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May 5, 2008

UI students, professors, staff recognized at UI Honors Program ceremony

Almost 70 University of Iowa students received more than $80,000 in scholarships from the UI Honors Program during the annual recognition ceremony April 27, which celebrates students' academic, extracurricular and research accomplishments through merit-based scholarships.

Many of the scholarships are endowed by the late Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the UI Honors Program. Students from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS), Tippie College of Business, College of Education, College of Engineering and College of Nursing were honored.

UI Interim Executive Vice President and Provost Lola Lopes said that honors students "feast upon the buffet of possibilities at the University of Iowa, returning for second helpings of courses, activities, and study abroad." UI Honors Program Director John Nelson shared his view that honors experiences are the basis for wonderful memories.

In addition to student awards, faculty and staff were recognized for their contributions to the UI Honors Program.

Tom Rice, professor of political science, and Cary Covington, associate professor of political science, both in CLAS, received the inaugural Lane Davis Award for Honors Team Teaching in recognition of their pioneering work with the Iowa Policy Research Organization. Rice also received the Student Award for Outstanding Honors Teaching. Nicholas Colangelo, the director of the Belin-Blank Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, received the Staff Award for Outstanding Campus Support. Lauren McCarthy, the outreach coordinator of the UI Honors Program, received the first Outstanding Honors Alumni Award.

For more about the University of Iowa Honors Program, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~honors.

NOTE TO EDITORS: This release includes information about a scholarship for a student in your readership area. The students are listed alphabetically according to hometown, with Iowa towns listed first followed by other states.

Iowa

AMES: Virginia McCalmont, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. McCalmont is studying political science and German, and she will study abroad next year in Freiburg, Germany. McCalmont is the daughter of Scott and Cindy McCalmont, and she is a 2006 graduate of Ames High School.

AMES: Christina McClelland, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award, which recognizes graduating seniors. McClelland majored in studio art and edited the Daily Palette on the University of Iowa Web site. She is the daughter of Linda Seaverson and John McCalmont, and she is a 2004 graduate of Ames High School.

AMES: David Naylor, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Naylor is studying computer science and mathematics, and he is a member of the UI Concert Band. He is the son of Larry Naylor and Melissa Blacketer, and he is a 2007 graduate of Ames High School.

AMES: Sarah Raaii, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Raaii is majoring in journalism and business, and she is a senator in the UI Student Government. She is the daughter of Ahmad and Simone Raaii, and she is a 2006 graduate of Ames High School.

ANKENY: Rob Pick, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. He is majoring in economics, finance and political science, and he is a member of the Federal Reserve Challenge Team. Pick is the son of Mike and Melinda Pick, and he is a 2005 graduate of Ankeny High School.

BETTENDORF: Erin Cavanagh, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. She is studying accounting and is pursuing an international business certificate through the Tippie College of Business. Cavanagh is currently studying abroad in Seville, Spain. She is the daughter of Tom and Mary Cavanagh, and she is a 2005 graduate of Bettendorf High School.

BOONE: Meghan Young, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award.  Young is studying microbiology and pre-medicine. She is the daughter of Michael and Ann Young, and she is a 2007 graduate of Boone High School.

CEDAR FALLS: Shajia Ahmad, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award.  Ahmad is a journalism and international studies major, and she has been a leader in the student chapter of Amnesty International. She is the daughter of the late Jalaluddin Ahmad and Kanij Rasul, and she is a 2004 graduate of Cedar Falls High School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Dustin Tardiff, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Tardiff is a mechanical engineering major who is involved with the Society of Automotive Engineers. He is the son of Ronald and Christine Tardiff, and he is a 2006 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School.

CLARION: Chelsey Stecher, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Stecher is an integrative physiology and pre-medicine major who volunteers in the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics pediatrics unit. She is the daughter of Doug and Katie Stecher, and she is a 2007 graduate of Clarion-Goldfield High School.

CLIVE: Barrett J. Anderson, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Anderson majored in economics and political science, and he recently finished a term as president of the UI Student Government. He is the son of Vicki and Fred Anderson and is a 2004 graduate of Valley High School.

CLIVE: Ashley Carlson, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Carlson is a nursing major and following graduation will begin work at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She is the daughter of Gary and Nancy Carlson and is a 2004 graduate of Valley High School.

CLIVE: Louis Sloven, a senior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Sloven is a psychology and political science major, and he hopes to intern on Capitol Hill this fall. He is the son of Rose and Dan Sloven, and he is a 2004 graduate of Valley High School.

CORALVILLE: Eric Reynolds, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Reynolds is majoring in integrative physiology, and he volunteers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He is the son of Bruce Reynolds and Katherine Thede-Reynolds, and he is a 2006 graduate of West High School.

CORALVILLE: Kelly Johnson, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Johnson is a theatre arts major and is pursuing a global health studies certificate. She will conduct research on nutrition in the Dominican Republic this summer. She is the daughter of Kim and Greg Johnson and is a 2005 graduate of West High School.

CORALVILLE: Bethany Patten, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Patten is an international studies and economics major with plans to study abroad in Denmark, India and France. She is the daughter of Julie and Larry Patten and is a 2007 graduate of West High School.

DENISON: Sarita Patnaik, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Patnaik is majoring in art history, international studies and French, and she will study at the Sorbonne in Paris next year. She is the daughter of Cheryl Broderson and Basant Patnaik, and she is a 2006 graduate of Denison High School.

DES MOINES: Jordan Jones, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Jones is an English and history major who has served as a writing fellow for the Honors Program. He is the son of Danne and Mindy Jones and is a 2004 graduate of Roosevelt High School.

DES MOINES: Susy Hemphill, a senior, received the Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize, which recognizes promise for graduate study. Hemphill is an economics and women's studies major who will pursue graduate work at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign next fall.

DES MOINES: Benjamin Kirbach, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Kirbach is an English and philosophy major with a passion for film studies. He is the son of Eric and Kathy Kirbach and is a 2002 graduate of Southeast Polk High School.

DES MOINES: Allison Rockwell, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Rockwell is a Russian and English major with a secondary education certificate. She plans to study in Russia to develop her language skills. She is the daughter of Renee and Damon Rockwell and is a 2002 graduate of Johnston High School.

DUBUQUE: Amy Domeyer, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award and the Susan B. Hancher Award. The latter recognizes a senior woman who exemplifies Hancher's qualities of leadership and dedication to university life. Domeyer is an English major with a global health certificate. She will enter the UI Carver College of Medicine in the fall. She is the daughter of Steve and Janet Domeyer and is a 2004 graduate of Wahlert High School.

DUBUQUE:  Tara Kramer, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Kramer is an English major as well as an avid rock climber. She is the daughter of Aggie Tauke and Dan Kramer, and she is a 2002 graduate of Hempstead High School.

GRINNELL:  Thomas Heineman, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award and the Dewey B. Stuit Sophomore Award. Heineman is a chemistry and history major and conducts research on the Iowa River. Next fall he will study abroad at the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.  He is the son of Brian and Nancy Heineman and is a 2006 graduate of Grinnell High School.

GUTTENBERG:  Molly Moser, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Moser, a studio art major, is a tour guide at the Old Capitol Museum. She is the daughter of Mary Moser and is a 2006 graduate of Clayton Ridge High School.

IOWA CITY: Andrew Ketterer, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Ketterer is a pre-medicine, German and philosophy major and has been admitted to medical school at Northwestern University. He has also received a Fulbright Scholarship to spend a year in Sweden, conducting research and traveling. He is the son of Robert and Margaret Ketterer and is a 2004 graduate of Iowa City High School.

IOWA CITY: Megan Carney, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Carney is a journalism and social work major, and she works at the Iowa City Press-Citizen. She is the daughter of Linda and Craig Carney, and she is a 2005 graduate of Regina High School.

IOWA CITY: Zhi Xiong, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Xiong is a journalism and integrative physiology major, and she covers health and science news for The Daily Iowan. She is the daughter of Ming Han and Bin Xiong, and she is a 2006 graduate of West High School.

IOWA CITY:  Kurt Sylvan, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Sylvan is a philosophy major and will enter a doctoral program in philosophy at Rutgers University this fall. He is the son of Deborah and Michael Cavitt and is a 2004 graduate of Iowa City High School.

IOWA CITY: Mark Tucker, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Tucker is a physics and mathematics major and a 2008 Goldwater Scholar. He is the son of Laura and James Tucker, and he is a 2006 graduate of Iowa City High School.

JESUP: Mary Weber, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Weber is a religious studies and journalism major, and she works at the Office of the State Archaeologist. She is the daughter of Frank and Karen Weber and is a 2007 graduate of Don Bosco High School.

MARION: Manish Aggarwal, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Aggarwal is an integrative physiology and pre-medicine major, and he has been active in Dance Marathon and UI Student Government. He is the son of Suresh and Pushpa Aggarwal, and he is a 2004 graduate of Linn-Mar High School.

MARSHALLTOWN: Cory Sanderson, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Sanderson is an English major and has focused his energies on environmental research and activism. He is the son of David and Nancy Sanderson and is a 2005 graduate of Marshalltown Senior High School.

MASON CITY: Anne Buchele, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. She is a civil engineering major with plans to study architecture in graduate school. Buchele is the daughter of John and Debra Sjolinder, and she is a 2005 graduate of Mason City High School.

MEDIAPOLIS:  Clay Baker, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Baker is a political science and secondary education major whose certification areas are in American government and history. He is the son of Kelly Baker and Denise Baker and is a 2005 graduate of Mediapolis Community High School.

OELWEIN:  Sandra Imoehl, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Imoehl is a biology major who will enter the UI College of Dentistry in the fall. She is the daughter of Kevin and Sue Imoehl, and she graduated from Oelwein High School in 2004.

OELWEIN: Gregory Pelc, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Pelc is a pre-medicine major and has been active with the University Democrats. He is the son of Dan and Anne Pelc and is a 2007 graduate of Oelwein High School.

OSAGE:  Amanda Hollatz, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award and the Sanxay Prize. The latter recognizes promise for graduate work. Hollatz is a psychology major who will pursue a master's in family counseling at Saint Louis University in the fall. She is the daughter of Bob and Colleen Hollatz and is a 2004 graduate of Osage Community High School.

RIDGEWAY: Amber Shimek, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Shimek is a cell and developmental biology major and has been accepted into the Deferred Admit Program at the UI College of Dentistry. She is the daughter of John and Mary Shimek and is a 2006 graduate of Crestwood High School.

SIBLEY: Meredith DeBoom, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award and the James D. Robertson Scholarship for a Junior in the Social Sciences. DeBoom is a political science and international studies major, and she is currently an intern for the Environmental Protection Agency. This summer, she will study sustainable development in South Africa. She is the daughter of Kermit and Pam DeBoom, and she is a 2005 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.

SIOUX CITY: Adam Althaus, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Althaus is a biology major, and he volunteers in the emergency room at Mercy Hospital. He is the son of Gary and Tracey Althaus and graduated from Bishop Heelan High School in 2004.

SIOUX CITY: John Slump, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Slump is a finance major and is pursuing an entrepreneurship certificate. He is the son of Russ Slump and Linda Slump, and he is a 2004 graduate of Sergeant Bluff-Luton High School.

SIOUX CITY: William Storm, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Storm is a classical languages major who is currently studying abroad in Rome. He is the son of Edward and Cindy Storm and is a 2005 graduate of East High School.

SOLON: Kathryn (Maggie) Schmidt, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Schmidt is an anthropology major and has volunteered extensively in the Iowa City area. She is the daughter of Jim Schmidt and Kris Brown and is a 2004 graduate of Solon High School.

SPERRY: Olivia Myers, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Myers is majoring in history and secondary education and has worked with the Institute for Character Development (Character Counts). She is the daughter of Bill and Denise Myers and is a 2005 graduate of Mediapolis Community High School.

SPERRY: Elizabeth Weyer, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Weyer is majoring in political science and pre-law and she is an emergency medical technician with the Mediapolis Ambulance Service. She is the daughter of John and Marian Weyer and is a 2007 graduate of Mediapolis Community High School.

URBANDALE:  David Nelms, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Nelms is majoring in applied physics in medicine, and this summer he will work in the UIHC Radiation Oncology Medical Physics Department. He is the son of Bill and Janet Nelms, and he graduated from Urbandale High School in 2005.

WATERLOO: Anna Schmitz, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Schmitz is an integrative physiology and pre-medicine major and volunteers at the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. She is the daughter of Rich and Patti Schmitz and is a 2006 graduate of Columbus High School.

WATERLOO: Atul Nakhasi, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Nakhasi is a biology and pre-medicine major and is president of the University Democrats. He is the son of Ashok and Rajni Nakhasi and is a 2005 graduate of Waterloo West High School.

WEST DES MOINES:  Rachael Nathanson, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award.  Nathanson is a geography and economics major and is a senator in the University of Iowa Student Government.  She is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Nathanson and is a 2006 graduate of Valley High School.

WILLIAMSBURG:  Julia Zalenski, a sophomore, received the Phi Eta Sigma/Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Zalenski is an international studies and pre-law major and is currently studying abroad in France. She is the daughter of Anne and John Zalenski and is a 2007 graduate of Williamsburg High School.

Colorado

PARKER: Jocelyn Burke, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Burke is a psychology and sociology major and is a member of the UI women's track and cross-country teams. She is the daughter of Jeff and Julie Burke and graduated from Madison Edgewood High School in 2006.

Illinois

GALENA:  Laura Hirschey, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award.  Hirschey is a bassoon performance and music education major, and she co-founded the Iowa Honors Wind Quintet, which toured in Brazil. She is the daughter of Kevin and Mary Hirschey and graduated from Shawnee High School in 2003.

HINSDALE: Margot Satow, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Satow is an English major with plans to write television shows. She is the daughter of Nick and Kay Satow and is a 2004 graduate of Hinsdale Central High School.

LONG GROVE:  Kevin Courtois, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Courtois is a communication studies and pre-law major and was involved in UI Student Government. He is the son of Pat and Mark Courtois and graduated from Adlai E. Stevenson High School in 2004.

NAPERVILLE:  Margaret Schafer, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Schafer majored in French and English and will graduate with honors in both. She is the daughter of Margaret Watson and Bill Schafer, and she is a 2004 graduate of Naperville Central High School.

NORMAL: Anthony Melchiorri, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Melchiorri is a biomedical engineering major who researches tissue engineering. He is the son of John and Kelly Melchiorri and is a 2007 graduate of University High School.

RIVER FOREST: Amy Rohlfing, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Rohlfing is a biochemistry major and co-captain of the UI Sailing Team. She is the daughter of Greg and Cindy Rohlfing, and she graduated from Oak Park River Forest High School in 2005.

VERNON HILLS: Kristen Meylor, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Meylor is a French and Spanish double-major and founded the Language Connection at Iowa. She is the daughter of Pam and Joe Meylor and graduated from Vernon Hills High School in 2006.

Michigan

FARMINGTON HILLS: Julia Mantey, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Mantey is an English and geography double-major who has been active in the UI Environmental Coalition. She is the daughter of Joe Mantey and Kendra Schwartz, and she graduated from Farmington High School in 2005.

Minnesota

GOLDEN VALLEY: Stuart Brezcinski, a senior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Brezcinski is an oboe performance and mechanical engineering double major, and he has performed with various university and city orchestras. He is the son of John and Jill Brezcinski and is a 2004 graduate of Robbinsdale Cooper High School.

LONG LAKE: Natalie Ehalt, a junior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Ehalt is majoring in French, Spanish and secondary education, and she is a writing fellow for the Honors Program. She is the daughter of Barbara Klein and Brian Ehalt, and she graduated from Orono High School in 2005.

Missouri

ST. LOUIS: Jacqueline Leonard, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Leonard is a political science major with an international business certificate, and she has been a leader in the mock trial team. She is the daughter of Robert Leonard and Cynthia Leyes, and she graduated from Cor Jesu Academy in 2004.

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE: Jacqueline Cieslak, a first-year student, received the Dewey B. Stuit First-Year Award. Cieslak is a studio art and English major, and she is a graphic designer and reporter for The Daily Iowan, the UI campus newspaper. She is the daughter of Mike and Wendy Cieslak and graduated in 2007 from Albuquerque Academy.

South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS:  Renugan Raidoo, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Raidoo is majoring in chemistry, international studies and pre-medicine, and he is a writing fellow for the Honors Program. He is the son of Bharathi and Deshandra Raidoo and is a 2007 graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School.

Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE: Maria Drout, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award. Drout is a physics and astronomy major who will perform research this summer in Flagstaff, Ariz. She is the daughter of Robin and Rebecca Drout, and she is a 2006 graduate of Regis High School.

China

BEIJING: Suying Liu, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Liu is a statistics major with minors in chemistry and business. He is the son of Wehnua Liu and Zhaoxia Wang and graduated from Beijing High School Number Four in 2006.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lauren McCarthy, UI Honors Program, 319-335-1933, lauren-mccarthy@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu