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Nine UI volunteers receive Governor's award

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nine people who have volunteered significant time and energy to programs and projects benefiting the University of Iowa were honored by Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad at the Governor's Annual Volunteer Recognition Ceremony held in Cedar Rapids April 3.

UI volunteers honored were:

* Miriam Canter and Phyllis Evans of Iowa City both received Outstanding Individual Volunteer awards. In 21 years of volunteering, Canter and Evans have each contributed more than 2,500 hours to the Old Capitol Museum. Both women devote part of their "spare" time to knitting baby hats for the UI Hospitals and Clinics and are also long-time volunteers at Hancher Auditorium.

* Darlene Gibson and Jane Wilkens of Iowa City were honored for their roles in the Touching Hearts Bereavement Program at the UIHC. That program received the Outstanding Special Program Award. Program volunteers make quilted packets filled with items that memorialize the loss of a newborn child.

* Doris Marchael of Iowa City received an Outstanding Individual Volunteer Award for her service at the UIHC Intermediate Care Nursery, where she has spent many hours assisting the nursing staff and cuddling infants to help promote their growth and development. Marchael has also helped organize, train and supervise other volunteers in the nursery.

* Kara Logsden of Iowa City was presented the Staff Award for Outstanding Work with Volunteers. Logsden is the librarian for the UIHC Patients Library and directs a volunteer program that accumulates more than 4,000 volunteer hours each year. Program volunteers assist more than 80,000 library users each year.

* Francis Cleaver of Des Moines and James Ehman of West Des Moines, who represent the Independent Order of Foresters, were presented the Outstanding Group Award for sponsoring Champions Across America as part of the Children's Miracle Network at the Children's Hospital of Iowa. The organization's sponsorship is helping send hospitalized children to meet with President Clinton and then to Orlando, Fla. to take part in the national broadcast of the Children's Miracle Network.

* James Mulgrew of Dubuque was honored as the representative of Amoco Dealers and Jobbers, an organization that earned the Outstanding Corporate Award. Mulgrew has worked for 10 years to raise funds for the Iowa Children's Hospital. Because of his efforts, this spring the Children's Hospital is installing a playground with wheelchair accessible equipment.

The volunteers were nominated for the awards by various UI departments and the State Board of Regents.