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WIU College, Departmental and Honors Scholars Named
December 3, 2004
MACOMB, IL - - Six students participating in Western Illinois Universitys Fall 2004 Commencement Weekend Ceremonies Dec. 17-18 have received the highest recognition from their college faculty for their overall academic excellence by being named College Scholar and the Academic Honors Convocation Speaker.
The 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17 Academic Honors Convocation in Western Hall will honor College Scholars, Departmental Scholars, Honors Scholars and graduate candidates who have earned academic distinction throughout their Western Illinois career. Students receive a medallion for each honor, which they wear at Commencement ceremonies. In addition, College Scholars received a $150 cash award from the WIU Foundation.
She said the purpose of her speech, Looking Toward the Future Through the Eyes of the Past, is to convey to each person graduating that we have an obligation to take the lessons we have learned, in and out of the classroom, and make wise decisions in the future. My greatest hope is that each graduate will invest as much time as possible into the important relationships in their lives.
Tufano, who said she is especially interested in juvenile delinquency and juvenile justice, has lived and worked in the residence halls as residence assistant, Inter-Hall Council representative and Hall Government executive board member. She also serves as a member of Westerns Student Judicial Board and was a co-chair of civic engagement programs. Tufano is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and serves as an outreach leader for InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.
The experienced and involved faculty made a large impact in my academics, and their involvement in our studies was a positive aspect of my experiences in the classroom, Tufano said.
Its a great honor to be named the College Scholar; and I was especially pleased to be named the Convocation Speaker because I consider it a great responsibility to convey one of the last messages we as students will hear, Tufano added.
Michelle is the daughter of Daniel and Catherine Tufano of Lombard (IL).
Being a College Scholar is such an honor. This award demonstrates that all my hard work has been noticed by faculty members in my department; and being nominated and receiving this honor is a magnificent symbol of respect from them, Cadieu said.
Amanda, the daughter of Kathy and Gery Cadieu of Quincy (IL), will begin her graduate studies in math at Western next semester. She plans to go on to the University of Illinois in Fall 2005 to work toward a masters degree in math and computer science.
She has served as treasurer of Westerns Lambda Pi Eta chapter of the national communication honor society and is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society. She received the communication departments Thompson Scholar Award this semester for academic excellence within the discipline. Levins has engaged in research emphasizing persuasive campaigns, interpersonal communication, marketing development and nonverbal communication. She is active in the Macomb and Quincy communities, volunteering with organizations such as the American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Illinois Veterans Home and Good Samaritan Nursing Home. Levins also was the College of Fine Art and Communications nominee for this years Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award.
Its a great honor to be recognized as the College Scholar, Levins said. I am honored that my hard work and dedication is being recognized among a group of outstanding students.
Bridget is the daughter of Mark and Patricia Levins of Quincy (IL).
A native of Santiago, Chile, Lucie said being named a College Scholar is unbelievable.
Attending a four-year institution in my own country was an impossible dream due to my economic situation. This is a gift to my mom, Rosario Araya Espinoza. She is a single mother who struggled to raise me, and she deserves all my achievements, Lucie said. I love to learn and to be involved in school activities, and to be rewarded for that is just amazing.
Andrea is married to Quin Lucie, a Macomb (IL) attorney. She will begin graduate classes in sociology at Western in January. In May 2005 the Lucies plan to relocate to North Carolina, where she will continue to work toward a master of arts in liberal studies at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Her educational plans include earning a doctorate in anthropology or liberal studies.
Its a great honor to be named the College Scholar due to the quality and caliber of my fellow students in the Centennial Honors College, McDonald said. It is very rewarding to receive an honor such as this.
Charles, the son of Chuck and Susan McDonald of Robinson (IL), will marry Adrienna Polgar, a WIU Summer 2004 master of music graduate, Jan. 1, 2005.
It means a lot to me to be named the College Scholar. I was competing against strong candidates from every major in the College of Arts and Sciences, and I am sure they worked hard throughout their college years, Richter said. I had a lot of support from professors and Western staff throughout my career. They pushed me to want to succeed and do and best in everything.
Shawna is the daughter of Gerald and Linda Richter of Trenton (IL).
Departmental and Honors Scholars recognized at the Academic Honors Convocation include the following, by county and hometown:
QUINCY Adam Truebe, Management Departmental Scholar
GREENVILLE Crystal Eller, Graphic Communication Departmental Scholar
CHICAGO (60614) Natalie Smith, 500 block of W. Eugenie Street, English Departmental Scholar
NAPERVILLE Tonya Sloma, Special Education, Honors Scholar
CANTON Eugenia Smith, Social Work Departmental Scholar; Jennifer Riley, Sociology Departmental Scholar
ELLISVILLE Tiffany McKown, Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration Departmental Scholar
LEWISTOWN Lindel Lair, Manufacturing Engineering Technology Departmental Scholar
OQUAWKA Debra Reason, Art Departmental Scholar
ONARGA Ashley Schoolman, Sociology, Honors Scholar
AURORA Maria Ponce, Bilingual/Bicultural Education Departmental Scholar; Kimberly LeCompte, Biology Departmental Scholar and Honors Scholar
GALESBURG Robert Davies, Accountancy Departmental Scholar
LIBERTYVILLE Natalie Jesenovec, Special Education Departmental Scholar
OTTAWA Jill Sabin, Elementary Education Departmental Scholar
AMBOY Jamie Eller, Mathematics Departmental Scholar
TROY Nicole Henry, Biology, Honors Scholar
TOPEKA Melissa Gathman, Economics, Honors Scholar
BLANDINSVILLE - Lindsay Anderson, African American Studies Departmental Scholar; Chad Jackson, Agriculture Departmental Scholar
BUSHNELL Christine Dove, Sociology, Honors Scholar
MACOMB Jennifer Morecraft, Community Health Departmental Scholar; Justin Wenzel, Womens Studies Departmental Scholar
BLOOMINGTON Stefanie Grizzle, Economics (Bachelor of Business) Departmental Scholar
ALEDO Mark Seiver, Art (Bachelor of Fine Arts) Departmental Scholar
VIOLA Seth Norburg, History Departmental Scholar
PRAIRIE DU ROCHER Steven Barbeau, Individual Studies Departmental Scholar and Honors Scholar
MILAN Terrill Layton, Informational Management Departmental Scholar
MOLINE Stefanie Brown, Special Education, Honors Scholar
PORT BYRON Heidi Hillestad, Family and Consumer Sciences Departmental Scholar
ROCK ISLAND Kevin Peterson, Finance Departmental Scholar
RUSHVILLE Tiffany Gorsuch, Psychology Departmental Scholar and Honors Scholar
BELLEVILLE Chloe Lee, Marketing Departmental Scholar and French Departmental Scholar
CAHOKIA Eric Frey, Broadcasting Departmental Scholar
DAVIS Ryan Afflerbaugh, Geography Departmental Scholar
CREST HILL Jessica Hicks, Political Science Departmental Scholar
OUT OF STATE
BIRMINGHAM John Shepherd, Jr., Economics (Bachelor of Arts) Departmental Scholar and Honors Scholar
KEOKUK Melissa Erb, Human Resource Management Departmental Scholar
WATERLOO Lisa Thiry, Music Departmental Scholar
MEMPHIS Gloria Glass, Physical Education Departmental Scholar
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