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December 19, 2008

McGuigan named December Student of the Month


Lauren McGuiganGuided by her faith, Lauren McGuigan has worked hard to be the best she can be. With a positive attitude and a willingness to help others, the Arkansas City native was recently named Cowley College’s December Student of the Month.

McGuigan, the daughter of Mark and Kelly McGuigan, has a brother, Ryan 22. Grandparents are Fred and Donna Rindt, and Bob and Madge McGuigan of Arkansas City. The sophomore communications major  graduated from Arkansas City High School in 2007. Along with being a member of the ACHS golf team, McGuigan was in Usherettes, FCA, and finished with the eighth highest GPA in her senior class.

She came to Cowley because it was close to home and affordable.

“Once I came to school here I was really glad I decided to come to Cowley because the teachers are great,” McGuigan said.

At Cowley, she is a Cowley Captain and Student Ambassador. She is also active in Phi Theta Kappa as Vice President of Service, Cowley College Republicans as Public Relations Coordinator and a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Campus Christian Fellowship, and was cast in the 2007 fall musical.

Even though she is so actively involved at Cowley and has posted a stellar grade point average, McGuigan was surprised to hear of her selection as Student of the Month.

“It’s a great honor because there are so few chosen to be Student of the Month,” McGuigan said.

McGuigan, who currently works part time at the courthouse in Arkansas City, hopes to one day work at an elementary school where she can help children with their speech problems. Helping her towards a career in that line of work, McGuigan has already served an internship at Jefferson Elementary in Arkansas City.

Although her whole family has been extremely influential in her life, McGuigan says her mom has probably influenced her the most.

“As a young child, she and my dad took me to church and laid the foundation for my faith in Christ,” McGuigan said. “We have spent countless hours praying together about difficult situations and searching the Bible for answers to those problems. She has shown me her own personal faith by example and has taught me how to build my own relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

In her free time, McGuigan likes to read the bible, play golf, watch University of Oklahoma football games and take part in a student ministry.

After Cowley, she plans to attend Wichita State University to obtain a Bachelors Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, followed by a Masters Degree in Speech-Language Pathology. She also plans to minor in Spanish.

She is glad she made the choice to attend Cowley College to begin her college career.

“It has been a good learning experience and a lot of fun,” McGuigan said.