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July 17, 2007

UI College of Education Honors Students At Awards Ceremony

The University of Iowa College of Education presented a variety of scholarships to some of its top students during its annual Student Awards Ceremony April 27.

The awards and scholarships are given annually in the UI College of Education and are based on academic achievement and potential for success in a particular field within education, among other criteria.

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

ATLANTIC: Christopher J. Button, who is pursing his doctorate in counseling psychology, is a recipient of the T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship. This award honoring Cleary's ideals and achievements is given to one international student and one permanent resident of the United States. Button earned two Bachelor of Art degrees from Central College, one in exercise science/health promotion in 1999 and another in psychology in 2003. He served in the Iowa Air National Guard for almost 10 years. He is currently working as a research assistant, helping with the development and delivery of a career intervention program for underprivileged rural high school students. He was awarded the U.S. Air Force Health Profession Scholarship and the Hazel T. Schroeder Memorial Scholarship in 2006. After completing his degree, Button will enter the United States Air Force as a captain.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Rudy Chihak, a UI Honor's Program undergraduate student in secondary education with a specialization in psychology and an endorsement in American history, is a recipient of the Duane D. Anderson Memorial Scholarship. The award honors Anderson's lifetime career and is presented to a student who shows promise in their chosen field. Chihak is certified to coach and assists with cross-country and track at Kennedy High School in Cedar Rapids.

CLINTON: Megan Owen, an undergraduate student working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education with specializations in music and reading, is a recipient of the Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship. This award is given to undergraduate or graduate students in the area of elementary education with preference given to Iowa residents. Owen has participated in Habitat for Humanity, Miracles in Motion, Compassion International and Christ the King Lutheran Church as an assistant youth director.

CRESCO: Todd J. Rosendahl, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Music in music education/percussion performance with highest distinction and honors in education, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award honors David and Connie Belin, long-time supporters of the UI College of Education. It is given to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program. Rosendahl has taught private percussion lessons and works as the percussion frontline instructor at Jefferson High School in Cedar Rapids. He will enter the ethnomusicology program at Florida State University this fall to begin working towards his Master of Music degree.

DAVENPORT: Benjamin Arp, a student teacher, is a recipient of the U-High Innovative Developments in Education Award. This award is given to UI students who completed their student teaching the previous semester or who will be completing it in the current semester. Arp taught a ninth-grade earth and environmental science course, as well as social issues in biology and geology and meteorology course for upperclassmen at Solon High School.

DES MOINES:

--  Julia Frey, an undergraduate in the Bachelor of Arts program in elementary education, is a recipient of the Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship. This award is given to undergraduate or graduate students in elementary education with preference given to Iowa residents. Frey finished a minor in Spanish and an endorsement in reading and language arts. She has worked at Longfellow and Hoover elementary schools in Iowa City, as well as Moore Elementary School in Des Moines. She is currently an aid in the Adult and Family Literacy Program in West Liberty, Iowa.

-- Allison Rockwell, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and English in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is a recipient of the Guy and Gladys Peterson Award. This award is given to an outstanding undergraduate student who has been admitted to and has completed at least 12 semester hours of coursework in the teacher education program. Jessica Ann Vogel funded the award in honor of her parents, Guy and Gladys Peterson. Rockwell graduated with a teaching certification in secondary English, language arts and reading. She studied abroad in Russia in the 2005-06 school year. She has been on the UI Dean's and President's lists.

-- Sheyla Shreck, an undergraduate student working on her Bachelors of Arts in elementary education with specializations in language arts, reading and English as a second language, is a recipient of the Jack Bagford Elementary Education Award. This award is presented annually to a student in elementary education who will be student teaching during the school year following the award. The student, either graduate or undergraduate, must be a resident of Iowa, have a good academic record and show promise in the field of education. Shreck was placed at birth in an orphanage Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is a native Portuguese speaker and plans to utilize her degree as a teacher of English as a second language. She has been awarded the Hispanic Scholarship Fund/State Farm Companies Foundation Scholar, and has been included on the Dean's List. She has been involved with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program, the Johnson County Crisis Center, the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County and Regina Elementary School.

IOWA CITY:

-- Matthew Degner, working to complete his Master of Arts degree in educational administration, is a recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration. This award is in honor of Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones, as requested by their son, the late Michael Jones and is presented to gradate students in educational administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary education. Degner earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 2002, with certifications in social studies education and coaching. He currently coaches a girl's basketball team and advises the student council at Williamsburg Community High School.

-- Kenneth Hallinan, working toward his teaching certification in art education, is a recipient of the Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones Student Teaching Scholarship. This award is in honor of Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones, as requested by their son, the late Michael Jones, and is presented to an undergraduate student in elementary or secondary education. Hallinan received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in art at California State University in Los Angeles in 1992 and his Bachelor of Arts in journalism from California State University in Northridge in 1999. He has worked as a reporter in California and began work as a teacher in a physical education classroom at Fulton Middle School in Van Nuys, Calif.

-- Mark Salisbury is working to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in student affairs administration and research and is a recipient of the Paul Opstad Scholarship. Opstad's children established this award at the time of his death in 1994 to award a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education whose career interests focus on the concerns and needs of international students. It is based on academic performance and commitment to working with international students. Salisbury received his Master of Arts degree in American studies from the University of Kansas in 1997 and his Bachelor of Arts in English composition from the University of Minnesota in 1992. Salisbury worked as an admissions specialist in the University Honors Program at Idaho State University and is currently a research assistant in the Office of International Programs in the UI College of Education.

-- James Seamans, who is working toward his Master of Arts degree in educational administration, is the recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration. This award is in honor of Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones, as requested by their son, the late Michael Jones, and is presented to gradate students in educational administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary education. Seamans received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a teaching endorsement from the UI in 1998. He has been teaching at Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School for the past five years. He was the advisor for two award-winning yearbooks, coached competitive speech, and was an assistant varsity soccer and head junior varsity soccer coach.

-- Ryan S. Wells, who is completing his Doctor of Philosophy in educational policy and leadership studies with a focus in higher education, is a recipient of the Howard R. Jones Achievement Award. This award honors Jones, dean of the College of Education from 1962 to 1979. Colleagues and friends established the at the time of Jones' retirement in 1979. Wells received his Master of Arts degree in social foundations of education in 2004 at the UI and his Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University in 1995. He has served as an evaluation consultant in the Center for Evaluation and Assessment, a teaching assistant for a human relations course, and a research assistant in the UI Department of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies. He was awarded a fellowship from the Obermann Graduate Institute on Engagement and the Academy this year.

KALONA: Noah Parks, an undergraduate working toward his Bachelor of Science degree in education, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology, is a recipient of the Daniel G. Loetscher Memorial Science Education Scholarship. This award honors Loetscher, a teacher of chemistry who completed a Master of Science degree in chemistry and a minor in mineralogy in 1926. The award, established as a memorial in 1997 by Loetscher's family, is given to a student pursuing a degree in secondary education with an emphasis in the sciences. Parks currently works as a laboratory monitor in the department of chemistry. He earned an academic award from the Honors Society at the UI. Parks also teaches guitar lessons at West Music.

MARION: Michelle Beth Colton, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Music in music education/percussion performance with high distinction and honors in education, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award honors the Belins, long-time supporters of the College of Education. It is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program. Colton performed with the Hawkeye Marching Band as well as the UI Percussion Ensemble, which led her to Beijing, China, in 2006. Colton plans on entering a graduate program at the University of Toronto, Canada.

MT. VERNON: Diana Brace, a student working toward a certification in secondary English education and endorsement in journalism, is a recipient of the Dr. Mary Agnella Gunn Memorial Scholarship. This award is presented to an undergraduate student in the area of English education. Marion Anderson established the award in Gunn's memory. Brace earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism and mass communications and a minor in English from the UI in 2005. She has volunteered as a tutor at Roosevelt Elementary School and currently works at the Iowa City Public Library.

MUSCATINE: Erin Wehr-Flowers, currently working toward her Doctor of Philosophy in music education, is a recipient of the Howard R. Jones Achievement Award. This award honors Jones, dean of the UI College of Education from 1962 to 1979. Colleagues and friends established the award at the time of Jones' retirement in 1979. Wehr-Flowers received her master's degree in music education from the University of North Texas in 1998 and her bachelor's degree in music in trumpet/jazz studies from the University of Northern Iowa in 1993. She has worked as the director of instrumental music in Taylor Ridge, Ill., and is currently a general music specialist in the Iowa City Community School District.

SHELDON: Krista Blythe, who is pursuing her teaching certification in foreign language education, is a recipient of the Dr. Mary Agnella Gunn Memorial Scholarship. This award is presented to an undergraduate student in the area of English education. Marion Anderson established the award in Gunn's memory. Blythe graduated with honors from Central College in Pella, Iowa, with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and international studies in 2004. She has gained experience in the Spanish and English as a second language classrooms at Iowa City West High School.

SLATER: Benjamin Tweedt, an undergraduate student completing his Bachelor of Arts degree in social studies education, is a recipient of the Charlotte and Ruby Junge Scholarship. This award is presented to an undergraduate student in the area of social studies or elementary education. Charlotte Junge established the award in memory of her sister, Ruby. Tweedt was awarded the Robert C. Byrd Scholarship and the Presidential Scholarship. He is a youth group leader and mentors fifth to eighth graders at Parkview Church. He is currently a resident assistant at University Housing.

WASHINGTON: Jannea Miller, an undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education with a strategist I specialization, is a recipient of the Sheila E. McFarland Memorial Scholarship. This award is given to an undergraduate student in elementary education with preference given to an Iowa resident. Joseph and Rosalie McFarland funded this award in honor of their daughter, Sheila. Miller was given the Roy J. Carver Scholarship and the UI Community College Transfer Scholarship, and she was on the UI Dean's List. She currently works at Hy-Vee, as well as the Washington Community Y Day Care Center.

WINFIELD: Ginny Tomas, a student in elementary education, is a recipient of the Lloyd Smith Scholarship. This award is given to an outstanding student in the area of elementary social studies. Family, friends, and colleagues established this award in memory of Smith, a long-time professor in the College of Education. Tomas is majoring in elementary education with areas of specialization in social studies and mathematics. She completed her Associate of Arts degree from Southeastern Community College.

Illinois

DARIEN: Jason Jaffe, a student teacher, is a recipient of the U-High Innovative Developments in Education Award. This award is given to UI students who completed their student teaching the previous semester or who will be completing it in the current semester. Jaffe has been teaching 11th- and 12th-grade United States history and American government at West Aurora High School in West Aurora, Ill.

GENEVA: Susan J. Moore, a student in the Bachelor of Arts program in elementary education with a strategist I/special education endorsement, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award honors the Belins, long-time supporters of the College of Education. It is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program. Moore received the W. Joseph Gartner Memorial Scholarship for those who plan to work in the field of autism and has completed student teaching at Van Allen Elementary in North Liberty, Iowa.

GREEN OAKS: Nicole Nozicka, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and Spanish, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award honors the Belins, long-time supporters of the UI College of Education. It is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program. Nozicka gained teaching experience at Townline Elementary School in a fourth-grade dual language classroom and teaching English as a second language to sixth- through eighth-grade students at Hawthorn Middle School.

MOUNT PROSPECT: Nicole I. Guarino, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award honors the Belins, long-time supporters of the College of Education. It is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program. Guarino completed a student teaching program in Donegal, Ireland, at an Irish vocational school. She also received a Fulbright Scholarship to teach English for a year at a secondary school in South Korea.

RICHTON PARK: Alanna Boyd, a student working toward her Master of Arts in rehabilitation counseling, is a recipient of the Leonard A. Miller Memorial Scholarship. This award was established in honor and memory of Miller, a counselor and teacher. The award is presented to a student who demonstrates the potential to develop into the type of professional that Miller would admire. Boyd received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill. She completed a summer internship through the Iowa Department of Vocational Rehabilitation (IVRS) in Iowa City in 2005 and a practicum at Community Mental Health Center in Iowa City. She is also a smoking cessation counselor for Quitline Iowa.

ROCKFORD: Danielle Tazelaar, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education with reading and language arts emphasis, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award honors the Belins, long-time supporters of the College of Education. It is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program. Tazelar gained teaching experience in a first grade class at Mark Twain Elementary School last fall, and completed student teaching in a third- and fourth-grade class at Irving Weber Elementary School.

ST. CHARLES: Megan Ann Cebrzynksi, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education, is a recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award honors the Belins, long-time supporters of the College of Education. It is awarded to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program. Cebrzynski completed student teaching in a first- and second-grade class at Kate Wickham Elementary School in Coralville, Iowa.

Minnesota

MARSHALL: Melissa Chapman, student in the Doctor of Philosophy program in educational psychology, is a recipient of the James and Coretta Stroud Fellowship. This award is presented annually to an outstanding doctoral student in educational psychology or an allied field who is entering the dissertation phase of the program. It is made possible by James and Coretta Stroud. Chapman graduated magna cum laude in 2002 from Coe College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and English. She has worked as a graduate research assistant for the Center of Evaluation and Assessment (CEA), a project manager for Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency's Early Reading First, a doctoral research assistant at ACT, Inc., and as project manager for the Belin-Blank Center external evaluations. Chapman is currently a professional research assistant for CEA where she manages the evaluation of two ELL grants. She is a member of the American Educational Research Association -- Division C (Learning and Instruction) and Division K (Teaching and Teacher Education), International Reading Association, Society for Scientific Studies in Reading and Society for research in Child Development.

EDEN PRAIRIE: Kristen Neve, a recent graduate with a Master of Arts degree in special education, is a recipient of the Debra Clausen Memorial Fellowship. J. Christian and Geraldine K. Clausen established this award in memory of their daughter, Debra, who had Down syndrome and worked in the UI Hospital School (Center for Disabilities and Development) for 25 years before her death in 1996. The fellowship is given to a student in the UI College of Education with first preference given to students who will be spending time at the Center for Disabilities and Development. Neve also completed a teaching licensure in K-12 special education, multi-categorical specialization. She has worked as a resident counselor at REM Iowa, Inc., in Coralville, and participated in a behavioral clinic to go on an outreach to a low-functioning autistic classroom in Des Moines, Iowa. Neve completed student teaching at Northwest Junior High School in Coralville in a seventh to eighth-grade SCI classroom. She also student taught at Longfellow Elementary School in Iowa city in a Kindergarten through third-grade behavior disorders program.

Missouri

BRANSON: Emily R. Lai, who is working towards his Doctor of Philosophy in educational measurement and statistics, is a recipient of the Melvin R. Novick Award in Educational Measurement and Statistics. Lai has received two master's degrees, one Master of Arts in library and information science from the UI and another Master of Arts in political science from Emory University in Atlanta, Ga. Her undergraduate degree was in political science from the University of Missouri. She is currently a research assistant for the Center of Evaluation and Assessment. She has worked as a graduate assistant for the Iowa Women's Archives and the Political Science department. She has received a Distinguished Research Award from the Iowa Educational Research and Evaluation Association Annual Meeting in 2006.

KANSAS CITY: R. Chace Ramey, a candidate to complete his Doctor of Philosophy in education administration, is a recipient of the Perry Eugene McClenahan Award. This award honors McClenahan, who was Iowa Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1919 to 1923. The award is given to an outstanding candidate for an advanced degree in educational administration. Ramey completed his undergraduate degree in English from the University of Kansas in 2001 and his Juris Doctorate from the UI College of Law in 2004. He worked as an associate attorney in product liability and commercial litigation groups, as well as in the areas of education, real estate and employment. He is currently serving on the Board of Education for the North Kansas City School District.

KIRKSVILLE: Carol Klose Smith, a doctoral candidate in counselor education and supervision with a cognate area in school psychology, is a recipient of the Albert Hood Promising Scholar Award. This award honors Hood and is presented to a graduate student in the division of counseling, rehabilitation and student development who is a doctoral candidate. Smith received her Master of Science in education in counselor education with a cognate area in community counseling from Western Illinois University in 1992, a teaching certification in social studies education from Truman State University in 1988, and a Bachelor of Science in psychology from North Dakota State University in 1986. She has worked as a child care worker at the Children's Farm Home in Corvallis, Ore.; a clinical case manager at Victim Support Services, Inc, in Kirksville, Mo.; and as Director of Counseling Services at A.T. Still University, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Mo. Smith has received the American College Counseling Association Emerging Leader Grant in 2004 and 2006, and was selected for the 2007-08 National Career Development Association Leadership Academy. She is a member of the American Counseling Association, Association of Counselor Educators and Supervisors, and American School Counselor Association. In the fall she will begin employment as an assistant professor at Winona State University.

New York

CLIFTON PARK: Amina Mahmood, a fourth-year doctoral student in the counseling psychology program is a recipient of the Minority Student Award. This award was established initially by Louisa K. Matthias and augmented through an estate gift from Prof. Emeritus Ursula Delworth. The award is given to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student in the College of Education and a student of color who is active in working with equity issues. Mahmood's primary research interests include diversity and multicultural issues within counseling psychology. She is a member of the State of Iowa's Psychological Association Diversity Committee and co-presented a UI television program for the Education at Iowa series. Mahmood is currently finishing an internship at the Florida Mental Health Institute in Tampa, Fla.

South Dakota

WATERTOWN: Brenda Engebretson, currently working toward her Doctor of Philosophy degree in school psychology, is the recipient of the Emma Bauman Holmes Education Scholarship. This award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate or graduate student of U.S. citizenship who shows a need for financial aid. Engebretson was named the lead student in the UI Behavioral Pediatrics Clinic in 2005, was co-president of the School Psychology Student Association in 2005-2006, and was the student representative to the Iowa School Psychology Association. She received the ISPA Student of the Year Award in 2006. She completed an internship with Pediatric Psychology at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.

Wisconsin

HUDSON: Scott W. Wood, a student working towards his Doctor of Philosophy in educational measurement and statistics, is a recipient of the Blommers-Hieronymus-Feldt Fellowship. This award is given to an outstanding doctoral student in educational measurement and statistics and is made possible by the friends and colleagues of the UI professors Paul J. Blommers, Albert N. Hieronymus and Leonard S. Feldt. Wood received his Master of Science in Statistics from the UI in 2005 and received his Bachelor of Art in two majors, quantitative methods/computer science and mathematics from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He is currently working as a research assistant for Iowa Testing Programs.

China

FU ZHOU CITY: Yi Ding, completing a doctorate in school psychology and is a recipient of a T. Anne Clearly Psychological Research Scholarship. This award honors the ideals and achievements of Cleary. It is awarded to one international student and one permanent resident of the United States. Ding received a Master of Arts in education from Beijing Normal University. She has collaborated with faculty in the U.S., China and Hong Kong to work on research projects based on international and cross-cultural perspectives.

Jamaica

KINGSTON: Yewande Lewis, currently working toward her doctorate in language, literacy and culture, is a recipient of the Erwin and Louise International Scholarship. This annual award is presented to a full-time international student enrolled in the UI College of Education. Stephanie Wasta established the award in honor of her grandparents. Lewis earned a Master of Arts degree in education at Harvard University and completed a program in risk and prevention. She earned her Bachelor of Science in sociology and public administration, as well as a diploma in education with a focus in English language and literature from the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Lewis was awarded the Jamaica Fulbright Student Scholarship to attend the UI.

South Korea

SEOUL:

-- Aeran Choi, a candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy degree in science education, is a recipient of the Rolland Ray Dissertation Fellowship. This award is given to an outstanding doctoral student in the College of Education who is undertaking a dissertation that focuses on the measurement of education objectives in mathematics, natural sciences, social studies or English. The Gleynafa T. Ray estate funds the fellowship in memory of Rolland Ray. Choi is currently working in the UI Department of Science Education and hopes to become a professional researcher in science education.

-- Jung Duk Ohn, a student working toward her Doctor of Philosophy in elementary education, is a recipient of the Paul Opstad Scholarship. Opstad's children established this award at the time of his death in 1994 to award a graduate student enrolled in the College of Education whose career interests focus on the concerns and needs of international students. It is based on academic performance and commitment to working with international students. Ohn received her certificate of elementary school teaching in Seoul, Korea, and her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees from Ewha Womans University. She worked as an associate in the English language learner/English as a second language program for the past two years at Roosevelt Elementary School in Iowa City.

-- Sueuk Park, a student in his third year working toward his Doctor of Philosophy degree in social foundations, is a recipient of the Franklin D. Stone International Student Award. Stone's wife, Louise, and their son, Thomas, established this award as a memorial for Stone, professor of educational administration, following his death in 1983. It is given to an outstanding international student pursuing a doctorate in the College of Education. Park's research interests include educational inequality of opportunity and social stratification.

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