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Student Melissa Cobb enhances Catholic identity at UDM

Melissa Cobb, left, and UDM President Maureen A. Fay, O.P., were presented with Magis Awards during the Honors Convocation in May.

At the end of each academic year during the Honors Convocation, the University recognizes students for outstanding academic achievement. One Liberal Arts and Education student, however, stood out amongst her peers for her accomplishments beyond the classroom. Melissa Cobb, who graduated summa cum laude in May with her bachelor of arts in English literature, was honored—along with UDM President Maureen A. Fay, O.P.—with the Magis Award.

The Magis Award is presented by the Jesuit 100 Association each year to one UDM student and one faculty, staff or administrator who has displayed exemplary effort in enhancing the Catholic identity of the University. Cobb and President Fay were each also awarded $1,500 for their outstanding contributions to the University.

In addition to maintaining a 3.978 GPA for her four years, Cobb has worked as a tutor in the UDM Learning Center, and she voluntarily took on the role as the center’s Student Disability Support Service coordinator. In this role, she demonstrated professionalism and compassion under sometimes difficult circumstances. Cobb has also worked for the UNITE program as a teaching assistant and has participated on the Student Programming Board, Student Speakers Committee and the editorial staff for SIC, a student-run journal of creative writing and criticism published in the English Department’s Dudley Randall Center for Print Culture.