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June 29, 2005
Contact: Paula Naughtin, School of Education, (785) 864-3758.

KU School of Education announces top graduate, undergraduate awards


LAWRENCE -- The School of Education at the University of Kansas honored outstanding graduate and undergraduate degree recipients during ceremonies in May.

Fred Rodriguez, interim dean, presented student awards at the school's 14th annual commencement convocation, and faculty members of the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences honored students at the department's awards ceremony.

Two graduates from December 2004, who are included in the Class of 2005, received the school's top awards for doctoral dissertation and for master's thesis.

Angus Luke Mugford of Great Britain received the Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award, which provides cash and a certificate, for his dissertation: "Flow in a Team Sport Setting: Does Cohesion Matter?" Mugford received his Ph.D. in December 2004 from the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences.

Roxanne Hazel Quinn of DeSoto received the Outstanding Master's Thesis award, providing cash and a certificate, for her thesis: "The Development and Evaluation of the Strengths Card Sort for Adolescents." Quinn received a master's degree from the Department of Psychology and Research in Education in December 2004.

Ten undergraduates received Senior Leadership Awards. The awards, bronze Jayhawk statues, honor students who have exhibited exemplary leadership through their involvement in the school, university and community.

The Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Sciences recognized 11 of its top students at the department honors ceremony. The students included Heather Van Mullem of Lawrence, who received the HSES Wayne Osness Outstanding Doctoral Student Honor Award. Van Mullem is a sports studies doctoral student and received a cash award with the honor.

Geoffrey Scott Herberg of Phoenix, Ariz., received the Walter Mikols Master's Student Honor Award, which will provide tuition and fees for fall 2005-06. Recipients of the award must demonstrate a willingness to support and assist other graduate students in the pursuit of their degree programs and possess a record of professional involvement and service. Herberg is pursuing a master's degree in sports studies.

KU's School of Education is recognized nationally as a premier institution in the preparation of practitioners and leaders in education and related human service fields. U.S. News and World Report has ranked the Department of Special Education the No. 1 special education graduate program in the country eight times since 1995. Additionally, the school is ranked in the top 25 in graduate education for public universities in the country. KU offers an extended five-year teacher education program that admits qualified students in their junior year.

Students receiving awards are listed by their hometowns, their year in school, their parents' names and the name of their award:

BARTON COUNTY
From Hoisington
Sara Beth Goetz, master's candidate, daughter of Ron and Donna Goetz; Hoisington High School; Senior Leadership Award

BROWN COUNTY
From Horton
Brandon Cody Shaffer, master's candidate in health, sport and exercise sciences, son of Steven and Deborah Shaffer; Horton High School; HSES Bret Hammig Exercise Physiology Honor Award

CLAY COUNTY
From Morganville
Matthew LeRoy Pfizenmaier, senior, son of Randy and Audrey Pfizenmaier; Clay Center Community High School; HSES Earl Falkenstein Honor Award

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Erin Blaire Adriance, senior in elementary/middle education; Blue Valley High School in Stilwell; Senior Leadership Award
Heather Van Mullem, doctoral candidate in physical education; HSES Wayne Osness Outstanding Doctoral Student Honor Award

ELLIS COUNTY
From Hays
Kyle Ross Stadalman, senior in elementary education, son of Ross and Marti Stadalman; Hays High School; Senior Leadership Award

JOHNSON COUNTY
From De Soto
Roxanne Hazel Quinn, December 2004 master's degree graduate, School of Education Outstanding Master's Thesis Award

From Olathe
Corrin L. Buckley, senior in health and physical education,daughter of Corrin Buckley; Olathe North High School; Senior Leadership
Lindsay Gayle Kimball, senior in community health, daughter of Robert and Rhonda Kimball; Olathe East High School; Senior Leadership Award
Eric Christopher Skoglund, senior in mathematics education, son of Rod and Kathy Skoglund; Olathe South High School; Senior Leadership Award

From Overland Park
Amber Marie Snyder, senior in athletic training, daughter of Mike and Barb Snyder; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Senior Leadership Award

OSAGE COUNTY
From Overbrook
Nicole Marie Downs, senior in elementary/middle school education, daughter of J.R. Downs; Santa Fe Trail High School in Carbondale; Senior Leadership Award

RENO COUNTY
From Buhler
Isaac David Hodges, senior in health and physical education, son of David and Julie Hodges, Buhler High School; HSES Reginald Strait Honor Award

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Heather Nicole Hellman, senior in athletic training, daughter of Timothy and Brenda Hellman; Wichita High School Northwest; HSES Brian W. Luinstra Athletic Training Award

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Allison Elizabeth Draffan, senior in elementary education, daughter of Jeff and Susan Draffan; Topeka West High School; Senior Leadership Award
Kelli M. Dudley, master's candidate in physical education; HSES Bernie Taylor Aquatics Honor Award

ARIZONA
From Phoenix
Geoffrey Scott Herberg, master's candidate in physical education; HSES Walter Mikols Master's Student Honor Award

MINNESOTA
From Cottage Grove
Rachel Dawn Gilfillan, senior in sport science, daughter of Roger and Kristy Gilfillan, Woodbury High School; HSES Larry Heeb Recreation Honor Award

MISSOURI
From Kansas City
Nicholas B Williamson, senior in health and physical education, son of Stephen and Marta Williamson; Rockhurst High School; HSES Jack Wolfe Memorial Honor Award

From St. Louis
Mary Kristin Edwards, senior in community health education, daughter of Michael and Ann Edwards; Webster Groves High School; HSES Don Henry Health Education Honor Award

OHIO
From Perrysburg
Tricia Lynne McNamee, senior in elementary education, daughter of Dan and Randii McNamee; Perrysburg High School; Senior Leadership Award

CANADA, Ontario
From St Catharines
Hayley Ellen Dool, senior in health and physical education, daughter of Tim Dool; HSES Joie Stapleton Honor Award

GREAT BRITAIN
From Buckden St Neots
Angus Luke Mugford, December 2004 Ph.D. graduate in counseling psychology; School of Education Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award

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