, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Career in TV broadcasting Communication and theatre major Kayla Ross is a busy undergrad at UIS. She spent time as a cheerleader and is now the captain of the UIS Dancing Stars. She also worked backstage in the UIS production of Awake and Sing. Ross was the Princess… Kayla Ross ’15 Read More »
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois Majors: Legal Studies & Communication Future Plans: Attend Law School As a freshman, Vanessa Pratt started the Mock Trial team at the University of Illinois Springfield. The team now competes against other universities throughout the state. On campus, Pratt is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, Pre-Law Society, Model Illinois… Vanessa Pratt ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Naperville, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Work in Public Relations As a volleyball player at the University of Illinois Springfield, Carly Wesolowski has learned a lot about leadership on and off the court. The communication major chose UIS because of the personalized academic programs and the chance to play volleyball at an NCAA Division… Carly Wesolowski ’17 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Become an educator Growing up in Chicago, Dominique Wilson never expected to travel half way around the world, let alone leave a lasting impact on a school in West Africa. In summer 2014, he traveled to The Gambia, Africa with a group of UIS students. He collected enough… Dominique Wilson ‘16 Read More »