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July 23, 2009

UI Honors Program recognizes UI students, professors, staff and alumni

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the University of Iowa Honors program presented 60 University of Iowa students with more than $60,000 in scholarships during its annual recognition ceremony in spring of 2009, to celebrate students' academic, extracurricular and research accomplishments.

The late Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the UI Honors Program, endows many of the scholarships. 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.

Guest speaker Provost Wallace Loh spoke to the audience of students, families, and UI faculty and staff. In addition to presenting student awards, faculty and staff were recognized for contributions to the UI Honors Program.

Jon Ringen, professor of Interdisciplinary Programs, and Ed Wasserman, psychology professor in CLAS, received the Lane Davis Award for Honors Team Teaching. Laurie Croft, an honors advisor in the College of Education Honors Opportunity Program, and Daniel Quinn, chemistry professor in CLAS, received the Student Awards for Outstanding Honors Teaching. Tom Rocklin, interim vice president for student services and dean of students, received the Staff Award for Outstanding Campus Support. Two Distinguished Alumni Awards were presented to 2003 graduate Mike Brooks and 1981 graduate David Hamod. Hamod served as second guest speaker for the event.

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

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: Kevin Lu, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Lu, who  is studying biochemistry with a pre-med interest, is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also works with the Honors Program by coordinating volunteer programs. Lu is the son of Scott Ping Lu and Keqin Han and is a 2006 graduate of Ames High School.

David Naylor, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award and the Second-Year Dewey B. Stuit Award. Naylor is studying computer science and mathematics, with a minor in mathematics.  He is involved with the Honors Program as a student staff member and writing fellow. Naylor is the son of Larry Naylor and Melissa Blacketer Andis a 2007 graduate of Ames High School.

Sarah Raaii, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Raaii is majoring in journalism and business, with a political science (pre-law) minor. She is a presidential scholar coordinator for the Honors Program, a University of Iowa Student Government (UISG) At-Large Senator and a writing fellow. Raaii is the daughter of Ahmad and Simone Raaii and is a 2006 graduate of Ames High School.

Andrew Richards, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. He is majoring in cinema and theatre arts in CLAS and plans to attend film school after graduating. Richards is the son of Diana and Chuck Richards and is a 2006 graduate of Ames High School.

BETTENDORF: Leighton Christiansen, a senior, is majoring in English, with a minor in computer science/informatics. He plans to pursue a master's degree in library and information science. Christiansen is a 1986 graduate of Bettendorf High School.

CEDAR FALLS: Drake Edwards, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award.  Edwards is an applied physics major with a pre-medicine interest. He is the son of Steven Edwards and Jodi Edwards and is a 2008 graduate of Cedar Falls High School.

Laura Formanek, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Formanek is a studio art, cinema and comparative literature major. She is the daughter Gary and Sandy Formanek and is a 2006 graduate of Cedar Falls High School.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Benjamin Johnson, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Johnson is a psychology major and chemistry minor who is actively involved with the Iowa College Republicans and National College Republicans. He is the son of Howard and Dana Johnson and a 2004 graduate of Prairie High School.

Dustin Tardiff, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Tardiff is a mechanical engineering major who is also earning an entrepreneurship certificate and math minor. He is the son of Ronald and Christine Tardiff, and he is a 2006 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

CENTRAL CITY: Stacey Burke, a sophomore, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Burke is a nursing major and co-founder of the UI's Collegiate Future Farmers of America program. She is the daughter of John and Barbara Burke and she is a 2007 graduate of North-Linn High School.

CORALVILLE: Michael Appel, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Appel is a political science major who is also studying for an international business certificate and Spanish minor.  He is the son of Todd and Shelley Appel and a 2006 graduate of West High School.

Minyuan (Miller) Li, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Li is a chemistry and mathematics major and art minor.  He is the son of Ginger Yang, and he is a 2006 graduate of West High School.

Bethany Patten, a sophomore, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Patten is an international studies and economics major with minors in Spanish and French. She is the daughter of Julie and Larry Patten and is a 2007 graduate of West High School.

Alvin Pewa, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award and the First-Year Dewey B. Stuit Award. Pewa is a computer science and pre-medicine major. He is the son of Lynne Pewa Dixon and is a 2007 graduate of Alliance High School in Kenya.

Eric Reynolds, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Reynolds is also the recipient of the 2009 Virgil M. Hancher Scholarship, which recognizes one UI junior for academic achievement and leadership. Reynolds is majoring in integrative physiology. He is the son of Bruce Reynolds and Katherine Thede-Reynolds, and he is a 2006 graduate of West High School.

DENISON: Sarita Patnaik, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Patnaik is majoring in art history, international studies, French, and Arabic, and she spent her last academic year in Paris, France. She is the daughter of Cheryl Broderson and Basant Patnaik, and she is a 2006 graduate of Denison High School.

DUBUQUE: Kurtis Hiatt, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award.  Hiatt is a journalism and Spanish major and a metro editor for the Daily Iowan. He is the son Carla Hiatt and Tom Hiatt and is a 2006 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

Alicia Maxwell, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Maxwell is majoring in physics, astronomy, and mathematics, with a minor in theatre. She is the daughter of Karla and Steve Maxwell, and she is a 2007 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School.

FARRAGUT: Andrew Carey, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Carey is also a recipient of a 2009 Fulbright Grant, for which he will be teaching English in Mexico during the 2009-10 academic year. Carey is an English major and Spanish minor. He is the son of Michael and Kelly Carey and is a 2005 graduate of Farragut Community School.

IOWA CITY: Ilse Bendorf, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Bendorf is an English major with a women's studies minor. She has studied creative writing in Ireland and is actively involved with the Women's Resource and Action Center. She is the daughter of Carl and Linda Bendorf and is a 2004 graduate of Iowa City High School.

Megan Carney, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Carney is a journalism and social work major, and she is vice president of the Social Work Student Association. She is the daughter of Linda and Craig Carney and is a 2005 graduate of Regina High School.

Christopher Page, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Page also was named a 2009 Udall Scholar, a national award recognizing his work in and commitment to environmental issues. Page is a political science, geography and Chinese major. He is the son of Joseph Page and Carolyn Antone-Page and is a 2007 graduate of Iowa City High School.

JESUP: Brittany Bruch, a first-year student, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-Year Award. Bruch is a pre-pharmacy major who volunteers at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and Women in Science & Engineering. She is the daughter of Doris Bruch and Larry Bruch and is a 2008 graduate of Jesup High School.

LAKE MILLS: Kathryn Gaskill, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. A history major with a museum studies certificate, Gaskill is a student curator on a forthcoming exhibit about the Filipino Pavilion at the 1904 World's Fair, scheduled to open at Old Capitol Museum in August. She is the daughter of Michael and Debra Gaskill and a 2004 graduate of Lake Mills Community High School.

MAQUOKETA: Jacob Hayward, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Hayward is a biology major who will be studying optometry at the University of Missouri-St. Louis this fall. He is the son of Michael and Christine Hayward and a 2005 graduate of Maquoketa High School.

MARION: Sarah Lowen, a senior, received a 2009 Fulbright Grant. Lowen is a double major in linguistics and Asian and Slavic studies and literature. She also has earned a certificate in International Business. She will be going to South Korea on her Fulbright Scholarship as an English Teaching Assistant.  She is the daughter of Lisa and Keith Lowen and a 2004 graduate of Linn-mar High School.

MASON CITY: Anne Buchele, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. She is a civil engineering major and art minor 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.

Rajiv Verma, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Verma is a integrative physiology major who is also minoring in Spanish.  He is the son of Rajinder and Asha Verma and a 2007 graduate of Mason City High School.

OELWEIN: Gregory Pelc, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Pelc is a pre-medicine integrative physiology major with minors in political science and chemistry. He is the son of Dan and Anne Pelc and is a 2007 graduate of Oelwein High School.

PALO:  Courtney Wilcox, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Wilcox is a political science and international studies major with a Spanish minor. She is the daughter of Kandice and Christopher Wilcox and a 2007 graduate of John F. Kennedy High School.

RIDGEWAY: Amber Shimek, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Shimek is a cell and developmental biology major and chemistry minor 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 senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award.  In 2009 DeBoom also was named a national finalist for a Fulbright Grant and a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Fellowship, and received the USA Today All-Academic First Team Scholarship, honoring academic abilities and leadership beyond the classroom. DeBoom is a political science and international studies major and economics and geography minor. She is the daughter of Kermit and Pam DeBoom, and she is a 2005 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School.

SIOUX CITY: Annah Vollstedt, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. She is a communications studies major and a biology minor, with an interest in medicine.  She is the daughter of Keith Vollstedt and Toni Sayavong, and she is a 2005 graduate of East High School.

SPERRY: Elizabeth Weyer, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Weyer is majoring in political science and pre-law. She is the daughter of John and Marian Weyer and is a 2007 graduate of Mediapolis Community High School.

URBANDALE:  Alexandra Keenan, a senior, received the Rhodes Dunlap Collegiate Award.  Keenan also was selected as a 2009 Glamour Top Ten College Woman, a 2009 Philip G. Hubbard Human Rights Award recipient and a 2009 Hancher-Finkbine Medallion recipient for learning, loyalty, and leadership. She is majoring in biomedical engineering, biochemistry and international studies, with a minor in Spanish. Keenan is the daughter of Jan Barrett and David Keenan and is a 2005 graduate of Johnston High School.

Tammy Kirchner, a senior, was selected as a national finalist for a 2009 Fulbright Grant. Kirchner is majoring in German, international studies (European studies) and linguistics. She is the daughter of Robert and Nancy Kirchner and is a 2005 graduate of Urbandale High School.

WATERLOO: Atul Nakhasi, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Nakhasi is also the recipient of UI's 2009 Distinguished Student Leader Certificate for leadership, learning and loyalty and received an honorable mention for the 2009 USA Today All-Academic Scholarship, honoring academic abilities and leadership beyond the classroom. Nakhasi is a biology major. He is the son of Ashok and Rajni Nakhasi and is a 2005 graduate of Waterloo West High School.

WEST BRANCH: Sarah Wittig Galgano, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. She is a sociology and psychology major with plans to attend Carnegie Mellon University this fall to begin her master's in public policy and management. She is the daughter of Janet Lee Walker and is a 1999 graduate of the Lincoln Learning Center in Iowa City.

WEST DES MOINES:  Shannon Boshart, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award.  Boshart is a journalism and mass communication and religious studies major who also studies entrepreneurship. She is the daughter of Rod and Mary Boshart and a 2005 graduate of Valley High School.

Rachael Nathanson, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award.  Nathanson also was named a 2009 Truman Scholar, recognizing juniors who will become 'change agents' in the public arena, and was awarded an honorable mention for the Udall Scholarship, for her commitment to solving environmental issues. Nathanson is a geography and economics major and a Spanish minor. She is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Nathanson and is a 2006 graduate of Valley High School.

Heidi Quenzer, a senior, received the Graduate College's Joseph E. and Ursil I. Callen Prize, which is awarded to a College of Liberal Arts & Sciences senior who will be attending graduate school in the fall.  Quenzer is a Spanish and religious studies major. She is the daughter of Delwin and Marla Quenzer and a 2005 graduate of Valley High School.

Zane Scott-Tunkin, a senior, was recognized for receiving the 2008 Kay Keeshan Hamod Scholarship in History, which applauds a history major for designing a distinguished honors thesis or project. Scott-Tunkin is a history major who is also in the teacher education program (secondary social studies). He is the son of Gary Scott and Marena Tunkin and is a 2005 graduate of Valley High School.

Sarah Weinberg, a senior, was selected as a national finalist for a 2009 Fulbright Grant. Weinberg is a theatre arts and elementary education major.  She is the daughter of Rita and Harvey Weinberg and a 2005 graduate of Valley High School.

WEST LIBERTY: Savannah Smith, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Smith is an art history and religious studies major and a Spanish minor, with plans to attend graduate school for a master's in art history.  She is the daughter of Olivia and the late Bruce Smith and a 2006 graduate of West Liberty High School.

WILLIAMSBURG:  Julia Zalenski, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award and the James D. Robertson Scholarship for Juniors in Social Science. Zalenski is an international studies major with minors in religious studies and French. She is the daughter of Anne and John Zalenski and is a 2007 graduate of Williamsburg High School.

Illinois

GLENVIEW:  Marina Goldman, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award.  Goldman is an elementary education major and philosophy minor. She is the daughter of Jeffrey and Birgitte Goldman and a 2005 graduate of Glenbrook South High School.

MUNDELEIN: Sara Weitzel, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Weitzel is a marketing and Spanish major who is also earning an international business certificate. She is the daughter of Richard and Rose Weitzel and is a 2006 graduate of Mundelein Consolidated High School.

NORMAL: Anthony Melchiorri, a sophomore, received the Phi Eta Sigma/Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Melchiorri is a biomedical engineering and English major who is also earning a technological entrepreneurship certificate. He is the son of John and Kelly Melchiorri and is a 2007 graduate of University High School.

PALATINE: Courtney Tuegel, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap Sophomore Award. Tuegel is a biology (pre-medicine) major and art history minor.  She is the daughter of David and Diane Tuegel and a 2007 graduate of William Fremd High School.

RIVER FOREST: Amy Rohlfing, a senior, was selected as a national finalist for a 2009 Fulbright Grant. Rohlfing is a biochemistry major and German minor. She is the daughter of Greg and Cindy Rohlfing and a 2005 graduate of Oak Park River Forest High School.

VERNON HILLS: Kristen Meylor, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap 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 Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Mantey also was awarded an honorable mention for the 2009 Udall Scholarship, for her commitment to solving environmental issues. Mantey is an English and geography double-major with minors in Spanish and Hindi. She is the daughter of Joe Mantey and Kendra Schwartz and is a 2005 graduate of Farmington High School.

Minnesota

MAPLE GROVE: Peter Pellegrino, a senior, was named a 2009 Whitaker Fellow and also received a 2009 Fulbright Grant. Pellegrino is biomedical engineering major and will be spending the next year abroad at the University of Genoa, Italy, conducting neuroengineering research and taking courses.  He is the son of Tom and Terry Pellegrino and 2005 graduate of Maple Grove High School.

ST. CLOUD: Lindsay DeLand, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. DeLand is an English major and Japanese minor who plans to teach English in Japan. She is the daughter of Tami and Dave DeLand and is a 2005 graduate of the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minn.

New York

ITHACA: Rose Lee, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Lee is a biology and psychology double-major and will be attending the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine in the fall. She is the daughter of Sang-il Lee and Kyunghee Lee and a 2004 graduate of Ithaca High School.

South Dakota

SIOUX FALLS: Renugan Raidoo, a sophomore, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Raidoo is majoring in chemistry, anthropology and pre-medicine and minoring in French. He is the son of Bharathi Mahendri and Deshandra Munsamy Raidoo and is a 2007 graduate of Sioux Falls Lincoln High School.

Texas

VICTORIA: Rachel Barger, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award.  Barger is a dance and management and organization double major. She is the daughter of Steven Barger and Gail Pickens-Barger and is a 2005 graduate of Memorial High School.

Wisconsin

EAU CLAIRE: Maria Drout, a junior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. She was also named a 2009 Goldwater Scholar, awarded to promising science, math and engineering students. Drout is a physics and astronomy major. She is the daughter of Robin and Becky Drout and is a 2006 graduate of Regis High School.

India

NEW DELHI: Ankush Bhasin, a senior, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Bhasin is a mechanical engineering major and mathematics minor.  He is the son of Brij Mohan Bhasin and Anurandha Bhasin and a 2004 graduate of Ryan International School in Vasant Kunj, New Delhi.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Andrea Beloy, UI Honors Program, 319-335-1874, andrea-beloy@uiowa.edu; Lois J. Gray, 319-384-0077, lois-gray@uiowa.edu