Graciela Popoca knew she made the right choice to attend the University of Illinois Springfield shortly after arriving on campus. “In my first year, I was able to be a part of many organization and quickly felt loved by my community,” she said. On campus, she is now the president of the Organization of Latin American Students and vice president of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc. and Students Helping Detention Centers.
Adrienne Taylor is part of the Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) living-learning community at the University of Illinois Springfield and is secretary of the leadership team.
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.
The first time Marquiera Harris visited the University of Illinois Springfield she felt so welcomed that she instantly knew that UIS was her perfect fit. Now, the social work major is helping other students make the transition to UIS as an orientation coordinator. Harris supervises 18 student orientation employees and helps to coordinate social media operations.
Before enrolling in classes at the University of Illinois Springfield, Abbegayle Stevenson had never traveled outside the country. Now, she’s traveled to five countries in Europe and is about to embark on a summer study abroad trip to Croatia.
Hometown: Edinburg, IL Major: Social Work Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree in social work Audrey LeVault says being a resident assistant (RA) at the University of Illinois Springfield is teaching her valuable leadership skills and preparing her for a future career in social work. LeVault is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program,… Audrey LeVault ‘17 Read More »
Major: Social Work Hometown: Dixon, IL Future Plans: Become a school social worker Jennifer Hickey has always enjoyed helping people. The University of Illinois Springfield senior is co-director of the Leadership for Life service organization and entertainment chair for Dance Marathon, an organization that raises money for the Children’s Miracle Network. She also has participated… Jennifer Hickey ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Stillman Valley, IL Major: Social Work Future Plans: Earn a master’s degree When Jamie Anderson came to the University of Illinois Springfield, she never expected to be in the spotlight. However, that all changed when her ability to pay for a college education was threatened by a lack of a state budget. Anderson is… Jamie Anderson ‘16 Read More »
Hometown: Jacksonville, IL Major: Social Work Future Plans: Earn her master’s degree in Social Work Katie Selway has been a cheerleader nearly all of her life. Now, she’s helping to spread school spirit at the University of Illinois Springfield. The social work major is captain of the Prairie Stars cheerleading team and president of the… Katie Selway ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Romeoville, IL Major: Social Work Future Plans: Work in a school setting Senior social work major Nick Nasuta has learned what it means to be involved on the UIS campus. For the past 3 years, Nick has been the captain of the cheerleading team. His sophomore year, Nick was the Vice President of Alternative… Nick Nasuta ‘15 Read More »