Archive for Saturday, April 7, 2012

Glamour girl: KU student makes top college women list

April 7, 2012


In February, Kansas University student and Lawrence native Sarah Stern achieved one of her study abroad goals: meet the president of Paraguay.

And then when she got home, she checked her voice mail to learn she was also selected one of Glamour Magazine’s “Top 10 College Women."

“It just keeps getting better,” said Stern, a journalism and Latin American studies junior. “I’m in shock.”

Stern, 21, went through a rigorous application process, including multiple phone interviews, for the honor, and was awarded $3,000. Contestants were evaluated for their academic and other community achievements. Stern has been involved in a variety of volunteer activities in Lawrence, and was awarded the Douglas County United Way’s Wallace Galluzzi Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2008. In college, Stern has been active in the Lawrence Action Network for Diversity and Lawrence Fair Trade.

Erika Dvorske, Douglas County United Way executive director, said Stern made a significant impact through her volunteering.

“Sarah was always taking charge,” said Dvorske, who wasn’t surprised to learn about Stern’s selection. “If someone I knew was going to get it, it’d be her.”

Stern was also flown to New York City this week as part of her selection, and she had the chance to network and plan for a future career. Stern, whose photography was noted in her Glamour article, hopes to integrate her love of photography with marketing or advertising.

“Find some way to mix that for the dream job,” Stern said.

Stern also just finished up her first photography book featuring her time in Brazil last year, and proceeds from the book will benefit charities in the town of Rocinha. In 2011, Stern received a William Randolph Hearst Award nomination for her photography work in Rocinha.

Stern will spend a little time in Lawrence before going back to Paraguay to finish the semester.

It’s been a whirlwind last few weeks, and Stern said she’s been “smiling from ear-to-ear.”

— Reporter Shaun Hittle can be reached at 832-7173. Follow him



JayhawkAlumOThree 6 years ago

Congrats to Sarah-- that's fantastic! (The 'University of Kansas' is the true name of the university, however, Shaun. ..Pass it on to your colleagues!) Great article, nonetheless!

Shaun Hittle 6 years ago

Jayhawkalum, We have for years went with Kansas university. I have no better explanation than to say it's the ljw's style for KU on first reference.

Jeff Kilgore 6 years ago

No, for years you "have gone," not "have went."

Tim Quest 6 years ago

They can't even get the name of the city's main feature and largest employer correct; why would they be able to handle verb conjugation?

cobaltblue 6 years ago

Well deserved! Sarah is a ball of fire! All the best to you.

Shaun Hittle 6 years ago

I will need to start running my comments by the copy editors, apparently....

Liberty275 6 years ago

I bet her parents are proud, as they should be.

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