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May 28, 2009

UI College of Education honors students at spring awards ceremony

The University of Iowa College of Education presented a variety of scholarships to some of its top students during its annual student awards ceremony in April at the University Athletics Club.

The awards and scholarships are given annually in the UI College of Education and are based on academic achievement and potential for success in a particular field within education, among other criteria.

For more information on the UI College of Education, visit http://www.education.uiowa.edu/.

Editor's Note: Students who received scholarships are listed below by hometown with Iowa hometowns listed first.

Iowa

ALBIA: Joseph Judge, a student pursuing a master's degree and preK-12 principal licensure program in educational administration through the UI College of Education, is the recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration Award. Judge is currently also a world history and government teacher at Albia High School who earned a master's degree in social studies education from the UI in May 2004. This scholarship is awarded to graduate students in educational administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary licensure. Funding for the scholarship is made possible from a bequest by the late Michael Jones (1975 M.D.) in honor of his parents, Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones. Kyle Jones was a long-time administrator in Iowa, and for a number of years was superintendent of schools at Grinnell.

BETTENDORF: Jennifer Teitle, doctoral student in Language, Literacy and Culture, is the recipient of the Howard R. Jones Achievement Award. She was recognized along with fellow student, Michael Ayers, because of their collaboration on a paper presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English-Assembly for Research Conference. Their paper is titled "Youth Culture, Multimodality, and 'Authenticity'; The Case for Subcultural Theory in New Literacy Studies." This award honors Howard R. Jones, dean of the UI College of Education from 1962-1979. Colleagues and friends established the award at the time of his retirement in 1979. The award is presented annually to a student in a graduate program in the UI College of Education who has made a noteworthy scholarly presentation at a national professional conference or who has published a significant scholarly article in a reputable professional journal or other substantial printed work.

CARROLL: Laura Berger, a UI student who graduated in May 2009 with a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from the UI College of Education, is the recipient of the Debra Clausen Memorial Fellowship. Berger has worked with children, young adults and adults with disabilities for the last nine years. She is completing an internship at Goodwill Employment Services assisting young adults with disabilities who are just graduating from high school to help them explore jobs and gain work experience. She also tutored students with multiple learning and cognitive disabilities in the Realizing Education and Career Hopes (REACH) Program in the UI College of Education. J. Christian and Geraldine K. Clausen established the Debra Clausen Memorial Fellowship in memory of their daughter, Debra, who had Down Syndrome and worked in the UI Hospital School for 25 years before her death in 1996.

CEDAR RAPIDS: Juliana Khouri, a UI student pursuing a bachelor's degree in Spanish as well as her K-12 teaching credentials in both Spanish and English as a Second Language (ESL), is the recipient of the Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones Student Teaching Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to an undergraduate student in elementary or secondary education. Funding for the scholarship has been made available from a bequest by the late Michael Jones (1975, M.D.) in honor of his parents, Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones. Kyle Jones was a long-time administrator in Iowa, and for a number of years was superintendent of schools at Grinnell.

CORALVILLE: Leonarda Decker, first year student in the Master of Arts program in the UI College of Education Department of Counseling, Rehabilitation and Student Development, is the recipient of the Leonard A. Miller Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship is given to a first year master's student in rehabilitation counseling and is based on performance and the potential to become an outstanding rehabilitation counselor practitioner. The award was established to honor the example and memory of Dr. Leonard A. Miller, who had served on the rehabilitation counseling education faculty for 15 years at the time of his death. Decker, who was born and raised in Lithuania, is a wife, mother and graduate student who hopes to make a difference in people's lives.

CORALVILLE: Michael Potter, a UI student pursuing a master's of arts degree in educational administration, is the recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration Award, presented to students in educational administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary education. Funding for the scholarship has been made available from a bequest by the late Michael Jones (1975, M.D.) in honor of his parents, Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones. Kyle Jones was a long-time administrator in Iowa, and for a number of years was superintendent of schools at Grinnell. Potter has completed his first year as the school administration manager at North Bend Elementary School in North Liberty, which is part of the Clear Creek Amana District.

COUNCIL BLUFFS: Megan Kinen, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is the recipient of the Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship, which is presented to undergraduate or graduate students in the area of elementary education with preference given to students who live in Iowa. Margaret A. Sloan, who received her Bachelor of Arts and Master's of Arts in education from the UI College of Education (1955, 1961), provides the funding for this scholarship.

DAVENPORT: Jake Klipsch, a doctoral student in educational administration, is the recipient of the Harvey H. Davis Award. This award is presented to an outstanding student in educational administration or higher education, particularly a student interested in the financing of education. Davis is an Iowa native who taught in rural Iowa schools before he was named Executive Dean for Teaching and Research and Dean of the Graduate College at the UI in 1948. He received numerous citations and honors for his service and dedication to higher education throughout his lifetime.

DES MOINES: Benjamin C. Lustig, who is pursuing a doctorate in educational administration, is the recipient of the Perry Eugene McClenahan Award. Lustig is currently an educational consultant in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. The award is given annually to an outstanding candidate for an advanced degree in educational administration. McClenahan spent his entire life in educational work and was Iowa Superintendent of Public Instruction from 1919-1923.

DUBUQUE: Martha Elis Franzen, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Printmaking, is the recipient of the John Leonard Davies Scholarship. The award is presented to a student who is viewed as being creative and having outstanding potential for success in the field of K-12 education. Franzen has demonstrated leadership and academic excellence in art education program at the UI and shows great promise as a teacher. Davies served as president of the Iowa State Education Association in 1953 and as a UI faculty and administrator from 1949 to 1976.

DURANT: Cady Belitz, wbo is pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is the recipient of the Margaret A. Sloan Scholarship. This scholarship is presented to undergraduate or graduate students in the area of elementary education with preference given to residents of Iowa. Funding for this scholarship is provided by Margaret A. Sloan who received her B.A. and M.A. in Education from the College of Education (1955,1961). Belitz changed her major from business when she discovered the enjoyment she got when working with children.

HOLY CROSS: Kelly Vinquist, a doctoral student in school psychology, is the recipient of the James and Coretta Stroud Fellowship. This award is presented annually to an outstanding doctoral student in educational psychology or an allied field who is entering the dissertation phase of the program. James Stroud founded the Iowa program for training special education teachers and was a guiding force in the initial years of the Iowa School Psychologist Association and the Iowa Council for Exceptional Children. Vinquist has served as a special education teacher and is currently a consultant for both pediatric outpatient clinics and school settings.

IOWA CITY: Kyle Phillips, who is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in English Education, is the recipient of the Dr. Mary Agnella Gunn Memorial Scholarship. Funding for this scholarship was established by the trust of Dr. Marion Anderson (B.A. 1924, M.A. 1926, Ph.D. 1934) in memory of her long-time friend, Dr. Mary Agnella Gunn (B.A. 1923, M.A. 1927, Ph.D. 1933). Phillips has been working as the Iowa City High School head speech coach since 2006 and hopes to get a teaching job at City High so he can continue coaching the speech team.

IOWA CITY: Lindsay Laurich, a doctoral student in language, literacy and culture, is the recipient of the Betty Piercy Award. Piercy was one of the first organizers of the International Reading Association (IRA) councils in the state of Iowa. The state IRA established this fund in her memory along with generous contributions from the Iowa City chapter. Laurich was a middle school and fourth grade classroom teacher and a literacy coach before shifting her attention to full-time doctoral studies. She has done ground-breaking work with "technology think tanks," exploring technology, reflecting on its role in elementary students' lives in and out of school, and considering how teachers might better support children's development of technology knowledge.

IOWA CITY: Melissa Orsino, currently enrolled in the M.A.T. English Education Program, is the recipient of the Emma Bauman Holmes Education Scholarship, and the Gladys and Margaret Harvey Education Scholarship. The Emma Bauman Holmes Education Scholarship is made possible by Dr. Emma Bauman Holmes, who received her doctorate in elementary education from the University of Iowa.  The Gladys and Margaret Harvey Education Scholarship is presented to a student who has returned to receive teacher certification following a bachelor's degree. Funding was established by gifts made by Margaret K. Harvey in memory of her sister, Gladys Harvey (B.A. 1925).  Orsino currently writes language arts questions for the Iowa Testing Program, participates in the West Liberty tutoring program, works with adult English language learners, and drives a school bus for the Iowa City Community School District.

IOWA CITY: Michael Ayers, a doctoral student in language, literacy and culture in the secondary education program, is the recipient of the Howard R. Jones Achievement Award. He was recognized along with fellow student, Jennifer Teitle, because of their collaboration on a paper presentation at the National Council of Teachers of English-Assembly for Research Conference. Their paper is titled "Youth Culture, Multimodality, and 'Authenticity'; The Case for Subcultural Theory in New Literacy Studies." This award honors Howard R. Jones, dean of the UI College of Education from 1962-1979. Colleagues and friends established the award at the time of his retirement in 1979. The award is presented annually to a student in a graduate program in the UI College of Education who has made a noteworthy scholarly presentation at a national professional conference or who has published a significant scholarly article in a reputable professional journal or other substantial printed work.

IOWA CITY: Noël Harmon, a doctoral student in student affairs administration and research and developing scholar and a social justice advocate, is the recipient of the Albert Hood Promising Scholar Award. This award honors Albert Hood, internationally known in the area of college student development, who has published more than 100 publications, including four books. Harmon has taught courses on multiculturalism at the UI and will focus her dissertation on the experiences of black female athletes at a Division I institution.

IOWA CITY: Shonna Negus, a UI student pursuing a post bachelor of arts certification in elementary education, is the recipient of the Jack Bagford Elementary Education Award. The award was established through support by Christine Rauscher, a doctoral alumna of the College of Education and currently consultant in the Bureau of Teaching and Learning Services in the Division of PK-12 Education at the Iowa Department of Education. Bagford was a faculty member in the College of Education from 1962 to 1991.

IOWA FALLS: Abby Rau, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is the recipient of the Dr. Bettye M. Caldwell and Dr. Fred T. Caldwell Scholarship. This merit-based award is presented to outstanding students interested in pursuing careers in early childhood development including the fields of education, sociology, psychology and other related academic programs. Rau demonstrates particularly sophisticated understanding about theoretical as well as pedagogical concepts in the elementary classroom for an undergraduate student.

MEDIAPOLIS: Lydia Ertz, a UI student pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is the recipient of the Lloyd Smith Scholarship. This scholarship was established through gifts from family, friends and colleagues in memory of Lloyd L. Smith, a professor in the College of Education for 37 years. Ertz comes from a large family, which has inspired her passion for teaching.

NASHUA: Amber Ellen Dietz, a UI student pursuing a doctorate in elementary education, is the recipient of the Kyle and Eula Jones Scholarship in Educational Administration Award. This scholarship is awarded to graduate students in educational administration who are working toward licensure in elementary or secondary licensure. Funding for the scholarship is made possible from a bequest by the late Michael Jones (1975 M.D.) in honor of his parents, Kyle C. and Eula B. Jones. Kyle Jones was a long-time administrator in Iowa, and for a number of years was superintendent of schools at Grinnell. Dietz currently supervises elementary student teachers for the UI and is a teaching assistant, working with Dr. Linda Fielding.

California

GLAMIS: Jason Arduser, who is pursuing a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is the recipient of the Ann Ramsey and Richard E. Posey Scholarship and the Charlotte and Ruby Junge Scholarship. The Ann Ramsey and Richard E. Posey Scholarship was established by Ann and Richard Posey. In 1969, Ann (Ramsey) Posey graduated from the University of Iowa with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Education and Sociology. Posey graduated cum laude from the School of Arts and Letters at the University of Southern California and received his MBA from the University of Michigan. Funding for the Charlotte and Ruby Junge Scholarship was established with a gift from Dr. Charlotte Junge (M.A. 1939, Ph.D. 1944) in memory of her sister, Dr. Ruby Junge (Ph.D. 1946). Arduser received a certificate in intermediate-level Spanish from the Argentina Spanish Language School in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He looks forward to becoming an educator in English as a Second Language.

Illinois

CHICAGO: Asabi Dean, a doctoral candidate in counseling, rehabilitation and student development, is the recipient of the Minority Student Award. The award was established with an initial contribution from Louisa K. Matthias and augmented through an estate gift from Professor Emeritus Ursula Delworth. Dean has a long-standing dedication to diversity because she truly believes that breaking down barriers and learning about others enhances her own life. She has played a pivotal role in the College of Education's Diversity Committee.

GLEN ELLYN: Jill Franke, who received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is the recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award is presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program in honor of long-time College of Education supporters, David and Connie Belin. Franke is currently student teaching in a third grade classroom in Glen Ellyn as well as volunteering with Young Life, an organization that serves high school students.

GLENVIEW: Marina Goldman, who received a bachelor's degree in elementary education, is the recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award is presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program in honor of long-time College of Education supporters, David and Connie Belin. Goldman has devoted time to volunteering at local elementary schools and has served as a tutor and mentor for students struggling academically.

FRANKLIN PARK: Mary Elizabeth Esdorn, who received a bachelor's degree in social studies education, is the recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award is presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program in honor of long-time College of Education supporters, David and Connie Belin. Esdorn has developed her own hip-hop dance class for inner city Chicago children who recently relocated to Iowa City/Coralville.

Kansas:

LAWRENCE: Katelyn Truscello, a student who received a degree in music education and violin performance, is the recipient of the Guy and Gladys Peterson Award. Funding for this award was established by Jessica Ann Vogel's trust agreement, in memory of her parents, Guy and Gladys Peterson. Vogel graduated from the College of Education in 1958. Truscello currently plays violin in the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra and is chapter president of the Collegiate National Association of Music Education.

Michigan

MARQUETTE: Sonya Powers, who is pursuing a doctorate in educational measurements and statistics, is the recipient of the Melvin R. Novick Award in Educational Measurement and Statistics. Novick was well respected worldwide for his developments in measurement theory and Bayesian statistical methods. He served as a professor in the College of Education from 1974 to 1986. Powers is a University of Iowa Presidential Graduate Fellow and a research assistant for Professor Michael Kolen focusing on equating issues with mixed format exams.

North Carolina

ASHEVILLE: Melanie Bachmeyer, who is pursuing a doctorate in school psychology, is the recipient of the T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship. Cleary joined the UI faculty in 1979 and served as acting director of Admissions and became associate vice president for academic Affairs in 1989. Bachmeyer has published six articles in peer-reviewed journals, serving as the first author on her two most recent articles. In 2007, she received the Bijou Fellowship Award from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis.

Pennsylvania

MOUNTAINTOP: Lissa A. Munley, who received a bachelor's degree in English education, is the recipient of the David and Connie Belin Honors Award. This award is presented to graduating seniors who have completed all requirements for the Honors Opportunity Program in honor of long-time College of Education supporters, David and Connie Belin. Munley is currently student teaching in a seventh grade language arts classroom in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

SPRING GROVE: Bradley Brossman, a doctoral student in educational measurement and statistics, is the recipient of the Blommers-Hieronymus-Feldt Fellowship. This annual award is made possible by gifts to the UI Foundation from friends and colleagues of Professors Blommers, Hieronymus, and Feldt. Brossman has maintained a 4.0 GPA and has worked hard to begin his career as a researcher. He has presented two papers at national meetings in the last two years.

China

NINGBO: Yi He, a doctoral student in educational measurement and statistics, is the recipient of the T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship. Cleary joined the UI faculty in 1979 and served as acting director of admissions and became associate vice president for academic affairs in 1989. He worked as a high school English teacher for six years in China before coming to the U.S.

France

PAU: Aurore Mroz, a highly skilled and articulate teacher of French, is the recipient of the Barry Bratton Award for Achievement in Design of Instructional Processes and the Franklin D. Stone International Student Award. Marlys Dunphy established this award in memory of her partner Barry Bratton, who joined the College of Education faculty in 1976. The Franklin D. Stone International Student Award was established as a memorial for Dr. Franklin D. Stone, professor of educational administration, who had a lifetime interest in international education.  It was established by Dr. Stone's wife, Louise, and their son, Thomas, following his death in 1983. Mroz raised the bar for what to expect from students at the UI in terms of curriculum design excellence.

India

COCHIN: Anuradha Dutt, a doctoral student in school psychology, is the recipient of the T. Anne Cleary Psychological Research Scholarship. Cleary joined the UI faculty in 1979 and served as Acting Director of Admissions and became Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1989. Dutt has developed an assessment protocol that identifies the types of sensory stimuli that are produced via aberrant behavior, "matches" toys to those sources of stimuli, and then trains the children how to access the same sources of stimuli via appropriate toy play.

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