Welcome to Honors Student Council!
The purpose of the Honors Student Council (HSC) is to provide a community where honors students can develop friendships and participate in activities that are critical to the mission of the program. The HSC is supported financially and overseen by the Campus Honors Program staff. During the spring semester, students have an opportunity to apply for leadership positions on the HSC Executive Board. Each of the Vice Presidents is responsible for chairing a committee focused on each of their respective areas of responsibility, and all students in the Campus Honors Program are encouraged to actively participate on one or more of these committees. Those selected for the 2023-24 academic year include:
- Gina Jagminas, President
- Nick Wilson, Secretary
- Flor Quiroz, Social Media and Communications Chair
- Adele Miller, Mentorship Chair
- Alejandro Pulido, Co-Vice President of Academic Engagement
- Elisabeth Sandoval, Co-Vice President of Academic Engagement
- Rosie Martinez, Co-Vice President of Art and Cultural Engagement
- Isabelle Zhou, Co-Vice President of Art and Cultural Engagement
- Wyatt Beal, Co-Vice President of Community Engagement
- Alexandra Chapman, Co-Vice President of Community Engagement
- Margot Pierce, Vice President of Publications
- Madison Fanning, Co-Vice President of Social Engagement
- Lucy Moss, Co-Vice President of Social Engagement
- Nic Davis, At-Large
Honors Student Council meets at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday evenings on alternating weeks throughout the semester. All students are encouraged to attend. On the alternating week when the HSC does not formally meet, it sponsors an “Honors After Dark” program that is thematically determined by students. Watch for announcements about events in Newsbytes and sign up to follow us on Social Media!
We encourage all students to become involved in the HSC this year!
Meet Your 2023-24 HSC Executive Board!
Gina Jagminas – President
Gina is a senior in LAS, majoring in History with a minor in Journalism. Outside of HSC, she is involved with the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega and is a Peer Mentor for the College of LAS. In her free time, she is almost always watching movies, crocheting, or going out to eat with friends.
HSC has provided Gina with a much-needed sense of community during her time at UIUC, and she wanted to become more involved to continue making new connections with students and faculty. Working with the rest of the executive board, she is excited to bring everyone in CHP closer together and continue to make it a supportive and welcoming community. She encourages anyone who is a part of CHP to stop by at an HSC meeting or an Honors After Dark event to check it out and meet some great people!
Nick Wilson – Secretary
Nick is a junior majoring in Integrative Biology Honors and minoring in Chemistry and Statistics. Outside of HSC, he is the Membership Chair for the McKinley Health Center Special Populations Health Program and one of the Philanthropy Chairs for Alpha Epsilon Delta Pre-Health Honors Society. He also works as a course assistant and tutor for the Department of Statistics and as a biological research assistant. In his free time, he enjoys running, watching and playing basketball, and learning about interesting topics in science.
HSC has provided Nick with both a valuable sense of community and a refreshing break from challenging classes on campus. As HSC Secretary, he hopes to help Chancellor’s Scholars to get the most out of their CHP experience. He encourages everyone to take advantage of the opportunities offered by CHP by attending events and spending time in the Honors House.
Adele Miller – Mentorship Chair
Adele is a sophomore majoring in Special Education with a minor in Disability Studies. Outside of HSC, she is the Vice President of Programming for her professional teaching fraternity Epsilon Delta and the New Member Coordinator for Illini Service Dogs. In her free time, she enjoys baking, exploring the outdoors, and spending time with her friends, family, and dogs.
HSC has provided Adele with a supportive community and an opportunity to connect with her fellow Chancellor’s Scholars. She is very excited to reintroduce the mentorship program within the Honors Program as she believes it will foster greater connections within the program and allow first year students to immediately begin building their community on campus.
Flor Quiroz – Social Media and Communications Chair
Flor is a junior in LAS at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. She is currently studying Clinical Psychology and Spanish, planning to finish her double major bachelor’s degrees in May 2025. After completing her degree, she hopes to pursue a PHD and work as an outpatient therapist supporting Spanish speaking families and the Latinx community.
Outside of HSC, Flor enjoys staying active by working out, bike riding or walking her dog. In her free time, she reads, cooks, draws, likes visiting new places, listens to podcasts, and spends time with friends and family. She loves having conversations with new people and appreciates when people share more about themselves and their passions.
As HSC Social Media and Communications Chair, she hopes to network with other campuses, grow the CHP following, and increase engagement through hosting fun events for CHP students. She will work closely with other Exec Board members to encourage and support Chancellor’s Scholars in their professional and academic life. She hopes to see and meet a lot more people at the Honors House this year.
Alejandro Pulido – Co-Vice President, Academic Engagement
Alejandro is a senior studying Information Systems and minoring in Computer Science. Outside of CHP, he enjoys working out and rock climbing as well. Alejandro joined HSC to get involved more within the Campus Honors Program. He hopes that with his time as Vice President in Academic Engagement that professors through various colleges showcase the research that they do outside of classes. He encourages all Chancellor’s Scholars to connect with their professors and get to know them a little better.
Elisabeth Sandoval – Co-Vice President, Academic Engagement
Elisabeth is a junior studying political science and English. She is a member of the Alpha Delta Pi sorority, as well as a research intern at the Cline Center. She is also a summer camp instructor for the Universal Cheerleaders Association, a former local titleholder within the Miss Illinois Scholarship Organization, and an active volunteer with several institutions. She enjoys reading, singing, working out, and planning academic engagement events!
Elisabeth got involved with HSC because she was new to the Campus Honors Program and wanted to meet new people, help plan events, and learn more about what the program had to offer. The program has made a huge campus feel smaller by giving her a vibrant, supportive community, and she hopes to make it even more welcoming and engaging for all future Chancellor’s Scholars.
Rosie Martinez – Co-Vice President, Art and Cultural Engagement
Rosie is a junior studying Graphic Design and Political Science. After graduation, she hopes to work in political campaigning and use her art to create social change. She works in a multitude of mediums besides digital, such as pencil, paint, ink, etc. Outside of HSC, Rosie is the Media & Communications Intern at the Gender & Sexuality Resource Center.
Through HSC, Rosie was able to find a welcoming community and an actual home away from home! CHP provides so many opportunities to make college life much more enjoyable. Being able to lead the Art Committee and help plan events alongside the rest of the Honors Student Council members is an honor, and she hopes to integrate art and culture into HSC in as many fun and innovative ways as possible.
Isabel Zhou – Co-Vice President, Art and Cultural Engagement
Isabel is a sophomore studying Operations Management and Information Systems at the Gies College of Business. When she graduates, she wants to pursue a career in UX/UI design to explore the intersection between art, business, and technology. Isabel has a diverse range of artistic interests, including drawing, painting, sewing, crocheting, and jewelry-making. Outside of HSC, Isabel runs her own online clothing business and is a member of Illinois Business Consulting (IBC).
Through CHP and HSC, Isabel has found a supportive community where she can thrive and grow alongside others. Whether she’s working on a project or organizing a social event, she has many opportunities to form meaningful connections. Isabel cherishes the friends she has made through CHP and hopes to meet even more people at the Honors House this year!
Wyatt Beal – Co-Vice President, Community Engagement
Wyatt is a sophomore studying Social Work with a minor in Leadership. After completing his degree, he plans to pursue an MSW and ultimately work as a counselor.
Wyatt is passionate about community engagement and social justice. Outside of CHP, he is a member of the UIUC Social Work Student Association and writes a blog, Beal’s Spiel. In his free time, he enjoys drawing, cafes, and nature (he is a squirrel lover and not afraid of the geese).
He became involved in HSC to build connections with people. He is from Southern California and has found CHP to be his home away from home and a doorway to connect with the greater Champaign-Urbana area. He is looking forward to working with anyone interested in building community, so stop by for a meeting and learn about all the opportunities to be involved. He knows that commitments can be scary, and school can be stressful, so drop by when you can – CHP will always be here for you!
Alex Chapman – Co-Vice President, Community Engagement
Alex is a sophomore double majoring in Sociology and Environmental Sustainability. In the future, she plans to get a Master’s degree, and hopes to be involved with the Environmental Justice movement throughout her career. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, spending time with friends, and being outside (all at the same time, preferably).
Alex joined HSC freshman year as a way to get more involved in the CHP community. She found her place in Community Engagement, where she has opportunities to connect with volunteer organizations on and off campus, and to get other students involved as well.
Alex believes the work of the Community Engagement Committee, and HSC as a whole, is very important in creating meaningful change in the community. She is looking forward to all that HSC will accomplish this year!
Margot Pierce – Vice President, Publications
Margot is a junior double majoring in Mathematics and Spanish. Outside of HSC, she is a member of the executive boards for the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Altgeld Ringers. She also plays the violin in the University Philharmonia Orchestra. When she isn’t in class or rehearsal, she enjoys reading, journaling, and going for long walks.
Over the past two years, CHP and HSC in particular have become a special community for Margot, and helped make the big university feel a bit smaller and more familiar. On executive board, she hopes to extend the welcome that she received to more students and make them feel at home in CHP. She hopes that all Chancellor’s Scholars will come to HSC and/or Honors After Dark to connect with other students, as well as consider contributing to Equinox, the literary magazine!
Madison Fanning – Co-Vice President, Social Engagement
Madison is a sophomore in the Grainger College of Engineering. She is transferring to Bioengineering with a dual degree in Chemistry in LAS. Outside of the Honors Student Council, Madison is the Director of Recruitment for the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES), a student chair for Leadership Coalition, and the Campus Communication Coordinator for the National Residence Hall Honorary: Orange and Blue Chapter. You can catch Madison spending her free time at Illini sporting events or baking with friends.
By joining the Honors Student Council, Madison had the opportunity to meet other Chancellor’s Scholars and assist in planning many Honors After Dark events. She hopes to deepen her involvement with the Honors Student Council by serving as the Co-Vice President of the Social Engagement Committee.
Lucy Moss – Co-Vice President, Social Engagement
Lucy Moss is a sophomore studying Organizational and Community Leadership with minors in Business and Spanish. She enjoys international travel, summertime, pickles, and singing in her car. Lucy is currently the Gala Chair of UIUC’s UNICEF. She aspires to have an international career, buy Versailles, become fluent in Spanish, and change the world.
Nic Davis – At Large
Nic is a senior studying Aerospace Engineering with a concentration in Mechanical Design, planning to graduate in December of 2023. Outside of CHP, he has been involved with the aerodynamics and suspension sub-teams of the Illini Formula Electric Team. In his free time he enjoys weightlifting, reading, and keeping up with shows on Netflix.
Nic joined the Honors Student Council to meet more students with common interests. Through the executive board, he enjoys having the opportunity to connect with more people and help other Chancellor’s scholars make a large campus feel small. As a member at large, he hopes to help with any event planning he can and engage with new members to help them create new connections. He encourages anyone looking to get involved on campus to attend a meeting and get some free pizza!