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June 29, 2005
Contact: LaShawnda Glover, classics department, (785) 864-3153.

KU classics department honors students at annual recognition reception


LAWRENCE -- The classics department at the University of Kansas recognized its top graduate and undergraduate students with more than $4,000 in prizes, awards and scholarships at the department's 30th annual honors reception ceremonies at KU this spring.

Students in KU's classics department study Greek and Latin, as well as Greek and Roman literature, civilization and archaeology.

Michael Shaw, associate professor of classics, and John Younger, professor of classics and of humanities and Western civilization, presented special recognitions to 13 students for outstanding achievements relating to classics, classical languages and classical antiquity. Funds for the scholarships and awards are administered through the KU Endowment Association.

In addition, the classics department recognized its graduate teaching assistants, student liaison representatives to the departmental faculty meetings, and Tenney Frank Undergraduate Scholarship recipients. The event also honored those who this year received master's degrees in classics and bachelor's degrees in classical languages and classical antiquity.

Awards presented were:

- The Hannah Oliver Latin Prize, presented to a student majoring in classical languages, determined by a competitive, handicapped exam.
- The Sterling-Walker Prize in Greek, awarded to any student enrolled in a Greek course, determined by a competitive exam.
- The Austin Lashbrook Award, recognizing a classics undergraduate or graduate student for outstanding, overall contribution to the classics program as determined by the classics faculty.
- Albert O. Greef Translation Award, presented to any student enrolled in a Greek or Latin course for the best translation of a passage from Greek or Latin literature; this year, an honorable mention was also given.
- Mildred Lord Greef Essay Award, honoring an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in a classics course for the best paper on a classical topic written since the beginning of the spring 2004 semester.
- Tenney Frank Award for Foreign Study in classics, awarded by vote of the classics department faculty to students who will study abroad.

Students who received awards, prizes and scholarships are listed by their hometowns and parents' names (when available), their level in school, majors, high school and award.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Bradley Engelbert, master's degree student in classics, son of Pat and Susan Shea; Beloit Junior-Senior High School; Austin Lashbrook Award.
Anne McEnroe, junior in classical languages and English, daughter of Bruce McEnroe and Michelle Tamburini; Lawrence Free State High School; Sterling-Walker Prize in Greek and Tenney Frank Award for Foreign Study in classics.
Katharine Piller, senior in classical antiquity and English, daughter of Lynn and Sally Piller; Lawrence Free State High School; Tenney Frank Undergraduate Scholarship.
Zachary Puckett, sophomore in classical languages, son of Thomas and Angela Puckett; Lawrence Free State High School; Hannah Oliver Latin Prize.

HARPER COUNTY
From Anthony
Stephen Elliott, senior in classical languages and math, son of Cliff Elliott and Elizabeth van den Bogert; Chaparral High School; Sterling-Walker Prize in Greek, Tenney Award for Foreign Study in Classics.
Andrew Leland, senior in classical antiquity, son of LeRoy and Diane Leland; Chaparral High School; Tenney Frank Undergraduate Scholarship.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Mission Hills
Corbett Bennett, junior in physics, son of Champ and Anne Bennett; The Pembroke Hill School, Kansas City, Mo.; Albert O. Greef Translation Award Honorable Mention.

From Overland Park
Robert Weinstein, senior in classical languages and Spanish, son of James and Bridget Weinstein; Shawnee Mission East High School; Tenney Frank Undergraduate Scholarship.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson
Matthew Gertken, senior in English, son of James and Pamela Gertken; Hutchinson Senior High School; Albert O. Greef Translation Award.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Derby
Thomas Maranda, master's degree student in French with concentration in Italian, son of Carol Maranda; Derby High School; Hannah Oliver Latin Prize.

MINNESOTA
From Eden Prairie
Paul Haverstock, junior in classical languages, son of Henry and Kimberly Haverstock; Southwest Christian High School, Minnetonka, Minn.; Tenney Frank Award for Foreign Study in Classics.

From Stewartville
Joshua Baruth, senior in classical languages, son of Carroll and Kathy Baruth; Stewartville High School; Mildred Lord Greef Essay Award.

TEXAS
From Houston
Beth Nettels, senior in classical languages, Germanic languages and literatures, and pre-journalism, daughter of Elayne Doue; Texas Tech University High School, Lubbock; Tenney Frank Undergraduate Scholarship.

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