The Society of Distinguished Graduates is a program sponsored by the Student Government Association at Western Kentucky University. This prestigious program seeks to recognize six graduating seniors for their contributions to the intellectual community at WKU. In contrast to the "Scholar of the College" awards, the Society inductees will be chosen based on their accomplishments beyond grade-point-average.
Inaugural Class - Fall 2012 Inductees
Gordon Ford College of Business
Elvis Dzafic is graduating with a degree in International Business. While on the Hill, he has served on the Dean's Student Advisory Council, of which he is currently chairperson, and has represented the Gordon Ford College of Business as an Ambassador. Elvis has also worked with the Office of Sustainability and Facilities Management to collect vehicle data and develop a sustainable fleet model for Western Kentucky University campus vehicles.
Potter College of Arts and Letters
Brandon Evilla is graduating with a degree in Communication Studies. He has served as a desk clerk, desk manager, and resident assistant through Housing & Residence Life; while in these positions, Brandon has spearheaded "Reduce Use" and recycling initiatives in Gilbert, McCormick, and Rodes-Harlin Halls. Brandon is currently a communication/marketing intern at the Alive Center. In addition, through the $100 Solution program, Brandon organized a Rally in the Valley in the fall of 2011 to promote "Love 146," an organization dedicated to raising awareness of child sex trafficking.
Emily Harper is graduating with a Bachelor's degree in French and minors in German and economics. Emily currents works as a French and German tutor through the Modern Languages Department, in addition to maintaining two off-campus jobs. Emily is involved in the French club and serves as President of the WKU German club. Last summer, she spent five weeks developing her education in Munich, Germany. Post-graduation, Emily plans to spend a year working as a Teaching Assistance in France.
Kelly Smith is graduating with a degree in Visual Art with a concentration in Graphic Design. Kelly's pieces have won numerous awards (including Best Use of Typography, Best in Show, and Best Poster Design) and have been accepted into various shows and exhibitions. Kelly has also had a short film accepted into the West Virginia Mountaineer Short Film Fest. She has been a recipient of the US Bank Show Scholarship and the Ivan Schieferdecker Scholarship, both through the WKU Department of Art. Kelly currently serves as President of Student Identity Outreach and creates visual promotional material for the organization.
College of Health and Human Services
Heather Stearns is graduating with a degree in Communication Disorders. She works with clients through WKU's Communication Disorders Clinic, providing assessment and treatment services to individuals with a variety of language and hearing difficulties. Heather is active in the National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) and WKU's chapter of Best Buddies, a program which fosters one-to-one friendships between college "buddies" and individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities. In September, Heather volunteered at South Central Kentucky's Buddy Walk.
College of Health and Human Services/College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
Cadet Meredit Hitt is graduating with a degree in Nursing through the Army ROTC program and WKU School of Nursing. Cadet Hitt helped to organize and promote this year's 3rd Annual Veterans Day Run, which generated $3000 for the 1LT Yates Memorial Scholarship fund. Last summer, Cadet Hitt volunteered through a nursing training program at the Walter Reed Army Medical Hospital in Washington, D.C., in which she worked with traumatically-wounded soldiers. Since her experience there, Cadet Hitt has worked to ensure other WKU nursing cadets are afforded the same opportunity. In addition to her involvement in the Army ROTC program, Cadet Hitt is a member of Omega Phi Alpha. Post-graduation, Cadet Hill will become a nurse and Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
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