Rossi Wins Cockrell Award

Lauren Rossi, a senior at William Woods University received the Cockrell Award at the university’s co-curricular honors banquet, April 20. At the Academic Convocation earlier the same day, she was named the 2005 Distinguished Scholar in Communications–Print Journalism.


Rossi has also been named to the 2005 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.” She is the daughter of Richard and Ellen Rossi of Popular Bluff, Mo.


The Cockrell Award is presented to the graduating senior who has participated in a variety of campus activities, serving as an officer or chair, and who has held membership in honorary groups. The student must exemplify outstanding campus citizenship, contribute to society, exhibit loyalty to the university and its policies and have a genuine regard for others in personal relationships.


To be a Distinguished Scholar at William Woods, a graduating senior must be selected by the faculty of a particular discipline. A minimum grade point average of 3.4 is required.


By being listed in “Who’s Who,” Rossi joins an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher learning in all 50 states. Outstanding students have been honored in the annual directory since it was first published in 1934.

Rossi is involved in a number of campus activities, including the Chi Omega Sorority, for which she served two years as recruitment chair; Writing Lab assistant for three years; Community Advisor for two years, and the mentor coordinator for Freshman Advantage.


She also served as the managing editor and copy editor of Echoes from the Woods, the university’s student newspaper, and was a news/talk radio intern for Zimmer Radio Group in Columbia, Mo.


Some of her achievements in communications include the 2002 Portfolio Review Award for Best Craftsmanship and Design; the 2003 Portfolio Review Award for Most Professional; the 2004 Portfolio Review Award for Dedication to the Arts and Most Outstanding Senior Portfolio.


Rossi also received the William Randolph Hearst Award for Journalism and was named an Outstanding Freshman and Outstanding Sophomore. She was on the Dean’s List and the National Dean’s List.