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Spring e-portfolio contest winners announced

May 9, 2007

KALAMAZOO-- Six Western Michigan University students have been named winners of the University's second electronic portfolio contest.

The six winners are: Danielle Hunt of Waterford, Mich., a senior majoring in education and biological sciences; Karen McCune of Battle Creek, Mich., a senior majoring in elementary education and early childhood education; Justin Moore of Portage, Mich., a junior majoring in business management; and Melody Welton of Middleville, Mich., a junior majoring in elementary education. There were also two students who won honorable mention, Latoya Clark of Lansing, Mich., a junior majoring in elementary education and Brad Wilson of Imlay City, Mich., a senior majoring in elementary and physical education.

Electronic portfolios can include such information as resumes, samples of class assignments and photos of students at work on a project. Students can make them available to prospective employers, friends, family or whomever they want, anywhere in the world. They may create them for a class, to meet requirements of an overall department program or just for fun.

The contest was sponsored by the WMU Center for Electronic Portfolios and Assessment, but the prizes were funded privately. Examples of student-created portfolios were solicited during spring semester. Judging the entries was a team of reviewers from WMU and Nuventive, a company that is providing software for WMU's electronic portfolio initiative. Portfolios were judged according to the students' use of iWebfolio to present personal, professional and academic accomplishments electronically. The six winners will each receive a cash award.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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