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March 17, 2006
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International honor society to honor 3 KU members with top awards in San Diego

LAWRENCE — Three members of the University of Kansas chapter of the Phi Beta Delta honor society for international scholars have won top awards from the international organization. They will be recognized at the Phi Beta Delta annual conference March 23 in San Diego, Calif.

JeeHae Lim, a Korean doctoral student in business, won the Phi Beta Delta David Merchant International Student Award for Achievement, which includes a $500 cash award. Lim has participated in the Lawrence host family program and the Lawrence Friendship Family Program and has tutored young children in English and math. She designed and developed a Web site for rehabilitation and independent living professionals and consumers with physical and sensory disabilities for the Research and Training Center on Independent Living. Lim has served as international student vice president of the Alpha Pi chapter of Phi Beta Delta and has been a leader in the International Students Orientation at KU, a peer mentor for the Applied English Center’s Summer Pre-Academic Program for Graduate Fulbright Grantees and an Applied English Center conversation leader. She is the daughter of Hawn Jae Lim and Myung Sook of Seoul, South Korea. She has a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University and a master’s degree in communication studies from KU.

Michael Ediger, associate director of International Student and Scholarly Services, received the Phi Beta Delta Edward S. Blakenship Outstanding Staff Award, which includes a $750 cash award. Ediger coordinates advising and training of professional and student staff, advises international students on immigration and personal adjustment issues and helps international students learn how to use campus and community services. He is a liaison for the Lawrence Friendship Family Program for international students. In the words of one international student, “Personally, without his continuous support, I would not have adjusted to my new life in this country as quickly and easily as an international student. He has shown me what true friendship is without national or international barriers.”

Edith Clowes, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, has won the Phi Beta Delta Faculty Award for Outstanding Contributions to International Education, including a $750 cash award. Clowes’ teaching encompasses a broad range of topics, including Russian language and culture, East European business and Czech culture and literature. She is the author of four books on Russian literature, in addition to numerous other scholarly articles and translations. In addition to her teaching and other scholarly endeavors, Clowes has spent considerable time working in Russia and Germany. She participated in a language program at Leningrad State University, has led a semester-long study group in Moscow and helped organize and co-direct the KU Czech Winter Institute in Prague.

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