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UW-Eau Claire Announces Recipient of
Prestigious English Education Scholarship

 MAILED:  July 21, 2003

EAU CLAIRE - The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently announced that the 2003-04 recipient of the $4,000 Elizabeth G. Morris Scholarship in English Education is senior Annie Spychalla. A 1999 graduate of Arrowhead High School, Hartland, Annie is majoring in English education with a minor in teaching English as a foreign language.

To be eligible for this scholarship, students must be enrolled in the English teaching comprehensive major, have senior standing as defined by the university, and have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better. Preference is given to students who have used their electives to achieve a degree of parity among courses in the English language, composition, and literature, and who show special promise of success as a middle school or secondary school teacher of English.

In her scholarship application letter, Annie emphasized that, for her, being a language arts teacher means teaching students to use language effectively and ethically.

"Teaching English is powerful because language permeates our relationships, and relationships shape our lives as human beings," wrote Spychalla. "To teach students how to communicate by articulately and accurately expressing their thoughts and ideas leads to success in multiple areas in their lives, from explaining an innovative idea at work to encouraging their children to respect others. The more I can expose my students to diverse contexts, giving them practice within these contexts, the more effective their use of language will be."

According to Dr. Scott Oates, director of undergraduate English studies, Annie's commitment to language, communication and the teaching of English is confirmed by her extra-curricular education, which includes teaching and traveling in Ghana and Thailand and working with people from Nepal and Tibet.

Dr. Martin Wood, chairman of the English department, said the Elizabeth Morris Scholarship is well known among secondary-education majors, who see it as one of the highest honors an undergraduate can earn.

"Any student who earns this scholarship can be justifiably proud," said Wood, noting that faculty, as well as students, appreciate the award. "Because of the Elizabeth Morris Scholarship, we expect to see enrollments in our program increase among the finest prospective English teachers throughout the state and this region."

The Elizabeth G. Morris Scholarship is named for a former UW-Eau Claire English professor and scholar who loved the English language and wanted to encourage those who taught it to share both her passion and her expertise.


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Updated: July 21, 2003