Lauren Contorno IWU’s 2011 Lincoln Laureate
Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Standards Frank Boyd with Lincoln Laureate
winner Lauren Contorno
November 8, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Senior Lauren Contorno has been selected as Illinois Wesleyan University’s
recipient of the 2011 Lincoln Academy of Illinois Student Laureate Award. The award
recognizes outstanding academic achievement and extracurricular activities among college
Contorno and 50 fellow student laureates were honored in a ceremony on Saturday, Nov.
5 at the Old State Capitol State Historic Site in Springfield, Ill. Accompanied to
the event by Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Standards Frank Boyd, Contorno
received a Student Laureate Medallion, an honorarium check and certificate of achievement.
A native of Elburn, Ill., Contorno is a political science major at IWU and in the
spring of 2011, she studied in a general studies program at The Umbra Institute in
Perugia, Italy. This past summer, she was a Catastrophe Services Intern at State
Farm Insurance Company in Bloomington where she researched and wrote an extensive
report detailing the correlation between climate change and severe storm trends and
its possible effects on the insurance industry. Contorno, among other responsibilities,
also wrote an all-department summary outlining State Farm’s catastrophe response plan.
Contorno, who has been a participant in the Action Research Seminar in Bloomington,
has interned at Marcfirst in Normal, where she collaborated with staff to expand and
finalize the curriculum for the School to Work Program for developmentally disabled
high school students. She also wrote a grant for funding of the School to Work Program
and developed a method to measure and track the success of the program.
For additional information, visit the Lincoln Academy of Illinois Website at www.thelincolnacademyofillinois.org, or contact Sherry Wallace, director for news and media relations at IWU.
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181