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Nominated by Music Professor Linda Cowan

Alan Cline, Nominated by Music Professor Linda Cowan

Alan Cline is Senior Music Major who will be graduating in May, 2014.  During his time at West Liberty University, Alan has received several awards and honors.  He was the recipient of Alpha Chi National Honors Scholarship Society National Scholarship Prize in 2013, a two-time winner of the West Liberty Concerto Competition Winner, was named as a member of the Order of the Torch.  In his academic pursuits, Alan has been an Elbin Scholar and maintained a 3.97 grade point average.  He has won several National Association of Teachers of Singing Awards on the state, tri-state and regional levels, including multiple first prizes.  In addition to his academic work, he has participated in more than ten WLU music ensembles and participated in Hilltop Opera productions and Hilltop Players productions.  For many campus ceremonies, such as Convocation and Commencement, Alan has been the featured singer performing the Alma Mater.

Upon graduation in May, Alan has decided to attend the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY as a Graduate Assistant pursuing a Masters of Music Degree in Vocal Performance.   In nominating, Dr. Linda Cowan stated, “He’s just great all the way around – a great student, a wonderful and humble person, talented, motivated, and ethical and honest.  He’s a joy to work with and I will miss his presence on campus.”

Luke Tacosik - Nominated by Admissions Counselor Travis Hinkle

Luke Tacosik – Nominated by Admissions Counselor Travis Hinkle


Luke Tacosik is a 2010 graduate of Union Local High School from Belmont, Ohio.  In his academic career, Luke is working toward a major in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and History.  During his academic pursuits, Luke has maintained a 3.55 overall grade point average.  Luke is very involved on campus, and has established himself as a leader and exemplary representative of West Liberty University.  Luke is the President of Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Society.  He is a member of Phi Alpha Theta, the National History Honor Society.  In addition to his academic involvements, Luke is the Programming Director and Sergeant At Arms for the Student Government Association, a Resident Assistant in Housing & Student Life, and a Student Ambassador for the Admissions Office.  Luke was also a member of the track team, and was a part of 4×4 team that broke the WLU school record.

In his nomination, Admissions Counselor Travis Hinkle stated, “Luke is a humble individual who doesn’t look for recognition or praise, but does it because he’s a good person with strong values. In the world of texting and snapchatting, Luke is still somebody who will speak to you, shake your hand, and get to know people by talking to them. He truly wants the best for the University and the community as a whole.”



Nicole Sadecky - Nominated by Volleyball Coach Kayla Fetsko

Nicole Sadecky – Nominated by Volleyball Coach Kayla Fetsko


Nicole Sadecky is a 2011 graduate of Ravenswood High School in Ravenswood, WV.  As a Biology student concentrating in the Ecology, Environmental, and Organismal Biology, Nicole has maintained a 3.33 GPA.  In addition to her rigorous academic schedule, Nicole has enhanced her education as a Field and Lab Technician for Loughman Astacology Lab, completing research on the ecology and conservation of crayfish in the Appalachians.  She assisted in the Crayfish survey of The Great Smoky Mountains National Park in the summer of 2013.  After all her studies of crayfish, which you can see in the picture to the left, Nicole presented her research on the “Development of a Captive Rearing Protocol for Cambarus Crayfish” at the Academy of Southeastern Biologist in Spartanburg, SC this spring.  In the future, she will expand on her research through the Summer Undergraduate Research Experience here at WLU this summer.

Outside the classroom, Nicole is a leader and active member of the University community.  She is a captain of the women’s volleyball team, secretary for the WLU Biology Club, and a member of the WLU  Scuba Club.  In her nomination, Volleyball Coach Nicole Sadecky stated, “Nikki works hard at everything she does and gets along with everyone.  She also takes charge when she needs to and is a smart individual. ”