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Elsa Friis ’11 and Mike Kuntz ’11 Recognized by Celebrating Student Success

Elsa Friis and Mike Kuntz will be recognized at the Celebrating Student Success (CSS) monthly reception on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 2-4 p.m. in the Elrod Commons Living Room.

The reception is open to anyone in the campus community. Free food and beverages will be available beginning at 2 p.m. with a brief presentation taking place at 3:45 p.m.

Friis, a junior from Brookeville, Md., is majoring in neuroscience and psychology with a concentration in the Shepherd Poverty Program. She is a peer health educator and member of LIFE; a member of Beta Beta Beta national biology honor society; and a member of WITS. She conducts science experiments with local middle school students, volunteers for Hoofbeats Therapeutic Riding Center in Lexington, is an active dressage competitor and volunteers for Food for the Poor, participating in the yearly house-building trip to Jamaica.

Kuntz, a junior from Stafford, Va., majoring in biochemistry with a German minor, was awarded the James Keith Shillington Scholarship for Organic Chemistry; the B.S. Stephenson Scholarship for German; the Doctors Reid and White Scholarship which is awarded to a pre-med student; and has twice been a Robert E. Lee Research Scholar. He volunteers for Washington and Lee’s Campus Kitchen and is on CKWL’s leadership team, leading weekly shifts in food preparation. He also volunteers at the Rockbridge Area Free Clinic and is a treasurer of Sigma Nu fraternity.

CSS is an initiative sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs to create ongoing dialogue about the positive accomplishments of individuals and organizations at Washington and Lee University, especially students who are not typically recognized for the depth and breadth they add to our campus community.

Friis and Kuntz were selected by the CSS committee, which reviewed several nominations. The CSS committee is composed of students, faculty and staff. Any campus community member can nominate any Washington and Lee University student by filling out the online form on the CSS website. Nominations are always accepted and encouraged.

Future CSS receptions during the 2009-2010 academic year will occur from 2-4 p.m. in the Elrod Commons Living Room on Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Jan. 27, Feb. 17, Mar. 17, Apr. 7 and May 5.