Lewis University student Elizabeth Lorang of Homer Glen, Ill., received the Father Aquinas Colgan Award during the university’s undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held Sunday, May 18 at the Romeoville Main Campus. This special recognition is awarded to a graduating senior at each of the university’s undergraduate Commencement Ceremonies held in May and December.
Lorang graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She earned a 3.96/4.0 cumulative Grade Point Average. She credits her professors for her continued success at Lewis. “This encouragement gave me the strength to pursue my goals with confidence,” she says.
Lorang is a very active member of the Lewis Community, serving as an EPIC Retreat leader and LUMINATE service trip participant with University Ministry, a WLRA DJ, and member of Psi Chi International Honor Society and the Lewis University Psychology Club. She also volunteered with Feed My Starving Children, MorningStar Mission and World Apostolate of Fatima.
Students are nominated for the Father Aquinas Colgan Award by University faculty and staff. To be eligible for nomination, a student must be an undergraduate who has qualified for graduation, who is a four-year student of Lewis University with a minimum GPA of 3.0, and who has demonstrated exemplary personal, intellectual and social development in the spirit of Lewis University’s Mission.
A Lewis University tradition, the Father Aquinas Colgan Award has been presented to an outstanding undergraduate student at the University’s Commencement exercises since 1955. The award recognizes students who have demonstrated personal and intellectual growth, a strong commitment to their faith, and a firm dedication to the Lasallian values of justice and association.
The award honors the memory of Father Aquinas Colgan, O. Carm., who was chaplain early in the university’s history. A U.S. Army chaplain during World War II, Father Aquinas died on May 6, 1945, while attempting to rescue a wounded corpsman. He was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for valor, becoming one of only seven chaplains to receive this honor in World War II. He had previously received the Purple Heart with an Oak Leaf Cluster for acts of heroism and for two earlier wounds. Father Aquinas is remembered for his character, bravery, and persistence in pursuing goals, and also for his deep personal faith.
Lewis University is a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition offering distinctive undergraduate and graduate programs to more than 6,600 traditional and adult students. Lewis offers multiple campus locations, online degree programs, and a variety of formats that provide accessibility and convenience to a growing student population. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis prepares intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. The seventh largest private not-for-profit university in Illinois, Lewis has been nationally recognized by The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.
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