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Jessie Lantz (Rockford, IL, front row, directly behind dog in the photo), who is enrolled in Western Illinois University's graduate sport management program, was honored with the Tammy McGovern Award, which is given annually to a WIU female student by WIU Campus Recreation. (Photo of 2014-15 John Nickelson Award recipient Noble Peters not available.)
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Students Recognized: WIU Campus Recreation Intramural Awards

June 5, 2015

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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, Noble Peters (junior, Quincy, IL), a management major, was honored with the 2014-15 John Nickelson Award, which is given to a WIU male student, and Jessie Lantz (graduate student, Rockford, IL), who is enrolled in Western's graduate sport management program, was honored with the 2014-15 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 added.

Van Sloten said participation in intramural sports helps students succeed in the classroom by helping them to establish new friendships and/or expanding their existing relationships, and participation also improves their physical skills. He added that the Nickelson Award was started in 1973 and the McGovern Award was started in 1982. Both Nickelson and McGovern were active in intramural sports during their time at Western and both unexpectedly passed away while they were students.

For more information, contact Van Sloten at

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