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UI Alumni Association presents 1998 Distinguished Alumni Awards

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association will present 1998 Distinguished Alumni Awards to 13 UI alumni and friends who have demonstrated superior leadership in a variety of fields.

The awards will be presented Saturday, May 30 as part of the 1998 Spring Reunion Weekend, which runs May 28-30 on the UI campus. The awards ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 1 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union. The association's annual luncheon for returning alumni will begin at noon in the Main Lounge and will be followed by the presentation of awards. Tickets for the luncheon may be purchased through the UI Alumni Association, (319) 335-3294.

The Distinguished Alumni Awards have been presented annually since 1963 to recognize the outstanding achievements and service of alumni and friends of the UI. The awards are the highest honor presented by the UI Alumni Association. The awards are divided into four categories: Achievement, Faculty/Staff Achievement, Service, and Young Alumni.

The 1998 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement are:
-- Philip E. Bernatz, 1942 B.A., 1944 M.D., of Rochester, Minn., a retired thoracic surgeon who served as president of the staff at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. In addition to his numerous professional activities and affiliations and more than 180 publications, Bernatz is perhaps most admired for his compassion for his patients and his respect for his colleagues.

-- Kathleen A. Dore, 1972 B.A., 1984 M.B.A., of New York, N.Y., President of the Bravo Networks and one of cable television's top executives. During her tenure at Bravo, she conceived and managed the launch of the Independent Film Channel, led the expansion of Bravo into Canada and Latin America, and restructured the company into a profitable basic cable network.

-- Katherine Hammer, 1967 B.A., 1969 M.A., 1973 Ph.D., of Austin, Texas, a former professor of linguistics and president and chief executive officer of Evolutionary Technologies International (ETI). Based in Austin, Tex., ETI is revolutionizing the way companies worldwide modernize and consolidate otherwise incompatible computer systems.

-- John B. McLendon, Jr., 1937 M.A., of South Euclid, Ohio, one of the most respected and influential innovators of college basketball and is the only UI graduate to be inducted into the Naismith College Basketball Hall of Fame. In 1961, he became the first African-American to coach a professional team -- the Cleveland Pipers -- and in 1966, he became the first African-American head coach at a predominantly white American university -- Cleveland State University.

-- Herbert Nipson, 1948 M.F.A., of Chicago, Ill., an award-winning journalist who spent nearly 40 years of his professional career at Ebony magazine. He joined the staff at Ebony in 1949 and proceeded to move up the editorial ranks from associate editor to co-managing editor to managing editor, and finally, in 1972, to executive editor. By the time Nipson retired in 1987 the publication's circulation had grown to 1.75 million.

-- Eugene E. Rousseau, 1962 Ph.D., of Bloomington, Ind., a distinguished professor of music and chairman of the woodwind department at Indiana University. He is one of the world's greatest classical saxophonists. Since his Carnegie Hall debut in 1965, Rousseau has performed across North America and on five continents. His 1993 performances at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, and at the Prague Spring Festival in the Czech Republic, were the first saxophone recitals ever presented in those venues.

-- R. William VanSant, 1966 B.S. M.E., 1967 M.S., of Berwyn, Calif., currently president and chief executive officer of Lukens, Inc., a Fortune 500 company. He joined the company in 1991 when it was in the midst of a long strike. Thanks to his steady leadership, the plant implemented an innovative union contract that guarantees job security in exchange for productivity and profit gains. The company now competes internationally as the country's third-largest producer of plate steel.


The 1998 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Faculty/Staff Achievement are:
-- Dewey B. Stuit, of Iowa City, and Velma Stuit, deceased. Dewey Stuit served as dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts from 1948-1977 and guided the college through a period of unparalleled growth in faculty, staff, and students. While Dean Stuit handled the affairs of the college, Velma Stuit opened her heart to the entire community, especially those who were new to the UI. Since Stuit's retirement, the couple has established the Dewey B. Stuit Award for Honors, the Dewey B. Stuit Fund for Psychology, and the Dewey B. and Velma P. Stuit Professorship in Psychology.

The 1998 recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Service are:
-- H. Randolph Moore, Jr., 1957 LL.B., of Los Angeles, Calif., a retired superior court judge for the State of California who is widely respected for his extraordinary contributions to the Los Angeles County juvenile court system. A three-time recipient of Judge of the Year honors, Moore serves on numerous boards, writes publications, and teaches part-time at the University of Southern California Law Center.

-- Madge Jones Phillips, 1938 B.A., of Cedar Rapids, a human services activist and volunteer who retired as executive director of the Linn County Health Center (now the Linn County Department of Human Resources Management) in 1986. Over the years, Phillips has worked tirelessly to help establish a center for sexually abused children, an emergency shelter for homeless and battered women, the Witwer Senior Center, and low-vision service centers in three Cedar Rapids-area locations.

-- Mary Louise Remy, 1943 B.S., of Los Angeles, Calif., a 10-year executive board member and former president of the P.E.O. International Chapter who has devoted a lifetime of service to advancing educational opportunities for women. Following her term as P.E.O. president, Remy was appointed to the Cottey College Board of Trustees, one of the five projects in the sisterhood.

The 1998 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award for Young Alumni is:
Nickolas J. Rhodes, 1987 B.A., of Manhattan Beach, Calif., who conceived and launched the first Spanish language sports cable television station in the country -- la cardena deportiva in Los Angeles. He also originated two other cable television stations -- Speed Vision and Outdoor Life. A two-time Emmy-Award-winner, Rhodes is now senior vice-president of business development for Daniels Programming Ventures.

For more information or to order tickets for the luncheon, contact the UI Alumni Association at (319) 335-3294.