2007
Benedictine University scholar receives prestigious Lincoln Laureate Award

Benedictine University scholar receives prestigious Lincoln Laureate Award
November 19, 2007

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Bradley Thomas Callard, the son of Thomas and Katherine Callard of Rolling Meadows and a senior mathematics major at Benedictine University, has been named a recipient of the 2007 Lincoln Laureate Award. The Lincoln Laureate Award, established by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois, recognizes excellence in both academics and extracurricular activities. The Lincoln Academy of Illinois is a not-for-profit, nonpartisan organization governed by a board of regents appointed by the governor. The governor serves as the academy’s president. Each of the state’s four-year, degree-granting universities selects one student to receive the Lincoln Laureate Award. More than 50 institutions participate in the program. This year’s recipients were honored at a ceremony on Saturday, October 27 at the Old State Capitol in Springfield. Callard, who is minoring in secondary education, is president of the Math Club at Benedictine University, vice president of the University’s chapter of Kappa Delta Pi international honorary society in education, a participant in the Wingspread Fellows program, and has participated in the Relay for Life for the past two years. Callard is a 2004 graduate of William Fremd High School in Palatine where he graduated 32nd in a class of 682. He has been named to the Dean’s List at Benedictine University each of his six semesters at the University and has a 3.97 GPA (on a 4-point scale). He also tutors students in mathematics at Benedictine University through the Academic Resource Center. “As the student selected by the Honors Committee, Bradley ably exemplifies the criteria of overall excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities,” said Tammy Sarver, Ph.D., chair of the Honors Committee at Benedictine. The other nominees from Benedictine University were: Leia Roeges, the daughter of Rex and Lynn Roeges of Elmhurst; Aleida Araceli Rodriguez, the daughter of Felipe and Sofia Rodriguez of Wood Dale; Jessica Nicole Jarosz, the daughter of Gregory and Donna Jarosz of Downers Grove; and Laura M. Delaney (nee Cobb) of Downers Grove.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.