Heather Otto, NIU graduating senior, receives honors
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[MAY 8, 2006]
DeKALB -- Heather Lane Otto, daughter of Nancy
and Gus Otto, will graduate from Northern Illinois University on
Saturday with full university honors and a bachelor's degree for her
double major in communications and media studies.
She was honored at three separate ceremonies at NIU in April.
Heather is a recipient of one of the NIU Outstanding Women Student
Awards. Members of the faculty nominated her for this prestigious
award, which is given in cooperation with the Presidential
Commission on the Status of Women; the university's Office of the
President, Student and Academic Affairs; and the Women's Resource
Center. She is being recognized for her academic achievement,
leadership, community involvement and her ability to overcome
obstacles to reach her goals in the pursuit of her education.
She was also honored as a member of the Northern Illinois
University honors program. She has been a member since her
enrollment. In order to continue her involvement in this program,
she was required each semester to complete extra comprehensive
classes outside of her majors, while maintaining a grade-point
average of 3.5 or above.
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She was also a recipient of an O'Connell Award, given through
the Department of Communications. These awards are presented to
graduating seniors who have completed one of Northern Illinois
University's most intensely competitive programs of study. She
received her award for outstanding major and leadership.
She plans to pursue a career in
television broadcasting and journalism.