Dr. Monti Belot will celebrate his 94th birthday on Thursday. Friends are having a card shower. Cards may be sent to him at the Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community, 4851 Harvard Road, Lawrence, 66049.
Thomas and Cindy Morton Nau are celebrating their 16th wedding anniversary. They were married Aug. 17, 1991, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lawrence.
Their children are Jessica, 10, and Christopher, 6.
The Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association announces its Applause Committee Awards for July and August.
740 Ohio, Michael J. Gerken. The entire yard of this bungalow has been landscaped with a series of curved flowerbeds, new trees and a lush lawn. Gerken has constructed a stone lamppost near the sidewalk and placed brightly painted furniture on the front porch.
808 Miss., John and Cindy Gress. Since moving in recently, the Gresses have painted their Victorian home a medium blue, accenting the details with cream and dark red. A wrought-iron fence surrounds the green lawn, and the porch swing and rocker add to the homey feel, the committee noted.
800 and 804 Eighth St., Dennis and Melinda Maygers. The couple have recently rehabilitated this double residence with a new roof, windows and paint. The duplex is one of four identical duplexes built in the 1950s.
Anne Kettle, Lawrence, was named to the Dean's List for grades achieved during the spring 2007 semester at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn. She earned a grade-point average of at least 3.75.
Kettle is a senior majoring in music education.
Caroline Caitlin Nobo, Lawrence, received a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Holyoke College on May 27 in South Hadley, Mass. Nobo majored in sociology with a minor in geology.
She received the Laurel Fellowship for study abroad and spent her junior year in Dublin, Ireland. She also was a varsity member of the national champion equestrian team for all four years. During her senior year, she completed honors research in criminal data analysis with Roland Chilton, the former head of the American Society of Criminology.
Nobo plans to pursue a Master of Science in criminology this fall and eventually a doctorate at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Free State High School.
Two students from Lawrence graduated from Grinnell College on May 21 in Grinnell, Iowa. Lauren M. Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and sociology. Alicia M. Sellon received a Bachelor of Arts in biology.
David Allen, Lawrence, was named to the Dean's List for grades achieved during the spring 2007 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. To qualify for the list in the College of Arts & Sciences, students must earn a grade-point average of 3.5 or above.
The Kress Foundation department of art history at Kansas University honored several area students for excellence during the 2006-07 academic year.
Stephanie Knappe, Baldwin City, received the Marilyn J. Stokstad Spencer Museum of Art Student Award, given for the first time to honor undergraduate and/or graduate students who have made major contributions to the mission of the Spencer Museum of Art.
Stokstad, the Judith Harris Murphy Professor Emerita of Art History, created the annual award in February. The recipient is selected by museum staff members.
Award recipients from Lawrence included Christopher Cording, Brenna Daldorph, Tashia Dare, Bridget Murphy, Bailey Pike, Heather Poort, Anson Stancliffe and John Kuhn, who all received the Amsden Award;
Abby Flores and Ghichul Jung, Morris Family Scholarship; Lara Kuykendall, Tim Mitchell Memorial Art History Award; Ellen Rife, Art History Associates Award; and Letha Robertson, Stokstad Award.
Jonathan Gripka, of Tonganoxie, received the Edmund Eglinski Prize for Study Abroad.
Kim Brook, a Kansas University student from Lawrence, received a scholarship to study ceramics and Korean this summer at Ewha Womans University in Seoul, South Korea.
Brook was one of seven KU students to win a national Freeman-ASIA scholarship for study abroad programs in Asia. She is a senior majoring in ceramics.
The department of English at Kansas University recognized undergraduate and graduate students with $39,426 in awards and scholarships for outstanding academic performance, writing and teaching.
Lawrence students who were honored include Heather Bastian, Zarel and Ruth Spears Scholarship; Keri Behre, Elsie E. Oravetz Scholarship and Outstanding Instructor Award; Samantha Bell, fourth-place tie in the Contoski Creative Writing Award for Poetry, Maxwell Award and Outstanding Instructor Award;
Emily Bobo, second place in the Carruth Poetry Award, fourth-place tie in the Contoski award for poetry, and the William P. Albrecht Scholarship; Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Zarel and Ruth Spears Scholarship; Christy Bradley, Elsie E. Oravetz Scholarship;
Benjamin Cartwright, third place for the Carruth Poetry Award, and third-place tie in the Contoski award for poetry; Todd Giles, Dr. Anne Marie Turner Award and Zarel and Ruth Spears Scholarship; Angela Glover, Outstanding Instructor Award and William P. Albrecht Scholarship;
Brian Harries, Selden Lincoln Whitcomb Award; Jennifer Humphrey, Technical Writing Award; Jennie Joiner, Elsie E. Oravetz Scholarship and Merrill Award for Excellence in Research; John Kuhn, James B. Kennedy Scholarships;
Jameelah Lang, second-place in the Edgar Wolfe Award; Adam Lott, second-place tie for the Grant K. Goodman Playwriting Award; Cynthia Lynn, Senior Award;
Jacqueline McClenny, Senior Award and Thomas O'Donnell Award; Anne McEnroe, Helen Rhoda Hoopes Critical Writing Award, second-place for the Maxwell Award, Senior Award and Thomas O'Donnell Award;
Gay Moore, Elsie E. Oravetz Scholarship and Outstanding Instructor Award; Richard Noggle, Prof. Edwin M. Hopkins Scholarship; Nedra Rogers, third-place tie for the Contoski award for poetry;
Kathryn Seibel, Helen Rhoda Hoopes Critical Writing Award and James B. Kennedy Scholarships; Rhoads Stevens II, second-place in the Contoski Creative Writing Award for Fiction;
Aarynne Struble, Freshman-Sophomore English Award; Lucas Thompson, Ilus W. Davis Award and Senior Award; Carey Voeller, Kenneth Rockwell Award and Merrill Award for Excellence in Research; Nathaniel L. Williams, James E. Gunn Award for Science Fiction Writing; and Jaymes Williamson, third-place for the Edgar Wolfe Award.
Other area students include Stephanie Scurto, Oskaloosa, Zarel and Ruth Spears Scholarship; Alphild Rees, Perry, second-place for the Contoski award for poetry, and third-place for the Maxwell Award; and Chloe Jones, Tonganoxie, third-place tie for the Contoski award for fiction.
Joni Murphy, faculty member in the College of Humanities and Arts at Haskell Indian Nations University, was named a 2007-2008 Mellon Fellow by the American Indian College Fund. The fellowships provide financial support for faculty at tribal colleges or universities who are pursuing doctorates.
Murphy is working on a doctorate in the history of art at Kansas University. Her dissertation is titled "Sweetgrass and Sage: The Life and Art of Jaune Quick-to-See Smith."
Murphy also has served as curator for several art exhibits and recently consulted on "Native Threads," a national contemporary exhibit that showcases the work of young native quilters.