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University of Iowa News Release

May 17, 2004

Local Student Among Top Graduates Of UI College Of Liberal Arts & Sciences

The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences honored its top graduates at the semi-annual Commencement Honors Reception Friday, May 14, in the Iowa Memorial Union. The reception honored students who earned distinction, high distinction, highest distinction or honors in a particular department.

Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, initiated this tradition in May 1998 at the end of her first academic year at the UI to give additional recognition to the College's highest achieving students.

"These students are simply outstanding in their fields and have achieved a level of excellence that deserves extra attention," she said.

To graduate with honors, students must complete the honors requirements for their major, including an honors thesis supervised by a faculty advisor. Students graduating with honors wear white cordons draped over their shoulders at the Commencement ceremony.

Earning distinction, high distinction, or highest distinction depends on the student's class rank. Students in the top two percent of the class (for May 2004 graduates this includes those with grade-point averages of 4.00) earn highest distinction. Students in the next highest three percent (for May 2004, 3.85-3.99 GPA) earn high distinction. Students in the next highest five percent (for May 2004, 3.74-3.84 GPA) earn distinction.

To graduate with distinction students must have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours in residence in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and at least 45 of the final 60 semester hours must have been completed prior to the final semester of registration. These students can be identified at Commencement by stars worn on the left sleeve: three stars for Highest Distinction, two stars for High Distinction, and one star for Distinction.

Below are photos of some of the college's top graduates, listed alphabetically according to hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first. Click on each photo for a high resolution (300dpi) version.

Iowa

BETTENDORF
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Kimberly Schlosser, a 2000 graduate of Bettendorf High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in sociology. Fewer than 200 of the college’s 1,700 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Sheila Marolf and Mike Marolf of Bettendorf.
Left to right: David Skorton, University of Iowa President; Kimberly Schlosser, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Mary Noonan, assistant professor of sociology and Schlosser's honors adviser; Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

BETTENDORF

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Jill Sechser, a 2000 graduate of Bettendorf High School, graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in computer science with a minor in German and was one of only 83 of the college’s 1,700 graduates who earned distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.74 and 3.84. Sechser is the daughter of Jerry and Denise Sechser of Bettendorf.
Left to right: Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jill Sechser, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Skorton, University of Iowa President

BLAIRSBURG

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Stephanie Greute, a 2000 graduate of Northeast Hamilton High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in health and sport studies. Fewer than 200 of the college’s 1,700 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. Greute is the daughter of Wayne and Janet Greute of Blairsburg.
Left to right: David Skorton, University of Iowa President; Stephanie Greute, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

CLEAR LAKE

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Anne Cherry, a 2000 graduate of Clear Lake High School, graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in physics with a minor in chemistry and was one of only 48 of the college’s 1,700 graduates who earned high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.85 and 3.99. Cherry is the daughter of John and Elizabeth Cherry of Clear Lake.
Left to right: David Skorton, University of Iowa President; Elizabeth Cherry; Anne Cherry, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; John Cherry; Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
DES MOINES

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Veena Kulchaiyawat, a 2000 graduate of North High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in exercise science with a minor in psychology. Fewer than 200 of the college’s 1,700 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. Kulchaiyawat is the daughter of Kamthorn and Suporn Kulchaiyawat of Des Moines.
Left to right: Jerry Maynard, professor of exercise science and Kulchaiyawat's honors adviser; Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Veena Kulchaiyawat, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Skorton, University of Iowa President
DES MOINES

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Jamina McNear, a 2000 graduate of Roosevelt High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in religious studies and Spanish. Fewer than 200 of the college’s 1,700 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. McNear is the daughter of James and Regina McNear.
Left to right: David Skorton, University of Iowa President; Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Jamina McNear, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Regina McNear; James McNear

HUXLEY

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Hans Friedrichsen, a 2000 graduate of Ballard High School, graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. He earned a degree in exercise science and psychology and was one of only 31 of the college’s 1,700 graduates who earned the 4.0 grade-point average necessary to graduate with highest distinction. He also won the 2004 Ernest Johnson Award, which is given to the college’s top graduate each year. Friedrichsen is the son of Tom and Cindy Friedrichsen of Huxley.
Left to right: Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Hans Friedrichsen, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

INDEPENDENCE

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Sarita Dave, a 2000 graduate of Independence High School, graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in exercise science and music and was one of only 48 of the college’s 1,700 graduates who earned high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.85 and 3.99. Dave is the daughter of Dr. B.J. and Diane Dave of Independence.
Left to right: David Skorton, University of Iowa President; Diane Dave; Sarita Dave, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Dr. B.J. Dave
IOWA CITY

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Kristy Hirokawa, a 2000 graduate of City High School, graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in anthropology and was one of only 48 of the college’s 1,700 graduates who earned high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.85 and 3.99. Hirokawa is the daughter of Randy and Ann Hirokawa of Iowa City.
Left to right: Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Randy Hirokawa, professor of communication studies; Kristy Hirokawa, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Skorton, University of Iowa President
IOWA CITY

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Vic Wessels, a 2000 graduate of City High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. He earned a degree in physics and mathematics. Fewer than 200 of the college’s 1,700 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. Wessels is the son of Ken and Deborah Wessels of Iowa City.
Left to right: Deborah Wessels; Vic Wessels, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Skorton, University of Iowa President
NEVADA

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Alissa Chisholm, a 2001 graduate of Nevada High School, graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. She earned a degree in psychology with a minor in social work. Only 31 of the college’s 1,700 graduates earned the 4.0 grade-point average necessary to graduate with highest distinction. Chisholm is the daughter of Jeff and Lorrie Chisholm of Nevada.
Left to right: Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Alissa Chisholm, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Raul Curto, executive associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
SOLON

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Yashaar Chaichian, a 2000 graduate of Iowa City West High School, graduated with honors and highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15. He earned a degree in political science with a minor in Spanish, and plans to attend medical school. Only 31 of the college’s 1,700 graduates earned the 4.0 grade-point average necessary to graduate with highest distinction. Chaichian is the son of Dina and Mohammad Chaichian of Solon.
Left to right: Linda Maxson, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Yashaar Chaichian, 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; David Skorton, University of Iowa President
Malaysia

PENANG

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Shahrier Nur Ain graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 15, 2004. She earned a degree in actuarial science, economics, and mathematics. She is the daughter of Shahrier Pawanchik and Rosni Md. Yusoff of Malaysia.
Left to right: Linda Maxson, Dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Shahrier Nur Ain, May 2004 honors graduate of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Forrest Nelson, professor of economic and Shahrier’s economics honors adviser

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