College of DuPage Celebrates Student Academic Excellence

By: Brian Kleemann

Celebration of Academic Excellence

During the 2019 Celebration of Academic Excellence, College of DuPage Interim President Dr. Brian Caputo and Provost Mark Curtis-Chávez discussed the importance of the institution’s core values of integrity, honesty, respect and responsibility.

Caputo stressed the latter two as key tools for leaders.

“Great leaders work respectfully with others. They take responsibility for their actions and persevere to fulfill their obligations,” he said. “I urge you to continue being leaders wherever you go next and make a positive difference.”

Click here for more photos from the annual event, which recognized the 2018-2019 Honors and Scholars award recipients.

Presidential Scholars
Students accepting the Presidential Scholars Award are required to pursue a degree or certificate; be enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester; complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of Honors courses or 15 hours including an Honors seminar; and complete a designated Service Learning course or 20 hours of approved volunteer work within their first year of the scholarship. To receive the Presidential Scholars Designation on their transcripts, students completing these requirements maintained a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 at COD.

Presidential Scholars: Michelle Campos, Amanda Chapman, Rachel Chapman, Josiah Cohn, Marianne Duran, Sophia Flicek, David Flores, Jessica Foster, Audrey Huizenga, Nauman Khan, Calin Knudsen, Alyssa Kuman, Christopher Latelle, Lauren Martin, Mason Monen, Brandon Quigley, Michael Santana, Brittany Schloderback, Grace Wagner, Gracie Wajda, Tiffany Wang, Gabriella Zaffer

Board of Trustees Scholars

Students accepting the Board of Trustees Scholars Award are required to pursue a degree or certificate; be enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester; and complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of Honors courses or 15 hours including an Honors seminar. To receive the Board of Trustees or Deans Scholars designation on their transcripts, students completing these requirements must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 scale at COD.

Board of Trustees Scholars: Amira Abuarqoub, Erica Joy Agudelo, Ernie Choquette, Taylor Kaminski, Evelyn Martinez, Serena Merchant, Allison Plesha, Alexander Schuchardt, Melissa Wang

Deans Scholars

Students accepting the Deans Scholars Award are required to pursue a degree or certificate; be enrolled in 15 credit hours per semester; and complete a minimum of 18 semester hours of Honors courses or 15 hours including an Honors seminar. To receive the Board of Trustees or Deans Scholars designation on their transcripts, students completing these requirements must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5/4.0 scale at COD.

Deans Scholars: Rose Arnold, Benjamina Arthur, Allyssa August, Narze Encarnacion, Rachel Matug, Enrique Munoz, James Piehl, Angelica Rossi, Katherine Schulz, Faarea Syed, Leen Tajeddin, Claire Teeling, Bansari Upadhyay, Hailey Woynerowski

Honors Transfer Scholarship Recipients

Three students received full-tuition scholarships to the following schools: 

Aurora University: Marianne Duran
Elmhurst College: Rachel Chapman
North Central College: Mason Monen 

Honors Scholars
Members of the Honors Scholars are students who have successfully completed a minimum of 18 semester hours of Honors courses or 15 hours including an Honors seminar. Students maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2/4.0 in order to receive Honors Scholars designations on their transcripts. 

Honors Scholars: Anna Gorman, Gabryella Herrera, Athena Kakolires, Samira Khorfan, Nathan Klapatch, Stephanie Lemm, Kimberly Mancilla, Connor McMahon, Lesley Munoz, Alexandra Sexton, Ivana Suska, Faith Tran, Corrie True, Niki Ward  

2019 Honors Council of the Illinois Region Spring Student Symposium

The following students were selected to give presentations at the 2019 Honors Council of the Illinois Region Spring Student Symposium on various topics of research: Mariana Cruz Ramirez, Alexandra Sexton, Maya Tellez, Kimberly Wilson.

STEM Student Success Scholarships

The following students have completed the STEM Student Success Scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation: Kyrillos Antoon, Branda Danikowski, Nicole Duda, Joshua Jacoby, Filip Kalinowski, Gurleen Kaur, DeJa Lake, Sean Sundrani, Jakub Wisniewski, Ahsan Imtiaz, Tessa Burke, David Martinez. 

Academic Excellence Recipients by Discipline

Faculty members nominated the following students who showed academic excellence within a specific discipline: Matthew Fardoux, Psychology; Jennifer Griffin, Human Services; Kaitlyn Kunde, French; Stephanie Lemm, Hospitality; Juan Montoya, Music (Choral); Joseph Rexroad, Math; Julia Rigney, Criminal Justice; Anthony Vichio, Chemistry; Melissa Wang, Music (Instrumental); Joey Weslo, English; Judy Wrobel, Speech Language Pathology.   

For more information, visit www.cod.edu/academics/honors or call (630) 942-3318.

Pictured: Marianne Duran receives her medal for completing the Presidential Scholars Award program from Dean Chuck Boone. (Press Photography Network)