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Carroll student honored by Marine Corps

February 18, 2014

 WAUKESHA, WIS.—A Carroll University student is recognized as the top officer candidate in the United States Marine Corps. Louise Nowak, an exercise science major, will receive the Commandant’s Trophy in recognition of exceptional academic performance, physical fitness and demonstrated leadership in Officer Candidate School in Quantico, Va.

 “The trophy is given as a reward for hard work, dedication, resilience and determination,” Nowak said. “It reminds me of the sacrifices that were made during training and all the personnel it takes to properly develop the next generation of Marine officers.”

 A recognition ceremony will be Thursday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m. in the Stackner Ballroom of the Campus Center, 101 N. East Ave, Waukesha. The award will be presented by Brigadier General James W. Bierman Jr., who also will speak about the need for women’s leadership in the military.

 Nowak acknowledges her family for “setting a strong foundation by instilling discipline along with good morals and a strong work ethic.”

 The ceremony is sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs and the Carroll Student Veterans Organization. For more information, contact Yolanda Medina, administrative assistant to the vice president of Academic Affairs, at 262.524.7334 or

 About Carroll University
Carroll, Wisconsin’s oldest four-year institution of higher learning, is an independent, co-educational comprehensive university grounded in the liberal arts tradition. Incorporated in 1846, it offers bachelor’s degrees in 57 majors and master’s degrees in business administration, education, exercise physiology, graphic communication, nursing, physician assistant studies and software engineering, as well as a clinical doctorate in physical therapy. For more information, visit



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