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Jessie Lantz (Rockford, IL), a second-year graduate student in Western Illinois University's sport management program, was honored with the 2015-16 Tammy McGovern Award. According to Campus Recreation's Director of Intramural Sports and Student Development Dustin Van Sloten, both the John Nickelson Award and Tammy McGovern Award recognize outstanding leadership, achievement and community building, as recognized by the intramural staff.
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Evan Ibsen (Bloomington, IL), a senior marketing major, was honored with the 2015-16 John Nickelson Award
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Students Recognized with WIU Campus Recreation Intramural Awards

May 13, 2016


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MACOMB, IL — Western Illinois University Campus Recreation has honored two students with annual intramural sports awards.

According to Director of Intramural Sports and Student Development Dustin Van Sloten, Evan Ibsen (Bloomington, IL), a senior marketing major, was honored with the 2015-16 John Nickelson Award, which is given to a WIU male student, and Jessie Lantz (Rockford, IL), a second-year graduate student in Western Illinois University's sport management program, was honored with the 2015-16 Tammy McGovern Award, which is given to a WIU female student.

Van Sloten said the annual awards are bestowed on intramural participants who best exemplify the spirit of intramural sports.

"These awards recognize outstanding leadership, achievement and community building as recognized by the intramural staff," he noted. "The Nickelson Award was started in 1973 and the McGovern Award was started in 1982 at WIU. Both Nickelson and McGovern were active in intramural sports during their time at Western and both unexpectedly passed away while they were students."

Van Sloten added that research indicates participation in intramural sports contributes to higher grade point averages among students, as well as increased retention of students in higher education institutions.

Learn more about intramural sports at WIU at www.wiu.edu/student_services/campus_recreation/intramurals/index.php.

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