Highland students recognized by SAR
The Gen. George Rogers Clark Chapter of the Illinois Society Sons of the American Revolution recognized outstanding seniors from local high schools on Wednesday, April 26 at the First Christian Church in Edwardsville.
Johannah Comish of Highland High School was recognized with SAR Outstanding Citizenship Awards. The award is presented to recognize the recipient’s furthering of American citizenship principles. Comish received a Constitution of the United States of America, an Outstanding Citizenship lapel pin and a certificate.
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Each year, the chapter invites high schools in the Madison, Jersey, Macoupin, Bond, Calhoun, Greene, and Montgomery counties to select a senior class student for recognition Comish based on their dependability, cooperative spirit, leadership, service to their school and community, evidence of personal values and patriotism.
“The SAR has been instrumental in promoting the qualities of dependability, cooperation, leadership and patriotism in the community and nation-wide for many years. We are pleased to honor these outstanding students,” said GGRC Chapter Chairman Harry Nelson.
Local student inducted into honor societies
Sigma Beta Delta: The McKendree University chapter of Sigma Beta Delta, an international society for business, management and administration, recognized Brittni Snyder on April 20. Snyder, a senior from Greenville, was inducted into the honor society as a new member. Sigma Beta Delta recognizes students for their superior academic performance in accounting, business administration, economics and finance, management, and marketing.
Kappa Delta Pi: Mackenzie Munie of Highland, was initiated into McKendree University’s Chi Mu chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international honor society in education on April 26. Munie is a senior pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Education degree. Founded in 1911, Kappa Delta Pi inducts individuals who have exhibited the ideals of scholarship, integrity of service, and commitment to excellence in teaching and allied professions. It is the largest honor society in education, representing over 600 chapters and more than 60,000 active members. McKendree’s Chi Mu chapter celebrates its 21st anniversary this year.
Phi Eta Sigma: Initiation for members and 2017-2018 officers of McKendree University’s first-year student honor society was held on April 27 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts, during the annual Academic Excellence Celebration. Jessica Andrews, a first-year psychology major from Highland, was inducted as a new member. Kyle Schmitt, a first-year physical education major from Highland, was inducted as a new member. Rachel Stanley, a sophomore elementary education major from Marine, was inducted as a new member. Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest multi-disciplinary honor society for first-year college and university students.
Pi Gamma Mu: McKendree University’s chapter of the international honor society for the social sciences initiated new members and installed new officers on April 27, including Abigail Hagler, a senior sociology-criminal justice major from Pocahontas; Philip Harper, a junior sociology-criminal justice major from Aviston; and Jessica Lirios, a senior psychology major from Greenville. Pi Gamma Mu recognizes good scholarship and promotes excellence through enriching service projects, publications, a scholarship program and guest lecture grants to its chapters.
Phi Kappa Phi: Chapter 292 of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, congratulated the following local residents at a ceremony held during McKendree University’s fourth annual Academic Excellence Celebration on April 27: Crystal Haselhorst, a post-master’s graduate student from Highland; David Junge, a senior from St. Jacob; Gregory Lumsden, a graduate student from Highland; Emily Morton-Weiss from Highland; and Anna Wells, a senior from St. Jacob. Founded in 1897, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest and most selective all-discipline honor society, with only the top percentage of students eligible for membership.
Sigma Tau Delta: Mackenzie Munie, a senior from Highland majoring in art education, was inducted into Sigma Tau Delta international English honor society during the Academic Excellence Celebration at McKendree University on April 27. Founded at Dakota Wesleyan University in 1924, the 880 active chapters of Sigma Tau Delta confer distinction for high achievement in English language and literature in undergraduate, graduate, and professional studies, and promote exemplary character and good fellowship among members.
Honors Convocation recognizes outstanding local students
Outstanding McKendree University students were introduced at the Honors Convocation during the Academic Excellence Celebration on April 27. Photos
Anna Wells of St. Jacob was recognized by the honors program; and for excellence in the study of psychology by the Division of Social Sciences.
Janell Straeter of Highland was recognized for excellence in the study of business administration by the School of Business, External Programs.
Honorees were selected by full-time faculty members based on four major components of the university’s mission: responsible citizenship, engagement, academic excellence and lifelong learning.
St. Jacob student presents paper at psychology conference
Anna Wells, a McKendree University senior psychology major from St. Jacob, presented an original research paper at the 44rd annual ILLOWA Undergraduate Research Psychology Conference held on April 29 at Monmouth College. ILLOWA is one of the oldest continuing undergraduate psychological research conferences in the U.S.
Wells’ paper was entitled, “The Effect of Pet Ownership on College Students’ Stress Levels.”
“Presenting at ILLOWA is a significant professional experience for students,” said Dr. Guy Boysen, associate professor of psychology at McKendree. “Presenting research as an undergraduate is often a necessary experience in order to receive serious consideration when applying to graduate schools. For most of them, it is their first chance to give an off-campus presentation to an audience in their field. In addition, it is an opportunity to put what they have learned at McKendree into practice: effective communication, inquiry, and discipline-specific knowledge.
“They represented McKendree well at the conference. Their presentations were among the best - both in content and in delivery — and the support and camaraderie they showed as a group exemplified the ideal of Bearcats working together.”
Highland student presents at National Pop Culture Conference
Elizabeth Bruchhauser a McKendree University senior from Highland, presented a paper at a national conference on pop culture hosted by the Pop Culture Association/American Culture Association, in San Diego April 12-15.
Highly regarded in the academic world, the PCA/ACA is composed of scholars and enthusiasts who study popular culture throughout the world and share their ideas through conferences, publications, and discussion.
Bruchhauser, an English-literature major and professional writing and rhetoric minor, presented, “Is Over Mothering Hysteria: Motherhood in Stranger Things.” It was her second presentation at a national conference. She is completing internships this semester at Sauce magazine in St. Louis, and at the McK Radio podcast studio on campus.
Highland, Triad school students exhibit art
More than 140 Illinois high school students can now say they are exhibiting artists thanks to the 2017 Southwestern Illinois College High School Art Show, curated by the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at the college’s Belleville Campus. Art from the Congressional Art Competition for the Illinois’ 12th District was also part of the exhibition.
This year’s show featured a total of 145 works by students from 22 Illinois High Schools. District 522 high school student entries included:
▪ a spray paint and mixed medium paper work, titled Self-Portrait, by Abby Ermer
▪ an acrylic painting, titled The Dog, by Gavin Kohlbrecher
▪ an acrylic painting, titled Princess, by Morgan Leady
▪ a drawing, titled Toned Skull, by Claire Pabst
▪ a drawing, titled Tonal Skull, by Leah Sutton
▪ a charcoal and watercolor work, titled Lillian, by Avry Wills
▪ a sculpey and acrylic piece, titled No Face, by Lauren Anderson
▪ a graphite drawing, titled Boardem, by Camryn Beeman
▪ a colored pencil drawing, titled Surreal Dream, by Rachel Dods
▪ a graphite drawing, titled My Twin Stephanie, by Melissa Kafer
▪ a graphite drawing, titled Squints!, by Seth Martin
▪ an ink monoprint, titled Moonbeam, by Abbey Opel
▪ an acrylic painting, titled Best Friend Class Rings, by Holly Plantz
▪ a wire and paper mâché work, titled The Wall, by Alex Vasquez
Also on display were 66 pieces of artwork, submitted by high school students from 13 different schools across Southern Illinois, for the 2017 Congressional Art Competition in the 12th District.