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Last modified: Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Indiana University honors five students with senior awards

May 6, 2008

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Five Indiana University students were honored for academic excellence and outstanding leadership at this year's annual Spring Recognition Banquet held at the Virgil T. DeVault Alumni Center on the IU Bloomington campus.

2008 Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Seniors

Alex Shortle (left), Janet Hamilton, Emily Prifogle, Kristen King and Michael Deranek

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This year's Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Awards were presented to:

  • Michael Deranek of Goshen, Ind., a political science major;
  • Janet Hamilton of Zionsville, Ind., a mathematics, economics, and Spanish major;
  • Kristen King of Castle Rock, Colo., a human development and family studies major;
  • Emily Prifogle of Fountaintown, Ind., a history and art history major; and
  • Alex Shortle of Carmel, Ind., a finance major.

The Elvis J. Stahr Distinguished Senior Award was established in 1966 by Stahr, IU's 12th president. The annual award honors three to five seniors who have excelled academically while serving as active student leaders. The names of the recipients are added to a permanent plaque that hangs in the Indiana Memorial Union.

King also received the Jerry F. Tardy Memorial Scholarship. The Tardy Scholarship is awarded annually to the president of the Student Alumni Association at IU Bloomington. This $2,500 scholarship honors the memory of Jerry F. Tardy, who served as president and CEO of the IUAA from 1987 until his death in 2001 and was a champion of student programs. The first Jerry F. Tardy Memorial Scholarship was presented in 2002.

The awards were presented by Karen Hanson, IU Bloomington provost and executive vice president.

The Spring Recognition Banquet is sponsored by the Student Alumni Association at IU Bloomington and the IU Bloomington Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President.

The IUAA is dedicated to serving the university and its diverse alumni, students and friends. As one of the nation's largest alumni organizations, serving more than 500,000 graduates worldwide, the IUAA provides many programs and services to its members, nonmember alumni and the university. For more information, visit or call 800-824-3044.