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Kyla Musgrave - Spring 2002 College of Business and Technology College Scholar

May 10, 2002

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Pekin native Kyla Musgrave plans to take her education in computer technologies, supply chain management, communication and international business and mold it into a one-of-a-kind career. Given her academic success, community service and leadership roles as a student at Western Illinois University, there is no reason to doubt her ability to do just that.

On May 11, Musgrave graduated from WIU as the Spring 2002 College of Business and Technology College Scholar, the Information Management and Decision Sciences Departmental Scholar, a Communication Honors Scholar and an Information Management and Decision Sciences Honors Scholar, while earning the highest academic distinction of Summa Cum Laude.

She earned WIU Illinois Centennial Honors College junior and senior scholarships; presented research at the1999 and 2002 DePauw Undergraduate Honors Conference; served a variety of leadership roles in the Delta Zeta sorority; was treasurer of Panhellenic Council; served as vice president of the Greek Leadership Association; served as vice president of Beta Gamma Sigma business honorary; worked in the Communication Student Society to schedule professional speakers; and participated in numerous campus and community service events such as Toys for Tots and the Alzheimerís Memory Walk.

As a sophomore, Musgrave earned an invitation into the Deere & Companyís Computer Information Systems internship program. That summer (1999) she served as the information systems human resources webmaster.

"Through this enlightening experience, I became particularly interested in exploring how technology can provide innovative business solutions," she said.

Musgrave trained as an applications analyst at Deere & Company during Summer 2000. Last summer she interned at Discover Financial Services in suburban Chicago as a business analyst, a position she said "allowed me to develop project management, organizational, investigative and analytical skills." She will again work at Discover Financial Services this summer.

While completing her undergraduate degrees, Musgrave started course work toward a masterís in business administration (MBA). She will continue her MBA at Western this fall, serving as a graduate assistant in the Global Education Office within WIUís College of Business and Technology. Musgrave worked in Global Education her senior year, writing proposals seeking funding for international initiatives for faculty and students. This coming year, she will help coordinate the programming.

"Via multiple internships and my employment in the Global Education Office, I have experienced invaluable cultural exposure and created close international friendships that will provide me a more knowledgeable and appreciative global perspective and cultural understanding in the classroom and office," Musgrave said.

Her ultimate goal "is to become a director overlooking a technical-based business unit of an international company," she added. "I am currently pursuing all opportunities that will introduce me to international business and to the frustrations and rewards that go along with that territory."

Kyla is the daughter of Ward and Marg Musgrave of Pekin.

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