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  PRESIDENT'S MEDAL



UW AWARDS 2007 HOMEPAGE

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DISTINGUISHED TEACHING AWARD
Douglas Black, Pharmacy
Lauro Flores, Ethnic Studies
Matt Sparke, Geography/ Jackson School
Terry Swanson, Earth & Space Sciences
Crispin Thurlow, Communication
G. Kent Nelson, Business, UW Tacoma
David Goldstein, UW Bothell

EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD
Jerusha Achterberg, Anthropology
Alex Coverdill, Biology

DISTINGUISHED STAFF AWARD
Marne Faber, Harborview
Elaine Franks, Psychology
Pam Robenolt, Athletics
Cynthia St. Clair, Music
Deborah Flores, Engineering

BROTMAN AWARD FOR INSTRUCTIONAL EXCELLENCE
Program on the Environment
MIRT, Epidemiology

DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTIONS TO LIFELONG LEARNING AWARD
Jan Spyridakis, Technical Communication

OUTSTANDING PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD
Erasmo Gamboa, Ethnic Studies

JAMES D. CLOWES AWARD FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF LEARNING COMMUNITIES
James Gregory, History

S. STERLING MUNRO PUBLIC SERVICE TEACHING AWARD
J. Carey Jackson,  Medicine

DAVID B. THORUD LEADERSHIP AWARD
Eve Riskin, Electrical Engineering
Don Wulff, UW Center for Instructional Development and Research (CIDR)

MARSHA L. LANDOLT DISTINGUISHED GRADUATE MENTOR AWARD
Raj Bordia, Materials Science

ALUMNUS SUMMA LAUDE DIGNATUS
Dan Evans

ALUMNI ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
Dawn Williams

PRESIDENT'S MEDAL
Minh-An Nguyen, Biochemistry/ Chemistry
Elise Saba, English


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Elise Saba

By Bob Roseth | News and Information

Elise Saba, who will be receiving a bachelor's degree in English, has been awarded a President's Medal for scholarship as a transfer student -- an award given to a student who entered the UW with at least 60 transfer credits from a Washington community college. Saba transferred to the UW from North Seattle Community College, where she had been named to the President's List for her high scholarship, and also to the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for community college students. At the UW, Saba has been a Mary Gates Leadership Scholar and a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She also has been a member of the Honors Department in English. Her first publication in fiction appeared in The Daily, the UW student newspaper, in March.

Unsurprisingly, two of her favorite classes involve fiction: the Contemporary Novel, and Science Fiction and Fantasy, taught by Veronica Robertson, "by far one of the best professors I have ever had," she said. She was also very fond of classes in drama and a very lively class in Shakespeare.

Outside of class, she was very involved in Swing Kids, the UW's swing dance club, serving as its president. "What I've loved about this is the wonderful way that dancing unites fun-loving people," she said. She also sings in her family's a capella quartet, Batteries Not Included.

Saba is proud of the fact that she was home schooled through 10th grade. "It was one of the best gifts a mother could have ever given her child," she said. "The attention I was given and the ways in which I had some freedom to pursue and refine my interests when I was young have  made all the difference in the adult I am today. If I can thank my parents in some way for what they gave me through this home schooling education, it would be to tell them that I plan to home school my own kids."