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Moraine Valley student wins geography award

Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller

Geography isn’t her major, but Moraine Valley Community College student Julia Mueller excelled in the subject this past year earning her a 2012 Outstanding Community College Student Geographer award from the Illinois Geographical Society (IGS). She was one of four community college students to earn the distinction.
Mueller, an international student from Germany, was nominated for this award by her teacher Dawn Wrobel, adjunct geography instructor, based on a classroom project done the previous year. Mueller turned an individual homework assignment in her Cultural Geography class into an expanded research project entitled “The Impact of Globalization on Student Consumption Patterns in the United States and Germany.” She presented this project in fall 2011 at the National Collegiate Honors Council and received the honor at the IGS conference on April 27.
“It’s pretty cool. I didn’t expect to win, especially because there are a lot of students who major in geography who win this award,” Mueller said. “I was really happy to win. I like geography, and I really liked the class.”
The award is given out statewide to students who have shown exemplary dedication to and knowledge in the subject. Four students from community colleges and four from four-year universities were chosen.
“I was really happy she won this award. I’ve nominated students over the past 10 years, and this is the first time I’ve had one win. In my experience the awards have gone to colleges with bigger geography programs. Julia won through taking one course,” Wrobel said. “I was really proud of her, an exemplary student at Moraine Valley, and it’s nice for her to get this recognition.”
Mueller is transferring to Cornell University in the fall where she plans to study industrial and labor relations.

PHOTO CAPTION: Moraine Valley Community College student Julia Mueller won the 2012 Outstanding Community College Student Geographer award from the Illinois Geographical Society.
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For news media inquiries, contact Maura Vizza, Moraine Valley public relations generalist, at (708) 974-5742 or VizzaM@morainevalley.edu.

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