Four Spoon River College students were honored
for being named to the Phi Theta Kappa All-Illinois Academic Team as a result
of their nomination to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.
Scott Anderson and Katelyn Riehl (Canton Campus)
and Arlen Kuzekov and Amanda Wrenn (Macomb Campus) were recognized for their
academic achievements at the 16th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Banquet on April 1,
2014, held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Springfield.
Scott Anderson, Cuba, will graduate with an
Associate of Arts and Science degree, and plans to transfer to a four-year
university to major in international business. Anderson is a member of the Phi
Theta Kappa and has been active in the Student Government Association. He has
served as the student trustee on the SRC Board of Trustees this past academic
Arlen Kuzekov, originally from Kazakhstan and
currently living in Macomb, will graduate with an Associate of Arts and Science
degree from Spoon River College. Kuzekov is also attending Western Illinois
University, and will continue his studies at WIU in supply chain management.
Kuzekov is a part-time tutor in the SRC Academic Success Center and a classroom
volunteer/tutor for students in the ESL (English as a Second Language) classes
held at the College. He also presents information about Kazakhstan to 7th
and 8th grade Macomb students during “International Days” as part of
his involvement with Phi Beta Delta at WIU.
Katelyn Riehl, who lives in Fairview, will
graduate with an Associate of Arts and Science degree. She plans to transfer to
the University of Illinois and major in electrical engineering. While at Spoon
River College, Riehl has been active in the Student Government Association, is
a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and has served as a SRC Student Ambassador.
Amanda Wrenn is from Good Hope, and she will also
graduate with an Associate of Art and Science degree. She will be transferring
to Western Illinois University to major in accounting, and is considering
specializing in either financial or managerial accounting. Wrenn is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and of
the TRIO program. She does volunteer tutoring for children ages 5-16, and is on
an Emergency Volunteer Team.
Spoon River College instructors Kay Norton and
Rebecca Werland are the advisors for the campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and
they attended the banquet with the students. Also attending from Spoon River
College were President Curtis Oldfield, Missy Wilkinson, dean of student
services, Dave Maguire, board trustee, and Sally Shields, public information
All members of the All-Illinois Academic Team
were featured in the USA Today.
Nominees are chosen based on the basis of
academic achievement, volunteer work, campus activities, honors and
awards. They must also submit a short
essay explaining why they chose to start their higher education at a community
college and to describe their most significant academic endeavors thus far in
their college lives.
The All-USA Academic Team is sponsored annually
by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today, and the American Association of Community
Colleges. The All-State Academic Team
is a division of the Academic All-USA Team for Community, Technical and Junior
Colleges. It seeks to honor outstanding community college
students who show intellectual rigor in their course of study, demonstrate
academic, leadership, and civic growth and who extend their community college
education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.
Scott Anderson, Katelyn Riehl, Arlen Kuzekov, and Amanda Wrenn