WMU News

Top WMU seniors to be honored

March 10, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's top seniors will be recognized at the 18th annual Presidential Scholars Convocation Thursday, March 26, at the Fetzer Center.

A total of 46 students will be presented as Presidential Scholars, WMU's highest honor to a senior. The convocation will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a program.

Seniors are nominated for the Presidential Scholar award by faculty members. They are selected on the basis of their general academic excellence, academic and/or artistic excellence in their major and intellectual and/or artistic promise.

The speaker for the event will be WMU President Diether H. Haenicke, who will discuss "Reflections on the Life of the Mind."

In addition, four Presidential Scholars have been selected to make presentations on their learning activities beyond the classroom. Addressing the theme, "Academics and More: Expanding the Locus of the Classroom," will be: Sarah M. Riley of Mount Pleasant, the Presidential Scholar in Political Science; Chee Tor of Singapore, the Presidential Scholar in Marketing; Francesca L. Bartocci of Vicksburg, the Presidential Scholar in Special Education; and Staci M. Lawrence of Livonia, the Presidential Scholar in Theatre.

Dr. Carol Payne Smith, president of the Faculty Senate, will preside at the convocation and Haenicke will present certificates to the scholars. The event, intended to celebrate the excellence of WMU students, is sponsored by the Faculty Senate and the Office of the President. The Presidential Scholars may invite a faculty member from the area in which they have a major as a guest.

Media contact: Ruth Stevens; ruth.stevens@wmich.edu

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