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Release: April 16, 1999

UI College of Liberal Arts announces graduates with highest academic standing

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Linda Maxson, dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts, has announced the winners of the Ernest R. Johnson Memorial Prizes for the two students graduating with the highest and second highest academic standing in the College of Liberal Arts. Matthew Kevin Reischl of Greendale, Wis. earned the highest academic standing, and Natalie Rene Swalla of Marshalltown earned the second highest standing.

Students eligible for consideration were those earning "highest distinction" during the graduation periods in August 1998, December 1998, and May 1999. More than 2,000 College of Liberal Arts graduates achieved this level of academic distinction. Johnson Memorial Prize winners are students of stellar academic achievements whose grade point averages routinely exceed a 4.00.

Reischl, who will graduate in May, is a student in both the Tippie College of Business Administration and the College of Liberal Arts, having entered the combined degree program with majors in finance and in economics.

Swalla will also graduate in May with a double major in mathematics and computer science.