STELLAR – recognizing achievement and excellence in CAS

A new program is taking off at SIUE in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS).  STELLAR, which stands for Student Excellence and Achievement Recognition, was developed as a program that will assist CAS students who display potential at SIUE.

“The STELLAR … program is designed to recognize, honor, and develop some of the star student achievers of our College. Our CAS STELLAR students will receive special recognition and support from the College to help them achieve their full potential in their academic program and beyond,” according to the STELLAR website.

Nominations are not necessarily predicated on the academic performance of the students.  The students are nominated by faculty members of the department in which they are studying.  Each department nominates one or two students who excel in their studies and best represent the core values and show exceptional promise in that department.

“These [STELLAR students] are students who have done exceedingly well at SIUE.  They are focused academically,” said Larry LaFond, associate professor of English language and literature and associate dean of CAS.  “Some of them have also contributed time to our community and have done various kinds of outreach.”

The nominations are made to each department chair.  The nominees are endorsed by the CAS deans.

Members of the dean’s staff are meeting with the 14 current recipients.  The staff will get to know the students and help them develop skills and talents, as well as expose them to various scholarship and internship opportunities

“We’re very proud of these students and we want to help them achieve everything they can achieve,” said LaFond.

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