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Dec. 11, 2003

Student speaker, medal recipients to be
honored at commencement

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. The student commencement speaker, Hines and President's medal recipients will be honored as part of commencement cereomonies Dec. 20 in Indiana State University's Hulman Center.

Courtney Boggs
Student Speaker, Insurance and Risk Management

A native of Corydon, Ind., Boggs’ decision to attend ISU was partially based on her selection as a scholarship student in the Gongaware Center — a program that helps develop future leaders for the financial services industry. Boggs’ connection with the Gongaware Center helped her earn valuable experience in her major — insurance and risk management. She was a member of the center’s Scholarship Team in 2000 and 2001; served as the team’s project manager in 2002; and as scholarship coordinator in 2003. Her service with the center was recognized by her selection as Outstanding Student Worker.

Boggs actively participated in Gamma Iota Sigma — a professional fraternity for insurance and actuarial science majors — as executive vice president in 2002 and as vice president of public relations in 2001. Selected as a member of the Insurance and Risk Management Honors Corps for 2002-2003, Boggs also served for two years as coordinator of Fresh Faces, an organization designed to integrate students with insurance and risk management faculty. Currently president of ISU Toastmasters, an organization designed to improve public speak ing skills, she has also been Toastmasters vice president of membership and vice president of public relations. Further experiences in her major were gained through internships with Lockton Companies, St. Paul Insurance and the May Agency.

Her hard work and dedication has earned several awards and recognitions including an ISU 2002 Outstanding Junior Award, one of five national PRIMA Scholarships and one of 30 national Anita Benedetti Awards. She was also selected as one of 12 national recipients of the RIMS Spencer Foundation Educational Scholarship.

Stacy Fox
President’s Medal for Leadership/Scholarship/Service
and Hines Medal Recipient, Psychology

Service to and leadership within campus and community, combined with academic achievements, has led to the selection of Stacy Fox as the recipient of ISU’s 2003 Presidential Medal for Leadership/Scholarship/Service and as a December 2003 Hines Medal winner.

A native of Newburgh, Ind., Fox completed a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a 4.00 grade point average. Selected to attend the National Student Leadership Forum on Faith and Values in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2002, she later served as a host for the state level forum. Fox has also served as a member of Leadership Task Force and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and was the membership officer for Psi Chi National Honor Society in 2002-2003. She has devoted time to the Summer Honors Program first as an assistant counselor and later as head counselor. A University Assistant for the Sycamore Advantage Program for three years, Fox enjoys sharing her college experience with new ISU students.

She has also been a Learning Community Peer Assistant. Fox has participated on numerous intramural sports teams at ISU and served as captain for both volleyball and softball teams. Her accomplishments have been recognized by her selection for a Sycamore Blue Ribbon Award for Campus Involvement, an Outstanding Junior Award, Outstanding Student Worker Award and the Sophomore Academic Excellence Award in Psychology.

Megan Elizabeth Siemens
Hines Medal Recipient, English education

An English education major at Indiana State University, Megan Elizabeth Siemens’ 4.0 grade point average has led to her selection as a 2003 Hines Medal winner. This native of Winamac, Ind., was also a 2003 Alan C. Rankin Memorial Distinguished Senior award recipient.

Siemens’ academic achievements at ISU have also been recognized by her selection as a recipient of numerous scholarships and awards including the Ray A. Miller Award in English in 2000; the James Farmer Memorial Award from the Alumni Association in 2001 and 2002; the Ben F. Small Memorial Award in English in 2001 and the Hazel Tesh Pfenning Memorial Award in English in 2001 and 2002; and in 2002, the Richard Landini Award in English and the Elwood and Juneth S. Adams Award in Education. She has also been inducted into professional and academic honorary organizations including Alpha Lambda Delta, the Freshman Honorary; Sigma Tau Delta, the English Honor Society; and Golden Key International Honour Society.

In addition, Siemens’ involvement in campus organizations and activities earned her a place as a finalist for the 2002 Outstanding Junior Award. Since 1999, she has been an active member of Indiana State’s Student Alumni Association and served on a variety of the organization’s committees and as secretary in 2000-2001, treasurer in 2001-2002, and vice president in 2002-2003. Siemens has also been an active participant in events designed to orient new students to ISU serving as a Sycamore Knower Orientation Assistant for Freshman Orientation in 2001 and 2002.

Angelique N. Howell
Hines Medal Recipient, Psychology

A 2003 Hines Medal recipient, Angelique N. Howell earned a 4.0 grade point average at Indiana State University while completing a bachelor’s degree in psychology and course work in premedicine. From Greentown, Ind., Howell has received numerous honors at Indiana State University including selection as a Rural Health Scholarship student.

As a Rural Health Scholar, she has been active as a volunteer in the Terre Haute Community. Howell spent most of her senior year working at the Mental Health Association of Vigo County teaching in the Too Good for Drugs program, a self-esteem building, tobacco/alcohol education program for fourth grade students throughout Vigo County. She also participated in the 2003 Avon Three-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.

Howell has also been active in the Premedical Association and the Indiana Rural Health Association. She has participated on the Rural Health Student Advisory Board, the Summer Research Institute, and the University’s Mini-Medical School.

Howell plans to attend Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis next fall.


Jennifer Kearns, ISU Public Affairs, (812) 237-8037 or

ISU Public Affairs:
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