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Sarah Adams (Texas Woman's University student vice president), senior biology and chemistry major, was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry as student regent for Texas Woman's University for the 2010-11 academic year.

Francis J. "Rusty" Eder (University of Maryland!, history department chair at West Nottingham Academy, in Colora, Md., received one of 58 James Madison Memorial Fellowships for 2010. The grants, up to $24,000 apiece, support pursuit of a master's degree in American history by experienced and aspiring secondary school teachers in relevant fields. At least one winner is chosen from each state and other U.S. territories. Congress established the James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation in 1 986; the fellowship program is in its 19"' year. Eder is pursuing a master's degree at Ashland University.

Summer Lewis (Kansas State University) has been named a Peace Fellow from the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, Fellowships cover tuition and living and travel expenses and are typically worth $60,000; up to 50 master's degree fellows and 50 professional development certificate fellows are selected annually. She will begin a masters' degree in international studies, peace and conflict resolution at University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, in February. Lewis works as a liaison for guest and employee relations at Asian University for Women in Chittagong, Bangladesh.

Ray Mabus iUniversity of Mississippi], Secretary of the Navy, was named by President Barack Obama to oversee the administration's rehabilitation of the Gulf Coast after an April oil spill caused by an explosion of the Deepwater Horizon, a drilling rig leased by the oil company BP. Mâbus was governor of Mississippi (1988-92) and United States Ambassador to Saudi Arabia (94-96). He also has been state auditor of Mississippi and chairman and CEO of Foamex, which manufactures comfort cushions and various polymers. Mabus earned a bachelor's degree from University of Mississippi, a master's degree from The Johns Hopklns University, and a law degree from Harvaid Law School.

Monica Macansantos (University of the Philippines), a fiction writer, earned a three-year James A. Michener Fellowship in Creative Writing from University ofTexas at Austin. Worth S25.000 per academic year, plus remission of all tuition and fees, it requires no teaching or other duties. She also received $6,000 for travel and research. Moie !hin l, 1 00 applicants vied for 12 seats in fiction, poetry, playwriting, and screenwriting.

Student Emily Paine and professor Lorrayne Garruli (University of Southern Maine] stood out at Universitv of Southern Maine. Paine, a senior double major in sociology and in women and gender studies, was selected as a Maine Policy Scholar; she will study for credit this fall the challenges of implementing Maine's recent anti-discrimination law protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. One applicant from each of the seven University of Maine campuses wins the annual award, which comes with $ 1 ,000 for tuition and up to $ 1 ,000 for research. Carroll, associate professor of English and of women and gender studies, was one of three to win the 2010 Ma i ne Campus Compact's Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service Learning Excellence, in her case for promoting literacy, citizenship and civic engagement.

Cynthia Pemberton (member at large), associate dean of Idaho State University Graduate School and professor of educational leadership, is one of 1 02 national delegates (two from each state and the District of Columbia) for Vision 2020, "a national project of the Institute for Women's Health and Leadership at Drexel University College of Medicine focused on advancing gender equality by energizing the dialogue about women and leadership,"state press materials. …

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