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Elkin-Larkin Award Winners Named

October 9, 2006

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MACOMB, IL - - Two Western Illinois University sophomores were named recipients of the 2005-2006 Elkin-Larkin Award for outstanding students in the general orientation program.

Margaret Messamer (Burlington, IA), a biology major with an option in zoology and minors in animal science and recreation, parks and tourism administration; and Kimberly Schuneman (Elm Grove, WI), a biology major with an option in zoology and minors in psychology and German, received the award based on their outstanding academic records and their University involvement. They each will receive $100 and their names will be inscribed on a permanent plaque in the University Advising and Academic Support Center (UAASC).

The award is given in honor of the late Robert Elkin and the late Jeanne Larkin, former staff members of the UAASC.

The UAASC general orientation (GO) program allows students who enter the university without a major to explore different fields of study prior to declaring a major in a specific discipline. Academic advisers work closely with GO students, helping them identify their interests, values and abilities. Typically 20-30 of all freshmen enter through general orientation. Students may remain in general orientation until they have completed 45 semester hours, half way through the sophomore year, when they must declare a major.

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