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Friday, November 15, 2013

LAWRENCE — Fourteen sophomores at the University of Kansas have been competitively selected as Global Scholars. This program, coordinated by Dena Register, director of faculty programs for International Programs, recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and a strong academic record.

The 14 students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university. They were selected for their demonstrated interest in global and international studies, plans for studying abroad and potential for high academic achievement and leadership.

The group will participate in a three-hour weekly seminar, Translation, taught by Professor Stanley Lombardo. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor with similar interests and present research on global and international studies during the spring semester of their senior year. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward a KU-approved study abroad program.

“Participation in this program is quite selective, and we are pleased with the exceptional undergraduate students chosen to participate in the 2014 Global Scholars program. The diverse interests and backgrounds of these students will contribute greatly to building a valuable interdisciplinary experience both in the Translation seminar and in their pursuit of a research topic and study abroad experience,” Register said.

The 2014 Global Scholars are listed below by hometown, parents’ names, areas of interest and high school.

  • William Ashley: Topeka; Thomas Ashley; sophomore in global and international studies and Chinese language and literature; graduate of Topeka High School.
  • George Blankenau: Lincoln, Neb.; Dan and Monica Blankenau; sophomore in biochemistry; graduate of Pius X High School.
  • Erin Calhoun: Naperville, Ill.; Julie and Jim Calhoun; sophomore in human biology and English; graduate of Metea Valley High School.
  • Elizabeth Chaney: Brownsville, Texas; Lecia and Stuart Chaney; sophomore in speech, language, hearing; graduate of Saint Joseph Academy.
  • Alyssa Denneler: Lawrence; Laura and Charles Denneler; sophomore in anthropology; graduate of Lawrence High School.
  • Kacey Eis: Overland Park; Karen and Thom Eis; sophomore in community health; graduate of Olathe East High School.
  • Lauren Fleming: Lawrence; Bill and Karla Fleming; sophomore in political science and Spanish; graduate of Lawrence High School.
  • Rosalyn Lucas: Paola; Jo Anne and Gary Lucas; sophomore in Japanese language and literature; graduate of Paola High School.
  • Allison Morte: Lawrence; Valerie Lanius and Paul Morte; sophomore in global and international studies; graduate of Free State High School.
  • Jacob Reinig: Overland Park; Max and Michelle Reinig; sophomore in finance and political science; graduate of Blue Valley North High School.
  • Elia Rieder: Boulder, Colo.; Maria and Kevin Rieder; sophomore in biology; graduate of Boulder High School.
  • Parker Riley: Olathe; Darius Riley and Carol Paysinger; sophomore in computer science; graduate of De Soto High School.
  • Bryce Tappan: Brookings, S.D.; Alison and Gray Tappan; sophomore in environmental chemistry; graduate of Brookings High School.
  • Anna Zimmerman: St. Louis; Jill and Glenn Zimmerman; sophomore in graphic design; graduate of Notre Dame High School.

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