QU Names Samantha Nielsen as Student Laureate of the Lincoln Academy

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Quincy University has named senior Samantha Nielsen of Arlington Heights as the school’s 2013 student laureate of the Lincoln Academy.  Nielsen was honored Nov. 2 during a ceremony at the Old State Capitol in Springfield.

While pursuing a double major in Communication and English, Nielsen has completed an advanced program of Honors courses. She has been named to Phi Eta Sigma national honor society, Lambda Pi Eta national Communication honor society, and Sigma Tau Delta English honor society. She was the 2013 recipient of the Phyllis Dopp Award for outstanding Communication majors.  She has also served as editor-in-chief of the Quincy University Communication annual, a member of Brother Sun, Sister Moon/Drama Club, a student editor of the QU literary magazine, and a member of Phi Sigma Sigma sorority.  She has participated in the QU theatre program, QU Symphonic Band, Quincy Community Band, and the Marching Band color guard.

The Lincoln Academy of Illinois, a not-for-profit and nonpartisan organization, is governed by a Board of Regents and a membership of General Trustees.  Each year, the academy recognizes a group of approximately 50 outstanding seniors named by their institutions of higher learning throughout the state of Illinois.

Founded in 1860 by Franciscan friars, Quincy University (www.quincy.edu) is a Catholic, co-educational, residential university offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult education programs that integrate liberal arts, active learning, practical experience, and Franciscan values. Quincy University’s intercollegiate sports are members of the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Valley Conference for men and women. For more information, please contact the Quincy University office of communications by calling (217) 228-5275.