Call Number, Volume 70, Number 2, Fall 2011 Page: 17
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The ALA Office of Diversity awarded five
of the fifty five 2011 Spectrum Scholarships to
UNT students. The awards ($5,000 scholarships
plus more than $1,500 worth of pre-professional
development activities and ongoing leadership
training and career placement services) are
provided to selected American Indians/Alaska
Native, Asian, Black/African Americans,
Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other
Pacific Islander students pursuing graduate
degrees in library and information science. UNT
adds $1,000 to the scholarship package of each
Spectrum Scholar, as well as out-of-state tuition
waivers. The mission of the program is to improve
service at the local level through development
of a representative workforce that reflects the
communities served by all libraries. Those
receiving scholarships are: Wai Yi Ma, Casey
Ann Mitchell, John Parker, Johana Orellana
Cabrera, and Rhea
Wai Yi Ma of
Mangilao, Guam, who '
has entered LEAP, the
U.S.-affiliated Pacific .
Islands program (see pg.
7), received a bachelor's --
degree in political science 7
studies in 2008 and a
master of arts degree in Wai Yi Ma
Micronesian studies in 2011 from the University
Casey Ann Mitchell of Los Angeles entered
the COI Greater Los Angeles Cohort distance
education program in fall 2011. Casey, who holds
a bachelor's degree in history from the State
University of New York's Purchase College and
a library technology
certificate from Pasadena
City College, is currently
supervisor at Pepperdine
entered the master's "
program in library
science in January
2011, after receiving
the bachelor's degree in Casey Ann Mitchell
English and certification
in translation studies
from the University of
Texas at Arlington in
December 2010. She
has worked for the City
of Irving (TX) Public
Library since graduating
from high school in June
Rhea Watson, who
entered the Nevada- Johana Orellana
Utah Cohort distance
learning program in
fall 2011, is currently
a literacy coordinator .
for the Las Vegas-
Clark County Library
District. She holds a
bachelor's degree from
Morris Brown College
in Atlanta and a master's
degree in experimental
psychology from the Rhea Watson
University of Nevada at Las Vegas.
John Parker, originally from Memphis,
TN, has been working -
for the Las Vegas-Clark
County District since
2004. While serving C
in the U.S. Air Force '
from 2000-2004, he
earned an AAS degree
in information systems
technology from the
College of the Air Force.
He also holds a BS 1
degree in management John Parker
from National American University, and an
MBA in human resource management from the
University of Phoenix. He is a student in the LIS
Nevada-Utah Cohort distance learning program.
Student Wins American Council of the Blind Scholarship
Samuel Muwanguzi has been awarded a
$2,500 American Council of the Blind (ACB)
Floyd Qualls Memorial Scholarship as an
outstanding student in pursuit of excellence in
education. ACB will
fly Samuel to Reno, N
Nevada to receive the
award in July during
the 50th anniversary of r
the Council's national ,
convention. ACB will
also sponsor Samuel's
stay at the week-
long convention, at
which he will make
presentations to the Samuel Muwanguzi
ACB Intercultural/International Committee
and to the ACB Education Committee. His first
presentation will address coping with blindness
in a foreign culture; the second will detail the
challenge of being an international blind student
in graduate school.
Two years ago, NT-International named
Samuel the Outstanding International Student.
He is in the PhD Program in Information
Sciences, with a concentration in Information
Policy and Management, and is benefiting
from the mentorship of Dr. William E.
Moen. In the process of applying for the ACB
scholarship, Samuel was supported by letters
of recommendation from Dr. Brian Richardson
(Department of Communication Studies),
Dr. Florence Mason (Department of Library
and Information Sciences), and Dr. Lin Lin
(Department of Learning Technologies). Among
others who have championed Samuel are Dr.
George Musambira (University of Central
Florida), and at UNT, Dean Linda Schamber,
Dr. Maurice Wheeler (Department of Libraries
and Information Sciences), and (in the UNT
Office of Disability Accommodations) Ms.
Rebecca Cagle and student assistant Hillary Dias.
Congratulations to Samuel for this most
recent achievement, and kudos to all who
have been part of his many success stories and
outstanding intellectual journey at UNT.
Job seekers: networking is an essential part of
the job seeking process.
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