Bolingbrook Student is Honored for his Personal Growth

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Bolingbrook Student is Honored for his Personal Growth at Lewis University

Published: June 5, 2017.

Tyler Trester

Tyler Trester of Bolingbrook, received the Father Aquinas Colgan Award during the Lewis University Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony held Sunday, May 21 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. It is the oldest recognition in university history.

Trester said he transformed tremendously while earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Lewis University. He reflected, “Since I enrolled in Lewis, I have journeyed through the gauntlet of my past, faced self-examination and emerged victorious.”

He appreciates how the collegiate experience fostered growth in self-confidence. The Peer Tutor and Peer Minister credited caring and engaged Lewis University Health and Counseling staff with helping him achieve success in college.

Trester was very active in extra-curricular activities on campus, including being a member and president of the Psi Chi International Psychology Honor Society, a member and vice president of the Psychology Club, and a core team member and director of Lewis University’s Koinonia.

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 Reverend 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.

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