Category: Students

Abbegayle Stevenson ‘18

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.

Marissa Jones ‘19

Growing up on a family farm in central Illinois, the outdoors has always been a part of Marissa Jones’ life. Her passion of nature and the environment led her to the University of Illinois Springfield where she is majoring in environmental studies.

Saiprasad Bhosle ‘17

Growing up in India, Saiprasad Bhosle never expected that he would play more cricket in the United States than he did at home. However, as the captain of the University of Illinois Springfield Cricket Club intramural sports team he’s getting that chance. He recently led the team to its first national victory in the American College Cricket Tournament.

Abigail Norville ‘18

As an undergraduate biology major at the University of Illinois Springfield, Abigail Norville has been working with faculty members and other students to study Hepatitis C, a viral blood born pathogen, in the central Illinois homeless population. The students traveled to homeless shelters in five cities where they tested the population for the disease.

Karen Seegers ‘20

Karen Seegers grew up in a small town and knew she wanted to attend a university where her professors would know her name. She’s glad she chose the nursing program at the University of Illinois Springfield. Seegers enjoys helping people and wants to work as an emergency flight nurse and eventually become a nurse practitioner.

Beatrice Bonner ‘18

Beatrice Bonner loves to talk and inform people. Ever since working at a radio station in high school, she’s wanted to become a TV news reporter. Bonner is a communication major and a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield.

Shane Graham ‘17

Shane Graham is not your typical college student. At 25, the U.S. Army veteran has found a passion for acting at the University of Illinois Springfield. The communication major plays three roles in UIS Theatre’s spring production of “Almost, Maine”.

Kelsie Roberts ‘18

Kelsie Roberts enjoys helping others, whether she’s fixing a problem at work or volunteering with a non-profit organization on the weekend. At the University of Illinois Springfield, she works at the ID Center where she creates i-cards, the official identification for students. Roberts is also a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, the Christian Student Fellowship (CSF) leadership team…

Francisco Solano ‘17

Like most graduate students, Francisco Solano planned to finish his MBA at the University of Illinois Springfield in two years. However, his plans were changed by a military deployment. A year and a half into his education, while in the middle of a Graduate Public Service (GPSI) internship with the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), Solano got the opportunity to deploy for a year with the with the U.S. Army.

Hailey Hawkins ‘18

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.

Oscar Mercado ‘18

Hometown: Palatine, IL Major: Mathematical Sciences Future plans: Become a math teacher The University of Illinois Springfield is preparing future math teacher Oscar Mercado to be a leader in the classroom. At UIS, he is the president of the Organization of Latin American Students (OLAS), colony president of Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity, Inc., treasurer… Oscar Mercado ‘18 Read More »

Benita Ekwonwa ‘18

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, IL Major: Liberal Studies Future Plans: Become a family doctor As a resident assistant (RA) at the University of Illinois Springfield, Benita Ekwonwa has learned many lessons about leadership. Every day she successfully juggles a full academic schedule and her duties as an RA. She is often on call 24 hours a… Benita Ekwonwa ‘18 Read More »

Destiny Ramsey ‘18

Hometown: Bloomington, IL Major: Business Administration Future Plans: Undecided Destiny Ramsey never dreamed she would be a role model, but as a NCAA Division II basketball player at the University of Illinois Springfield she is for many children in central Illinois. As a student-athlete, she regularly visits elementary and junior high schools where she speaks… Destiny Ramsey ‘18 Read More »

Miranda Swope ‘17

Hometown: Edinburg, IL Major: Communication Future Plans: Career in Human Resources Miranda Swope transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield from her local community college in order to continue her postsecondary education. At UIS, she’s earning her bachelor’s degree in communication while working as a student ambassador for the Admissions Office. In that role, she… Miranda Swope ‘17 Read More »

Ashti Dawson ‘17

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 »

Zach Steinberg ‘19

Hometown: Wildwood, Missouri Major: Accountancy Future Plans: Play basketball and become an accountant University of Illinois Springfield men’s basketball player Zach Steinberg says he’s learned that leadership is not about age, but how you overcome adversity. He’s faced many challenges not only on the basketball court, but at home. Now he’s living his dream of… Zach Steinberg ‘19 Read More »