KU News Release


May 17, 2011
Contact: Marc L. Greenberg, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, 785-864-3313

Slavic languages students receive awards at 2011 recognition event

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures recognized 28 students for academic excellence, language proficiency and outstanding service.

Maria Carlson, professor and associate chair of Slavic languages and literatures, presided at the department’s April 12 honors reception.

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

Special awards included the American Council of Teachers of Russian Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate 2011 award to Harrison Whitefield Smith, a junior from Lenexa.

Four students received awards from the Joseph L. Conrad Memorial Fund, which is used to support students pursuing degrees in Slavic languages and literatures. This year’s recipients used their awards to present scholarly papers at out-of-state conferences.

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

KU is the only university in the Great Plains 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.

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

BARTON COUNTY
From Great Bend 67530 and Independence
Trey Michael Giesen, junior in Slavic languages and literatures; Michael Giesen (Independence) and Dee Duryee (Great Bend); Great Bend High School; Excellence in Elementary Polish.

DOUGLAS COUNTY
From Lawrence 66044
Sarah Bazih, master’s student in Russian and East European studies; bachelor’s degree from University of Tulsa; Excellence in Advanced Russian.

Charles Edward Novak, senior in design; bachelor’s degree from KU; Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City; Excellence in Elementary Bosnian Croatian Serbian.

Rebecca Ann Stakun, doctoral and master’s student in Slavic languages and literatures; bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; Excellence in Elementary Bosnian Croatian Serbian.

From Lawrence 66046
Dezeree M. Hodish, doctoral student in history; master’s degree from KU; bachelor’s degree from University of Pittsburgh; Excellence in Intermediate Ukrainian.

Holly Hood Glasgow, master’s student in anthropology; bachelor’s degree from University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; Excellence in Intermediate Bosnian Croatian Serbian.

Eva Rosenblumova, senior in Slavic languages and literatures; Excellence in Elementary Bosnian Croatian Serbian.

CHEROKEE COUNTY
From Baxter Springs 66713
Wayne James Sloan, sophomore in liberal arts and sciences; Wayne and Carol Sloan; Baxter Springs High School; Excellence in Elementary Russian.

JACKSON COUNTY
From Mayetta 66509
Rhianna Patricia Patrinely, senior in Slavic language and literatures; Chris and Patricia Patrinely; Holton High School; Excellence in Advanced Russian.

JOHNSON COUNTY
From Fairway 66205
Emma Corinne Yaffe, sophomore in linguistics; Elizabeth and TJ Yaffe; Shawnee Mission East High School, Prairie Village; Excellence in Intermediate Russian.

From Lenexa 66215
Harrison Whitefield Smith, junior in Slavic languages and literatures; Geoffrey Smith; Whitefield Academy, Kansas City, Mo.; Excellence in Intermediate Russian
and American Councils of Teachers of Russian and Post-Secondary Russian Scholar Laureate 2011.

From Olathe 66062
Hunter Avery Wilson, sophomore in linguistics and Slavic languages and literatures; Jeton and Richard Wilson; Blue Valley West High School, Stilwell; Excellence in Elementary Ukrainian.

From Overland Park 66213
Sidney Eric Dement, doctoral student in Slavic languages and literatures; master’s degree from KU; bachelor’s degree from Mid-America Nazarene College; Joseph Conrad Memorial Award.

LEAVENWORTH COUNTY
From Fort Leavenworth 66027
Natalie Rasche Roper, freshman preparing to major in medicine; Vicki Roper; Lansing High School; Excellence in Elementary Russian.

Mylisa Dawn Jones, doctoral student in Slavic languages and literatures; master’s degree from KU; Excellence in Intermediate Bosnian Croatian Serbian.

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
From Independence 67301 and Great Bend
Trey Michael Giesen. SEE BARTON COUNTY

RILEY COUNTY
From Manhattan 66503
Nicole R. Schmidt, master’s student in education; Patricia Orazem; bachelor’s degree from KU; Manhattan High School; Excellence in Intermediate Slovene.

SEDGWICK COUNTY
From Wichita 67208
Anastasia Kara Metzger, senior in Slavic languages and literatures; Nancy Trier-Metzger and Daniel Metzger; Wichita East High School; Excellence in Intermediate Russian.

Amy Neville Sinclair, junior in biology and microbiology; Kirsten and Leland Johnson; Wichita East High School; Excellence in Intermediate Russian.

From Wichita 67226
Taylor Marie Broadfoot, sophomore in Slavic languages and literatures; Brad and Laurie Broadfoot; Wichita East High School; Excellence in Elementary Russian.

SHAWNEE COUNTY
From Topeka 66606
Seth Alexander Wiley, sophomore in human biology and psychology; Thomas and Cathie Wiley; Topeka High School; Excellence in Intermediate Russian.

ALABAMA
From Tuscaloosa 35404
Lillian Sophia Kopaska-Merkel, freshman in Slavic languages and literatures; David and Sheila Kopaska-Merkel; Northridge High School; Excellence in Elementary Russian.

ILLINOIS
From Ottawa 61350
John J. Korba, doctoral student in Slavic languages and literatures; Julie Mentgen; bachelor’s degree from Northern Illinois University; Illinois Math and Science Academy, Aurora, Ill.; Joseph Conrad Memorial Award.

MISSOURI
From Kansas City 64105
Bethany Dolores Owens, master’s student in Russian and East European studies; bachelor’s degree from George Washington University, Washington, D.C.; Excellence in Advanced Russian.

From Springfield 65804
Sarah Susan Willenbrink, doctoral and master’s student in Slavic languages and literatures; bachelor’s degree from University of Kentucky; Joseph Conrad Memorial Award.

TEXAS
From Plano 75024
Brian Alexander Skelnik, freshman in liberal arts and sciences; Brian and Patsy Skelnik; Plano West Senior High School; Excellence in Elementary Polish.

WISCONSIN
From Sussex 53089
Patrick Michael Callen, master’s student in Russian and East European studies; bachelor’s degree from University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Excellence in Advanced Russian.

BULGARIA
From Shumen
Zhulieta Panayotova Kaludova, doctoral student in Slavic languages and literatures; master’s degree from KU; Joseph Conrad Memorial Award.


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