Three students named winners of visiting scholar essay contest

Three students named winners of visiting scholar essay contest
December 10, 2010

Phil Brozynski
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Lisle, Illinois ~ Amel Tobaa, the daughter of Ahmed Tobaa of Elgin and Nirmala Tobaa of Lombard and a sophomore Biochemistry and Molecular Biology major, was named the recipient of a $1,000 first prize in an essay contest at Benedictine University held in conjunction with a visit by Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Robert K. Musil, Ph.D., this fall.

Tobaa's essay addressed the question whether it is a good idea for policymakers to frame climate change as a public health issue. Qualifying essays had to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the relevant ideas presented by Musil at his October 21 public lecture, "Not Just Penguins and Polar Bears; The Environment is Us!," and two of his articles on the subject.

Earl Carlos, a senior Theology major and the son of Edwin and Geraldine Carlos of Honolulu, Hawaii, was awarded $600 as the second-place winner, and Adam Baldocchi, a senior Psychology major and the son of Peter and Val Baldocchi of Glen Ellyn, was awarded $400 as the third-place winner.

The contest was sponsored by the Core Humanities Program, the Center for Civic Leadership and Public Service, the Scholars Program and the College of Liberal Arts at Benedictine University.


Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 53 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate and four doctorate programs. Benedictine University is ranked as a Top School in the Midwest (11th in Illinois) for Master's Universities, 12th in the Midwest (and sixth in Illinois) for Racial Diversity, and eighth in Illinois for Freshmen Retention for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.