Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Congrats to The Graduate

The serene campus of Illinois State University

Tulips at Illinois State University

The Biology Faculty

The Red Birds Arena....the graduation hall

a proud momma with the graduate

the graduate bsc msc

My beautiful daughter Lauren graduated earlier this month from Illinois State University in Normal Illinois USA. She graduated with a master's degree in Kinesiology and Recreation majoring in Recreation Administration. She completed her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at that same university in 2005. She was a track and field athlete and you can see below some of her achievements whilst at university.

2004-05: Only used outdoor eligibility ... took third in the long jump (18-10 3/4) at the State Farm MVC Outdoor Championships ... took sixth in the triple jump at the MVC Outdoor Championships with a jump of 40-4 3/4, which qualified her for the NCAA Mid-East Regional ... placed fifth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.36) during the MVC Outdoor Championships ... recorded a personal best in the triple jump at the Mideast Regional with a jump of 41-4 1/2 ... earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Championships in the triple jump ... broke the triple jump school record at the national meet with a jump of 41-8 3/4 ... member of the MVC Scholar-Athlete team.

2003-04: Tore her ACL during the pentathlon at the Indiana Invite ... before the injury, set a school record in the long jump portion of the pentathlon with a leap of 19-11 ... won the long jump at the Early Bird Invite in December of 2003 with a leap of 19-2 1/2. 2002-03: Conference champion in the indoor long jump with a distance of 19-4 3/4 ... placed third in the conference in the indoor triple jump with a distance of 40-3 1/4 ... took sixth place in the 60-meter hurdles at the indoor championships with a time of 8.87.

At Austin Peay State: Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Champion in 2001 ... OVC Outdoor Athlete of the Year in spring of 2002 ... APSU athletic honor roll member fall of 2000 and spring of 2001 ... holds the APSU indoor high jump and long jump record ... set the Barbados National record in the heptathlon (5,489 points) ... 10th-place finish in the heptathlon at the 2002 NCAA meet.

Well done my sweetie pie, this journey has come to an end and a new one has just begun! I salute you!


  1. nice page and your garden is beautiful !!! and congrats to Lauren !!!


  2. I have been enjoying your blog and your garden from over on the Yucatan. What an impressive daughter you have, please congratulate her for me and yourself as well. Mom's get some of the credit too ;)

  3. Congratulations to you and Lauren for her graduation! She is indeed a pretty girl just like her proud mom! Wow, on her atheletic achievements. I would be a proud mom too if she were my daughter!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and left your comment. I hope one day I would have enough Barbados Cherries in my garden to make juice like you do!

    Congrats, once again, to you and family!

  4. I am so proud of Lauren and her accomplishments! I am fortunate to have her visiting with me in Miami. She is so thoughtful, pleasant and fun to be around. It has been a pleasure to enjoy her academic/athletic achievements and to see that she has matured into a wonderful human being!
    Congratulations to Lauren! Love you!

  5. Many thanks Lori, glad you are enjoying the garden.

    Thanks for stopping by Jonna. You must have some interesting plants out there in the yucatan.

    JC thank you, the cherry juice is so delicious!

    Barbs I cannot thank you enough for taking such good care of Lauren for your loving support throughout her time at university. I salute you!

  6. Hi Helen,
    What a wonderful tribute to your beautiful Lauren. Congratulations to both of you. I'm so happy I was privileged to meet her when you visited. She is a lovely girl and will soon make good use of all that knowledge and experience I'm sure. What a wonderful life she has ahead.
    Hugs to you,

  7. Thank you Meems, it was such a pleasure to visit with you. She is now in the job hunting mode and I do hope that she gets lucky. It was a great privilege for her to have studied at such great and beautiful university.

    Hugs to you too!

  8. Congratulations to your daughter on her wonderful achievement you must me so proud! She is a beauty as well!

    I can tell you had a great trip, nice to have you back!

  9. Thank you Raquel, am bursting with pride!

  10. Congrats Lauren! What a proud mamma you look (and very pretty, both of you!)

  11. Congrats to Lauren! What an achievement...a great athlete too! Loved going through your photos. I wish lauren the very best!

  12. Sunita and Kanak thank you all, I am happy.... very happy that it is all over. Now it is job hunting time.


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