Three Lawrence residents were among nine Kansas University students and graduating seniors who received awards from the Department of Religious Studies during the last school year.
Five students received Lewis Ethics Essay Awards, three won awards for writing outstanding research papers, and two won Harley Nelson Family Fund awards of $1,500 each, given on the basis of academic merit to students who will be seniors in the coming year.
The local winners were:
l Kristen Elise D'Atri, graduate student in social welfare and in religious studies, received a Religious Studies Graduate Research Award for her paper, "The Bodhisattva Jizo's Role in 'Mizuko Kuyo,' the Rite for Unborn Souls."
l Ruth Marie Dysart, graduate student in religious studies, won a Lewis Award for her paper, "Responses of Conservative and Orthodox Judaism to End-of-Life Ethical Health Care Issues."
l David Lawson Mosher, May 2001 graduate in religious studies, won a Lewis Award for his paper "Providing Health Care: A Christian Dialogue." He also won the Religious Studies Undergraduate Research Award for his paper, "A Psychological Approach to Emerson: A Defense of a Chosen Method."
YouthFriends names Murguia to board
Kansas City, Mo.-based YouthFriends has named Janet Murguia to its board of directors.
Murguia, executive chancellor for university relations at Kansas University, oversees the university's external and internal public relations.
YouthFriends, established in 1995, is a mentoring program serving 85 school districts in Kansas and Michigan.