FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      Date: May 6, 2002

         Contact: Donna McCracken, 206-6716

History graduate receives UIS’ first outstanding master’s thesis award

SPRINGFIELD Madeline Gumble, a graduate of the History program at the University of Illinois at Springfield, was named the first recipient of the Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award, a new award recognizing and honoring achievement in completing the campus’ graduate thesis/project requirement. Gumble’s thesis, “Inventor: Olin L. Dupy,” was selected from among eight nominees.

Joshua Hensley, a graduate of the Environmental Studies department, received a Special Merit Award for his thesis “Development of a Decision Support System to Aid Scheduling Decisions at Marseilles Training Area, Illinois.”

The annual award program was initiated last fall by the UIS Research Board, a committee of the UIS Campus Senate whose charge includes support for scholarly activities of graduate and undergraduate students. The six-member board is chaired by Harry Berman, associate vice chancellor for academic planning and graduate education and research. Each of UIS’ 18 master’s degree programs is invited to submit one thesis or project for consideration.

“The Research Board was impressed with the high quality of the theses and projects forwarded by the departments,” said Berman. “Determining which among them should be singled out for special recognition was a challenging task.”

Berman noted that the two theses ultimately selected for recognition were “distinguished by completeness of presentation, and quality of the writing.” All the nominees were honored at a campus reception in April at which Gumble and Hensley also were presented with monetary awards funded by the UIS Retirees Association. The other nominees and their academic programs were Martha Benner, Management Information Systems; Cinda Dorgan, Educational Leadership; Rosalynne Harty Gillespy, Individual Option; Claire Heffron-McKinney, Human Development Counseling; Dorothy Rhodes, Human Services; and Coravonne Salm, English.