Clarksville, Ark. --- Kendall Wagner, a senior biology major from Waldron, has been named the 2006 recipient of University of the Ozarks' Hurie Award, the most prestigious honor a graduating senior can receive at the University.
Each year the faculty members of U of O select one student to receive the Hurie Award, given to the outstanding member of the senior class. This award is named for Wiley Lin Hurie, who was president of this institution from 1923 to 1949. The faculty members choose a graduate who has been an exemplary scholar, a campus leader, and a person of outstanding character. Wagner, the son of Donnie and Nancy Wagner of Waldron, will graduate with Summa Cum Laude honors (3.8 cumulative grade point average or higher) during the University’s May 13 Commencement ceremony. Wagner has excelled both in and out of the classroom in his four years at Ozarks. Academically, he has consistently been one of the top students at the University, making honor lists each of his eight semesters and earning distinction in the Alpha Chi honor society. He was the founding president of the University’s Beta Beta Beta chapter, president of the Student Foundation Board and the Residential Hall Association, and a member of the Ozarks Biological Society. A three-year senator in the Student Government Association, Wagner was named to the Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. He has also spent countless hours providing tours of the campus for prospective students and serving as an ambassador for Ozarks. Wagner was an Arkansas Governor’s Scholar and was named U of O’s Outstanding Student in Biology in 2003, 2004 and 2005. He plans to pursue a career in medicine and will attend the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the fall.