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Singley, Schneider and Ring; WIU Lincoln Laureate College Nominees

October 23, 2002

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MACOMB, IL - - Each of Western's four academic colleges recently nominated one student for the prestigious Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding senior from each of Illinois' four-year degree-granting institutions.

From this group, Western's College of Arts and Sciences nominee Leanne McNett of Stockton was selected as the University's recipient of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award. She will attend a Saturday, Nov. 2 awards ceremony in the Illinois House of Representative Chamber and a luncheon hosted by Gov. and Mrs. George Ryan in the Executive Mansion.

Western's college Laureate nominees are Clint Singley from Sante Fe, NM, a music business major, marketing minor, in the College of Fine Arts and Communication; Megan Schneider from Toulon, a recreation, park and tourism administration major in the College of Education and Human Services; and Kristopher Ring from Ashland, with a double major in business management and finance in the College of Business and Technology.

Singley, a Presidential Scholar at Western, studies piano, organ and voice. He performs in numerous ensembles including Madrigal Singers and Western's top choral ensemble, University Singers, where he is a section leader. Singley has sung roles in the opera workshop and was a semifinalist in the 2000 National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) state competition. He is active in the Wesley Foundation and its Aldersgate summer ministry, and he serves as treasurer of Western's Music Business Association. This past summer Singley served an internship in donor benefits with the Santa Fe Opera. In Spring 2003 he is scheduled to intern in the National Council Auditions office of the Metropolitan Opera in New York City.

Schneider, a Western Illinois Foundation Honors Scholar, will graduate in May 2003 with an RPTA major and an emphasis in therapeutic recreation. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Fraternity, Rho Phi Lambda (recreation honors) and Golden Key Honors Society. Schneider is president of Western's Student Therapeutic Recreation Society and president of the Wesley Foundation. This past summer Schneider volunteer at STRIDES, a therapeutic horseback riding facility in Joliet. She has also worked at the Rainbow Resource Center in Toulon since 1989. Schneider is a member of the Henry County Mounted Search and Rescue, is certified in food service sanitation and currently is completing classes to receive Emergency Medical Technician basic certification.

Ring, a multiple scholarship winner at Western, serves as president of WIU's Alpha Delta chapter of the Sigma Tau Gamma National Fraternity, president of the Rho Epsilon Real-Estate Club and president of Western's Investment Club. He is a Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society member, serves as membership chair for the Beta Gamma Sigma National Scholastic Honor Society, is a member of Western's Judicial Board and is active in the Law Club, Agriculture Student Council and Alpha Gamma Rho Agricultural Fraternity. This past summer Ring completed a Governor's Environmental Corps internship, sponsored by Gov. George Ryan and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA), where he served as a legal intern in the IEPA legal council division. Ring's future plans include law school.

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