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.
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.
Garrad Straube transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield to be part of the men’s cross country and track and field teams. The criminology and criminal justice major is currently completing an internship at the Illinois State Police Academy and hopes to become a police officer following graduation.
Hometown: Decatur, IL Major: Criminology and Criminal Justice Future Plans: Become a police officer University of Illinois Springfield student Jon Welton enjoys helping people. The Criminology and Criminal Justice major is a member of the Leadership for Life Service Organization on campus and is a private first class in the Illinois Army National Guard. Welton… Jon Welton ‘20 Read More »
Hometown: Mt. Zion, IL Major: Criminology & Criminal Justice Future Plans: Become a manager at a major sporting goods store Megan Boerwinkle loves to lift weights and workout. At the University of Illinois Springfield, she’s helping others get fit as a group exercise instructor and personal trainer. Boerwinkle, a criminology & criminal justice major, has… Megan Boerwinkle ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Carpentersville, IL Major: Criminal Justice Future Plans: Work in the Criminal Justice field If Ivette Ortiz isn’t busy making music, you’ll probably find her mentoring fellow students or helping the wrongfully convicted as an intern at the Illinois Innocence Project. The University of Illinois Springfield criminal justice major plays in the orchestra, is a… Ivette Ortiz ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Criminal Justice Future Plans: Attend law school Asia Jackson is learning a lot about managing people through her on-campus job at the University of Illinois Springfield. She started working at Stars Lounge, the student center on campus, as a freshman and now serves as manager. The criminal justice major is also… Asia Jackson ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Kirkwood, MO Major: Criminal Justice Future Plans: Career in the juvenile correction system Sophia is a criminal justice major at the University of Illinois Springfield and is currently interning at the Sangamon County Juvenile Detention Center. She is the Community Awareness Chair for the Leadership for Life volunteer organization on campus and helped found… Sophia Matthews ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Homewood, IL Major: Criminal Justice Future Plans: Career in law enforcement As an undergrad at the University of Illinois Springfield, Mike Chmielewski has been leaving a legacy with the many leadership opportunities he had. He is a resident assistant (RA) for UIS Residence Life, the internal VP for the Student Government Association, and helps… Mike Chmielewski ‘15 Read More »
Hometown: Woodlawn, IL Major: Criminal Justice Future Plans: Become a police officer Criminal justice major Nick Tannahill feels privileged to work as a student ambassador in the University of Illinois Springfield Admissions Office. He interacts with prospective students and hopes his tour will make a difference in their decision to attend UIS. Nick wants to… Nick Tannahill ’16 Read More »
Hometown: Aurora, IL Major: Criminal Justice Future Plans: Work in law enforcement Araceli Ariza chose the University of Illinois Springfield because it’s the perfect place for her to grow and learn. She now enjoys the small class sizes and the many opportunities available to her at UIS. She’s involved with the Organization of Latin America… Araceli Ariza ‘16 Read More »
Major: Criminal Justice Hometown: Chicago, IL Future Plans: Become a forensic technologist Gella-Kate Meeks has made the University of Illinois Springfield her home. The criminal justice major came to campus wanting to make an impact. She is now the secretary of the Legacy Dance Team, co-vice president of the campus performance arts group Creative Flow,… Gella-Kate Meeks ‘16 Read More »
Major: Criminal Justice Hometown: Evanston, IL Future Plans: Become a detective Jasmine Torres-Gonzalez has brought her culture to the University of Illinois Springfield by taking charge. As a freshman, she founded Ritmo Latino, a Latin dance team. The team has since grown and changed its name to Global Rhythm, incorporating other types of dance. Torres-Gonzalez… Jasmine Torres-Gonzalez ’14 Read More »
Major: Political Science & Criminal Justice Hometown: Peotone, Illinois Future Plans: Work for the federal government Samia Ahmad, a political science and criminal justice major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has taken on many leadership roles on campus. She serves as Student Government Association (SGA) secretary, film coordinator for the Student Activities Committee, and… Samia Ahmad ’14 Read More »
Major: Criminal Justice Career Plans: Work in Student Affairs Ashley Scott founded the Legacy Dance Team and served as president of the Black Student Union (BSU). In her BSU leadership role, Scott mentored African American students of all ages and helped to resolve issues on campus. The Legacy Dance Team, a hip hop culture dance… Ashley Scott ’13 Read More »