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Centennial Honors College

Student Honors Association (SHA)

Elections were held on April 16th for the 2014-2015 Student Honors Association executive board. The following students were elected to new positions of leadership:  Tyler Czarnecki – President, Natasha Frig - Vice President, Amy Lanenga – Secretary, Tabetha Dungan – Treasurer, - Jasmine Bailey - Public Relations Chair, Emily Banigan - Service Chair, and  Kendra Knorst - SGA Represebtative.

On April 18th, SHA partnered with Golden Key and the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center for a successful blood drive in Malpass Library.  Thirty-eight volunteers stopped by to support the drive, and 24 units of blood were donated.

Spring 2014 Honors Convocation Speaker

It is a tradition to select an outstanding scholar from the Centennial Honors College to be the Honors Convocation speaker. That distinction belongs this spring to Samantha E. Morrow, who graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in History and minors in Pre-Law Honors and Music Business. Samantha, from Rushville, Illinois, compiled an exemplary academic record during her time at WIU. She was the recipient of many scholarships, including the Flack Pre-Law Scholarship, Nicholas Pano Scholarship, Keith Webb Scholarship, and the Ernest Codilis Scholarship. She was also inducted into many honorary societies, including Golden Key, Blue Key, Phi Alpha Theta, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Kappa Phi, and was an active leader of the Department of History’s curriculum club, the Associated Students of History (ASH). Samantha also devoted countless hours to campus and civic activities. She chaired the College of Arts and Sciences Student Council, served as a FYE Peer Mentor, was a Trumpet Section Leader for the Marching Leathernecks, and has been an Assistant Youth Soccer Coach for the YMCA. Samantha’s address at the 2014 Honors Convocation was entitled, “Lollipop Moments.” Samantha plans to be an attorney and will attend The John Marshall Law School in the fall.

Spring 2014 Honors College Scholar

The Honors College Scholar for Spring 2014 was Shiloh Lueschow, graduating Magna Cum Laude.  Shiloh, whose hometown is Elmwood, IL, was a senior Biological Sciences (Premedical) and Psychology major, with minors in Microbiology and Chemistry. Shiloh joined the Honors College as a freshman student in fall 2010 and served the College as an Honors Ambassador and an Honors Mentor. She was also a member of Phi Eta Sigma, the freshman honor society, as well as Psi Chi, the honors psychology organization, and Tri Beta, the honors biology organization. Shiloh was also the assistant leader for the Elmwood All-Stars 4-H group, worked as the assistant sheep superintendent for the Heart of Illinois Fair, and served as a teacher's assistant for the virology class in WIU's biological sciences department. Next Fall, Shiloh will begin an M.S. program, building on the research she began as an undergraduate. Upon completion of her M.S. she hopes to pursue either a combination M.D./Ph.D. or a Ph.D. in medical mycology.


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