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Peter Simpson to Speak at 57th Torchlight Laurels

April 24, 2009 — Distinguished University of Wyoming political science professor Peter K. Simpson will speak at UW's 57th Torchlight Laurels ceremony Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m. in the College of Arts and Sciences auditorium. Annually, Torchlight Laurels recognizes more than 400 students for academic excellence, service and leadership.

Scholastic awards, service organization recognition, class honorary presentations and special awards will be included in the program. Special honors at Torchlight Laurels include the announcement of the Tobin Award to the outstanding graduating senior man and the Spitaleri Award to the outstanding graduating senior woman.

Among those recognized are senior members of the University Honors Program, the President's Senior Class Ambassadors, Mortar Board, Iron Skull, Cardinal Key, Spurs, Golden Key international honor society, student publications editors, top scholarship recipients and all-district and all-American UW athletes.

Special awards include Greek Man and Greek Woman of the Year, the Margaret C. Tobin Scholarship, the James C. Hurst Scholarship, the Charlotte H. Davis Scholarship, the Jason Thompson Commitment to Diversity awards and ASUW Senator of the Year, Freshman Senator of the Year and Committee of the Year.

Created in 1924 as a senior honorary for women, an organization called "Cap 'n Gown" became the 55th chapter of national Mortar Board in 1933. In 1976, men were first initiated into the organization. Mortar Board recognizes college seniors for distinguished ability and achievement in scholarship, leadership and service.

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Posted on Friday, April 24, 2009

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