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May 12, 2006

UI School Of Journalism Awards Scholarships

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships to its students on Friday, April 28. The students were honored at the annual Fourth Estate banquet, held at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

At the event, 18 students were recognized as new members of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Kelli Walsh, a senior from Johnsburg, Ill., was selected as the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar for 2006, an award presented to the student with the highest overall grade-point average among graduating seniors.

Kenneth Starck, professor emeritus of the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, was the journalism school Hall of Fame inductee. Starck received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Southern Illinois University. He has a 30-year history with the UI journalism school, arriving in 1974 and serving as director twice-from 1975-1986 and again from 1990-1996. Before his arrival, the school had lost its accreditation. Under his leadership, the School regained accreditation within three years by broadening the curriculum and instituting a selective admissions process.

Before coming to Iowa, Starck taught at the University of South Carolina, Southern Illinois University and at the University of Missouri. He was a Fulbright professor at the University of Bucharest and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. Starck has served as past president of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and is a former Alumnus of the Year of Southern Illinois University. He retired from Iowa's journalism school in 2004, and is now dean and professor of the College of Communication and Media Studies at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates.

Students who received scholarships are listed below by hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first.

AMES: Ian Smith, a junior journalism and health and sport studies major from Ames, won the $1,000 The Gazette Company Scholarship - Print. The award is given to two needy and deserving junior or senior students in journalism who wish to pursue a journalism career in Iowa. The scholarship was initiated in 1991 by Joe Hladky III, president of the Gazette Company. Smith is a 2003 graduate of Ames High School and the son of Eric and Connie Bappe. He has worked as a sports reporter for The Daily Iowan and the Ames Tribune. He plans to work for The Daily Iowan this summer and in the fall.

BETTENDORF: Cassie Brasseur, a senior journalism and communication studies major from Bettendorf, won the $150 Gordon B. Strayer Scholarship. The award is given to undergraduate students who have demonstrated leadership in the campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and achieved academic excellence. 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. Brasseur is a 2002 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and the daughter of Patricia and David Brasseur. She has completed several public relations internships and plans to pursue a career in public relations. After graduation, she will complete a three-month summer internship.

BETTENDORF: Kelly Stavnes, a junior journalism and English major from Bettendorf was awarded the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, the scholarship was established in his honor. Stavnes is a 2004 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and the daughter of John and Mary Stavnes. She has worked as an intern and correspondent for the Quad-City Times, and is an assistant editor and writer for the University of Iowa student magazine. Stavnes is vice president of the university's magazine club and a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

BONDURANT: Shelby Cloke, a junior journalism major from Bondurant, won the $1,500 Jim Zabel Scholarship. The award is given to junior or senior journalism students who demonstrate professional promise and academic excellence and who are planning a career in broadcast journalism. The award was established in honor of Jim Zabel, longtime sports director of WHO-AM radio in Des Moines and a 1944 graduate of the School. Cloke is a 2003 graduate of Bondurant Farrar High School and the daughter of Terry and Terri Cloke. She was a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan and is working for Daily Iowan Television as a reporter and anchor. Next fall, she will take on a leadership role as an anchor, reporter and producer. This summer, Cloke will work as an on-air reporter for WEIU-TV in Charleston, Ill. She placed in the top three for the Iowa Broadcasting News Association award for in-depth reporting.

BUFFALO CENTER: Kelly Anderson, a senior journalism and English major from Buffalo Center, won the $600 William S. Maulsby Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to a student with financial need and a 2.70 or higher grade-point average who plans to teach high school journalism. The scholarship was established in 1993 by Professor Maulsby's granddaughter, Susan Redfern. Beginning in 1919, William S. Maulsby was the first person to teach journalism courses exclusively at The University of Iowa. Anderson is a 2002 graduate of North Iowa High School and the daughter of Bob and Connie Anderson. As an undergraduate, she has worked as a publications assistant for the Iowa High School Press Association and Summer Journalism Workshops. Anderson created a web site for the 2006 edition of "earthwords," the University of Iowa undergraduate review. Her work as a campus tour guide and writing fellow has expanded her interest in student writing. She is the 2006-2007 English honors program assistant, a member of Kappa Tau Alpha and hopes to pursue graduate work at The University of Iowa in fall 2007.

CARROLL: Brett Roberts, a junior journalism and political science major from Carroll, won the $2,500 E. Jack and Ailene Liechty Scholarship. The award is given to a deserving full-time journalism junior or senior student who demonstrates sound academic ability and a desire to pursue a journalism career. The scholarship was established in 1995 by Mrs. Ailene Liechty in memory of her husband, E. Jack Liechty. Roberts is a 2003 graduate of Carroll High School and the son of Rod and Trish Roberts. He has written for the Daily Times Herald, interned at WHO-TV in Des Moines, and has worked for the sports information office at The University of Iowa. He is a writing fellow and a member of the Iowa Civic Analysis Network, a student organization that conducts public policy research for Iowa lawmakers. Roberts will spend the summer in Washington D.C. serving as a speech writing intern for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and also as an intern for the NBC news show "Meet the Press."

CEDAR FALLS: Shajia Ahmad, a sophomore journalism and international studies major from Cedar Falls won the $1,250 Ruth Baty and Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship. The award is given 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, a newspaperwoman known for her editorials and her news writing. Ahmad is a 2004 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the daughter of Jalaluddin Ahmad and Kanij Rasul. Ahmad has worked as an editorial writer for The Daily Iowan and also as a writing fellow. She is an active member of the university chapter of Amnesty International and has served on the Human Rights Charter Committee.

CEDAR FALLS: Kristen Formanek, a senior journalism and studio art major from Cedar Falls, won the $500 Westbrook Pegler Scholarship and was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. The 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 in West Branch. The award is supported by a friend of The University of Iowa. Formanek is a 2002 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the daughter of Sandy and Gary Formanek. She has worked as an intern for the West Branch Times since January 2005, and recently completed her honors project, "The Grapevine and the News: Reporting Rumor and Recovering from it During the Hurricane Katrina Crisis." Formanek will attend the University of Iowa College of Law this fall.

CEDAR FALLS: Alison Gowans, a junior journalism and international studies major from Cedar Falls, won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given 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. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Gowans is a 2003 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the daughter of Julie and Doug Gowans.

CEDAR FALLS: Margaret Poe, a journalism and international studies major from Cedar Falls, won the $1,250 Thomas Yoseloff Scholarship. The award is given to worthy journalism students, and was established with gifts from the children, grandchildren, family and friends in honor of Thomas Yoseloff, a 1934 graduate of the School. Poe is a 2004 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the daughter of David and Julie Poe. She has worked for The Daily Iowan for two years, serving as an editorial board member and a metro reporter. This summer, she will work as a metro editor at The Daily Iowan.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Melvin Rivers, Cedar Rapids, won the $500 Harriet E. Janes Journalism Scholarship, established by Jon S. and Lynda Hanes. The award is given to students majoring in journalism and mass communication who demonstrate potential for career achievement in writing or broadcast journalism, with preference given to students from Vinton, Iowa or neighboring communities.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Elaine Watkins-Miller, a master's professional student from Cedar Rapids, won the $400 Dorothy Rubenstein Award. The award is given to worthy journalism students, preferably residents of Iowa, and was established in 1996 by Dorothy Rubenstein, a 1932 graduate of the School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Gloria Williams, a master's professional student in journalism from Cedar Rapids, won the $500 Alan Waxenberg Scholarship. The award is given to a female master's professional student interested in a career in the magazine field. The 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. Williams has taught video production for several years, working with public access centers in Iowa City and Albuquerque, N.M. and with the Educational Video Center in New York. She plans to work as a freelance writer in the magazine and newspaper industries.

CHARLES CITY: Jamie Burks, a senior journalism and performing arts major from Charles City, won the $1,500 Tom King Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to a junior or senior journalism student demonstrating potential for career achievement in writing or broadcast journalism. Tom King, a Cedar Rapids native and a 1986 journalism school graduate, 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." Tom also appeared regularly on CNBC until his untimely death in April 2003. The scholarship was established by family, friends and professional associates. Burks also was named Society of Professional Journalists Outstanding graduate. She is a 2002 graduate of Charles City High School and the daughter of Karol and James Burks. Burks is past president of the student chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and a member of the Radio Television News Directors Association and the Public Relations Student Society of America. She hosted her own talk show, "Locally Exposed," on the campus radio station, KRUI-FM, and now works for KZIA-FM radio in Cedar Rapids in promotions and as an on-air personality.

CHARLES CITY: Laura Schmitt won the $500 Shafer Family Trust Scholarship. The award is given to a junior, senior, or post-graduate student with academic excellence focusing on the adaptation and use of electronic imaging and visualization technologies to report and disseminate news and news-related information to the general public. The scholarship was established in January 2005 in memory of Bob Shafer.

CLIVE: Colin Burke, a junior journalism and political science major from Clive, won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, the scholarship was established in his honor. Burke is a 2003 graduate of Valley High School and is the son of Tom and Peggy Burke. He worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan this past year. Burke also is a copy editor for the online magazine, Primetime, and a past newscaster for 89.7-FM KRUI.

CORWITH: Margaret Anderson won the $600 Jerry Parker Feature Writing Scholarship. The award is given to a junior or senior journalism major who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in feature writing and achieved academic excellence. Jerry Parker graduated from Iowa in 1961 and was a talented reporter and feature writer for Newsday until his death in 1985.

DAVENPORT: Audra Beals, a senior journalism and Spanish major from Davenport, won the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism. The award is given 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. Beals is a 2002 graduate of Davenport Central High School and the daughter of Karen Miranda and Steve Beals. She worked as an arts reporter for The Daily Iowan for 1 1/2 years, and was a graphics intern and freelance reporter for the River Cities' Reader in Davenport.

DAVENPORT: Nicholas Loomis won the $500 Professor Donald K. Woolley Scholarship. The award is given to a photojournalism student. Don Woolley, an alumnus of the School was known for dedication to his students. He also was legendary for his unique delivery of photography final exams-for instance, floating the test on rubber ducks down the Iowa River.

DAVENPORT: Brian Triplett, a senior journalism major from Davenport, won the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism. The award is given 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. Triplett is a 2002 graduate of Assumption High School and is the son of Pat and Mimi Triplett. After graduation, he is moving to the Caribbean and plans to travel and write about his experiences.

DES MOINES: Ashley Hoffman, a senior journalism and international studies major from Des Moines, won the $1,250 Ruth Baty and Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to women journalism students on the basis of academic performance and a demonstrated interest in the development of human understanding and human rights. Hoffman is a 2001 graduate of Dowling High School and the daughter of Mark and Suzanne Hoffman. Hoffman has written for The Daily Iowan covering women and minorities. Recently, she worked with a post-conflict nongovernmental organization in Vukovar, Croatia researching civil reconciliation in post-conflict communities.

DUBUQUE: Jeffrey Patch, a senior journalism and political science major from Dubuque, received the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism. The award is given 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. Patch is a 2002 graduate of Wahlert High School and the son of Ellen and Brian Patch. He has worked as a correspondent and an intern for The Des Moines Register for two years. Patch interned in various positions at the Dubuque Telegraph Herald during high school and college. After graduation, he will complete a summer internship at The Des Moines Register, and fall internship as a political reporter for the Washington Center for Politics and Journalism in Washington, D.C.

ELBERON: Tacy Geesaman, a senior journalism major from Elberon, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship. The award is given 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 are awarded in five areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism, online journalism, and advertising or public relations. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what later became Lee Enterprises Inc., an owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Geesaman is a 2001 graduate of Benton Community High School and the daughter of Celia and Dennis Geesaman. She has worked as a marketing intern at Hancher Auditorium and as a public relations intern at PRATA Company in Washington, D.C. She also volunteers as a Big Brothers Big Sisters academic mentor. After graduation, Geesaman will be working as a special education teacher in Las Vegas as a part of Teach For America.

FAIRFIELD: Laura Billingsley, a master's professional student in journalism from Fairfield, won the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism and was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. The Fairall scholarship is 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. Billingsley is a 2000 graduate of Fairfield High School and the daughter of Jim and Debbie Billingsley.

FAIRFIELD: Sonia Gunderson, a master's professional student from Fairfield, won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship. The award is given 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 are awarded in five areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism, online journalism, and advertising or public relations. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what later became Lee Enterprises Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Gunderson writes about arts, culture and cross-cultural issues, and is a contributor to The Daily Iowan and two Canadian publications-Inuit Art Quarterly and Above & Beyond, an in-flight magazine.

GLADBROOK: Jessica Reese, a senior journalism and marketing major from Gladbrook, won the $1,800 Florence Ruebush Scholarship. The award was set up to provide financial assistance to full-time journalism juniors and seniors.  The recipient is selected based on their academic achievement and their professional potential. Reese is a 2001 graduate of Gladbrook-Reinbeck High School and the daughter of Kayla and Barry Reese. She has worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan, as well as a peer tutor in the Tippie College of Business' Business Writing Center. In 2004, she was a research assistant for Don McLeese, a professor in the journalism school, on his recently published book, "MC5: Kick Out the Jams." Currently, she is the communications editor for the Iowa Memorial Union Department of Marketing and Design and a member of Kappa Tau Alpha. Reese will attend the University of Iowa College of Law this fall to pursue a dual-degree program in law (J.D.) and journalism (M.A.).

GLENWOOD: Lucy Collins, a senior journalism and graphic design major from Glenwood, won the $1,000 Paul Conrad Scholarship. The award was established in honor of Paul Conrad's 80th birthday. Mr. Conrad is a distinguished political cartoonist and three-time Pulitzer Prize winner.  He was chief editorial cartoonist at the Los Angeles Times from 1964 to 1993. Collins is a 2001 graduate of Glenwood High School and daughter of Pat and Sue Collins. She has worked as a graphic designer for the University of Iowa's Department of Marketing and Design for one year. She is also the design editor of earthwords, the University of Iowa undergraduate literary review. Her studies have focused on visual communication, print and web design, as well as digital imaging. After graduation she plans to move to Phoenix, Ariz. to work as a print graphic designer.

GRIMES: Matt Hauge, a sophomore majoring in journalism and American studies from Grimes, received the $1,250 Thomas Yoseloff Scholarship. The award is given to worthy journalism students. This award was established with gifts from the children, grandchildren, family and friends in honor of Thomas Yoseloff, a 1934 graduate of the School. Hauge is a 2004 graduate of Dallas Center-Grimes High School and the son of David and Roxanne Hauge. He was a producer for Student Video Productions, an announcer for WSUI-FM public radio in Iowa City, and has contributed to The Des Moines Register's community publications and The Daily Iowan.

HINTON: Marcus Dittmer, a junior journalism and marketing major from Hinton, won the $150 Gordon B. Strayer Scholarship. The award is given to undergraduate students who have demonstrated leadership in the campus chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and achieved academic excellence. 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. Dittmer is a 2003 graduate of Hinton High School and the son of Barry and Brenda Dittmer. He is currently working for the sports information office at The University of Iowa, and writes weekly press releases and post-event recaps and updates their web site, http://www.hawkeyesports.com, for the men's and women's swimming team. He assists with football, basketball, wrestling and baseball duties. Dittmer is also working as the director of public relations and marketing for Dance Marathon 2007 and will be a media relations intern this summer for the Sioux City Explorers.

IOWA CITY: Jason Brummond, a junior journalism and business major from Iowa City, won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Brummond is a 2003 graduate of City High School and the son of Chuck and Maggie Brummond. He has worked for The Daily Iowan for three years, serving as the sports editor for 1 1/2 years. This summer, Brummond has an internship with http://www.MLB.com, the official web site of Major League Baseball. He will cover the Minnesota Twins.

IOWA CITY: Stephen Koranda won the $300 Wilbur C. Peterson Scholarship. Established in 1966 by students and friends of Peterson, the award is given to a deserving journalism student. He was a faculty member in the School of Journalism from 1951 to 1966.

IOWA CITY: Katherine LaVail won the $100 Gerald Tauchner Reporting Scholarship for Interpretation of Health Science. The award is given to honor a student for a news or feature story interpreting health-related research by a University of Iowa faculty member. Gerald Tauchner was assistant director of the University of Iowa Health Center News. Upon his death in 1986, his parents established the scholarship.

IOWA CITY: Rebecca McKanna won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, the scholarship was established in his honor.

IOWA CITY: Rachel Mummey won the $500 Cedar Rapids Gazette Photo Scholarship. The award has been sponsored by the Gazette since 1950, and is given to a top student photographer.

IOWA CITY: Nick Petersen, a junior journalism and biomedical engineering major from Iowa City, won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Petersen is a 2004 graduate of Iowa City West High School and the son of Michele and Dan Petersen.

IOWA CITY: Tyson Wirth, a sophomore journalism major from Iowa City, won the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism. The award is given 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. Wirth is a 2004 graduate of City High School and the son of Bill and Cher Wirth. He has worked as a staff reporter for The Daily Iowan since May 2005, and will assume sports editor duties this summer. Wirth also has interned with KGAN-TV and worked as a stringer for The Associated Press.

JOHNSTON: Jane Slusark won the $1,500 Bruce A. Harrison Memorial Scholarship awarded to a deserving sophomore or junior journalism major. Mr. Harrison received his master's degree in journalism in 1967 and died in 1994. The scholarship was established in his memory by family and friends.

MARION: Drew Kerr, a junior journalism major from Marion won the $500 John F. Kennedy Truth-in-Journalism Scholarship. The award is given to a journalism student who has achieved distinction in interpretive or investigative reporting, and was established in 1964 by Roy Bazire, a 1939 journalism school graduate. He also received the $1,600 Frank Luther Mott Undergraduate Journalism Scholarship, 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. Kerr is a 2003 graduate of Xavier High School and the son of Paul and Mary Kerr. He is a metro editor for The Daily Iowan and will intern with The Gazette this summer. He has also written for the Fort Dodge Messenger and is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists.

MASON CITY: Megan VerHelst, a junior journalism major from Mason City, won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. VerHelst is a 2003 graduate of Nora Springs-Rock Falls High School and the daughter of Don and Monica VerHelst. She has worked for a variety of publications, and was a member of the Mason City Globe-Gazette's TeenInk council. She also has been a correspondent for the Globe-Gazette and North Iowa Woman Magazine. Most recently, she was a staff reporter and features editor for Logos, North Iowa Area Community College's student newspaper. Following graduation, she plans to work for a small, Iowa newspaper before moving to a larger paper.

MELBOURNE: Peter Madsen won the $400 Dorothy Rubenstein Award given to worthy journalism students, preferably residents of Iowa. Established in 1996 by Dorothy Rubenstein, a 1932 graduate of the School.

NEWTON: Janelle Penny, a junior journalism and political science major from Newton, won the $300 Leon Barnes Community Journalism Scholarship. The award is given to a junior committed to a career in community, news and editorial journalism. Leon Barnes was the publisher of the Northwood Anchor for 30 years. Penny is a 2003 graduate of Newton High School and the daughter of Jack and Mary Penny.

SIOUX CITY: Kelly Rehan, a senior journalism and English major from Sioux City, won the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism. The award is given 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. Rehan is a 2002 graduate of Bishop Heelan High School and the daughter of Robert and Patricia Rehan. She has worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan and as an editorial intern for Buckle Down Publishing. After graduation, Rehan will work as an editorial intern for Today's Chicago Woman magazine.

SOLON: Stephen Schmidt, a senior journalism and English major from Solon, won the $400 Dorothy Rubenstein Award and was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. The Rubenstein scholarship is given to worthy journalism students, preferably residents of Iowa. Established in 1996 by Dorothy Rubenstein, a 1932 graduate of the school. Schmidt is a graduate of Solon High School and the son of Kris Brown and Jim Schmidt.

STORM LAKE: Jennifer Lickteig, a sophomore journalism and international studies major from Storm Lake, won the $500 Ruth A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to a female undergraduate sophomore or junior with a desire to pursue a career in the print media and potential for achieving professional competence in the field. Lickteig is a 2004 graduate of Storm Lake High School and the daughter of Al and Fay Lickteig. She has worked as an intern for The Storm Lake Times and for one semester as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan. She also contributes to the Public Relations Student Society of America newsletter. This summer, Lickteig will intern at Voice of America in Washington D.C.

WALL LAKE: Sara Geake, a senior journalism major from Wall Lake, won the $1,000 Gazette Company Scholarship - Broadcast. The award is given to two deserving junior or senior students who wish to pursue a journalism career in Iowa. The award was initiated in 1991 by Joe Hladky III, president of the Gazette Company. Geake is a 2002 graduate of Wall Lake View Auburn High School and the daughter of John and Cathy Geake. She has worked as a staff reporter for The Daily Iowan for one year, and Daily Iowan Television for one semester. She is currently the weekend producer for KGAN-TV NewsChannel 2, the CBS affiliate in Cedar Rapids.

WASHINGTON: Jennifer Sturm, a senior journalism and American studies major from Washington, won the $1,000 Phillip D. Adler Daily Iowan Award. The award is given to an outstanding Daily Iowan (DI) staff member who has worked at the DI for at least three months prior to the scholarship application and shows promise for a career in journalism. The award was established by the late Mr. Adler, who was editor of the DI in 1925 and graduated from the School in 1926. Sturm is a 2001 graduate of Washington High School and the daughter of Steve and Dianne Sturm. She was the DI's 2005-2006 editor-in-chief. While she was editor she created Daily Iowan Television, the student-run television newscast, and expanded web journalism on the DI's web site, http://www.dailyiowan.com. Sturm recently accepted a position copy editing and designing for JUICE, a publication geared to 25- to 34-year-olds, produced by The Des Moines Register.

WATERLOO: Sam Edsill, a senior journalism and English major from Waterloo, won the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism and was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. The Fairall scholarship is 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. Edsill is a 2002 graduate of West High School and the son of Henry and Norma Edsill. Since January 2005, he has worked as a reporter for The Daily Iowan. Edsill completed a summer editorial internship with the North American Review in 2005. He will graduate with high distinction and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Tau Alpha.

WEST DES MOINES: Ryan Kloberdanz won the $2,500 Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship and was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. The scholarship is 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.

WILTON: Anne Shuppy, a senior journalism and economics major from Wilton, won the $1,500 James W. Blackburn Scholarship. The award is given to a junior or senior journalism major 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 "Fifth Estate." Shuppy is the daughter of Ron and Emily Shuppy. She is currently an intern at Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C., and after graduation will participate in a fellowship at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla. Previously Shuppy worked for The Des Moines Register as a news intern, and as managing editor, metro editor, columnist and reporter for The Daily Iowan.

Florida

TALLAHASSEE: Charlie Shifflett, a master's professional student from Tallahassee, Fla., won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship and was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. The Lee scholarship is 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 are awarded in five areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism, online journalism and advertising or public relations. The scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what later became Lee Enterprises Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Shifflett is a 1998 graduate of North Florida Christian High School and the son of Bill and Sharon Shifflett. He taught English writing at People's University in Beijing from 2002 to 2004 and returned in summer 2005 to conduct fieldwork for his master's reporting project on the lives of Beijing's rural, migrant construction workers.

Illinois

BLOOMINGTON: Traci Finch, a junior journalism and social work major from Bloomington, Ill., won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, this scholarship was established in his honor. Finch is a 2003 graduate of Normal Community High School and the daughter of Tom and Lisa Finch. Finch currently writes for The Des Moines Register as a correspondent. Previously, she worked for The Daily Iowan as an editorial writer, columnist, metro reporter and news editor for 2 1/2 years.

BUFFALO GROVE: Tina Stein, a senior journalism major from Buffalo Grove, Ill., won the $1,500 Jim Zabel Scholarship. The award is given to junior or senior journalism students who demonstrate professional promise and academic excellence and who are planning a career in broadcast journalism. The award was established in honor of Jim Zabel, longtime sports director of WHO-AM radio in Des Moines and a 1944 graduate of the School. Stein is a 2002 graduate of Buffalo Grove High School and the daughter of Rick and Lorie Stein. In 2005, she helped launch Daily Iowan Television, the student-run TV station at The University of Iowa. Stein interned twice for WGN-TV in Chicago, and KCRG-TV in Cedar Rapids. She also has completed internships for Tribune Broadcasting in Washington, D.C., WMTV in Madison, Wisc., and WIFR-TV in Rockford, Ill. Stein served as president of the Radio Television News Directors Association and Gamma Phi Beta sorority. Stein hopes to begin her career as a general assignment reporter for a TV station in the Midwest.

HAZEL CREST: Jocelyn Jones, a senior journalism major from Hazel Crest, Ill., won the $1,000 The Gazette Foundation Minority Journalism Scholarship. The award is given to a minority journalism student planning a career in print or broadcast journalism. Preference is given to students from Eastern Iowa who plan to remain in Iowa after graduation. She has worked as an intern for The Daily Iowan, KGAN-TV NewsChannel 2, and has served as president of the National Association of Black Journalists for two years, as well as editor of the organization's newsletter.

JOHNSBURG: Becky Bereiter, a senior journalism major from Johnsburg, Ill., won the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship. The award is given 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 are awarded in five areas: newspaper, editorial page and/or commentary, broadcast or electronic journalism, online journalism and advertising or public relations. The

scholarship honors A.W. Lee, who founded what later became Lee Enterprises Inc., owner and operator of newspapers and broadcast stations. Bereiter is 2002 graduate of Johnsburg High School and the daughter of Bill and Beth Bereiter. She served as anchor, reporter, producer and news director for Daily Iowan Television, the first student-run newscast at The University of Iowa. She has also interned at two television stations in Eastern Iowa including the CBS affiliate, KGAN-TV, and the NBC affiliate, KWWL-TV. After graduation, she will intern at KCRG-TV, the Eastern Iowa ABC affiliate while looking for a job as a television news reporter.

JOHNSBURG: Kelli Walsh, a senior journalism and English major from Johnsburg, Ill., was named Kappa Tau Alpha top scholar and won the $300 Howard A. Schumacher Scholarship, the $50 John Hamilton Johnson Memorial Prize in Journalism and the Luther A. Brewer Key. The awards are given 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. Walsh is a 2002 graduate of Johnsburg High School and the daughter of David and Elaine Walsh of Volo.

JOLIET: Audrey Arp, a senior journalism and graphic design major from Joliet, Ill., won the $1,800 Ellis Newsome Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to an undergraduate journalism major in good standing who is seeking a career in public relations or advertising. The award was established by James Patten to recognize his University of Iowa mentor, Professor Ellis Newsome. Arp is a 2002 graduate of Lincoln-Way Central High School and the daughter of Alan and Lisa Arp. As an undergraduate, she worked as a graphic design intern for The Iowa Memorial Union and The Iowa Children's Museum. After graduation, she will work as a community relations assistant for The Iowa Children's Museum.

MERRIONETTE PARK: Michelle Phelps, a junior journalism and political science major from Merrionette Park, Ill., won the $3,000 Philip D. Adler Journalist Scholarship. The award is given to a junior journalism major who shows great potential for leadership and editorial achievement in newspaper or broadcast journalism. The scholarship was 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. Phelps is a 2003 graduate of Dwight D. Eisenhower High School and the daughter of Michael and Lynda Phelps. Phelps is currently executive producer and lead anchor of Daily Iowan Television (DITV). She has worked there as a reporter and anchor since its launch in 2005 and was part of the team that founded the University of Iowa's first ever student-run newscast. Besides working for DITV, Phelps has interned at CLTV, Chicagoland's Television, and KCRG-TV, the Cedar Rapids ABC affiliate. She will be interning at NBC 5 in Chicago this summer in their medical and health unit. Phelps is also the president of both the Society of Professional Journalists and the Radio and Television News Directors Association.

MUNDELEIN: Heather Loeb, a junior journalism and psychology major from Mundelein, Ill., won the $2,500 Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship. The award is given to a junior or senior journalism student who shows potential for a successful career in the magazine field. Gorkin, a 1936 graduate of the School, was editor of Parade magazine and a magazine consultant. Loeb is a 2003 graduate of Mundelein High School and the daughter of Mark and Amy Loeb. Loeb previously worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan for one year and has been an editor for Content magazine since September. She is the co-founder of Ed on Campus, the University of Iowa student magazine networking group, as well as the vice president of operations for STAT Ambassadors. This summer, she will be an editorial intern at Midwest Living magazine.

NAPERVILLE: Sarah Marseille, a senior journalism major from Naperville, Ill., won the $300 Conger-Reynolds Scholarship. The award is given to a journalism major who has made outstanding contributions in public relations. Reynolds, who taught some of the early journalism courses at the UI, was director of public relations for the Standard Oil Company of Indiana for 26 years. Marseille is a 2002 graduate of Naperville North High School and the daughter of Jim and Susan Marseille.

PALATINE: Katie Chelminski, a junior journalism and international studies major from Palatine, Ill., won the $200 Jacob E. Reizenstein Scholarship. The award is given to an undergraduate student showing outstanding enterprise and capability in news gathering and writing. Mr. Reizenstein's writing appeared for 80 years in Iowa City newspapers from 1880, when he was 11, until 1960. He was a reporter, city editor, and contributing editor for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. Chelminski is a 2003 graduate of William Fremd High School and the daughter of Rich and Sue Chelminski. She has worked as both a columnist and editorial board writer for The Daily Iowan and a writer for the student-run magazine, Content. She has been the media intern for the international programs office this past spring. Chelminski will be a publications intern this summer with Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Va.

WHEATON: Catherine Gaa, a junior journalism and international studies major from Wheaton, Ill., won the $750 Dorothy Wilson Moeller Writing Scholarship. The award is given to students who plan mass communication careers and demonstrate outstanding sensitivity to language and skill in its use in the mass media. It was established by Mrs. Moeller's daughter and son, Margaret Nelson and Dr. Kent Moeller, on her 90th birthday to honor her commitment to the art and craft of writing. Gaa is a 2003 graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School and the daughter of Don and Nancy Gaa. She has written for The Daily Iowan as a metro staff reporter and is the media relations chair for a campus organization. She will be interning at Metro Chicago this summer, and plans a career in travel journalism.

Michigan

GROSSE POINTE PARK: Alexander Lang has won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, the scholarship was established in his honor.

Minnesota

DELANO: Jayne Lady, a senior journalism major from Delano, Minn., won the $900 W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall Scholarship and was inducted into the Leslie G. Moeller Chapter of Kappa Tau Alpha, the national society honoring scholarship in journalism. The Hall scholarship is awarded to journalism majors who have achieved distinction 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. Lady is a 2002 graduate of Delano High School and the daughter of Dave and Melanie Lady. She has worked as an opinions writer and web editor for The Daily Iowan for one year. After graduation, Lady will attend the University of Iowa College of Law.

New Jersey

JERSEY CITY: Janine Brown, a master's professional student in journalism from Jersey City, N.J., won a $1,000 Toni Berry Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was established by Toni Berry's family, which includes Professor Venise Berry. The scholarship supports an individual who serves as the supervising editor of NURU, the newspaper published by the UI student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Brown is a 2000 graduate of McNair Academic High School and is the daughter of Joyce Brown and granddaughter of Ernestine Brown. She was president of NABJ during the 2005-2006 academic year. Brown is the executive producer and host of "The Word" and editor of the NABJ newspaper, NURU.  After graduation, she hopes to work as a video journalist for NY1-TV, Time Warner's 24-hour news channel in New York City.

Ohio

CINCINNATI: Jessica Fischoff won the $800 Judy Klemesrud Writing Scholarship awarded to an undergraduate student with at least a 2.75 grade-point average who displays great promise in the ability to write about women's issues and social change. Klemesrud was a 1961 graduate of the School and a reporter for The New York Times. The scholarship was established by her family and friends after her death in 1985.

Wisconsin

PEWAUKEE: Jennifer Bissell, a junior journalism and health and sport studies major from Pewaukee, Wisc., won the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to juniors who show aptitude, interest and potential for a successful newspaper career, based on scholarship, personality, character, extracurricular activities, industry and demonstrated potential. Mr. Bunker was the former president of Speidel Newspapers. Following his death in September 1966, the scholarship was established in his honor. Bissell is a 2003 graduate of Pewaukee High School and the daughter of Tom and Kathie Bissell. She has worked for the sports information office at The University of Iowa for the past year, and has been involved in the student-run Dance Marathon, raising money for children with cancer. Bissell is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Omicron Delta Kappa. This summer, Bissell will intern at the West Liberty Index as a sports reporter and photographer.

Croatia

Marina Vujnovic won the $500 John F. Murray Outstanding Doctoral Student - Research award. The award is given to a senior doctoral student selected by the School's graduate faculty for significant achievement in research activities.

Egypt

CAIRO: Amani Ismail won the $500 Carl J. Nelson Memorial Research Scholarship 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, headed a leading media research firm, Carl Nelson Research, Inc., based in Chicago. He died in 1966.

India

NEW DELHI: Chitra Subramanyam, a master's professional student, won the $400 Ruth and Morris Zweiban Memorial Scholarship. The award is given to international students in the master's professional program. The Zweibans immigrated from Eastern Europe in the early 1900s. Although neither could afford a higher education, they ultimately were able 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. Before coming to the UI, Subramanyam worked for five years as a reporter and editor for the Indian Express, covering crime, the environment and transportation. She also was an editor for The Asian Age, and wrote stories for several publications, including the Delhi Times and Times of India.

Sweden

VAXJO: Johan Bergenas won the $750 Dorothy Wilson Moeller Writing Scholarship. The award was established by Mrs. Moeller's daughter and son, Margaret Nelson and Dr. Kent Moeller on her 90th birthday to honor her commitment to the art and craft of writing. It is awarded to students who plan mass communication careers and demonstrate outstanding sensitivity to language and skill in its use in the mass media.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Lesly Huffman, 319-384-0077, lesly-huffman@uiowa.edu or Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu