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Lorkowski, Dignan Recognized with 2009 Charno Awards

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (May 4, 2008) – Recognizing the outstanding students in the senior class, the University of Central Missouri has named Julie Lorkowski, a marketing major from Wentzville, and Devan Dignan, a speech communication and political science major from Grant City, as recipients of the prestigious Charno Award,  presented annually to the top male and female members of the senior class.

Lorkowski and Dignan will be recognized during spring commencement Saturday, May 9, in the university’s Multipurpose Building. The awards were announced during an April 15 reception honoring inductees into Who’s Who at the University of Central Missouri. Finalists for the Charno Award were selected from those inducted into Who's Who at the University of Central Missouri. Lorkowski and Dignan also

2009 Charno Award recipients

Walt Hicklin, left, vice president of the University of Central Missouri Board of Governors, recently honored Julie Lorkowski, center, and Devan Dignan, right, as the 2009 recipients of UCM’s Charno Award, which recognizes the outstanding man and woman of the senior class.

Julie Lorkowski

Lorkowski is the daughter of John and Kathy Lorkowski or Wentzville. She has served as president and executive vice president of the of the UCM student chapter of the American Marketing Association, vice president of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, and vice president and secretary of Phi Beta Lambda,

She also is member of Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority, Sigma Alpha Phi leadership fraternity and the UCM Ad Club, and she has participated in UCM intramural sports for three years. She has served as an orientation and Week of Welcome leader and campus visit office coordinator, a University Ambassador and a Live-2-Lead mentor. She participated in the Harmon College of Business European Study Tour, in association with Southeast Missouri School of Business, and the National Collegiate Sales Competition in Atlanta, Ga., as well as the Kansas City Direct Marketing Association Star Student Luncheon.

Devan Dignan

Dignan is the son of Jerry and Janell Dignan of Grant City. During his college career at UCM, he served as president of the UCM chapter of Students in Free Enterprise, vice president of UCM College Democrats, public relations chair for the Student Government Association, and captain of the College Bowl Team.

In addition, Dignan was the founder and president of the student organization Eleven, which was formed to raise money to drill water wells in remote areas of the world. He was a member of the Christian Campus House, the Houts-Hosey Hall Council, The Honors College and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.  He also served as a volunteer for many organizations as an undergraduate, including Habitat for Humanity, the Warrensburg Veterans Home, and the KC Rescue Mission Soup Kitchen, just to name a few.

Dignan also participated in UCM intramural sports for four years, was a community advisor in the residence halls and a Student Ambassador while holding many positions off-campus, including relief parent at Show-Me Christian Youth Home and a substitute teacher at Worth County R-III High School.

The Legacy of George Charno, Sr.

The honor is named for George Charno, Sr., a Kansas City attorney who established the award in 1940 to recognize the outstanding male member of the graduating class. The companion award for the outstanding female class member was established in 1941.