Michael Jurek '04
B.A. Philosophy, Politics and Economics; Cincinnati, Ohio
Dean's List; Phi Beta Kappa; Heritage Scholar; Clark and Irma Morrow Pre-Law Scholar; Pi Sigma Alpha (Political Science Honorary); Phi Society (Sophomore Honorary); Omicron Delta Kappa (Leadership Honorary); President's Award for Excellence in Service; Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; Political Science Department Fellow; Bandersnatch Coffeehouse - General Manager, Business Manager; D-Day 2003 - Chair; Denison Community Association - Legal Assistance Committee Co-Chair (Internships with Southeastern Ohio Legal Services, Interfaith Legal Services); Relay for Life - Music Production Chair; Study Abroad at University of Melbourne, Australia
Supporting comments: "I imagine the motivation voice in Mike's head telling him, 'They've never seen anything like this,' and with that thought, Mike goes out and makes the previously unthinkable possible. He has significantly contributed to changing the Bandersnatch into a coffeehouse with frequent live entertainment and a student staff of 15, which now is a legitimate, popular late night hang-out. Energetic and active in student government, he also played a leading role in two of Denison's largest and most successful recent events. He was chair of this year's D-Day concert, which resulted in fantastic evening that brought together over 1600 students. He also was heavily involved in Denison's first Relay for Life event, coordinating and producing all of the event's entertainment and also working behind the scenes on logistical aspects of the event. His efforts have created a significant bridge, through programming, where various collections and combinations of students, faculty and staff share their musical talents on a stage that Mike set up. This stage is filled almost every Thursday and Sunday evening. Campus bands have a home, where they can be heard, and professors have a great place to connect with students because of the programming of the Bandersnatch. I am continually impressed with his ability to turn a vision into reality."