Exceptional Elders to be Honored as 2022 Presidential Scholars | UGM News
Contact: Deanne Puca
KALAMAZOO, Michigan—Fifty students will be recognized as Western Michigan University’s Top Seniors for 2022 at the annual convocation of Presidential Scholars from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 8in the ballroom of the Bernhard Center.
Each year, faculty members across the University select the most outstanding senior from their various schools, departments, and academic programs to represent their units as a WMU Presidential Scholar. This year, 50 scholarship recipients were chosen from an upper class of 5,082 students.
The Presidential Scholar designation is the highest academic honor WMU can bestow on its undergraduate students. Selection is based on a student’s general academic excellence, academic and artistic excellence in relation to their majors, and intellectual and artistic promise.
The 2022 Presidential Scholars Call, which is by invitation only, will include a program including a keynote address by the Vice Chairman of the WMU Board of Trustees Shelly Edgertonwho serves as Compliance and Government Affairs Counsel for LivWell Enlightened Health Michigan.
Dr. Edward Montgomerypresident of the WMU, and Marilyn Kritzmanchair of the WMU Faculty Senate, will also comment.
“We are proud to recognize Presidential Scholars for the commitment and excellence they have demonstrated throughout their undergraduate careers,” says Montgomery. “The faculty members who nominated these students did so based on their academic achievement, but also because of their character, determination and talent.
The Faculty Senate is proud to represent the faculty and partner with the Office of the President in honoring many of Western Michigan University’s most successful students,” adds Kritzman. future students. We celebrate with them this most recent achievement and offer them the best in their future professional and personal projects.”
Long list of talented students
Most of this year’s fellows have conducted research or engaged in artistic projects, usually working closely with Western professors. A student worked on a temporary falsework design project for the construction of a bridge in Detroit that is the first of its kind in the state of Michigan. Another completed research that served as physico-chemical analysis of water sources on Western campus. As president of the Bronco Robotics club, another researcher worked with the team to compete in the collegiate national competition, and she qualified for the world championship several times.
Additionally, several scholars have volunteered to work with youth and other Western students in their area of interest. They have joined organizations that serve a wide range of notable causes, including Lending Hands providing free in-home medical supplies to the community, Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health advising on the allocation of Medicaid funds for addiction recovery, Gibbs House promoting an eco-friendly lifestyle. , Outfront Kalamazoo advocating for issues of gender identity and sexual orientation, and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Grand Rapids caring for a wide range of Michigan wildlife.
Many academics pursue internships in their field and plan to continue their careers in higher education after graduating from Western.
Presidential Fellows for 2022
Accounting-Ira Smyrnova from Kalamazoo
Art-JacobConverse from Vicksburg
Aviation-Yewon Lee from South Korea
Biological Sciences-Shaneka Johnson from Kalamazoo
Business information systems—Zachary Van Kampen from Homer Glen, IL
Chemical and paper engineering—Lauren Cuddeback from Kalamazoo
Chemistry-Elizabeth Momby from Kalamazoo
Civil engineering and construction—Samantha Heatherley from Downers Grove, IL
Communication-Catherine Clark from Kalamazoo
Comparative religion—Allison King from Kalamazoo
Computing-Dakota Shapiro from Kalamazoo
To dance-Sara Kausch from Kalamazoo
Economy-Mahesa Saravanan from Kalamazoo
Electrical and Computer Engineering—Bharat Goel by Portage
Engineering design, manufacturing and management systems—Julianna Buck from Wyoming
English-Daniel Bollweg from Muskegon
Environmental and Sustainability Studies—Jesse Pliny from Lyon
Family and Consumer Sciences—Anna Hull from Kalamazoo
Financial and commercial law—Allison Anker from Lake Orion
Gender and Feminist Studies—Olivier Breese from Kalamazoo
Geography, environment and tourism—Mariebeth Melcher from Kalamazoo
Geological and environmental sciences—Mary Griffith from Kalamazoo
Global and International Studies—Rakia Hassan from Kalamazoo
Story-Hannah Garrod by paw paw
Human performance and health education—Taylor Gaines from Detroit
Industrial and entrepreneurial engineering and engineering management—Benjamin Bull from Vicksburg
Integrated Supply Management—Miranda McNiven by Wyandotte
Cross-cultural and anthropological studies—Jillian Glasser from Lake Zurich, Illinois
Interdisciplinary Health Programs—mackenzie ashburn from Berkley
Management-Devon Kelly from Kalamazoo
Marketing-Madeleine Paciorek from Grand Rapids
Mathematics-Daria Soboleva from Kalamazoo
Mechanical and aerospace engineering—austin owen from the Marne
The music-Lauren Elliott from the Byron Center
Musical theater—Allison Taylor from Traverse City
Feeding with milk-Caitlin Pong by Portage
Philosophy-Richard Norman by Mattawan
Physics-Alec Tilton from Kalamazoo
Political science-Emma Barata from Kalamazoo
Psychology-Kaitlyn Steck from Wyoming
Social work-Melissa Fett from Kalamazoo
Sociology-Elizbia Xaxni-Capula Clear Water
Spanish-Carmen Vinkemulder from Grand Rapids
Special Education and Literacy Studies—Terra Shockley by Portage
Speech, language and hearing sciences—Kristy Sundberg from Kalamazoo
Statistics-Garret Buchheit from Kalamazoo
Teaching, learning, and educational studies—Hailey Timmerman from Kalamazoo
Theater-Danielle Brewbaker of Saint John
University studies-Debra Vandeveer from Kalamazoo
Languages and Literatures of the World—Sarah Aartila from Kalamazoo
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