Learn. Lead. Shine.

Learn Lead ShineThere is no one way to be a college student. Every student’s experience is unique. What they have in common? A desire to make the most of their years at UIS.

The “Learn. Lead. Shine.” campaign showcases UIS students that have chosen very different ways to excel. Some focus on academics and strive to make their mark in research. Others seek out opportunities to lead, work with others, and make a difference while they’re here. Still others volunteer or reach out to the larger community. They all shine, as far as we’re concerned.

Introducing a few of our Prairie Stars.

Areli Calderon

Areli Calderon
As a psychology major, Areli Calderon wants to spend her life helping people who have experienced sexual assault.
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Adella Nguyen

Adella Nguyen
International student Adella Nguyen helped found the Society for Advancement of Management (SAM) Chapter at the University of Illinois Springfield and also served as director of marketing and promotions.
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Alex Phelps

Alex Phelps
Alex Phelps came to the University of Illinois Springfield to be part of the men’s cross country and track and field teams!
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Katie Brethorst

Katie Brethorst
Katie Brethorst loves history and theatre! The University of Illinois Springfield junior recently wrote her own play about the life Susan Lawrence Dana, who commissioned Springfield’s famous Frank Lloyd Wright home, and performed it on campus.
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Brooke Seacrist

Brooke Seacrist
Brooke Seacrist is showing off her musical talents at the University of Illinois Springfield as a Camerata Music Scholar!
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Adrienne Taylor

Adrienne Taylor
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.
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Karla Solorio

Karla Solorio
First generation pre-nursing student Karla Solorio is part of the Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) living-learning community at the University of Illinois Springfield.
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Aundrae Williams

Aundrae Williams
As a star basketball player at Springfield’s Lanphier High School, Aundrae Williams knew he wanted to continue his career in his hometown following graduation.
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Hailey Hollinshead

Hailey Hollinshead
Hailey Hollinshead’s passion for science and medical research has grown at the University of Illinois Springfield. She plans to attend medical school following graduation and become a dermatologist.
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Andrew Cunningham

Andrew Cunningham
Andrew Cunningham is only in his second year at the University of Illinois Springfield, however he’s already been a part of at least four political campaigns, including a statewide governor’s race.
Read more about Andrew Cunningham