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Release: Immediate

UI Alumni Association announces staff changes

IOWA CITY, Iowa --With four new people coming on board the executive staff, the UI Alumni Association is forging ahead with plans to better serve its members and friends.

Rachel Daley Stewart of Iowa City, formerly assistant editor for constituent publications and Web coordinator at the Indiana University Alumni Association, has been named Web editor at the UI Alumni Association. She joined the staff in February.

Since the organization launched its Web site in May 1996, the numbers of people accessing the association on-line have multiplied. Now, with a full-time Web editor to keep the content fresh and up-to-date, visitors can expect to find something new on subsequent visits.

"It's fun working on a Web site for a dynamic organization that's got so much going on," Stewart says. "We want to create many ways for alumni to interact with each other and to stay in touch with the University of Iowa. The World Wide Web is becoming an important tool in helping us to fulfill our mission."

A graduate of Bemidji State University, Stewart studied Russian in the master's program at the University of Iowa from 1982­85.

Joseph Cassis of Iowa City, who joined the UI Alumni Association staff in March, brings a broad business background to his position as director of marketing. Formerly president of N2N Communications, Inc., in Cedar Rapids, Cassis's career also includes executive positions at MCI/Telecom, USA, Inc., Price Waterhouse & Company, and Beatrice Companies, Inc.

"The UI Alumni Association depends on a strong member base to support all its program offerings," Cassis said. "I'm enthusiastic about the potential we have to expand our membership by focusing on customer service and targeting our services to specific subsets of the alumni body."

A graduate of the University of Connecticut with an MBA from Washington University, Cassis replaces Kris Meyer, who left the Association in November 1997 to become director of annual giving programs at the UI Foundation.

Staci Prochaska of Cedar Rapids, formerly catering manager of Crowne Plaza Five Seasons Hotel in Cedar Rapids, joined the UI Alumni Association staff in May as assistant director of alumni programs. Prochaska's responsibilities include coordinating alumni reunions and managing the Association's educational outreach series. As a University of Northern Iowa student, Prochaska worked for the school's Conference and Visitor Services.

"Planning campus events gave me a real appreciation for working in a university setting," Prochaska says. "I'm excited about bringing alumni back home to the UI campus after 20, 40 or even 60 years, and about communicating through our library, career, and health outreach programs."

Prochaska graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in Business Administration.

Kathy Sayre of Iowa City, who earned her bachelor's degree from the UI College of Business Administration in June 1998, has been named the UI Alumni Association's assistant director of marketing. Having worked as a student marketing intern at the UI Alumni Association, Sayre will now concentrate on creating ways to improve member benefits.

"We will emphasize tailoring benefits to specific alumni needs," Sayre says.Sayre joined the staff in July.