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Cody Boland, CAS Student Council President
Sep 30, 2009
Cody Boland, a junior History Teacher Certification major from Carol Stream, Illinois who represents the students of the WIU History Department on the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) Student Council, has been elected President of the 2009-10 CAS Student Council.
During the 2008-09 academic year, Cody represented History majors on the CAS Student Council and served as the Student Council's representative on the CAS Curriculum Committee; in Spring 2009 he was also the Student Council's representative on the CAS Faculty Council. Both of the latter deal extensively with proposed changes to the undergraduate curriculum, both within major programs and in the General Education program at WIU. As the only student member on both the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Council, Cody found it fascinating to observe first-hand the inner workings of the College.
Cody holds one of the History Department's Charles Sadler Memorial Scholarships, is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society, and is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the international honor society for history.
Along with his scholastic achievements, Cody is the Editor of and a regular contributor to the "Edge" section of the Western Courier and is a member of the Associated Students of History (ASH).
Despite his many other commitments, he remains dedicated to spending as much time studying as he needs, in order to obtain the outstanding education he seeks at Western. He has been pleased, while at WIU, with the extent to which "every History professor is not only knowledgeable about history but also easy to talk to." He finds it particularly impressive that his professors have taken the time to learn their students' names; as a student and future teacher himself, he appreciates that. Much of his "fun" reading is historical in nature, and Cody credits his superb history teachers at Glenbard North High School with instilling in him a fascination with history, especially the modern industrial era, when much of today's technology first appeared on the scene.
While he remains busy with his studies and his participation in student activities, as someone who prefers to remain engaged in activity, Cody enjoys the occasional "escape from the real world" offered by video games. He also finds stand-up comedy, along with the "Opie and Anthony" radio program, a great release from the stresses of studying.
The History Department is proud to call Cody Boland - an outstanding student and a dedicated citizen of the University - one of its own.
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