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NHS students to be featured at ISU graduation

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Britany Dean
TERRE HAUTE -- Two Indiana State University students from Brazil will be in the spotlight during the university's spring commencement.

Britany Dean will deliver the student address to fellow graduates, while Kylee Thacker will be recognized for her contributions to the betterment of the university.

Both Dean and Thacker graduated from Northview High School.

Kylee Thacker
Dean is completing a bachelor's degree in communication with a public relations emphasis.

While at Indiana State, she has served as president of the Society of Collegiate Scholars, vice president of College Mentors for Kids and public relations chair for the university's Nonprofit Leadership Alliance chapter, which was recognized as the 2013 national campus chapter of the year.

Dean also served on the University Honors Council and the Sycamore Leadership Coalition and was a peer advisor for the University Honors program.

A Sycamore Ambassador and McNair Scholar Award recipient, Dean was named Outstanding Junior and Outstanding Senior in the communication department, Outstanding Public Relations Student and was a finalist for Indiana Intern of the Year.

She received a Focus Indiana Scholarship, the NextGen Nonprofit Leadership Scholarship and received the Richard G. Landini Outstanding Junior Award.

Dean served internships with the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and Wabash Valley Community Foundation, was Vigo County assistant for 100-plus Women Who Care, served on the United Way of the Wabash Valley Review Committee and the Planning to Achieve Collegiate Excellence (PACE) Tutoring and Mentoring program.

Dean is the daughter of Robin Smith and Tim Dean.

She plans to enroll this fall at the University of Southern California to study strategic public relations.

Thacker will be recognized as a recipient of the Alan C. Rankin Memorial Award.

Named for the university's seventh president who served from 1965-75, the Rankin Award recognizes outstanding seniors who have demonstrated dedicated membership and leadership in campus organizations and in the community.

Recipients must also have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 on a 4.0 scale.

Thacker is completing a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in French.

While at Indiana State, she served as captain of the women's cross country team, was secretary of the student-athlete advisory committee, and a student-athlete mentor.

She was active in Phi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Delta Sigma Lambda, Golden Key, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Lambda Delta, National Society of Collegiate Scholars, College of Arts and Sciences Student Advisory Council representative, student editor for "Balzac, Grandville, and the Rise of Book Illustration," by Keri Yousif, associate professor of languages, literatures and linguistics, and was English department student representative for "Majors in Minutes."

Her honors have included the Sycamore Senior Leadership Award, English Department Outstanding Senior, Michael D. Buzash-Le Cercie Francasi Award, National Student-Athlete nominee, Pfennig Awards Ceremony guest speaker, Sycamore All-Academic Team, Sycamore Scholar Athlete, Missouri Valley Conference Leadership and Service Award, Pfennig Scholar -- Department of English Honor Award, Department of English Alumni Scholar, Richard Landini Outstanding Junior Nominee and University Honors Program.

Thacker's community activities included Sycamore Athlete Foundation Ladies Tee, Sycamore Parents' Night Out, Wegener's Awareness Warriors for Lecia Brown, Jam the Bus for Catholic Charities, Hurricane Sandy relief, Habitat for Humanity, community food drive, Terre Haute Community Theatre, Step Up Programs -- Be a Leader ... Make a Difference, and Tumble Express -- Toys for Tots.

Thacker is the daughter of Della and Tim Thacker.

After graduation from Indiana State, she will be enrolling in graduate school to complete her master's and doctoral degrees in English literature in preparation for becoming a college English professor.

Indiana State's 142nd commencement is scheduled to begin at noon, May 4, in Hulman Center.

Commencement is open to the public and no tickets are necessary.

The ceremony will be livestreamed on the university's website, www.indstate.edu.

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Congratulations, ladies! So nice to read about your impressive achievements!

-- Posted by Sharon Koehler on Sun, Apr 28, 2013, at 7:51 PM

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