Aaleiyah Spaulding says she chose the University of Illinois Springfield for the reasonable tuition price and the community. “UIS strives for diversity and makes everyone feel welcome,” she said. “As a biracial woman, this meant the world to me.” On campus, she’s a part of The National Society of Leadership and Success Chapter and previously served as a student representative for the Psychology Department.
Jennifer Davis chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the small class sizes, friendly professors and proximity to home. “I like how the professors are always willing to help you out if you need it,” she said. “They are willing to go the extra mile to make sure you succeed.” On campus, she’s a member of the Green Fee Committee and also a member of the Research Society.
R’Lee Jones is heavily involved on campus as the vice president of the Black Student Union and the Voices in Praise Gospel Choir. She is also a member of UIS NAACP and Black Women of Excellence. “My favorite thing about UIS is the culture our students of color bring,” Jones said. “We work hard to make sure our campus understands the importance of not only diversity, but inclusion, equity, equality and the power of acceptance.”
Grace Weber chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the opportunities to get involved and be part of the community. On campus, she plays on the women’s basketball team and is a peer math tutor at The Learning Hub. She is also a leader in the University Bible Fellowship and a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Tasneem Shaik chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the courses it offers, internship opportunities and great learning experiences. She works as a student employee at the Office of International Student Services and is vice president of the Indian Student Organization.
Arianna Boyd enjoys the small class sizes and close-knit community at the University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, she is a resident assistant for UIS Residence Life, financial secretary for the Upsilon Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and a mentor in the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program.
Bryce Thomas was recently honored for volunteering close to 150 hours over more than two years at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in downtown Springfield. On campus, the history major is president of the History Club and head delegate for Model Illinois Government.
Randi Hirschel chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the small class sizes and the ease of getting involved on campus. She is co-founder and president of the Jew Crew, the Jewish registered student organization on campus. She’s also a member of Phi Alpha Delta, an international law fraternity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Estelle Higdon chose the University of Illinois Springfield because coming from a smaller hometown, she wanted a college that was “not too big or small.” On campus, she is president of the Needle Arts Club; co-director of Leadership for Life Service Program; marketing director for The Alchemist Review, the English Department’s literary journal; and a member of the Christian Student Fellowship.
Transfer student Mackenzi Matthews is heavily involved in the Student Government Association (SGA) at the University of Illinois Springfield. On campus, she is also head delegate for the Model Illinois Government Club, treasurer of the Green Fee Committee and works at the Student Union.
Daniel Mahony chose the University of Illinois Springfield because it was a perfect fit for him from both an athletic and academic perspective. The exercise science major plays on the UIS men’s soccer team, works for the Office of Electronic Media and recently helped to produce a brochure explaining why UIS is a great place for international students.
Grace Jenkins is a part of the Necessary Steps Mentoring Program, the parliamentarian for the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Alpha Phi Chapter at UIS, president of Voices and Praise and a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. Following graduation from the UIC College of Nursing, she plans to become a labor and delivery nurse.
Sierra Peterson transferred to the University of Illinois Springfield to complete her bachelor’s degree. On campus, she works at the Student Union. As part of her job, she helps manage the UIS CARES Stars Supply Stop, a place where students can pick up school supplies at no cost, with no judgement.
Francesca Butler chose the University of Illinois Springfield because she says it offers the one-on-one attention she would expect from a private liberal arts college. On campus, she is an advocate for the environment as chair of the Green Fee Committee. She is co-captain of the Dancing Stars, chair of the Leadership for Life Public-Health Committee and a student lead worker at Brookens Library.