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May 22, 2007

Seven Business Students Receive University Honors at May 2007 Commencement

Twenty-eight University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students will graduate with University Honors May 19, one of the largest groups since the first honors student graduated 20 years ago. Seven of these students will graduate from the College of Business.

Nearly 600 students have earned University Honors since the program began in 1983, said Paul Hoff, honors program director. About 400 students are now enrolled in the program. "The honors program provides an extra measure of challenge and enrichment to academically distinguished students," Hoff said. "It challenges exceptionally able students to perform at their highest level, enhances their capacity for critical inquiry and independent learning, and develops their leadership potential."

To be admitted to the program, first-year students must have a minimum ACT score of 28 or SAT scores of 1870 or higher and be in the top 5 percent of their high school graduating class. Honors students take 24 credits of colloquia and electives that can be used for general education credits or in their major/minor concentrations. They must complete the First-Year Honors Seminar and Senior Honors Seminar, and attain a GPA of at least 3.5.

Jonathan Jablonsky, a business finance major from Berlin, said the program appealed to him because of the small classes and opportunities to learn about a professor's research through honors colloquium. He also appreciated that some honors students can register early. "By registering early, I was able to get the classes I needed, when I needed them, so I could graduate in four years," said Jablonsky, who will work as a financial analyst at the legal publishing firm Thomson West in St. Paul, Minn.

May 2007 COB University Honors Graduates:

  • Kelsey Allenstein, management and Spanish, Weyauwega, WI
  • Derrick Becker, management information systems, Turtle Lake, WI .
  • Justin Boyd, business finance, Hudson, WI .
  • Alissa Condra, information systems, Rhinelander, WI .
  • Kristin Geiser, management, Chilton, WI . Jonathan Jablonsky, business finance, Berlin, WI .
  • Polly Russell, accounting, Stoddard, WI

Source: News Bureau