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Bryan L. Bommersbach of Kalamazoo, anthropology major who earned the Air Force Achievement Medal for his efforts during the conflict in Kosovo in 1999 and was also a recipient of aUniversity Presidential Scholar.  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.

Forty-six students in total were recognized as Western Michigan University's top seniors for 2012 during the 32nd annual Presidential Scholars Convocation March 22 on campus in the Fetzer Center.

The designation is the highest academic honor that WMU can bestow on its undergraduates. Selection is based on the students' general academic excellence, academic and/or artistic excellence in their majors, and intellectual and/or artistic promise.

The 2012 Presidential Scholars Convocation, which was by invitation only, included a program featuring a keynote address by Dr. John M. Dunn, president of WMU. Also making remarks was Dr. Peter W. Krawutschke, president of the WMU Faculty Senate, and Erin Kaplan, president of the Western Student Association.

Along with the top performing Veterans, this year's Presidential Scholars included a dietetics major who has been researching genetic engineering of a rice crop that may decrease the prevalence of vitamin A deficiency in Southeast Asia; a biomedical sciences major who plans to work with the Peace Corps to improve the health care system in francophone Africa; a vocalist, actor and internationally award-winning trombonist who will be entering the teaching profession; and a business student who interned three times with Kalamazoo-based Styker, one of the world's leading medical technology companies, and will start a full-time job with the firm in April.

Other scholars to be honored include several other nontraditional students, including a previous college graduate who worked at a non-governmental organization before having three children and is now on track to become a high school mathematics teacher and a 20-year computer information professional who was laid off in 2009 and will be graduating this summer with his daughter.

The Presidential Scholars Convocation is sponsored by WMU's Faculty Senate and Office of the President.

For more information, contact Janice Anderson, convocation committee chair and Faculty Senate administrator, at or (269) 387-3310, or Elena Gaudio, convocation committee member and executive secretary to WMU's president, at or (269) 387-2351.



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