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CONTACT: Jennifer Sroka
PHONE: (313) 593-5644
DATE: June 12, 2002

UM-Dearborn honors Taylor resident for outstanding academic achievement

DEARBORN---Taylor resident Jeffrey Turgeon received the Chancellor's Medallion for outstanding academic achievement at the University of Michigan-Dearborn's May commencement exercises. The University presents the award to five graduates at each commencement.

Graduating with high distinction, Turgeon earned a bachelor of science in elementary education in math studies, with a minor in science. His academic awards include the 2002 Honors Scholar, representing bachelor of science concentrators from the School of Education.

Turgeon was a member of Pi Lambda Theta (the international honor society and professional association in education), and the UM-Dearborn Association of Educators. Volunteer activities include working with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, participating in Make a Difference Day by conducting a painting project at Newberry Elementary School, and summer work in the UM-Dearborn Early Literacy program.

Turgeon also has volunteered for the Urban Education Alliance, a cooperative program of UM-Dearborn, Eastern Michigan University and Henry Ford Community College. The program involved working with Detroit Public Schools students on a field study of the Museum of African-American History.

Turgeon recently completed his student teaching assignment at Wick Elementary School in Romulus, where he taught third-graders. He took his students to the local senior citizen center where they visited with the center's members and practiced math fractions by cooking and serving lunch.

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