Five Students Named Eckley Scholars, Artists
April 25, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Five Illinois Wesleyan students are the first to be honored as
Eckley Scholars and Artists.
The group of students includes English literature major Rachel Branson '14 of Overland
Park, Kan.; chemistry major Justyna Koscielniak '14 of Lake Zurich, Ill.; psychology
major Daniel Maurer '12 of Forrest, Ill.; art major Dustin Springer '13 of Normal
and biology and international studies double major Sarah Takushi '13 of Skokie, Ill.
The recipients will participate in the Robert S. and Nell B. Eckley Summer Scholars
and Artists Program, established this year as part of a $515,000 gift by the late
President Emeritus Robert S. Eckley, his wife Nell and the Eckley Family Foundation.
The endowment also includes funds for the Robert S. Eckley Lecture in Economics. The
Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists endowment will support summer research and creative
activity for four to five students each year, enabling them to stay on campus over
the summer to work under the direction of faculty mentors.
Branson will be sponsored by Isaac Funk Professor of German and Russian, and Director
of International Studies Marina Balina. Koscielniak will work with Assistant Professor
of Chemistry Manori Perera. Maurer will be mentored by Assistant Professor of Psychology
Amanda Vicary. Springer will work under the guidance of Director of the School of
Art and Professor of Art Miles Bair and Takushi will be sponsored by Associate Professor
of Biology William Jaeckle.
"I commend all of the students and faculty who developed proposals for this new program,"
said Provost and Dean of the Faculty Jonathan Green. "The quality of applications
is a testament to the fine work being done between students and faculty across the
campus and a confirmation of the need to develop these new opportunities."
Contact: Sherry Wallace, (309) 556-3181, firstname.lastname@example.org