Jeanine Latrice Koger -- 2020 GSU Lincoln Laureate
Each year an outstanding senior from each of the four-year degree
granting institutions of higher learning in Illinois is named a Student
Laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois.
Student Laureates are honored for their overall excellence in
curricular and extracurricular activities.
Koger exemplifies the “Lincoln Leadership Legacy” and would be an
excellent guide in directing a civic minded life of service and commitment to a
greater good. Latrice offers herself up as an example in a way that was
very helpful to other students, so they were inspired to face their own
difficulties. Academically, Latrice is simply outstanding.
She has taken on the role of leadership, striving to assist her fellow students
throughout the semester. Assignment submissions are of very high quality
and demonstrate a great deal of thought and care. Should a concept
require more clarification, J Latrice is always sure to inquire further and
have candid conversations with faculty about the topic at hand. It is
refreshing to see a student strive for academic knowledge solely for the sake
of having the knowledge. Latrice has been involved in study abroad,
has distinguished herself from her peers through her outstanding academic
performance, but also through her continual university volunteerism. As a
member of DDP, she has attended DDP Monthly Community Service since the day she
started the program. While at PSC, Ms. Koger was dynamic in her work with the
college’s Phi Theta Kappa and was awarded for her excellent academics. It
is rare to encounter a student that is involved in as many activities as
Latrice. Latrice prefers to spend her time making the university and the
surrounding community a better place. It can be surmised that Latrice
wishes to improve the quality of offerings for future GSU students, as
evidenced by the initiatives she is undertaking at present. Her devotion
to these selfless acts is apparent and has made significant contributions
towards the betterment of the university at large, as well as those she
interacts with daily.
has participated in a bi-monthly community outreach and volunteer efforts. Just
last month she volunteered at the Hope Food pantry in Kankakee. She has
also sought to expand her learning in the field of Psychology by attending many
different conferences and trainings at GSU. She is always an avid learning and
generates excitement for learning for others. She recently interviewed President
Green for the 2020 Convocation as well as featured in GSU News for being a
super voter which is an example of being civic-minded. Most recently she
was elected as to Student Senate as the Board of Trustees Representative.
She is amazing, indeed!"
The Lincoln Laureate honors individuals whose
contributions to the betterment of mankind have been accomplished in
or on behalf of the State of Illinois, or, whose achievements have
brought honor to the state because of their identity with it, whether
by birth or residence, or by their dedication to those principles of
democracy and humanity as exemplified by the great Illinoisan whose
name it bears. It is to honor senior students at each of the four-year,
degree-granting institutions in Illinois for overall excellence, in
both curricular and extra-curricular programs.