Lincoln Laureate Todd Kumler (center) is flanked by John B. Simon, chancellor of the
Lincoln Academy and Ann M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice.
Senior Todd Kumler Named Lincoln Laureate
January 18, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - Illinois Wesleyan senior economics and mathematics double major
Todd Kumler was one of approximately 50 Illinois college students recognized by the
Lincoln Academy of Illinois as a Student Laureate. The ceremony took place in Springfield
in the House of Representatives of the Old State Capitol on Saturday, Oct. 28.
Established 40 years ago to honor Illinois' most distinguished citizens, the Lincoln
Academy of Illinois presents the annual Lincoln Laureate award to a top senior from
each of the state's degree-granting institutions of higher learning. The Academy
determined that the students brought honor to the state of Illinois by their commitment
to the principles of democracy and humanity as exemplified by Abraham Lincoln.
At the ceremony, Kumler was presented a Student Laureate medallion, a $150 honorarium
and certificate of achievement. The events included the Student Laureate Presentation
Ceremony and an exclusive reception and luncheon.
A native of Elgin., Ill., Kumler, valedictorian at Larkin High School in 2003, has
been admitted into several collegiate honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa Undergraduate
Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi All-Discipline Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta First-Year
Honor Society, Phi Eta Sigma First-Year Honor Society, Omicron Delta Epsilon Economics
Honor Society and Phi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society. He has also been named
an IWU Presidential Scholar.
Kumler's extracurricular activities include the Economics Society, of which he is
president and the College Democrats, of which he is co-president. He works as an
editor of both the Park Place Economist, which publishes articles by IWU economics
students and the Undergraduate Economic Review, which is a worldwide online journal.
Also, as the 2005 Student Senate treasurer, Kumler was awarded the Minor Myers, jr.
Student Senate Scholarship.
In 2004, Kumler served as a campaign intern for Barack Obama's U.S. Senate campaign.
As the only intern in McLean County, he assisted in advancing and organizing campaign
events, led a campus chapter group which promoted collegiate voter registration and
networked with local party officials and candidates to coordinate election efforts.
In the summer of 2006, Kumler worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland as a
research intern where he performed research and statistical analysis for two future
publications by a senior bank economist on the U.S. payment system, conducted research
for the "Beige Book" Federal Reserve Board report on current economic conditions and
completed fact checks and data searches.
For additional information about the Student Laureate Award, visit the Lincoln Academy
of Illinois Web site at http://www.thelincolnacademyofillinois.org/.
Contact: Taylar Kuzniar, (309) 556-3181