Nov. 11, 2011—Emily Rademaker of Cary, Ill., has been named North Central College’s 2011 Lincoln Laureate, an annual award that honors outstanding seniors at four-year degree-granting institutions in Illinois. North Central College faculty selected Rademaker as the College’s top senior for her excellence in curricular and co-curricular activities.
Governor Pat Quinn presented Rademaker with a medallion, certificate of achievement and a check for $500 on Nov. 6 at the House of Representatives in Springfield.
Majoring in German and classical civilization with a minor in sociology, Rademaker is a College Scholars honors student and is actively involved on campus in a variety of student organizations. She is president of the Student Governing Association and was a senator on its finance committee. She is also treasurer for the Blue Key Honor Society and co-led Project Liberation and the iLead leadership development program for first-year students.
Since her sophomore year, Rademaker has served as a resident assistant and been involved in the residence life association, holding leadership positions. As a junior, Rademaker was president of the Illinois Residence Hall Association and led North Central contingents to local and national residence life conferences.
She has also served as a tutor in German and Latin, a Language Resource Center lab assistant and a counselor of the Summer Language Institute, an intensive English language learning program that offers college credit.
In addition, Rademaker has contributed to The Chronicle student newspaper and held the prestigious role as a student editor for the Illinois State Bar Association newsletter “In the Alternative.”
Rademaker also received two North Central Richter Grants—competitive research fellowships awarded to students who pursue large-scale undergraduate research projects. Both ventures involved travel to Germany for her projects titled “The Brand of the Brothers: A Semiotic Ethnography of History and Fairy Tales in Modern German Culture” and “Following the Footsteps of Influence: Tracking the Research of Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm With Modern Techniques.”
Rademaker presented her research at North Central’s 2010 and 2011 Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and the 2011 National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and plans to present new research projects at the Rall Symposium and NCUR in 2012.
Off campus, she serves as a curator for the Museums at Lisle Station Park. After graduation in June 2012, Rademaker wants to pursue graduate studies and work in the Peace Corps where she has been nominated to serve in Sub-Saharan Africa.