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Students honored for outstanding leadership


Mare Payne, News Bureau
(217) 333-0567; mlpayne@illinois.edu

5/14/2003

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Several University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students have been recognized for outstanding leadership during the 2002-2003 academic year.

Winners of the Student Leadership Awards and Student Leadership Scholarships were selected through a campuswide nomination process coordinated by the Office of Student Affairs. The leadership award recipients were honored at a campus awards luncheon; the scholarship recipients were honored at an alumni gathering in Chicago.

Leadership award winners receive a monetary prize. Scholarships, supported by gifts from friends and alumni, are granted to offset financial burdens that might interfere with accomplished student leaders accepting major leadership roles in their colleges or on campus. Scholarships are offered in the amount of $1,500 and are applied directly to the student’s financial aid package ($750 per semester).

Student award/scholarship recipients, and their awards are (EDITORS: See List.).



STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD AND SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS


AURORA – Laura Brayton, a junior in speech communication, received an Edith and Harry Darby Leadership Scholarship, which honors mechanical engineering alumnus Harry Darby and his wife.

BELLWOOD – Monique Myles, a senior in business administration, received the Susan Morrison Teegarden Leadership Scholarship, which honors the first female president of the Illini Union Board.

CHAMPAIGN – Steven Cortes, a senior in computer engineering, and Emanuel Nunn, a senior in speech communication, both received the Jean F. Hill Award, established in honor of a former Illinois dean of students who was committed to students from underrepresented populations.

CHICAGO (51) – Larry London, a junior in economics and political science, received a Stanley R. Levy Leadership Scholarship, which honors Levy, who served the university more than 28 years – 15 years as vice chancellor for student affairs.

EDWARDSVILLE – Laura Miller, a sophomore in integrative biology, received the Joshua L. Grafton Award, created as a memorial to Grafton, a student leader who died in 1989.

EFFINGHAM – Andrew Erskine, a junior in accountancy, received an Edith and Harry Darby Leadership Scholarship, which honors mechanical engineering alumnus Harry Darby and his wife.

GALESBURG – Melissa Tyler, a junior in mechanical engineering, received an Edith and Harry Darby Leadership Scholarship, which honors mechanical engineering alumnus Harry Darby and his wife.

JOLIET – Keely Stewart, a senior in political science, received the Chicago Illini Club Excellence in Leadership Award, which is funded through an endowment by the club, a regional affiliate of the University of Illinois Alumni Association.

LAKE ZURICH – Christopher Dillion, a senior in business administration, received the Vicki Lynn Merkel Excellence in Leadership Award, created in memory of Merkel, a student leader and member of the Class of 1987 who was known for her energy, creativity and caring for others.

LOCKPORT – Kris Davis, a junior in electrical engineering, received the Susan Morrison Teegarden Leadership Scholarship, which honors the first female president of the Illini Union Board.

NAPERVILLE – Angeline Stewart, a senior in psychology, received the Barbara Seaquist Williams Leadership Award, established in honor of the former treasurer of the U.S. Tennis Association, who was an active volunteer as an Illinois student in the late 1940s. Adam Rahman, a senior in molecular and cellular biology, received the Joshua L. Grafton Award, created as a memorial to Grafton, a student leader who died in 1989.

NEW LENOX – Brian Holuj, a junior in the Institute of Aviation, received the Mothers Association Humanitarian Service Award, created to encourage and recognize student community service.

OAKWOOD – Rebecca Woodard, a junior in psychology, received the Barbara Seaquist Williams Award Leadership Award, established in honor of the former treasurer of the U.S. Tennis Association, who was an active volunteer as an Illinois student in the late 1940s.

ORLAND PARK – Marissa Zoladz, , a senior in biology, received the Mothers Association Humanitarian Service Award, created to encourage and recognize student community service.

PRINCEVILLE – Jennie Cordis, a junior in psychology, received a Stanley R. Levy Leadership Scholarship, which honors Levy, who served the university more than 28 years – 15 years as vice chancellor for student affairs.

SOUTH HOLLAND – Tracy Thomas, a junior in political science, received the Irene Pierson Award, created in 1966 in honor of the first female president of the Student Senate.


OUT-OF-STATE


CONNECTICUT, Ridgefield – Nicholas Sakurai, a senior in sociology, received the Procter & Gamble Excellence in Leadership Award, created to support leadership opportunities at Illinois.
a senior in business administration, received the Joseph H. Smith Award, established by colleagues of Smith, a former Illinois English professor, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs and director of affirmative action, who worked toward creating a culturally diverse campus climate that offers educational opportunities to all students.