Staff in the Capital Scholars Honors Program

Dr. Marc Klingshirn
Director, Capital Scholars Honors Program/
Associate Professor, Chemistry
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Dr. Klingshirn joined the Chemistry Department at UIS in 2006 and has taught in the Capital Scholars Honors Program since the Spring of 2007. He became the Director of CAP Honors in the Fall of 2013. When not teaching and administering within CAP Honors, he enjoys spending time in the lab developing green, environmentally friendly laboratory procedures for the high school and undergraduate chemistry curriculum. When not on campus, he enjoys running, kayaking, and exploring his “fascination with water.”


 

Karen Barker
Senior Coordinator of Recruitment and Operations,
Capital Scholars Honors Program
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Karen has been with the Honors Program since 2005. She holds a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from UIS and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology (with minor in Sociology) from Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville. Karen taught CAP 102 for 9 years. She enjoys working out, is addicted to shopping, and loves spoiling her dog, Ruby.


Cortney Trencevski
Admissions Counselor, Advisor and Peer Mentoring Program Assistant,
Capital Scholars Honors Program

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Cortney joined the Capital Scholars Honors Program in the fall of 2015. She has a master’s degree in Human Development Counseling from UIS and a bachelor’s in Business Administration. Cortney is a Licensed Professional Counselor in Illinois. Outside of the office, she partakes in a variety of hobbies including volunteering, fitness, and traveling.


Patti Young

Business Administrative Associate
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Patti has been with UIS since May 2011.  She joined the Capital Scholars Honors Program in Fall of 2019.  Patti holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration and Marketing.  Outside the office, she enjoys taking classes at UIS to further her education, reading Danielle Steel books, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and Chicago Bears, watching NASCAR and hanging out with her granddaughter.


Clifford White


Instructor,
Capital Scholars Honors Program
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Clifford has been with the CAP program for six years and has been a full-time instructor for five. He has taught CAP 102, 111, 115, 361, and 402. He has a number of scholarly interests such as History, Politics and Economics. He has a background in Communications and English and enjoys critically examining and analyzing mass media as it relates to understanding how those messages intersect with and reflect American culture. He has a deep affinity for film and can be generally found watching movies or reading.


Dr. Elise LoBue

Instructor,
Capital Scholars Honors Program
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Elise has been with the Program for seven years, becoming a full-time instructor in 2018. She has taught CAP 111, 122, 123, 253, 402 and will teach CAP 115 in spring. Elise’s scholarly interests include: postsocialist transitions in the former Soviet Union where she served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan, gender studies/gender and development, sports and media, and interdisciplinary research and writing.  She is currently working on research focusing on Turkish refugees who are members of the Islamically based Hizmet civil society movement seeking political asylum in Canada. Outside the office, Elise enjoys gardening, health and wellness, going to the beach, watching kids’ sports, and Ubering them to activities.


Nick Dabbs
Graduate Assistant,
Capital Scholars Honors Program
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Nick serves as the CAP Peer Tutoring Graduate Assistant. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English Literature (with minors in Women & Gender Studies and Sociology) from UIS, and he is currently pursuing a master’s in English. Nick enjoys literature, writing, LGBT+ issues, playing bass, and anime


Danielle Sakach

Graduate Assistant,
Capital Scholars Honors Program
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Dani is a graduate of the Capital Scholars Honors Program, class of 2018, with a bachelor’s in Psychology and a minor in Women & Gender Studies. She is currently pursuing her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling here at UIS while serving as one of the CAP graduate assistants and working as a visual artist at Urban Sassafras. Dani is also a local musician as part of the band Graveswitcher. She has previously been in the bands Moondead, Wilt Candy, and Montagh, and is always working on something new. She often plays at the Black Sheep Cafe as well as other parts of the Illinois underground punk community.


Ariel Gipson
Student Worker
Capital Scholars Honors Program
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Ariel began with the CAP program in the spring of 2017. She is a senior majoring in Criminal Justice. Throughout her time, she has been a peer mentor to multiple CAP freshman, and a student worker for the CAP office.  She loves to read and write during her spare time, and also loves to take art classes such as ceramics.


Ciara Tieman

Ciara Tieman
Student Worker
Capital Scholars Honors Program
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Ciara began with the CAP program in the spring of 2017. She is a junior majoring in Business with a minor in Marketing. In her free time, she loves to hang out with friends, but the majority of her time is spent studying or being in the CAP office. On campus, Ciara is a part of Tri Sigma, and also serves as an assistant editor for Continuum, the Capital Scholars Honors Journal.