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Winners announced in electronic portfolio contest

Jan. 28, 2009

KALAMAZOO--Five Western Michigan University students have been named winners of the University's fifth electronic portfolio contest.

The five winners are: James Hissong of Adrian, Mich., a December graduate who majored in art education; Katie Krauseneck of Columbia, Mo., a December graduate who majored in occupational therapy; Jamie McKinney of Byron Center, Mich., a senior in art education; Nicole Sulinksi of Royal Oak, Mich., a December secondary education graduate who majored in English with a minor in history; and Rachel Trembley of Chesterfield Township, Mich., a December education graduate who majored in English with a minor in health.

Electronic portfolios can include such information as resumes, samples of class assignments and photos of students at work on a project. Students can make them available to prospective employers, friends, family or whomever they want, anywhere in the world. They may create them for a class, to meet requirements of an overall department program or just for fun.

The contest was sponsored by the Office of Institutional Effectiveness. Examples of student-created portfolios were solicited during the fall semester, and a team of reviewers from WMU judged the entries. Portfolios were judged according to the students' use of iWebfolio portfolio software to present personal, professional and academic accomplishments electronically. The five winners will each receive a cash award.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, (269) 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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