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Release: Dec. 13, 2002

Local UI student receives master's degree in physical therapy

(Student name), the (daughter/son) of (parents) of (town), recently completed the Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.) program at the University of Iowa.

(Student last name) holds a bachelor's degree from (college/university). (He/she) was one of 31 students recognized by the UI Physical Therapy Program at convocation ceremonies held Dec. 7. The program has now graduated 1,596 individuals from its entry-level curriculum.

The convocation address, "…Are you there yet?" was delivered by Heather Hartsell, Ph.D., a former faculty member of the program and associate professor at Indiana University. The class representative speaker was Joshua Lander, while Christopher Hanfelt, Jeanne DeMeulenaere and Rebecca Amundson served as the masters of ceremony. The event was attended by approximately 300 family, friends, faculty and staff.

Completion of the M.P.T. Program makes (student last name) eligible to take the licensing examination necessary to practice physical therapy. The University's M.P.T. Program is ranked third in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of "America's Best Graduate Programs."

EDITORS: Graduates are listed below alphabetically by hometown, beginning with Iowa recipients. Graduates whose parents live in separate cities are listed under each parent's town.


ARLINGTON Angela Kaye Henry; Marsha and John Thomas and David and Janice Bond; University of Northern Iowa
AUDUBON Leah Marie Hemmingsen; Kathy and Steve Johnston; Rockhurst University
AURORA Jennifer Jo Reiling (see also Winthrop, Iowa); Kaye Reiling; Iowa State University
BELMOND Sara Jean James; Jean Ann and Randy James; University of Iowa
BETTENDORF Kimberly Kay Meader; Linda and Donald Johnson; Mount Mercy College
BRITT Rachel Lynn Willms; Sheila and Robert Willms; Central College
CARLISLE Anna Janet Keeney; Janet and John Keeney; Iowa State University
CEDAR RAPIDS Jeanne Lynn DeMeulenaere; RaVae and Leroy DeMeulenaere; University of Northern Iowa
Briana Leigh Steffens; Jackie and Michael Simoens; Wartburg College
Angela Kay Williams; Marlene and Guy Williams; Grand View College
CHARLES CITY Matthew David Buttjer; Marilyn and David Buttjer; Wartburg College
COUNCIL BLUFFS Shannon Marie Black; Janet and Charles Petersen; University of Iowa
DAVENPORT Charles Joseph Stelk; Debra and John Stelk; Southern Illinois University
DES MOINES Rebecca Ann Amundson; Sally and Richard Amundson; Augustana College
Bounvilay T. Thongsoum; Sivilay and Phayboun Thongsoum; Central College
GLENWOOD Kathryn Elaine Malcom; Diane and Dale Malcom; Truman State University
GUERNSEY Dianne Evelyn King; Beverly and Lee King; Cornell College
HAWARDEN Patrick Howard Otten; Jeanette and Dick Otten; University of Iowa
HINTON Melissa Ann Flanagan; Marcia and Mike Muecke; Northwestern College
LAMOTTE Julie Elizabeth Eddy; Mary and George Felderman; University of Northern Iowa
MIDDLETOWN Stephanie Nicole Bailey (see also Fullerton Calif.); Kyle Bailey; University of Northern Iowa
MORAVIA Jill Rae Prater; Sharon and Phil Prater; University of Iowa
PLEASANT HILL Marc Lee Vander Velden; Malinda and Marvin Vander Velden; Central College
RADCLIFFE Molly Ann Camacho; Betty and Dwayne Fossen; Wartburg College
SIOUX CITY Krista Kay Davis; Barbara and Richard Davis; Morningside College
Laurie Suzanne Skuodas; Patricia and Victor Skuodas; Drake University
STORM LAKE Jared David Brostad; Roxie and John Brostad; Buena Vista University
WAVERLY Christopher Robert Hanfelt; Peggy and Robert Hanfelt; Iowa State University
WHITING Joshua Ray Lander; Mary and Joe Lander; University of Iowa
WINTHROP Jennifer Jo Reiling (see also Aurora, Iowa); Randy Reiling; Iowa State University


ANZA Christopher Dean Eggers (see also McCleary, Wash.); Steven Richard Eggers; Western Washington University
FULLERTON Stephanie Nicole Bailey: (see also Middletown, Iowa) Pam Moreno; University of Northern Iowa


HACKENSACK John Alexander Eikenberry; Sue and Dan Eikenberry; Wartburg College


MCCLEARY Christopher Dean Eggers (see also Anza, Calif.); Valerie Ann Peters; Western Washington University

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