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Honorable Mentions to re-launch Feb. 1

January 29, 2013

Honorable MentionsThis year has brought many changes that improve and revamp the University Honors experience at NIU. With such changes comes the Feb. 1 re-launching of Honorable Mentions.

Honorable Mentions, a student-run online publication, will spotlight the multifaceted pursuits of NIU Honors students both in and out of the classroom.

Honorable Mention seeks to acknowledge:

  • all creative works literary, visual, and otherwise;
  • reflective exploration of academic endeavors;
  • accounts of inspiring community involvement;
  • experiential narratives related to travel, cooking and lifestyle;
  • thoughtful critiques of pop-culture phenomena; and
  • applaud the accomplishments of the University Honors Program’s exemplary faculty and students.

Honorable Mentions is coordinated by University Honors Fellow Lauren Nale, a junior rehabilitation services major with an occupational therapy emphasis. Luke Krueger, a visiting assistant professor in the School of Theatre and Dance, serves as the faculty adviser.

Along with Nale and Krueger seven University Honors students serve as members of the Honorable Mentions’ student editorial board.

Natalie Cincotta is a sophomore history and journalism major. Dana Lebrecht is a freshman math education major. Amy Rivers is a senior finance major. Ron Leonhardt is a junior history and political science major. Billy Moroney is a freshman English and jazz performance major. Hector Alvarado is a sophomore a chemistry and biology major. Juan Molina is a sophomore fine arts major with an emphasis in photography.

Honorable Mentions group


The University Honors Program will host an Honorable Mentions Launch Party from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Room 100 of the Campus Life Building.

The party will feature artwork from winners of the University Honors Program’s Juried Art Competition, a collaborative initiative with the College of Visual and Performing Arts. The five selected winners of the Juried Art Competition – Ryan Orlowski, Kasia Stachowiak, Michelle Stewart, Lauren Tromp and Graehound – will have their artwork displayed in the Capstone Library of the University Honors Program for the event and the remainder of the spring semester.

Both the Honorable Mentions Launch Party as well as the art display are free and open to the public.

For more information, email Vanessa Segundo at [email protected].