Category: History

Ciara Koepke ‘19

Ciara Koepke is a senior resident assistant at Lincoln Residence Hall where she mentors other resident assistants, plans events and oversees front desk operations. Koepke, a history major, is a member of the Leadership for Life Service Program where she helps to recruit students to the volunteer-focused first year living-learning community. She is also the vice president of the History Club on campus.

Kendra Baber ’17

Hometown: Normal, IL Major: History Future Goals: Become a teacher Kendra Baber is vice president of the History Club and the Alternative Spring Break organization at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is also a Capital Scholars Honors Program peer mentor and volunteers with Dance Marathon, an organization that raises money for the Children’s Miracle… Kendra Baber ’17 Read More »

James Welt ‘15

Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: History Future Plans: Work in the public history field As a University of Illinois Springfield graduate student, James Welt led efforts to have the Strawbridge-Shepherd House listed on the National Register of Historic Places. He spent more than 200 hours researching and writing a proposal, which was submitted and approved by… James Welt ‘15 Read More »

Richard Prebil ’14

Hometown: Naperville, IL Majors: History and Legal Studies Future Plans: Attend law school Richard Prebil wanted to attend a university where he’d be more than a number. He found that at the University of Illinois Springfield where his professors know his name. Richard is heavily involved on campus. He’s chairman of the UIS Student Activities… Richard Prebil ’14 Read More »

Bill Lear ’14

Major: History Hometown: Moline, Illinois Future Plans: Work as a museum curator Bill Lear has many titles. During the week he’s the curator of the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield, at night he’s a graduate student studying public history at the University of Illinois Springfield, and one weekend a month he’s a citizen soldier… Bill Lear ’14 Read More »

Jay Vlahon ’12

Major: History Hometown: Springfield, Illinois Career Plans: Working for the Papers of Abraham Lincoln Jay Vlahon’s passion for history helped him land a graduate assistantship with the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, located as the Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. As a graduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield, Vlahon gained valuable experience handling and… Jay Vlahon ’12 Read More »