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Release: June 11, 1999

UI College of Nursing names first distinguished alumni, friend

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A former director of nursing services at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the former head of California's Health and Welfare Agency are the first to be named distinguished alumni of the University of Iowa College of Nursing. In addition, a UI professor emeritus has been named as a distinguished friend to the college.

The three will be honored at a banquet Saturday night at the Levitt Center for University Advancement during class reunion festivities.

Sally Mathis Hartwig earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing at the UI and has been selected to receive the college’s first Alumni Distinguished Service award. She won national recognition as director of nursing and patient care services at UI Hospitals and Clinics from 1979 to 1993 and served in that capacity again on an interim basis in 1998. The college has also named an endowed professorship in gerontological nursing research for Hartwig.

Sandra R. Smoley earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the UI and has been selected to receive the first Alumni Distinguished Achievement award. Smoley was the first woman elected to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors in California. In 1993 then-Gov. Pete Wilson appointed Smoley secretary of health and welfare, a position she used to promote greater access to health care for children, women and rural communities. She now heads the Sandra Smoley Group, a private health care consulting agency.

Woodrow W. Morris has been selected to receive, and gives his name to, the college's first Woodrow W. Morris Distinguished Friend to Nursing award. In addition to faculty appointments in medicine, nursing and social work, he served as an associate dean of medicine and as director of the Institute of Gerontology at the UI. Morris has served on numerous committees and task forces concerned with aging and earned recognition from the American Arthritis Foundation, the American Nursing Home Association, the Iowa Governor's Conference on Aging and other organizations.