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Junior Megan Caven Wins National Award
From Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society

RELEASED: Oct. 8, 2007

EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire junior Megan Louise Caven, Good Thunder, Minn., has been awarded a $1,000 Jo Anne J. Trow Scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year from the Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society. Caven is a nursing major and gerontology minor.

Each year, Alpha Lambda Delta awards 35 Jo Anne Trow scholarships to outstanding students across the nation. Selection is based on academic records, participation in Alpha Lambda Delta activities, campus and community activities, applicants' statements and letters of recommendation.

Last year, Caven was president of the UW-Eau Claire chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta and also served as the Eau Claire delegate to the Alpha Lambda Delta National Convention held last October in Boston. Caven assisted in service projects such as Salvation Army Bell Ringing, Tidy Up the Town, Humane Association Best in Show and a Christmas concert for children. Caven is currently the president of Mortar Board Gold Caps honor society. She also is a member of UNICEF, Phi Kappa Phi honor society and Nursing Christian Fellowship. In addition, she worked as an orientation assistant at Freshman Orientation this past summer.

"As the previous president, Megan was truly an outstanding member and very involved in every aspect of the chapter's operation," said Paula Stuettgen, Alpha Lambda Delta adviser and coordinator of Student Development.

After graduation, Caven hopes to pursue a career in an acute care setting for a year or two and then pursue a master's degree as a nurse practitioner, nurse anesthetist or nurse educator.

"I would like to practice in a different culture for a few years, or a metropolitan area in the United States, and then, ultimately end up in a rural area similar to the one I grew up in," said Caven.

Alpha Lambda Delta is a national honor society that recognizes and encourages academic excellence among first year students. The society recognizes students who have attained a 3.5 or higher GPA in their first year or term of higher education. Since it was founded in the spring of 1924, the society is a part of 250 campuses in the United States and has inducted over 750,000 members. Alpha Lambda Delta initiates over 25,000 new members annually. The Jo Anne J. Trow award was started in 1988 to honor a past national president of Alpha Lambda Delta.

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