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UI Honors Program Recognizes Tippie Students

The University of Iowa Honors Program presented 70 UI students with almost $75,000 in scholarships during its annual recognition ceremony in spring of 2010, to celebrate students' academic, extracurricular, and research accomplishments. UI recipients of the major national and international scholarships were also recognized.

The late Rhodes Dunlap, founder of the UI Honors Program, endows many of the scholarships.

Sarah Raaii, a May 2010 graduate, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Raaii double-majored in economics and journalism and mass communication. Raaii was an Iowa Center for Research by Undergraduates (ICRU) Research Fellow, an Honors Writing Fellow, the president of Associated Iowa Honors Students and marketing director of the University Lecture Committee. She is the daughter of Ahmad and Simone Raaii and a 2006 graduate of Ames High School.

Caitlin Streit, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. Streit, majoring in management with a minor in psychology and a certificate in philosophies and ethics of politics, law, and economics, is a member of Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity, the Tippie Scholars Program, and the UI Student Government. She is the daughter of Mark and Rebecca Streit and a 2009 graduate of Bettendorf High School.

Lee Henely, a sophomore, received the Rhodes Dunlap First-year Award. An economics major with minors in Chinese and political science, Henely served as a freshman senator in student government, volunteered with Dance Marathon, and assists with the UI Political Science Department’s Hawkeye Poll. He is the son of Perry and Jane Henely and a 2009 graduate of Southern Cal High School.

Kristina McLaughlin, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Majoring in political science and economics and earning Certificates in International Business and Sustainability, McLaughlin works with the Iowa Policy Research Organization, interns with the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, and serves on the Honors Advisory Committee. She is the daughter of Marty and Lisa McLaughlin and a 2007 graduate of George Washington High School.

Anthony Melchiorri, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. A biomedical engineering and English major, Melchiorri is also earning a Certificate in Technological Entrepreneurship. He interns with a bioinformatics software company and has served as president, recruitment chair, and scholarship chair for his fraternity. He is the son of John and Kelly Melchiorri and a 2007 graduate of University High School.

Laura Nass, a May 2010 graduate in economics, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Having also earned a Certificate in International Business, Nass was president of the Tippie College of Business Senate and interned with miraclefeet, a nonprofit that delivers the Ponseti Method to children with clubfoot in developing countries. She is the daughter of Dave and Gay Nass and a 2006 graduate of Glenbard East High School.

Rachael Nathanson, a May 2010 graduate in geography and economics, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Nathanson has held leadership positions with the UI Environmental Coalition, Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and UI Student Government. This fall she will start law school at Iowa to pursue environmental and international law. She is the daughter of Robert and Barbara Nathanson and a 2006 graduate of Valley High School.

Eduardo-Antonio Navarro, a senior, received the Collegiate Rhodes Dunlap Award. Navarro, a finance and economics major, is the fund-raising chair and brother-at-large for the Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity, as well as is a student ambassador for the UI Center for Diversity and Enrichment. He is the son of Eduardo and Rosie Navarro and a 2007 graduate of Marmion Academy.

Michael Raczka, a May 2010 graduate in accounting and finance, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Raczka served as vice president of communications for Beta Alpha Psi, helped lower-income residents with their taxes through the VITA program, and was a head tutor in the Frank Business Communications Center. He is the son of Joseph and Diane Raczka and a 2006 graduate of Elk Grove High School.

Dustin Tardiff, a May 2010 graduate in mechanical engineering, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Having also earned a mathematics minor and Certificate in Technological Entrepreneurship, he will attend the University of South Carolina's International Master's in Business Administration program this fall. He is the son of Ronald and Christine Tardiff and a 2006 graduate of Cumberland Valley High School in Mechanicsburg, Pa.

Sara Weitzel, a May 2010 graduate in marketing and Spanish, received the Collegiate Scholar Award. Weitzel, who also earned a Certificate in International Business, studied abroad in Costa Rica, interned in Spain, and served as the Global Internship Programs’ student ambassador. She is the daughter of Richard and Rose Weitzel and a 2006 graduate of Mundelein Consolidated High School.


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