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Dean Kandi Turley-Ames Surprises Amanda Stubblefield with Scholarship at Phi Kappa Phi Initiation Event

Every year during honor society Phi Kappa Phi’s initiation event, dean Kandi Turley-Ames surprises a new inductee with a scholarship from the College of Arts and Letters. This year, dance major Amanda Stubblefield was the recipient.

Every year during honor society Phi Kappa Phi’s initiation event, dean Kandi Turley-Ames surprises a new inductee with a scholarship from the College of Arts and Letters. This year, dance major Amanda Stubblefield was the recipient.

Stubblefield said she felt honored to have received the scholarship, and was grateful that the scholarship was one that pertained to her studies.

“To earn a scholarship as special as this one means the world to me,” Stubblefield said. “This scholarship means that my hard work, determination and passion behind what I love is recognized, especially when it comes from those who are as passionate about the art form as I am.”

Stubblefield is currently a junior in the dance program. As a Pocatello native, Stubblefield chose to continue her education at ISU because the school offered her program of interest and allowed her to remain close to family. She also felt that ISU would be able to offer opportunities that could not be offered elsewhere.

“I’ve had a great experience at ISU so far,” Stubblefield said. “I felt that this year I was able to make lasting personal connections with my professors and fellow colleagues in the dance program, and I used those connections to grow and branch out as an individual.”

Stubblefield has been dancing for 17 years, 12 of which have been dedicated to being pre-professionally trained in classical ballet. Her hope is to one day become part of a professional ballet company. For now, Stubblefield is committed to increasing the versatility of her art form before pursuing a professional career.

“I also chose to study dance because I wanted to gain the experience of collaborating and developing my art form past what I through I could achieve originally—and so far, that has come true.”

Stubblefield’s involvement in on-campus organizations includes being the president of the ISU National Society for Dance Arts club, also known as the National Dance Education Organization. She is also part of the National Honors Society for Collegiate Scholars organization.

This fall, Stubblefield looks forward to continuing her dance education and working toward her goal of becoming a professional dancer. She said her passion for dance has only grown at ISU.

“Dance is a living expression,” Stubblefield said. “When I perform, my art is one that is seen through raw, physical expression; through pain and determination; through love of dance itself. It is uniquely me.”

 

Written by Katie Damron, College of Arts and Letters Intern

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