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Alex Heuer Named Honors College Scholar and History Department Scholar for Fall 2008

Jan 1, 2009

Alex Heuer of Swansea, a senior History Teacher Certfication Honors major and an Honors Pre-Law minor, the winner of numerous national, state, and university awards was named by WIU's Centennial Honors College as its Honors College Scholar for Fall 2008 and by the Department of History as its Fall 2008 Department Scholar.

Mr. Heuer, who graduated Summa Cum Laude in December 2008, wrote his honors thesis, "Seizing the Airwaves: A History of Tri States Public Radio,"
on the history of public radio at WIU, under the direction of Dr. Greg Hall, Associate Professor of History. Mr. Heuer served the History Department in many capacities, including as president of Phi Alpha Theta, the history honors society, in 2007 and 2008. He was also one of only four students in the History Department to be awarded the Department's Charles Sadler History Memorial Scholarship for Fall 2008. Mr. Heuer's efforts also garnered undergraduate research grants from the History Department, Centennial Honors College, and College of Arts & Sciences. His outstanding academic record and service to the Department have earned him distinction as the Fall 2008 History Departmental Scholar and College of Arts & Sciences College Scholar nominee.

Mr. Heuer was an active participant in Western's Centennial Honors College, where he served as the student representative to the Honors Council, a four-year officer in the Student Honors Association, and a winner of multiple Centennial Honors College and History Department scholarships. Mr. Heuer demonstrates the outstanding academic achievement and overall excellence that is expected of the History Department's Departmental Scholar.

Chief among Mr. Heuer's other accomplishments is national recognition from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI). As a student employee of Tri States Public Radio, WIUM-FM, Mr. Heuer was chosen in 2008 as one of seven outstanding student news reporters from across the nation. Three of the seven national winners were selected to attend PRNDI's national conference in Washington, D.C. and based on an essay written by Mr. Heuer, he was selected to attend the conference and received the organization's annual scholarship. Mr. Heuer's broadcasting work has also been recognized at the state level. He won three statewide broadcasting awards in April 2008, for outstanding news reporting, use of sound, and soft radio program.

In 2007, Mr. Heuer was selected for the University's William E. Brattain Award. The Brattain Award is the University's annual award that recognizes one student that best displays academic growth, campus leadership, and community involvement. Mr. Heuer voluntarily chose to complete honors requirements in both the pre-law and history curriculum. In 2007, he was selected to take a graduate-level history research seminar whereupon he earned one of the highest grades in the class. The research paper completed in the seminar resulted in Mr. Heuer's second Phi Kappa Phi Research Paper Award.

Mr. Heuer won many other scholarships. Throughout his college career, he received the sophomore, junior, senior honors scholarship. In 2007, Mr. Heuer received the Keith Webb Memorial Pre-Law Scholarship. In that year, he also received the Tug Haddock Memorial Scholarship from Tri States Public Radio for excellence in broadcasting. Mr. Heuer also earned the distinction of representing the University at the 49th annual Air Force Academy Assembly in Colorado Springs, CO.

Mr. Heuer has also displayed outstanding leadership abilities through his involvement in student organizations and as a four-time FYE (First-Year Experience) peer mentor. Throughout his academic career at Western, Mr. Heuer has been involved in multiple student organizations. Mr. Heuer has served as programming chair, secretary, and vice president of the Student Honors Association. He was the president of the Pre-Law Club, vice president of Phi Alpha Delta, Honors Pre-Law, and president and treasurer of the Speaking Society. Mr. Heuer is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi. He won Debate Team Talent Grant Awards from 2004 to 2007 and a Tri States Public Radio Talent Grant Award from 2007 to present.

Mr. Heuer recently completed his student teaching at Illini West High School in Carthage, IL. He has accepted a position beginning in January 2009 as a reporter with the NPR radio affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

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