University of Illinois Springfield political science and economics major Kaelan Smith is passionate about helping people in his community. He recently helped start the Downtown Discounts program, which saves UIS students money at downtown businesses. On campus, Smith is the vice president of the UIS College Republicans and is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, where he volunteers as a peer mentor.
Edwin Robles has always been interested in politics and hopes to one day run for office. At the University of Illinois Springfield, he was elected by the student body to serve as their voice on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. As the student trustee, Robles has a seat at the table at all of the board of trustees meetings.
University of Illinois Springfield political science major Yaw Kesse has a passion for public service. Kesse has spent the summer interning at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services in Springfield where he works in the Bureau of Collections. He credits UIS for the internship opportunity saying it has helped prepare him for his future career.
Payton Roberts loves volunteering with children on and off campus. At UIS, she is the volunteer coordinator for the Lee Elementary Homework Club. She and other UIS students travel to the school weekly to help kids with their homework and teach them about different cultures from around the world.
Hometown: McLeansboro, IL Majors: Political Science & Legal Studies Future Plans: Attend to Law School As an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois Springfield, Marc Cox has started a full-time career in state government working for the Illinois Senate Republicans. He’s completed four internships as an undergraduate student at UIS. Most recently, he interned… Marc Cox ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Berwyn, IL Major: Political Science & Legal Studies Future Plans: Become a lawyer Crystal Terrazas admits to being a little homesick her freshman year, but that changed when she became a member of the Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority Inc. She now serves as vice president of the University of Illinois Springfield colony. Terrazas,… Crystal Terrazas ‘18 Read More »
Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: Political Science Future Plans: Become a lawyer and run for public office It’s fair to say that Nathan Hoffman is busier that your typical college undergraduate. At 21, the University of Illinois Springfield political science major is managing a state representative’s political campaign and representing UIS students, as student trustee, on… Nathan Hoffman ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago Major: Political Science Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree and seek political office Will Newton didn’t know what to expect when he left home to attend the University of Illinois Springfield. Now, the Chicago native is helping other students make the transition as a Student Ambassador for UIS Admissions. Newton answers phone calls… Will Newton ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: Political Science Future Plans: Work in State Government Nathan Piper transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield his junior year to pursue a bachelor’s degree in political science. Now, as a graduate political science major, he’s serving in several leadership roles on campus. He’s the traditions co-coordinator for the Student Activities… Nathan Piper ’16 Read More »
Hometown: Peoria, IL Major: Political Science Future Plans: Career in government and public service Graduate political science major Garrie Allen credits the opportunities he’s been given at the University of Illinois Springfield for helping him land a full-time job with the Illinois House of Representatives. Allen began his career in state government working on the… Garrie Allen ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Political Science Future Plans: Work in Student Affairs As the first person in his family to attend college, Daniel Aguilar is thrilled about the leadership opportunities available to him at the University of Illinois Springfield. The graduate political science major is a Necessary Steps mentor and co-advisor for the Organization of… Daniel Aguilar ‘16 Read More »
Major: Political Science Homtown: Benld, IL Future Plans: Earn his MPA at UIS or attend law school At 21-years-old, University of Illinois Springfield political science major Peyton Bernot is already applying what he has learned in the classroom as an elected official in his hometown of Benld, Illinois. That’s where he is a city alderman… Peyton Bernot ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Carlyle, IL Majors: Political Science & Legal Studies Future Plans: Attend law school or become a park ranger As a freshman, Joseph McGee set a goal of becoming president of the Student Government Association at the University of Illinois Springfield by his senior year. Thanks to his hard work and the opportunities available to… Joseph McGee ‘15 Read More »
Hometown: Algonquin, IL Majors: Political Science & Global Studies Future Plans: Pursue a master’s degree and work for the U.S. State Department Riley Quinlan loves politics! At the University of Illinois Springfield, he’s been given the opportunity to learn hands-on in the state capital. He’s involved with the Student Government Association, Model Illinois Government, Model… Riley Quinlan ‘15 Read More »
Hometown: Elgin, Illinois Majors: Political Science & Legal Studies Future Plans: Attend Law School Michelle Tuma loves to apply what she’s learning in the classroom. At the University of Illinois Springfield, she’s been given that opportunity. The political science and legal studies major is an intern with the Illinois Innocence Project where she’s working to… Michelle Tuma ’15 Read More »
Hometown: Bradford, IL Majors: Sociology & Political Science Future Plans: Earn a Ph.D. in Rural Sociology and conduct youth program development As a student-athlete on the UIS cheerleading squad, Michael Lotspeich knows what it means to be loud, passionate, and involved. Determined to learn more about education policy, he examines rural education agency inequalities, their… Michael Lotspeich ‘16 Read More »
Major: Political Science Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois Future Plans: Attend Law School At the age of 22, Melissa Sanchez decided it was time for a change. Algonquin Township trustees decided to raise property taxes, while giving themselves a raise. She decided to run for office in an effort to keep that from happening. After a competitive… Melissa Sanchez ‘14 Read More »
Hometown: Moline, Illinois Major: Political Science In March 2013, University of Illinois Springfield student Zachary Sullivan was elected governor of the statewide Model Illinois Government (MIG) organization. MIG puts on a government simulation for over 300 college students each year at the state capitol. As a non-traditional student, Sullivan transferred to UIS after graduating from… Zachary Sullivan ‘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 »