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Three Students Earn Dargan Fellowship at St. Norbert College

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From St. Norbert College, May 9, 2019
by Mike Counter,, 920-403-3089

Wayne P. Lubner of Wayne Lubner Consulting, Matt Sullivan of Express Employment Professionals and Peter Romenesko of Titletown Tech, graduates of St. Norbert College and co-chairs of the Dargan Fellowship Committee at St. Norbert College, have announced three students as Dargan Fellows for the 2019-20 academic year:

Hattie E. Kruschek (Waunakee, Wis.)

Kruschek is a sophomore global business major with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.77. She is a member of Phi Beta Lambda and is a Residential Education & Housing Diversity Committee member. She is a John F. Kennedy scholar and is the recipient of the St. Norbert College Exemplary Leadership Award, the Berne Abbey/Dewane Award and the Rath Distinguished Merit Scholarship. One of her anonymous references for the fellowship said, “Hattie has an excellent character and an outstanding work ethic. She has repeatedly shown her dedication to her positions through her actions and conversations. In the year that I have supervised Hattie, she has balanced being a stellar RA, achieving academic excellence and continuing to be available for her friends and family.” Hattie’s goal upon graduation is to use global business skills to impact international commerce among financially troubled communities while remaining a voice for disadvantaged children.

Kathryn Kugel (Shawano, Wis.)

Kugel is a junior marketing major with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.75. She is the only honoree to receive this award three years in a row. She is a member of the Student Government Association and Omicron Delta Kappa, is an Emerging Leaders mentor, is president of Delta Phi Epsilon and is vice president of judicial affairs for the Panhellenic Council of Greek life at St. Norbert College. She is the recipient of the St. Norbert College Exemplary Leadership Award for two consecutive years, the Delta Phi Epsilon Educational Foundation Scholarship and the Greek Woman of the Month Award, and she was the Shawano Area Community Foundation Youth Volunteer of the Year. One of her anonymous references for the fellowship said, “What’s been most impressive about Kat’s work in my class has been her passion for learning and performing at a high level for the project. She is seemingly more motivated to learn than to earn a high grade, and it has shown in the quality of the work she has turned in and of the questions she asks in class.” Her goal upon graduation is to pursue a career in marketing. She is committed to sharing her passion for studying abroad and eventually wishes to establish a scholarship of her own to assist others in realizing their own travel dreams.

Jada M. Vandevelde (Suring, Wis.)

Vandevelde is a freshman accounting and economics double-major with a cumulative grade-point average of 4.0. She is a member of SNC Women in Business, BUD and SNC Accounting Club, and she is a Village of Suring clerk’s volunteer, as well as a Suring Sportsman’s Club ticket chairman and marketing volunteer. She is a Group Interpretation Forensics three-year state qualifier, Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda Accounting competitor and was Suring High School valedictorian. One of her anonymous references for the fellowship said, “Jada was, by far, one of the best students I have ever had in my 34-year teaching career. She is an extremely bright, passionate individual who works hard to achieve her goals. She is not your average student. She is an independent thinker who thinks outside the box.” Her goal upon graduation is to pass the CPA exam and utilize her skills in areas of business, ranging from financial planning to management and cost accounting.

Each Dargan Fellow will receive a $4,300 award from the William E. Dargan Fellowship, which was created by alumni to honor the late professor and his 30 years of service to the college.

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