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May 16, 2007

UI Journalism Students Win 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 at its annual Fourth Estate Banquet, held last month at the Coralville Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.

At the event, 11 students were recognized as new members of Kappa Tau Alpha, the journalism honor society. Molly Robinson, a senior from Miles, Iowa, was selected as the Kappa Tau Alpha Top Scholar for 2007, an award presented to the student with the highest overall grade-point average among graduating seniors.

Roger Thurow, a long-time Wall Street Journal foreign correspondent, was the journalism school Hall of Fame inductee. Thurow graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the UI with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science in 1972.

In 27 years with the Journal, Thurow has written about humanitarian and social development issues, reporting from more than 60 countries and winning numerous awards. In 1986, he opened the Journal's bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa, and covered the final brutal years of apartheid and the release of Nelson Mandela. In 1989, he covered the early days of German reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In 1991, he re-opened the paper's Vienna bureau, from which he covered the burgeoning democracy and capitalism in Eastern Europe and wars in Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Kosovo. In 2004, he was a named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in International Reporting for a series of stories on the "Anatomy of Famine," a collaborative project with colleague Scott Kilman that shed new light on starvation in Africa. Thurow has also covered nine Olympic Games. A native of Crystal Lake, Ill., he is married with two children.

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

BETTENDORF: Kelly Stavnes of Bettendorf, a junior studying journalism and English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $1,250 Ruth Baty and Maurice Barnett Jones Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Stavnes is a 2004 graduate of Pleasant Valley High School and the daughter of John and Mary Stavnes. She is the editorial intern for Iowa Alumni Magazine, vice president of Ed on Campus, and program director and treasurer for the UI Society of Professional Journalists.

BETTENDORF: Rebecca McKanna of Bettendorf, a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and psychology, is the recipient of the $2,500 Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. McKanna is a 2003 graduate of Bettendorf High School. She has worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan and The Cedar Rapids Gazette. McKanna is the daughter of Robert and Carolyn McKanna.

BONDURANT: Shelby Cloke of Bondurant, a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and communication studies with a minor in theater, is the recipient of the $4,000 Fairall Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communications. Cloke is a 2003 graduate of Bondurant Farrar High School and the daughter of Terri and Terry Cloke. Cloke was the executive producer and main nightly anchor for DITV, the television news operation affiliated with the UI student newspaper, The Daily Iowan. She also completed five television news internships in the last two years. She has won four Iowa Broadcast News Association awards, including best investigative story of the year. After graduation Cloke will move to La Crosse, Wis., where she will be working as a general assignments reporter for WXOW.

CARROLL: Brett Roberts of Carroll, a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science, is the recipient of the $500 Westbrook Pegler Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Roberts is a 2003 graduate of Carroll High School and the son of Rod and Trish Roberts. As an undergraduate, Roberts interned with NBC's "Meet the Press" and served as a speechwriting intern for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Before starting law school in August, he will travel on a service trip to Romania this summer to help young adults develop their conversational English skills.

CEDAR FALLS: Shajia Ahmad of Cedar Falls, a junior studying journalism and international studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,500 E. Jack and Ailene Liechty Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Ahmad is a 2004 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the daughter of Jalaluddin Ahmad and Kanij Rasul. As an undergraduate, she has worked as an opinions writer for The Daily Iowan, has been a Writing Fellow, and is a member of the UI chapter of Amnesty International. She plans to work for The Daily Iowan this summer as a metro reporter.

CEDAR FALLS: Melissa Ives of Cedar Falls, a junior studying both journalism and political science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $1,000 Gazette Company Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Ives is a 2004 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the daughter of Robert and Lorry Ives. She has worked for DITV, the television news operation affiliated with the UI student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, as well as Cedar Falls City Cable Channel 15, and as an intern at KCRG-TV9 in Cedar Rapids. She will intern at KWWL next spring.

CEDAR FALLS: Margaret Poe of Cedar Falls, a junior studying journalism and international studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $3,000 Philip D. Adler Journalist Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Poe is a 2004 graduate of Cedar Falls High School and the daughter of David and Julie Poe. She has worked as editorial writer, metro reporter, and managing editor at The Daily Iowan.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Alicia Dill of Cedar Rapids, a senior studying journalism and international studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $1,250, Ruth Baty Jones Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Dill is a 2002 graduate of Prairie High School and the daughter of William Dill of Cedar Rapids and Madeline Jones of Palmyra, Mo. Dill, a veteran of the Armed Forces for her deployment to Kosovo from 2004-2005, will finish her six year career as an Army Public Affairs Specialist in June and plans to graduate in December 2007. Her experience includes writing, layout and publication design, editing and photojournalism.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Emily Doolittle of Cedar Rapids, a sophomore studying international studies, journalism, and Spanish in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Doolittle is a 2005 graduate of Washington High School and the daughter of Jim and Donna Doolittle.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Kimn Swenson Gollnick of Cedar Rapids, a junior studying journalism and English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Gollnick is a 1979 graduate of Seattle Christian High School and the daughter of Michael and Stacia Swenson of Sumner, Washington. She taught writing and Web design for six years in Marion, Iowa in addition to her studies at UI last year, and will work next spring on the journalism school's alumni magazine, The Iowa Journalist. She plans to teach writing and continue her ongoing work as a journalist and freelance writer after graduation in 2008.

CLARINDA: Brandy Huseman of Clarinda, a junior studying journalism in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $500 Harriet E. Janes Journalism Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Huseman is a 2004 graduate of Clarinda High School and the daughter of Gary and Dee Huseman.

CLIVE: Colin Burke of Clive, a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science, is the recipient of the $500 John F. Kennedy Truth-in-Journalism Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Burke is a 2003 graduate of Valley High School and the son of Tom and Peggy Burke.

CONROY: Nick Doehrmann of Conroy, a junior majoring in journalism and sports studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $1,000 Ben Silver Broadcasting Journalism Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Doehrmann was recently promoted to Sports Director at the television news operation affiliated with the UI student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, where he has worked since August. He spent the winter covering UI men's basketball and has also had the privilege to do one-on-one interviews with new Athletic Director Gary Barta as well as the new Men's Basketball Coach, Todd Lickliter. Doehrmann is a 2004 graduate of Williamsburg High School and the son of Doug and Charlene Doehrmann. His grandparents are Milford and Bernice Collingwood and Allan and Marcella Doehrmann, all from Williamsburg.

CORWITH: Maggie Anderson of Corwith, a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and art history, is the recipient of the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Anderson is a 2003 graduate of Corwith-Wesley-LuVerne High School and the daughter of Merlin and Vanna Anderson of Corwith. At the University of Iowa, Anderson has worked for the student newspaper, The Daily Iowan, for two years. She plans to continue her journalistic work this summer with an internship at the Bakersfield Californian in California. In the fall, she will return to Iowa City to do marketing for the UI Museum of Art.

DAVENPORT: Cameron Coker of Davenport, a junior studying journalism in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and business in the Tippie College of Business is the recipient of the 1,000 Toni Berry Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Coker is a 2004 graduate of Central High School and the son of Roger and Cheryl Woods.

DAVENPORT: Sarah Mercier of Davenport, a graduate student in journalism and mass communication, is the recipient of the $1,000 Professor Donald K. Woolley Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication and the $500 Cedar Rapids Gazette Photo Scholarship. Mercier is a 2002 graduate of Bettendorf High School and the daughter of Michael and Susan Mercier. She is a freelance photographer, photojournalism teaching assistant and will spend the summer researching and photographing her master's project in Thailand and Cambodia.

DUBUQUE: Rene Panozzo of Dubuque, a sophomore studying journalism and international studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Panozzo is a 2005 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School and the daughter of Lynne Hemmer of Dubuque, and Joe Panozzo of West Branch. She has worked as a metro reporter for The Daily Iowan and contributed regularly to the Telegraph Herald's Alt section in summer 2006. She plans to continue working for The Daily Iowan in the fall.

IOWA CITY: Jason Brummond of Iowa City, a senior studying journalism in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and business in the Tippie College of Business, is the recipient of the $4,000 Laurence Fairall Scholarship in Journalism from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Brummond is a 2003 graduate of Iowa City High and the son of Chuck and Maggie Brummond. He has worked as a sports reporter and editor at The Daily Iowan for four years and interned with MLB.com, the official site of Major League Baseball, covering the Minnesota Twins in 2005. Brummond will serve as The Daily Iowan's Editor-in-Chief in 2007-08.

IOWA CITY: Tyson Wirth of Iowa City, a junior studying journalism in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wirth is a 2004 graduate of Iowa City High School and the son of Bill and Cher Wirth.

ST. ANSGAR: Laura Michaels of St. Ansgar, a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelors degrees in journalism and English, is the recipient of the $4,000 Lawrence Fairall Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She has worked as an editorial writer and copy editor for the Daily Iowan, and currently serves as the newspaper's opinions editor. Michaels is a 2003 graduate of St. Ansgar High School and the daughter of Steve and Mary Jane Michaels of St. Ansgar.

STORM LAKE: Jennifer Lickteig of Storm Lake, a junior studying journalism, international studies and political science in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $1,500 James W. Blackburn Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Lickteig is a 2004 graduate of Storm Lake High School and the daughter of Al and Fay Lickteig.

WEST DES MOINES: Susan Elgin of West Des Moines, a junior studying journalism and entrepreneurship in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,400 Jess Gorkin Magazine Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Elgin is a 2005 graduate of Valley High School and the daughter of David and Gayle Elgin of 4710 Park Circle in West Des Moines. Elgin has worked for The Daily Iowan for the last two years as a metro and arts reporter, and will edit the arts and culture section beginning in the fall. She will intern with Midwest Living in Des Moines this summer.

WEST DES MOINES: Nina Feng of West Des Moines, a senior studying English and journalism in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the Luther A. Brewer Key and the $300 Howard A. Schumacher Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Feng is a 2003 graduate of Valley High School and the daughter of Ping Feng and Jane Bi. She is a senior, majoring in English and journalism. Feng plans to intern with the Event Connor Center this summer, working with marketing, and she will also be interning with the UI Press this fall.

Illinois

BARTLETT: Amanda Battaglia of Bartlett, Ill., a sophomore studying journalism, art, and health promotion in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $1,250 Thomas Yoseloff Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Battaglia is a 2005 graduate of Bartlett High School and the daughter of Patty and Mike Battaglia.

CHICAGO: Diane Hendrickson of Chicago, a junior studying journalism and health and sport studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $500 Ruth A. Wilson Memorial Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Hendrickson is a 2004 graduate of Luther North High School and the daughter of Barbara Hendrickson of Chicago.

BLOOMINGTON: Traci Finch, of Bloomington, Ill., a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and social work, is the recipient of the $2,000 Dorothy Pownall Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Finch is a 2003 graduate of Normal Community High School and the daughter of Thomas and Lisa Finch. As an undergraduate, Finch worked as a reporter and editor for the Daily Iowan and as a reporter for the Des Moines Register. After graduation, she will work in Public Affairs for State Farm Insurance Companies.

ELK GROVE VILLAGE: Krystal Loewe of Elk Grove Village, Ill., a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and Spanish is the recipient of the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship from the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Loewe has held public relations internships with the UI Office of Health Science Relations and Green Target in Chicago and has reported for the Daily Iowan. She also was the vice president of the UI chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America for the 2006-2007 school year. Loewe is a 2003 graduate of Elk Grove High School and the daughter of Kevin and Dorothy Loewe.

JOLIET: Amy Jacobus of Joliet, Ill., a junior studying journalism and dance in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $400 Rubenstein Award from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Jacobus is a 2004 graduate of Plainfield South High School and the daughter of Robert and Lisa Jacobus.

LEMONT: Louis Virtel of Lemont, Ill, a junior studying journalism and theater in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. As an undergraduate, Virtel has been arts editor, theater and music critic, and a columnist for The Daily Iowan, as well as a resident assistant in the Daum Honors residence hall. Beginning in mid-June, Virtel will work as an intern with The Advocate, the nation's oldest continuing gay publication, in Los Angeles. Virtel is also on the UI President's List, which honors students who have maintained a 4.0 GPA over at least two semesters. Virtel, a 2004 graduate of Lemont High School, is the son of Lee and Gloria Virtel of Lemont.

LISLE: Meghan Sims of Lisle, Ill., a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in cinema studies and journalism with a minor in Spanish, is the recipient of the $1,000 Philip D. Adler Daily Iowan Award and the $1,000 Gazette Company Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Sims is a 2001 graduate of Naperville North High School and the daughter of Bernadette and Michael Sims.

LOMBARD: Christine Heim of Lombard, Ill., a junior studying journalism with an emphasis in Spanish in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $400 Dorothy Rubenstein Award from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Heim is a 2004 graduate of Glenbard East High School and the daughter of Richard and Anne Heim of Lombard. As an undergraduate, she worked as a communications and government relations intern at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital and a marketing and public relations intern at the UI's Pomerantz Career Center. In the fall, Heim will continue her public relations intern work with the Community and Patient Relations Department at The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

OAK PARK: Daniel Parr of Oak Park, Ill., a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science, is the recipient of the $1,000 Mark Westerbeck Memorial Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Parr is a 2003 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School and the son of Mark and Terese Parr. He worked as a sports reporter and editor at The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper, for two years.

QUINCY: Anna Wiegenstein of Quincy, Ill., a sophomore studying journalism in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Memorial Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Wiegenstein is a 2005 graduate of Quincy Senior High School and the daughter of Steve Wiegenstein and Sharon Buzzard.

WHEATON: Catherine Gaa of Wheaton, Ill., a May 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a bachelor's degree in journalism and international studies, is the recipient of the $2,500 Linda Perrin Taber Pollack Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Gaa is a 2003 graduate of Wheaton Warrenville South High School and the daughter of Don and Nany Gaa. Following graduation, Gaa will teach English in Southern Spain.

Texas

MIDLAND: Kyle Gassiott of Midland, Texas, a graduate student studying journalism at the University of Iowa, is the recipient of the $2,500 A.W. Lee Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Gassiott is a student producer with Iowa Public Radio and former host of Weekend America: Iowa Edition. His work has been broadcast nationally on American Public Media's Weekend America and published in The Daily Iowan.

Washington

SEATTLE: Kimn Swenson Gollnick, a native of Seattle, Wash. now living in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is the recipient of the $2,500 Harry S. Bunker Scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. A junior studying journalism and English in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Gollnick is a 1979 graduate of Seattle Christian High School and the daughter of Michael and Stacia Swenson of Sumner, Washington. She taught writing and Web design for six years in Marion, Iowa in addition to her studies at UI last year, and will work next spring on the journalism school's alumni magazine, The Iowa Journalist. She plans to teach writing and continue her ongoing work as a journalist and freelance writer after graduation in 2008.

Wisconsin

MILWAUKEE: Eric Mandel of Milwaukee, Wis., a junior studying journalism and sports studies in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the $900 W. Earl Hall and Reeves E. Hall scholarship from the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Mandel is a 2004 graduate of Nicolet High School and the son of William and Vicki Mandel of Milwaukee.

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

CONTACTS: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu; Joe Nugent, 319-384-0070, joe-nugent@uiowa.edu