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December doctoral recipients announced

January 28, 1999

KALAMAZOO -- Fifteen students, listed below, received doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University at the end of fall session in December. Eleven students received doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees, three earned a doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree and one student received a doctor of public administration (DPA) degree. Doctoral degrees were awarded in seven fields: applied economics; counselor education and counseling psychology; English; educational leadership; history; public administration; and sociology.

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu

--MICHIGAN --

BERRIEN SPRINGS -- Marie Louise Moon of 8706 Lilac Lane earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "The Relationship of Reading Recovery Teachers' Efficacy to Length of Service and School System Support." Moon received a bachelor's degree in secretarial science from Pacific Union College and a master's degree in education with a reading emphasis from Andrews University. She is currently employed as an associate professor of education at Andrews University and also is a WMU-trained Reading Recovery Teacher Leader.

FERNDALE -- Matt B. Mullins of 436 Withington earned a Ph.D. degree in English. The title of his creative dissertation was "Genuflect, Gentlemen and Other Stories." The son of Mary Bernard of Grosse Pointe Shores, Mullins received a bachelor's degree in English from Michigan State University and a master of fine arts degree from WMU. He was an editor and writer for Sigma6 Interactive Media in Detroit, but is now touring the Midwest as a guitarist and singer with Yoroka, a world beat fusion band.

GRAND RAPIDS -- Catalina Amuedo-Dorantes of 4149 Chadwick Ave. NE earned a Ph.D. degree in applied economics. The title of her dissertation was "Temporary Employment: The Spanish Experience." A native of Sevilla, Spain, she received bachelor's degrees in French and economics from University of Sevilla and a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Granada. She received her master's degree in economics from WMU and also holds a doctorate in law from U.N.E.D. in Madrid. She is currently working as a researcher at Ohio State University.

Michael R. Ott of 1448 Mt. Mercy NW received a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of his dissertation was "Max Horkheimer's Critical Theory of Religion: The Meaning of Religion in the Struggle for Human Emancipation." An ordained minister of St. John's United Church of Christ, Ott received a bachelor's degree from WMU and a master of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary.

JACKSON -- Jennifer S. Boyers of 1641 Gary Paul Lane earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of her dissertation was "Sexual Politics and Subversion." She is the daughter of Dale and Nancy Boyers. She received a bachelor's degree at Grand Valley State University and a master's degree from WMU. She has returned to her alma mater, Grand Valley State University, where she is a visiting professor in sociology.

KALAMAZOO -- Anora Ackerson Grinwis of 1534 Evanston Ave. received a Ph.D. degree in
sociology. The title of her dissertation was "Loss of the Lifelong Partner: Implications for Social Adaptation."

Susan Jane Hubert earned a Ph.D. degree in English. The title of her dissertation was "Questions of Power: The Politics of Women's Madness Narratives."

Cheryl Helen Lyon-Jenness of 294 Glendale received a Ph.D. degree in history. The title of her dissertation was "For Shade and Comfort: Ornamental Plants in Nineteenth-Century Midwestern Domestic Landscapes." She received her bachelor's degree from Kalamazoo College and a master's degree from the University of Michigan. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at Grand Valley State University.

Paulina X. Ruf Alvarez of 2000 Goldsworth Valley, #R-2, earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of her dissertation was "The Impact of Women's Traditional Caregiving Roles on Their Paid Labor Force Participation Throughout Their Lifecourse."

Matthew Gerard Rushlau of 2210 Hillsdale received an Ed.D. degree in counselor education and counseling psychology. The title of his dissertation was "An Examination of Self-Efficacy in Master's Level Counselor Trainees."

LOWELL -- Kathleen A. Bailey of 12152 Cascade Road received an Ed.D. degree in counselor education and counseling psychology. Her dissertation was titled "The Effects of Social Skills Training and Reciprocal Social Skills Training With Parent/Guardian(s) on Behavior and Recidivism of First Time Adjudicated Youth."

OKEMOS -- Jung S. Park of 1756 Shadywood Lane earned a DPA degree in public administration. The title of his dissertation was "The Impact of Social, Political, and Economic Forces on Environmental Protection Efforts." He received a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Seoul National University in Korea and a master's degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University. An electrical engineer with the Lansing Board of Water and Light, Park graduated with his doctoral degree six months ahead of all three of his children who will each receive theirs this spring.

SAGINAW -- Dawn M. Hinton of 142 Ivanhoe Drive #Q9 received a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of her dissertation was "Black Women Build Community: An Analysis of the Radcliffe Oral History Project." Hinton received a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Michigan-Flint and a master's in sociology from WMU. The daughter of Winona and James Hinton of Flint, she is currently a professor at Saginaw Valley State University.

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--ARIZONA --

FLAGSTAFF -- Linda Marie Robyn of P.O. Box 31419 earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of her dissertation was "Resource Colonialism and Native Resistance: The Mining Wars of Wisconsin." She earned both her master's and bachelor's degrees from WMU and an associate's degree from Kalamazoo Valley Community College. A former resident of Mattawan, Robyn is an assistant professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.

--FLORIDA --

DAYTONA BEACH -- Monica Marie White of 705 S. Beach St. #92 earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. Her dissertation was titled "Panther Stories: A Gendered Analysis of the Autobiographies of Former Black Panther Members."

Media contact: Marie Lee, 616 387-8400, marie.lee@wmich.edu


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