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Oct. 4, 2004

Raffensperger Honored For UI Residence Hall Work

Lisa Raffensperger, a UI sophomore from St. Joseph, Mo., will receive the 2004 George L. Droll Award for her contributions in improving the quality of life for students living in Daum Residence Hall. A presentation ceremony will be Saturday, Oct. 9 at 10:30 a.m. in the George Droll Lounge in Currier Hall.

As a first year student in 2003-04, Raffensperger was elected to Associated Daum, the residence hall's governance board. As vice president, she was in charge of programming and worked with other residents to start a recycling program. This year, she is a resident assistant at Hillcrest Hall.

Raffensperger said she got involved in the Daum Hall organization because she was new at the university and wanted to get involved. "I didn't know if I'd like it," she said. "But like so many things, it's good to push yourself to get involved. It's a great way to feel connected. Just do it, because the year goes by so quickly."

The Droll Award is presented annually to the student in a UI residence hall who models good citizenship and helps to build community among hall residents. Nominations are accepted from resident students and Residence Hall staff.  The  award recipient is selected by a committee made up of Residence Services' staff and one member of the UI academic community.

The Droll Award honors the man who joined UI's Department of Residence Services in 1960 and served as its director from 1980 to his death in 1995. Along with a certificate, Raffensperger will receive a $1,000 credit on her university bill.

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