June 9, 2004

Contact: Paula Naughtin, School of Education, (785) 864-3758.

KU School of Education recognizes 14 outstanding students at May 22 event

LAWRENCE -- Fourteen University of Kansas undergraduate and graduate students were honored at the School of Education convocation May 22 at the Lied Center at KU. Angela Lumpkin, dean of education, presented the awards. Chancellor Robert Hemenway also spoke at the convocation, which was part of spring 2004 commencement activities.

Two doctoral students received $1,000 each for their outstanding dissertations. Michael J. Carper, Baton Rouge, La., received his doctorate in health, sport and exercise sciences in December 2003. Kimberly A. Harrison, Lawrence, received her doctorate in special education in December 2003.

Carper's dissertation topic was "The Effects of Differing Temperatures in Glycogen Restoration in Trained Female and Male Cyclists Following Moderate Intensity Exercise." Michael P. Godard, assistant professor of health, sport and exercise sciences, was his adviser. Harrison was honored for her dissertation, "Understanding Professionalism in Education." Tom Skrtic, professor of special education, was her adviser.

Michael T. Ryan, Atlanta, Ga., received $750 for his outstanding thesis, "Using a New Design Rules Practice and Science Talk Development to Enhance Conceptual Understanding, Scientific Reasoning and Transfer in Learning by Design Classrooms." He received a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in July 2003. James D. Ellis, associate professor of teaching and leadership, was his adviser.

Amy Gaumer, Tecumseh, received a $500 award for the outstanding master's project for her work, "Do Community-Based Transition Programs Improve Student Outcomes -- Observations of 87 Programs." She received her master's degree in special education in December 2003. Her advisers were Gary Clark, professor of special education, and Mary Morningstar, courtesy professor and program assistant in special education.

Ten graduating seniors are cited annually with senior leadership awards and engraved wristwatches to recognize their involvement in the school, university and community. Winners this year were Allison Blanchard and Courtney Olson, Wichita; Melissa Chandley, Edwardsville; Shelly Cline, Belleville; Allyson DeGraeve and Sara Gillispie, Overland Park; Lindsey Hogan, Leawood; Maria Kepka, Hutchinson; Benjamin Heubsch, West Des Moines, Iowa; and Magen Hughes, Denver, Colo.

Award recipients, their hometowns, parents' names, majors and high schools are:

DECATUR COUNTY
From Oberlin and Tecumseh
Amy Gaumer, Tecumseh, December 2003 master's degree recipient in special education, daughter of Jim and Judy Gaumer, Oberlin; Decatur Community High School.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence, Lenexa and Overland Park
Kimberly A. Harrison, Lawrence, December 2003 doctoral recipient in special education, daughter of Kathy Peters, Lenexa, and Jorge Carballeira, Overland Park; Shawnee Mission East High School.

ELLSWORTH COUNTY
From Wilson and Hutchinson
Maria Kepka, Hutchinson, senior in elementary education, daughter of Patricia Peters, Hutchinson, and Dennis and Jennifer Kepka, Wilson; Buhler High School.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Leawood
Lindsey Hogan, senior in science education, daughter of John and Karen Hogan; Blue Valley North High School.

From Overland Park
Sara Gillispie, senior in mathematics education, daughter of Mike and Barb Gillispie; Blue Valley North High School.

From Overland Park and Atlanta, Ga.
Michael T. Ryan, Atlanta, Ga., July 2003 master's degree recipient in curriculum and instruction, son of Ken and Sharon Ryan, Overland Park; Rochester Adams High School, Rochester Hills, Mich.

From Overland Park and Kansas City, Kan.
Allyson DeGraeve, senior in elementary education, daughter of Sue Amos, Overland Park, and Gary DeGraeve, Kansas City, Kan.; Saint Thomas Aquinas High School,

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson and Wilson
Maria Kepka. See Wilson.

REPUBLIC COUNTY
From Belleville
Shelly Cline, senior in social studies education, daughter of Bob and Pat Cline; Belleville High School.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Allison Blanchard, senior in mathematics education, daughter of Pat and Melinda Blanchard; Wichita Southeast High School.
Courtney Olson, senior in foreign language education, daughter of David and Cheryle Olson; Maize High School.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Tecumseh and Oberlin
Amy Gaumer. See Decatur County.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Edwardsville
Melissa Chandley, senior in elementary education, daughter of Mark and Martha Chandley; Bonner Springs High School.

From Kansas City and Overland Park
Allyson DeGraeve. See Johnson County.

CALIFORNIA
From Palos Verdes and Denver, Colo.
Magen Hughes, Denver, Colo., senior in health and physical education, daughter of John and Jackie Roche, Denver, and Kim and Christy Hughes, Palos Verdes; Overland High School, Aurora, Colo.

COLORADO
From Denver and Palos Verdes, Calif.
Magen Hughes. See Palos Verdes, Calif.

GEORGIA
From Atlanta and Overland Park, Kan.
Michael T. Ryan. See Johnson County, Kan.

IOWA
From Murray and Baton Rouge, La.
Michael J. Carper, Baton Rouge, La., December 2003 doctoral recipient in health, sport and exercise science, son of Bill and Norma Carper, Murray, Iowa; Murray Community High School.

From West Des Moines
Benjamin Huebsch, senior in language arts education, son of Michael and Amy Huebsch; Valley High School.

LOUISIANA
From Baton Rouge and Murray, Iowa
Michael J. Carper. See Murray, Iowa.

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