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             AUGUST 26, 2009 · 11:21 AM




                              Five students were recognized for their accomplishments by WKU President Gary Ransdell during
                                the opening convocation on Aug. 24. From left are Patrick Stewart, Matt Rice, Rachel Reetzke,
                                         Charlie Harris and Elizabeth Romero Fuerte. (WKU photo by Clinton Lewis)


             During the Aug. 24 opening convocation, WKU President Gary Ransdell recognized five outstanding students — Elizabeth
             Romero Fuerte, Charlie Harris, Rachel Reetzke, Matt Rice and Patrick Stewart –for their accomplishments.

             “Folks, this is why we exist,” Dr. Ransdell told faculty and staff gathered at Diddle Arena. “These five and 20,000 other
             students seize the WKU experience everyday to do great things.”

             The students “have used their talents to achieve incredible things” at WKU, he said.

             Here are their stories:

             Elizabeth Romero Fuerte: Elizabeth is from Mexico, but now calls Bowling Green home along with her husband and two
             children. Elizabeth received the first Doctoral Diversity Scholarship from WKU—and last May completed her Ph.D. in the
             WKU-UofL Cooperative Program in Educational Administration with emphasis on leadership in instructional technology.
             Her dissertation topic was “Concerns and Perceptions of Faculty Using Web-Based Instructional Technology.” She has a
             Master of Science Degree in Computer Science from Monterrey Technological University and Master of Arts in Education
             from WKU. She has parlayed her 3.92 GPA into the Senior Instructional Designer for WKU’s Office of Distance Learning in
             the Division of Extended Learning and Outreach.



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             Charlie Harris: Charlie is pursuing a B.A. in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a Minor in
             American Humanics, Non-Profit Administration. He has a 3.95 GPA and is in the Honors College. He was one of the
             founders of the Americans for Informed Democracy and currently serves on its leadership board. He was the organizer for the
             One Campaign Campus Challenge—which won the title for WKU as “the most globally active and aware” campus in America.
             A frequent traveler to Washington to lobby for legislation in support of issues to combat poverty, he has been selected to
             receive the “Oxfam America” recognition for 50 change leaders. He is also designated as an American Humanics “Next
             Generation” Scholar—which carries a $4,500 scholarship. He is from Morganfield.

             Rachel D. Reetzke: Rachel is pursuing a B.A. in Communication Disorders. In addition to her 3.9 GPA in the Honors
             College, she is a Spirit Master, a volunteer in the Kelly Autism Program, a chairperson for the Relay for Life Advisory Team
             Mid-South Division, and Co-Chair for WKU’s Relay for Life Program. She is on the Executive Board for St. Jude’s “Up ‘Till
             Dawn” Campaign and its Fund Raising Chair. She is in the Dynamic Leadership Institute, the WKU Greek Hall of Fame, and
             Big Brothers and Big Sisters. She also received the Academic Achievement Award from the College of Health and Human
             Services. She studied autism in China this summer and next year will receive the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarship worth
             $24,000 to study at Oxford, Trinity University in Dublin, or McGill University in Montreal. She is from Franklin.

             Matt Rice: Matt is beginning his junior year with a perfect 4.0 GPA in Mechanical Engineering. He spends most of his time
             catching 90 mph fastballs. Matt is the catcher for the WKU baseball team. Last season, Matt set a WKU record with a 31-game
             hitting streak. In fact, he hit safely in 61 out of 66 games last season while also setting a school record with 101 hits in one
             season. He was All Regional in the 2009 NCAA tournament after going 5 for 5 in a victory of 8th ranked Ole Miss. Matt has
             earned Academic All-American Honors and serves on the Student Athlete Advisory Council. He is from Johnson City, Tenn.

             Patrick Stewart: Patrick is pursuing a B.S. in Biology and Environmental Science with concentration in Biology and
             Genetics. He has a 3.57 GPA in the Honors College, while serving as a Research Assistant with Michael Smith in Biology.
             Patrick has a Morris K. Udall Scholarship—one of only 80 in America—for his environmental studies. Last April, Patrick
             presented his research on bio-acoustics at the Fifth International Conference bio-acoustics held in Loungborough, England.
             Closer to home, Patrick is President of Green Toppers and serves in the Americans for Informed Democracy Chapter. Patrick
             has worked as an auto mechanic, a shop foreman, a manager of a Jiffy Lube, and an organic farmer before a back injury
             brought him back to school. He is from Summer Shade.


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