Locals Lauded at WSU
WORCESTER -- Two local residents recently received special recognition at Worcester State University.
Lauren Brown of Lowell received the prestigious Ella M. Whitney Award at the university’s 2018 commencement ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester. Brown, a Dean’s List student and Public Health major, was named the senior who best exemplifies the qualities of Whitney, an 1891 graduate. Those qualities include outstanding scholarship, social aptitude, personality, leadership, executive ability, growth, loyalty, integrity and participation in school activities.
Among the many ways Brown exhibited those qualities was the leadership role she played on the university’s Campus Climate Committee, which has engaged this past year in helping to implement President Barry M. Maloney’s Five Points of Action Toward a More Inclusive Campus Climate. She also was a member of several university groups, including the Third World Alliance and Enactus, a global organization that works with student leaders around the world to create a more sustainable world through entrepreneurial projects.
She plans to attend graduate school to study Public Health Policy.
Michael Schroth of Pepperell recently received the most prestigious honor recognizing academic merit at WSU. Schroth, a junior, received the Lt. Col. James F. Sheehan ’55 USMC Ret. Academic Excellence Award. The award provides monetary support to the student with the highest grade-point average in each class year.
Schroth dreams of becoming a full-time author, but recognizes that there are other uses for his writing talent along the way.
“Writing creatively is my calling, but I consider myself a professional writer as well,” says the English major with a Writing Concentration and minors in Business Administration, Computer Science and Spanish. He currently works as a writing consultant.
Schroth traveled to Spain in 2017 as part of a 10-day trip led by Assistant Professor Antonio Guijarro-Donadios from the World Languages Department. Michael was particularly awed by the Alhambra, a palace and fortress complex located in Granada in Andalusia.
“I’m not a prolific traveler, but I loved experiencing a different culture,” he says.
Schroth is a member of the WSU Honors Program and Phi Eta Sigma national honor society.