Contact: Deanne Puca
April 4, 2022
KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Fifty students will be recognized as Western Michigan University’s top seniors for 2022 during the annual Presidential Scholars Convocation from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 8, in the Bernhard Center Ballroom.
Each year, faculty members from across the University select the most outstanding senior in their various academic schools, departments and programs to represent their units as a WMU Presidential Scholar. This year, 50 scholars were chosen from a senior class of 5,082 students.
The Presidential Scholar designation is the highest academic honor that WMU can bestow on its undergraduates. Selection is based on a student’s general academic excellence, academic and artistic excellence relative to their majors, and intellectual and artistic promise.
The 2022 Presidential Scholars Convocation, which is by invitation only, will include a program featuring a keynote address by WMU Board of Trustees Vice Chair Shelly Edgerton, who is legal compliance and government affairs counsel for LivWell Enlightened Health Michigan.
Dr. Edward Montgomery, president of WMU, and Marilyn Kritzman, president of the WMU Faculty Senate, also will be making comments.
“We’re proud to recognize the Presidential Scholars for the commitment and demonstrated excellence that they have carried throughout their undergraduate careers,” Montgomery says. “The faculty members who nominated these students did so based on their academic success, but also because of their character, resolve and talent.”
The Faculty Senate is proud to represent the faculty, and partner with the President’s office, to honor many of Western Michigan University’s most academically successful students,” adds Kritzman.”The Presidential Scholars are the gold standard for academic achievement and serve as role models for up-and-coming students. We celebrate with them on this most recent achievement and extend to them the very best in future professional and personal endeavors.”
Long list of talented students
Most of this year’s scholars have conducted research or engaged in artistic projects, usually working closely with Western faculty members. One student worked on a project designing the temporary falsework for the construction of a bridge in Detroit that is the first of its kind in the state of Michigan. Another completed research that served as a physicochemical analysis of water sources on Western’s campus. As president of the Bronco Robotics club, another scholar worked with the team to compete in the national collegiate competition, and it repeatedly qualified for the World Championship.
In addition, several scholars have volunteered to work with young people and other Western students in their field of interest. They joined organizations that serve a wide array of notable causes, including at Lending Hands providing home medical equipment for free to the community, at Southwest Michigan Behavioral Health advising on the allocation of Medicaid funds for substance abuse recovery, at Gibbs House promoting environmentally sustainable living, at Outfront Kalamazoo advocating for issues regarding gender identity and sexual orientation, and at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Grand Rapids caring for a wide array of Michigan wildlife.
Many scholars are pursuing internships in their field and plan to continue their higher education careers after they graduate from Western.
Presidential Scholars for 2022
Accountancy—Ira Smyrnova of Kalamazoo
Art—Jacob Converse of Vicksburg
Aviation—Yewon Lee …….