North Park University Senior Named Lincoln Academy Student Laureate

Hannah Haugen
Hannah Haugen, North Park University senior in business and economics, was among the Illinois Student Laureates honored in Springfield Nov. 5. (Photo by Tricia Haugen)

Hannah Haugen among 51 honorees

CHICAGO (Nov. 11, 2011) – Hannah A. Haugen, a North Park University senior majoring in business and economics with a minor in French, was among 51 students from Illinois colleges and universities honored Nov. 5 by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois as Student Laureates.

The ceremony was held in the Illinois House of Representatives chamber at the Old State Capitol building in Springfield. Student Laureates and academic representatives for their respective schools also attended a luncheon at the Executive Mansion hosted by Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn. Dr. Alvin Kamienski, associate professor of finance, School of Business and Nonprofit Management, represented the University at the event.

"I am honored to have been selected as the Student Laureate from North Park University and to have had the opportunity to represent the University at the ceremony in Springfield," Haugen said. "I would not have been able to be successful in my endeavors if it were not for the strong support of my family, professors, and classmates."  

Haugen, Milwaukie, Ore., is "a student who embodies the spirit of North Park University's mission of living lives of significance and service," according to the University's nomination. Since entering the University in September 2009, Haugen has earned 153 semester hours in only three years of study. She plans to graduate in May 2012.

As a North Park University student, she has been a campus tutor for macroeconomics, served as a student note taker for students with disabilities, and has studied abroad in the Netherlands, where she took business classes and learned the Dutch language. Haugen has been a resident assistant in campus apartments and a student consultant with the Albany Park (Chicago) Chamber of Commerce. She is an intern in the accounting department at Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago.

”Hannah has a unique mix of international aspiration and local dedication," Kamienski said. "Her multiple study abroad experiences, foreign language fluency, and nonprofit internship have sparked her interest in pursuing a master's degree and, possibly, a doctoral degree in economics in Europe."

"Her mother, Tricia, would describe Hannah as having powerful 'wings,' but also knows that Hannah will make significant contributions to whatever community she eventually alights and plants 'roots,'" he added.

"These students have exhibited a personal commitment to excel as seen by their remarkable academic accomplishments," said Thomas S. Johnson, chancellor of the Lincoln Academy. "They serve as role models to other Illinois students. With hard-working and dedicated young leaders such as these, Illinois and the rest of the nation can look forward to a bright future."  

Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. Each student is presented with a medallion, a certificate of achievement, and a $500 grant. This is the thirty-seventh year in which the Lincoln Academy has presented the Student Laureate awards. The academy also presents the state's highest award, the Order of Lincoln, to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens.


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