9/1/2004

Contact: LeaMarie Bistak Herron, Center for East Asian Studies, (785) 864-3843

10 students win Foreign Language Area Scholarships to study Asian languages

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas Center for East Asian Studies has announced the names of 10 students who won Foreign Language Area Scholarships for summer 2004 and for the academic year 2004-05.

The academic-year scholarships award up to $25,000 for tuition and living expenses, while the summer awards provided up to $6,000. Eight students received Foreign Language Area Scholarships and four, including two who had summer scholarships, received full academic-year scholarships.

KU's Center for East Asian Studies awards federally funded Foreign Language Area Scholarships to graduate students to study Chinese, Japanese and Korean. KU's Center is the only one in the Great Plains to award FLAS scholarships for East Asian languages.

The recipients, their hometowns, levels of graduate study, their major and where they studied this summer or will study this fall:

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Owen Andrew Grieb, master's degree student in East Asian languages and cultures, received a bachelor's degree from KU and is the son of Steven and Carol Grieb. He studied Japanese and Korean at the University of Hawaii this summer. He hopes to use his Japanese skills in a career in international law.

JACKSON COUNTY
From Holton
Cody Spence Szuwalski, master's degree student in ecology and evolutionary biology, studied at the Associate Colleges in China's intensive language course at the Capital University of Economics and Business in Beijing with a summer FLAS. He planned to collect data about the ecological impact of the Three Gorges dam in China for his thesis.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Stilwell
Brenton T. Sullivan, master's degree student in East Asian languages and cultures, received both a summer and an academic year FLAS for study in China or Taiwan. His thesis is about the role of Chinese Buddhist monastic institutions in shaping individual and communal lives and identities. His bachelor's degree is from Univerity of Notre Dame.

From Overland Park
Amanda Sue Wright, doctoral student in art history, received an academic-year FLAS to study Japanese at KU. Her dissertation topic is Buddhist sculpture. She has a master's degree from the University of Oregon, Eugene, and a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Sheri R. Martin, master's degree student in education, studied at the International Chinese Language Program at National Taiwan University. She gathered data about reform of Teaching English as a Second Language in China. She has a bachelor's degree from KU.

ALASKA
From Anchorage
Kirstin Tysver, master's degree student in modern Japanese history, received an academic-year FLAS to study Japanese at KU and to audit Korean. She is researching social and military changes in Japan from 1900 to 1945.

ARKANSAS
From Fayettville
Demetra Oritadevi Salisbury, first-year law student and master's degree student in business, received both a summer and an academic year FLAS at KU. She is the daughter of Dwight and Luti Salisbury. She is employed by the Environmental Protection Agency and plans to work in EPA's international affairs focusing on policies in China and Japan.

GEORGIA
From Athens
Halle Elizabeth O'Neal, master's degree student in art history, studied Japanese at the University of Hawaii. She is researching Buddhism in Japanese art. She is the daughter of Sylvia O'Neal of Columbia Falls, Mont., and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia, Athens.

MISSISSIPPI
From Columbus
Perry Ernest Caldwell IV, master's degree student in East Asian languages and cultures, studied this summer at the National Taiwan University to enhance his Chinese language skills before doing his master's thesis about the writings of women in during the late Ming dynasty. His bachelor's degree is from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City
Lakisha Chevon Mitchell, master's degree student in international studies, attended International Christian University in Tokyo and is researching the Japan-U.S. bilateral security alliance. She is the daughter of Julie Henderson of St. Louis and has a bachelor's degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

MONTANA
From Columbia Falls
See Athens, Ga.: Halle Elizabeth O'Neal, daughter of Sylvia O'Neal of Columbia Falls, Mont.

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