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March 10, 2005
Contact: Sue Lorenz, KU Honors Program, (785) 864-3374.

KU announces 19 undergraduates as 2004-05 University Scholars

LAWRENCE -- The University of Kansas has named 19 undergraduate students, 16 of them Kansans, as its 2004-05 University Scholars.

The program, now in its 25th year, is funded through the KU Endowment Association to give promising KU undergraduates academic experiences that provide intellectual challenge and enhanced opportunities. Students must be second-year university students to qualify for the program, which is administered by the University Scholars steering committee. Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics and director of the Honors Program, is committee chair.

As part of the University Scholars program, students must enroll in the interdisciplinary University Scholars seminar that allows them to integrate knowledge from fields of study outside their own. Thomas Heilke, professor of political science, is leading the seminar during the spring semester. Each student works with a faculty mentor, and that faculty mentor-student association is expected to continue throughout the student's undergraduate career. In addition to the 19 new University Scholars, two additional students who were named scholars last year are part of the seminar this year because they were studying abroad when they were chosen.

University Scholars, who were honored at the start of the semester at a dinner at the Kansas Union, are selected on the basis of academic records, commitment to their education, intellectual promise, and evaluations by instructors, advisers and other faculty members. Students with a 3.8 cumulative grade-point average are eligible to apply. They must maintain at least a 3.5 average to stay in the program.

University Scholars, their hometowns, majors, parents' names, high schools and faculty mentors are:

From Pittsburg
Justina Patterson, political science and Latin American studies, daughter of John and Janet Patterson; St. Mary's-Colgan High School; Anita Herzfeld, professor of Latin American studies.

From Lawrence
Adam Bittlingmayer, computer science, son of George and Beth Ann Bittlingmayer; Lawrence Free State High School; Susan Gauch, professor of electrical engineering and computer science.
Rachael Costello, humanities, Western civilization and international studies, daughter of Tom and Francie Costello; home-schooled; James Woelfel, professor and director of humanities and Western civilization.
Anne McEnroe, classics, English and journalism (news and information emphasis), daughter of Bruce McEnroe and Michelle Tamburini; Lawrence Free State High School; David Bergeron, professor of English.
Lucas Thompson, American studies, English, history and political science, son of Todd and Caprice Thompson; Lawrence Free State High School; Robert Antonio, professor of sociology.

From Hays
Trenton Wilson, French, East Asian languages and cultures, and philosophy, son of Wayne and Joyce Wilson; Hays High School; Stanley Lombardo, professor of classics and director of the Honors Program.

From Leawood
Oluwafemi Morohunfola, political science and communication studies, son of Ajoke and Kenny Morohunfola; Blue Valley High School, Stilwell; Fiona Yap, assistant professor of political science.

From Overland Park
Justin Brown, economics, international studies, philosophy and pre-law, son of Joe and Susan Brown; Shawnee Mission East High School; John Bricke, professor of philosophy.
Taylor Price, English, pre-law and political science, daughter of Joseph and Heidi Price; Blue Valley North High School; Jonathan Earle, associate professor of history.
Francis Tankard, English and journalism (news and information emphasis), son of Timothy and Valerie Tankard; Shawnee Mission South High School; Ted Frederickson, professor of journalism.

From Tonganoxie
Andrew Becker, chemical engineering, son of Gene and Debbie Becker; Tonganoxie High School; Michael Detamore, assistant professor of chemical and petroleum engineering.

From Salina and Springfield, Mo.
Jeffrey Utter, microbiology and pre-medicine with a minor in Latin American studies, son of Ann Schneider, Salina, and Tim Utter, Springfield, Mo.; Bartholomew Dean, associate professor of anthropology.

From Clearwater
Ashlee Wilder, linguistics, Latin American studies and Spanish, daughter of Todd and Kim Wilder; Clearwater High School; Joan Sereno, associate professor of linguistics.

From Derby
Michelle Tran, Russian and Eastern European studies, dauaghter of Chinh and Lan Tran; Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, N.H.; Paul D'Anieri, associate professor of political science.

From Wichita
Jay Kimmel, economics, international studies and political science, son of John and Karen Kimmel; Wichita High School Southeast; Erik Herron, assistant professor of political science and Russian and Eastern European studies.

From Kansas City
Audrey Lauber, French and sociology, daughter of Greg and Karen Lauber; Piper High School; Joey Sprague, associate professor of sociology.

From Naperville
Laura Nolle, computer science, daughter of Steve and Gretchen Nolle; Naperville North High School; Perry Alexander, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science; named 2003-04 University Scholar who studied abroad last year.

From Waconia
Sarah Gibbs, English and pre-law, daughter of Mark and Jean Gibbs; Waconia High School; Laura Hines, professor of law; named 2003-04 University Scholar who studied abroad last year.

From St. Charles
Emily Moisan, architecture, French and Italian, daughter of Jeff and Kathy Moisan; Duchesne High School; William Carswell, associate professor of architecture.

From St. Louis
Erica Fishel, biology and French, daughter of Norman and Grace Fishel; Ladue Horton Watkins High School; Helen Alexander, professor of ecology and evolutionary biology.

From Lincoln
Andrew Olive, microbiology and pre-medicine, son of Mike and Sandy Olive; Lincoln Southeast High School; William Picking, associate professor of molecular biosciences.


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