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Business student wins Ex.C.E.L. Award for leadership, community service

Monday, October 3, 2011

LAWRENCE ― Hunter Michael Hess, senior business administration major from McPherson, Kan., was selected from 10 finalists to win the 21st annual Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Awards at the University of Kansas.

The winners, one male and one female, were announced during halftime of the KU-Texas Tech homecoming football game Saturday, Oct. 1 at Memorial Stadium.

Hess is president of the Student Alumni Leadership Board and serves as secretary for the Rock Chalk Revue Advisory Board. He coordinates philanthropic events for Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and is a student assistant within the Student and Academic Services office of the School of Business.

"Hunter is always friendly and professional in his interactions," said Alicia Green, School of Business academic advisor. "We can always depend on Hunter to come to work with a smile on his face and a positive outlook on life. He brings a lot of laughter into the office, and we all enjoy working with him."

The Ex.C.E.L. Award provides an annual $500 scholarship to its recipients. The winners will plan a leadership conference during the spring semester in conjunction with KU's Student Involvement and Leadership Center.

"Hunter is one of those people who connect with a lot of different kinds of people on many different levels, which is why I think he has been so successful," Green said. "He is also extremely driven. From his summer internship at Hallmark, his classes, his student involvement and his part-time job, he always gives 100 percent."

Nominees were selected on the basis of leadership, communication skills, involvement at KU and in the Lawrence community and academic scholarship. Emily Ruth Lamb, a senior from Lawrence and American Studies major, was the female recipient of this year's Ex.C.E.L. Award.

The award was established and first given in 1991 to recognize one male and one female student for achievement and to add student interest to annual homecoming festivities. Names of winners are listed on a plaque on the fifth level of the Kansas Union.

Hunter is the son of Gary and Fern Hess and graduated from McPherson High School.

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