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College taps three students

for outstanding leadership


Manchester College has honored three students for making “a world of difference” with their outstanding leadership in campus organizations and projects, in service and in residence life.

Senior Tim Polakowski of Rockton, Ill., received the Capstone Outstanding Senior Leadership Award

Senior Katie McCann of Homewood, Ill., and sophomore Carole Fike of Pearl City, Ill., share the Outstanding Student Leader of the Year Award

Polakowski graduates this month with a double major in social work and Spanish as well as a minor in gerontology. His campus leadership ranges from resident assistant to the Manchester Activities Council and the Social Services Council. With Professor Ingrid Rogers, last summer he published a Resource Guide for area Spanish-speaking residents. He also provides tutoring in English as a second language (ESL) and translating in the community.

Polakowski “has an innate grasp of what it takes to build true community – and the importance of doing so,” says his academic advisor, Barb Burdge, assistant professor and director of the College’s social work program. Other students “…look to Tim as a role model as they develop their own leadership styles,” she adds.

McCann is the new-student orientation assistant, Student Activities assistant and is working to build an organization for those interested in history, her major. She is a member of Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir, and helped fund the choir’s performance at Carnegie Hall last spring. She is president of A  Cappella Choir this year, and is a member of the Cordier performing arts crew. She also is a member of Student Government Association and is active in gender awareness.

Fike’s campus activities range from campus ministry to student government and the award-winning chapter of the Student Education Association. Her first-hand knowledge of the diversity of campus involvement makes her the ideal student ambassador for visiting prospective students and their families. Her passions also include Symphonic Band, handbell choir, Indiana Reading Corps, and many activities associated with the Church of the Brethren, including as campus student coordinator for the Brethren Heritage Tour celebrating the denomination’s 300th anniversary.

Also honored at the April 20 Leadership Recognition Banquet coordinated by the Office of Student Development:

Organizations of the Year: Campus Interfaith Board and the Manchester College International Association

Program of the Year: International Fashion Show

Member of the Year: Carol Fike

Advisor of the Year: Lisa Gregory, alumni assistant director and advisor for the Student Alumni Council.








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