Atkins wins prestigious Hurie Award

Release Date: 4/26/2011

Clarksville, Ark. --- Sean Atkins, a senior political science major from LaGrange, Ky., has been named the recipient of the 2011 Hurie Award, given annually to the outstanding member of the senior class.

The award was announced at the conclusion of the annual Student Awards Convocation in Munger Chapel on Tuesday, April 26.

Sean Atkins, 2011 Hurie Award recipient.

Sean Atkins, a senior political science major from LaGrange, Ky., has been named the recipient of the 2011 Hurie Award.

Atkins served as Student Government Association president for the 2010-2011 academic year and has been named to the university president’s or dean’s honor lists in each of his eight semesters at Ozarks. He has also served as SGA vice president, SGA senator, president of the College Republicans, and president of the Debate Team. He placed among the top three twice in Project Poet, served as a PBL state officer, and was named Outstanding Student in International Relations as well as Public Policy. He was also a member of the Ultimate Frisbee Club and won the campus chess tournament this year. Atkins will graduate from Ozarks on May 14 with Summa Cum Laude honors, which requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 or higher. He plans to spend a year working in a prosecuting attorney’s office before attending law school.

The Hurie Award is named for Wiley Lin Hurie, who was president of Ozarks from 1923 to 1949. It is the highest honor an Ozarks student can receive. The faculty members choose a graduate who has been an exemplary scholar, a campus leader, and a person of outstanding character.