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10 Apr

Established in 1995 to signify the 40th anniversary of the West Virginia University Foundation, the Outstanding Senior award recognizes students for their contributions and achievements in scholarship, leadership and service.

WVU is recognizing 34 top seniors with this award. Eight of those students are also being honored with the University’s most prestigious student honor – the Order of Augusta.

Senior Miranda Miller, a native of Morgantown, is the Order of Augusta recipient in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences. Earning a 4.0 GPA in the bachelor of Social Work Program, she encompasses the well-rounded attributes necessary for success.

From analytical skills, to research, to empathetic participation in classroom discussions, Miller shows her dedication and responsibility to education. She expanded her educational experience by studying abroad in the summer of 2011 through the WVU-Vendée program. In addition to building her fluency in French, she spent her time in France exploring social welfare policies to enhance her understanding in the social work field.

Miller has held her fair share of leadership positions. As the secretary/treasurer of the Undergraduate Social Work Organization she organized and motivated her peers to complete a number of organizations including: Toys for Tots drives, the Grief Center, and the Mu Iota Chapter of Phi Alpha.

Stepping beyond the college community, Miller reached out to the Morgantown area as a whole. She served in the leadership of the Sierra Student Coalition, Gender Equality Movement student organization and Read Aloud WV-Monongalia Chapter.

Preparing herself for a lifetime of public service, her field placement is with a delegate to the West Virginia Legislature.

“Ms. Miller is a truly extraordinary student, fully supporting herself in her pursuit of higher education,” said Leslie Tower, Ph.D. associate professor of social work. “In addition, she broadened her learning by taking the opportunity to study abroad and took this experience beyond the primary goal of becoming fluent in a second language.

“She also initiated a unique capstone experience with a West Virginia delegate. Furthermore, Ms. Miller has been a genuine leader in providing important service to WVU and the broader community. All this and more leads me to believe that Ms. Miller will be among the leaders who change the world in significant ways. Her determination and integrity are unmatched. I anticipate great things from this remarkable senior.”

The Order of Augusta further recognizes the students’ superior scholarship, demonstrated leadership and record of community and public service. The award is named for its historical significance in the state. Augusta was among the original names considered by the legislature when the state seceded from Virginia in 1863.

For more information, contact Leslie Tower, at 304-293-7226 or

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