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May 28, 2009
Contact: Rae Ann Brown, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, (785) 864-3313.

Students in Slavic languages and literatures honored

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures recognized 27 students for academic excellence, language proficiency and outstanding service at its annual honors reception in April.

Marc L. Greenberg, professor and chair of Slavic languages and literatures, welcomed attendees and presided at the event.

Alphilde Dick, master’s student from Perry, received special recognition for winning a six-month $6,000 Title VIII Southeastern Europe Research Grant from the American Council of International Education, a program of the U.S. State Department. From August to December, she will travel to Zagreb, Croatia; Sarajevo, Bosnia; and Belgrade, Serbia, to study biographies and autobiographies from authors in the region.

Michaela Mary Boman, sophomore from O’Fallon, Ill., and Duluth, Minn., earned recognition for receiving a 2009 Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institute to study Russian in Astrakhan. The program is part of the National Security Language Initiative, administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and sponsored by the U.S. State Department. Also recognized was Nathan Mack, graduating senior from Lawrence, for being a 2009 Chancellor’s Student Award winner.

As the outstanding graduating senior in the department, Stephanie Smiros of Overland Park was inducted into Dobro Slovo, a national honor society for students majoring in Russian language and literature.

David Samms, Wichita sophomore, received a Harley S. Nelson Family Scholarship Award, which is made available through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences to noteworthy seniors in humanities or social science departments.

Jonathan Perkins, director of the Ermal Garinger Academic Resource Center, received the outstanding alumnus award. He received two graduate degrees in Slavic languages and literatures from KU, including a master’s degree in fall 1993 and a doctorate in spring 2006. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian and Soviet area studies from Middlebury College in Vermont and has taught Russian at all levels and courses in Slavic folklore and instructional technology. He joined the KU center in 1999 and served six years as its associate director before becoming director in March.

Students received certificates and book awards for excellence in elementary Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian; elementary Polish; elementary, intermediate and advanced Russian; advanced Slovene and elementary and intermediate Ukrainian.

KU is the only university in the region to offer doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Slavic languages and literatures. The department itself and in conjunction with the Center for Russian, Eurasian and East European Studies offers Slavic-related events throughout the year. The area studies program, one of only 12 such federally funded national resource centers, provides a range of Slavic courses offered by more than 50 faculty members in 16 departments.

The Harley S. Nelson Scholarship Award is managed by KU Endowment, the independent, nonprofit organization serving as the official fundraising and fund-management organization for KU. Founded in 1891, KU Endowment is the first foundation of its kind at a U.S. public university.

Students who received awards are listed below by hometown, major, parents’ names, previous schools attended and award.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66044
Bradley David Serafine, third-year law student; bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University; Excellence in Ukrainian – Intermediate.

Theresa Marie Van Orman, sophomore in humanities; Parkway West High School in Ballwin, Mo.; Excellence in Ukrainian – Elementary.

From Lawrence 66046
Dezeree Marie Hodish, master’s degree student in history; bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh; Excellence in Russian – Advanced.

From Lawrence 66047
Nathan Mack, graduating senior in linguistics and Russian, son of John and Karen Mack; Sophia Academy; special recognition as a 2009 Chancellor’s Student Award recipient.

From Lawrence 66049
Lillian Lee Boyce, junior in geography, daughter of Brian Boyce and Kaylyn Munro; Lawrence High School; Excellence in Russian – Intermediate.

Laura A. Dean, doctoral student in political science; bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire; master’s degree from the University of Washington; Excellence in Russian – Elementary.

Eva Rosenblumova, junior in Slavic languages and literatures; Excellence in Russian – Intermediate.

Shay Robert Wood, master’s degree student in history; bachelor’s degree from Utah State University; Excellence in Slovene – Advanced.

From Lecompton 66050
Alphilde Dick. See JEFFERSON COUNTY

JACKSON COUNTY
From Mayetta 66509
Rhianna Patricia Patrinely, junior in Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of Chris and Patricia Patrinely; Holton (Kan.) High School; Excellence in Russian – Elementary.

JEFFERSON COUNTY
From Perry 66073
Alphilde Dick, master’s degree student in Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of Gretchen Byer of Olathe and Michael Rees of Lecompton; spring 2008 KU bachelor’s degree in English with minor in Slavic languages and literatures; Excellence in Russian – Intermediate and Title VIII Southeastern Europe Research Grant from the American Council of International Education.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Fairway 66205
Anna L. Geselbracht, senior in East Asian languages and cultures and linguistics, daughter of Raymond and Myrna Geselbracht; Shawnee Mission East High School; Excellence in Polish – Elementary.

From Leawood 66211
Alexander Abraham Frenkel Muller, nondegree-seeking student in Russian and East European studies; bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College; Excellence in Turkish – Elementary.

From Olathe 66062
Alphilde Dick. See JEFFERSON COUNTY

From Overland Park 66213
Sidney Eric Dement, doctoral student in Slavic languages and literatures; bachelor’s degree from Mid-America Nazarene University; spring 2005 KU master’s degree in Slavic languages and literatures; award for outstanding service by a graduate student to the department.

From Overland Park 66223
Anna Sendersky, junior preparing to study journalism, daughter of Boris and Galina Sendersky; Blue Valley West High School; Excellence in Russian – Intermediate.

From Overland Park 66221
Stephanie A. Smiros, graduating senior in English and Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of John and Jane Smiros; Blue Valley Northwest High School; Dobro Slovo initiate.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Basehor 66007
David Michael Kozar, sophomore preparing to study health information management, son of Zvonko and Milka Kozar; Basehor-Linwood High School; Excellence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian – Elementary.

RENO COUNTY
From Hutchinson 67602
Marshall Thomas Beauchamp, sophomore in psychology, son of Anthony and Jeanine Beauchamp; Trinity Catholic High School; Excellence in Russian – Elementary.

SALINE COUNTY
From Salina 67401
Safiye K. Manguoglu, senior in business management and marketing, son of Ann Pearson; Salina Central High School; Excellence in Turkish – Advanced.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67203 and 67212
David Steven Samm, sophomore in Slavic languages and literatures preparing to study medicine, son of Richard Samms (67003) and Mary Samms (67212); Bishop Carroll High School; Excellence in Russian – Intermediate and Harley S. Nelson Family Scholarship Award.

From Wichita 67208
Anastasia Kara Metzger, sophomore in Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of Nancy Trier-Metzger and Daniel Metzger; Wichita High School East; Excellence in Russian – Elementary.

WYANDOTTE COUNTY
From Kansas City 66109
Diana Stephanie Dukovcic, sophomore in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, daughter of Juro and Barica Dukovcic; Piper High School; Excellence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian – Elementary.

ILLINOIS
From O’Fallon 62269
Michaela Mary Boman, sophomore in Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of Brigit Parlow of O’Fallon and Robert Bowman of Duluth, Minn.; O’Fallon Township High School; 2009 Critical Language Scholarship for Intensive Summer Institute to study Russian in Astrakhan.

MASSACHUSETTS
From Sharon 02067
Alexei Mikhailovich Zoubine, sophomore in Slavic languages and literatures, daughter of Mikhail and Elena Zoubina; Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, Kan.; Excellence in Russian – Advanced.

MICHIGAN
From Hamilton 49419
Natalie A. Bazan, master’s student in Slavic languages and literatures; bachelor’s degree from Grand Valley State University; award for outstanding service by a graduate student to the department.

MINNESOTA
From Duluth 55811
Michaela Mary Boman. See ILLINOIS

OKLAHOMA
From Ada 74820
Vanessa K. Aldrich, master’s student in Russian and East European studies; Excellence in Ukrainian – Elementary.

From Tulsa 74114
Cody McClain Brown, doctoral student in political science; bachelor’s degree from Loyola University in New Orleans; master’s degree from Oklahoma State University; Excellence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian – Elementary.

CZECH REPUBLIC
From Dobromerice
Eliska Valehrachova, junior preparing to study business, daughter of Oldrich Valechrach; Lawrence (Kan.) High School; Excellence in Russian – Intermediate.

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