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Release: May 20, 2002

UI College of Education to honor top students

The University of Iowa's College of Education presented (NAME OF STUDENT AND BACKGROUND) with the (NAME OF AWARD OR SCHOLARSHIP) during its annual Student Awards Ceremony Wednesday, May 15.

The awards and scholarships are given annually to some of the top students in the UI College of Education and are based on academic achievement and potential for success in a particular field within education, among other criteria. This year College of Education Dean Sandra Damico presented a total of $44,350 in awards and scholarships to 44 students.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Recipients for whom hometown information was available are listed first, starting with Iowa students, followed by all other recipients in alphabetical order.

IOWA

ANKENY: Johanna Russell, who will complete her student teaching experience in the area of Art Education during the spring 2003 semester, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship, presented to undergraduate students in elementary or secondary education.

BELMOND: Susan Sheriff, who will complete her student teaching experience in the area of Elementary Education during the spring 2003 semester, is the recipient of the Sheila E. McFarland Memorial Scholarship, presented to an undergraduate student in the area of elementary education with preference given to an Iowa resident.

BERNARD: Cindy Diouf, who is working toward her M.A. in Secondary Administration, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration, presented to graduate students in Educational Administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary administration.

BURLINGTON: Michelle Muratori, a Ph.D. candidate in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development whose major area of study is Counselor Education and minor area is Social Work, is the recipient of the Albert Hood Promising Scholar Award. The award is presented to a graduate student in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development who is a doctoral candidate with an approved prospectus and a faculty recommendation. It is based on academic performance, quality of the research proposal, the likely impact of the research on the field, and the student’s service to the program and the university.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Candace Reed, who is completing the requirements for licensure in Elementary Education with specialization in Social Studies, is the recipient of the Lloyd Smith Scholarship, presented to an outstanding student in the area of elementary social studies.

DUBUQUE: Angela Lyon, who is enrolled in the Master’s Program in Instructional Design and Technology, is the recipient of the Barry D. Bratton Memorial Award, presented to an outstanding graduate student in ID&T who displays commitment to the field and evidence of exceptional promise.

BETTENDORF: Neala Renee Arnold, who is pursuing a degree in Elementary Education with specializations in the areas of English language arts and reading with a minor in English, is the recipient of the Jack Bagford Elementary Education Scholarship, presented to a student in elementary education -- either graduate or undergraduate -- who will be student teaching during the school year following the award.

DUNDEE: Kate Lechtenberg, who will graduate with honors in December 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Education, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award, presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program, culminating in a University of Iowa degree with honors. The award is named after David and Connie Belin, long-time supporters of the College of Education. She is also the recipient of the Dr. Mary Agnella Gunn Memorial Scholarship, presented to an undergraduate student in the area of English Education.

FORT DODGE: Evie Halvorson, a junior in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction whose major is Elementary Education with a specialization in Multicategorical Resource teaching, is the recipient of the Debra Clausen Memorial Fellowship, presented to a graduate student in the College of Education with first preference given to students who will be spending time at the University Hospital School evaluating and developing learning programs for students with mental disabilities, including Down Syndrome.

IOWA CITY: John Bacon, who is working toward his M.A. in Elementary Administration, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration, presented to graduate students in Educational Administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary administration; Thomas Schnoebelen, who is pursuing his Ph.D. in Secondary Educational Administration, is also a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration.

MARION: Joseph E. Collins , who will receive his Ph.D. in Higher Education in May 2002, is the recipient of the John Leonard Davies Memorial Award, presented to a UI graduate student pursuing a degree in education with continuing education as an area of specialization.

MEDIAPOLIS: Debra Vierling, who is pursuing her M.A. in Secondary Administration, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration, presented to graduate students in Educational Administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary administration.

ORANGE CITY: Stacia L. Wissink, a first year student in the graduate program of Rehabilitation Counseling in the Division of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development, is the recipient of the Leonard A. Miller Memorial Scholarship, presented to a first-year master of arts student in rehabilitation counseling who has the potential to become an outstanding rehabilitation counselor practitioner.

OTTUMWA: Sarah von Schrader, who is completing the first year of the Ph.D. program in Educational Measurement and Statistics, is the recipient of the Blommers-Hieronymus-Feldt Scholarship, presented to an outstanding doctoral student in educational measurement and statistics.

URBANA: Matthew James Fee, a student in the Secondary English Education program, is the recipient of the Duane D. Anderson Memorial Scholarship, presented to a transfer student from an Iowa community college and who is enrolled in a program in the College of Education.

WATERLOO: Gregg Shoultz, who will receive his Ph.D. in Secondary Administration in May 2002, is the recipient of the Perry Eugene McClenahan Award, presented to an outstanding candidate for an advanced degree in educational administration; Pamela Hubbard, a student in the Master’s degree program in Developmental Reading in the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, is the recipient of the Betty Piercy Award, presented to a student in reading who will benefit the field in some direct way.

CALIFORNIA

OAKLAND: Richard M. Breaux, a doctoral candidate in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with an emphasis in Educational History, Sociology, and Higher Education, is the recipient of the Howard R. Jones Achievement Award, presented to a student in a graduate program in the College of Education who has made a noteworthy scholarly presentation at a national professional conference or who has published a significant scholarly article in a reputable professional journal or other substantial printed work.

FLORIDA

HIALEAH (MIAMI AREA): Dirian Maria Valdes-Guada, a doctoral student in the School Psychology program, is the recipient of the Minority Student Award, presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student of color in the College of Education who is active in working with equity issues in the college and has contributed in a positive manner to the life of the college.

ILLINOIS

CHICAGO: Camiria Jones, a Ph.D. candidate in the School Psychology Program, is a recipient of the Pi Lambda Theta Doctoral Award, presented annually by Theta Chapter at the UI to outstanding students who show promise in the areas of research, teaching or writing, and to a worthy senior who shows promise in the field of education.

EAST MOLINE: Betsy A. Zude, who is majoring in Elementary Education with specializations in math, science, and the expertise to teach in the middle school grades, is the recipient of the Guy and Gladys Peterson Award, presented to an outstanding undergraduate student who has been admitted to and completed at least 12 semester hours of coursework in the teacher education program. Selection of the recipient is based on the student’s academic record, promise in the field and commitment to the profession of teaching; Tara Lynch, who will graduate in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education with specialization in mathematics, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award, presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program, culminating in a University of Iowa degree with honors. The award is named after David and Connie Belin, long-time supporters of the College of Education.

GLEN ELLYN: Sheila McShane, who has been teaching American History and History of Europe at West High School in Iowa City during the spring 2002 semester, is a recipient of a U-High Innovative Developments in Education Award (IDEA), presented to students who completed their student teaching last semester or who are completing it this semester. Criteria include outstanding performance as a student teacher, particularly as it pertains to innovation and creativity shown during the experience; Erin Polhill, who will complete her student teaching experience in the area of secondary Mathematics during the spring 2003 semester, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship, presented to undergraduate students in elementary or secondary education.

GRAYS LAKE: Michelle Lewis, a student in the Elementary Education program with specializations in special education and in social science, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award, presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program, culminating in a University of Iowa degree with honors. The award is named after David and Connie Belin, long-time supporters of the College of Education. She is also a recipient of the Pi Lambda Theta Bachelor’s Award, presented annually by Theta Chapter at the UI to outstanding students who show promise in the areas of research, teaching or writing, and to a worthy senior who shows promise in the field of education.

SPRINGFIELD: Patrick Becker, who will complete his student teaching experience in the area of secondary Science during the spring 2003 semester, is a recipient of the Gladys and Margaret Harvey Education Scholarship, presented to students who have returned to school to receive teacher certification following a bachelor’s degree.

WHEATON: Kristyn Benedyk, who is graduating in May 2002 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Secondary Education Teaching, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award, presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program, culminating in a University of Iowa degree with honors.

KANSAS

PRAIRIE VILLAGE: Beverly Lowe, who is working toward her M.A. in Elementary Education, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration, presented to graduate students in Educational Administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary administration.

MARYLAND

FORT WASHINGTON: Gregory Reed, a Ph.D. student in the School Psychology program in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations, is the recipient of the James and Coretta Stroud Fellowship, presented to an outstanding doctoral student in educational psychology or an allied field who is entering the dissertation phase of the program.

MINNESOTA

ROCHESTER: Renita Schmidt, a Ph.D. candidate in the Language, Literacy, and Culture Program, is a recipient of the Pi Lambda Theta Doctoral Award, presented annually by Theta Chapter at the UI to outstanding students who show promise in the areas of research, teaching or writing, and to a worthy senior who shows promise in the field of education.

MISSOURI

HOUSE SPRINGS: Brian Tibbets, who will complete his student teaching experience in the area of secondary Latin during the fall 2002 semester, is a recipient of the Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship, presented to undergraduate or graduate students in the teacher education program.

NEBRASKA

LINCOLN: Amy Miriovsky, who will complete her student teaching experience in the area of Elementary Education during the spring 2003 semester, is the recipient of the Charlotte and Ruby Junge Scholarship, presented to an undergraduate student in the area of social studies or elementary education.

OMAHA: Rebecca Zimmerman, who will complete her student teaching experience in the area of secondary Science during the spring 2003 semester, is a recipient of the Gladys and Margaret Harvey Education Scholarship, presented to receive teacher certification following a bachelor’s degree.

NEW JERSEY

MILLVILLE: Tiffany Fishman, who is working toward her M.A. in Elementary Administration, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration, presented to graduate students in Educational Administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary administration.

RANDOLPH: Elizabeth Fettweis, who is completing her Master of Arts in Teaching degree in English Education and will graduate this May, is the recipient of the Pi Lambda Theta Master's Award, presented annually by Theta Chapter at the UI to outstanding students who show promise in the areas of research, teaching or writing, and to a worthy senior who shows promise in the field of education. She is also the recipient of a U-High Innovative Developments in Education Award (IDEA), presented to students who completed their student teaching last semester or who are completing it this semester. Criteria include outstanding performance as a student teacher, particularly as it pertains to innovation and creativity shown during the experience.

WISCONSIN

SAUK PRAIRIE: Carinn Sprecher-Reinke, who will complete her student teaching experience in the area of secondary English during the spring 2003 semester, is a recipient of the Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship, presented to undergraduate or graduate students in the teacher education program.

CHINA

ILAN, TAIWAN: Feng Wenchun, an international student from Taiwan enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Educational Measurement and Statistics, is the recipient of a T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship, presented to an outstanding doctoral student in educational psychology, educational measurement and statistics, school psychology, counseling psychology or instructional design and technology.

SHENYANG: Ping Yin, who is enrolled as a Ph.D. candidate in the Educational Measurement and Statistics program and expects to graduate in May of 2003, is the recipient of the Melvin R. Novick Award, presented to a doctoral student who has shown outstanding academic performance and promise of the highest level of achievement in research in the field of educational measurement and research.

SOUTH KOREA

SEOUL: Seung-Yeon Lee, a Ph.D. candidate in School Psychology who expects to graduate in December 2003, is the recipient of the Paul Opstad Award, presented to a graduate student whose career or scholarly interests focus on the concerns and needs of international students; Hyungshim Jang, who is a third year Ph.D. student in the Division of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations from South Korea with a specialization in Educational Psychology, is the recipient of the Irwin and Louise Wasta International Scholarship, presented to a full-time international student enrolled in a program in the College of Education.

Insim Park, a doctoral candidate in Educational Administration, is the recipient of the Harvey H. Davis Award, presented to an outstanding student in educational administration or higher education, particularly a student interested in the financing of education.

MALAYSIA

JOHOR: Siti Eshah Mokshein, a Ph.D. student in the Division of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies with a specialization in Social Foundations of Education, is the recipient of the Franklin D. Stone International Student Award, presented to an outstanding international student pursuing a Ph.D. in the College of Education.