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Faculty and staff to be honored at Sept. 28 University of Iowa convocation

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Awards for faculty and staff excellence in teaching, research and service will highlight the annual University Convocation Monday, Sept. 28 at the University of Iowa. The 7:30 p.m. event will be held in Macbride Auditorium, allowing the UI to showcase that newly remodeled facility. The convocation will be followed by a reception in Iowa Hall of the UI Museum of Natural History.

The convocation also features an annual address by UI President Mary Sue Coleman, whose talk is titled "Crossing Borders." Coleman will also announce the recipient of a new award, the President's Award for Technology Innovation, which recognizes the most creative use of technology in teaching in the past year.

Edward Wasserman, Stuit Professor of Experimental Psychology and past president of the UI Faculty Senate, will provide opening remarks. E. Diane Anderson, president of the UI Staff Council, will give the closing remarks.

Provost Jon Whitmore will present the faculty awards, assisted by the deans of the colleges and Wasserman. Staff awards will be presented by Douglas K. True, vice president for finance and university services; and Robert Foldesi, associate vice president and director of human resources.

Awards include those for staff excellence, collegiate teaching, faculty scholarships, distinguished professorships, Regents Awards for Faculty Excellence and Staff Excellence, and the Michael J. Brody Awards for Faculty Excellence in Service.

The convocation will be preceded by a musical performance UI students Amy Boland, flute; Michelle Fox, clarinet; Megan McKillip, clarinet; and Krista Van de Velde, bassoon.

Members of the Convocation Committee are John Folkins, associate provost; Mary New, executive assistant to the Vice President for University Relations; Kim Painter, assistant registrar, and staff members Debra Ann Borgstahl, Wendy Brown, and Sandy Most.