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WIU Veterans and Service Members Inducted into SALUTE

May 5, 2014


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MACOMB - The Western Illinois University chapter of SALUTE, a national veterans honor society, inducted 27 veterans and service members during the 2013-14 academic year.

Western is a charter member, and considered one of the pioneers of the national honor society team. SALUTE recognizes veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members and reservists who have been honorably discharged, or who are currently serving. One of the primary goals of SALUTE is to recognize members who have shown courage, strength, leadership, excellence and perseverance in their military endeavors, and who are now showing that same commitment to their academic careers.

SALUTE Veterans Honor Society provides a four-tier system designed to encourage student veterans to strive to improve academic performance so they may advance to higher tier levels in the honor society. For undergraduate WIU students, the cumulative grade point average must fall within these guidelines: Delta tier 3.00-3.24; Charlie tier 3.25-3.49; Bravo tier 3.50-3.74 and Alpha tier 3.75-4.0. A graduate student with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 may be eligible as a SALUTE Gold member.

Since inducting its first class in 2011, the Western chapter has inducted more than 100 members, representing the fourth largest SALUTE chapter in the nation. The class of 2013-14 represents the sixth largest group to be inducted this year.

"More than 65 percent of the student veteran population has earned a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above," said Veterans Resource Assistant Director Kathy Myers. "The number of WIU veterans and service members who achieve excellence in their academics while serving our country and communities demonstrates the caliber of student veterans enrolled at Western. We celebrate the spirit, fortitude, diversity and benevolence our student veterans and service members bring to the Western Illinois University community."

Each member selected for recognition through SALUTE was presented with a military style challenge coin and a membership certificate from Western Illinois University and the national organization.

This year's recipients include:

ILLINOIS
BLOOMINGTON: Barbra Oldenburg, U.S. Air Force, senior, general studies

CANTON: Amber Collins, U.S. Army, senior, exercise science

CRYSTAL LAKE: Steven McMan, U.S. Marine Corps, junior, law enforcement and justice administration

DIXON: Danny Royer, U.S. Navy, junior, law enforcement and justice administration

FREEPORT: Jacob Folgate, U.S. Army, senior, law enforcement and justice administration

FULTON: Aaron Foltz, Army National Guard, senior, chemistry

GALESBURG: Brad Folger, U.S. Marine Corps, senior, political science

HAMILTON: Joey Diekmann, U.S. Army, senior, anthropology

KEWANEE: Paul Schaecher, U.S. Air Force, senior, general studies

MACOMB: Jonathan Szalonek, U.S. Army, senior, law enforcement and justice administration

MOLINE: Angela Marshall, U.S. Army, sophomore, law enforcement and justice administration; Devin McNeil, U.S. Marine Corps, senior, general studies; Tim Perez, U.S. Army, senior, supply chain management; Dennis Robertson, U.S. Army, graduate student, educational and interdisciplinary studies

NILES: Robert Hauptmann, U.S. Army/U.S. Navy, senior, law enforcement and justice administration

OAK FOREST: James Felgenhauer, U.S. Army, senior, construction management

PALOS HILLS: Eric Pendleton, U.S. Marine Corps, senior, nursing

ROMEOVILLE: Jorge Robles, U.S. Marine Corps, junior, law enforcement and justice administration

PLYMOUTH: Kenneth Christine, U.S. Army, junior, instructional design and technology

SILVIS: Lucas Britt, U.S. Marine Corps, senior, engineering technology

SPRINGFIELD: Michael Winterbauer, Air National Guard, senior, law enforcement and justice administration

TAYLORVILLE: Dylan M. Bilyeu, Army National Guard, senior, psychology

TIMEWELL: Christopher Bradley, U.S. Air Force, senior, computer science

TRIVOLI: Kevin Eastman, Army National Guard, sophomore, law enforcement and justice administration


IOWA
BUFFALO: Kristi Francis, U.S. Air Force, senior, supply chain management

LE CLAIRE: David Farr, U.S. Navy, senior, supply chain management

MT. PLEASANT: Ski Schroeder, U.S. Army, senior, general studies




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