CREES announces graduation awards

LAWRENCE — The Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies is hosting a Graduation and Awards Ceremony for graduating students and 2012-13 academic year award winners. The event will take place at 11 a.m. May 12 in 318 Bailey. The event will recognize many outstanding area studies students:

Bramlage Family Foundation Scholarship

$3,000 awarded to a deserving REES student with strong ties to the state of Kansas. This year’s recipient is MA REES student Matthew Cotton. Born and raised in McPherson, Cotton completed a BA in modern Russian and Eastern European History at Kansas State University. He joined the REES MA program at KU in fall 2011 and has impressed faculty with his hard work and dedication toward the CREES program and his chosen field of Russian area studies. Cotton was awarded a Summer 2012 FLAS Fellowship and will be continuing his language studies in Kazan, Russia. He will return to KU in the fall to finish his final year the REES MA program.

FMSO-CREES Research Assistantships

The FMSO-CREES Research Assistantship is a cooperative project of Fort Leavenworth Foreign Military Studies Office and the KU Center for Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies (CREES). REES students in either humanities or social sciences who are interested in gaining a better understanding of how the U.S. military analyzes the Eurasian security environment intern with the FMSO and are guided by experts as they research a security question of their own interest. Semester research assistants receive a $7,500 stipend and up to $8,000 in tuition plus fringe benefits. Summer research assistants receive a $5,000 stipend plus fringe benefits.

Summer 2012 Recipients
Gloria Funcheon, MA REES, Wichitia
Sandra King-Savic, MA REES, Lucerne, Switzerland
 
Fall 2012 Recipients
Amy Murphy, MA REES, Springfield, Mo.
 
Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship Awardees
The Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship program provides academic year and summer fellowships to undergraduate and graduate students undergoing training in modern foreign languages.  Funded by the State Department and administered by CREES, FLAS Fellowships provide up to $7,500 awards for summer language study at any program throughout the world, and tuition coverage plus $15,000 stipends for academic year language and culture study at KU.
 
Summer 2012 Recipients

  • Drew Burks, PhD history (Polish), Willis, Texas
  • Matthew Cotton, MA REES (Russian), McPherson
  • Emily Csinsi, MA REES (Russian), Edgewood, Ky.
  • Megan Luttrell, MA/Ph.D. Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian)
  • Amy Murphy, MA REES (Ukrainian), Springfield, Mo.
  • Chris Oblon, BA political science (Polish), Lawrence
  • Allison Schmidt, Ph.D. history (Czech), Fargo, N.D.
  • Jared Warren, MA REES (Polish), Middletown, Conn.

 
Graduate 2012-13 Academic Year Recipients
Drew Burks, Ph.D. history (Polish), Willis, Texas
Emily Csinsi, MA REES (Russian), Edgewood, Ky.
Gloria Funcheon, MA REES (Russian), Wichita
Sandra King-Savic, MA REES (Turkish), Lucerne, Switzerland
Alexander Melin, J.D. law (Ukrainian), Garden City
David Trimbach, Ph.D. geography (Russian), Dayton, Ohio
Jared Warren, MA REES (Polish), Middletown, Conn.
 
Undergraduate 2012-13 Academic Year Recipients
Catherine Lees, Co-BA REES/Linguistics (Russian), Leavenworth
Natalie Cristin Perry, Co-BA REES/Slavic Languages and Literatures (Russian), Branson, Mo.
 
Jarosewycz Family Scholarship in Ukrainian Studies
A new scholarship for MA students in Ukrainian studies, this award was established by retired Kansas City attorney Peter Jarosewycz. The award supplements KU’s national leading Ukrainian Studies program at CREES, which includes all levels of Ukrainian language study, as well as courses in Ukrainian history, politics and culture.  This year’s recipient is REES MA student Amy Murphy, Springfield, Mo. As the scholarship’s first recipient, Murphy is receiving $3,000 for the 2012-13 academic year. Murphy is also receiving a Summer 2012 FLAS Fellowship to study Ukrainian at the KU-sponsored Summer Institute in Lviv.  Additionally, she is the 2012 Palij Ukrainian Studies Award winner.
 
Jerkovich Scholarship
$1,500 awarded to an outstanding student who has demonstrated an interest in the study of Former Yugoslavia. The 2012 recipient is Department of Slavic Languages and Literature undergraduate Andrew Bledsoe, Leavenworth. Bledsoe will use his award to fund his language study in Novi Sad, Serbia, this summer.
 
Norman E. Saul Travel Award
Named after KU History Emeritus Professor Norman E. Saul, this fund supports REES students with travel grants to collections or to REES related conferences at which they will be presenting the results of their research.
 
Fall 2011
Sandra King-Savic, MA REES, Lucerne, Switzerland
Natalie Mauser-Carter, MA REES, Dayton, Ohio
Jared Warren, MA REES, Middletown, Conn.
 
Spring 2012
Ruoxi Du, MA REES, Beijing
Natalie Cristin Perry, Co-BA REES/Slavic Languages and Literatures, Branson, Mo.
Nathaniel Pickett, MA REES, Stickney Crater, Pa.
 
2012 Palij Ukrainian Studies Award
The Palij Ukrainian Studies Award, established by Palij Family, is annually awarded to an outstanding student specializing in Ukrainian studies. The 2012 recipient is REES MA student Amy Murphy. The award includes $75 worth of academic books, and acknowledgement on a plaque that hangs outside the CREES Department, acknowledging all winners. Murphy also received the Jarosewycz Family Scholarship and a Summer 2012 FLAS Fellowship to study at the KU sponsored Summer Institute in Lviv, Ukraine.
 
Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Competition Winner
This year’s Roy D. and Betty Laird Essay Competition winner is graduating REES MA student Ruoxi Du, Beijing, for her essay titled “Anti-Chinese Sentiment in Russia: Threats of Chinese Invasion or Fears of Russian Xenophobia.”
 
Now in its 18th year, the annual essay contest is named after the late Dr. Roy D. Laird, a longtime member of the Russian and East European Studies and Political Science Faculties at KU, and Betty Laird, whose support makes this prize possible. As a recipient of the award, Du received a $750 cash award, a book of her choice, a certificate and her name on a plaque bearing the names of all previous winners of the competition, which is displayed outside the main CREES office. You can read Du’s essay online.
 
2011-2012 Graduating Students
 
Masters of Arts: Russian, East European & Eurasian Studies
Seth Kozak, MA REES. Fall 2011
Sarah Bazih, MA REES. Spring 2012
Patrick Callen, MA REES. Spring 2012
Ruoxi Du, MA REES. Spring 2012
Gary Oscar, MA REES. Spring 2012 (Foreign Area Officer)
Nathaniel Pickett, MA REES. Spring 2012
 
REES Co-Bachelor of Arts
Michael Fowler, BA REES/History.  Fall 2011
John Gavin Gemsky, BA REES/History.  Spring 2012
Rhianna Patrinely, BA REES/SLL. Spring 2012
 
REES Undergraduate Minor
Leigh Anna Kruger, BA Political Science. Spring 2012
Michael Maddox, BA Global & International Studies. Spring 2012
Connor Turnbull, BA Film and Media Studies. Spring 2012