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SOU students win Dankook awards

Michael Culp and Melody Condon have been named Southern Oregon University's Dankook Outstanding Undergraduate Man and Woman of the Year.

The honor commemorates SOU's relationship with Dankook University in South Korea.

Culp is an accelerated baccalaureate student from Eagle Point who has completed his degree in economics, with a concentration in economics and finance and a minor in business administration in three years. He graduates with a 3.98 grade-point average, having completed his capstone project in only one term, a rarity in economics, school officials said.

Culp's capstone project in economics is titled "The Collapse of the Greek Economy" and details how the Greek economy took a turn for the worse, entering a recession in 2009 that had a major impact on the Eurozone, and the rest of the world economy.

He has received the Fred A. Tayler Memorial Scholarship, the outstanding graduate in economics award, the outstanding student in applied finance and economics (CAFÉ) certificate, and is a member of the international economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon and Phi Kappa Phi national honor society.

Culp has been accepted to many MBA programs, but has decided to defer to gain work experience in finance.

Condon, from Berthoud, Colo., is graduating with a 4.0 grade-point average. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in professional writing and a minor in creative writing in three years as part of the accelerated baccalaureate program.

She has worked as a technical writing intern at two software companies, a tutor at the SOU Writing Center, an editorial intern for Ashland Creek Press, a writing intern at the SOU Foundation and a freelance InDesign layout editor. She has also taught karate to children and adults and is a licensed Zumba instructor.