Ryan and Jenny Lee Audus, Leawood, announce the birth of their daughter, Mae Adair Audus, born May 10, 2007, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Mae has a brother, Lucas, 3.
Her maternal grandparents are Joe and Donna Ketchum, and Ron Lee, all of Eudora. Paternal grandparents are Ken and Cheryl Audus, Lawrence.
¢Kevin and Belinda Base, Baldwin City, announce the birth of their daughter, Kaitlin Jean Base, born May 21, 2007, at Overland Park Regional Medical Center. Kaitlin weighed 7 pounds, 8 1/2 ounces and was 20 inches long. She has a sibling, Morgan, 1.
Maternal grandparents are Sandy Wiley, Gardner, and Mike Maples, Lawrence. Paternal grandparents are Dean and Barbara Base, Lawrence. Great-grandparents are Lee Roy Maples, Republic, Mo.; Barbara Harder, Marietta, Ga.; and Dorothy Walsh, Salina.
¢Elizabeth Carttar, Law-rence, received a Bachelor of Arts degree on May 13 from the University of Richmond in Virginia.
She graduated summa cum laude and majored in Spanish and international studies: world politics and diplomacy. Her minor was history.
Carttar is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies and was president of Golden Key Honor Society. She has accepted a position as assistant account executive at Fleishman-Hillard International Communications.
¢Aryenish Vegan Birdie, Lawrence, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass., on May 19.
¢Jordan Gray, a student at Ottawa Middle School, has been selected to attend an academic program sponsored by the Duke University Talent Identification Program this summer at Kansas University. Seventh-graders qualified for the program by taking the SAT or ACT and earning scores well above the average scores earned by college-bound seniors.
¢Baker University graduates received degrees during commencement ceremonies May 20. Area candidates for graduation include:
¢ Baldwin City: Hans Broers, Sarah Dunn, Stiina Hess, Kyrstan Hubbel, Robert Murry, Angela Portlock, Tracy Rockers, Rachelle Vigna and Jennifer Wingert.
¢ De Soto: Charles Davis, Kathie Pelan and Jennifer Thierer.
¢ Eudora: Robyne Pippert.
¢ Lawrence: Jonathan Affalter, Sarah Bagwell, Lisa Barnes, Mark Bohnenkemper, Edgardo Cardona, William Davidson, Jasmine Dey, Marcus Dudley, Toby Eastland, Jason Fox, Jeremiah Gress, Alisha Hays, Melissa Hider, Kevin Langwell, Patrick Lattin, Elizabeth Mariano, Seth Martin, Sarah Martinez, Ryan Nall, Megan Overall, Kimberly Patton, Charlotte Prosser, Doris Ricks, Jessica Shirk, Jodie Smith, Daniel Watkins and Adrianne Weibel.
¢ Overbrook: Renay Carter.
¢ Perry: Paul Foltz and Bridget Keesling.
¢ Tonganoxie: Jennifer Jones
¢ Wellsville: Kristen Hale and Evan Wright.
¢Laura Gauch, Lawrence, is among nine high school graduates who have won Angier B. Duke memorial scholarships, which are undergraduate merit awards at Duke University.
The awards cover full tuition for four years and include a six-week summer study program at Oxford, England.
A scholarship is estimated to be worth more than $130,000 during a four-year period.
Gauch is a a graduate of Bishop Seabury Academy.
¢Nina Zuna was honored as the 2007 recipient of the Judy Tate Outstanding Doctoral Student Medallion Award at Kansas University's Professionals for Disability end-of-the-year event. The award is presented annually to a doctoral student in the department of special education.
Zuna expects to receive her doctorate in August.
¢Washburn University conducted commencement exercises May 12 in Topeka. Area candidates for graduation included:
¢ Baldwin City: Denise Johnson, Master of Social Work; Mason Stewart, M.B.A.
¢ Eudora: Kandice Krai-singer, M.B.A.
¢ Lawrence: Katherine Abel, Associate of Science; Jared Allen, B.S.; Theresa Benson, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Health Science; Rebekah Berkley, Associate of Science; Jennifer Billet, Bachelor of Social Work; Megan Blair, B.S., Cum Laude; Michel Bonham, Master of Social Work; Stephanie Coon, B.S.; Alison Cropp, Bachelor of Education; Annie Dressel, Master of Social Work; Jacob Fisher, Bachelor of Education; James Hall, Associate of Science; Carla Helm, Master of Social Work; Anna Jackson, B.A.; Courtney Kimple, B.A.; Candice Lahm, B.S.; Carol Lear, Master of Social Work; Paul Leffingwell, Master of Social Work; Sarah Martin, B.S.; James Minor, Bachelor of Applied Science; Sarah Morrison, B.S., School of Nursing Scholar; Terence Oben, Bachelor of Business Administration; Kristen Paulson, Master of Social Work; Becky Peck, Bachelor of Business Administration; Jennifer Perez, Master of Education, Stoffer Scholar; Haley Smith, B.S., Summa Cum Laude, School of Nursing Honors; Dillon Strohm, M.B.A.; Brandy Stufflebean, Master of Social Work; Samantha Sturdevant, Master of Social Work; Ashley Taylor, Bachelor of Social Work, Summa Cum Laude; Jo Williams, Bachelor of Integrated Studies; and Jo Williams, Bachelor of Applied Science.
¢ Lecompton: Beth Maloun, Master of Education, Stoffer Scholar; and Michael Maloun, Master of Education, Stoffer Scholar.
¢ Oskaloosa: Katherine Garren, Associate of Science; and Kristen Garren, Associate of Science.
¢ Overbrook: Heather Berckefeldt, B.A., Cum Laude; John Deitrich, B.S.; and Sara Hoppe, B.A., Cum Laude.
¢ Perry: Charles Skelton, B.S., Magna Cum Laude.
¢ Tonganoxie: Lauren Donnelly, B.S., Cum Laude; Karl Morrison, Bachelor of Business Administration; and Britain Stites, B.A., Cum Laude.
¢Several Lawrence High School students were honored for their scores on the 2007 AATF Concours, a national French exam. Students earning top 10 rankings include Aysylu Biktimirova and Lisa Simberg, Level I; Steph Castor, Level II; Maria Mendez Camarena, Level III; and Becca Dirks and Maryl Sartin, Level IV. Students receiving certificates of achievement include Fatima Alenezy, Gus Bova, Lauren Johnson, Sarah Long and Yoshika Crider.
Their teacher is Megan Hurt.
¢Bo Wempe, Lawrence, earned a second-place award in news writing at the Kansas Professional Communicators Conference on May 5 in Dodge City. He is a student at Fort Hays State University. His entry was published in The Hays Daily News.
¢Several Lawrence residents attending Kansas University are among 20 students chosen as members of the University Advising Center's 2007 Peer Adviser Team. They include Kori Green, who is returning for a third year as a peer adviser; David Le, Amanda Boyer and Jacquelyn Samp. The advisers' duties include assisting new, transferring and readmitted students with advising and enrollment this summer.
¢Paul Lantis, Ottawa, received the Arthur J. Boynton Memorial Award during the Department of Economics' annual banquet May 1 at Kansas University. The Boynton award endowment gives awards to outstanding seniors and scholarships to sophomores and juniors.
Lantis, a graduating senior in economics, is a graduate of Ottawa High School and plans to attend law school.
¢Aaron Ideus, Lawrence, received a student leadership award through the Hansen Leadership Program at Doane College in Crete, Neb. Ideus participated in the Distinguished Leaders Program.
¢Margie Kuhn, Lawrence, received two awards for her work at the Watercolor U.S.A. 2007 exhibition at the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.
Kuhn earned the Greg G. Thielen Memorial Award for her watercolor "Course of the Empire (Comanche)" and a Patron Purchase Award for her gouache "The Invisible Dragon."
The competition received 618 entries by 344 artists this year. The judge was Saralyn Reece Hardy, director of the Spencer Museum of Art at Kansas University.
¢Joel Van Eenwyk, Lawrence, was honored as the outstanding graduating senior in computer science by the School of Engineering at Kansas University during a ceremony May 20 at the Lied Center.
Eenwyk received a bachelor's degree in computer science last month.
¢Erin Christine-NoÃ»l Griffeth received a Doctor of Osteopathy degree from Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences on May 20. Griffeth received her hood from Dr. April Bremby in the commencement ceremony in Kansas City, Mo.
Griffeth plans to begin her residency in family medicine in July at Kansas University Medical Center. She graduated from Lawrence High School in 1997 and from Kansas University in 2002.
¢Douglas County District Court honored four employees for 10 years of public-service employment in Kansas. They include Craig "Harley" Eddis, intensive supervision officer for the office of Community Corrections; Harry Miller, assistant court trustee; Yvonne Palkowitsh, court reporter; and Sandy Whitehead, accounting technician in the office of the Clerk of the District Court.
¢Janna Dunbar, Lawrence, and Bill Wood, Eudora, graduated from the Kansas Agriculture and Rural Leadership program during a ceremony April 21 in Salina. During the two-year training period, 30 Kansans attended seminars across the state, in Washington, D.C., and in Ghana, West Africa. The training included such topics as public speaking, writing, facilitation and analytical skills.
¢Katie Robertson and Caitlin Welch, both of Lawrence, and Chelsea Chaffin, Eudora, were named to the Dean's List for grades achieved during the spring 2007 semester at Bethel College in North Newton. They earned a grade-point average of 3.7 or higher.
¢Sheila Smith, Lawrence, earned the 2007 Herbert J. Prehm Student Presentation Award, the highest student recognition given by the Council for Exceptional Children's Division on Developmental Disabilities. Smith is a doctoral student in special education at Kansas University.
Smith was cited for her work, "Interventions for Success at the Middle and High School Level for Individuals with Asperger Syndrome," and received the award at the group's annual meeting in April in Louisville, Ky.