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Sparta’s Lakowske earns UW-Green Bay Outstanding Student Award

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The May 2013 recipient of the Outstanding Student Award as selected by the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Alumni Association is Areanna Lakowske.

Lakowske, of Sparta, is receiving her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Human Development and Public Administration, and honors in the major.

She was nominated and selected from among approximately 900 graduating seniors who are eligible to receive diplomas at the Saturday, May 18 commencement ceremony at the Kress Events Center on campus. The UW-Green Bay Alumni Association has been soliciting nominations and designating a single Outstanding Student Award recipient for each graduating class since 1976.

Lakowske will accept the Outstanding Student Award at an awards ceremony for graduating seniors Friday night, May 17. She will also be acknowledged from stage at commencement the following day.

Lakowske is an accomplished student researcher who exhibited posters at the annual UW-Green Bay Academic Excellence Symposium in 2012 and 2013, and at the Midwestern Psychological Association Conference this month in Chicago. Her topic this year was “Personality Influence on Irrational Beliefs and Organizational Commitment.” She also served as a research assistant in her department’s Language Learning Lab, as an intern and volunteer assistant with UW-Green Bay’s Camp Lloyd summer camp for grieving children, and as a teaching assistant for a social sciences statistics course.

A member of the NCAA Division I women’s cross country team at UW-Green Bay, Lakowske is a multiple winner of All-Horizon League academic honors. Over the course of her UW-Green Bay career, she has served as president of the Psychology and Human Development Club and as an officer of the campus chapter of the Psi Chi psychology honor society. In those roles, she has promoted new initiatives to stage career-information sessions, publicize faculty mentoring opportunities and develop a grad-school preparatory series.

In the community, Lakowske has volunteered with the Brown County chapter of NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness; and the local Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, working to increase awareness of mental health issues among her fellow UW-Green Bay students.

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