March 23, 2000
KALAMAZOO -- More than 70 students will be recognized for their academic and leadership abilities during WMU's first Platinum Awards celebration at 6 p.m. Friday, March 24, in the East Ballroom of the Bernhard Center.
The on-campus event, which costs a nominal fee and is open to the public, primarily encourages and honors students and organizations participating in Division of Minority Affairs programs and activities.
"In past years, we've had individual events to honor these exceptional students and organizations," says Elizabeth Richardson, a staff member in the DMA, which is sponsoring the celebration. "This year, we've created one large, festive event to better showcase the students' academic accomplishments and the leadership they've shown through their community service."
The student awards to be presented for 2000 are: the Ann C. Mountjoy Award, the Kimon Boumazos Award, the Liderazgo Award, the Martin Luther King Jr. Program Award, Outstanding Mentee, Outstanding Student Leader, Outstanding Student Organization and the Pfizer Pharmaceutical Awards.
In addition, the student winner of the "You Can't Lose" game will be announced, Diana Hernandez, DMA, will be named Mentor of the Year and a special recognition award will be presented to Delores D. Walcott, University Counseling and Testing Center.
The Platinum Awards celebration also will feature welcoming remarks by Dr. Theresa A. Powell, vice president for student affairs; the comedy of Denise Moyé, who is active locally in the Black Civic Theatre and performs in dinner theatre murder mysteries around the state; songs by Andrea D. Gofoe, a senior in telecommunications management and member of the WMU Gospel Choir; gift give-a-ways; and New England, Southern and Tex-Mex buffet food stations.
The cost to attend the event is $5 and may be paid at the door. Those planning to attend are asked to make a reservation by calling 616 387-3334. For more information, call Richardson at 616 387-3334.
Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 616 387-8400, firstname.lastname@example.org
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