Students bring home awards from education association conference

April 17 2008

Indiana State University is known for producing quality teachers, and current students are continuing the tradition through their involvement in the Indiana Student Education Association.

ISU’s local chapter of ISEA was recently decorated with awards, recognitions and scholarships at the Statewide Representative Assembly, confirming ISU’s excellence in the education field and setting the bar high for others.

ISEA is a professional student organization that offers networking opportunities locally, statewide and nationally. ISEA members are motivated to promote not just their organization but teaching as a profession.

“This isn’t just a regular student organization,” said Melissa Nail, associate professor of elementary education and ISEA faculty sponsor. “As a student if you’d like to become active in the profession, then this is a way to do it early on. We connect with teachers and administrators in the field including speech and language pathologists or any specialty area. [ISEA] is a nice way to gain experiential learning, by taking our experiences here on campus and thinking about them in a professional setting.”

Four students and an advisor were recognized at the recent state conference for their commitment and efforts. Awards and recognitions received by ISU’s chapter included Outstanding Newsletter, Outstanding Local Rookie and Outstanding Advisor.

Sarah Illingworth, a sophomore from Remington and an elementary education major, was elected the state’s Region 3 representative. She will work with all the ISEA chapters in Region 3 of the state.

”It is an honor to be representing Region 3. This position will allow me to become more involved with ISEA at the state level, and bring much energy and many great ideas back to our region, especially here at ISU,” Illingworth said. “I hope that our efforts can help our College of Education to continue to stand out as a top teaching program. Our passion for children and education are the main course that we bring to the table. With this, we hope that our events will serve as an appetizer to the full course of teaching.”

Courtney Cooper, a sophomore elementary education major from Greenwood, is the ISU chapter’s secretary and at the State Representative Assembly was elected secretary of the state organization.

“For ISU's ISEA chapter to receive awards at a state representative assembly, it shows that we are dedicated to our chapter's success,” Cooper said. “I think it is a great reflection on our personalities and dedication to the organization that we are a part of. We are very committed to the success of ISEA at Indiana State.”

Renata Sams, a sophomore elementary and special education major from Naperville, Ill. received the Outstanding Local Rookie Award for the entire state. Sams headed the 2007 ISU ISEA Homecoming Parade Committee by planning, organizing and engaging her team in the event. Her dedication and enthusiasm has promoted more involvement from her peers in the organization, said ISEA officials.

“[Sams] showed a lot of initiative and leadership as a new member and was very active,” Nail said.

J.D. Miller, a sophomore elementary and special education major from Greencastle, is the ISU ISEA chapter’s president this year and is the current Region 3 representative. It was announced that Miller was elected the state vice-president at the recent assembly. This was not the only instance Miller stood out from the crowd at the assembly either. Miller was also awarded a scholarship for his recent service to the ISU ISEA chapter.

The ISU ISEA chapter also received group award for the state’s most Outstanding Newsletter. This award went to the entire executive board of ISEA at ISU for producing and publishing a weekly electronic newsletter at no cost. The board’s newsletter was recognized for its’ colorful editions that highlights membership recruitment, future meetings, state updates and local events.

Outstanding Local Advisor for Region 3 went to Nail for her faculty sponsorship of ISEA. Nail’s qualities and actions put forth towards ISU’s chapter are ones that many student organizations lack, said ISEA officials.

“It is a time-intensive role, but it is time well spent though,” Nail said. “Any time we can promote the professional growth of our students we can impact their future when they graduate and begin their career. ISEA makes students more competitive because they are enriched with professional experiences and opportunities under their belt. It is an honor to be recognized.”

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Contact: Melissa Nail, Indiana State University, associate professor of elementary education and ISEA faculty sponsor, at 812-237-2848 or a mnail@isugw.indstate.edu

Writer: Amanda Bedwell, Indiana State University, communications and marketing intern, at 812-237- 3773 or at abedwell@mymail.indstate.edu

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Cutline: Renata Sams

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Cutline:Cutline: Melissa Nail, ISU associate professor of elementary education and ISEA faculty sponsor; Courtney Cooper, sophomore elementary and special education major from Greenwood; J.D. Miller, a sophomore elementary and special education major from Greencastle; Emily Hildenbrand, sophomore elementary and special education major from Ferdinand; and April Coyne, sophomore elementary and special education major from Fort Wayne.

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ISU's local chapter of ISEA was recently decorated with awards, recognitions and scholarships at the Statewide Representative Assembly, confirming ISU's excellence in the education field and setting the bar high for others.

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