KU names ExCEL winners
Two Kansas University seniors will be honored with Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership (ExCEL) awards at tonight's homecoming football game.
Anneliese Stoever, Overland Park, and Robert McKenney, Clinton, Mo., will receive the awards and $500.
The annual awards recognize one male and one female undergraduate student for their leadership, effective communication skills, involvement at KU, academic record and ability to work with wide variety of people.
Stoever has been involved in German Club, Working Against Violence Everywhere, Commission on the Status of Women, Center for Community Outreach, Diversity Peer Education Team and the Emily Taylor Women's Resource Center.
McKenney is president of Alpha Tau Omega social fraternity, program director for Mentors In the Lives of Kids and a site leader for alternative winter breaks. He has been a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church, Mortar Board and Golden Key honor societies and Interfraternity Council.
Eudora teacher named 'Educator of the Year'
A seventh-grade reading teacher from Eudora has been named Jayhawk Educator of the Year by Kansas University's School of Education.
April Hawkins, who teaches at Piper Middle School in Kansas City, Kan., will receive the award today during the School of Education's National Advisory Board meeting.
The award recognizes outstanding teaching and leadership by a KU education graduate in Kansas. Recipients must have taught at least three years in a Kansas K-12 classroom.
Hawkins, who received her bachelor's degree in 1990 and a master's degree in 1997, has received several grants to develop community-service projects at her school. Her activities have included touring community service agencies in Kansas City, organizing a volunteer fair, and serving dinners at Shalom House, a Kansas City, Kan., homeless shelter.