Scales receives President's Medal

April 27 2006

Four years of campus and community involvement have contributed to the selection of Hobart E. Scales as the spring 2006 recipient of the President's Medal for Leadership, Scholarship, and Service.

A political science/legal studies major with a minor in psychology, Scales holds a 3.46 cumulative grade point average. He was on the College of Arts and Sciences Dean's List in spring and fall 2004. He is also a member of Pi Sigma Alpha, the political science honorary fraternity, and was named an Outstanding Junior in 2005.

Scales has been actively involved in campus government since his freshman year and served as president of the Student Government Association for the past two years During his tenure he played an active role in obtaining university and state approval and financing for construction of a new student recreation center. In previous years, he served the Student Government Association as vice president and secretary.

Other campus activities have included leadership roles in Indiana State's College Republicans and service on numerous University taskforces and committees including the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Search Committee, University Athletics Committee, Faculty Senate Administrative Affairs Committee, and the Freshman 15 Initiative.

Scales has extended his leadership beyond Indiana State and has served the wider communities of the Wabash Valley, the state, and the nation. In 2004 he worked with the nationwide American Democracy Project developed to increase college students' participation in the election process through encouraging massive registration and voting. Scales' efforts at Indiana State contributed to a record number of student registrations in Vigo County.

Since 2004 he has been a member of the Vigo County Republican Party and that year served as a volunteer precinct coordinator at Indiana State. His involvement was recognized by his selection as an honorary member of the Pachyderm Club, an exclusive group of local party officials and supporters.

In addition to his government and political activities, Scales participated in the spring 2006 Relay for Life fundraiser; the 2004 Alternate Spring Break trip to Jackson, Mississippi; and as a volunteer at the local 14th and Chestnut Community Center.

Scales completed an internship with Rep. John N. Hostettler in May-August 2005 where he organized public speaking events and worked with constituent services for the congressman.

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Hobart Scales, ISU Student Government Association president for the past two years,is the spring 2006 recipient of the President's Medal for Leadership, Scholarship and Service

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