Judson Senior Rachel Delph Honored as Lincoln Laureate
(December 7, 2011 - Elgin, IL) Senior visual communications student Rachel Delph, a Dunlap, Ill., native, has been named the Judson Student Lincoln Laureate, an honor bestowed on the school's top senior. The Student Lincoln Laureate is an annual honor given to a top senior from each of the state of Illinois's public and private colleges and universities who exhibits distinct academic and extracurricular excellence.
Delph has served her school in several capacities, including the Judson Chapter of the American Institute of Graphic Artists and the Judson Chapter of International Justice Mission (IJM). She has been involved in IJM for four years and served as president of the chapter for two years. Delph has taken several honors courses and has made the Dean's list every semester of her four years at Judson. She also worked with the Fox Valley Pregnancy Center in South Elgin to complete her service learning hours.
Delph came to Judson after learning about it from a friend that had graduated from the university.
"I chose to come to Judson because I knew the graphic design department was good, and it was close to Chicago. And when I came and visited, something just felt right," explains Delph. Delph attributes much of her positive experience at the institution to the support system of professors and peers.
"I've had the chance to work with some amazing faculty while at Judson. Each one of them has so much passion for what they do; it's infectious. They're great teachers, and they care about their students, especially the faculty of the School of Art and Design,” says Delph. “I've also made some incredible friends who have definitely changed my life, whose perspective and wisdom and just plain awesomeness I'm continually grateful for."
Delph will graduate in May 2012 from the visual communications program. When asked about her plans for the future, Delph explains that her goal is to continue working as a graphic designer in the Chicago area, preferably for a nonprofit organization. She also plans to earn a graduate degree in Community Development.
Delph has already made a point of using her work to benefit a cause. Her work was featured in the OWNED exhibition in the fall of 2009, an exhibition led by students of the Typography I course to raise awareness about modern slavery.
"Whatever I do, I want to make sure my life results in a net benefit to the world, that I'm consistently involved in things I believe in and care about," says Delph.
Delph and the other Student Lincoln Laureates were honored at a ceremony on Saturday, November 5. Students were given a tour of the Old State Capitol where President Lincoln spent much of his early career. Each student was given a $500 gift, which Delph says she will put toward the production of her senior design project, a resource guide for low-income single mothers in Kane County.