Dec. 3, 2013
Media Contact: Lindsay Houts, Staff Writer, UCO University Relations, 405-974-2121, email@example.com
UCO HONORS STUDENTS FOR TOP ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AS FALL 2013 CLASS MARSHALS
The University of Central Oklahoma has named five students as Class Marshals of their respective colleges, recognizing them for their academic excellence during Central’s fall 2013 commencement ceremonies Dec. 13 and 14 at the university’s Hamilton Field House.
The recognized students earned Class Marshal titles for achieving the highest academic records within their colleges during their time at Central.
Levi Dobrinski of Oklahoma City is an instrumental music education major. He will represent the College of Fine Arts and Design as Class Marshal with a 3.97 GPA. He plans to teach orchestra in a metropolitan-area school and later pursue a master’s degree in educational administration.
Dobrinski has been concertmaster for the UCO Symphony Orchestra, state president of the Collegiate Oklahoma Music Educators Association, and recipient of the Dr. Kent Kidwell Leadership in Music Award and the Dr. Ted Honea Academic Excellence Award in Music.
“Central is a unique and transformative university that places an importance on ensuring that each student has an opportunity to succeed,” Dobrinski said.
A member of the Pi Kappa Lambda, Kappa Delta Pi and the Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, Dobrinski received the Oklahoma Regents for Higher Education Baccalaureate and the Robert Glenn Rapp Upper Level Music scholarships.
Marko Ilikj of Skopje, Macedonia is a general biology and chemistry-health sciences double major. He will represent the College of Mathematics and Science as Class Marshal with a 3.95 GPA. He plans to work in biomedical research, later pursuing a medical or doctoral degree.
“UCO has been a great home for me for the last three and a half years. It has been an honor to be among so many great individuals and I hope to remain a part of the UCO community following graduation,” Ilikj said.
Ilikj was treasurer of the European Student Association and a member of the Tri Beta Biology Club. He received the UCO Global Scholarship, the Zane and Linda Skinner Family Endowed Charitable Scholarship, the Dr. Margaret Hamilton Endowed Scholarship and the Dr. Larry Westmoreland Scholarship.
Cynthia Sigmen of Moore is an English education major. She will represent the College of Liberal Arts as Class Marshal with a 3.89 GPA. She plans to teach English language arts at either a middle or high school.
A 1989 graduate of Bakersfield High School in California, Sigmen had a career in banking that she left to raise a family before coming to Central for a degree.
“I attribute my academic success to the professors at UCO who showed a genuine interest in helping me meet my academic and career goals,” Sigmen said.
She is a member of the National Council of Teachers of English and the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She received a Department of English tuition-waiver scholarship.
Vicky Truong of Oklahoma City is an accounting major. She will represent the College of Business as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to become a certified public accountant and earn a master’s degree in health administration, with the goal of working in the healthcare sector.
“UCO is supportive of each and every student. The professors are truly inspirational, caring and kind,” Truong said.
In addition to the BKP LLP Accounting and the Transfer Student scholarships, Truong received the Multicultural Student Services Award. She was a member of the UCO Accounting and UCO Ethics clubs.
Dionna Weixel of Verden is a psychology major. She will represent the College of Education and Professional Studies as Class Marshal with a 4.0 GPA. She plans to pursue a master’s degree at Central in marriage and family therapy with a goal of becoming a marriage and family therapist.
“UCO has prepared me and will continue to prepare me to enter this world as a professional and productive citizen. I have gained knowledge far beyond just what can be taught from books,” Weixel said.
Weixel was a member of the Baptist Collegiate Ministry, Broncho Buddies, the Psi Chi Honor Society and Sigma Phi Lambda. She received the Presidential and the Undergraduate Merit scholarships, in addition to a transfer scholarship from Redlands Community College.
First presented in the fall of 1994, the Class Marshal title has become a Central tradition. Each will wear special stoles during the fall commencement ceremonies, signifying the highest degree of academic excellence.
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Editor’s Note: Individual headshots of each Class Marshal may be downloaded at www.uco.edu/photo/ClassMarshalsFall2013.