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2008 Charno Awards Recognize Outstanding UCM Seniors

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (April 30, 2008) – Recognizing the outstanding students of the 2008 senior class, UCM has named Jill Loethen, a finance major from Linn, Mo., and Adam Dustman, a criminal justice major from Kansas City, as recipients of the university's prestigious Charno Award, presented annually to the top male and female members of the senior class.

Adam Dustman, Jill Loethen, President Aaron Podolefsky

UCM President Aaron Podolefsky, right, recently honored Adam Dustman, left, and Jill Loethen, center, as the 2008 recipients of the Charno Award, which recognizes the outstanding man and woman of the spring graduating class.

Honored at Reception and Commencement Ceremonies

Loethen and Dustman were recognized during an April 16 reception honoring inductees into Who’s Who at the University of Central Missouri. They also will be recognized during spring commencement Saturday, May 10, in the university’s Multipurpose Building.

Jill Loethen

Loethen is the daughter of Mark and Kathy Loethen, Linn, and  a 2004 graduate of Linn High School. While at UCM, she has served in variety of leadership positions, including president of The Honors College Student Association, the Financial Management Association, Habitat for Humanity and the Student Finance Association. She also served as a UCM Alumni Ambassador, a MO Volunteer, a member of the Fitzgerald Hall Council, an instructor for Academic Enrichment 1400 freshman orientation honors section, and a senator in the UCM Student Government Association.

She also served the university by working in the West Campus Regional Library and served as a tutor for The Honors College and as a representative on the Harmon College of Business and Professional Studies Student Advisory Board, while continuing her involvement with The Newman Center and the Christian Campus.

Adam Dustman

Dustman is the son of Robert and Gail Dustman of Kansas City and a 2004 graduate of Winnetonka High School, Kansas City. While at UCM, he served as president and treasurer of Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity and treasurer of the Interfraternity Council. He participated in intramural athletics and was a member of the Newman Center Catholic Campus Ministries. He served as a residence hall community advisor and supplemental instructional leader, and represented UCM at the National Conference on Ethics in America at West Point in 2006. He has been involved in the Boy Scouts of America throughout his college career and currently served as an assistant scoutmaster.

Charno Award Continues UCM Tradition

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.