Madelyn Laughlin chose the University of Illinois Springfield because “it was just the right size, not too big or small.” “I enjoy that UIS feels like a tight-knit community, much like my hometown,” she said. On campus, Laughlin is president of Lambda Pi Eta (the Communication Honor Society) and is a fundraising coordinator for Alternative Spring Break.
Justin Jones-Felder chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the “small community that helps me stay focused.” On campus, he’s the president of the Black Male Collegiate Society and a member of the Upsilon Xi chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Layla Wellington says she enjoys the “friendly environment” at the University of Illinois Springfield. “People are always willing to help and show support, which is why I think of UIS as my home away from home,” she said. Wellington is part of the Student Activities Committee (SAC), Voices in Praise Gospel Choir and a mentor for the STARS Living-Learning Community.
Menno Servaes chose the University of Illinois Springfield be part of the “talented and driven” men’s tennis team, which he now captains. On campus, he’s the president of The Research Society, Student Government Association Senator for the College of Business and Management, and is a member of the Society of Advancement of Management and Society of Human Resource Management.
Mae Matoka chose the University of Illinois Springfield because it allowed her “room to grow.” She enjoys the small, close-knit community at UIS that she “craved” for her college experience. On campus, Matoka is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, where she also works as the social media manager. She is president of Legacy Dance Team and the vice president of Lambda Pi Eta, the Communication Honors Society on campus.
Alexis Dhamrait chose the University of Illinois Springfield because “it was close to home and allowed me to receive an excellent education while saving for law school.” At UIS, she is a member of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, Alternative Spring Break and the Phi Alpha Delta International Law Fraternity.
Jessica Joyner chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the “amazing” Human Development Counseling program, the wide variety of graduate assistantships and because of the welcoming campus. She is the graduate assistant for the UIS Volunteer & Civic Engagement Center and helps to organize volunteer projects on and off campus.
Allison Hackett chose the University of Illinois Springfield because of the welcoming environment. “I instantly felt like I was at home when I stepped onto campus,” she said. “You will always see someone you know whenever you are walking on campus.” At UIS, she’s a member of the women’s soccer team and works at the Student Union.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Luigi Cabantog came to the University of Illinois Springfield knowing he wanted to make a difference. As a freshman, he was elected a Student Government Association senator and joined the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity where he is the philanthropy and service chair.