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University of Iowa News Release

May 18, 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 its annual Commencement Honors Reception Friday, May 13 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 2005 graduates this includes those with grade-point averages of 3.99-4.00) earn highest distinction. Students in the next highest three percent (for May 2005, 3.89-3.98 GPA) earn high distinction. Students in the next highest five percent (for May 2005, 3.76-3.88 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.

Photos of these top graduates with collegiate deans and UI President David Skorton are available in high resolution (300dpi) format.

BELLEVUE: Derek Monner, a 2001 graduate of Bellevue High School, graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. He earned a degree in computer science and mathematics and was one of only 31 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn highest distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.99 and 4.00. He is the son of Ron and Mary Monner of Bellevue.

BOONE: Krista Brittain, a 2002 graduate of Boone High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in psychology and dance and was one of only 170 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Jeff and Pauline Brittain of Boone.

CASCADE: Laura Otting, a 2001 graduate of Cascade High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in health promotion with a minor in psychology and was one of only 170 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Phil and Sheila Otting of Cascade.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Shelbi Thomas, a 2001 graduate of Kennedy High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in journalism and English and was one of only 170 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Debbie Gale of Cedar Rapids and Jeff Thomas of Kuwait.

DES MOINES: Raj Loungani, a 2000 graduate of Valley High School, graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. He earned a degree in exercise science and was one of only 46 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.89 and 3.98. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. He is the son of Ramesh and Shantha Loungani of Palm Beach, Fla.

GRUNDY CENTER: Angie Schnell, a 2000 graduate of Dike-New Hartford High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in health and sport studies with a minor in psychology and was one of only 170 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Eddy and Linda Schnell of Grundy Center.

IOWA CITY: Daniel Paul Bell, a 1999 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 14. He earned a degree in economics with a minor in geography and was one of only 46 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.89 and 3.98. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. He is the son of David Bell of Iowa City.

IOWA CITY: Sarah Connell, a 2000 graduate of City High School, graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in music education with a minor in Spanish and was one of only 79 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.76-3.88. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Cary and Cathy Covington of Iowa City.

IOWA CITY: Josh Goldsborough, a 2000 graduate of West High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. He earned a degree in mathematics and computer science and was one of only 170 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. He is the son of Marcia Goldsborough of Coralville.

KEOKUK: Trisha Render, a 2001 graduate of Keokuk High School, graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in cinema and ancient civilizations and was one of only 79 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.76-3.88. She is the daughter of Barbara Wardlow and Paul Render of Keokuk.

MUSCATINE: Nathan Collins, a 2001 graduate of Muscatine High School, graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. He earned a degree in computer science and Asian languages and literature and was one of only 46 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.89 and 3.98. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. He is the son of Max and Barbara Collins of Muscatine.

PLEASANT HILL: David Dickey, a 2001 graduate of Southeast Polk High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. He earned a degree in biology with a minor in microbiology and was one of only 170 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. He is the son of Donald and Penny Dickey of Pleasant Hill.

SWISHER: Kally Ann Marks, a 2002 homeschool graduate, graduated with highest distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. Marks won the 2005 Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prize for the graduating senior with the highest academic standing in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. She earned a degree in actuarial science and mathematics and was one of only 31 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn highest distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.99 and 4.00. She is the daughter of Joe and Veronica Marks of Swisher.

URBANDALE: Melehia A. Frauenholtz, a 2001 graduate of Urbandale High School, graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in biochemistry and was one of only 79 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.76-3.88. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Bonny Frauenholtz of Urbandale and Darwin Frauenholtz of West Branch.

WATERLOO: Daniel Waterbury, a 2001 graduate of Waterloo West High School, graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. He earned a degree in biology with minors in Japanese and chemistry and was one of only 46 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.89 and 3.98. He is the son of Jim and Carol Waterbury of Waterloo.

WEST BRANCH: See Urbandale, Frauenholtz

WEST DES MOINES: Andrew M. Wilcox, a 2001 graduate of Valley High School, graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. He earned a degree in political science with a minor in history and a certificate in entrepreneurship. He was one of only 46 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between3.89 and 3.98. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. He is the son of Greg and Mindy Wilcox of West Des Moines.

California

MURRIETA: Shannon Fleming, a 2001 graduate of Murrieta Valley High School, graduated with honors and distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in health and sport studies with a minor in Spanish, and was one of only 79 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.76-3.88. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Chris and Sue Fleming of Murrieta, Calif.

Illinois

GURNEE: Jennifer Quint, a 2000 graduate of Warren Township High School, graduated with honors and high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in dance and was one of only 46 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.89 and 3.98. Only 170 graduates completed the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Richard and Karen Quint of Gurnee, Ill.

MUNDELEIN: Kelly Dolan, a 2001 graduate of Mundelein High School, graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in elementary education and was one of only 46 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to earn high distinction by graduating with a grade-point average between 3.89 and 3.98. She is the daughter of Thomas and Barbara Dolan of Mundelein, Ill.

Nebraska

OMAHA: Lori Eiserman, a 2000 graduate of Central High School, graduated with honors from the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on Saturday, May 14. She earned a degree in interdepartmental studies with a certificate in American Indian and native studies and was one of only 170 of the College's approximately 1,800 graduates to complete the requirements to graduate with honors. She is the daughter of Jeanne and Robert Eiserman of Omaha.

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