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    DSU names 2011 Outstanding Graduate Award winners

    Chiedza Mazonde and Nathan Lebsock were named Dickinson State University 2011 Outstanding Graduate Award winners at the Outstanding Graduate Luncheon held in the DSU Student Center Friday, May 13. The Outstanding Graduate Award is the highest honor bestowed on graduating seniors by the university. Lebsock and Mazonde were chosen from among 21 candidates nominated by faculty in their academic departments for exceptional performance in their fields of study.  

    Chiedza Mazonde, a native of Harare, Zimbabwe, is a double major in accounting and business administration with a minor in leadership studies. She has accepted an employment offer in Minneapolis as an audit associate with KPMG LLP, one of the four largest accounting firms in the world. She will begin August 15, 2011. Through her scholastic achievements, three times on the President’s List and four times on the Dean’s List, Mazonde has received numerous scholarships and awards. Mazonde has been active in the Theodore Roosevelt Leadership Honors Program, serving on the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Curriculum Committee for the past two years.  

    In addition, Mazonde is a member of the Dickinson Young Professionals, RSVP + Dakota West and the National Association of Black Accountants. In 2009, Mazonde helped start the Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) chapter at DSU.  

    Nathan Lebsock, a native of Frenchtown, Mont., is a biology/pre-med major with a minor in leadership. He recently was accepted at the Optometry School at Pacific University Oregon and will begin his studies in the fall. 

    Lebsock’s academic honors include having been named to the President’s List five times and the Dean’s List three different semesters. Lebsock also has been named an Academic All-American and will graduate with an exceptional GPA.  

    In addition to pursuing academic excellence, Lebsock has earned several athletic distinctions. He has been named Dakota Athletic Conference Player of the Week multiple times and named the DAC Most Valuable Player for 2010-2011.  

    Lebsock has actively participated both in the DSU and greater Dickinson communities. He has been involved in the Theodore Roosevelt Honors Leadership Program and the Blue Hawk men’s basketball team since 2007, the DSU Science Club and Hawk Walk committee. He also volunteered with the DSU basketball camp, the Best Friends Mentoring Program, the Big Event and Mr. Blue Hawk.

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