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Release: April 9, 2002

UI journalism school awards $130,000 in scholarships

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently awarded more than $130,000 in scholarships to its students. Students were honored at the school's annual Fourth Estate banquet Friday, April 5, at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The school inducted 11 new members into Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society, and named Amanda Smith of Cedar Rapids the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar for 2002. The Top Scholar is the student with the highest grade-point average among graduating seniors.

Dwight M. Ellis, vice president for Human Resource Development with the National Association of Broadcasters, gave the keynote address to scholarship winners and their families at the banquet.

Longtime faculty member Hanno Hardt, a world-renowned scholar of communication theory, was selected as this year's inductee into the School's Hall of Fame. Hardt is retiring in June after 34 years on the UI faculty. Since 1981 he has held the John F. Murray Professorship in Journalism and Mass Communication and since 1997 he has held a joint appointment in the Department of Communication Studies. During his tenure at the UI he has held visiting faculty appointments in many countries including Austria, Germany, Ireland, Slovenia, the United Kingdom and Yugoslavia.

Judy Polumbaum, an associate professor of journalism and mass communication, received the Society of Professional Journalists Outstanding Faculty Award.

Student scholarship winners, all of whom are journalism majors, are listed below according to hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first:

IOWA

ADEL: Kimberly Kennedy, a senior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Kim carries a second major in art and has been a Daily Iowan photographer.

ALGONA: Melinda Mawdsley, a graduating senior, won the $1,200 Ruth Baty and Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship, which is awarded to female journalism students on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in the development of human understanding and human rights. She also won the $1,200 Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students who show potential for a successful career in the magazine field. Melinda has covered nearly every intercollegiate sport as a member of the Daily Iowan staff. During summer 2000 she worked on USA Volleyball communications for the US Olympic Committee, and during summer 2001 she worked for The Sporting News. Melinda has accepted a sports writing position at The Steamboat Pilot in Steamboat Springs, Colo.

AMES: Heather McElvain, a junior, won the $2,000 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and a demonstrated potential. During the 2000-2001 school year Heather interned as a news assistant for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. During summer 2001 she did free lance reporting for the Tri-County Times in Nevada and the Ames Tribune.

ANKENY: Megan Eckhardt, a sophomore, won the $1,000 Gerald Tauchner Reporting Scholarship for Interpretation of Health Science. Megan is a Daily Iowan scholar with a second major in business. A metro reporter at the DI, she served as managing editor of the newspaper's University Edition in summer 2001. She also has written articles on the UI chapter of Delta Zeta, of which she is a member, for the sorority's national magazine.

BELLE PLAINE: Rachel Bevins, a senior, won the $2,000 Jim Zabel Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students who demonstrate professional promise and academic excellence and who plan a career in broadcast journalism. Rachel has interned with Cedar Rapids television station KGAN since 1997, and has also done internships with CBS News Productions in New York City, and the UPN station in Chicago, WPWR-TV. While working with KGAN she assisted in the production of a piece that won the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award in this region for a television feature.

BETTENDORF: Deirdre Bello, a senior, won the $2,000 Dorothy Pownall Scholarship, which is awarded to a senior female who has shown great potential as a journalist of high competence.Deidre is the News Director for the campus radio station, KRUI, and is a former reporter for the Daily Iowan. She promoted voting in the 2001 University of Iowa Student Government elections, was a member of the school's Public Relations Student Society of America and did an externship with the Alumni Association. She carries a second major in psychology.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Aaron Brim, a junior, won the $2,500 Philip Adler Journalist Scholarship, which is awarded to junior journalism majors who show the greatest potential for leadership and editorial achievement in newspaper or broadcast journalism. Aaron combined his love for music and passion for writing as a Daily Iowan arts reporter. He is studying at Newcastle University in Australia during the 2002 spring semester.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Joseph Coffey, a master's professional student, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors, seniors or master's professional students who show potential for a successful career, academic achievement, demonstrated competence and participation in extracurricular activities. He was also inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Joe earned his undergraduate degree in telecommunications from Baylor University and has reported for television stations in Missouri, Texas, and Georgia. He currently is a full-time reporter and weekend anchor at KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Ryan Pierce, a sophomore, won the $1,000 W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship, which is awarded to journalism majors who have achieved distinction during the academic year in editorial or interpretive news writing. Ryan carries a second major in political science and is active in the Linn County Republicans. He hopes to become a political reporter in Washington D.C.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Amanda Smith, a graduating senior, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors, seniors or master's professional students who show potential for a successful career, academic achievement, demonstrated competence and participation in extracurricular activities. She also won the Luther A. Brewer Key, which is awarded to the outstanding senior who shows promise of future professional success. It is given along with the Howard A. Schumacher Award and the John Hamilton Johnson Memorial Prize in Journalism. This award has been given continuously since the School of Journalism was established in 1924. It was first offered by Luther A. Brewer, one of the first journalism teachers at the UI. Amanda, who also was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society, and was named the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar, carries a second major in art. She has designed publications for UI Orientation Services and the WISE Program, and has been a design intern for two Cedar Rapids companies — Innersources and AEGON USA.

CLARKSVILLE: Dana Duell, a junior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Dana has been a reporter, designer and webmaster for her hometown newspapers; been newsletter editor and vice president of the School's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists; and for the past two years, edited newsletters published both by the Honors Program and the UI Facilities Services Group. She carries a second major in sociology.

CORRECTIONVILLE: Megan Jensen, a senior, won the $1,200 Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students who show potential for a successful career in the magazine field, Megan was on the news staff of KRUI campus radio station and worked as a reporter for the Daily Iowan. She carries a second major in marketing and was marketing editor of earthwords literary magazine on campus.

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Jeremy Schnitker, a December 2001 graduate, won the $2,000 Fred Pownall scholarship, which is awarded to a senior male who has shown great potential as a journalist of high competence. Jeremy won awards for his Daily Iowan sports coverage and commentary, served as DI sports editor, and has been a sports correspondent for the Des Moines Register.

CRESCO: Melissa Hughes, a senior, won the $2,000 Jack and Ailene Liechty Scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving and needy journalism junior or senior who demonstrates sound academic ability and a desire to pursue a journalism career. Melissa is an honors student with a second major in communication studies. She has worked as a copy editing intern for the Ames Tribune; copy editor for the Daily Iowan; reporting intern for the Times Plain Dealer in Cresco; and a volunteer newscaster for KRUI 89.7 FM, the student run radio station. She is a member of the American Copy Editors Society, Society of Professional Journalists, Kappa Tau Alpha, national journalism honorary and the Golden Key National Honor Society.

DAVENPORT: Ryan Foley, a junior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. A Daily Iowan scholarship recipient, Ryan has been a DI metro reporter, metro editor, and managing editor, and recently was selected as the paper's editor for 2002-2003. He carries a second major in Spanish.

DAVENPORT: Joseph Plambeck, a senior, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors, seniors or master's professional students who show potential for a successful career, academic achievement, demonstrated competence and participation in extracurricular activities. Joe also won the $1,000 Philip D. Adler Daily Iowan Award, which is awarded to the outstanding Daily Iowan staffer who has worked at the paper for at least three months prior to the scholarship application, and who shows promise for a career in journalism. The award originally was established by the late Mr. Adler, who was editor of The Daily Iowan in 1925 and graduated from the School in 1926. Joe carries a double major in political science and has interned for Sen. Tom Harkin in Washington, D.C. He has been the Daily Iowan editor for the 2001-2002 school year and previously worked at the DI as a metro reporter, assistant viewpoints editor, wire editor, metro editor and managing editor.

DAVENPORT: Rosanna Smith, a sophomore, won the $1,500 Judy Klemesrud Scholarship, which is awarded to undergraduate students who is maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average, interested in women's issues and social change, and displays great promise in the ability to write about these issues. Rosanna carries a second major in women's studies. She has reported on a range of sports for the Daily Iowan, from basketball to lacrosse, and also does sports reporting and interviews for KRUI radio.

DAVENPORT: Brittain Swetalla, a junior, won the $500 Gordon B. Strayer Scholarship, which is awarded to an undergraduate journalism major who has demonstrated leadership in the Public Relations Student Society Of America and achieved academic excellence. Brittain is an honors student with a second major in communication studies. She was a marketing intern for the Brookings Institute in Washington, DC, this past summer for which she was responsible for extensive marketing research and database files. She is the president of the Public Relations Student Society of America this year and has attended the national PRSSA conferences in Chicago and Atlanta. She was recognized as the University of Iowa's PRSSA chapter's outstanding member in fall 2000.

DENVER: Amy Leisinger, a junior, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors, seniors or master's professional students who show potential for a successful career, academic achievement, demonstrated competence and participation in extracurricular activities. Amy serves on the UI's Student Traffic Court, has been a KRUI news anchor, and has worked at the Daily Iowan, as editorial writer, columnist, assistant Viewpoints editor, and copy editor.

DES MOINES: Chao Xiong, a junior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. A Daily Iowan scholarship recipient and Iowa Newspaper Association Young Iowa Journalist of the Year in 2001, Chao has been a DI metro reporter and news editor, a reporting intern at The Des Moines Register. This summer he will be an intern at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. He carries a second major in art.

DIKE: Lisa Livermore, a junior, won the $2,000 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and a demonstrated potential. Lisa currently is a city editor for the Daily Iowan and she was a member of a team of three reporters and one photographer who traveled to New York City to report about the aftermath of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 for the DI. She has had internships with the Des Moines Register, the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City Gazette, The Missoulian in Missoula, Montana and the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Courier. She carries a second major in political science.

DUNDEE: Tyler Lechtenberg, a sophomore, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Tyler has been a media intern for the Quad-City Steamrollers Arena Football Team, a sports reporter for The Daily Iowan, and this summer, will be a sports intern at The Cedar Rapids Gazette. He carries a second major in sports studies.

ELDRIDGE: Emily Walker, a junior, won the $2,500 Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship, which is awarded to a junior or senior journalism major who demonstrates interest and involvement in extracurricular activities at the University of Iowa. Emily carries a second major in sociology, is communications liaison for the Public Relations Student Society Of America, and has interned with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County, the UI Alumni Association, University Relations, and UI Health Care.

EVANSDALE: Jessie Rolph, a junior, won $1,000 The Gazette Company Scholarship, which is made to needy and deserving junior or senior students in journalism who wishes to pursue a journalism career in Iowa. Jessie is a Daily Iowan reporter who plans a newspaper career.

FAIRFIELD: Mary Cuddehe, a senior, won the $1,000 Frank Luther Mott Undergraduate Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students in the magazine and newspaper reporting discipline. Special emphasis is given to honesty in reporting, investigative ability, purity of writing and absence of news editorializing by the nominee. Mary carries a second major in English and is chief copy editor at the Daily Iowan, where she was worked on the copy desk since August 2000. She also has been an intern for in promotions and distribution in Iowa for Intuit-Solar Records, based in Detroit, and has served on the fiction committee for earthwords literary magazine on campus.

FAIRFIELD: S. Markus Veirs, a senior, won the $1,500 Dorothy Rubenstein Scholarship, which is awarded to a worthy journalism student, preferably a resident of Iowa. Prior to completing requirements for his undergraduate degree Mark worked in both the television and advertising industry in Iowa, Missouri and Tennessee. Some of his major accomplishments were in the advertising industry where he edited more than 50 direct response infomercials, which won national awards. After graduation Mark plans to enter law school or pursue a master's in journalism and finish a degree in Japanese.

FARLEY: Joseph Heitz, a sophomore, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. He was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Joe has done internships at the Dyersville Commercial and the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, been a paginator at The Daily Iowan, and this summer, will be a Dow Jones copyediting intern at the Cape Cod Times. He carries a second major in music.

FORT MADISON: Ali Noller, a sophomore, won the $350 Charles H. Weller Scholarship, which is awarded to a journalism student for excellence in the graphic arts. Ali is a sports reporter with the Daily Iowan, has interned two summers for The Fort Madison Daily Democrat, and had a freelance article published in The Burlington Hawkeye. An honors student and dean's scholar with a second major in political science, Ali also is a member of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

HUDSON: Nicole Schuppert, a junior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Nicole has been a Daily Iowan reporter, a reporting intern at the Waterloo Courier and the Iowa City Gazette, and this summer, will be an intern at the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She carries a second major in American studies.

INDIANOLA: Jessica Todden, a junior, won the $500 Wilbur C. Peterson Scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving journalism student. Jessica was a Freedom Forum Chips Quinn Scholar in fall 2001 assigned to a reporting internship at the Aberdeen American News in South Dakota. She also was a Daily Iowan reporter, freelanced for her hometown newspaper, the Indianola Record, and is a member of the student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. She carries a second major in theatre

IOWA CITY: Sandra Green, a non-traditional student, won the $1,000 Jerry Parker Feature Writing Scholarship, which is awarded to journalism major who demonstrates outstanding achievement in feature writing, extracurricular feature writing, and overall academic excellence. Sandra discovered her love of journalism as a student earning an Associate Arts degree from Muscatine Community College. She's been a stay-at-home mom, a keypunch operator, a car detailer and a grocery sacker, and is now an accomplished published journalist.

IOWA CITY: Leah Grout, a senior, won the $1,200 Ruth Baty and Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship, which is awarded to female journalism students on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in the development of human understanding and human rights. Leah is an intern with the UI Career Center and with the Iowa City Planning and Community Development Office and is a member of the school's Public Relations Student Society of America. She carries a second major in psychology.

IOWA CITY: Philip Kennedy, a senior, won the $350 Charles H. Weller Scholarship, which is awarded to a journalism student for excellence in the graphic arts. Phil was an arts and entertainment writer for the Daily Iowan, a marketing representative for the Iowa Memorial Union Marketing and Design department, and a web designer for the University of Iowa's University Life Centers web site at the Iowa Memorial Union. Following graduation he would like to get a job with an online publication. He carries a minor in communication studies.

KEOTA: Lena Baker, a junior, won the $2,000 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and a demonstrated potential. Lena is student supervisor of the Journalism Resource Center and is an intern with the University's Health Science Relations department. She has also served internships with University News Services and the Alumni Association, and worked in the Advertising Department of the Daily Iowan. She is a member of the school's Public Relations Student Society of America and carries a second major in sociology.

LUXEMBERG: Lisa Langel, a junior, won the $350 Conger Reynolds Achievement Scholarship, which is awarded to a journalism major who has made outstanding contributions in the public relations area. Lisa was a marketing assistant at Valley Fair in Shakopee, Minnesota, in summer 2001 and completed an internship with KGAN News, Channel 2 in Iowa City last spring. Prior to that she was a marketing assistant for KWWL in Dubuque, Iowa, during summer 2000. Lisa is the secretary for the Public Relations Student Society Of America and has been a volunteer newscaster for KRUI, campus radio.

MARION: Melissa Erbes, a senior, won the $1,000 Bruce A. Harrison Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving and needy journalism major or master's professional student. She has spent the last six months working for Women's Edition magazine in Cedar Rapids where she has worked on sales, ad production, writing and editing stories, customer relations, and accounts receivable and payable. Her goal after graduation is to create and operate a magazine for single young parents. She carries a minor in sociology.

MASON CITY: Kathryn Anderson, a junior, won the $1,500 Judy Klemesrud Scholarship, which is awarded to undergraduate students who is maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average, interested in women's issues and social change, and displays great promise in the ability to write about these issues. Kathryn is currently an arts and entertainment reporter for the Daily Iowan and worked as a metro reporter last year. In summer 2001 she completed a public relations internship in the Office of Institutional Development at North Iowa Area Community College. She carries a second major in English and a minor in Spanish.

MEDIAPOLIS: Kristi Harshbarger, a junior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Kristi has been active in Dance Marathon and her sorority, has been a reporting intern at The Burlington Hawk Eye, and has been a public relations intern at the Burlington Area Convention and Tourism Bureau.

MUSCATINE: Melanie Burns, a senior, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.

MUSCATINE: Andrea Mason, a senior, won the $1,000 James W. Blackburn Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism majors and based on potential for a successful journalism career, character and personality, and on the nature and quality of extracurricular activities. Andrea has been a news correspondent for the Iowa City Gazette, a reporter for the Daily Iowan and a staff member of the Iowa Journalist, the journalism school's alumni magazine.

NEW HAMPTON: Angela Schwickerath, a senior, won the $500 James F. Fox Scholarship, which is awarded to a journalism major who has been active in the campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, plans a career in public relations, and has a GPA of at least 3.0 in journalism and mass communication courses. Angela has completed two internships at Coca-Cola Enterprises in Phoenix, Arizona, and has been active in RiverRun, RiverFest, Dance Marathon and the Public Relations Student Society of America. She carries a second major in communication studies.

NEWTON: Adam Kempenaar, a master's professional student, won the $500 Ruth and Morris Zweiban Memorial Scholarship. Adam received his bachelor's degree from Grinnell College in Iowa. He hosts a weekly, two-hour film talk show on KRUI radio station, and is a film critic and arts writer for the Daily Iowan, and works full-time as a creative projects coordinator at Frank N. Magid Associates in Cedar Rapids.

NORTH LIBERTY: Marie Farrell, a master's professional student, won the $1,000 Alan Waxenberg Scholarship, which is awarded to a master's professional female student who is interested in a career in the magazine field. Marie received her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and is an editorial intern with Iowa Alumni Magazine.

READLYN: Kristin Phelan, a senior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. She was also inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Kristin has been a page designer and copy editor at The Daily Iowan, a communications intern at the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines, an editorial and art intern with Jerome Press Publications in Boston, and currently is a graphic design assistant at UI Hospitals and Clinics. She carries a second major in art.

SIBLEY: Elisha Anderson, a senior, won $1,000 The Gazette Company Scholarship, which is made to needy and deserving junior or senior students in journalism who wishes to pursue a journalism career in Iowa. Elisha has done broadcast internships with both KWWL-TV in Cedar Rapids and KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. She presented research at the Graduate Student Senate Forum and received the award for best social science undergraduate presenter. She has been a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America and carries a minor in political science.

SPIRIT LAKE: Virginia (Gigi) Wood, a senior, won the $2,000 Jack and Ailene Liechty Scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving and needy journalism junior or senior who demonstrates sound academic ability and a desire to pursue a journalism career. Gigi, who carries a second major in psychology, has been a Daily Iowan reporter and has done internships at The Dallas County News, The Iowa City Gazette, and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She recently began working for The Associated Press in Des Moines.

URBANDALE: Amanda Gorsche, a master's professional student, won the $2,000 Dorothy Wilson Moeller Writing Scholarship, which is Given annually to a student who plans a career in the field of mass communication, and who has demonstrated outstanding sensitivity to language and skill in its use in the mass media. Amanda received her bachelor's degree from the UI. She is on the news staff of KRUI radio on campus, wrote for the Daily Iowan and has interned for KGAN-TV.

URBANDALE: Amanda Jackson, a junior, won the $500 PR Outreach Award, which is given to a journalism major who has been active in the campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, plans a career in public relations and has a GPA of at least 3.0 in journalism and mass communication courses. Amanda has been an active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America having served as the chapter's newsletter editor and a public image firm director and a member of the chapter's executive board. She completed an internship this fall with the University of Iowa College of Medicine's Alumni and External Relations department.

URBANDALE: Laura Langdon, a senior, won the $500 Leon Barnes Community Journalism Scholarship, which is awarded to a student committed to news-editorial journalism. Laura hopes to combine her desire to travel with her interest in writing, ideally as a writer for a travel magazine.

URBANDALE: Courtney Wilson, a senior, won the $2,500 Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship, which is awarded to a junior or senior journalism major who demonstrates interest and involvement in extracurricular activities at the University of Iowa. Courtney has held leadership positions in her sorority, Panhellenic Council and Homecoming Council, has been a campus tour guide, has worked in the marketing and design department of the IMU, and has been a marketing and communications intern at Fortis, Inc., in New York City. She carries a second major in marketing.

WASHINGTON: Molly Thomas, a junior, won a $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, which is awarded to students who were born and raised in Iowa, who intend to make active careers in newspaper or magazine writing or editing, and who have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00. Molly has been a sportswriter and assistant sports editor of The Daily Iowan, a KRUI news anchor, and last summer, was an intern in the Life section of USAToday.com. She carries a second major in dance.

WATERLOO: Tim Block, a junior, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa.

WATERLOO: Carolyn Kresser, a senior, won the $1,000 W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship, which is awarded to journalism majors who have achieved distinction during the academic year in editorial or interpretive news writing. Carolyn was also inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. In fall 2001 she interned in the news departments at KCRG-TV and at WMT-FM, both in Cedar Rapids. An honors student, Carolyn also was a Daily Iowan reporter and a news co-anchor for KRUI campus radio station. She carries a second major in communication studies and a minor in religious studies.

WATERLOO: Anne Webbeking, a sophomore, won the $500 Jacob E. Reizenstein Scholarship, which is awarded to an undergraduate student majoring in journalism who demonstrates outstanding enterprise and capability in news-gathering and news writing. Anne started reporting for the Daily Iowan the summer before her freshman year at the UI. She has been a metro reporter and assistant arts and entertainment editor.

WINFIELD: Evan Peterson, a graduating senior, won the $2,000 Fred Pownall scholarship, which is awarded to a senior male who has shown great potential as a journalist of high competence. Evan plans a career in public relations. He was a Daily Iowan editorial writer and has worked in communications for University of Iowa Health Care.

ARKANSAS

LITTLE ROCK: Brandon Campbell, a sophomore, won the $1,000 Toni Berry Memorial Scholarship, which supports an individual who serves as the supervising editor of NURU, the newspaper published by the UI's student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition to editing NURU, Brandon is a writer for Geechi, an online magazine, and is web coordinator for the UI Football Team.

COLORADO

BASALT: Laura Podolak, a graduating senior, won the $1,000 James W. Blackburn Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism majors and based on potential for a successful journalism career, character and personality, and on the nature and quality of extracurricular activities. Laura carries a double major in journalism and sports studies and is currently sports editor of the Daily Iowan. She has worked in sports and news for KRUI and WMT radio and KGAN-TV, and hopes to go into broadcasting.

WESTMINSTER: Vanessa Miller, a graduating senior, won the $1,200 Ruth Baty and Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship, which is awarded to female journalism students on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in the development of human understanding and human rights. She also won the $1,000 Mark Westerbeck Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving journalism student who demonstrates ability in investigative journalism, magazine writing, and editing. Vanessa has written for the Daily Iowan, the Press Citizen and the Rock Island Argus/Dispatch, and now reports for the Iowa City Gazette. She plans to continue with her newspaper career.

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO: Dina Gavrilos, a doctoral student, won the $500 John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student Teaching Scholarship, which is awarded to a senior doctoral student selected by the School's graduate faculty for outstanding contributions to teaching.

DOWNERS GROVE: Kristin McComas, a senior, won the $1,000 James W. Blackburn Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism majors and based on potential for a successful journalism career, character and personality, and on the nature and quality of extracurricular activities. Kristin carries a second major in dance and works as a paginator for the Daily Iowan. In fall 2001 she was a marketing intern for Hancher Auditorium where she was responsible for writing playbill reviews, press releases and mass e-mails. During the summer of 2001 she interned full time at Dome Communications in Chicago. She is currently the educational director for the UI Public Relations Student Society Of America chapter and the social chair of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

EAST MOLINE: Katie McNinch, a senior, won the $2,000 Jim Zabel Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students who demonstrate professional promise and academic excellence and who plan a career in broadcast journalism. She was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Katie has had an internship with WHBF Channel 4 News in the Quad Cities as well as internship with WSUI radio. In addition she has done work with the UI Hawkeye News that has included writing stories and preparing news packages for the student run television news show.

ELMHURST: Laura Molzahn, a senior, won the Ben Silver Broadcasting Journalism Scholarship, which is awarded to a journalism major who has demonstrated a desire to pursue a career in broadcast journalism by obtaining meaningful employment or an internship in the field. Laura carries a double major in communication studies and is currently a part time weekend producer for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids where was an intern during Spring 2001. She has been a part of Hawkeye News, the student run television news show for nearly three and is a current producer for Hawkeye News. In the Fall 2000 Laura studied abroad at the University of Stirling in Scotland.

NILES: Natasha Lambropoulos, a junior, won the $2,000 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and a demonstrated potential. Natasha has been an assistant news editor and a metro reporter for the Daily Iowan. She carries a second major in Spanish and during the summer of 2001 she received a Regents Summer Spanish Program Award to attend the University of Valladolid in Spain where she took Spanish culture and language courses. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and was the newsletter editor.

LIBERTYVILLE: Don Techen, a senior, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors, seniors or master's professional students who show potential for a successful career, academic achievement, demonstrated competence and participation in extracurricular activities. Don has been the Public Relations Student Society Of America Webmaster, an intern for Bigwords.com, online sports coordinator for the Iowa City Press-Citizen, and currently works as a content developer for the Web site of the UI Alumni Association.

MCHENRY: Kellie Doyle, a sophomore, won the $1,000 William S. Maulsby Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a journalism major who plans to teach high school journalism, has a 2.7 or above grade point average, and has financial need. Kellie has been a news reporter for the Daily Iowan and is a DI scholarship recipient. She was named The Daily Iowan 'Rookie of the Year' for 2000-2001.

MORRISON: Ashley Schmidt, a junior, won the $1,000 Ward R. Crowley Scholarship, which is awarded to a junior or senior studying broadcast journalism. Ashley is currently an intern at DCI, Inc., a Washington, D.C. public policy firm. She has been an intern at KCRG-TV and KGAN, and plans to continue in broadcasting.

MORTON: Brad Causey, a master's professional student, won the $500 Cedar Rapids Gazette Photo Scholarship, which is awarded to a Daily Iowan photographer whose work is regarded as the best pictorial journalism to be published in The Daily Iowan during the academic year. He also won the $500 Ruth and Morris Zweiban Memorial Scholarship. Brad is interested in design and photography and has exercised his talents in these areas at the Daily Iowan, UI University Relations, and elsewhere on campus. He also teaches photography in the Iowa Summer Journalism Workshops for high school students.

ORLAND PARK: Allison Ryan, a junior, won the $2,500 Philip Adler Journalist Scholarship, which is awarded to junior journalism majors who show the greatest potential for leadership and editorial achievement in newspaper or broadcast journalism. Allison is interested in magazine writing, public relations and broadcasting. She is an activist in her sorority and has been a marketing intern and a KRUI news anchor.

ROCKFORD: Andrew Bixby, a sophomore, won the $1,000 W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship, which is awarded to journalism majors who have achieved distinction during the academic year in editorial or interpretive news writing. Drew is arts and entertainment editor of the Daily Iowan.

ROSELLE: Sue Hsu, a senior, won the $2,000 Jim Zabel Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students who demonstrate professional promise and academic excellence and who plan a career in broadcast journalism. Sue has done several internships, including with KCRG-TV in Iowa City, WSUI/KSUI radio stations on campus and Taipei Times Newspaper in Taiwan. She has also prepared news packages that aired on Hawkeye News, a student run television news show.

KANSAS

LAWRENCE: Jeremy Shapiro, a senior, won the $1,000 Frank Luther Mott Undergraduate Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students in the magazine and newspaper reporting discipline. Jeremy interned at The Ottawa Herald in Ottawa, Kansas, in summer 2000 and at the Hutchinson News in Hutchinson, Kansas, in summer 2001. He has worked as a metro reporter for the Daily Iowan since spring 2000 and been a member of the Campus Activities Board since last spring. Jeremy is the current president of the UI chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and served as the chapter's treasurer for two years. He carries a second major in political science.

KENTUCKY

LOUISVILLE: Matthew Killmeier, a doctoral candidate, won the $500 Carl J. Nelson Memorial Research Scholarship, which is awarded to the editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry in recognition of contributions in support of mass communication scholarship. He also won the $500 John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student – Research, which is awarded to a senior doctoral student selected by the School's graduate faculty for significant achievement in research activities.

MARYLAND

GAITHERSBURG: Eva Tsai, a doctoral candidate, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.

MICHIGAN

DETROIT: Sharon Carrington, a master's professional student, won the $1,000 Gazette Foundation Minority Journalism Scholarship, which is awarded to a minority journalism major planning a career in print or broadcast journalism. Sharon received her bachelor's degree from the University of the Redlands in California. She is a graduate assistant in the university Office of Affirmative Action, where she edits its online newsletter. She is a former editor of NURU, the newspaper published by the school's student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, and is a member of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

MINNESOTA

LAKEVILLE: Marie Farrell, a master's professional student, won the $1,000 Alan Waxenberg Scholarship, which is awarded to a master's professional female student who is interested in a career in the magazine field. Marie received her bachelor's degree from Iowa State University and is an editorial intern with Iowa Alumni Magazine.

NEBRASKA

BRULE: Sara Struckman, a master's student, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.

NEW YORK

HORELL: James Tracy, a doctoral candidate, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society.

TEXAS

FORT WORTH: Joseph Coffey, a master's professional student, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship, which is awarded to juniors, seniors or master's professional students who show potential for a successful career, academic achievement, demonstrated competence and participation in extracurricular activities. He was also inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Joe earned his undergraduate degree in telecommunications from Baylor University and has reported for television stations in Missouri, Texas, and Georgia. He currently is a full-time reporter and weekend anchor at KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids.

WISCONSIN

DEFOREST: Jason Gilbertson, a senior, won the $1,000 Mark Westerbeck Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded to a deserving journalism student who demonstrates ability in investigative journalism, magazine writing, and editing. Jason is a "writing consultant" with the College of Business Writing Center, worked as a football team coaching staff assistant for two years, and interned last summer with Sports A field magazine in Los Angeles, as a staff editor, which resulted in research assignments this school year. He carries a minor in political science.

SUN PRAIRIE: Sarah Fassbender, a junior, won the $1,200 Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship, which is awarded to junior or senior journalism students who show potential for a successful career in the magazine field. Sarah was also inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Sarah carries a second major in sociology and is a member of Golden Key International, Mortar Board, Alpha Kappa Delta and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies. She is an intern with University News Services and has done an externship with the University Relations department at the University of Wisconsin. She is a member of the school's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.