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Nine students set to make history with GPH minor

Duane Bonifer
The first set of students to graduate with a minor in Global Public Health include, from left, Dakota Hillier, Liz Hippen, Jayna Kozlowski, Michaela Guthrie, Dainie Thurston, Kylie Gerhardt, Cynthia Kamurigi, Sarah Mills and Kelci Foss.
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MONMOUTH, Ill. – Nine students will make history at Monmouth College when the national liberal arts college holds its 161st commencement on May 13. The students will be among the first graduates of the College's innovative Global Public Health Triad.

A minor that integrates the disciplines of kinesiology, modern languages and psychology, Monmouth's Global Public Health Triad develops students’ knowledge of a variety of approaches to understanding and improving health, from an individual level to an international level.

Global Public Health students participate in either an internship focused on health or a study-abroad program focused on health, both of which deepen their understanding of specific issues and also provide preparation for a career or graduate school.

The students are Dakota Hillier, a wellness administration major from Moline, Ill.; Liz Hippen, a biopsychology major from Toulon, Ill.; Jayna Kozlowski, a biopsychology major from Orland Park, Ill.; Michaela Guthrie, an exercise science major from Hampton, Ill.; Dainie Thurston, a psychology major from Davenport, Iowa; Kylie Gerhardt, a psychology and exercise science major from Geneseo, Ill.; Cynthia Kamurigi, a sociology and anthropology major from KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa; Sarah Mills, a biology and Spanish major from Peoria, Ill.; and Kelci Foss, a biopsychology major from Mount Morris, Ill.

Monmouth will award diplomas to more than 260 graduates at its 161st commencement, to be held at noon May 13 on the Wallace Hall Plaza. National Book Award finalist Min Jin Lee will deliver the commencement address.