Slavic languages students receive awards at annual recognition event

LAWRENCE — The University of Kansas Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures recognized 30 students for academic excellence and language proficiency at its annual honors reception April 17.

William Comer, chair and associate professor of Slavic languages and literatures, welcomed attendees and presided at the event.

 Six students, all outstanding graduating seniors in the department, were inducted into Dobro Slovo, the National Slavic Honor Society for students majoring in Slavic languages and literatures. 

The 2012 inductees were David S. Samms, Eva Rosenblumova, Rhianna Patrinely, Anastasia K. Metzger, Jennifer Kornfield and Zachary Early.

The first campus chapter of Dobro Slovo was established at the University of California, Berkeley on Oct 29, 1926, and in 1963 Dobro Slovo became the National Slavic Honor Society with the help and encouragement of the American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages.  In 1979 the Department of Slavic Languages established the Beta Eta Chapter of the Society on the KU campus.

Students also received certificates and book awards for excellence in elementary and advanced Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian; elementary and intermediate Polish; elementary, intermediate and advanced Russian; elementary Slovene; elementary Turkish, and elementary and advanced Ukrainian. Honorees are as follows:

  • Drew P. Burks – graduate student in history, focusing on Poland and Ukraine, Excellence in Polish at the Elementary Level
  • Chris Oblon — Excellence in Polish at the Elementary Level
  • Chelsea Steel — Excellence in Polish, Intermediate Level
  • Jared N. Warren — Master’s student in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies; Excellence in Polish, Intermediate Level
  • Erica Stevanovic — Excellence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) Elementary Level
  • Becky Stakun — Doctoral student in Slavic Languages and Literatures;  Excellence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS) Intermediate Level
  • Andrew Bledsoe — Excellence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (Bcs) Advanced Level
  • Eva Rosenblumova — Excellence in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (Bcs) Advanced Level
  • Holly Hood Glasgow— MA student in Anthropology; Excellence in Slovene, Elementary Level
  • Logan Bayless — Excellence in Russian, Elementary Level
  • Matthew Franklin — Excellence in Russian, Elementary Level
  • Katherine Gwynn — Excellence in Russian, Elementary Level
  • Catherine Lees — Excellence in Russian, Elementary Level
  • Austin Lentz-- Excellence in Russian, Elementary Level
  • Taylor Broadfoot -- Excellence in Russian, Intermediate Level
  • Lillian Kopaska-Merkel — Excellence in Russian, Intermediate Level
  • Wayne (Jimmy) Sloan — Excellence in Russian, Intermediate Level
  • Deborah Brigmond — Excellence in Russian, Advanced Level
  • Jenni Kornfield — Excellence in Russian, Advanced Level
  • Natalie Perry — Excellence in Russian, Advanced Level
  • Seth Wiley — Excellence in Russian, Advanced Level
  • Malika Lyon — Excellence in Turkish, Elementary Level
  • Elizabeth McCollom — Excellence in Turkish, Elementary Level
  • Katya Ditirro— Excellence in Ukrainian, Intermediate Level
  • Amy Murphy — Excellence in Ukrainian, Intermediate Level

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.