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June 2, 2010--North Central College has named Sunbir "Sunny" Gill of Westmont, Ill., Outstanding Senior Man, the highest award presented to a member of the class of 2010.
Gill will graduate June 12 with a major in psychology. He is the son of Sunita and Balbir Gill of Westmont and a graduate of Westmont High School.
The Outstanding Senior Man award was presented in May at North Central's Honors Convocation, an annual spring event that recognizes student excellence in academics and co-curricular activities.
Gill has been a familiar face and respected leader on campus since his freshman year. He served as president of Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) and was instrumental in opening a campus store for SIFE, which sells alternative-trade products from around the world. He also led a team of students to the SIFE national championships for two years.
Gill has presented research at the prestigious National Conferences on Undergraduate Research and North Central's Rall Symposium for Undergraduate Research and was invited by the Mayo Clinic in Rochester to be part of its summer internship program.
His compassion for others and dedicated volunteerism have taken him to the streets of Chicago and around the world. Gill spent four years shepherding a SIFE project that involves working with junior high students in the Jenner Elementary Academy of the Arts in Chicago's Cabrini Green neighborhood to prepare them to move into high school. He developed a program that was endorsed by the school's faculty to show students the importance of education to lifelong success.
He's been actively involved in The Uncommon Life Movement, a campus service organization. Every week he drove a van loaded with students who are involved in the Reading Club, a World Relief program in Aurora that helps refugee students with homework and reading skills. Gill has taken service trips to needy areas of the world, including Guatemala, Haiti and Colombia, and was voted Mr. NCC by his fellow students in 2009.