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LaChance draws national media attention

June 5, 2006

KALAMAZOO--The work of Dori A. LaChance, lead registration clerk in the Registrar's Office at Western Michigan University, captured national attention last month when her efforts on behalf of WMU students serving in Iraq were explored in a major news article posted on the Web site for Inside Higher Ed, a daily news and opinion publication.

The article outlined how universities around the nation respond to the deaths of students involved in the war and noted LaChance's unofficial role as point person for providing support to WMU students serving in Iraq.

LaChance, whose job previously included helping students with veterans' benefits and preparing for military-related leaves, now leads a campuswide volunteer effort to send care package to WMU students serving in the war. In addition, she recently planned a campus memorial service for junior Matthew Webber, who died from injuries suffered in Iraq.

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Media contact: Thom Myers, (269) 387-8400, thom.myers@wmich.edu

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