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Release: April 6, 1999

UI College of Liberal Arts names six Alumni Fellows

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts will honor its inaugural class of Alumni Fellows with a ceremony and reception Tuesday, April 13 at 4 p.m. in the Senate Chambers of the Old Capitol. Alumni Fellows are distinguished alumni of the college who will return to campus for a few days the week of April 12 to meet with faculty members, teach classes, give lectures, and, in one case, present a concert of original musical works.

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts, initiated the Alumni Fellows program this year with funds from the new endowed Dean's Chair in Liberal Arts, which was created through a gift from the UI Alumni Association.

"We thought it would be fitting to use part of the generous Alumni Association gift to honor a group of alumni each year," Maxson said. "I am excited about this opportunity for our alumni to return to campus and be recognized for their personal and professional achievements."

At the April 13 reception, Maxson will introduce the fellows and present each with a plaque.

The inaugural class of alumni fellows includes: Charles Dodge, BA, music, 1964; Kevin Doyle, BA geography, 1980; James Hickman, Ph.D. mathematical statistics, 1961; Mark Rosenthal, Ph.D. art history, 1979; Roger Thurow, BA, journalism, 1979; and James Van Allen, Ph.D. physics, 1939.

Dodge gained recognition early in his career for his orchestral and chamber music and went on to become one of the first composers to realize the potential for computers to expand composers' capabilities. His "Speech Songs," completed in 1972, startled the new music world with its use of synthetic speech and has become a classic of early computer music. Dodge will present "Speech Songs" and several other original works in concert Sunday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Clapp Recital Hall.

Doyle began working for the Environmental Careers Organization, a non-profit organization committed to protecting and enhancing the environment, shortly after his graduation from the UI and has spent most of his career there working in various capacities to protect the environment. He is currently the National Director of Program Development. In 1998 he published "The Complete Guide to Environmental Careers in the 21st Century." Doyle has frequently returned to the UI department of geography to present guest lectures and to collaborate with faculty on research projects.

Hickman spent the first nine years of his academic career in the UI department of statistics and actuarial science and then moved to the University of Wisconsin at Madison where he was a professor and dean of the School of Business. In 1990, the UI Alumni Association honored him with a Distinguished Alumni Award. He retired in 1993 but has remained active in academic life, teaching at Nankai University in Tianjin, China during the spring of 1996 and at Georgia State University in the fall of 1996.

Rosenthal has had a distinguished career in arts administration, working as curator of modern art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and head of the department of 20th-century art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. He is currently curator of 20th-century art at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. He played a key role in the recent international expansion of the Guggenheim and is an influential figure in the art world internationally.

Thurow began his career as in intern at the Atlanta bureau of the Wall Street Journal in 1979 and earned a full-time position following his internship. He has been with the newspaper ever since. He has been assigned to the Dallas and Houston bureaus as well as several stints as an overseas correspondent including in Bonn, West Germany, Johannesburg, South Africa, and Vienna, Austria. He is currently the Atlanta-based Page One senior writer for the newspaper, focusing on issues of race relations.

Van Allen served as head of the UI department of physics and astronomy from 1951 until his retirement in 1985. He is best known for his discovery of radiation belts that circle the earth, which now bear his name. He was responsible for building the space physics group at the UI, and several of his former students are today's leading authorities in the field of space physics. He is a member of the national Academy of Sciences and an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society. He continues to perform research on the 7th floor of Van Allen Hall on the UI campus.