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Release: April 9, 2003

UI Journalism School Awards More Than $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 4 at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The school inducted 14 new members into Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society, and named Joseph Heitz of Farley the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar for 2003. The Top Scholar is the student with the highest grade-point average among graduating seniors.

Dana Roberson, associate producer for CBS's 60 Minutes 2, gave the keynote address to scholarship winners and their families at the banquet. Roberson earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the UI in 1987.

The late Joe Bartelme, who achieved distinction and earned the admiration of his colleagues throughout more than 30 years in broadcast journalism, was selected as this year's inductee into the School's Hall of Fame. Bartelme earned bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from the UI in 1953 and 1954, respectively. He got started in broadcasting as a student working at WSUI on campus. He began his professional broadcast career in 1958 at WCCO-TV, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis. He later moved to NBC and worked his way up to vice president of network news. His investigative reporting and documentary productions won several honors, including six Radio Television News Director Association awards, a George Foster Peabody Award and an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Bartelme died in 1991. His wife, Margaret, and two of his children, Peter Bartelme and Nicole Bartelme, will accept the Hall of Fame award in his honor.

Student scholarship winners are listed below according to hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first:

AMES: Heather McElvain, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to junior or senior journalism students who show potential for a successful career in the magazine field. Mr. Gorkin, a 1936 graduate of the School, was editor of Parade magazine and a magazine consultant. McElvain is an intern at The Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids, and has written for the West Liberty Index, the Iowa City Press Citizen, and the Ames Tribune. She also spent a semester abroad in Italy.

ANKENY: Megan Eckhardt, a junior journalism major, was awarded the Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to junior or senior journalism students who show potential for a successful career in the magazine field. Mr. Gorkin, a 1936 graduate of the School, was editor of Parade magazine and a magazine consultant. Eckhardt is a design editor and former metro reporter for the Daily Iowan. She will be the Daily Iowan editor in 2003-04. In addition to her news work, she is pursuing interests in public relations and marketing.

CEDAR FALLS: Sara Konrad, a master's-professional student, was awarded the Ruth And Morris Zweiban Memorial Scholarship, $500, awarded to a student enrolled in the master's professional journalism program. The Zweibans were immigrants who came to the United States from Eastern Europe in the second decade of the 1900s. Neither had the resources to gain a higher education, although ultimately they attained the means to help their own children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and now, students in the School. Ruth Zweiban passed away in 1986 and Morris Zweiban in 1991. Konrad earned an English degree last spring from the University of Northern Iowa, where she worked on the student paper. She's written for the Daily Iowan and is now a police and courts correspondent for The Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Aaron Brim, a junior journalism major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Brim returned from a semester studying at Newcastle University in Australia determined to report from around the world. He's been a Daily Iowan metro and arts reporter and a designer and writer for an online music review. He is a peer advisor with UI International Programs and is president of the UI cycling club.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Amy Jennings, a junior journalism and history major with a Spanish minor, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Jennings is a Daily Iowan metro reporter. She is secretary of Chi Omega Sorority and has volunteered for organizations for kids and the elderly. She has also worked as a legal clerk and plans to go to law school.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Karen Schmiedeskamp, a senior journalism major, was awarded the A. W. Lee Scholarship for broadcasting, $3,000, 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. Scholarships to be awarded in these four areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism and advertising or public relations. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what was to become Lee Enterprises, Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Schmiedeskamp had an internship at CNN's Washington bureau last summer, covering politics and government. This year she's interned for KWWL-TV news in Cedar Rapids. She also been a newscaster for KRUI radio, a reporter and anchor for the Hawkeye News TV broadcast, and an arts and entertainment reporter for the Daily Iowan.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Shelbi Thomas, a sophomore journalism major, was awarded the Bruce A. Harrison Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to a deserving and needy journalism major or master's professional student. Mr. Harrison received his master's degree in journalism in 1967, and died in 1994. This scholarship was established in his memory by family and friends. Thomas has worked as a Daily Iowan metro reporter and a copy editor for Earthwords, the undergraduate literary magazine. She's assistant librarian in the Journalism School Resource Center.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Emily Walker, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Carl and Virginia Nelson Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to a student majoring in journalism. This fund was initially established as a depository for memorial gifts to Carl Nelson. In 2001, it also began accepting memorials for Virginia Nelson. Walker has worked in public relations and marketing for UI Health Care and the UI Alumni Association, and interned for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Johnson County and at Henry Russell Bruce in Cedar Rapids. She is also webmaster for the UI chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

CLARKSVILLE: Dana Hinders, a senior journalism major, was awarded The Gazette Company Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to two needy and deserving junior or senior students in journalism who wish to pursue a journalism career in Iowa. This scholarship was initiated in 1991 by Joe Hladky III, president of the Gazette Company. Versed in writing, design and photography, Hinders hopes to work in online journalism. She has edited newsletters for UI Facilities Services and the UI Honors Program, is the web designer for several community and student organizations, and also works as an advertising assistant for Hancher Auditorium.

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Kathleen Snodgrass, a senior journalism and English major, was awarded the Gordon B. Strayer Scholarship, $500, and the Ruth Baty & Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship, $1,400. The Strayer Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate journalism major who has demonstrated leadership in Public Relations Student Society of America and achieved academic excellence. Gordon B. Strayer, a 1951 master's graduate, worked for University Relations for more than 40 years. A national leader in public relations, he retired in 1991. The Ruth Baty & Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship is awarded to women journalism students on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in the development of human understanding and human rights. Maurice Barnett Jones was a longtime publisher of the Cresco Times-Plain Dealer and endowed this scholarship in honor of his spouse, Ruth Baty Jones, who was a newspaperwoman known for her editorials and her news writing. Snodgrass works as a marketing assistant for UI Press. She has also worked for UI Health Science Relations and is active in the Public Relations Student Society of America.

CRESTON: Erin McKee, a December 2002 graduate, was awarded the Judy Klemesrud Writing Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to undergraduate students maintaining at least a 2.75 GPA, interested in women's issues and social change, and displays great promise in the ability to write about these issues. Judy Klemesrud was a 1961 graduate of the School and a reporter for the New York Times. Upon her death in 1985, family, friends and colleagues established this scholarship. McKee was an adviser for Orientation Services and had an internship as editor of "Tutela," a newsletter for tutors for New Dimensions in Learning. In fall 2001 studied abroad in India and took an internship with the Asian Women's Human Rights Council.

DAVENPORT: Brittain Swetalla, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Dorothy Wilson Moeller Writing Scholarship, $2,000, awarded to a graduating senior 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. The scholarship was established by Mrs. Moeller's daughter and son, Margaret Nelson and Dr. Kent Moeller, in 1992 for her 90th birthday to honor her commitment to the art and craft of writing. An active member of the Public Relations Student Society of America, Swetalla was chapter president last year. She has done marketing and PR internships for the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, for Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, and at Henry Russell Bruce in Cedar Rapids.

DAVENPORT: Karen Heinselman, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Jack and Ailene Liechty Scholarship, $2,500, awarded to deserving and needy journalism junior or senior. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time, demonstrate sound academic ability and have a desire to pursue a journalism career. This scholarship was established in 1995 by Mrs. Ailene Liechty in memory of her husband, E. Jack Liechty. Heinselman reports for the Daily Iowan and is a youth worker at Johnson County Neighborhood Centers.

DAVENPORT: Ryan Foley, a senior journalism and Spanish major, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. He also won the Philip D. Adler Daily Iowan Award, $1,000, and the W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship, $1,250. The Adler award is given to the outstanding Daily Iowan staffer who has worked at the DI 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. The Hall Scholarship, is awarded to journalism majors who have achieved distinction during the academic year in editorial or interpretive news writing. W. Earl Hall was editor of the Mason City Globe-Gazette. Reeves E. Hall was associated with the Manchester Publishing Company. Foley started working at the Daily Iowan as a freshman and has advanced from metro reporter to managing editor, to 2002-03 editor. He hopes to be reporting in Washington, D.C. next fall.

DAVENPORT: Roseanna Smith a junior journalism major, was awarded the Philip D. Adler Journalist Scholarship, $3,500, awarded to junior journalism majors who show the greatest potential for leadership and editorial achievement in newspaper or broadcast journalism. This scholarship has been endowed with a gift from the Lee Foundation to honor Philip D. Adler, a 1926 graduate of the School and longtime president of Lee Enterprises, Inc. Mr. Adler also was publisher of the Davenport Times-Democrat. Smith is an accomplished writer and editor who is currently the sports editor of the Daily Iowan. She recently won an NCAA Freedom Forum scholarship. Last summer she worked as a sports intern at the Des Moines Register and this summer she'll be an intern with The Sporting News in St. Louis.

DENVER: Amy Leisinger, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Ruth Baty & Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship, $1,400, awarded to women journalism students on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in the development of human understanding and human rights. Maurice Barnett Jones was a longtime publisher of the Cresco Times-Plain Dealer and endowed this scholarship in honor of his spouse, Ruth Baty Jones, who was a newspaperwoman known for her editorials and her news writing. Leisinger has been a columnist, editorial writer, viewpoints editor, copy editor and designer at the Daily Iowan. She plans to go to law school.

DES MOINES: Alexis Grund, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Mark Westerbeck Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to deserving journalism students who demonstrate ability in investigative journalism, magazine writing and editing. Mr. Westerbeck, who graduated from the School in 1975, worked as a newspaper reporter. At the time of his death in 1988, at the age of 35, he was a highly successful trade publications editor. The scholarship was established by his friends and is supported by his parents. Grund is a Daily Iowan reporter and also on the staff of the student literary magazine Earthwords. Last summer she was an intern with Newcity Chicago, an arts and entertainment paper.

DES MOINES: Chao Xiong, a senior journalism and art major, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. He also was awarded the A. W. Lee Scholarship for newspaper, $3,000, 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. Scholarships to be awarded in these four areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism and advertising or public relations. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what was to become Lee Enterprises, Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Xiong is currently the Daily Iowan managing editor. He was selected as Iowa Newspaper Association Young Iowa Journalist of the Year for 2001 and has interned at the Des Moines Register and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. This fall he will be an intern in the San Francisco bureau of the Wall Street Journal.

DIKE: Lisa Livermore, a senior journalism and political science major, was awarded the Frank Luther Mott Undergraduate Scholarship, $1,750, 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. This award memorializes Frank Luther Mott, director of the School from 1927 to 1943. Livermore has been city editor for the Daily Iowan, interned with other newspapers in Iowa and Montana, and worked as a news correspondent for the Des Moines Register. She did not attend the banquet because she is working as a reporting intern in Washington, D.C.

DUBUQUE: Inga Beyer, a junior journalism major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Beyer was born in Hannover, Germany, and spent most of her childhood in Europe. She's also studying International Business. She's interned at a company in Berlin and last summer worked at the West Branch Times. She hopes to do an internship in Washington, D.C. next fall.

DUBUQUE: Jacqueline Callahan, a journalism and education major, was awarded the William S. Maulsby Memorial Scholarship, $1,500, awarded to a journalism major who plans to teach high school journalism, has a 2.7 or higher grade point average and has financial need. Beginning in 1919, William S. Maulsby was the first person to teach journalism courses exclusively at The University of Iowa. This scholarship was established in 1993 by Professor Maulsby's granddaughter, Susan Redfern. Callahan is working on her teacher's certification in both journalism and Spanish. She is an editorial intern at the Iowa Alumni Magazine, puts out the Hawk's Nest newsletter for basketball fans, and has interned for the Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids.

DUBUQUE: Beth Chesterman, a senior journalism and economics major, was awarded The Gazette Company Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to two needy and deserving junior or senior students in journalism who wish to pursue a journalism career in Iowa. This scholarship was initiated in 1991 by Joe Hladky III, president of the Gazette Company. Chesterman spent last summer reporting for the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. She has studied abroad in Cuba and worked in New Hampshire for Americorps, and takes keen interest in the First Amendment and constitutional rights.

DUBUQUE: Jesse Helling, a junior journalism and political science major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Helling is a Daily Iowan metro reporter and assistant news director for KRUI radio. He also volunteers for the Johnson County Crisis Center. He hopes to work for a major newspaper as a foreign correspondent.

DUNDEE: Tyler Lechtenberg, a junior journalism major, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. He also won the Gus Schrader Memorial Scholarship, $1,500, and the Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship, $1,000. The Schrader award is given to a student interested in a career in sports writing and/or editing who is a high school graduate from Iowa. Gus Schrader, a 1946 graduate of the School, was a longtime Gazette sports editor. Upon his death in 2001 a few dozen friends and family members contributed to a memorial scholarship in his name. The Gorkin Scholarship, is awarded to junior or senior journalism students who show potential for a successful career in the magazine field. Mr. Gorkin, a 1936 graduate of the School, was editor of Parade magazine and a magazine consultant. Lechtenberg has been a sports reporter for the Daily Iowan and is currently a sports writer for The Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids.

EVANSDALE: Jessie Rolph, a senior, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was a awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, 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. Undergraduate and master's professional students are eligible. She also was awarded the Howard A. Schumacher Scholarship, $50 and Luther A. Brewer Key, which are awarded together to the outstanding senior on the basis of leadership, academic performance and promise of success in journalism. The winner is selected based on grade point average and faculty vote. Schumacher, a 1931 alumnus of Iowa, was a well-known manufacturing executive and management consultant. He died in 1975. The engraved Luther A. Brewer Key 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 University of Iowa. Rolph has worked for the Daily Iowan and interned at Hawkeye Community College and UI Health Science Relations. She is an experienced online designer as well as reporter, and created the Web site for the UI Summer Journalism Workshops.

FAIRBANK: Erin Robinson, a senior journalism and Spanish major, was awarded the Wilbur C. Peterson Scholarship, $500, awarded to a deserving journalism student. The award was established in 1966 by students and friends of Peterson, a faculty member in the School of Journalism from 1951 to 1966. Robinson has been active in the UI chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, has interned for the Iowa Memorial Union marketing and design department and the UI Center for Conferences and Institutes, and hopes to continue in online journalism.

FARLEY: Joseph Heitz a senior journalism and music major, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism, and was named the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar, which recognizes the graduating senior with the highest scholastic standing. He also was awarded the Fred Pownall Scholarship, $1,200, awarded to senior males who have shown great potential as a journalist of high competence. This scholarship was established in 1976 by students and friends of Mr. Pownall, former faculty member of the School and for some 20 years, beginning in 1935, publisher of Student Publications Inc. at The University of Iowa. Heitz has worked for the Dyersville Commercial, the Daily Iowan, the Iowa City Press-Citizen and the Dubuque Telegraph-Herald. Last summer had a Dow Jones internship at the Cape Cod Times. He spent last semester studying abroad as well as exploring his family roots in Slovenia. He has been accepted to the master's program in journalism at Northwestern University.

FORT MADISON: Ali Noller, a junior majoring in journalism and political science, was awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, 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. Noller has covered sports for the Daily Iowan and has interned for The Fort Madison Daily Democrat. She did not attend the banquet because she is in Washington D.C. where she works as a sports intern for the Washington Post's online edition.

HUDSON: Nicole Schuppert, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Dorothy Pownall Scholarship, $1,200, awarded to a senior female who has shown great potential as a journalist of high competence. This scholarship was established in 1977 to honor Mrs. Pownall, a newspaper reporter and free-lance writer. She was the wife of Fred Pownall, who for many years was associated with the School and The Daily Iowan. Schuppert has written for the Daily Iowan, the Waterloo Courier and the Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids. She has accepted a full-time job for the Gazette covering public safety and cultural diversity.

IOWA CITY: Stephanie Anderson, a master's-professional student, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She was also awarded the Alan Waxenberg Scholarship, $1,500, awarded to a master's professional female student who is interested in a career in the magazine field. This scholarship was started by Mr. Waxenberg's family and friends in honor of his 60th birthday. A 1956 graduate, he was formerly the editor of Good Housekeeping magazine and vice-president and publisher of Victoria magazine. Anderson has written for the Press Citizen and the Daily Iowan, and is managing editor for a high school athletics web site, Prep Sports Online. She is completing her master's project, which focuses on domestic abuse among the Amish.

IOWA CITY: Julie Ferris, John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student -- Teaching, $500, awarded to Awarded to a senior doctoral student selected by the School's graduate faculty for outstanding contributions to teaching.

IOWA CITY: Danny Frazier, a master's-professional student, was awarded the Cedar Rapids Gazette Photo Scholarship, $500, and the Dorothy Rubenstein Award, $1,500. The Gazette Photo Scholarship is awarded to a Daily Iowan photographer whose work is regarded as the best pictorial journalism published in The Daily Iowan during the academic year. The award has been sponsored by the Gazette since 1950. The Rubenstein Award, is given to a worthy journalism student, preferably a resident of Iowa. This scholarship was established in 1996 by Dorothy Rubenstein, a 1932 graduate of the School. Frazier is an accomplished photojournalist who has lived and worked in Africa and also reported from Kosovo and Macedonia. Until recently he was photo director of the Press Citizen. He is the photography coach for the Daily Iowan and also teaching photojournalism for the school.

IOWA CITY: Dina Gavrilos, a doctoral student, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the Carl J. Nelson Memorial Research Scholarship, $500, awarded to the editor of the Journal of Communication Inquiry in recognition of contributions in support of mass communication scholarship. Carl Nelson, a 1931 graduate of Iowa, for many years headed a leading media research firm, Carl Nelson Research, Inc., based in Chicago. He died in 1966.

IOWA CITY: Rachel Kolen, a senior majoring in journalism and music, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, 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. Kolen plays bass trombone. She writes for the Gazette and has worked with the student radio station KRUI, Hancher Auditorium and University Relations. She will enter the UI Master's Professional program in journalism in the fall with a focus on arts reporting.

IOWA CITY: Thomas Oates, John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student -- Research, $500, awarded to a senior doctoral student selected by the School's graduate faculty for significant achievement in research activities.

IOWA CITY: Grant Schulte, a sophomore majoring in journalism and German, was awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, 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. Shulte, a Daily Iowan reporter, was named young reporter of the year for 2002 by the Iowa Newspaper Association. He is interested in investigative journalism and has written several investigative pieces for the Daily Iowan.

IOWA CITY: Sean Thompson, a junior journalism major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Thompson says he has wanted to go into journalism since working as sports editor for City High's student paper. He has written for the Daily Iowan and volunteered for the Opportunity at Iowa pen pal program and the UI organization Students Today Alumni Tomorrow.

IOWA CITY: Kelsi Tjernagel, inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

KALONA: Raymond Kelso Weikal, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Fred Pownall Scholarship, $1,200, awarded to senior males who have shown great potential as a journalist of high competence. This scholarship was established in 1976 by students and friends of Mr. Pownall, former faculty member of the School and for some 20 years, beginning in 1935, publisher of Student Publications Inc. at The University of Iowa. A graduate of Des Moines Area Community College, Weikal is and Iowa City Press-Citizen correspondent. He wrote a book chapter on African-American music and musicians in Iowa. He also has driven buses for Iowa City Transit.

KALONA: Justin Roetlin, a senior majoring in journalism and Spanish, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. He also won the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, awarded to 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. Roetlin has studied in Venezuela. He is also a professional motorcycle road racer and hopes to combine his various passions in a career reporting on outdoor sports.

KEOTA: Lena Baker, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Jacob E. Reizenstein Scholarship, $500, and the James F. Fox Scholarship, $500. The Reizenstein Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate student who demonstrates outstanding enterprise and capability in news gathering and news writing. Mr. Reizenstein was for years a reporter, city editor and contributing editor for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. His writing appeared in Iowa City newspapers over eight decades, from 1880, when he was 11 years old, to 1960. The Fox Scholarship 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. James F. Fox, a 1940 graduate of the School, established the scholarship. Mr. Fox was one of the world's leading public relations practitioners for many years. He was inducted into the School's Hall of Fame in 1971. Baker has done internships for Mercy Hospital, UI's Carver College of Medicine, UI News Services and UI Health Science Relations. She was student supervisor of the Journalism School Resource Center for three years.

MASON CITY: Kathryn Anderson, a senior majoring in journalism and English with a minor in Spanish, was awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, 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. Anderson has been a Daily Iowan metro reporter and arts and entertainment writer, and hopes to work for a progressive publication. She says she sees writing as "a form of activism" and wishes to promote human rights and further social change through journalism. She did not attend the banquet because she is currently studying abroad in Spain.

MEDIAPOLIS: Kristi Harshbarger, a senior journalism major, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism; James W. Blackburn Scholarship, $1,000, 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. Mr. Blackburn, who died in 1981, was an alumnus of The University of Iowa and founder of Blackburn & Company, a media brokerage firm. In 1991, Mr. Blackburn was elected to the Broadcasting Magazine Hall of Fame for lifetime contributions to the "Fifth Estate." Last summer Harshbarger had an internship at the Burlington Area Convention and Tourism Bureau, serving as the director's assistant. She is currently a marketing intern at Hancher Auditorium. She is active in her sorority and is a member of the American Sign Language Club, Golden Key Honor Society, the Public Relations Student Society of America, the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, and Phi Eta Sigma, an honor society.

OSAGE: Lyndsay Gross, a junior journalism major, was awarded the Gerald Tauchner Reporting Scholarship for Interpretation of Health Science, $700, honors a student for a news or feature story interpreting a health-related research finding by a University of Iowa faculty member. awarded to Gerald Tauchner was assistant director of The University of Iowa Health Center News. Upon his death in 1986, his parents established this scholarship. Gross has been a Daily Iowan reporter, a student orientation adviser, a Dance Marathon volunteer, and public relations coordinator for Earthwords, the student literary magazine. She wants to be a health writer.

OSKALOOSA: Travis Brown, a sophomore journalism major, was awarded the W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship, $1,250, awarded to journalism majors who have achieved distinction during the academic year in editorial or interpretive news writing. W. Earl Hall was editor of the Mason City Globe-Gazette. Reeves E. Hall was associated with the Manchester Publishing Company. Brown has covered sports for his hometown Oskaloosa Herald, the Iowa City Press Citizen, and the Daily Iowan. He says his dream is to write for Sports Illustrated.

SWISHER: Lisa Hawkins a master's-professional student, won the A. W. Lee Scholarship for public relations, $3,000, 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. Scholarships to be awarded in these four areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism and advertising or public relations. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what was to become Lee Enterprises, Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Hawkins has a great deal of experience in public relations and marketing and continuing interest in that area.

TOLEDO: Danielle Plogmann, a junior journalism and political science major, was awarded the Ben Silver Broadcasting Journalism Scholarship, $1,000, 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. This scholarship was established as a gift from Ben Silver, a 1955 graduate of the School. Silver, who worked many years as a CBS correspondent, is professor emeritus at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication at Arizona State University. Plogmann has interned at KGAN-TV and at Feature Story News, a radio and TV news service in Washington, D.C. She also has written for the Daily Iowan. She hopes to return to Washington and continue in broadcast journalism.

URBANDALE: Merrisa Brown, a junior journalism and history major, was awarded the A. W. Lee Scholarship for new media, $3,000, 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. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what was to become Lee Enterprises, Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Brown is the active president of Iowa's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. She is design and copy editor of both print and online editions of the undergraduate literary journal Earthwords and is working on a web architectural history of the University of Iowa. She also has done internships at WOI-TV in Des Moines and been on the Des Moines Register young contributors board. She did not attend the banquet because she was out of town at the American Society of Newspaper Editors conference.

URBANDALE: Amanda Jackson, Charles H. Weller Scholarship, $350, Conger Reynolds Achievement Scholarship, $500, and James F. Fox Scholarship, $500. The Weller Scholarship is awarded to a journalism student for excellence in the graphic arts. This award was established in honor of Charles H. Weller, who was the first director of the School of Journalism, and served from 1924-1927. The Conger Reynolds Achievement Scholarship is awarded to a journalism major who has made outstanding contributions in public relations. Mr. Reynolds, who taught some of the early journalism courses at The University of Iowa, was for 26 years director of public relations for the Standard Oil Company of Indiana. A number of his friends established this fund in his honor. The James F. Fox Scholarship 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. James F. Fox, a 1940 graduate of the School, established the scholarship. Mr. Fox was one of the world's leading public relations practitioners for many years. He was inducted into the School's Hall of Fame in 1971. Jackson has worked in external relations for the UI Carver College of Medicine and is a public relations and marketing intern for The Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids.

WASHINGTON: Jennifer Sturm a sophomore journalism major, was awarded the Wilbur C. Peterson Scholarship, $500, awarded to a deserving journalism student. The award was established in 1966 by students and friends of Peterson, a faculty member in the School of Journalism from 1951 to 1966. Sturm is a reporter and paginator for the Daily Iowan and editorial and program assistant for the Iowa High School Press Association

WASHINGTON: Molly Thomas, a senior journalism and dance major, was awarded the John F. Kennedy Truth-in-Journalism Scholarship, $500, awarded to a student majoring in journalism who has achieved distinction in interpretive or investigative reporting. The award was established in 1964 by Roy Bazire, a 1939 J-MC School graduate. Thomas has been a sportswriter and assistant sports editor of The Daily Iowan, news anchor for the student radio station KRUI, and an intern in the Life section of USAToday.com.

WATERLOO: Calvin Hennick, a junior journalism and art major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Hennick has worked at the Daily Iowan as an arts reporter and reviewer, columnist and editorial writer, and assistant opinions editor. He's also been a student orientation adviser and a KRUI disc jockey and helped with the undergraduate literary magazine Earthwords.

WATERLOO: Carolyn Kresser, who graduated from the UI in December 2002, was named the Society of Professional Journalists Outstanding Graduate. She also was awarded the Jim Zabel Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to junior or senior journalism students who demonstrate professional promise and academic excellence and who is planning a career in broadcast journalism. The award was established in honor of Jim Zabel, longtime sports director of WHO radio in Des Moines and a 1944 graduate of the School. Kresser has worked for KCRG-TV and WMT news radio in Cedar Rapids, as well as KRUI and the Daily Iowan.

WATERLOO: Anne Webbeking, a junior majoring in journalism and English, was awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, 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. Webbeking has worked for the Daily Iowan since the summer before her freshman year, holding a number of different positions including metro reporter, arts and entertainment editor, and "80 Hours" editor. ("80 Hours" is a weekly section devoted to arts and entertainment.)

WEST DES MOINES: Jonathan Baldwin, a senior, majoring in journalism and political science, won the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $4,000, 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. Baldwin has written for the Daily Iowan and radio station KRUI. He's also been a life guard and swimming instructor and says his "drug of choice is traveling." He hopes to become an international correspondent.

WILTON: Anne Shuppy, Thomas Yoseloff Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to a deserving freshman journalism student. This award was established with gifts from the children, grandchildren, family and friends in honor of Thomas Yoseloff. Thomas Yoseloff was a 1934 graduate of the School. In the last year, Shuppy went from editor of the Muscatine High School student newspaper to Daily Iowan reporter. She has also been active in music, dance, drama, and volunteer programs.


Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK: Brandon Campbell, a junior journalism major, was awarded the Jerry Parker Feature Writing Scholarship, $600, awarded to a junior journalism major who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in feature writing, extracurricular feature writing, and overall academic excellence. Jerry Parker graduated from Iowa in 1961 and was a talented reporter and feature writer for Newsday at the time of his death in 1985. He also won the Toni Berry memorial Scholarship fund, $1,000, 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. This scholarship was established by Toni Berry's family, which includes UI professor Venise Berry. Campbell is president of the UI chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He has written for the online magazine Geechi, and done web work for the Hawkeyes football program. He is studying entrepreneurship as well as journalism, and hopes to run a media production company.

Florida

MIAMI: Donovan Hannah, The Gazette Foundation Minority Journalism Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to a minority journalism major or master's professional student planning a career in print or broadcast journalism. Hannah is working toward his second bachelor's degree. He came to Iowa after earning a marketing degree, summa cum laude, from St. Johns University in New York and then running an entertainment company for two years.

Illinois

BUFFALO GROVE: Sara Faiwell, Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Faiwell has been a reporter at The Daily Iowan and was in intern at The Gazette, based in Cedar Rapids. She did not attend the banquet because she is working as an intern at Roll Call, a Washington D.C. publication.

CHICAGO: Natasha Lambropoulos, a senior journalism and Spanish major, was awarded the Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship, $2,350, awarded to junior or senior journalism majors who demonstrate interest and involvement in extracurricular activities at The University of Iowa. This fund was initiated with a bequest from Roy H. Pollack in memory of his wife Linda Perrin Taber Pollack. Lambropoulos has been a Daily Iowan reporter and editor. She is active with the food distribution program Table to Table and has interned as a victim and witness assistant for the Johnson County attorney's office. She's also been active in the UI chapters of the Public Relations Student Society of America and the Society of Professional Journalists. She is planning to attend law school.

DOWNERS GROVE: Kara Keporos, inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

JOLIET: Maria Nazos, inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

LAKE FOREST: Josh Rosenthal, inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

MCHENRY: Kellie Doyle, a junior journalism and secondary education major, Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Doyle was named Daily Iowan rookie of the year her freshman year and after reporting for two years is now a DI news editor. Last summer she was an intern for the conservation district in her home county. She plans to be a high school journalism advisor and English teacher.

MORRISON: Ashley Schmidt, a senior journalism major, was inducted into the UI's Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the Jim Zabel Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to junior or senior journalism students who demonstrate professional promise and academic excellence and who is planning a career in broadcast journalism. The award was established in honor of Jim Zabel, longtime sports director of WHO radio in Des Moines and a 1944 graduate of the School. Schmidt has worked in TV news at KCRG and KGAN in Cedar Rapids and WHBF in Rock Island, and has been a marketing assistant at Noel-Levitz in Iowa City.

ROCKFORD: Andrew Bixby, a junior journalism major, was awarded the A. W. Lee Scholarship for editorial/commentary, $3,000, awarded to juniors, seniors or master's professional students who are majoring in journalism and mass communication who show potential for a successful career, academic achievement, demonstrated competence and participation in extracurricular activities. Scholarships to be awarded in these four areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism and advertising or public relations. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what was to become Lee Enterprises, Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Bixby has worked for the Daily Iowan since his freshman year and has been arts and entertainment editor for the past two years. He has worked with kids, through summer camps, reading programs and Big Brother/Big Sister, and sees himself freelancing and teaching journalism and English in the future.

WINFIELD: Kelley Casino, a junior journalism and English major with a minor in Spanish, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Has been a Daily Iowan reporter covering the police beat, including some of the hottest stories of the year. She does volunteer and service work through the National Society of Collegiate Scholars.

Minnesota

TYLER: Ted Utoft, a junior journalism and theatre arts major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Utoft's interests come together in his work as an Arts reporter for the Daily Iowan, mainly covering theater and dance. He interned for a triathlon magazine in Minneapolis last summer.

Wisconsin

SUN PRAIRIE: Sarah Fassbender, a senior journalism and sociology major, was awarded the Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship, $2,350, awarded to junior or senior journalism majors who demonstrate interest and involvement in extracurricular activities at The University of Iowa. This fund was initiated with a bequest from Roy H. Pollack in memory of his wife Linda Perrin Taber Pollack. Fassbender has interned with University News Services and been active in the UI chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America. She is current president of the organization Students to Assist Recruitment, helping with UI admissions. She plans to attend law school.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu.