University of Mary Alumni Association Names Ryan Capouch Outstanding Senior
University of Mary President Monsignor james Shea congratulates Ryan Capouch for earning the Outstanding Senior Award
University of Mary Outstanding Senior Nominees
Ryan Capouch of Portland, N.D., was recognized with the University of Mary Alumni Association's Outstanding Senior Award for 2014 at the university's annual President's Recognition Breakfast Saturday, May 3.
Each year, the teaching faculty at the University of Mary nominates members of the graduating class for this prestigious award, based on their academic achievement, service to the university and to the community. The Alumni Council Board then selects the recipient from these nominees.
Capouch, a biology major, was nominated for this year's award for his involvement and dedication in and out of the classroom. Recognized by his instructors as the epitome of the well-rounded student and servant leader, he excelled academically with a 3.77 GPA as a pre-optometry student, and devoted much of his time at the university in leadership positions of student organizations, serving as a positive role model for every student at the university. Capouch has been Student Body President for the past two years and part of Student Government since 2010. A member of the Marauders Activities Committee and the Harold Schafer Emerging Leaders Academy, he has also been deeply involved with Campus Ministry, Concert Band, Trombone Choir, Concert Choir and Vocal Jazz, among others.
His honors include the Teaching Faculty Academic Excellence Award, Who's Who Among American Universities and Colleges, Presidential Student Leadership Award, University of Mary Presidential Scholarship and the North Dakota Scholars Scholarship.
Having experienced an episode of blindness at age 12, which was eventually treated to restore his sight, Capouch was inspired to study optometry to be of service to others.
This fall, Capouch plans to attend optometry school in Glendale, Ariz., at Midwestern University. Upon completing those studies, he intends to move back to the Midwest and practice in a small-town setting because of his commitment to rural health issues.
At Commencement on Saturday, May 3, Capouch received a Bachelor's degree in biology with minors in chemistry and theology.
The other nominees for 2014 Outstanding Senior were: Caroline Crary, Fargo, majoring in marketing/business administration; Haley Fong, Dickinson; elementary education/special education; Ethan Hoepfner, Bismarck, social work; Elizabeth Isely, Edmonds, Wash., university studies (concentration in occupational science); Kyle Kopren, Prairie City, S.D., accounting/business administration; Melissa Kramer, Fargo, computer information systems/mathematics; Anne Petersen, Lemmon, S.D., public relations; Lindsey Sand, Steele, nursing; Kayla Shea, Fergus Falls, Minn., athletic training, and Samantha Wager, Gettysburg, S.D., exercise science.