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2012 Student Awards In Special Education

Congratulations to the following students in Special Education who have received College and Department Awards in 2012:

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The William E. Albin and Charlotte C Young Award
This fund was established in 1984 by William E. Albin and Charlotte C. Young to provide support for exceptional students in the Department of Special Education.

Emily Ann Dorsey
B.S. Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral Student, Special Education


The Margaret Bansau Fellowships
The Margaret Bansau Fellowships are presented to Special education graduate students. Although Margaret Bansau was not an alumna of the University of Illinois, she had great confidence that the institution could do much to improve the lives of people living with physical disabilities. A portion of Ms. Bansau’s estate gift to the University sponsors fellowships for those studying to teach children with special needs.

Michelle Lee Bonati
B.S. Speech and hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
M.A. Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Arizona
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Christine Lynn Nittrouer
B.B.A. Management-Entrepreneurship, University of Notre Dame
Master’s Student, Special Education

Nat Vikitsreth
B.B.A. Business Administration-Marketing, Thammasat University, Thailand
Master’s Student, Special Education


The Joann B. Eisenberg Scholarship
This award was established by Joann Eisenberg to benefit a master’s student in Special Education who plans on pursuing a teaching career in an urban setting. Dr. Eisenberg received her B.S. in 1968 and her M.Ed. in Learning Disabilities from the College of Education. She worked in the field of learning disabilities at the secondary level for several years before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Kaili A. Salyers
B.A. Human Services and Theatre, Millikin University
Master’s Student, Special Education


The Goldstick Family Fellowship
The Goldstick Initiative was established by Phillip and Beverly Goldstick for the Study of Communication Disorders. The fellowship will recruit and train future doctoral faculty in the area of communications.

Melinda Snodgrass
B.S. Special Education, Illinois State University
M.S. Special Education, Illinois State University
Doctoral Student, Special Education


The M. Ray and Frances Karnes Scholarship
The Karnes Scholarship was established in 1999 by M. Ray and Frances Karnes in memory of their son, Christopher J. Karnes. It supports exceptional graduate students who are pursuing training or research in the field of human resource education in keeping with the career interests of Professor Emeritus M. Ray Karnes, the first chair of the Department of Vocational and Technical Education.

Catherine Patricia Corr
B.A. Elementary Education, University of Iowa
M.Ed. Early Childhood Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral Student, Special Education


The Kay Reeves Meginnis Endowment for the Enhancement of Special Education Programs
The scholarship was established by Paul and Colin Meginnis of Iowa in honor of Kay Reeves Meginnis. The scholarship is to support initiatives in the Special Education Department in the College of Education. Kay Reeves devoted more than 30 years to teaching special needs students and to helping children understand that learning is one of the most exciting and rewarding experiences one can have.

Anne Walz Graves
B.M. Music Education and Vocal Performance, Northwestern University
Master’s Student, Special Education


The Robert Bruce Reinoehl Memorial Award
This award is made in memory of Bruce Reinoehl, a student of exceptional talent who died unexpectedly during his graduate studies. The Reinoehl family endowed this award through personal and memorial gifts. Through the R. Bruce Reinoehl Memorial Award, students who share Bruce’s aspiration receive support while working toward a graduate degree in Special Education.

Sarah L. Ballard
Doctoral Student, Special Education


The Special Education Student Award
The Special Education Award was established in honor of Laura Jordan, Bob Henderson, Jim Halle and Laird Heal to support a doctoral student whose research is large-N, quantitative, and employs statistics for data evaluation, or whose primary interest is in administration. This award also supports a master’s student pursuing teacher certification for students with mild disabilities and doctoral students using applied behavior analysis as their research framework to impact the domains of communication, problem behavior, or severe disabilities..

Hyejin Park
B.A. Special Education, Ewha women’s University
Ed.M. TESOL, Boston University
C.A.G.S. Special Education, Boston University
Doctoral Student, Special Education


The Letitia Walsh Fellowship
The Letitia Walsh Fellowship was established in honor of the late Professor Letitia Walsh of the Home Economics Department who died in 1978. Dr. Walsh left a lasting mark on the College of Education. This endowment supports fellowships for outstanding doctoral students.

Melinda Snodgrass
B.S. Special Education, Illinois State University
M.S. Special Education, Illinois State University
Doctoral Student, Special Education


The Margaret Westerbeck Scholarship
The Westerbeck Scholarships were established by Margaret and William Westerbeck to provide support to exceptional students pursuing graduate degrees in the Department of Special Education.

Anne Butler
B.S. Special Education, Illinois State University
M.S. Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral Student, Special Education


The William Chandler Bagley Doctoral Scholarship
Since 1988, the College of education has designated outstanding undergraduate and graduate students as Bagley Scholars. These awards are funded by friends of the College. William Chandler Bagley came to the University of Illinois in 1908 as a Professor of Education, and became director of the School of Education in 1909. In his nine years at Illinois, he developed the School of Education into one of the leading institutions of its kind. In 1914 the first two degrees of Doctor of Philosophy, with an Education major were granted. Bagley taught, worked with undergraduate and graduate students, and spent time on public relations activities. He became one of the leading proponents for establishing a professional honor society. In 1911, Kappa Delta Pi was established here. Bagley passed away in 1946 and left a legacy as someone who insisted that formal training and experience were needed to promote good educational practice. Each year, our William Chandler Bagley Scholars carry on this tradition.

Michelle Lee Bonati
B.S. Speech and hearing Sciences, University of Arizona
M.A. Special Education and Rehabilitation, University of Arizona
Doctoral Student, Special Education

Lori Erbrederis Meyer
B.S. Early Childhood Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Ed.M. Special Education, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Doctoral Student, Special Education


University Fellowship 
   Michelle Bonati
   Anne Butler
   Eunjeong Choi
   Natalie Danner
   Christine Davis
   Kimberly Hile

   Lori Meyer

   Alicia Pence

   Julie Pickens
   Erin Stark
   Jenna Weglarz-Ward
   Quentin Wherfel