Congrats to Honors student Andrew Kennedy, who was named the 2017 Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy of Illinois. Every fall, a meritorious senior from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois is awarded the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement Award and becomes a Student Laureate. Andrew is a senior Biochemistry/Premedical major in the Honors Program and has earned Dean’s List honors throughout his time at Judson.
He has spearheaded initiatives to build community within the Department of Science and Mathematics, volunteering to be the student liaison to faculty, organizing departmental meetings each semester and a yearly barbecue social. He has worked as a volunteer with the World Leaders Forum and been a member of student government. In fact, as head of Student Advocacy for JSO, he traveled to Springfield, Ill., to lobby for bipartisan passage of a bill to distribute MAP grant monies. He has planned and served on the Global Outreach team and been on two trips to Belize. The summer of 2016, he worked with a cancer research lab in Singapore.
Andrew will be honored with the Lincoln Academy Student Laureate Medallion, a certificate of achievement and the Abraham Lincoln Civic Engagement award in the amount of $1,000. Way to go, Andrew!
The Honors Program will sponsor an ice-cream social next Tuesday evening at 7:00 in the Didier Den. Stop by, have some dessert, and meet others in the program. Bring questions and ideas for Program activities and service. Hope to see you there!
The weather cooperated, and the Anderson Animal Shelter of South Elgin came through again! The Honors Program put on another successful Puppy Study Break last week. Thanks to Lacey Wells and her helpers for the legwork, and to JSO for the popsicles.
Some of the scenes from the event:
The Honors Program will once again bring puppies to campus from Anderson Animal Shelter in South Elgin for stress relief during exam week, with refreshments sponsored by JSO. This year the puppies will be on the lawn outside the Lindner Commons on Wednesday, May 3 from 11:00-1:00. All are welcome to bring their own dogs — the more the merrier!
We had a successful Fifth Annual Student Research Day at Judson on April 24! Organized by The Honors Program and sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, each year the event celebrates and showcases some of the best work done by Judson students during the year. Eight students presented on their work from this year, in disciplines ranging from Architecture to Film to Biochemistry to Literature to Worship Arts to Graphic Design.
The Honors Program was well represented. Graduating seniors Natalia Warren and Rachel Peterson, as well as junior Catherine Anderson, shared their work.
In “The Importance of Inquiry,” Natalia reported on designing an interactive peer-to-peer learning activity for students.
Rachel shared from her study of 1893 Columbian Exposition Women’s Building architect Sophia Hayden in “Sophia Hayden: A Story of Success.”
And Catherine read from her award-winning study of “Redefining Piety” in Homer.
Congratulations to all presenters, and many thanks to the nominating faculty!
This semester’s Lunch with a Professor will be Thursday, March 30 from 11:00-12:00 in the Reed Room.
The Honors Program is pleased to welcome Dr. Pete Sandberg, Professor Math, for this semester’s event. Come meet up with others in The Honors Program, hear some of Dr. Sandberg’s story, and enjoy conversation about calling and career.
Grab your lunch and join us in the Reed Room. Hope to see you there!
The Honors Program was well represented at this year’s Communication Arts Conference, including three Stuart A. Ryder Scholarship winners.
Congratulations to First-Place finisher Kimmy Blake and to Second-Place finishers Catherine Anderson and Joshua LaFollette!