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Three honored for excellence at Academic Convocation

Feb. 6, 2004

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University honored three outstanding members of its campus community during the annual Academic Convocation yesterday (Feb. 5) in the Dalton Center Recital Hall.

The Distinguished Service Award was be presented to Dr. Gary Mathews, professor of social work and president of the WMU chapter of the American Association of University Professors. Dr. Elise de Doncker, professor of computer science, and Dr. Paul E. Szarmach, professor of English and director of WMU's Medieval Institute, will be honored as Distinguished Faculty Scholars--the university's highest honor for a member of the faculty. The awards were presented by Dr. Daniel M. Litynski, provost and vice president for academic affairs.

WMU's Faculty Senate serves as host to the annual convocation, which concluded with President Judith I. Bailey delivering her first State of the University address since taking office as WMU's chief executive eight months earlier.

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Media contact: Cheryl Roland, 269 387-8400, cheryl.roland@wmich.edu

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