Elementary Education Major Jessica Mamola
Named NEIU Lincoln Laureate

Jessica Mamola has been named the Northeastern Illinois University Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy for the 2012 graduating class. This honor is awarded to one graduating senior from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. Mamola was recognized at a ceremony held in November at the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, where she received a medallion, certificate of achievement and a monetary grant of $500.

Mamola, who will graduate on May 5 with a B.A. in elementary education, has maintained a 3.92 GPA while staying active on Northeastern's campus and in the community. During her time at Northeastern she has served as an administrator for the honors society, submitted a grant proposal for "Do Something Green," worked with the UNICEF campaign, tutored students, volunteered for numerous relief efforts, and helped organize a plethora of community and fundraising events. She said, "I was always up for a challenge, and I consider school as my job. When I do something, I give 100 percent. I've always had that mentality."

Kristen Over, associate professor, English, and coordinator, honors program, recognized Mamola's dedication and hard work and nominated her for this honor. Over said, "The University Honors Program has an exceptional pool of bright, ambitious, academically-talented students who are actively engaged in their communities, and I was delighted to nominate six impressive candidates for the Lincoln Laureate Award. We are proud of each of our nominees, and especially proud that Jessica Mamola was chosen from among NEIU's finest undergraduates as NEIU's Lincoln Laureate."

Mamola resides in Chicago's Edgebrook neighborhood and attended North Side College Prep High School before enrolling at Northeastern. She said she intends to come back to NEIU for her master's degree and has considered becoming an elementary school principal. She said, "I won't be able to tear myself away from here; it's too much like home."

When choosing a college, Mamola said that she had to take price into consideration because her mother became the sole supporter of their household after her father died from cancer in 1994. She said that in addition to its affordability, Northeastern is a place where she feels comfortable. Mamola said, "Northeastern has been a great fit for me because it offers smaller classes, and I can be who I am here and excel while still being challenged. This school is the real world with adult students and real people pursuing an education. The people here are down to earth and practical."

In addition to the Lincoln Laureate honor, Mamola has received recognition at Northeastern for her curricular and extracurricular activities. Last spring she received an Outstanding Student Award in Elementary Education and an Academic Excellence Award. She also is a recipient of the Dr. Olga Kaszubowski Memorial Scholarship, which provides a full-year of tuition, fees and books. Later this academic year she will be inducted into Alpha Chi National Honors Society.
Elementary Education Major Jessica Mamola Named NEIU Lincoln Laureate
Jessica Mamola has been named the Northeastern Illinois University Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy for the 2012 graduating class. This honor is awarded to one graduating senior from each of the four-year, degree-granting colleges and universities in Illinois for excellence in curricular and extracurricular activities. Mamola was recognized at a ceremony held in November at the Old State Capitol Building in Springfield, where she received a medallion, certificate of achievement and a monetary grant of $500.
April 2012