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Cadieu, Smith, Levins; Lincoln Laureate College Nominees

November 11, 2004

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MACOMB, IL - - Each of Western Illinois UniversityÂ’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 IllinoisÂ’ four-year degree-granting institutions.

College of Arts and Sciences nominee Erin Lafferty of Princeton, IL, was named the UniversityÂ’s recipient of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award. She attended a Nov. 6 awards ceremony at the Hall of Representatives in the Old State Capitol in Springfield, where she received a certificate of achievement and a check for $150 in recognition of her outstanding achievement.

WesternÂ’s Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate college nominees are: Amanda Cadieu from Quincy, IL, a computer science and mathematics double major in the College of Business and Technology; Eugenia Smith from Canton, IL, a social work major and economics minor in the College of Education and Human Services; and Bridget Levins from Quincy, IL, a communication major and marketing minor in the College of Fine Arts and Communication.

Cadieu, who has been named the Fall 2004 College of Business and Technology Scholar, has worked on campus three years as a University Computer Support Services lab assistant. She was among a select group of 16 students nationwide to participate in an 8-week math research internship at the University of Washington in Summer 2004, sponsored by the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Kappa Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society, Upsilon Pi Epsilon computer science honor society and Golden Key International Honour Society. She has served as a Student Ambassador for Western; and within the computer science department Cadieu received the Outstanding New Freshman Scholarship in 2000, the Award for Outstanding Sophomore in 2002, the Student of Character Award in 2004 and has been named the Fall 2004 Computer Science Departmental Scholar.

Smith, a nontraditional student who has been named the Fall 2004 Social Work Departmental Scholar, serves as vice president of WesternÂ’s Phi Alpha Honor Society for social work and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is an active member of the Canton community with volunteer service with Mother-to-Mother, Habitat for Humanity, Muscular Dystrophy Association, 4-H and is president of the Canton YMCA Swim Team Parent Organization Smith also serves as a court-appointed special advocate with the Fulton County Court System. Smith plans to work in child welfare and earn a masterÂ’s degree in social work. Eugenia and her husband Rick are the parents of three daughters.

Levins, who has been named the Fall 2004 College of Fine Arts and Communication Scholar and the Fall 2004 Communication Departmental Scholar, serves as treasurer of WesternÂ’s Lambda Pi Eta chapter of the national communication honor society and is a member of Golden Key International Honour Society. She received the communication departmentÂ’s Thompson Scholar Award this semester for academic excellence within the discipline. She has engaged in research emphasizing persuasive campaigns, interpersonal communication, marketing development and nonverbal communication. Levins 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.

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