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WIU Student Receives National Leadership Recognition

January 21, 2005

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MACOMB, IL - - Debby Meyer (Warsaw, IL), a Master of Business Administration student at Western Illinois University, was recently named a finalist for the Beta Gamma Sigma F. Byron Nahser Leadership Award.

The award is given to one student each year at the BGS Student Leadership Forum on the basis of leadership, community activity and academic excellence. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest honor a student can receive in an undergraduate or master's program in business or management fields.

In addition to the recognition of Meyer’s achievements, BGS presented her with $200 to help defray educational expenses. Western’s chapter of BGS paid all of her expenses during the four-day forum in San Antonio, TX.

The forum’s purpose was to guide participants as they explored their personal leadership styles. As part of the process, Meyer was interviewed by the national director of BGS and was required to submit an essay explaining her expectations of a great leader and how they impact her personal ideas on leadership. Meyer also worked with other student leaders, engaged in a variety of interactive settings and attended informational lectures and presentations at the forum.

Meyer currently serves as the president of Western’s finance club, is the chairperson for BGS and is a research assistant to Jim Tripp and Hongbok Lee. She completed her undergraduate degree at Western in Spring 2004 after three years and she plans to earn her MBA in one year. During the first semester of her graduate career, Meyer participated in the Amethyst Project, which is an alcohol awareness communication plan for Western’s Alcohol and Other Drug Resource Center at the Beu Health Center.

“The leadership skills I acquired in San Antonio helped me lead the Amethyst group in a successful completion of a project that will continue to grow at Western,” Meyer said.

Upon earning her MBA, Meyer will work at MB Financial Bank in Chicago as part of their leadership development program for commercial banking. Meyer is the daughter of Ed and Rosalee Meyer of Warsaw.

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