North Central College recognized Peter Bulandr Jr. as the Outstanding Senior Man and Mary Caron as the Outstanding Senior Woman for 2012 during the College’s annual Honors Convocation on May 15.
The annual awards recognize one senior man and one senior woman for their successes in the classroom, their involvement and contributions to the campus community outside the classroom, and their future potential.
Bulandr, a resident of Long Grove, is majoring in finance and economics and was recognized with a second award during Honors Convocation, the Wall Street Journal Award, which is given to the outstanding student in North Central’s Division of Economics and Business. Bulandr has balanced the demands of academics, athletics, student life, leadership and community service during his four years at North Central.
One nominator said, “I can’t imagine another senior male combining high academic achievement, high athletic achievement and dedicated community service in this way.”
Bulandr has served on a faculty search committee, with humanitarian organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Special Olympics, and as a captain on the Cardinal football team. In football, he received accolades on a national level—an All-American who was one of 10 finalists nationwide for the Gagliardi Trophy, the premier recognition in Division III football.
The NCAA also recognized his academic and athletic excellence with a postgraduate scholarship for $7,500 for future academic studies. On a regional level, the College Conference of Illinois & Wisconsin (CCIW) named him the 2011 CCIW Defensive Player of the Year, a three-time Academic All-CCIW honoree and to the First Team All-CCIW and All-North Region. The CCIW also chose him as the male student-athlete winner of the 2011-2012 Merle Chapman Leadership Award.
Caron, a resident of Romeoville, is majoring in organizational communication and Spanish and also was recognized with a second award during Honors Convocation: the Outstanding Major in Organizational Communication. Caron is known across campus for her leadership, outgoing personality and Cardinal spirit.
“I’ve heard faculty and staff refer to her as their favorite student on campus,” said one nominator. Another said, “I have never met anyone who makes as much an impact on people’s lives as Mary does. She is so friendly and knows how to make people feel comfortable no matter what the situation is.”
As a resident assistant for three years, she’s impressed everyone in residence life with her leadership skills and ability to befriend and mentor her students. She has achieved a near-perfect grade-point average while serving as a captain of the Cardinal softball team. Caron has played second base and outfield during her four years on the team and was named to the 2011 Second All-CCIW selection. She works in the campus postal center and participates in Saturday night activities at The Cage—while befriending nearly everyone she meets.