Makayla Cox has seen COVID-19 in the lab and on the front lines. She works as a medical laboratory technician for the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and as a medical scribe in the Emergency Department at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Nolan Flaherty enjoys making an impact at the University of Illinois Springfield. He is a student government senator, works for the Center of State Policy and Leadership and recently helped to bring the Blue Crew, the UIS Athletics student fan section, back to life.
Diego Terrazas calls the University of Illinois Springfield a “community that helps students succeed both in and out of the classroom.” At UIS, he is the outreach coordinator for the Organization of Latin American Students and treasurer for HOSA Future Health Professionals. He is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program where he serves as a peer mentor and recently spent his spring break volunteering as part of the Alternative Spring Break service trip.
Libby Price chose the University of Illinois Springfield because it “felt like home” when she visited. She’s currently a member of the cross country and track and field teams, an orientation leader and works as a desk attendant for UIS Residence Life. She says her favorite thing about UIS is “being a Prairie Star athlete!”
Jayla Stubblefield enjoys the leadership opportunities offered at the University of Illinois Springfield. She is a special events coordinator for the Student Activities Committee, secretary of Black Women of Excellence, marketing coordinator for the Black Student Union and a member of Voices in Praise gospel choir.
Collin Moseley is currently working as a committee clerk for the Illinois House of Representatives. On campus, he’s a senator-at-large on the UIS Student Government Association, a member of the Student Organization Funding Association (SOFA), Student Advocacy Coalition, Christian Student Fellowship worship band (guitar) and a representative on the UIS Coalition Builders Board.
Taryn Christy chose the University of Illinois Springfield because she wanted to help build “a championship culture” as a member of the cross country and track & field teams, while having opportunities in the classroom and internships. Christy recently earned UIS’ first All-American honor with a top-40 finish in the NCAA Division II Cross Country National Championships in California.
Natalie Kerr got a chance to present her research in Berlin, Germany after being named the Falling Walls Lab Illinois Young Innovator of the Year. On campus, she is president of The Research Society and plays violin as a Camerata Music Scholar. Recently, she was named the NPR Illinois/UIS Music Musician of the Year and won the UIS Music Solo competition.
Joseph Partain says the University of Illinois Springfield is “the perfect place to learn about politics and law.” On campus, he’s a student worker and policy intern with the Illinois Innocence Project. The Project works to free people who have been wrongfully convicted. Partain is also the president of the UIS Mock Trial Team and a member of Model Illinois Government.
Miguel Valente is a leader on and off the University of Illinois Springfield campus. On campus, he’s the SGA senator for the College of Public Affairs and Administration, new member educator for the Delta Kappa Epsilon Kappa Beta Colony, treasurer for the Organization of Latin American Students and interns for the UIS Office of Veterans Affairs.
Elijah Jones chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of its location and affordability. On campus, he is president of the Black Male Collegiate Society and the Picture Perfect Modeling Troupe. He also works for UIS Campus Recreation and serves as a peer mentor to several students on campus.
Jordan Killen works as a facility lead for the Department of Campus Recreation where she has taught fitness classes, is a student representative for the UIS Hiring Committee, a founding member and treasurer of the Tri Sigma sorority, a founding member and vice president of the Exercise Science Organization and a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program.
Josh Rowzee chose the University of Illinois Springfield because he was asked to be part of the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program that helps support first-generation college students. On campus, he is vice president of the of Black Student Union, treasurer for the Black Male Collegiate Society, a student assistant for the UIS men’s basketball team and worked as an orientation leader this past summer.
Connor Krater chose the University of Illinois Springfield because he wanted to be politically active on and off campus. At UIS, he is the chancellor and founder of the Political Understanding and Activist Club. The club holds events, such as “Spilling Tea, Spittin’ Topics,” where students participate in calm and meaningful discussion about political topics. Krater is also a member of Model Illinois Government.
Savannah Brannan chose the University of Illinois Springfield because it offered her “so many opportunities to be involved on campus.” Brannan is a member of the Prairie Stars cross country and track teams and plays viola as part of the UIS Music Program’s Camerata Scholarship. She is also a peer science tutor at The Learning Hub and part of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee.
Juan Cabral chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the right-sized campus and AACSB accredited accountancy program. On campus, he’s a leader in the Department of Campus Recreation where he works as an intramural supervisor at TRAC.
Brett Hyink helped to start the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Pre-Law Chapter at the University of Illinois Springfield. He currently serves as president of the pre-law fraternity and the UIS Pre-Law Society. He is also a member of the UIS Mock Trial Team.
Jauzlyn Hardy says she loves the “close knit community and how easy it is to form bonds and friendships” at the University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, the criminology and criminal justice major is co-president of the African Student Association, president of Afro Beat Dance Crew and event chair for the National Society of Leadership and Success. She also works at UIS Brookens Library.
International student Rory Carlson chose the University of Illinois Springfield because he loved the campus, its great academic programs and wanted to play NCAA Division II men’s soccer. During the 2018 season, he tied for third among UIS Division II single-season leaders with four assists and started in 15 matches. On campus, Carlson is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program and the Chemistry Club.
Tehya Fortune is glad she chose the University of Illinois Springfield because she says “I really believe that it is where I am meant to be.” Fortune plays on the Prairie Stars women’s basketball team and works at the Student Union on campus. She enjoys the “small campus environment” at UIS where she says “everyone knows each other.” Following graduation from UIS, she hopes to work in film and television production.