Meet the student employees who lend a hand with all things efactory

We’re celebrating Student Employee Appreciation Week with efactory student employees.

student employee working on laptop

Student employees make our world go round

It’s Student Employee Appreciation Week! Student employees make up an important part of the efactory team and help with everything from events to research projects. Working downtown alongside some of Springfield’s coolest startups? It’s not a bad gig, if you ask us.

Meet the students

We were able to pull the crew away from their work long enough for some rapid-fire Q&A. Read on to get to know the team – and be sure to say hi next time you see them in the building!

Matt Bowie

Operations Assistant

Hometown: Springfield, MO
Major: Engineering
Describe yourself in one word: Honest
What is your favorite office supply? Food labels for the fridge
What’s your strangest talent? I have a vast knowledge of memes.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Shape shifting

Arianna Kopplin

Training Assistant

Arianna Kopplin

Hometown: Altamont, IL
Major: Entertainment Management
Describe yourself in one word: Loyal
What is your favorite plant? The prickly pear cactus. Very low maintenance.
Outside of work and school, how do you like to spend your time? Exploring new places, like coffee shops or going to concerts.
What is your strangest talent? I can cook anything on a Pizzaz, even smores.

Jacob Kovarik

Graduate Assistant, Regional

Jacob Kovarik

Hometown: Columbia, MO
Major: Master of Business Administration
Describe yourself in one word: Unpredictable
What is your favorite office supply? The microwave
What is your favorite form of entertainment? World Cup soccer

Oliva Marks

Training Assistant

Hometown: Mattoon, IL
Major: Criminology
Describe yourself in one word: Positive
What is your favorite form of entertainment? Music theatre or dance
What’s your strangest talent? I can touch my thumb to my wrist.
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? To have anything I need in my pocket the exact moment I need it.

Mindy O’Leary

Training Assistant

Mindy O'Leary

Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Major: Supply Chain Management
Describe yourself in one word: Balanced
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? To fly
What is your favorite form of entertainment? Crime shows

Corbin Oliver

Graduate Assistant, Business Projects

Corbin Oliver

Hometown: St. Louis, baby!
Major: Master of Business Administration
Describe yourself in one word: Positive
What is your favorite form of entertainment? Watching movies and the St. Louis Blues!
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? Teleporting
What are you known for? Having a t-shirt company

Austin Pearce

Operations Assistant

Austin Pearce

Hometown: Springfield, MO
Major: Computer Science
Describe yourself in one word: Curious
What is your favorite plant? Poison ivy
Outside of work and school, how do you like to spend your time? Questioning my existence
If you could have any superpower, what would it be? The ability to time travel

Liam Priestley

Graduate Assistant, Research

Liam Priestley

Hometown: London, England
Major: Master of Business Administration
Describe yourself in one word: Methodical
What is your favorite form of entertainment? Watching and playing sports
Outside of work and school, how do you like to spend your time? On the water fishing
What’s your strangest talent? I am ridiculously good at Wii sports.

Mikayla Widhalm

Marketing Graduate Assistant

Mikayla Widhalm

Hometown: Lebanon, MO
Major: Master of Business Administration
Describe yourself in one word: Insightful
What is your favorite form of entertainment? Adventure
What are you known for? Being chill
What’s your strangest talent? I can touch my elbows together.