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University of Iowa News Release

July 12, 2005

Local UI Student Wins Scholarship

The University of Iowa Honors Program recently awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to students. The majority of these awards were made possible through a bequest from Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the UI Honors Program. The scholarships are awarded to recognize outstanding academics, leadership and service by undergraduate students.

The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Honors Program Director Alice B. Fulton was emcee of the event. Presenters included Provost Michael Hogan; Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Lola Lopes; John Keller, dean of the Graduate College; P. Barry Butler, dean of the College of Engineering; Helena Dettmer, associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; James Marshall, associate dean of the College of Education; Jo Eland, director of Student Affairs in the College of Nursing; and Carol Fethke, honors advisor from the Henry B. Tippie College of Business.

Scholarship winners are listed alphabetically by hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first.

IOWA

Afton

Cheryl Davenport, a student in the University of Iowa College Henry B. Tippie College of Business who graduated or expects to graduate this year with honors in economics, minors in Spanish and German and an international business certificate, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award and the Susan B. Hancher Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The Susan B. Hancher Award is given to the senior woman who best exemplifies Mrs. Hancher's qualities of leadership, motivation, concern and dedication in her contributions to University and community life. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Later this year, Davenport will also be accepting the Hancher-Finkbine Medallion, which is awarded each year to two graduating seniors for their outstanding commitment and leadership at the University of Iowa. Davenport's honors thesis was titled "The Effects of Ethanol Production Facilities on Iowa Corn Prices." Her leadership and service to the university were recognized earlier this year when she was named Homecoming Queen. After graduation, she will be joining the Monitor Group, a consulting firm in Chicago. A 2001 graduate of East Union High School in Afton, Cheryl is a daughter of Jean Davenport of Thayer and Charles and Margo Davenport of Agrispe, Iowa.

Ames

Evan Herrnstadt, a Presidential Scholar and junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in political science and Economics, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Herrnstadt studied abroad in Guatemala in spring 2005. He is involved in political activities on campus including serving as co-founder and co-chair of the UI College Greens. He hopes to attend graduate school in economics with a focus on political economy. A 2002 graduate of Ames High School, Herrnstadt is a son of Steven and Mary Herrnstadt of Ames.

Ames

Leslie Koppenhaver, who is majoring in English and theater arts, is a recipient of the sophomore-year Dewey B. Stuit Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Dewey B. Stuit, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, these scholarships are awarded annually to a first-year student and a sophomore student enrolled in the college in recognition of outstanding academic performance. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. One of Koppenhaver's plays was performed this year at the Ten Minute Play Festival and she plans to study abroad in Ireland next year. She performs as a member of Paperback Rhino, a comedy improv group, and serves as a peer minister for the UI Wesley Foundation. A 2003 graduate of Ames High School, Koppenhaver is a daughter of Gary and Kay Koppenhaver of Ames.

Ames

Lindsay Peterson, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate this year with a degree in art history and a minor in business, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award and a Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The Callen Prize is awarded to outstanding University of Iowa Liberal Arts and Sciences seniors who will attend graduate school in the next academic year. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Peterson has participated in the Honors Program, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Undergraduate Art History Club, serving as the group's president for two years. She worked as a research assistant in the Department of Art and Art History and completed a curatorial internship at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art. Her honors thesis is titled "A Modern Body" and explores Degas's Little Dancer statuette in terms of evolutionary theory and physiognomy. Professor Dorothy Johnson supervised Peterson's honors thesis. Peterson has also worked as a research assistant for Professor John Beldon Scott. Peterson will attend graduate school beginning in the 2006-2007 academic year after serving as an exhibition coordinator at the Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Museum of American Art. A 2001 graduate of Gilbert High School in Gilbert, Peterson is a daughter of Kevin and Lynn Peterson.

Ames

Evan Sengbusch, a sophomore in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in physics and mathematics, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship, a Goldwater Scholarship and a Fenton Scholarship, which is awarded by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The Goldwater Scholarship is a national award of up to $7,500 given to 320 students each year. Winners must be sophomores or juniors pursuing degrees in mathematics, science, or engineering. The Fenton Scholarship is awarded on the basis of students' high academic achievement and thoughtful essays exploring the impact of their UI studies on their academic and/or non-academic lives. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Sengbusch is the first author of a paper on theoretical nuclear physics published in the academic journal Physical Review C and has received an IREU grant to pursue research. Sengbusch worked with Professor Wayne Polyzou on his research. His long-term goal is to pursue a career in a highly mathematically oriented branch of theoretical physics and teach or conduct pure research. A 2003 graduate of Ames High School, Sengbusch is a son of Craig and Amy Sengbusch of Ames.

Belmond

Kaitlin Pals, a Presidential Scholar majoring in English, has won a Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement, university involvement and community service of undergraduates in the Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Pals has already studied abroad, through the Cambridge College summer school. A 2004 graduate of Belmond-Klemme High School, Pals is a daughter of Teresa and Eugene Pals of Belmond.

Bluegrass

Michael Denklau, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who is majoring in accounting and political science and plans to graduate with honors in both, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Denklau studied abroad in Istanbul, Turkey in spring 2005. He is a Hawkinson Scholar and an avid golfer. A 2001 graduate of Davenport West High School, Denklau is a son of Dale and JoAnn Denklau of Blue Grass.

Buffalo Center

Kelly Ruth Anderson, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who is majoring in English and journalism and mass communication and plans to graduate with honors in both of her majors, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. A Writing Fellow, Anderson has served as a campus tour guide. A 2002 graduate of North Iowa High School, Anderson is a daughter of Bob and Connie Anderson of Buffalo Center.

Burlington

Scott Tharp, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate this year with honors in biochemistry and a minor in chemistry, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Tharp has been actively involved in research throughout his undergraduate career and completed his honors thesis under Dr. Amnon Kohen of the Chemistry Department, a project titled "Direct Challenge of the Rule of Geometrical Mean: A New Probe for Primary and Secondary Hydrogen Coupling in the Dihydrofolate Reductase Catalyzed Reaction." The work helps probe the nature of the chemical step in enzymatic reactions. Tharp plans to attend the UI College of Dentistry and dental research program. A 2001 graduate of Burlington Community High School, Tharp is a son of Randy and Marlys Tharp.

Cedar Rapids

Scott Hirleman, a student in the University of Iowa College Henry B. Tippie College of Business and majoring in Chinese and finance, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. In 2004, Hirleman studied abroad in China. He is a Hawkinson Scholar and is working on an honors project on hedge fund returns in a down market. A 2002 graduate of George Washington High School, Hirleman is a son of Mike and Nancy Hirleman of Cedar Rapids.

Coralville

Aruna Mittal, a sophomore in the University of Iowa College Henry B. Tippie College of Business and majoring in accounting and finance, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Mittal is inspired by the work of a well-known saint from India called Amma, for whom Aruna has been working as an accountant since age 12. She has experienced first-hand the plight of the poor in India through her work with Amma and AIMS, the charitable hospital Amma founded. Mittal's most recent trip was right after the tsunami hit Kerala, India. After college, she plans to continue her work in India, doing accounting work for AIMS and learning ways to invest the organization's donation fund to generate more money for the poor. She is also involved in many activities on campus, including the Indian Cultural Association, Women in Business and Campus Girls Scouts, and she has volunteered across the United States as well as abroad. A 2003 graduate of West High School, Mittal is a daughter of Prasanna Kumar and Nisha Mittal of Coralville.

Crescent

Erica Durham, a student in the University of Iowa College of Nursing who graduated or expects to graduate this year with honors, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Durham plans to practice as a nurse for a few years and then enter a Ph.D. program to pursue her interest in child and family nursing. A 2000 graduate of Underwood High School, Durham is a daughter of Ulla and the late Frank Durham.

Des Moines

Katherine Couch, a student and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate this year with honors in design, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. For her honors BFA project Couch designed a residential and gallery space, a project that provided her the opportunity to create a building in a real life situation and deal with factors imposed on any designer, including legal constraints and the already-built environment. Couch plans to attend the University of Illinois to study architecture. A 2001 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, Couch is a daughter of Amy Christensen and Jeff Couch and Ron Lindhart of Urbandale.

Des Moines

Marie Gernes, a junior and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in art history and in literature, science, and the arts, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Gernes has also been awarded a Fenton Scholarship from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The Fenton Scholarship is awarded on the basis of students' high academic achievement and thoughtful essays exploring the impact of their UI studies on their academic and/or non-academic lives. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Gernes works as a research assistant for UI Professor Joni Kinsey and has studied abroad in Venice and in the Semester at Sea program. A 2002 graduate of Roosevelt High School, Gernes is a daughter of Robert and Ann Gernes of Des Moines.

Des Moines

Todd Lantz, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in political science and communication studies, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Lantz plans to attend law school after graduation. He has served on the Dean's Student Advisory Committee and as a policy assistant at the National Summer Institute in Forensics at the UI. He is also active in other efforts to spread interest in debate. A 2002 graduate of Dowling Catholic High School, Lantz is a son of Mike and Karen Lantz of West Des Moines.

Des Moines

Kathleen McNulty, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated with honors with a triple major in political science, history and international studies, with a minor in Spanish and an international business certificate, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. McNulty's honors thesis is "Nineteenth-Century Irish Temperance: A Comparative Analysis of the Movement of Theobald Matthew and James A. Cullen." A 2001 graduate of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines, she is a daughter of Mary A. Kundrat and Patrick McNulty.

Dubuque

Brianne Bildstein, a student in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Bildstein is interested in the areas of pediatrics and public health. Her research interest is in Type I diabetes. A 2002 graduate of Wahlert High School, Bildstein is a daughter of Bob and Corlas Bildstein of Dubuque.

Dubuque

Julia Brimeyer, who is majoring in chemistry with a minor in French and a pre-medicine interest, has won a Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Brimeyer is a member of Medicus, the Dean's Student Advisory Committee, and volunteers at the UI Hospitals and Clinics. A 2003 graduate of Hempstead High School, Brimeyer is a daughter of Dennis and Laurinda Brimeyer of Dubuque.

Dubuque

Katherine Conlon, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in psychology, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Conlon has been a volunteer at the Rape Victim Advocacy Program, a research assistant in Dr. Eva Klohnen's lab, a research assistant in Dr. Erika Lawrence's Center for Marital and Family Studies lab, a staff member and strategic planning committee member at the Women's Resource & Action Center and a member of the UI Family Issues Charter Committee. Additionally, in spring 2005, she received an Iowa Research Experiences for Undergraduates Award. A 2001 graduate of Wahlert High School, Conlon is a daughter of Margie and Gary Conlon of Dubuque.

Fairfield

Emma Rainey, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in English and in comparative literature and cinema, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Rainey is a dancer, choreographer and ballet teacher who plans to graduate with honors and hopes to enter an MFA program in nonfiction creative writing. Rainey's family includes her children Jhodessa, Johannah, Gabrielle and Paris, all of Fairfield.

Independence

Laura Klever, a student in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business who graduated with honors in management and organizations, minored in psychology and has completed an international business certificate, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. A 2001 graduate of East Buchanan High School, Klever is a daughter of Larry and Dode Klever of Independence.

Iowa City

Elizabeth Aunan, a student and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in exercise science and Spanish with an interest in pre-medicine, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Aunan's honors thesis is "Reduced Tolerance to Stress with Age: are Cytokines and Endotoxin Involved?" A 2001 graduate of West High School in Iowa City, Aunan is a daughter of Tom and Sue Aunan of Iowa City.

Iowa City

Matt Brown, a junior and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Engineering majoring in industrial engineering, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Brown works in the Cognitive Systems Lab with Professor John Lee. He is also completing a minor in business and serves as the webmaster for the University Honors Program. A 2002 graduate of Iowa City West High School, Brown is a son of David and Cindy Brown of Iowa City.

Iowa City

Mathew Cover, a student in the University of Iowa College of Engineering who graduated or expects to graduate this year with a degree in electrical engineering, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Cover, who plans to obtain an M.S. in electrical engineering from the UI, has served as an intern at Rockwell Collins. A 2001 graduate of City High School in Iowa City, Cover is a son of Laurie and Brian Cover of Iowa City.

Iowa City

Lisa Kottemann, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in dance with a minor in French, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. After graduating with honors, Kottemann hopes to get a master's RN degree from the College of Nursing. Kottemann has volunteered for Dance Marathon and for the Free Lunch program. A 2002 graduate of Iowa City High School, Kottemann is a daughter of Brent and Pam Kottemann of Iowa City.

Iowa City

Allison Page, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in piano performance and French is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Page has served as the volunteer coordinator for the Honors Program, in Students Against Sweatshops, in the UI Environmental Coalition and with the Iowa City Anti-Violence Program. A 2002 graduate of City High School, Page is a daughter of Carolyn Antone-Page and Joe Page, both of Iowa City.

Latimer

Janna Borcherding, a student in the University of Iowa College of Nursing, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Borcherding has volunteered with Project Marrow, recruiting potential bone marrow donors. A 2003 graduate of CAL/Dows High School, Borcherding is a daughter of Kevin and Carol Borcherding of Latimer.

Marengo

Kija Heintz, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate this year with a B.S. in biology and a minor in psychology, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Heintz's honors thesis was "Examination of Glia Proliferation After Acute Injury in the Hippocampus." She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Theta Kappa. In addition, she served as the treasure and vice president of the Biology Undergraduate Society. A 2001 graduate of Iowa Valley Community High School, Heintz is a daughter of Marion and Mary Heintz of Marengo.

Mason City

Kristin Anderson, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Engineering majoring in biomedical engineering, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Anderson plans to complete a senior honors thesis on bioimaging. Her activities include volunteer work for the Ronald McDonald House and in the Cardiology Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. A 2002 graduate of Mason City High School, Anderson is a daughter of Lynn and Barb Anderson of Mason City.

Milo

Sarah Olsasky, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate this year with a bachelor of science degree in psychology and a certificate in American Sign Language and deaf studies, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. While attending the University of Iowa, Olsasky was very active in Medicus and the American Sign Language Club. She also participated in various activities held by the Wesley Foundation. She plans to enroll in Des Moines University's Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine program. A 2001 graduate of Southeast Warren High School in Liberty Center, Iowa, Olsasky is a daughter of Terry and Liz Davis of Milo.

Nevada

Thomas Niblock, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who is majoring in economics and religious studies, has won a Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Earlier this year Niblock was awarded a prestigious national scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation. Twenty Pickering Fellowships are awarded nationally each year. As a Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellow, Niblock has won a full scholarship for his junior and senior years at the UI, and for his first year of graduate school. In summer 2006, he will attend the Junior Year Summer Institute, spending seven weeks at a public policy graduate school studying economics, calculus and policy analysis. He will also serve the Department of State in two paid summer internships, one domestic and one overseas. Following his graduate work, Niblock will be required to serve a minimum 4.5-year appointment as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. In the UI Economics Department, Niblock researches the impact of the sub-Saharan HIV/AIDS epidemic on labor markets with Professor Beth Ingram. He has been actively involved as a senator in UI Student Government and serves as vice president of the Business Student Ambassador Organization. In his free time, he performs as a proud member of the Hawkeye Marching Band and the Basketball Pep Bands. A 2003 graduate of Nevada High School, Niblock is a son of James and Karen Niblock of Nevada, Iowa.

Ottumwa

Bradyn Breon-Drish, a student in the University of Iowa College Henry B. Tippie College of Business who graduated or expects to graduate this year after just three years with honors in finance and a minor in statistics, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award and the John Briggs Prize. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The Briggs Prize is awarded by the Phi Eta Sigma honor society to a member graduating with the highest GPA. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Breon-Drish's honors thesis/project was "A Re-examination of Rational Explanations for the Closed-end Fund Discount." Next year Breon-Drish plans to enter a Ph.D. program in finance and hopes to work as a professor of finance. A 2002 graduate of Ottumwa High School, Breon-Drish is a son of Marlys and Stanley Breon-Drish of Ottumwa.

Pleasant Hill

Denise Birkhofer, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate this year with degrees in art history and a minor in Spanish as well as certificates in international business and museum studies, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award and the Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The Callen Prize is awarded to outstanding University of Iowa Liberal Arts and Sciences seniors who will attend graduate school in the next academic year. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Birkhofer's honors thesis in art history was titled "Jean-Michel Basquiat and Commodification." The thesis was supervised by Professor Craig Adcock. Birkhofer has also worked as a research assistant for Professor John Beldon Scott. An experienced traveler, Birkhofer has made five trips to Europe in recent years, including a semester in Madrid. Outside of class, she has served as a Fine Arts Council board member, a docent at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, an officer of the Undergraduate Art History Club, an art submission staff member for the literary review Earthwords, a returnee representative for the Office for Study Abroad and a Recycling Commission volunteer. Next year she will be attending the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University. A 2001 graduate of Des Moines East High School and Central Academy in Des Moines, Birkhofer is a daughter of Nancy and Kevin Birkhofer of Pleasant Hill.

Riverside

Kristin Musser, a Presidential Scholar who is majoring in speech and hearing science and is seeking a certificate in American Sign Language and deaf studies, has won a Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Musser's interests include volunteering as part of Dance Marathon, the 10K Show and at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She also serves as a member of the Dean's Student Advisory Committee. A 2003 graduate of Highland Junior/Senior High School, Musser is a daughter of Steve and Marcy Musser of Riverside.

Storm Lake

John Armstrong, a junior in the College of Liberal Arts and Science who is majoring in biological science with a focus on neuroscience and who plans to attend medical school, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Armstrong has participated in Medicus and has volunteered at the University Hospitals and Clinics. A 2002 graduate of Storm Lake High School, Armstrong is a son of Gary and Patricia Armstrong of Storm Lake.

Urbandale

Melehia Frauenholtz, a student and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in biochemistry, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Frauenholtz is doing her honors research with Lois Weisman studying the spatial regulation of Vac17 degradation. She has participated in several organizations on campus including the Women in Science and Engineering mentor program, the Dean's Student Advisory Committee and the Biochemistry Undergraduate Society. After graduation, Melehia will be going to the University of California-Los Angeles for her Ph.D. A 2001 graduate of Urbandale High School, Frauenholtz is a daughter of Bonny and Darwin Frauenholtz of Peoria, Ariz.

Urbandale

Lauren McCarthy, a junior and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in political science and international studies and minoring in Spanish, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship and the James D. Robertson Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. Established through a bequest of James D. Robertson, a University of Iowa graduate and a lifetime Honorary Director of the University of Iowa Foundation, the Robertson scholarship is awarded annually to a junior in the social sciences who graduated from an Iowa high school and has demonstrated outstanding academic performance and promise. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. McCarthy plans to graduate with honors in both of her majors and is currently participating in research with Professor Laura Gotkowitz in the History department. In fall 2004, she studied abroad in Valparaiso, Chile. She is also the newly elected vice president of the UI student government. A 2002 graduate of Dowling Catholic High School, McCarthy is a daughter of Kathy Koenig of Urbandale and Jim McCarthy of West Des Moines.

West Branch

Jessica Middlemis-Brown, a student and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated in December 2004, earning a bachelor of science degree in biology with a minor in psychology, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. As an undergraduate, Middlemis-Brown published several scientific research articles in the areas of sleep and thermoregulation in infant rats. She will begin graduate studies in behavioral ecology at the University of Michigan this fall. A 2001 graduate of West Branch High School, Middlemis-Brown is a daughter of Rob and Sherry Middlemis-Brown of West Liberty.

West Des Moines

Carole Peterson, who is majoring in international studies and French with a minor in Spanish and a pre-law interest, has won a Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement, university involvement and community service of undergraduates in the Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Peterson is the founder and director of the HOPE Troupe, a theater group. A 2004 graduate of Valley High School, Peterson is a daughter of Lars Peterson of West Des Moines and Joyce Dana of Clive.

West Des Moines

Jonathan Strutt, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate this year with a degree in psychology and a minor in chemistry, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Strutt volunteers extensively at the Children's Hospital, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and Dance Marathon, and he has represented The UI as Herky the Hawk and as the UI Hospitals and Clinics mascot, "Perky." He hopes to become a pediatrician. A 2001 graduate of Valley High School, Strutt is a son of David and Marci Strutt of West Des Moines.

West Des Moines

Kimberly L. Nelson, a Presidential Scholar and student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who graduated or expects to graduate with honors this year with a double major of English and anthropology, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship and a Fenton Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The Fenton Scholarship is awarded on the basis of students' high academic achievement and thoughtful essays exploring the impact of their UI studies on their academic and/or non-academic lives. The awards were given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. At the UI, Nelson has worked as a writing fellow and as a USA intern with the Center for the Book and the UI Libraries Special Collections. A 2002 graduate of Valley High School, Nelson is a daughter of Kevin and Sandra Nelson of West Des Moines.

 

ILLINOIS

Arlington Heights

Timothy Crimmins, who is majoring in English with a minor in Spanish, has won a Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Crimmins has served as the fiction editor of the undergraduate literary magazine Earthwords and plans to graduate with honors. A 2003 graduate of St. Viator High School, Crimmins is a son of William and Linda Crimmins of Arlington Heights.

Des Plaines

John Krickl, a Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Education majoring in mathematics and secondary education, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. After graduation, Krickl plans to teach high school mathematics and to conduct research dealing with Advanced Placement curriculum considerations for gifted students. A 2002 graduate of Elk Grove High School, Krickl is a son of John and Nancy Krickl of Des Plaines, Ill.

Macomb

Susan Quesal, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in English and Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Quesal works as a Resident Assistant and a Writing Fellow and is a member of NSCS and Golden Key honor societies. After graduating from The University of Iowa, she plans to pursue a master's degree in either Latin American Studies or American Studies before obtaining a Ph.D. in English literature. A 2002 graduate of Macomb High School, Quesal is a daughter of Donna and Robert Quesal of Macomb, Ill.

Mount Prospect

Nicole Guarino, a sophomore Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Education majoring in English and in secondary education with a focus on mathematics, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Guarino serves on the Campus Activities Board and will serve as a Morale Captain for Dance Marathon next year. Additionally, she works as the Learning Communities Coordinator for the University Honors Program. A 2003 graduate of Prospect High School, Guarino is a daughter of Joseph and Carolyn Guarino of Mount Prospect.

Sterling

Emily Blackburn, a student in the University of Iowa College of Engineering who graduated or expects to graduate this year with a degree in mechanical engineering, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Blackburn has worked on the Program for Enhanced Design Experience, which allows senior engineering students to work with engineers from industry and the UI on a design project. A 2001 graduate of Sterling High School, Blackburn is a daughter of Phil and Barb Stutzke and Greg Blackburn of Sterling.

INDIANA

Greencastle

Quentin Oliver, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in viola performance, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Oliver performs in three local orchestras and The University of Iowa Chamber Orchestra. In April 2005, his composition for orchestra had its premier performance at Clapp Auditorium. A 1986 graduate of Greencastle Senior High School, Oliver is a son of Dr. Dale W. and Ruth Oliver of Greencastle, Ind.

MICHIGAN

Detroit

Anna McQuere, a junior and Presidential Scholar in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in Spanish with a minor in voice, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. McQuere serves as the Arts Program Coordinator for the University Honors Program. A 2002 graduate of Ypsilanti High School, McQuere is a daughter of Gordon and Melanie McQuere of Topeka, Kans.

MINNESOTA

Golden Valley

Stuart Breczinski, a Presidential Scholar majoring in music and in mechanical engineering, has won a Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement, university involvement and community service of undergraduates in the Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Breczinski is a member of the UI Symphony Band and the UI Philharmonia Orchestra. A 2004 graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper High School, Breczinski is a son of John and Jill Breczinski of Golden Valley.

St. Cloud

Elisa Ewing, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a triple major in communication studies, English, and French, and who is also pursuing a certificate in museum studies and an International Studies minor, is a recipient of a Collegiate Scholar Award. Collegiate Scholar awards are granted to a select group of graduating seniors, nominated by faculty based on outstanding academic accomplishment and contribution to the university. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Ewing's communication studies honors thesis examined the relations between university art museums and their visitors by surveying public perceptions of and interactions with the UI Museum of Art. Throughout her college career, Ewing has embraced variety in academics and extracurricular activities: playing viola with UI orchestras, ushering for UI Theatres, and volunteering in various campus and area organizations, and studying abroad in France. In August, Elisa enrolls in the Museum Studies Masters Program at George Washington University in D.C., where she will work at the Smithsonian. A 2000 graduate of Apollo High School in St. Cloud, Minn., Ewing is a daughter of Anne and James Ewing of St. Cloud.

MISSOURI

Kansas City

Patrick Holley, a student in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in mathematics with minors in computer science and linguistics, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Holley has a special interest in cryptography, and works as a research assistant to Professor David Manderscheid. A 2004 graduate of Center Senior High School, Holley is a son of Thomas and Margaret Holley of Kansas City.

St. Joseph

Lisa Raffensperger, a Presidential Scholar majoring in English and biology, has won a Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Raffensperger has served on the Office of Student Life Leadership Committee. She has also served as an R.A. and volunteers for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. A 2003 graduate of Central High School, Raffensperger is a daughter of Maureen and Terry Raffensperger of St. Joseph.

NEBRASKA

Omaha

Sarah Porter, a Presidential Scholar and open major who will minor in Spanish, is a recipient of the first-year Dewey B. Stuit Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Dewey B. Stuit, former dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, these scholarships are awarded annually to a first-year student and a sophomore student enrolled in the college in recognition of outstanding academic performance. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Porter has already taken four honors classes and is engaged in research with a Jennifer Glass in the UI Department of Sociology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A 2004 graduate of Omaha North High School, Porter is a daughter of David and Victoria Porter of Omaha.

JAPAN

Tokyo

Risa Ohkawa, a junior in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences majoring in economics and psychology with a minor in theater arts, is a recipient of a Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Scholarship. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement of undergraduates in the University Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. A world traveler, Ohkawa plans to attend graduate school in either economics or social psychology. A 2002 graduate of Futaba High School in Tokyo, Ohkawa is a daughter of Kazuto and Yoshiko Ohkawa of Tokyo, Japan.

SOUTH KOREA

Seoul

Seo-Young Lee, a Presidential Scholar majoring in history and Classics and plans to complete a certificate in medieval studies, has won a Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Established through a bequest of Samuel Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the Honors Program, Rhodes Dunlap Scholarships recognize the outstanding academic achievement, university involvement and community service of undergraduates in the Honors Program. The award was given during a recognition ceremony April 17 in the Iowa Memorial Union on the University of Iowa campus. Lee is a student in the National Academy of Arts, Sciences, and Engineering program, run by the UI College of Education's Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. A 2004 graduate of Global Christian School, Lee is a daughter of Dal-Heui Lee and Moon Young Shin of Seoul, South Korea.

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