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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
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
"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.