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June 26, 2006
Contact: Paula Naughtin, School of Education, (785) 864-3758.

KU School of Education announces top graduate, undergraduate awards

LAWRENCE — Thirteen University of Kansas students were honored at the 15th annual School of Education convocation this spring.

Rick Ginsberg, dean of education, presented the awards. Chancellor Robert Hemenway spoke at the convocation, which was part of last month’s commencement activities.

Two doctoral students received $1,200 each for their outstanding dissertations. Judith Conoyer Bronson, St. Charles, Mo., received her doctorate in counseling psychology in fall 2005. Aaron Clopton, Lawrence, received his doctorate in physical education in fall 2005.

Bronson’s dissertation topic was “Examining the efficacy of fact-based and personal-story-based information on attitudes toward bisexuality.” James Lichtenberg, associate dean of education and professor of psychology and research in education, was her adviser. Clopton was honored for his dissertation, “Sport and community: Exploring the relationship between fan identification and sense of community on selected NCAA Division IA campuses.” James LaPoint, associate professor of health, sport and exercise sciences, was his adviser.

Ashley Gerald Little, Roeland Park and Evanston, Ill., received $750 for her outstanding thesis, “Analysis of therapists’ and potential consumers' perspectives on therapists’ behavior.” She received a master’s degree in counseling psychology in spring 2005. Lichtenberg was her adviser.

Ten graduating seniors received Senior Leadership Awards. The awards recognize exemplary leadership through involvement in the school, university and/or community activities. Each received an engraved bronze Jayhawk statue.

Award recipients are listed below by hometown, major and degree, parents’ names (when available), previous school attended and award.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence
Aaron Clopton, doctorate in physical education, fall 2005; bachelor’s and master’s degrees from KU; Andover High School; $1,200 outstanding doctoral dissertation award.

Katherine Marie Lyddon, senior in elementary education; Liberal High School; Senior Leadership Award.

FORD COUNTY
From Spearville
Alicia Ann Vierthaler, senior in secondary mathematics education, daughter of Greg and Jill Vierthaler; Spearville High School; Senior Leadership Award.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Lenexa
Kayte Cormack, senior in secondary history and government education, daughter of Jerry Cormack; Shawnee Mission North High School; Senior Leadership Award.

From Overland Park
Anna Marie Paglusch, senior in elementary education, daughter of Keith and Terri Paglusch; Blue Valley North High School; Senior Leadership Award.

From Roeland Park and Evanston, Ill.
Ashley Gerald Little, master’s degree in cognitive psychology, spring 2005, daughter of Ruth Gerald, Evanston, Ill.; bachelor’s degree from KU; Shawnee Mission North High School; $750 outstanding master’s thesis award.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson
Shawn Taylor Atkinson, senior in secondary mathematics education, son of Edwin and Melanie Atkinson; Hutchinson Senior High School; Senior Leadership Award.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina
Katherine Conner McMillen, senior in secondary mathematics education, daughter of Gayle and Jane McMillen; Salina Central High School; Senior Leadership Award.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita
Seth McCall, senior in secondary history and government education, son of Diane McCall; Maize High School; Senior Leadership Award.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka
Stephanie Bammes, senior in elementary education, daughter of Cathy Hodges; Topeka West High School; Senior Leadership Award.

COLORADO
From Aspen
Kelly Kate Waldron, senior in elementary education, daughter of Brent and Connie Waldron; Aspen High School; Senior Leadership Award.

ILLINOIS
From Evanston and Roeland Park, Kan.
Ashley Gerald Little. SEE JOHNSON COUNTY.

MISSOURI
From St. Charles
Judith Conoyer Bronson, doctorate in counseling psychology; $1,200 outstanding doctoral dissertation award.

CANADA
St. Catharines, Ontario
Hayley Dool, bachelor’s degree in health and physical education, fall 2005, daughter of Tim Dool; Senior Leadership Award.

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