Category: Political Science

Eric Loera ‘21

Eric Loera says he chose the University of Illinois Springfield because he knew he could become “a big fish in a small pond.” He was elected secretary of the Student Government Association, serves as secretary of the Alternative Spring Break student organization, and is a Capital Scholars Honors Program peer mentor and a member of the Student Advocacy Coalition and Campus Senate. He is also involved with the Leadership for Life Service Program.

Andrew Cunningham ‘21

Andrew Cunningham is the internal vice president for the Student Government Association, the vice president of the College Republicans, a member of the Student Advocacy Coalition, Campus Senate and is a Capital Scholars Honors Program member and peer mentor.

Shaina Humphrey ‘19

Shaina Humphrey is the elected student representative to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. She is also active on campus as the president of the Black Student Union and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. and is co-president of the Student Advocacy Coalition. She works for the UIS Office of Electronic Media and for UIS Campus Recreation as a facility lead.

Daniel Rude ‘19

As the elected external vice president of the Student Government Association at the University of Illinois Springfield, Daniel Rude is a voice for students both on and off campus. As the traditions coordinator for the Student Activities Committee (SAC) he plans two of the biggest events on campus – homecoming and Springfest.

Ben Paoletti ‘21

Ben Paoletti is a member and resident assistant for the Leadership for Life Service Program, a student project coordinator for the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center, vice president of the Alternative Spring Break student organization and is a former undergraduate senator on the Student Government Association.

Conor McKenzie ‘19

Conor McKenzie was among a group of UIS students who traveled to Cuba on a study abroad trip in January 2018. At UIS, McKenzie was recently elected the head delegate of the Model Illinois Government team. He is also a part of the Model United Nations team.

Molly Looby ‘19

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.

Kaelan Smith ‘19

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 ‘18

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.

Yaw Kesse ‘17

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 ‘17

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.

Marc Cox ‘17

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 »

Nathan Hoffman ‘17

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 »

Will Newton ‘20

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 ‘20 Read More »

Nathan Piper ’16

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 »

Garrie Allen ‘17

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 »