MACOMB, Ill. - Leatherneck track and field student-athlete Jordan Liles was recently awarded the Western Illinois 'William E. Brattain Award for Student Leadership' for his dedication, hard work, and excellence as a Western Illinois senior.
The criteria for the Brattain award is that the recipient be a graduating senior with a minimum of a 3.5 cumulative grade point average, and has shown outstanding contributions to the Western Illinois campus, as well as the Macomb community through leadership and participation in various activities and organizations. The recipient of the award receives a framed certificate, a luncheon in their honor, and their name is added to the Brattain award plaque on the Wall of Honor.
On top of his academic, leadership, and community service success, Liles has also been successful athletically this year. In The Summit League Championship men’s javelin throw, Liles used a personal best effort of 194-05 to finish second, a throw that ranks sixth in program history. Throughout the season he finished first four times in the javelin throw, first in the Knox Outdoor Invitational (3/31), next in the Ashford Spring Classic (4/6), third in the SIUE Gateway Classic (4/21), and lastly in the Wisconsin Outdoor Open (5/5).
The award is named in honor of Dr. William E. Brattain and was established to give recognition to an outstanding senior who has demonstrated excellence in academic growth and achievement, as well as excellence in contribution to the campus community through leadership and participation in campus activities.
Brattain, a retired Associate Vice President for Student Services, served
as the Director of the University Union for more than twenty-four
years. He was instrumental in providing leadership
opportunities for hundreds of students who have achieved great success
in the campus activities arena, many of whom are now in the student
activities profession. Dr. Brattain served as chair of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Campus Activities and authored the definitive textbook, The Administration of College Unions and Campus Activities. He was very active in community leadership as well, serving as
chair of the Carl Sandburg Community College Board of Trustees and
cementing a positive working relationship between the community and
campus on behalf of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs and the Performing
Dr. Brattain was instrumental in the construction and development of the Student Recreation Center on Western's campus-the first new building constructed on campus exclusively for student use in more than twenty years. His invaluable leadership was crucial to this process and he remains a leader among the Western Illinois University community.