Aaleiyah Spaulding says she chose the University of Illinois Springfield for the reasonable tuition price and the community. “UIS strives for diversity and makes everyone feel welcome,” she said. “As a biracial woman, this meant the world to me.” On campus, she’s a part of The National Society of Leadership and Success Chapter and previously served as a student representative for the Psychology Department.
Katie Simpson is heavily involved at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is the student project coordinator for the Volunteer and Civic Engagement Center where she helps run the UIS Cares STARS food pantry, is one of the directors of the Leadership for Life Service Program and is a peer mentor and member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program.
As a psychology major, Areli Calderon wants to spend her life helping people who have experienced sexual assault. On campus, she is president of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc., a mentor for the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program and Gender and Sexuality Student Services and a liaison between the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault and UIS.
Kelsey Marucco is now only a few steps away from becoming an elementary school teacher. On campus, she is heavily involved as a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program and the Tri Sigma Sorority. She also works for UIS Campus Recreation and at the Cox Children’s Center on campus.
When Alice Caceres-Turcios was looking for a place to attend college, she knew she wanted to be challenged academically. She found the perfect fit in the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. Caceres-Turcios is now a peer mentor for the Honors Program, helping to guide younger students. She also works on campus as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions.
Connie Sifuentes is a leader in the Greek Life community at the University of Illinois Springfield. She currently serves as the president of the Greek Affairs Board where she advocates for Greek Life on campus. She is a member of the Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. Chi Chapter, serves as marketing chair for the Psychology Club, volunteers as a Necessary Steps Program mentor and works for UIS Brookens Library.
Rhilee Cochran is gaining valuable experience working at the Cox Children’s Center at the University of Illinois Springfield. The elementary education and psychology major plans to use the lessons she’s learning when she becomes an elementary school teacher. Cochran was recently honored with the Student Affairs Division’s first Student Employee of the Month award in recognition for her outstanding work at the children’s center.
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.
University of Illinois Springfield psychology major Danielle Gibbs admits that she’s a “very busy person.” She is a facility lead for UIS Campus Recreation where she supervises shifts and helps plan special events at The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC). Gibbs is the secretary, historian and a founding member of the Chi Chapter of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc.
Patricia Mubirigi is using her personal experience to help fellow students make better decisions when choosing classes. At the University of Illinois Springfield, Mubirigi is a peer adviser and intern for the Office of Advising Services, Information, and Support (OASIS).
Jasmin Lisowski has been playing soccer since she was in kindergarten. Now, she’s living her dream playing NCAA Division II women’s soccer at the University of Illinois Springfield, while majoring in social work and psychology. On the team, she has taken on an unofficial leadership role, helping to mentor new players.
For the past three years, University of Illinois Springfield psychology major Hailey Hawkins has spent her spring break volunteering with the Alternative Spring Break (ASB) student organization. In 2017, as president of the organization, she helped to organize the trip. Hawkins and a group of 25 UIS student spent their spring break helping with eco-restoration projects along the Florida Panhandle Gulf Coast.
Hometown: Los Molinos, California Major: Psychology Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree It has always been Ashti Dawson’s goal to earn a bachelor’s degree, but being a member of the Army National Guard and a single mother has always come first. Now, 14 years after she took her first college class, she’s one semester away… Ashti Dawson ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Wildwood, Mo Major: Psychology Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree in Psychology University of Illinois Springfield volleyball player Ashley Beaton represents NCAA Division II athletes on a national level as the student representative for the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC). Beaton applied for the position after being a member of the UIS Student-Athlete Advisory… Ashley Beaton ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Des Plaines, IL Major: Psychology Future Plans: Career as a Clinical Psychologist Psychology major LeAnna Kehl is co-director of Dance Marathon at the University of Illinois Springfield. She founded the organization to raise funds to help change the lives of children as well as to give UIS an important connection to the community. As… LeAnna Kehl ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Springfield, IL Major: Psychology Future Plans: Earn her PGA certification and coach golf Rebbecca Ramirez has been playing golf since age 12 when her father bought her a pair of clubs at a garage sale. Now, as a member of the University of Illinois Springfield golf team, she’s played in 11 tournaments and has… Rebbecca Ramirez ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Psychology Future Plans: Pursue a career in Clinical Psychology Aretha Hughes helps plan two of the biggest annual events on the University of Illinois Springfield campus. As traditions co-coordinator for the Student Activities Committee, she’s responsible for planning Homecoming and Springfest activities. The psychology major from Chicago is also vice president… Aretha Hughes ’16 Read More »