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May 2, 2005
Contact: Alison Watkins, Graduate School & International Programs, (785) 864-4963.

KU Graduate School honors students, faculty for outstanding accomplishments


LAWRENCE -- Seven doctoral students at the University of Kansas and four graduate faculty received awards for outstanding accomplishments in professional education at the annual KU Graduate School awards ceremony April 27 in the Kansas Room of the Kansas Union.

Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David Shulenburger and Diana Carlin, dean of the Graduate School and International Programs, presented the following awards:

- Carlin Graduate Teaching Assistant Award to Tori Barnes Brus in sociology and Matthew Waldschlagel in humanities and Western civilization.
- Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award to Greg Brister in English, Aaron Dopf in philosophy, Ashley Elston in history of art, Jee-Hae Lim in business and Daniela Teodorescu in French and Italian.
- Graduate School Dean's Award to Jo Anne Kready, former budget officer of the Graduate School and International Programs.
- Byron Alexander Graduate Mentor Award to Mark Richter, professor of molecular biosciences
- John C. Wright Graduate Mentor Award to Iris Smith Fischer, associate professor of English
Steve Himes, president of the Graduate and Professional Association, presented the Chancellor's Outstanding Mentor Award to John Simmons, director of the museum studies program.

" This event is the only celebration on campus that recognizes the accomplishments of graduate students and faculty and celebrates the many achievements within graduate education at KU," said Carlin. "Having graduate students and faculty who excel at the level of the honorees is what makes KU graduate programs nationally recognized."

The doctoral students' hometowns, their major fields, parent or spouse names if available, and their undergraduate and other graduate degree alma maters are:

IOWA
From Ames
Ashley J. Elston, history of art, daughter of Scott and Marti Elston, bachelor's degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota; Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

From Des Moines
Aaron Andrew Dopf, philosophy, son of Robert and Mary Dopf, bachelor's degree from University of Iowa; Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

MINNESOTA
From Champlin and St. Cloud
J. Gregory Brister, English, son of Robert P. and Margaret Jo Brister of Champlin and husband of Emily Wicktor, daughter of James and Carol Wicktor of St. Cloud; bachelor's degree from Hamline University in Minnesota and master's degree from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota; Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

MISSOURI
FromVilla Ridge
Tori Lynne Barnes Brus, sociology, daughter of Winfred and Wilma Barnes; bachelor's degree Cornell College in Iowa, master's degree from KU; Carlin Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

NEW HAMPSHIRE
From Hampton
Matthew J. Waldschlagel, philosophy, son of Leah and Robert Waldschlagel, bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire at Durham and master's degree from Kent State University; Carlin Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

TEXAS
From Dallas and Plano
Madalina Daniela Teodorescu, French, daughter of Anna Teodorescu of Dallas and Valentin Teodorescu of Plano; bachelor's and master's degrees from KU; graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Tulsa, Okla.; Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

SOUTH KOREA
From Seoul
Jee Hae Lim, business, daughter of Hwan-Jae Lim and Myueng-Sook Ahn; master's degree from KU; Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.

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