WMU News

December doctoral recipients announced

January 20, 1998

KALAMAZOO -- Seventeen students received doctoral degrees from Western Michigan University at the end of the fall semester in December.

Ten students received doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees and seven earned doctor of education (Ed.D.) degrees in eight fields: counselor education and counseling psychology; educational leadership; English; history; mathematics education; physics; psychology; and sociology.

Recipients listed by home town

--MICHIGAN--

BATTLE CREEK--Elizabeth J. Benanzer of 66 Sunnyside Drive earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "The Effect of Managers' Clarification of Business Linkage of Training on Trainees' Transfer of Training." She earned her bachelor of science degree from Marycrest College and her master of arts degree from Eastern Michigan University. She currently is the director of customized training at Kellogg Community College. She serves on the executive board of directors for the BC-CAL-KAL Foreign Trade Zone and is responsible for developing and administering workforce training for business and industry in Calhoun, Barry and Branch counties. A 1966 graduate of Greenville (Ohio) High School, she is the daughter of Margie Benanzer of 5425 Worvel Road, Ansonia, Ohio, and the late Clarence Benanzer.

GRAND RAPIDS--Walter J. De Boer of 1028 Cadillac S.E. earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of his dissertation was "The Use of Data in School-Based Decision Making." He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Calvin College and his master of social work degree from Florida State University. He currently is a service leader for research and evaluation with the Grand Rapids Public Schools. He is the son of Peter and Joy De Boer of 1636 Woodcliff S.E., Grand Rapids.

GRAND RAPIDS--Dennis Malaret of 915 Lyon St. N.E. earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of his dissertation was "Theoretical and Conceptual Lacunae in Sociological Theories of Development: The Puerto Rican Anomaly." He earned his bachelor of arts degree in sociology from the University of Puerto Rico and his master of arts degree in sociology from WMU. He currently is an assistant professor of sociology at Grand Valley State University. He is the son of Carmen Malaret of Puerto Rico.

KALAMAZOO--Kadir Akgungor of 100 Western Ave. #K8 earned a Ph.D. degree in physics. The title of his dissertation was "Collision-Spectroscopy of Low Energy Capture by Multiply Charged Ions From Atomic Targets."

KALAMAZOO--Karen L. Casebeer of 3620 Old Colony Road earned an Ed.D. degree in counselor education and counseling psychology. The title of her dissertation was "Differences in Perceptual and Subjective Body Image Between Weight Cycling and Noncycling Graduate Students." She earned her bachelor of science and two master of arts degrees from WMU. She currently is employed as a therapist with Child and Family Psychological Services of Kalamazoo.

KALAMAZOO--Terrilyn J. Krueger of 743 Garland Ave. earned an Ed.D. degree in counselor education and counseling psychology. The title of her dissertation was "Affective Orientation Alexithymia and Mutlidimensional Empathy in Counselors-in-Training."

LAKE CITY--Mary J. Cairy of 806 Englewood Drive earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "The Effects of a Cooperative Learning Environment on Attitudes, Social Skills and Processing of Baccalaureate Nursing Students." She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Michigan State University and her master's degree in nursing from Wayne State University. She currently is employed as a professor of nursing at Ferris State University.

LAKE CITY--Julie A. Coon of P.O. Box 91 earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "Critical Thinking Attributes of Undergraduate Nursing Faculty." She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing from Grand Valley State University and her master's degree in nursing from Wayne State University. She currently is employed as a professor of nursing at Ferris State University.

NEWAYGO--James R. Kett of 296 48th St. earned a Ph.D. degree in mathematics education. The title of his dissertation was "A Portrait of Assessment in Reformed Mathematics Classrooms."

PORTAGE--Rhonda K. DeLong of P.O. Box 1793 earned a Ph.D. degree in sociology. The title of her dissertation was "An Analysis of Police Perceptions of Community Policing and Female Officers." She earned her associate's degree in law enforcement from Kalamazoo Valley Community College, and her bachelor's degree in sociology and criminal justice and her master's degree in sociology from WMU. She currently is employed as an assistant professor of criminal justice at Indiana University at South Bend. She also is a certified police officer and works part-time as a patrol officer with the Lawrence Police Department. In addition she competes as an Olympic-style weight lifter. She is the daughter of Robert L. DeLong of Kalamazoo and the late Augusta M. DeLong.

--OTHER STATES--

STOCKTON, CALIF.--Barbara M. Todd-Nelson of 3436 W. Benjamin Holt Drive earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of her dissertation was "An Assessment of Generalization Across Settings of a Parenting Strategies Program for ADHD Children."

VALDOSTA, GA.--Charles T. Johnson of 2092 S. Sherwood Drive #20C earned a Ph.D. degree in history. The title of his dissertation was "The National German-American Alliance, 1901-1918: Cultural Politics and Ethnicity in Peace and War."

COCOLALLA, IDAHO--Jonathan L. Johnson of Box 429 earned a Ph.D. degree in English. The title of his dissertation was "Mastodon 80 Percent Complete: Poems." He earned his master's degree in English from Northern Michigan University, where he serves as an adjunct assistant professor. He also is a writer for The River Journal in Sandpoint, Idaho. His poetry has appeared in numerous national journals and "Best American Poetry 1996." He divides his time between Marquette, Mich., and northern Idaho. He is the son of Ronald and Sheila Johnson of 911 W. Fair, Marquette.

FRANKFORT, ILL.--Kimberly D. Good of 529 Lincoln Lane earned a Ph.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "Factors Affecting Response Rates of Electronic Mail Surveys." She earned her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Northern Iowa and her master of arts degree from the University of South Dakota. She currently is employed as a program evaluator at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory in Oak Brook, Ill. She is the daughter of Harold and Everly Post of 5273 120th St., Holstein, Iowa.

TINLEY PARK, ILL.--Matthew L. Miller of 5920 Lakebluff #1-B earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of his dissertation was "Programmed Instruction: Within-Subject Analysis of Four Types of Instructional Material."

LaPORTE, IND.--Lyn A. Batzer of 1386 W. 300 North earned an Ed.D. degree in educational leadership. The title of her dissertation was "The Effect of Remediation on Student Academic Achievement and Persistence." She earned her bachelor of science degree from Northern Illinois University and her master of science degree from Indiana University at South Bend. She currently is employed as director of instruction at Ivy Tech State College in South Bend. She is the daughter of Anthony and Evelyn Drees of 2420 Talcott Ridge Road, Park Ridge, Ill.

JAMESTOWN, N.C.--Judith A. Honeywell-Johnson of 4508 Crowne Lake Circle #1A earned a Ph.D. degree in psychology. The title of her dissertation was "Differential Effects of Individual and Group Pay Contingencies on Individual Performance."


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