Samantha Hwang transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield because she wanted to be part of the UIS Music Program. She’s played the violin since she was in elementary school and was offered a Camerata Music Scholarship at UIS. She is now the concert master for the UIS Orchestra. She is also an International Student Ambassador and works part-time at Brookens Library.
Hometown: Rock Island, IL Major: Sociology/Anthropology Future plans: Open a community center and dance studio Tyshianna Bankhead has big plans for her future, which are fueled by the leadership opportunities she’s received at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is a student ambassador for UIS Admissions, co-president of the African Student Association, secretary of Girl… Tyshianna Bankhead ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: South Holland, IL Major: Sociology/Anthropology Future Plans: Work for a non-profit organization The University of Illinois Springfield has always felt like home to Duane Willingham II. Now, he’s helping new students make the transition from high school to college. This summer, the Sociology/Anthropology major worked as a Student Orientation Coordinator, helping incoming freshmen learn… Duane Willingham II ‘17 Read More »
Hometown: Chicago, IL Major: Sociology and Anthropology Future Plans: Work for a non-profit agency Before attending the University of Illinois Springfield, Brittani Provost says she didn’t know what it meant to be a leader. At UIS, Provost is president of the Alternative Spring Break student organization and recently led a group of 20 students on… Brittani Provost ‘16 Read More »
Major: Sociology & Anthropology Hometown: Effingham, IL Future Plans: Attend law school Faith Hook has been playing tennis since she was 13-years-old. Her love of the game brought her to the University of Illinois Springfield to play for the Prairie Stars. Off the court, she is a member of the Mock Trial team and volunteers… Faith Hook ’16 Read More »
Hometown: Leland, IL Major: Double major in Sociology & Anthropology and Global Studies Future Plans: Work abroad with non-profit organizations Shelby Bedford has worked with multiple organizations on campus and has organized and led the annual yellow ribbon event to honor our veterans. She is employed at Transition Services as a student success ambassador, where… Shelby Bedford ‘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 »