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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

April 24, 2008

UW-Green Bay graduate earns honor society's Award of Excellence

GREEN BAY-University of Wisconsin-Green Bay graduate and former Phoenix women's soccer player Anne E. Rowe received an Award of Excellence from the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society.

Rowe, a December 2003 graduate from Mukwonago, (she now lives in Madison) was one of three recipients from a UW System institution to receive a $2,000 gift and one of 40 nationwide.

Every year, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi gives Awards of Excellence to members entering the first year of graduate or professional study. Each Phi Kappa Phi chapter may select one candidate from among its local applicants to compete for the Society-wide awards.

The award will help Rowe study physical therapy at Duke University in Durham, NC.

Phi Kappa Phi is the oldest, largest and most selective national honor society dedicated to recognizing and promoting academic excellence in all fields of higher education. It has chapters at more than 300 colleges and universities.

Selection for the award is based on a student's academic achievement, leadership and service on campus and in the community, letters of recommendation, personal statement, career goals and acceptance into an approved graduate or professional program.

While attending and playing soccer for UW-Green Bay, Rowe was a three-time winner of the team's 110-Percent Award, was a three-time Horizon League Academic All-League Team honoree, and was a First-Team Academic All-District V selection in 2002, her senior season. She also earned a Chancellor's Medallion and graduated Summa Cum Laude with degrees in English and Communication Processes.

Rowe had worked as a technical writer for a computer software company before deciding to return to school for physical therapy.

"I want a career in which I'll find happiness and fulfillment," she wrote in her personal statement. "I want to help people, converse with people, solve problems and work in an active environment. I want to put my energy and talents to good use. As a physical therapist, I'll be able to use my critical thinking skills, physical strength and ability to hold conversations with complete strangers every day at work. That's the lifestyle I want."

She has been preparing for her medical degree by taking classes at Madison Area Technical College and by working as a physical therapy aide at Meriter Hospital in Madison.

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