McKendree honors top students

News-DemocratMay 7, 2014 

McKendree Unversity honored top students with its annual Leadership and Service Awards.

Head Coach Mike Babcock gave the keynote address. Jennifer Stroot, a McKendree University senior from O'Fallon, was introduced as a 2014 Newman Civic Fellow, one of 197 college student leaders from 36 states honored for their dedication to community service.

* Outstanding Registered Student Organization: Wonders of Wellness. The group promotes wellness on campus and beyond, while providing opportunities for students to develop their professional skills.

* Outstanding Service Project: Joseph Gebke and Justin Fix, both students and military veterans from Breese, organized a "Rock Out for Wounded Warrior Foundation" benefit concert to raise community awareness and $1,500 for the organization.

* Student Hall of Fame: Megan Zurliene, a senior music education major from Breese, led the Kappa Kappa Psi collegiate honor band fraternity's Mu Alpha Chapter to a record growth in membership.

* Bearcat Pride: Kirsten Ratermann, a senior English major from Breese, has been involved with Student Ambassadors, Sigma Sigma Sigma Social Sorority, the leadership program and new student orientation.

* ACES Award, sponsored by the Center for Public Service: Autumn Twardowski, a senior elementary education major from Herod, volunteered over 400 service hours to university and community activities.

* Country and Community Award: MSgt Philip Chapman, a senior management major at McKendree's Center for Scott Air Force Base, is an 18-year Air Force veteran, president of his homeowners' association, budget committee chair at Emmanuel Baptist Church, a host parent for Rotary International's Youth Exchange Program and a member of several academic honor societies.

* Outstanding Collaborative Program: "Test Your Gaydar," a collaborative program hosted by members of Spectrum Alliance, Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs.

* Outstanding Student Intern and Employee: Tim Rose, a senior history major from Highland, who has worked in the archives office since 2012. Lauren Haukapp, a junior marketing major from Trenton, has worked with the athletics department's event staff for two years.

* The Spark: Acadia Reynolds, a first-year elementary education major from New Orleans, has made an impact in a short time as a Center for Public Service Scholar, student leader and an executive board member of the Student Illinois Education Association.

* Outstanding Social Fraternity/Sorority Chapter: Kappa Sigma Tau sorority established a new constitution, recruitment and member education program; identified a new philanthropic focus; and reorganized its officer positions to reestablish itself as "individual and unique" on campus.

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Gillespie native Adam Schmidt is the recipient of the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Summer 2014 Dual Admission Academic Award.

All students entering SIUE through dual admission programs are eligible for the award. Schmidt is currently a student at Lewis and Clark Community College in Godfrey.

The SIUE Office of Educational Outreach administers the award, and students are selected based upon academic merit. The recipients must be enrolled at least part-time at SIUE and are eligible to receive $400 for up to six-consecutive semesters.

The SIUE Foundation funds the award during the next three years for dual admission students and those in approved 2+2 programs with area community colleges. Through dual admission, students are able to be admitted and receive academic advising and other services from SIUE while they are still attending community college.

Schmidt intends to major in civil engineering in SIUE's School of Engineering and says his "educational decisions are built upon a foundation of hard work, commitment and dedication."

Mary Ettling, associate director in the Office of Educational Outreach, said the academic award as an acknowledgement of SIUE's commitment to students who actively are engaging in this unique transfer program.

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Kaskaskia College will be hosting an event on May 18 designed to help raise funds for the school's Trenton campus.

"Tea Time at Kaskaskia" includes a fashion show, "A Century of Hat Fashions," and three courses of delectable delights served with selected teas.

Hat fashions will be presented by Diane Krausz Isbell of Belleville and will include hats from the 1800s through today. Everyone is encouraged to wear a favorite hat.

The first course of food will include scones and English tea. The second course will include finger sandwiches including cucumber sandwiches, mini chicken salad phyllo cups, and minced ham with honey and pineapple. The dessert course will include chocolate covered strawberries, spumoni truffles, lemon balls, key lime bars and blueberry supreme. Specialty teas will be served with all three courses.

Tickets for the event cost $30 and are available at the Trenton Education Center. It will be held at the St. Mary Parish Center in Trenton from 2:00-4:00 p.m.

For more information or to make a reservation, call Sandra Glanzner at 618-224-7268 or Arlene Covington at 618-224-2666.

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