Current Master’s Student Bios

Courtney C. Abbott hopes to work for a Corporate PR company such as Golan Harris while building his own non-profit organization  to help disadvantaged youth. He received  the Illinois General Assembly Grant for three years in undergrad by maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA requirement. He is currently working  for the Department of Human Services’s AmeriCorps/Serve Illinois division in the Graduate Public Service Internship (GPSI) program offered through UIS.

Nina Davis would like to to be a feature writer for a magazine, and ultimately, work for a publishing company as an acquisitions editor. She is interested in creative writing, as well. She has been on the Dean’s List and received grants for education. Nina works part time as a hairstylist.

Daymon Kiliman is interested in emerging media technologies and digital music consumption, production, and culture. He hopes to work in a decision-making capacity for a music technology company, online music retailer, or music publication, but also enjoys working in academic environments. He is pursuing his degree in Communication with an emphasis in journalism and media. He has worked as an Assistant Editor and Reporter for campus newspaper, The Journal, and as a peer writing tutor at the Center for Teaching and Learning. He is currently working as a freelance copy editor and proofreader in the greater Chicago area. Contact Daymon at for questions about the graduate school experience.

Lindsay Meece hopes to work in the area of event coordinating after graduating.  She is a full-time employee of UIS in the Admissions department.  She recently was awarded the UIS Staff Scholarship in Memory of Mike Love and has reached Tier 2 in the Student Affairs Professional Development workshops.

Carley Reynolds is a graduate assistant for the Capital Scholars Honors Program. She is also currently the secretary for Lambda Pi Eta. After Carley completes her Master’s at UIS, she hopes to pursue a doctorate degree in Communication and eventually teach at the college level.