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December 8, 1997


Kansas University officials are proud of Lee Havis' nomination to receive a Rhodes Scholarship.

A Kansas University senior, one of two students from Kansas eligible for the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, was not chosen to receive the award during final selections on Saturday.

Lee Havis, a political science major who is studying as a KU student at Tel Aviv University in Israel this semester, had advanced to the district level of the competition at Minneapolis. Thirty-two Rhodes Scholarships are awarded each year.

The winners were announced Saturday night, but a list was not available at press time.

Havis, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Doron Havis, Overland Park, was unavailable for comment Saturday.

Barbara Schowen, director of the KU honors program, commended Havis for her achievements.

"We think she did wonderful, going this far," Schowen said. "She's a person with a tremendous future and we're very proud of her.

"KU is very proud of her," she said. "I think she's a person who is going to make a difference and will make a positive contribution to whatever career she chooses."

Havis is a National Merit Scholar and a Watkins-Berger Scholar at KU, as well as a member of several academic honor societies. She has volunteered with the Douglas County AIDS Project and with the Audio-Reader Network of Kansas.

A Kansas State University student, Jonathan Winkler, was also a finalist in the competition. It wasn't known whether he received the scholarship Saturday night.

Rhodes Scholars receive funding for two years of study at Oxford University in England. Students can either pursue an additional bachelor's degree or a master's degree.

Since 1904, 23 KU students have been named Rhodes Scholars. Munro Richardson received the scholarship in 1994 and Pamela McElwee was a recipient in 1993.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is

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