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West Chester Senior Named 2013 Ali-Zaidi Award Winner

From left to right: Greg R. Weisenstein, WCU President; Michael
Jendzurski, Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence;
Kevin Dean, Honors College Director

West Chester University senior Michael B. Jendzurski of Collegeville, Pa., has been named the 2013 winner of the Syed R. Ali-Zaidi Award for Academic Excellence.

The award, presented annually to a graduating senior at one of the 14 Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) universities, recognizes exceptional achievements in academics and participation in extra- and co-curricular activities. It was established by Syed R. Ali-Zaidi, a founding member of the PASSHE Board of Governors.

An Honors College exercise science major with a minor in communications studies, Jendzurski has a 3.87 GPA. He has received a number of scholarships, including the Charles S. Swope Scholarship and Fellowship; the Russell L. Sturzebecker College of Health Sciences Scholarship; and a PASSHE Board of Governors Scholarship.

Jendzurski was also selected as the student speaker at West Chester's morning commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 18.

He is the current president of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership and service honor society, and a member of Phi Epsilon Kappa, the national honors fraternity for physical education and health, and Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society. He has been a member of Honors College Council for three years, serving as treasurer, president of the Honors Student Association in 2011-2012, and currently as immediate past president and Honors College involvement coordinator and orientation facilitator.

Kevin Dean, Honors College Director, acknowledged the efforts Jendzurski has made as an Honors Council member to "build a team of peer leaders. He is gifted at motivating and inspiring others." With Jendzurski's motivation, the Honors Student Association received its first-ever WCU Community Service Leader Award from the Student Affairs division.

A perennial volunteer, Jendzurski was one of only 135 students nationwide to be recognized for his leadership and service with the inaugural 2011 National Campus Compact Newman Civic Fellows Award for his dedication toward creating lasting change.

Evidence of that lasting change is the contribution of time and talent he's made to organizations, including Cecil Begbie's H.E.L.P. Ministries soup distribution program in CapeTown, Republic of South Africa. He has traveled to that country four times with WCU groups, conducting research about the apartheid era and participating in service projects.

But you don't have to look far to see the difference Jendzurksi has made. This Eagle Scout has held numerous offices in campus organizations and has participated in a variety of service projects including Light the Night, AIDS Walk Philly and Aid to South Africa. In addition to his academic and humanitarian pursuits, Jendzurski enjoys his place on the WCU Ultimate Frisbee team, a club sport, which won the 2013 Ultimate Indoor Tournament Champions at Temple University. He is a former WCU Scholar Athlete of the Year (tennis, 2010), a skilled percussionist and an accomplished pianist.