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University of Central Missouri
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 15, 2011) – Recognizing the outstanding students in the senior class, the University of Central Missouri has named Jackie Bhattarai, a psychology and Spanish major from Warrensburg, Mo., and Andrew Stallmann, a actuarial science and mathematics major from Washington, Mo., as the 2011 recipients of the prestigious Charno Award. The awards are presented annually to the top male and female members of the senior class at UCM.
Bhattarai is the daughter of Keshav and Meena Bhattarai of Warrensburg. Stallman is the son of Donald Stallmann of New Haven and Rebecca Frick of Washington.
Bhattarai and Stallmann were recognized during an April 12 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. The Charno Award recipients also will be recognized during spring commencement Saturday, May 7, in the university’s Multipurpose Building.
As a student at UCM, Bhattarai has been a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and The Honors College, serving as a peer mentor and orientation leader. She has served as a senator for the Student Government Association, president and secretary of the UCM chapter of the National Honor Society in Psychology-Psi Chi, as well as vice president of the Psychology Club.
Bhattarai has been a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority for 4 years, serving as education chair and Panhellenic delegate, and is a member of the Order of Omega, which recognizes the academics of the top three percent of Greek students. She served as social coordinator for the Nepali Student Association on campus and was crowned UCM Homecoming Queen in 2010.
In addition she has been involved in many charitable causes within the community, including raising donations for the City Union Mission and serving dinner at the Warrensburg Veterans Home. She has maintained a cumulative grade point average of 4.0.
Stallmann has been an active member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars as well as the Honors College for the past four years and has participated in the Mule Haul, intramural sports and UCM volunteer service day for the last three years. He has served as president, vice president and associate member president of Kappa Mu Epsilon, as well as vice president of the UCM Actuarial Organization and has assisted with UCM Math Relays the last two years.
Stallmann also has served as co-chair of the College Bowl Committee and as vice president of finance and vice president of community service for the honors group, Delta Epsilon Iota. He served as public relations chair for the Honors College Student Association and has been a member of the Christian Campus House. He has maintained a cumulative GPA of 3.92.
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.