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December 11, 2002

Students to be recognized
at Winter Commencement

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. Indiana State University's Winter Commencement 2002 will begin at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Hulman Center. The Prelude Concert will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the Processional is scheduled for 1:50 p.m.

Among the students being honored during the ceremony are:

Hines Memorial Medal
Wendy Joette Ellington
Marshall, Ill.

Wendy Joette Ellington of Marshall, Ill., is the 2002 Indiana State University Hines Medal Winner. Ellington earned a 4.0 grade point average while completing a major in accounting and a minor in insurance at ISU.

An ISU Academic Scholarship recipient, Ellington's academic excellence has been recognized by her selection for additional scholarships from the Accounting Program and the Insurance and Risk Management Program Office. She has also received the John E. Booth, Junior Memorial Scholarship from the School of Business; the Angus Robinson, Junior National Insurance Scholarship; and the Golden Key International Scholarship.

Ellington was active as treasurer in fall 2001 and as president since spring 2002 of Beta Alpha Psi, National Honors Fraternity for Financial Information Professionals; as secretary/treasurer in 1999-2002 of Alpha Lambda Delta, the national Freshman Honorary Fraternity; and as banquet committee chairperson during spring 1999 and 2002 for Gamma Iota Sigma, Collegiate Risk Management and Actuarial Insurance Professional Fraternity. She also served on the School of Business Dean's Student Advisory Group in spring 2002.

While completing her degree at ISU, Ellington gained actual work experience in the business world through internships with State Farm Insurance and Digital Audio Disc Corporation. She also worked as an office assistant in the University's Insurance and Risk Management Office and as a tutor in the Student Academic Services Center.

Ellington's academic achievements and involvement in campus organizations and activities earned her recognition as a recipient of the High Honor Collegiate Scholar Award in spring 2000, 2001, and 2002; selection as Indiana's CPA Society Accounting Honor Student and as the Financial Executives Institute Award for Outstanding Junior/Senior Accounting Student in spring 2001 and 2002; and membership in Beta Gamma Sigma, the honor society for collegiate schools of business. Other honors include Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Golden Key International Honor Society, the Insurance Honors Corps, and the University's Dean's List since 1998.

Outside the University, Ellington participates in the Marshall Area Youth Network Buddy Program, assists the cheerleading coach at Marshall High School, and teachers Sunday School for the Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints.

"I would like to thank my family for their unconditional love and continued support. I would also like to thank all of my wonderful professors for their encouragement, positive influence, and contributions to an excellent educational experience at Indiana State University," Ellington said.

President's Medal for Leadership/Scholarship/Service
Dashia Harris
Recreation and Sport Management

Service to and participation in campus and community activities, combined with academic achievements, has led to the selection of Dashia Harris as ISU's 2002 Presidential Medal for Leadership/Scholarship/Service recipient.

Harris, a native of Indianapolis, was actively involved in leadership and service to both the ISU and Terre Haute communities. She also achieved academic success by completing a bachelor of science degree in recreation and sport management with a 3.6 grade point average.

President of the Student Recreation Association in 2001-2002, Harris was the group's treasurer in 2000-2001. She was a member and student representative for Recreation Therapist of Indiana since fall 2001, and of the Recreation and Sport Management Student Advisory Council from spring 2001 to spring 2002.

Other on-campus activities have included membership in Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Sister's Too, and chair of the Black Student Union Public Relations Committee. She served as a mentor for the Mi Phi Mi program in 2000-2001 and the Academic Opportunity Program in fall 2001, and as an Academic Peer Advocate from fall 2000 to spring 2002. During the summer Harris was a residence hall assistant and, this past summer, a Life Skills Advocate for the Upward Bound Summer Camp.

Harris has also served the Terre Haute community as a volunteer at Regional Hospital since spring 2001, and as a recreation assistant for the hospital's psychiatric unit in fall 2000 and spring 2002. She also was a tutor at the Charles T. Hyte Community Center in fall 2000.

Numerous academic and leadership awards, prior to her selection for the President's Medal, have recognized Harris' service, leadership, and academic success. A recipient of a four-year ISU Academic Scholarship, she also received the Robert H. Meyne Memorial Scholarship in spring 2002. A McNair Scholar, Harris was also selected for membership in Golden Key International and as the recipient of the Outstanding Senior Award in spring 2002.

Student Speaker
Tanika Taylor-Scott
Public Relations

Tanika Taylor-Scott's enrollment as a transfer student at Indiana State University in fall 1999, was more of a challenge than most students face. Taylor-Scott was 21 years old and had lived and worked independently in Atlanta. During her college career she also became a wife and mother.

However, within a year of her enrollment at ISU as a non-traditional student, she had adjusted to the new challenges of being a full-time college student and quickly became an active member of the ISU community. While maintaining a 3.85 grade point average with a major in public relations, Taylor-Scott was soon involved in more than seven campus and community organizations including Black Student Union, Mentoring for Minorities, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters, while also volunteering at the Charles T. Hyte Community Center and the St. Paul Baptist Church Soup Kitchen.

A member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority, she was also a member of Sister's Too, secretary of ISU College Democrats, and served on the publicity team of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

Taylor-Smith's concern about helping other students adjust to the college experience led to her serving as a residence hall assistant, a Learning Community Peer Assistant, a counselor and English instructor for the Upward Bound Program, and as a summer counselor for the 21st Century Scholars Program. She also volunteered in the public relations department of Terre Haute's Union Hospital.

Taylor-Smith's academic, community, and campus achievements were recognized by her selection for a number of awards and scholarships. She was named to the Dean's List in 1999-2000 and in 2001-2002, and received an ISU Foundation Scholarship. Recipient of the Mi Phi Mi Award for Academic Achievement and Service in spring 2001 and 2002, and a Sycamore Blue Ribbon Award in 2000, she was also selected for the Outstanding Junior Award in spring 2002. She received the Indiana Coalition of Blacks in Higher Education Award for Academic Achievement in spring 2000, and was selected for membership in Blue Key International.

"Despite the individual challenges I have faced and the traumatic and tragic events faced by the entire class of 2002 in the last four years, I believe that we are survivors who will accomplish much in the future," she said.


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