2004 Award Winner: Kathleen Noonan (with Truby family, holding plack)
Kathleen Noonan was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. In 1991, she received a BS in Japanese from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Her junior year abroad was spent at Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. After graduation, she began working in the hotel industry, transferring to Miami in 1994. From 1997-98, she completed a certificate program in Popular Music Studies in at the university of Liverpool England. She began her studies at FIU in the fall 2002, and graduated with an MA in LInguistics in the summer of 2004. She plans to continue her studies at Ph.D. level. Her special areas of interest are sociolinguistics and syntax. Her other interests include popular music, interior design, and world history.