Nikki Callen Named a Presidential Scholar at WMU

Nikki Mei Callen of Vicksburg was one of 46 students at Western Michigan University recognized as a Presidential Scholar at a convocation in late March. At right, she’s flanked by Faculty Senate President Richard Gershon, left, and WMU President Edward Montgomery. Callen, the daughter of Rudy and Fawn Callen, was recognized as the “presidential scholar in teaching, learning and educational studies.” The convocation program notes that the scholars “are chosen by the faculty on the basis of academic and/or artistic excellence in their major programs, as well as their overall promise of success. In addition to being exemplary scholars, the students being honored… are notable for their involvement in our broader community and impact upon society.  They are volunteers, athletes, musicians, researchers, actors and entrepreneurs. These are true leaders in every respect…” Callen is completing student teaching at Portage Central and will graduate in April. She’ll miss the graduation, her father said. She’ll be running a marathon that day.

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