STUDENT LAUREATE COMBINES PHILOSOPHY AND EDUCATION
During her four years at
Trinity, Yvana Hansen has compiled a long list of academic achievements.
She was still surprised to find out from President Steven Timmermans that
she had been named student laureate for the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
"This is quite an honor for
me," said Hansen, a senior from Lynden, Washington. "I am aware of this
award's history and some of its past recipients, and I'm privileged to
follow in their footsteps.
Hansen is a senior majoring
in both philosophy and elementary education, a member of the Honors Program,
and a Trinity Presidential Scholar. The former two-year resident assistant
also is a recipient of the Vander Velde Junior Scholars' Award and Ed Vander
Weele Memorial Scholarship.
The Lincoln Academy's Student
Laureate Awards recognize seniors at four-year, degree-granting colleges
and universities in Illinois who exhibit excellence in curricular and extracurricular
activities. The winners are chosen by their institution's chief executive
officers and receive a medallion of Abraham Lincoln, a certificate of merit,
and a small stipend. They also attend a ceremony in their honor and have
lunch in the governor's mansion in Springfield, Illinois.
Hansen's primary interests
lie in education and philosophy. The Vander Weele scholarship, given to
potential Christian educators, encourages education students to complete
their degrees and launch their careers in teaching. Through the Vander
Velde award, she has teamed with philosophy professor Aron Reppmann '92
to study feminist philosophy. That research has had a significant influence
on her viewpoint of education.
"I would like to propose
a gender studies minor at Trinity, a practical application of philosophical
principles rooted in relationship," said Hansen, who declared philosophy
as her second major last spring. "It's important that we live up to our
mission of transforming culture, and I see this program as another way
to bring Christ's redemption to all areas of life. Christian colleges should
be aware of the implications that gender has in their campus communities."
Hansen's mentor admires her
foresight and aptitude.
"The student laureate highlights
a person who has excelled academically and is important to the life of
the College," said Reppmann, Trinity's student laureate in 1992. "Yvana
is a tremendous person who fits that description. Though her double major
is not a common combination, she mixes a practical concern for helping
people learn with a reflective background and sensitivity that stems from
philosophy. She certainly is well-deserving of this distinction."
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