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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 31, 2003

UI Student Receives Master's Degree in Physical Therapy

(Student name), the (daughter/son) of (parents) in (town), recently completed the master of physical therapy (M.P.T.) program at the University of Iowa.

(Student last name) holds a bachelor's degree from (college/university). (He/she) was one of 35 students recognized by the UI Graduate Program in Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science at convocation ceremonies held Dec. 6. The convocation address, "The Fall and Rise of the Twin Towers," was delivered by William Erkonen, M.D., professor emeritus in the UI Department of Radiology. The class representative speaker was Casey Doyle, while Annie Rupp and Jason Willer served as the masters-of-ceremony.

The program has graduated 1,631 individuals from its entry-level curriculum. Approximately 300 family, friends, faculty and staff attended the convocation.

Completion of the M.P.T. program makes (student last name) eligible to take the licensing examination necessary to practice physical therapy.

The University's M.P.T. program is ranked third in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of "America's Best Graduate Programs."

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EDITORS: Graduates are listed below alphabetically by hometown, beginning with Iowa recipients. Graduates whose parents live in separate towns are listed under each parent's town.

IOWA
ACKLEY:
Jamie Lea Van Erem; Patricia Daggs; Upper Iowa University (also see Spirit Lake, Iowa)

ALBURNETT:
Todd David Neighbor; Gene and Jean Neighbor; Iowa State University

BERNARD:
Kelly Marie Brown; Edward and Margie Stoll; Iowa State University

CEDAR RAPIDS:
Nicole Leigh Hesselberg Norton; Barbara Vevauns; St. Ambrose University (also see Davenport, Iowa)

CLARE:
Paula Marie Siems; Jeff and Kathy Siems; Wartburg College

COUNCIL BLUFFS:
Mary Elizabeth Korver; Pat and Kathy Ryan; St. Ambrose University

DAVENPORT:
Nicole Leigh Hesselberg Norton; the late Gary Hesselberg; St. Ambrose University (also see Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

DENVER:
Kate Elizabeth Schroeder Rinnels; Dale and Mary Ann Schroeder; Mount Mercy College

DERBY:
Richard Brent Mongar; Carla Mongar; Northwest Missouri State University (also see Humeston, Iowa)

DUBUQUE:
Benjamin Jude Fern; Doug and Jan Fern; the University of Iowa
Amy Marie McFadden; John and Mary Jo McFadden; Texas Women's University

FLOYD:
Kelly Denise Ealy; William and Barbara Brandau; Iowa State University

FORT MADISON:
Erik Thomas Niggemeyer; Tom and Judy Niggemeyer; the University of Iowa

HAMPTON:
Scott Michael Peters; Gary and Beverly Peters; Central College

HUMESTON:
Richard Brent Mongar; Richard Mongar; Northwest Missouri State University (also see Derby, Iowa)

IOWA CITY:
Joanna Helen Dunnington; Benn and Celia Dunnington; the University of Iowa
Benjamin Lear Fincham; Linda and the late Dr. Richard Fincham; Luther College
Angela Christine McCormick; Mike and Barb Ryan; Stetson University

JOHNSTON
Katie Lee Laidley; Terry and Kathy Laidley, Iowa State University

LAMONT:
Leah Marie Pech; Dave and Bev Pech; the University of Iowa

MANCHESTER:
Casey Ryan Doyle, Dan and Pat Doyle, Wartburg College

MANILLA:
Cynthia Marie Gerardi; Dennis and Rebecca Gerardi; the University of Iowa

MT. PLEASANT:
Annie Fay Rupp; Dan Rupp; Coe College (also see Rio Rancho, N.M.)

NASHUA:
Mitchell Herman Fonley; Dayle and Genevieve Fonley; the University of Iowa

NEWTON:
Holli Dawn Zieske; David and Judith Nunnikhoven; Dordt College

PLAINFIELD:
Shantelle Lynnae Bohner; Gene and Diane Carpenter; Central College

SHERRILL:
Besty Lynn Breitbach; Michael and Cindy Breitbach; the University of Iowa

SIBLEY:
Stacy Lynn Darnold; Dennis and Carol Ver Steeg; Iowa State University

SLATER:
Kimberly Carol Thompson; Kent and Barbara Thompson; Iowa State University

SPIRIT LAKE:
Jamie Lea Van Erem; Tom Luchtel; Upper Iowa University (also see Ackley, Iowa)

STRAWBERRY POINT:
Kim Elizabeth Esch; Jan and Vernell Esch; the University of Iowa

URBANDALE:
Lindsay Michelle Williams; Marsha Raisch; the University of Iowa (also see Western Springs, Ill.)

WAVERLY:
Terra Renee Nelson; Ronald Nelson; Iowa State University (also see Evanston, Wyo.)

WESLEY:
Jill M. Cruise; William and Mary Cruise; Iowa State University


ILLINOIS
ANNAWAN:
David William Griffiths; Vernon and Karen Griffiths; Augustana College

AURORA:
Colleen Marie Hurd Knipper; Michael and Celia Hurd; Augustana College

WESTERN SPRINGS:
Lindsay Michelle Williams; Charley Williams; the University of Iowa (also see Urbandale, Iowa)


MINNESOTA
EDINA:
Jason William Willer; David and Linda Willer; the University of Iowa


NEW MEXICO
RIO RANCHO:
Annie Fay Rupp; Donna Rupp; Coe College (also see Mt. Pleasant, Iowa)


OHIO
WOOSTER:
Jody Marie Dean; Robert and Geraldine Schmid; Brigham Young University


WYOMING
EVANSTON:
Terra Renee Nelson; Florence Nelson; Iowa State University (also see Waverly, Iowa)

 

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACT(S): David Pedersen, (319) 335-8032, david-pedersen@uiowa.edu.