Tag: 2014

Dexter Burns ’14

Hometown: Chicago, IL Future Plans: Pursue a master’s degree in Latin American Studies Dexter Burns had never left the United States before coming to the University of Illinois Springfield. However, that changed when the Global Studies major discovered the Study Abroad Program. Burns recently spent a semester at the University of Colima in Mexico. During… Dexter Burns ’14 Read More »

Jamaal Hollins ‘14

Hometown: Flossmoor, IL Future Plans: Work for State Farm Insurance Jamaal Hollins never planned on becoming a leader, but that changed when he got involved at the University of Illinois Springfield. Now the computer science major is the UIS student representative to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. He’s also involved with the UIS… Jamaal Hollins ‘14 Read More »

Paige Heiser ’14

Hometown: Fairbury, IL Future Plans: Work in Marketing Paige Heiser is busy! The University of Illinois Springfield business administration major not only juggles class, but involvement in multiple student organizations, while holding a job on campus. She is a senator on the Student Government Association representing the College of Business and Management, serves as the… Paige Heiser ’14 Read More »

Melissa Sanchez ‘14

Major: Political Science Hometown: Algonquin, Illinois Future Plans: Attend Law School At the age of 22, Melissa Sanchez decided it was time for a change. Algonquin Township trustees decided to raise property taxes, while giving themselves a raise. She decided to run for office in an effort to keep that from happening. After a competitive… Melissa Sanchez ‘14 Read More »

Bill Lear ’14

Major: History Hometown: Moline, Illinois Future Plans: Work as a museum curator Bill Lear has many titles. During the week he’s the curator of the Illinois State Military Museum in Springfield, at night he’s a graduate student studying public history at the University of Illinois Springfield, and one weekend a month he’s a citizen soldier… Bill Lear ’14 Read More »

Courtney Lower ’14

Major: Clinic Laboratory Science Hometown: Terre Haute, IN Future Plans: Work as a clinical laboratory scientist Clinical Laboratory Science major Courtney Lower was elected to a national leadership role after only a year at the University of Illinois Springfield. During a trip to the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science conference, Lower successfully ran for… Courtney Lower ’14 Read More »

Ritesh Uppuluri ‘14

Hometown: Bangalore, India Future Plans: Continue sustainable energy and healthcare research University of Illinois Springfield chemistry major Ritesh Uppuluri wants to make a difference in the world. He’s focused on sustainable energy and healthcare research. The international student from India chose to come to UIS because of the hands on research opportunities available at the… Ritesh Uppuluri ‘14 Read More »

Adam Unes ‘14

Majors: Business Administration & Management Information Systems Hometown: Princeville, IL As an outfielder on the University of Illinois Springfield baseball team, Adam Unes knows being a NCAA student-athlete means more than just taking the field and playing ball. Unes and his teammates spent over 1,000 hours volunteering in the Springfield community during the 2012-13 academic… Adam Unes ‘14 Read More »

Zachary Sullivan ‘14

Hometown: Moline, Illinois Major: Political Science In March 2013, University of Illinois Springfield student Zachary Sullivan was elected governor of the statewide Model Illinois Government (MIG) organization. MIG puts on a government simulation for over 300 college students each year at the state capitol. As a non-traditional student, Sullivan transferred to UIS after graduating from… Zachary Sullivan ‘14 Read More »

Samia Ahmad ’14

Major: Political Science & Criminal Justice Hometown: Peotone, Illinois Future Plans: Work for the federal government Samia Ahmad, a political science and criminal justice major at the University of Illinois Springfield, has taken on many leadership roles on campus. She serves as Student Government Association (SGA) secretary, film coordinator for the Student Activities Committee, and… Samia Ahmad ’14 Read More »

Justin Rose ’14

Major: Public Administration Hometown: Chicago, IL Career Plans: Become a state agency director Justin was one of the founders of the Black Male Collegiate Society, an organization that promotes leadership on campus and connects to the community through a strong public service commitment. He was a student mentor for the Necessary Steps Program for first… Justin Rose ’14 Read More »

Nate Hoyle ’14

Major: Environmental Studies Hometown: Jacksonville, IL University of Illinois Springfield environmental studies major Nate Hoyle loves nature and working outdoors. It’s that passion that led him to organize a volunteer cleanup day at Henson Robinson Zoo in Springfield. A group of 40 volunteers spent the day removing invasive plant species, such as honeysuckle. At age… Nate Hoyle ’14 Read More »

Amanda Cummins ’14

Major: Biology Hometown: Cedarville, IL University of Illinois Springfield biology major Amanda Cummins’ passion lies with public service. She is an active member of the Christian Student Fellowship and has traveled to Kenya for the Jump for Joel charity. In 2011, she personally delivered 280 handmade dresses and 50 pairs of shorts to children in… Amanda Cummins ’14 Read More »

Brittany Henderson ’14

Major: Communication Hometown: Richton Park, IL Her effervescent personality makes her a natural as a Student Ambassador and talented student photographer interning at a Springfield advertising firm. She is also making her mark as the president of Kinky and Curly, a student organization that empowers young women of color and promotes pride in their natural… Brittany Henderson ’14 Read More »

Dyllan Tiburzi ’14

Major: Chemistry Hometown: Benld, IL Career Plans: He plans to attend medical school and become a physician specializing in either oncology or pediatrics. He’s also interested in working in a medical lab doing research on curing disease. Chemistry major Dyllan Tiburzi has benefited from the personal attention he’s received from dedicated professors at the University… Dyllan Tiburzi ’14 Read More »