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KU announces Global Scholars cohort

Friday, November 13, 2015

LAWRENCE — Fourteen sophomores at the University of Kansas have been selected as Global Scholars. This competitive program, coordinated by Stuart Day, director of faculty programs for International Programs, recognizes and encourages undergraduate students who have an interest in global studies and a strong academic record.

The 14 students come from a wide range of disciplines across the university. They were selected for their demonstrated interest in global and international studies, plans for studying abroad and potential for high academic achievement and leadership.

The group will participate in a three-hour weekly seminar, "From the Social to the Global: Seeing the World through Flamenco and Latin Popular Dance," taught by Professor Michelle Heffner Hayes. Students will be paired with a faculty mentor with similar interests and present research on global and international studies during the spring semester of their senior year. Each will receive a $1,000 scholarship to be applied toward a KU-approved study abroad program.

“We are delighted to welcome this outstanding new cohort of Global Scholars. Their varied interests, from accounting to political science, all have meaningful community connections. The group embodies KU’s goal of preparing students to be thoughtful, engaged citizens in a global community,” Day said.

The 2016 Global Scholars are listed below by hometown, parents’ names, areas of interest and high school:


Douglas County

Sonia Schoneich, Lawrence; Elena Ghezzo and Christian Schöneich; chemistry and psychology; graduate of Free State High School


Johnson County

Elise Arney, Stilwell; Todd and Stacey Arney; supply chain management and Spanish; graduate of Blue Valley High School

Zaara Baig, Leawood; Ahmed and Nasreen Baig; biology and Spanish; graduate of Blue Valley North High School

Rebekah Burgweger, De Soto; Rose and William Burgweger; global & international studies and political science; graduate of De Soto High School

Matthew Dunn, Overland Park; Bill and Annemie Dunn; history, political science and global & international studies; graduate of Shawnee Mission South High School

Chris Fairleigh, Olathe; Michael and Jennifer Fairleigh; speech-language-hearing; graduate of Olathe South High School

Danielle London, Overland Park; Nanci and Bob London; peace and conflict studies and global & international studies; graduate of Blue Valley North High School

Megan Peat, Lenexa; Michael Peat and Judy Peat; political science; graduate of Olathe Northwest High School


Leavenworth County

Rebecca Reilly, Leavenworth; Deborah Reilly and the late James Reilly; civil engineering; graduate of Leavenworth High School


Sedgwick County

Kellor Yde, Wichita; Timothy Yde and Cindy Yde; political science and global & international studies; graduate of Maize High School


Shawnee County

Mallory Copeland, Topeka; Tom and Natalie Copeland; environmental science and Chinese; graduate of Shawnee Heights High School

Margaret Reed, Topeka; Dee Swalley and Truett Reed; business; graduate of Washburn Rural High School



Paige Hansen, Brookings, South Dakota; Kevin and Amanda Hansen; ecology &evolutionary biology and English; graduate of Brookings High School

Patrick Spanier, Mount Prospect, Illinois; Mark and Carla Spanier; accounting and Chinese language and literature; graduate of Saint Viator High School.


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