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Three Graduates Awarded President’s Citation Honor

Three Graduates Awarded President’s Citation Honor

Each year, Greenville College awards the prestigious President's Citation honor to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the highest academic achievement in the context of a Christian liberal arts program. To be eligible for this award, the student must have completed a bachelor's degree program at Greenville College and adhered consistently to the ideals of the institution. This year, President Linamen proudly awarded this honor to three Greenville College graduates: Kaitlyn Chapman, Theresa Lindell, and Keith Stewart.

Kaitlyn or Kaity Chapman of Maple Park, IL earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English and a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Social Work. She completed both degrees in four years and achieved a 4.0 cumulative GPA. According to Dr. Greg Sanders, Katy Chapman, "not only raised the bar for excellence in every class she took, but for virtually every assignment." Dr. Sandra Schmidt describes her as brilliant, insightful, searching, and always willing to go beyond what is expected. Kaity's Departmental Honors Paper, described as one of the best in years, exhibited her ability to synthesize information from four areas of study - education, sociology, psychology, and literature - into a coherent argument and project. Katy demonstrated a heart to serve others through her hours of service to the children in the Simple Room, an organization that supports at-risk youth in Greenville. She will continue serving these children as she joins the staff there after graduation and will work to promote and increase literacy in the community. 

Theresa Lindell of Morton, IL has a 4.0 GPA and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics Education, one of GC's largest and most demanding majors. She has a long history of success. She won the Freshman Mathematics Award four years ago and the Clair Carey Scholarship this year for being the top senior mathematics major. Theresa completed an excellent honors thesis and performs at this high level with grace, humility, and humor. Everyone who knows her knows her infectious grin and bright eyes and her professors describe her as bringing energy into the classroom. This semester, Theresa was student teaching and a high school teacher recently confided to her advisor Dr. Peters that hiring her would be like drafting Albert Pujols of the St. Louis Cardinals.

Keith Stewart of Prophetstown, IL was an English Education major. While earning his degree and a 3.99 GPA, Keith served as president of Student Association, and completed an impressive honors thesis. His was the first thesis at GC to be presented to members of the Honors Program entirely electronically. As student body president he was known for outstanding organizational abilities. Last year he had the opportunity to serve on the presidential search committee, which gave him a voice in selecting GC's president, Dr. Linamen. Keith's advisor, Dr. Allen, says that, in the classroom, he impressed her with his discipline and focus. He questioned ideas in a reasonable, engaged manner, not because he could or thought he should, but because he earnestly wanted to find answers. Keith has shown strong commitment to GC's mission, not because he mindlessly subscribed to it, but because he actively debated it and considered its place in his individual education.

Congratulations Kaitlyn, Theresa, and Keith!

This story was published on May 23, 2010

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