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University of Iowa News Release

May 7, 2003

Local UI Student Elected To Phi Beta Kappa Membership

Some 53 University of Iowa undergraduates were initiated into Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduate students in the liberal arts and sciences on Sunday, May 4. The group included 13 juniors and 40 seniors.

To be elected as juniors, students must have completed a minimum 80 semester hours of UI coursework, with a minimum 3.90 UI and cumulative grade point averages. To be elected as seniors, students must have completed a minimum 100 semester hours of college coursework (with at least 60 hours at the UI), with a minimum 3.80 UI and cumulative grade point averages. All students elected to membership have satisfied the General Education--Foreign Language requirement for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776, at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. More than 15,000 new members are elected each year from 262 chapters across the United States.

Students are listed alphabetically according to hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first.

Iowa
AMES
Kelcey Larsen-Ferree of Ames, a senior studying classics and linguistics at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Larsen-Ferree is a 2000 graduate of Ames High School and the daughter of Terrie Larsen and David Ferree of Ames.

AMES
Staci Lowman of Ames, a senior studying political science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Lowman is a 1999 graduate of Ames High School and the daughter of Jon and Jill Lowman of Ames.

AMES
Jonathan Mowers of Ames, a junior studying biochemistry and psychology at the
University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Mowers is a 2000 graduate of Ames High School and the son of Ronald Mowers of Toulon, Ill. and Margaret Epplin of Pinkneyville, Ill.

AMES
Geoff Roughton of Ames, a junior studying classics and computer science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Roughton is a 2000 graduate of Ames High School and the son of Michael Roughton and Karen Lawson of Ames.

BETTENDORF
Gregory A. Lipes of Bettendorf, a junior studying psychology at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Lipes is a 2000 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and the son of Steven and Sharon Lipes of Bettendorf. He is also a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International, and Mortar Board Honor Societies.

BURLINGTON
Jennifer Ann Batt of Burlington, Iowa, a senior studying psychology at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Batt is a 1997 graduate of Heidelberg American High School, Heidelberg, Germany and the daughter of Stanley and Nancy Batt of Burlington.

CAMANCHE
Sara Strain of Camanche, a senior studying political science and journalism at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Strain is a 2000 graduate of Camanche High School and the daughter of Kevin and Betty Strain of Camanche.

CEDAR RAPIDS
Jennifer Wing of Cedar Rapids, a senior studying economics and political science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Wing is a 1999 graduate of Washington High School and the Daughter of Barbara and James Wing of Cedar Rapids. She will graduate May 17 with honors in both economics and political science and is moving to Washington, D.C., to work on Capitol Hill.

CLEAR LAKE
Sarah Oakley of Clear Lake, a junior studying speech and hearing science and linguistics at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Oakley is a 2000 graduate of Clear Lake High School and the daughter of Fred and Edna Oakley of Clear Lake.

DUBUQUE
Kate Freiburger of Dubuque, a senior studying political science, psychology, and international dusiness at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Freiburger is a 2000 graduate of Hempstead High School and the daughter of Wayne & Maureen Freiburger of Dubuque. This fall she will begin law school at the University of Iowa.

DUBUQUE
Nicholas Wilson of Dubuque, a junior studying biology and psychology at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Wilson is a 2000 graduate of Hempstead High School and the son of Michael and Glenda Wilson.

DUNDEE
Tyler Lechtenberg of Dundee, a junior studying journalism at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Lechtenberg is a 2000 graduate of Starmont High School and the son of Jim and Deb Lechtenberg of rural Dundee.

DYERSVILLE
Kearn Kirkwood of Dyersville, a junior studying English and computer science
at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Kirkwood is a 2000 graduate of Beckman High School and the son of Thomas and Dianna Kirkwood of Dyersville.

FORT DODGE
Nahed Artoul of Fort Dodge, a senior studying political science and religion at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Artoul is a 1999 graduate of Fort Dodge Senior High School and the daughter of Samir and Afifa Artoul formerly of Fort Dodge.

GUTHRIE CENTER
Mary McQuaid of Guthrie Center, a senior studying political science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. McQuaid is a 2000 graduate of Guthrie Center High School and the daughter of Marian McQuaid of Guthrie Center and Paul McQuaid of Marion. She plans to attend law school after completing her undergraduate work.

IOWA CITY
Teri Ventura Chaven of Iowa City, a senior studying anthropology with a minor in women's studies and a certificate in sexuality studies, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Chaven's immediate family includes her life-partner, Georgeann Chaven, and her brother, Tony Ventura, both of whom live with her in Iowa City, as well as Chaven's adult children, Matthew Ventura Campbell and Miki Ventura Campbell of Portland, Ore. Chaven will graduate with high distinction on May 17. She is the recipient of the Roger Child Award and Student Leadership Award. She has received a fellowship to attend The University of Iowa
College of Law starting this fall and is planning a career in social change and justice work.

IOWA CITY
Justin Putney of Iowa City, a junior studying literature, science, and the arts at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Putney is a 2000 graduate of City High School and the son of Judy Putney of Iowa City.

IOWA CITY
Shauna Stannard of Iowa City a senior studying marketing, Spanish and international business at the University of Iowa has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Stannard is a 1998 graduate of City High School and the daughter of Barbara and Lee Stannard of Iowa City. She is graduating with high distinction from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and with highest distinction from the Tippie College of Business.

IOWA CITY
Martha Eckey of Iowa City, a junior studying piano performance at the University of Iowa has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Eckey is a 2000 graduate of West High School and the daughter of Doris Eckey and Dennis Stanton.

KINGSLEY
Jessica Petersen of Kingsley, a junior studying religious studies at the
University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Petersen is a 2000 graduate of Kingsley-Pierson High School and the granddaughter of Glennys Hochwender of Kingsley and daughter of Karen Petersen of Pierson and Ed Petersen of Ida Grove. Petersen has also been awarded a University Club Scholarship, which was awarded to two UI juniors this year. Recipients were required to be women of junior standing native to the state of Iowa with a grade point average of 4.0 or above. In addition, Petersen is the recipient of the Schoen Interfaith Award offered by the UI Religious Studies Department for exemplary work in Jewish Studies and overall academic achievement.

MASON CITY
Kathryn Anderson, a junior studying English and journalism at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Anderson is a 2000 graduate of Mason City High School and the daughter of Lynn and Barbara Anderson of Mason City.

MASON CITY
Elizabeth Craig, a senior studying English and political science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Craig is a 1999 graduate of Mason City High School and the daughter of Eugene and Krsmanija Craig of Mason City. This fall she will begin law school at the University of Iowa.

NEWTON
Jessica Ayers of Newton, a senior studying English and business at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Ayers is a 1999 graduate of Newton Senior High School and the daughter of Mark and Rita Ayers of Newton. Next year Jessica will work as an Americorps VISTA volunteer with the Minnesota Literacy Council in Saint Paul, Minn., after which, she plans to attend graduate school for continued English studies.

NORTH LIBERTY
Nile Dusdieker of North Liberty, a senior studying percussion performance and secondary music education at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Dusdieker is a 1999 graduate of Clear Creek Amana high School and the son of Dr. Nile and Dr. Lois Dusdieker of North Liberty.

RYAN
Joelle Cook, a senior studying political science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Cook is a 1999 graduate of West Delaware High School and the daughter of Don and Karen Cook of Ryan. This summer she will travel to the Netherlands to do field work in Nijmegen. She plans to attend graduate school to studying public policy and/or public health.

SIOUX CITY
Mary Blessing of Sioux City, a senior studying health promotion at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Blessing is a 1999 graduate of Heelan High School and the daughter of Dave and Janet Blessing of Sioux City. This summer she will work as an intern at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Foundation in the educational division.

URBANDALE
Andrew Slagle of Urbandale, a senior studying computer science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Slagle is a 1999 graduate of Urbandale High School and the son of Lyle and Cynthia Slagle of Urbandale.

URBANDALE
Abigail Stork of Urbandale, Iowa, a senior studying literature, science, and the arts at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Stork is a 1999 graduate of West Des Moines Dowling High School and the daughter of Frank and Susan Stork of Urbandale.

WEST DES MOINES
Leslie Anderson of West Des Moines, a senior studying Exercise Science at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Anderson is a 1999 graduate of Valley High School and the daughter of Fred and Vicki Anderson of West Des Moines. This fall she will begin dental school at University of Iowa.


Illinois
CAROL STREAM
Meghan McKevitt of Carol Stream, a junior studying elementary education at the
University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. McKevitt is a 2000 graduate of Glenbard North High School and the daughter of Dan and Carol McKevitt of Carol Stream.

ELGIN
Jared Varava of Elgin, Ill., a senior studying cinema at the University of Iowa has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Varava is a 1999 graduate of St. Charles High School and the son of Val and Sue Varava of Elgin, Ill.

Massachusetts
WAYLAND
Katherine Wallace Whitworth of Wayland, Mass., a senior studying linguistics at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Whitworth is a 1996 graduate of The Sudbury Valley School and the daughter of Carolyn Whitworth of Framingham, Mass. and William Whitworth of Little Rock, Ark.

Minnesota
BURNSVILLE
Amelia Rau of Burnsville, Minn., a junior studying speech pathology and Spanish at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Rau is a 2000 graduate of Lakeville High School and the daughter of Fred and Gloria Rau of Burnsville. She will spend the coming academic year abroad at the Universidad de Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

LAKE CRYSTAL
Kristina Sherwood of Lake Crystal, Minn., a senior studying theatre arts at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Sherwood is a 1999 graduate of Lake Crystal Wellcome Memorial High School and the daughter of Susan Sherwood of Lake Crystal and Stephen Sherwood of Minnetonka. She will graduate with honors and distinction on May 17 and will spend the summer acting with Iowa City's Riverside Shakespeare Festival.

PLYMOUTH
MegAnn Michael of Plymouth, Minn., a senior studying elementary education at the
University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Michael is a 1999 graduate of Wayzata Senior High and the daughter of Nancy and David Michael of Plymouth, Minn.

Montana
LEWISTOWN
Lisa Bost of Lewistown, a junior studying flute performance at the University of Iowa has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Bost is a 2000 graduate of Fergus High School and the daughter of Don and Unni Bost of Lewistown. Bost has received a 4.0 grade point average every semester at Iowa, which qualifies her for the Dean's and President's Lists. She has recently been elected to Mortar Board and Pi Kappa Lambda honor societies, and was alternate for the Iowa Center for the Arts music scholarship. Next year she will complete her undergraduate coursework and honors projects while performing in ensembles, presenting a degree recital, and auditioning for graduate schools.

Wisconsin
EAU CLAIRE
Meghan E. Hicks of Eau Claire, Wis., a senior studying Biology at the University of Iowa, has been elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa, the premier honor society for undergraduates in the liberal arts and sciences. Hicks is a 1999 graduate of Memorial High School and the daughter of Edgar and Elizabeth Hicks of Eau Claire, both UI graduates. Hicks will enter the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at the University of Iowa, which begins in July.

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

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