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WRITER: DISA LUBKER
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: May 16, 2002

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UI awards Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad

Twenty-two University of Iowa students were awarded Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad during the spring semester of 2002. The scholarships of $1,000 each assist undergraduates with the expenses of studying abroad.

The Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad were created in 1983, by former UI President James O. Freedman and have been awarded to nearly 300 UI students since then. UI President Mary Sue Coleman said the opportunity to study abroad is invaluable in providing students with new perspectives on their lives and culture in the United States.

"Especially in today's world, we all need to understand other global cultures. By engaging ourselves with minds and traditions different from our own, we present ourselves with some of the most exciting intellectual challenges possible," Coleman said. "Perhaps more importantly, though, by expanding our knowledge and understanding of other cultures, we expand our empathy, our compassion, and our ability to help the world advance toward peace and prosperity for all. I am proud that our Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad allow for some of our best students to engage in these critical world experiences."

More than 700 UI students studied abroad last year. For more information, call the UI Office for Study Abroad at (319) 335-0353, or e-mail questions to study-abroad@uiowa.edu.

Following are the recipients of the 2002 Presidential Scholarships for Study Abroad, according to state and hometown, with Iowa hometowns listed first:

IOWA

BETTENDORF: Jared Hayes, a sophomore Japanese and Education double major, will study in Nagoya, Japan at Nanzan University through the Nanzan Exchange program during the 2002-2003 academic year; Julia Longenecker, a sophomore pre-business major and double minor in International Business and Spanish, will study in Seville, Spain through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Business and Society Program during the fall of 2002.

CLIVE: Megan Horton, a sophomore English and Asian Languages and Literatures double major, will study at Nanjing University in China through CIEE during the fall of 2002.

CRESCO: Nana Diederichs, a junior comparative literature major with a minor in French, will study in Paris, France, at the CIEE Critical Studies Program during the fall of 2002.

DES MOINES: Frank Swoboda, a junior Russian and East European Studies major, is currently studying in St. Petersburg, Russia through the ACTR Program in Russia; Erica Veldhouse, a sophomore finance major and international business minor, will study in Paris, France through Internships in Europe and the University of Rochester during the fall of 2002;

DONNELLSON: Max Crowe, a senior Spanish major with a certificate in Latin American Studies, will study in Alcalá de Henares, Spain through CIEE during the fall of 2002.

DUBUQUE: Katrina Dato, a junior Japanese and Spanish double major with an international business minor, will at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, during the 2002-2003 academic year through the Nanzan Exchange Program.

FREMONT: Eric Chicas, a junior communication studies major and cinema and comparative literature minor, will study in Karlstad, Sweden at Karlstad University during the fall of 2002.

IOWA CITY: Andrew Annis, a junior double major in anthropology and Spanish and minor in international business, is studying in Seville, Spain, at the University of Seville through CIEE; Lori Eiserman, a sophomore Interdepartmental Studies major (Ceremonial Music and Dance, and Traditional Medicine Within Native Cultures) and a Music minor, will study in New South Wales, Australia at Southern Cross University through Butler University'; Matthew McCusker, a junior marketing major pursuing a Certificate of Entrepreneurship, will study in Galway, Ireland, at the National University of Ireland, Galway through Butler University during the fall of 2002.

LECLAIRE: Thomas Kroeger, a senior religion major with a philosophy minor, will study in Haifa, Israel, at the University of Haifa through the Overseas Student Program during the 2002-2003 academic year.

MASON CITY: Jill Pottratz, a senior biology major, will study at the University of Newcastle in Newcastle, Australia, through the Iowa Regents Semester in Australia during the fall semester of 2002.

OTTUMWA: Troy Morgan, a senior Russian major with a history minor, will study in Russia through the American Council of Teachers of Russian (ACTR).

WAUKEE: Kimberly Harpole, a sophomore German and economics double major with a minor in international business, will study in Freiburg, Germany, through the Academic Year in Freiburg program during the fall of 2002; Abby Nelson, a senior communication studies and dance double major and journalism and Spanish double minor, will study in Seville, Spain, at Centro de Lenguas e Intercambio Cultural (CLIC) during the fall of 2002.

WEST DES MOINES: Keri Sukowatey, a junior Spanish major and Latin American Studies minor, will study in Puebla, Mexico, through the Universidad de las Americas Puebla Exchange during the spring semester of 2003.

ILLINOIS

BURR RIDGE: Michelle Morgan, a sophomore biology and pre-medicine double major, will study in Newcastle, Australia, at Newcastle University through the Iowa Regents Semester in Australia program during the fall of 2002.

HOMETOWN: Michelle Dujka, a junior double major in communication studies and French, will study in Montpellier, France, at the Institute for Foreign Students through the University of Minnesota during the fall of 2002.

PENNSYLVANIA

DOWNINGTOWN: Lauren Dula, a sophomore German and English double major, will study in Freiburg, Germany, through the Academic Year in Freiburg program during the 2002-2003 academic year; Nicholas Miller, a sophomore English and German double major, will study in Freiburg, Germany, through the Academic Year in Freiburg program during the 2002-2003 academic year.