Student Biographies and Testimonies

Levell Bullock
Levell Bullock
Class of 2017

Levell Bullock
Business and Administration – Accounting
Class of 2017

I was born and raised in the heart of Chicago and grew up as a very outgoing and active child. Always staying proactive, I adventured into a lot of different activities to show my talent. I was a part of the beta team in my early elementary school year the moved on to high school and joined a group called focus that open the doors for mentoring and helping others at an early age. I was also a part of the CPS group called Harris fellows, which help establish pilot High School Academic learning programs. We travel from school to school-even schools in other states to study student’s issues to help us have a better understanding on how to develop a program that can best solve the students need. I used my creativity to bring a lot of entrepreneurship ideas to life. I also started a group called One Mic, which is an organization where friends, young adults, artist and adults came come to discuss deep and inspiring ideas. It is a place where they came come express themselves verbally and artistically. I am aspiring to receive a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration in Accounting at Chicago State University. I set out to be an entrepreneur so that I can take my many talents to the next level and take control of my economic future. I also want to set a higher standard for himself and prove to myself that I have the talent and skills to start and build my dreams and ideas from scratch, while setting a positive example for those that come behind me.


Evens Joseph
Evans Joseph 
CSU Graduate - Class of 2014

Evans Joseph
Chi-State College of Business
Product Ambassador and Supporter 

CSU Graduate - Class of 2014

As a first-generation Haitian-American kid, my family and other families of the like, we overcome our circumstances by gaining something that cannot be taken away from us…. EDUCATION.
I enrolled in Olive Harvey Community College and graduated with my Associates and enrolled at my neighborhood university…. THE Chicago State University! Before I started at Chicago State, I created a plan on how I wanted my tenure to go. Similarly, I was involved in on campus activities while having an internship at the Mayor’s Office and also a summer internship working for PNC Corporate Bank, while maintaining a 3.3+ GPA. I had the option of going to DePaul, but I chose Chicago State University. I chose a place where I felt welcomed and the people were truly enthusiastic about helping me succeed. They matched my drive, from Ms. Wells in the Career Development Center, to Professor Martin, Dean Collins, Prof. Kpo and Prof. Coupet in the College of Business and also Robert Hearon in the AAMRC (African American Male Resource Center). Any student there can do the same, you just have to want it!
I am currently working at the General Capital Corporation Company. An opportunity I received through the College of Business’ Annual Job Fair for Accounting and Finance students. I am pleased with the decision I made of choosing Chicago State University to continue my education. I’ve grown as a young man and a young professional, as a result. I hope this helps any current/prospective student to understand that your neighborhood university is not only here for you, but here to propel you. Be strong, persistent, and courageous. Enjoy your journey; learn as much as you can and build many relationships.


Natalia Peralta
Natalia Peralta
Class of 2017

Natalia Peralta
Business and Administration - Management 
Class of 2014

I began my college journey nearly a decade after completing high school in 2000. I completed most of my Gen Ed classes at Moraine Valley Community College and then decided to transfer to CSU in the fall of 2015. I delayed college simply to focus on my family. I got married and had two beautiful children and college seemed the furthest from my mind. My husband was in the Navy and I was managing my family’s auto repair facility in the South Shore Community. I have held this position for nearly 17 years. It wasn't until my kids began to get older and asked "what college did you go to mom?" and I had no answer, I was slightly embarrassed honestly not because I was incapable of going to college but because it wasn't a priority to me. I have instilled the importance of education to them since preschool and I wasn't holding up to my own standards. So I went back... and I have given it all I had from day one which has lead me to this very moment in life. Four months away from graduation with a 3.1 GPA and excited about attending graduate school.
My experience at CSU has not only provided me with the learning tools necessary to manage our business more effectively and efficiently but also given me a sense of personal gratification and confidence to be anything I want to be. The majority of my experience has come from hands on experience but the legal and professional aspect of my skill sets have been improved dramatically during the last two years.


Stephanie Rodman
Stephanie Rodman
Class of 2018

Stephanie Rodman
Business and Administration - Accounting
Class of 2014

My name is Stephanie Rodman and I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting. I currently maintain a 3.73 G.P.A and I will be graduating May 2018. As a transfer student, I have attended Chicago State University for two years, where I have been able to seek out opportunities that have and will continue to help me gain knowledge and advance in my Accounting career. As a student at CSU I have received two significant awards, E.Q.U.I.P.P’s Lela E. Wright Scholarship Award in the field of Business and Entrepreneurship and Chicago State University’s Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievements. As a College of Business student, I have been selected to participate in Thurgood Marshall College Funds’ 17th Annual Leadership Institute this October. While attending Chicago State I have been fortunate enough to work in the Office of Budget and Resource Planning where I am gaining a great deal of experience and knowledge pertaining to accounting from my colleagues. I have also been able to network with other accounting and finance professionals with whom I am also gaining great knowledge from. Obtaining my Bachelor’s degree from Chicago State University is only going to open more doors of opportunities for me as aspire to work for the Internal Revenue Service as an Auditor.


Alexis Sevilla
Alexis Sevilla
CSU Graduate - Summer  2017

Alexis Sevilla
Business and Administration – Accounting
Class of 2017

I am Alexis Seveilla and I was born and raised from the Southeast side of Chicago with my dad, Manuel Sevilla, who was an immigrant from Jalisco, Mexico and my mom, Margie Sevilla, who was born in Chicago but with an immigrant background. Throughout my education I was always on the honor roll and received numerous of awards for academic achievement. During high school, Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy, I was the captain of the girls’ soccer team, treasurer for Spanish National Honor Society, a member of National Honors Society, and completed many community services hours. After graduating with high honors, I went on to pursue mu accounting degree at Northern Illinois University. During my first year of college, I was blessed with a baby boy. However, I still had dreams and goals and realized education was the key to success. Thanks to my support system, I was able to continue my education and graduate from the one and only CHICAGO STATE UNIVERSITY!! I received my degree in accounting within the time frame expected. I had the courage and determination to be successful in life and no matter how hard the obstacles were I overcome them.


Ashton Skillon
Ashton Skillon
Class of 2017

Ashton Skillon
Business and Administration - Accounting
Class of 2017

I am a senior at Chicago State University majoring in accounting with hopes of completing my bachelor’s degree in fall of 2017. My educational inspirations consist of acquiring my bachelor’s degree in accounting that would aid me in pursuing a spot into a joint degree program such as a J.D. and Masters of Accountancy offered by some law schools with hopes of earning a CPA licensure.
My career vision is to one day own my own law firm that offers professional accounting and law services for companies and individuals that will help to build and expand their businesses. I spend time outside of the classroom working and volunteering. I volunteer for the Humane Society and a local food pantry.


Coretha Smith
Cloretha Smith
CSU Graduate - Summer  2017

Cloretha Smith
Business and Administration - Management 
CSU Graduate -  Summer 2017

I am currently employed with Renzenberger, Inc. where I am a professional driver. I shuttle railroad crews to and from the trains in the railroad yards. I have trained numerous new employees about the safety procedures of the job and assist the crews while they are building or taking apart the trains in the yards.
I formerly worked for two banks, Marquette Bank and North Bank and supervised six tellers on daily basis, balanced the ATM and cash vaults for the bank, performed teller cash audits and CTR audits in compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act. I also prepared and processed accounts payable, which included setting up vendors on the accounts payable systems, reconciled various applications to the general ledger on daily basis, including the teller’s blotter and reconciled correspondent bank statements monthly. Encoded all the transactions that were done for that business day properly. Adjusted general ledger postings for debiting or crediting accounts. Handled multiple tasks such as filing checks daily for the customer accounts and opened or closed account signature cards.
My activities outside of class are doing volunteer work, I love helping others. I volunteer at Leo High School, Feed, Clothe and Help the Needy, Academy of St. Benedict the Africans, True Church of Holiness and Kennedy King College for the Phi Theta Kappa which she is a member.
I graduated from Kennedy King College with an Associate in Liberal Arts and Associate Applied Science in Accounting/GPA 3.50. I now attends Chicago State University-Chicago, IL where I am pursuing a Bachelor of Science: Business and Administration / GPA 3.75 and will be graduating in December 2017.
I am an honor student, a member of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society/ Lambda Rho Chapter, Dean’s List, University Honor Award and Special Recognition and Provost Honor Award recipient.


Tiffany Townsend
Tiffany Townsend
Class of 2017

Tiffany Townsend
Business and Administration – Management
Class of 2017
My name is Tiffany Townsend and I am currently a senior at Chicago State University, aspiring to graduate with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, which will broaden my aptitude in numerous aspects. The curriculum is designed to prepare me for proficiency in problem solving techniques, organizational skills and other mechanics that will help me to execute solutions. Assisting with this approach are courses such as Language & Human Behavior and Organizational Research, which gives me the opportunity to explore in-depth learning experiences, while cultivating sustainable development. You can be assured; this opportunity will reinforce fundamentals that may arise in the business industry.
Moreover, I’m a mother of three year old twin girls and attaining a higher education is essential to improve their daily lives and to reach my personal goal. Unfortunately, my mother had to make sacrifices for the good of our family, so I surely feel it is imperative for me to be a positive force in my daughters live as well as show them the essence of hard work.


John Williams
John Williams
Class of 2017

John Willams
Business and Administration – Accounting
Class of 2017
I am an African immigrant from Ghana. I migrated to the United States with my immediate family in the hopes of accomplishing the American dream. I am a graduating accounting student at Chicago State University and serve as a staff auditor at a public accounting firm. I also served in two internship roles prior to starting his staff auditor position. My first internship experience started with Walmart where I served as a Management Intern. My second internship experience was with a steel manufacturing company, where I served as an accounting intern for two years. As an accounting student and an ROTC Cadet at Chicago State I was able to maintain a cumulative GPA that has landed him on the honor roll. During my time at Chicago State, I was also awarded the Mary T. Washington Wylie scholarship by the Illinois CPA Society. I plan to take advantage of this opportunities in public accounting and serve the United States Army at the same time.


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