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.
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.
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.
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.
Stephanie Matheu is involved both on and off the University of Illinois Springfield campus. She is a specialist in U.S. Army Reserves, works full-time off campus, is a member of the UIS Students Transitioning for Academic Retention and Success (STARS) Program and is a former UIS Prairie Stars cheerleader.
David Alonso chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of its location in the state capital. On campus, he is a founding members of the UIS Chapter of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, treasurer for the UIS College Republicans and a member of the Christian Student Fellowship.
Transfer student Alexis Eddings came to the University of Illinois Springfield seeking a close-knit community. She credits UIS for opening many doors from job shadowing and internships. Following the recommendation of her Human Resources Professor, Eddings joined the UIS Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Student Chapter to participate in the Case Competition.
As a psychology major, Areli Calderon wants to spend her life helping people who have experienced sexual assault. On campus, she is president of Gamma Phi Omega International Sorority, Inc., a mentor for the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program and Gender and Sexuality Student Services and a liaison between the Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault and UIS.
Alex Phelps came to the University of Illinois Springfield to be part of the men’s cross country and track and field teams! He’s also heavily involved on campus working as a student receptionist for the Office of Admissions and is a student leader for the University Bible Fellowship.
Katie Brethorst is involved in the UIS Theatre Program, works for the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office and is a staff writer for the student newspaper. This summer, she’s working for Fever River Archaeology at the Springfield Race Riot dig site.
When Alice Caceres-Turcios was looking for a place to attend college, she knew she wanted to be challenged academically. She found the perfect fit in the Capital Scholars Honors Program at the University of Illinois Springfield. Caceres-Turcios is now a peer mentor for the Honors Program, helping to guide younger students. She also works on campus as a Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions.
Kia Jones has become an expert in reviewing resumes and cover letters. She works at the University of Illinois Springfield Career Development Center where she helps any student who walks through the door make sure they’re ready to apply for a job. In December 2018, Jones was honored with the Student Affairs Employee of the Month award for her above and beyond work helping other students.
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. On campus, Hollinshead co-founded the Legion of Ladies, a student organization focused on women’s empowerment. She is also a resident assistant in Lincoln Residence Hall and previously served on the UIS cheerleading and track and field teams.
UIS Tennis player Mae Flight is co-president of the Habitat for Humanity Club on campus where she spends time helping with building projects in the Springfield community. She also helps newly arriving international students feel at home as an International Student Ambassador and by working in the Office of International Student Services.
Tommie Redmond is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the Black Male Initiative. He is also an orientation leader and a Necessary Steps Program mentor. Redmond interns in the programming unit at the Illinois Department of Transportation and is a social work intern and case evaluator at the Illinois Innocence Project where he reviews wrongful convictions.
Haley Simpson never imagined her love of social media could turn into a future career. She works at the UIS Student Union doing social media and marketing. She is also a member of the UIS Green Fee Committee and treasurer for the Community Garden Club and the College Democrats.
As president of the Student Activities Committee (SAC), Ahja Howard is responsible for planning two of the biggest and longest-running student life events at the University of Illinois Springfield each year. She also spends her time mentoring elementary school students in Springfield as a volunteer for the 4-H Mentoring Program.
Aaron Boyd came to the University of Illinois Springfield knowing he wanted to give back to his community. Boyd is the vice president of the UIS Black Male Collegiate Society, historian for the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Upsilon Xi Chapter, a student orientation coordinator for the UIS Office of New Student Orientation and Parent Relations and an intramural referee for UIS Campus Recreation.
Nick Zambito came to the University of Illinois Springfield ready to be a leader. As a freshman, he helped start the Habitat for Humanity Club on campus and was recognized for outstanding leadership by the Capital Scholars Honors Program. He currently serves as the external vice president of the Student Government Association and as a mentor for the Leadership for Life Service Program.
Rosie Dawoud is helping future University of Illinois Springfield students discover what the university has to offer as a student ambassador for UIS Admissions. Dawoud is also involved in campus politics as the internal vice president for the Student Government Association and a senator for the campus senate.