Francesca Butler chose the University of Illinois Springfield because she says it offers the one-on-one attention she would expect from a private liberal arts college. On campus, she is an advocate for the environment as chair of the Green Fee Committee. She is co-captain of the Dancing Stars, chair of the Leadership for Life Public-Health Committee and a student lead worker at Brookens Library.
Before coming to the University of Illinois Springfield, Caleb Froidcoeur admits he wasn’t passionate about the environment. He is now a Campus Sustainability Projects Coordinator taking project ideas, like refillable water bottle stations and low emission vehicle (LEV) parking spaces, from the drawing board to reality.
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.
Growing up on a family farm in central Illinois, the outdoors has always been a part of Marissa Jones’ life. Her passion of nature and the environment led her to the University of Illinois Springfield where she is majoring in environmental studies.
Hometown: Chatham, IL Major: Environmental Studies Liz Rupel is part of the student leadership team that helped to create a community garden at the University of Illinois Springfield. The garden will provide locally grown food to the campus community. Rupel is also a member of the Tau Sigma Honor Society on campus. Following graduation, she… Liz Rupel ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Pleasant Plains, IL Major: Environmental Studies Future Plans: Join the Peace Corps Rachel Wilham helped to create a community garden at the University of Illinois Springfield after coming up with the idea in an Introduction to Sustainability class. The garden will provide locally grown food to the campus community. Wilham led the effort to… Rachel Wilham ‘17 Read More »
Major: Environmental Studies Hometown: Jacksonville, IL University of Illinois Springfield environmental studies major Nate Hoyle loves nature and working outdoors. It’s that passion that led him to organize a volunteer cleanup day at Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield. A group of 40 volunteers spent the day removing invasive plant species, such as honeysuckle. At age… Nate Hoyle ’14 Read More »