Distinguished Student Award Winners Recognized by Alumni Association

November 27, 2013 - The Thomas M. Cooley Alumni Association awarded the Distinguished Student Awards for the 2013 Michaelmas Term. This award is presented to third year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic, service and student involvement while at Cooley. They are nominated by their peers and faculty, and are interviewed and selected by the Executive Committee of the Alumni Association.

The recipients received their awards at the November 2013 Honors Convocations at their respective campuses. Audra Foster (Fellows Class, 1996) presented the award to Sandy Boisrond at the Auburn Hills campus, Aletha Honsowitz (Witherell Class, 1990) presented the award to Meredith Beidler in Grand Rapids, and Larry Kish (Marston Class, 1978) presented the award to Kathryn Burkhart in Ann Arbor. All recipients received an elegant mahogany diploma frame with custom matting and Cooley logo imprint.

Sandy Boisrond

Distinguished Student Award Winner Sandy Boisrond, left, at Cooley’s Auiburn Hills campus, and Acting Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka with the diploma frame given to DSA recipients.

Distinguished Student Award Winner Sandy Boisrond, left, at Cooley’s Auiburn Hills campus, and Acting Assistant Dean Lisa Halushka with the diploma frame given to DSA recipients.

Sandy Boisrond is a native of North Miami Beach, Fla. “It is an honor and privilege to be a recipient of the Distinguished Student Award! I have been truly blessed beyond measure throughout my law school career, and I am humbled by the kind words of the faculty and staff who nominated me for this award. For me, it means that in addition to getting a well-rounded, quality legal education, I also learned about the value of leadership and service in the legal profession.”

Meredith Beidler

Aletha Honsowitz, left, Grand Rapids Head of Public Services, congratulates Distinguished Student Award Winner Meredith Beidler at the Grand Rapids campus honors convocation.

Aletha Honsowitz, left, Grand Rapids Head of Public Services, congratulates Distinguished Student Award Winner Meredith Beidler at the Grand Rapids campus honors convocation.

Meredith Beidler is a native of Holland, Mich., and attended the Grand Rapids campus. “I am honored to receive this award and would like to thank the Alumni Association. I am grateful for all the opportunities that Cooley has given me. I appreciate each and every professor at Cooley — professors who cared about my success. I only hope I was able to leave an impact on Cooley as Cooley has impacted me.”

Kathryn Burkhart

From left, Alumnus Larry Kish, Distinguished Student Award Winner Kathryn Burkhart, and Associate Dean Joan Vestrand.

From left, Alumnus Larry Kish, Distinguished Student Award Winner Kathryn Burkhart, and Associate Dean Joan Vestrand.

Kathryn Burkhart attended the Ann Arbor campus and resides in Whitmore Lake, Mich. “I am thrilled and deeply honored to be receiving this award. Juggling law school, work and community service was not easy, but I am proud that all my hard work and determination is being recognized. I am also thankful for those professors that helped me succeed.”

Pam Heos, director of alumni and donor relations, said, “We wish all of these recipients our sincerest congratulations for their academic success at Cooley, contributions to the school, and service to their communities.”


About Cooley Law School: Celebrating 40 years of excellence, the Thomas M. Cooley Law School is a private, nonprofit, independent law school accredited by the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission. Cooley has provided its more than 17,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world. Cooley offers its Juris Doctor program, Joint Degree programs, and Master of Laws programs three times a year with enrollment in January, May and September. Cooley Law School has campuses across Michigan in Lansing, Auburn Hills, Grand Rapids and Ann Arbor, and in Tampa Bay, Florida.

 

Highlights

Three students selected for the Distinguished Student Award honor: Sandy Boisrond, Meredith Beidler, and Kathryn Burkhart.

This award is presented to third year students who have demonstrated outstanding academic, service and student involvement while at Cooley.


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