Two HCC students named to All-Illinois Academic Team

April 13, 2016

Two Heartland students have been named to the All-Illinois Academic Team by Phi Theta Kappa, the international two-year college honor society. Jessilynn Bean and Alanah Ruffin were chosen from among community college students across the state on the basis of academic achievement, leadership and service work. Both students will be recognized for their achievement at the 18th Annual Phi Theta Kappa Banquet on April 19, 2016, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield.

The All-Illinois Academic Team is sponsored annually by Phi Theta Kappa, USA Today and the American Association of Community Colleges. It  seeks to honor outstanding community college students who show intellectual rigor in their course of study, demonstrate academic, leadership, and civic growth and who extend their community college education to better themselves, their schools and their communities.

To qualify for the All-Illinois Academic Team, nominees must meet the following requirements:

  • Member of Phi Theta Kappa
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Enrolled in at least 12 credit hours
  • Actively engaged in the school and community

Bean and Ruffin were nominated by Heartland officials and completed a vigorous application process. Both will receive a medallion and certificate at the April luncheon as well as an opportunity to be on the All-USA Academic Team.

“It’s quite an honor to be nominated to the All-Illinois Academic Team,” said Sarah Diel-Hunt, associate vice president for academic affairs at HCC. “Jessilynn and Alanah are outstanding students and community members and are well deserving of this recognition.”

Bean hails from Arrowsmith, Illinois. She studies human services at Heartland and has maintained a 4.0 GPA. Outside the classroom, she served as secretary for Heartland’s Phi Theta Kappa Chapter and gave presentations all over central Illinois on her Native American culture and way of life. Bean also participated in Heartland’s Honors Program.

Ruffin is from Bloomington, Illinois. She studies history at Heartland and is also active outside the classroom. She was elected President of Heartland’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and also served as a peer mentor to first year and returning students, helping them to navigate college life at Heartland.

Both students are graduating from Heartland with honors in May.

Jessilynn Bean

Jessilynn Bean

Alanah Ruffin

Alanah Ruffin

Written by: Becky Gropp