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Economics students receive Elias Harik awards

Aug. 9, 2001

KALAMAZOO -- Western Michigan University's Department of Economics has chosen two recipients for its Elias Harik Award, which is presented each fall and winter semester to an outstanding new graduate student in Economics.

Graduate students Marek Kolar and Patipol Kornkamonpruk are the award winners for fall 2000 and winter 2001, respectively. The award includes a $100 honorarium.

Kolar, originally from the Czech Republic, graduated with highest honors from Northwood University in May 2000 and is scheduled to complete his master's degree in economics at WMU in December 2001. Kolar plans to pursue a doctoral degree in economics or work as an economist for a bank.

Kolar also is the winner of the Floyd Moore Memorial Award, which is named after a former WMU faculty member. That award is presented to the best master's-level student in economics who has completed or is near completion of his or her degree.

Kornkamonpruk plans to graduate with a master's degree in economics in December 2001 and is interested in earning a doctoral degree. He is from Bangkok, Thailand.

The Elias Harik Award was established by two WMU economics professors, Drs. Salim and Bassam Harik, in memory of their father.

Media contact: Lisa Lueking, 616 387-8400

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