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Junior Lauren Bach Elected to National Collegiate Honors Council Board of Directors

Will be first from university to serve on National Collegiate Honors Council Board of Directors.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release, 12-30-2013

(NOTE: The photo of Lauren Bach at right was taken by Caulfield Studios, and it has been published here with the permission of Caulfield Studios.)

Mankato, Minn. – Minnesota State University, Mankato student Lauren Bach (pictured), a junior from New York Mills, Minn., was recently elected by the membership of the National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) to serve a one-year term as a representative on the organization’s Board of Directors.

Bach is one of six students on the NCHC’s 24-member Board of Directors, and her election marks the first time that a representative from Minnesota State Mankato will have served on the board. (A complete list of board members are posted here.)

As a representative on the National Collegiate Honors Council’s Board of Directors, Bach’s duties will include traveling to three 2014 meetings – in Omaha, Neb., Chicago, and finally to the organization’s annual conference, to be held this year in Denver. The Board of Directors guides policy for the NCHC, and as an acting board member, Bach will provide a valuable voice to issues that affect Honors programs across the nation.

Bach said she ran for national office “because I wanted to be a representative for honors students on a national level. I hope to be a voice for students on the board and help make changes and decisions that will both benefit and challenge honors students to excel.”

Bach, a psychology major, is an honors student and presidential scholar at Minnesota State Mankato. Last year, she was a member of an honors student research team that assessed awareness of the new “Parent Aware Ratings” of early childhood programs on behalf of the Southern Minnesota Initiative Foundation. Minnesota State Mankato Associate Professor Emily Stark (Department of Psychology) served as the students’ research mentor. Last month, the team presented their findings at the 2013 NCHC annual conference in New Orleans.

The National Collegiate Honors Council, according to its website, was formed in 1966. It serves Honors professionals and advocates support for and excellence in higher education for all students. Its national office and professional staff are located on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Neb. For more information on the National Collegiate Honors Council, see

The National Collegiate Honors Council announced election results for its 2014 Board of Directors in its Dec. 13 newsletter, which is posted here.

Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,409 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 31 state institutions.

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