August 06, 2004

Twenty students receive $1,000 scholarships

by Paula M. Davenport

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- Southern Illinois University Carbondale is providing $1,000 scholarships to each of 20 top-flight students preparing to be either math or science teachers.

These scholarships go to talented, aspiring teachers in those two teaching concentrations and are the result of a joint initiative between the University's College of Science and the College of Education and Human Services.

"These scholarships are intended to recruit the best and brightest math and science students into the teaching professions," said Trudi L. Volk, director of the University's Teaching Excellence in Mathematics and Science project.

Strengthening the undergraduate scholarship program is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint for the development of the University by the time it reaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.

A list of scholarship recipients, by hometown:

Anna: Jaime E. Eaves, a junior who is studying to become an elementary education teacher specializing in mathematics. She is the daughter of Dave and Kathy Eaves.

Rusty D. Marks, a senior in elementary education specializing in science. He is the son of Norma D. Marks of Cobden.

Antioch: Michael A. Lencioni, a senior specializing in teaching biological sciences in secondary school, son of Leonard and Pam Lencioni.

Carmi: Beth Ann Williams, a senior studying to become a mathematics teacher, daughter of Guy L. and Angela R. Williams.

Effingham: Danette L. Shamhart, a senior studying to become an elementary school science teacher, daughter of Carla L. Leininger of Effingham and Dan Shamhart of Mason.

Herrin: Tiffany L. Hatley, a senior specializing in teaching math in elementary schools, daughter of Tom and Pam Hatley. Nicole D. Hetman, a senior preparing to teach in elementary schools, specializing in mathematics, social sciences and language arts. Her parents are Sandra K. Mabry of Herrin and Jim M. Hetman of Goodyear, Ariz.

Johnston City: Donnellyn R. Dean, a junior studying to teach mathematics in secondary schools. Daughter of Jimmy R. and Donnette D. Dean.

Makanda: Kimberly L. Blair, a senior studying to become a mathematics instructor, daughter of Michael R. and Karla A. Blair.

Metamora: Rachel M. Bellisairo, a senior studying to become a secondary school mathematics instructors with additional special interests in chemistry and physics, daughter of John N. and Jean M. Bellisario.

Mount Vernon: Rhenda L. Price, a junior studying to become a science teacher, with special interests in biology and chemistry. Daughter of Robert L. and Betty J. Mellot of Mount Vernon. She is married to John A. Price and they have a daughter, Saige Nicole.

Murphysboro: Kelly Bryant, a senior studying to become a high school mathematics teacher, daughter of Jane Bryant ofMurphysboro and Tim Bryant of Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Heather H. Murphy, senior planning to become a high school biology teacher, daughter of Charles E. and Sally P. Hill.

Kacie L. Stearns, a senior majoring in elementary education with a concentration in science, daughter of Dan W. and Louise E. Stearns.

Nashville: Drew J. Ibendahl, a junior working to become an elementary education teacher, specializing in science. Son of Rod R. and Emily Ibendahl.

Omaha: Joshua K. Lemons, a senior planning to be a middle school math teacher, with an additional interest in physical science, son of Mark L. and Linda S. Lemons.

Sheffield: Bill M. Suzanne, a junior planning to teach mathematics in elementary schools, son of Dean K. and Leann M. Bill.

Sparta: Mathew R. Blair, a sophomore preparing to become a mathematics teacher, son of William R. and Kathleen M. Blair.

Thompsonville: Jennifer R. Moulton, a junior specializing in secondary education with a concentration in mathematics, daughter of Dennis F. and Joy R. Moulton.


Mission: Sarah Anderson, a junior preparing to teach mathematics, daughter of Steve A. and Kathy A. Anderson.