Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Outstanding Senior Candidates of 2011

Hilary Ethen

Major: K-8 Elementary Education with a Math concentration
SMU Activities: OMN, S.O.U.L, T.E.C., ASCD, Residence Life, Relay for Life, Mass Choir, KDP, Intramurals, Women’s Tennis, SMU Volunteer Services, Student Leadership Program Team, Students for Life, ITA Literacy Clinic, Lasallian Collegians, Habitat for Humanity, Ambassadors & Outdoor Club
Advice for underclassman: “As cliché as it sounds, ‘make every second count.’ Enjoy the bluffs, the people, and yes, even the caf food because before you know it, they’ll become distant memories to relish in for years to come!”

Jennifer Koezly

Majors: Chemistry, Engineering Physics
SMU Activities: Senior Class officer, Women’s Lacrosse Club, Physics and Astronomy Club, Chemistry Club, Academic Skills Center Tutor, T.E.C. Retreat leader, S.O.U.L.
Advice for underclassmen: “College is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I would encourage all students to fully engage in their academic endeavors, become involved with campus organizations, and share life with their fellow classmates. Realize what a gift this time is– it goes by so fast!”

Ali Kremer

Majors: Public Relations, Sociology
SMU Activities: Student Senate, Students for Life, New Student Orientation leader, various Campus Ministry activities (Outreach Retreats, T.E.C. retreats, volunteering at St. Anne’s Nursing Home, liturgical ministries, etc), Phonathon, Alumni and Development Office student worker, Senior Class Gift Committee
Advice for underclassman: “Give your entire being to what you do during your time here and don't be afraid to passionately lay your life down in service of others. Most importantly, never cease to fight for all that is true, good and beautiful.”

Sami Traxler

Major: Public Relations
SMU Activities: SAC president, Student Senate, Volunteer Mentors, Taylor Richmond Benefit Dance Committee, SMU Admissions Ambassador, Phonothon, T.E.C.
Advice for underclassman: “Climb to the rock, go sledding in the bluffs, try-out for Blue Angel or Gaslight, join SAC and don't stress out so much that you miss how fun college can be!”

Libby Perkins

Major: Human Services
SMU Activities: Captain of Women’s Lacrosse Club, facilitator for Peace and Justice Club, Volunteer Mentor-Volunteer Services, Senior Class Gift Committee, Choir
Advice for underclassman: “Take advantage of all the opportunities for involvement that Saint Mary’s gives you. By getting involved I have been able to grow individually in many aspects of my life- spiritually, socially, and academically. More importantly the relationships that I have built with students, professors and staff have enabled me to discover a better sense of who I am, what I believe in and how I can transform and empower others to believe the same.”

Santiago Escobar

Major: Sport Management, International Business, Spanish
SMU Activities: Resident Assistant, Admissions Ambassador, Liturgical Choir, T.E.C., S.O.U.L., Habitat for Humanity, Cardinal Newspaper, TRBD Committee, SMU Centennial Celebration Committee, SAC, Academic Skills Center tutor, Ultimate Frisbee, fencing, Intramurals, Knights of Columbus, ICAA
Advice for underclassman: “Take advantage of all the activities and opportunities that are offered around campus. Then, learn to have the right balance between them while focusing on academics.”

Lukas Holland

Major: Social Science
SMU Activities: Men’s Basketball, Flood Relief volunteer, SMU Kids Day volunteer, Cardinal Athletic Council, Little Cardinals Basketball Camp, Presidential focus group for campus improvement, Blue Angel participant, Battle of the Bands participant
Advice for underclassmen: “Step out of your comfort zone every once in a while to experience something new. It will be those moments (and the people you experience them with) that will make your time in college memorable, so don’t hesitate to venture off from what you’re accustomed to.”

Benton Kodet

Major: English Education
SMU Activities: Cross Country, Indoor Track, Outdoor Track, Resident Assistant, Intramurals
Advice for underclassmen: “Get yourself out there. Your education is the most important part of college, but you need to get yourself involved with other things to experience the true college experience.”

Sean Ohl

Major: Biology - Pre Med
SMU Activities: Resident Assistant (3 years), president of the Tri-Beta National Biological Honors Society Gamma Epsilon Chapter, Varsity Baseball Team (07-08)
Advice for underclassmen: “Use your time at SMU to try new things, make great memories and put yourself out there, but never forget that graduation is a short four years away. Make sure you use your time at SMU to organize and prepare for the future, involving yourself in as many internships and real-world experiences as you can find.”

Dan Streefland

Major: Theology
SMU Activities: Intramurals, Ultimate Frisbee Club, Volunteer Mentor (3 years), Liturgical Choir, Ropes Course facilitator, Student Senate (2 years), Class Officer (2 years), Senior Class Gift Committee
Advice for underclassman: “Get to know your professors and the staff on a personal level; their knowledge of life is as valuable as the knowledge they teach from a textbook. Allow yourself to be frustrated by the intensity of submersing into your studies; knowledge is your friend.”

Ryan Wockenfus

Major: Elementary Education
SMU Activities: Men's Varsity Basketball, Men's Varsity Track and Field, KSMR programming director
Advice for underclassman: “College provides so many opportunities in a variety of areas. Take full advantage of these opportunities and make your time at Saint Mary's the greatest of your life. Ask questions, be active, and most importantly, enjoy yourself!”

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