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Lindsay (Lozier) Capron of Cody, who will graduate with honors in May with a B.S. degree in physiology, received the Rosemarie Martha Spitaleri Award as the University of Wyoming's outstanding graduating woman.
The award, established in 1964, recognizes Capron for exhibiting the finest leadership, academic integrity and citizenship qualities.
Christopher MacLellan of Cheyenne received the Tobin Memorial Award as the outstanding graduating man.
As an undergraduate and also in the UW Honors Program, Capron, the daughter of Ray and Karen Lozier of Cody, has received numerous academic awards, has been involved in many student activities and has volunteered on campus, in the community and abroad.
She is a first-generation college student.
"I had no idea that the way I viewed the world was about to be turned on its head," Lozier says of her college career. "Through the years, I have become very active at the University of Wyoming in hopes of broadening the perspectives of other students, serving the community, honing my academic skills and committing to a lifelong process of learning."
Capron has earned the reputation on the UW campus as the ideal student.
"In my eight years at UW, I have not encountered a more deserving candidate for the Spitaleri award, which seeks an ideal role model of student scholarship and achievement. Lindsay epitomizes the qualities that I wish every student coming through UW had," says Donal Skinner, Department of Zoology and Physiology associate professor.
With a passion for medicine, she went to work this year in Honduras to help establish community health programs. She also is a certified nursing assistant. While in Honduras, she worked with Penelope Caldwell, an assistant lecturer in the UW Fay W. Whitney School of Nursing.
"I have worked locally and globally alongside Lindsay and she exceeded all expectations
each time," Caldwell says. "This is a smart, dedicated young woman with great potential."
Capron is glad she decided to stay in her home state for her education.
"I freely admit that I was one of those Wyoming students who loathed the idea of attending UW because I believed that going somewhere ‘bigger and better' world somehow make me a superior graduate," she says. "I now see that I have received a first-class education in a place with a unique blend of progressive people and organizations, as well as traditional values."
Capron will be a first-year medical student in the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) medical program. She plans to return to Wyoming as a physician.
The highest praise for Capron's future medical career comes from Skinner.
"Lindsay is the physician you will want to attend to both you and your family in the years ahead," he says.