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April 8, 2004

UI Awards $134,000 In Scholarships To Journalism Students

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences recently awarded more than $134,000 in scholarships to its students. Students were honored at the school's annual Fourth Estate banquet Friday, April 2, at the Iowa Memorial Union.

The school inducted 20 new members into Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society, and named Jennifer Adkisson of Creston the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar for 2004. The Top Scholar is the student with the highest grade-point average among graduating seniors.

J. Alan Cramer, who achieved distinction and earned the admiration of his colleagues throughout his nearly half-century career as a newspaper publisher, was selected as this year's inductee into the journalism school's Hall of Fame. He attended the banquet and gave the keynote address. Cramer, a 1955 graduate of the UI journalism school, became a newspaper owner and publisher at age 24, when he took over the Wayne (Neb.) Herald following his father's untimely death in a plane crash. That began a 47-year journalism career during which Cramer was co-publisher and majority owner of 23 newspapers, two radio stations and a cable TV system in California, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana and Nebraska. Cramer sold most of his media properties in 2000 and has stepped down from day-to-day management of those remaining.

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

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Adel: Sara Westergaard, a senior journalism major who plans to attend medical school, was inducted into the 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. Westergaard has written and done editing for various University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics publications as a communications assistant since the fall of 2002.

Ames: Amir Efrati, a senior journalism and history major, 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. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what was to become Lee Enterprises, Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Efrati has reported for The Daily Iowan, the Cedar Rapids Gazette and the Jerusalem Post. This summer, he'll be an intern for The Wall Street Journal in New York.

Ames: Heather McElvain, a master's-professional student, was awarded the Dorothy Wilson Moeller Writing Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to students who have 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. McElvain has reported for four community newspapers and currently works as a part-time writer for the College of Education's office of external relations.

Ankeny: Laura Avey, a sophomore double major in journalism and English, was awarded the Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to 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. Avey is in her second year on the staff of Earthwords, the UI's undergraduate literary magazine. She is also an intern for the Hancher Guild and a volunteer for various events at Hancher Auditorium.

Ankeny: Megan Eckhardt, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Philip D. Adler Daily Iowan Award, $1,000, awarded 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. Eckhardt, the editor of The Daily Iowan, is a recipient of the four-year Daily Iowan Scholarship. As editor, she has overseen an 85-member staff of section editors, reporters, editorial writers, columnists, photographers, online editors and copy editors. She initiated a six-week internship program for newcomers to the paper, and made a variety of other innovations. Under her tenure, the DI garnered its first-ever photo awards from the Iowa Newspaper Association, and hits on the paper's Website have increased dramatically.

Ankeny: Elizabeth Klinge, a senior journalism major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

Belle Plaine: Rex Chekal, a senior journalism major, was awarded the W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship, $1,000, 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. Chekal is graphic design editor at The Daily Iowan and a writer and designer for Iowa Journalist, the alumni magazine for the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. He has also worked as a lifeguard and salesclerk, and is currently a supervisor at Iowa City's Java House.

Buffalo Center: Kelly Anderson, a sophomore journalism and English major, was awarded the Mark Westerbeck Memorial Scholarship, $1,200, 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. Anderson works as an office and publications assistant for the Iowa High School Press Association and Iowa's Summer Journalism Workshops for high school teachers and students. As a UI tour guide, she also gives prospective students and their parents walking and bus tours of the campus.

Burlington: Haley Beyer, a senior journalism and art major, was awarded the Wilbur C. Peterson Scholarship, $400, 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. Beyer has had internships with international photographer Rosalind Solomon and Iowa public radio stations KSUI and WSUI. She has also worked as a correspondent for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Cedar Falls: Krystle Johnson, a junior journalism and communication studies 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. Johnson has worked as a public relations intern for the UI Museum of Art. She's also served on the public relations and marketing committee for the UI Dance Marathon.

Cedar Rapids: Sterling Bacher, a senior journalism and Chinese language and literature major, 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. Bacher is studying in Nanjing, China, this semester.

Cedar Rapids: Christina Erb, a junior journalism and communication studies 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. Erb was news editor of the newspaper at Luther College before she transferred to the UI where she is a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan

Cedar Rapids: Sarah Franklin, a junior journalism and history major 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. Franklin's interest in journalism goes back to her childhood when she spent time at the Oelwein Daily Register with her father, the paper's sports editor.

Cedar Rapids: Amy Jennings, a senior journalism and history major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

Cedar Rapids: Sara Konrad, a master's- professional student, was awarded the Alan Waxenberg Scholarship, $750, 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. Konrad earned her bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where she worked on the student paper. Her master's project focuses on the extensive newspaper career of that paper's adviser. Konrad has covered police and the courts, as well as city council meetings, for the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Cedar Rapids: Matthew Moss, a junior journalism and history major, was awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $2,000, 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. Moss has worked as a metro reporter at The Daily Iowan and is interested in copy editing.

Cedar Rapids: Melvin Rivers, a junior journalism major, was awarded the W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship, $1,000, 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. Rivers transferred to the UI from Kirkwood Community College, where worked for the Communique, the campus newspaper. He also has been an intern for the Marion Times.

Cedar Rapids: Shelbi Thomas, a junior journalism and English major, was awarded the James W. Blackburn Scholarship, $1,500, 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. Thomas' feature article on Iowa students watching reality TV was a cover story in Iowa Alumni Magazine last fall. Last summer, she was an editorial intern at The World & I magazine in Washington, D.C. An article she wrote during her internship, "The Jayson Blair Credibility Crisis," recently beat won a first-place award in the SPJ Mark of Excellence regional magazine competition.

Charles City: Jamie Burks, a sophomore journalism and theatre 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. Burks hosts a talk show, "Friday Forum," on KRUI, the student-run radio station.

Creston: Jennifer Adkisson, a senior journalism and English major, was named the Kappa Tau Alpha top scholar and 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.

Creston: Kristina Carlson, a senior journalism and English major, was awarded the Charles H. Weller Scholarship, $100, 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. Carlson is design and copy editor of Earthwords, the undergraduate literary magazine.

Davenport: Roseanna Smith, a senior journalism and sports studies major with a minor in Spanish, 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. Smith has worked at The Daily Iowan as a metro reporter, sports reporter, sports editor and Pre-Game editor. She completed a sports internship with The Des Moines Register and an online internship with The Sporting News in St. Louis. She also has been a correspondent for Sports Illustrated on Campus.

Des Moines: William Penisten, a senior journalism and communication studies major, was inducted into the 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 broadcast, $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. Penisten has interned with the BBC and with both KCRG-TV and KWWL-TV. He has also been news director of the student-run radio station KRUI, a reporter and cartoonist for The Daily Iowan, and a UI Student Government senator.

Dubuque: Jesse Helling, a senior journalism and political science double major, was awarded the A. W. Lee Scholarship for editorials and commentary, $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. Helling is assistant opinions editor of The Daily Iowan, has been on the news staff of KRUI, the student-run radio station, and volunteers as a counselor with the Johnson County Crisis Center.

Dundee: Tyler Lechtenberg, a December 2003 journalism graduate, was awarded the Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism, $2,000, 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. Lechtenberg wrote for The Daily Iowan and the Cedar Rapids Gazette while earning his degree and now works full time for the Gazette.

Fort Dodge: Justin Kenny, a junior journalism and health and sport studies 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. Kenny attended Iowa Central Community College before coming to the UI. He has been a sports reporter and columnist for The Daily Iowan.

Fort Madison: Ali Noller, a senior journalism and political science major with a minor in Spanish, was awarded the Jack and Ailene Liechty Scholarship, $3,000, 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. Noller is sports editor for The Daily Iowan and has interned with The Des Moines Register and The Daily Democrat in Fort Madison. She did a sports editing internship in Washington, D.C., with WashingtonPost.com. She has been a writer, copy editor and designer for Iowa Journalist, the alumni magazine for the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and covered Democratic candidate John Edwards last fall for school's Presidential Politics class.

Gladbrook: Jessica Reese, a junior journalism and marketing major, 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. Reese has interned at her hometown newspaper and worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan, covering education. She is also a writing coach in the Writing Center of the College of Business.

Glenwood: Mary Beth LaRue, a sophomore journalism and English major, 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. LaRue has been a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan and will spend the summer studying at London's Metropolitan University.

Grand Mound: Joseph Nugent, a master's-professional student, was awarded the Dorothy Rubenstein Award, $1,500, 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. Nugent has written for The Daily Iowan and the Associated Press. He spent ten years in radio news, sports, advertising and promotions, and recently joined a local educational marketing firm, Corcoran Communications, as a writer.

Hazel Crest: Jocelyn Jones, a sophomore journalism and English major, was awarded the Toni Berry Memorial Scholarship, $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. Jones is president of the UI's student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. In addition to co-editing NURU, she's been a producer and writer for NABJ's television show "The Word."

Iowa City: Inga Beyer, a senior journalism major pursuing an international business certificate, was awarded the James F. Fox Scholarship, $500, 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. Beyer is an intern at Henry Russell Bruce, a public relations firm in Cedar Rapids. She has written for Roll Call - the "insider's newspaper" in Washington D.C. - The Daily Iowan, and the West Branch Times. She also has interned for a German online publication.

Iowa City: Charles Hays, was named the John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student -- Teaching, $500, awarded to a senior doctoral student selected by the School's graduate faculty for outstanding contributions to teaching.

Iowa City: Jennifer Hemmingsen, a master's-professional student, was awarded the Dorothy Wilson Moeller Writing Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to a student 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. Hemmingsen has worked for the Iowa City Press-Citizen as well as newspapers in Oregon and Minnesota. She's also a stringer for Indian Country Today. She recently was invited to participate with other journalism students and teachers in a conference in Athens focusing on media preparations for the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Iowa City: Seung Min Kim, a freshman journalism and political science major, was awarded the 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. A recipient of a Daily Iowan Scholarship, Kim has covered schools and health, and is currently a courts reporter for the DI. This summer she'll be a news intern at The Des Moines Register.

Iowa City: Po Li Loo, a master's -professional student, was awarded the Ruth And Morris Zweiban Memorial Scholarship, $300, 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. A native of Malaysia, Loo has written and edited for trade publications in Singapore. She has volunteered her writing talents for two non-profit organizations in Iowa City - the Inter-varsity Graduate Christian Fellowship and Uptown Bill's Small Mall.

Iowa City: Brian Morelli, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, awarded to students 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. Morelli came to the University of Iowa from Des Moines Area Community College. He is an experienced cook, having worked at elegant restaurants in Des Moines and now at Devotay in Iowa City.

Iowa City: Grant Schulte, 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. Schulte is already well-published in both campus and professional newspapers and magazines. In 2003, he was one of only ten U.S. college journalists nationwide to earn a Scripps-Howard Foundation "Top Ten" Scholarship and one of seven recipients of a Jim Murray Memorial Foundation student journalism award. A recepient of the Daily Iowan Scholarship, Schulte is a DI metro editor. He interned for the Washington Times in Washington, D.C. last summer.

Iowa City: Sean Thompson, a senior journalism and English major, James W. Blackburn Scholarship, $1,500, 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 "Fourth Estate." Thompson spent last fall semester studying in Colima, Mexico. He has been a Daily Iowan reporter and currently does news and sportscasting for KRUI, the student-run radio station.

Iowa City: Arna Wilkinson, a sophomore journalism and art major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, awarded to students 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. Wilkinson is a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan. Last summer she worked as a reporter and news clerk for Press Publications in White Bear, Minnesota. This summer, she'll participate in the Institute for Political Journalism at Georgetown University and do a print internship in Washington, D.C.

Jesup: Amanda May, a senior journalism and art major with a minor in Spanish, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the Ruth Baty & Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship, $1,500, 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. May's photos have appeared in the Jessup Citizen Herald, the Iowa Journalist, and The Daily Iowan, where she's on staff. Recently, she placed 16th nationally in the Picture Story/Series category of the Hearst Foundation photo competition. This fall, she'll study abroad in Bilbao, Spain, where she'll work on an honors project photographing the people of the Basque country.

Jesup: Joanne White, a senior journalism and political science major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

Le Claire: Danny Frazier, a master's-professional student, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. He 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. Frazier earned his undergraduate degree at Iowa and then worked as a staff photographer at several U.S. newspapers and also as a freelance photographer in Africa. He teaches photojournalism and serves as the Daily Iowan's professional photo coach.

Le Claire: Shayla Thiel, a doctoral student, was inducted into the 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.

Lisbon: Sarah Burke Odland, was named 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.

Macedonia: Erin Casper, a junior journalism and art major, was awarded the Jim Zabel Scholarship, $2,000, 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. Casper has received several prestigious awards, including third place nationally in TV features from CNN's Student Bureau for a story she produced on date rape.

Madrid: Colleen Connollly, a senior journalism and management major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

Marion: Lauren Smiley, a senior journalism and Spanish major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, awarded to students 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. Smiley is studying at the University of Guadalajara in Mexico this semester. She has interned for The Des Moines Register and reported for The Daily Iowan, and she'll intern at the Boston Globe this summer. Last fall, she won first place for feature writing in the national Hearst Foundation student journalism competition.

Mason City: Kathryn Anderson, a senior journalism and English major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship, $2,000, 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. Anderson has been an editorial intern at North Iowa Area Community College and an arts reporter and metro editor for The Daily Iowan. She is involved in the "Food, Not Bombs" program, the UI Environmental Coalition, and the Iowa Women Initiating Social Change program.

Melbourne: Peter Madsen, a junior journalism major, was awarded the Jerry Parker Feature Writing Scholarship, $750, 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. An arts reporter for The Daily Iowan, Madsen spent spring semester last year as an exchange student at the University of Colima in Mexico.

New Hampton: Lois Gray, a master's-professional student, was awarded 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. Gray is a part-time student with a full-time job as head of external relations for UI International Programs. She puts out the twice-yearly publication International Accents, along with all her other roles as writer, editor, photographer, student, international education activist, and more.

Oelwein: Danielle Wagner, senior journalism and history major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also 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. Wagner has been active in the school's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, serving as programming director last year and vice president this year. She is also news director of KRUI, the student-run radio station, where she supervises a staff of reporters and produces and hosts a weekly talk show. She has done internships with the UI's NPR affiliate WSUI and with KUEL Radio, and currently is a news intern at KGAN-TV.

Osage: Lyndsay Gross, a senior journalism and communication studies major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship, $2,000, 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. Gross has reported for The Daily Iowan and interned in marketing and communications at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She has been an orientation adviser and an admissions phone team leader. In the fall, she will start a master's program in counseling at Wake Forest University.

Oskaloosa: Travis Brown, a sophomore journalism and health and sport studies major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, awarded to students 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 covered sports for the Oskaloosa Herald, the Iowa City Press-Citizen and The Daily Iowan. He's also written columns and features about sprint car racing for The Knoxville Dirt Digest.

Ottumwa: Marlene Jessop, a senior journalism and communication studies major, was awarded 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. Jessop is interested in design and photojournalism and is currently a writer and photographer for Iowa Journalist and a design intern at The Daily Iowan. She has worked for Humanities Iowa, did an externship with the Iowa Alumni Association, is a fundraiser for the Johnson County Make-A-Wish Foundation, and a tutor for America Reads.

Ottumwa: Jennifer Moore, a senior journalism major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

Riverside: Dana Thomann, a senior journalism and communication studies major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

Storm Lake: Brent Hardin, a master's-professional student, was awarded the Gus Schrader Memorial Scholarship, $2,000, awarded 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. Hardin earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Northern Iowa, where he covered sports for The Northern Iowan for four years. He was a staff reporter and editor at the Storm Lake Pilot-Tribune before coming to the UI for graduate work.

Swea City: Colin Van Westen, a senior journalism and political science 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. Van Westen has been a newscaster for the student-run radio station KRUI and now covers Iowa City schools and spot news for The Daily Iowan.

Toledo: Danielle Plogman, a senior journalism and political science major with a minor in American Indian and Native Studies, 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. Plogman has completed a number of television internships and currently works as a weekend news producer for KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids.

Urbandale: Merrisa Brown, a senior journalism and history major, was awarded the Dorothy Pownall Scholarship, $1,000, 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. Brown has served as president of the School's chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, written and edited for Iowa Journalist, been editor and copy chief of "Earthwords," and done many online internships. Last year, she was among a handful of students chosen to attend the American Society of Newspaper Editors' annual convention, where she was an online editor for The ASNE Reporter. This year, she was awarded a prestigious Dow Jones Newspaper Fund editing internship, and will spend the summer working on the copy desk of the San Antonio Express-News in Texas.

Washington: Jennifer Sturm, a sophomore journalism major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, awarded to students 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. Sturm is design editor of The Daily Iowan, where she manages a team of five designers, and has coordinated an internship program initiated at the DI this semester. This summer she'll be a design intern at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Waterloo: Allison Frederick, a senior journalism and communication studies major, 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. Frederick interned for UI Health Science Relations and is a member of the Iowa women's varsity rowing team.

Waterloo: Whitney Kidder, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship, $3,000, awarded to students 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. Kidder is currently assistant photo editor of The Daily Iowan, and has been a photo intern at the Waterloo Courier. She also has done free-lance work for The Christian Science Monitor and The Village Voice.

Waterloo: Anne Webbeking, a senior journalism and English 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. Webbeking's design work at The Daily Iowan helped the paper win a first-place award from the Iowa Newspaper Association for its features pages. Anne is interning at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch this semester, and will be a design intern at the Times-Picayune in New Orleans this summer.

Wilton: Anne Shuppy, a sophomore journalism and economics major, was awarded the Ruth A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship $1,000, awarded to a female undergraduate sophomore or junior with interest and desire to pursue a career in the print media and her potential for achieving professional competence in the field. Shuppy has been a metro reporter at the Daily Iowan since August 2002, covering a variety of beats, including the courts, politics, and the Iowa Board of Regents. This summer she'll intern at The Des Moines Register

ARKANSAS

Little Rock: Brandon Campbell, a senior journalism and entrepreneurial studies major with a minor in international studies, was awarded the Fred Pownall Scholarship, $1,000, 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. Campbell is CEO of his own company, One-of-a-kind Entertainment, which he founded two years ago. During his sophomore and junior years he was president of the school's chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists president and editor of NURU, the groups newsletter. This year, he is NABJ Web editor, as well as creator and executive producer of "The Word," a UITV talk show with an African-American perspective. Campbell been a freelance writer and a Daily Iowan reporter, and currently writes for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Last summer, he interned at "Nickelodeon" in New York. In June, he'll return to the Big Apple to do a paid broadcast internship as an International Radio and Television Summer Fellow.


ILLINOIS

Buffalo Grove: Sara Faiwell, a senior journalism major, was awarded the Dorothy Pownall Scholarship, $1,000, 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. Faiwell was a metro reporter at The Daily Iowan for two years, and has interned at The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Roll Call in Washington, D.C., and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. This year, she's been an eastern Iowa news correspondent for The Des Moines Register.

Chicago: Philip Davidson, a senior journalism major, was awarded the John F. Kennedy Truth-in-Journalism Scholarship, $400, 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. Davidson is a contributing writer for the magazine Chicago Innerview and a metro reporter and editorial writer for the Daily Iowan.

Clarendon Hills: Brian Spannagel, a senior journalism and religious studies 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. Spannagel has written for The Daily Iowan and been a news correspondent for the Cedar Rapids Gazette. Last summer, he was a field organizer for the Iowa Democratic Party. This summer he'll intern for Lee Enterprises as an investigative reporter at The Globe Gazette in Mason City.

Highland Park: Shawna McDonald, a senior journalism and communication studies major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. She also was awarded the James F. Fox Scholarship, $500, and the Gordon B. Strayer Scholarship $150. Both awards are given 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 achieved academic excellence. 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. 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. McDonald has had three public relations internships and written for Iowa Journalist and "Earthwords" literary magazine. She edits the Public Relations Student Society of America UI chapter newsletter and is a committed volunteer for Arts Iowa City, the American Cancer Society, and a number of other organizations.

Libertyville: India Morrow, a junior journalism and Spanish major, was awarded the Jim Zabel Scholarship, $2,000, 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. Morrow is pursuing her interests and talents in television news with an internship at KCRG-TV this spring. She also has done radio newscasting for the student-run station KRUI, been an intern at the UI's NPR-affiliate WSUI, and worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan.

Lisle: Meghan Sims, a junior journalism and communication studies 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. Sims is a staff writer for The Daily Iowan who plans to study in Spain this summer.

McHenry: Kellie Doyle, a senior journalism and English secondary education major, was awarded the Jacob E. Reizenstein Scholarship $250, and the Westbrook Pegler 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 Westbrook Pegler Scholarship is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a particular interest in and awareness of the responsibility and immense power of the press. Westbrook Pegler, who died in 1964, was a widely-known newspaper columnist and Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist. Copies of his books and papers are housed at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch, Iowa. The award is supported by a friend of The University of Iowa. Doyle is currently an intern with the Cedar Rapids Gazette. She also has been a reporter and news editor for The Daily Iowan. She was this year's recipient of the Journalism Education Association's Future Teacher Scholarship.

Rockford: Drew Bixby, a senior journalism and English major, was awarded the William S. Maulsby Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, 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. A Daily Iowan Scholarship recipient, Bixby is the paper's arts and entertainment editor. He has volunteered at both Horn Elementary in Iowa City and Mid-Prairie Elementary in Kalona, and been a camp counselor and tutor the past three summers.

Roselle: Sue Hsu, a master's-professional student, was awarded the A. W. Lee Scholarship for online work, $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. Hsu has been an intern for radio, television, and newspaper outlets from her native Taipei to Iowa City, and become increasingly interested in media convergence and the Internet as she's developed skills in digital imaging and Web design. She is currently doing research in Taiwan for her master's project.

St. Charles: Anna Kendall, a senior journalism and American studies major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

St. Charles: Betsy Lasse, a senior journalism and English major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

St. Charles: Amira Zamin, a senior journalism major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism.

Wayne: Katherine Murphy, a junior journalism and English major, was awarded the 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. Murphy has been a marketing and public relations assistant for the Hanover Park District in Illinois and volunteered for the UI Dance Marathon.

MINNESOTA

Plymouth: Jennifer Steilen a senior journalism and communication studies major, was awarded the new Tom King Memorial Scholarship, $1,000, awarded to a junior or senior demonstrating potential for career achievement in writing or broadcast journalism. Tom King, a Cedar Rapids native and a 1986 graduate of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was a 16-year veteran of the Wall Street Journal, creator of the paper's "Hollywood Journal" column and author of the best-selling biography of media mogul David Geffen, "The Operator." King also appeared regularly on CNBC until his untimely death in April 2003. The scholarship was established by family, friends and professional associates. Steilen is a news announcer for the campus radio station KRUI, and has interned for KGAN-TV in Cedar Rapids and WCCO in Minneapolis. She's also the coxswain of the Iowa women's varsity rowing team.

St. Louis Park: Aryn Henning, a December 2003 journalism graduate, was awarded the Ruth Baty & Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship, $1,500, 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. A Daily Iowan reporter and editor, Henning spent her final semester last fall as an exchange student at Humber College in Toronto. While in Toronto, she interned at a top design magazine, Applied Arts.

Tyler: Ted Utoft, a senior journalism and theatre major, was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. He also was awarded the Fred Pownall Scholarship, $1,000, 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. Utoft interned one summer with American-TRI Magazine - a national publication about triathlons. He also has been an arts and entertainment writer for The Daily Iowan. The Iowa Alumni Magazine will soon publish his first-person article about serving as a mock patient to help train medical students. Beginning this fall Utoft will work for the English-language paper China Daily in Beijing.

PENNSYLVANIA

Orefield: Jessica Zosky, a senior journalism and communication studies major, was awarded the Wilbur C. Peterson Scholarship, $400, 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. Zosky has reported for The Daily Iowan, and interned at the Allentown, Pennsylvania, Morning Call.

WISCONSIN

Sheboygan: Michael Brunette, a master's-professional student, was awarded the Cedar Rapids Gazette Photo Scholarship, $500, 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. Brunette has been a photographer for nearly 20 years, and worked at the Green Bay Press-Gazette before coming to Iowa. He's spent much of the current academic year documenting presidential politics. Another of his projects focuses on the changing face of women's sports.

SWEDEN

Vaxjo: Johan Bergenas, 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. Bergenas has covered cops for The Daily Iowan and American politics and culture for Swedish publications. One of his stories will appear in National Geographic Traveler in the fall. He is a scholarship athlete on the Iowa men's varsity tennis team.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu.