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Hometown: Cortland, IL
Adam Pope has consistently demonstrated excellence in and out of the classroom. While working 35 to 40 hours each week to put himself through school, Pope has maintained an impressive grade point average and been active in extracurricular activities.
Consider his academic achievements and leadership roles: the Gold Key International Honors Society, Tau Sigma National Honors Society, NIU Student Association, Southeast Asia Club, Green Paws Environmental Alliance, Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife and president of the NIU Anthropology Club.
It’s Pope’s dedication that has impressed NIU anthropology professor Mitch Irwin.
“Adam conducts himself professionally and maturely and is ambitious about his future goals,” Irwin said. “He takes his work seriously and rises to the challenge when faced with criticism on his work.”
Irwin said along with being an active participant in the classroom and contributing good observations, it’s Pope’s dedication outside the classroom that stands out.
“Adam stepped up to become president of the Anthropology Club and has been an engaged leader,” Irwin said. “He’s constantly organizing multiple activities ranging from career development to social activism and awareness building. He makes a real positive contribution to the NIU community both academically and personally.”