IWU Students Honored for Their Community Involvement

Oct. 12, 2012                   

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Based on their commitment to service and efforts to better the Bloomington-Normal community, five Illinois Wesleyan University men were recognized at the second annual Extraordinary Ordinary Men of the Year Awards Dinner on Thursday, Oct. 11.

The dinner was hosted by Collaborative Solutions Institute (CSI), a not-for-profit counseling practice, run by CEO and IWU alumna Cheryl Gaines '77. The student attendees were accounting major Matt LaLonde '14 (Downers Grove, Ill.), physics and mathematics major Alejandro Mancera '15 (Hanover Park, Ill.), biology major Andrew Cox '15 (Hawthorne Woods, Ill.), environmental studies and Hispanic studies Danny Kenny '13 (Wildwood, Mo.) and political science major Ryan Dyar '14 (Danville, Ill.).

The event celebrates and honors men who make a positive impact on the community and the lives of others through their everyday actions.

"Illinois Wesleyan prepares students to be engaged leaders and forward-thinking problem solvers," said Matthew Damschroder, assistant dean of students for campus life.  "Each of our IWU student representatives for this event has shown a deep commitment to living this institutional mission as they serve both the campus and surrounding community.  They exemplify both the spirit of true Titans and that of extraordinary-ordinary men."

CSI's mission is to provide innovative building blocks for civility in relationships through research, counseling programs and public education. Their aim is to develop emotional intelligence, respect for self and others and communication and behavior skills for the individual, family and organization.

For additional information about the event and CSI visit their website at www.collaborativesolutions.org.

Contact: Katherine Filippo, '12, (309) 556-3181 univcomm@iwu.edu