College of Business alum paves the way for the next generation

Kevin Stevens

When Kevin Stevens CRPC® Private Wealth Advisor graduated in 1994 with a degree in finance, financial planning wasn’t a well-known career. However, the career appealed to Stevens. With 24 years of experience in financial planning, Stevens is now focused on giving back. The scholarship Kevin Stevens funded will provide five, $5,000 scholarships for Illinois State University students interested in the profession.

Scholarship fuels app development

The Hany family from left to right: Grace, Matthew, Kirsten, and Phillip.

Kirsten Hany ’03, M.S. ’14, is like many Illinois State students as she juggles work, family, and courses in the midst of a pandemic. Hany is a full-time teacher at University High School in the Social Science Department, a part-time professor for the College of Education, and mom to Grace (age 14) and Phillip (age 12). Hany’s desire to create a welcoming and inclusive classroom for her students pushed her to pursue a doctoral degree focused on trauma informed practices in secondary classrooms. She employs an intersectional framework, meaning she seeks to understand how the intersection of students’ most salient identities influences how they experience and process trauma.