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Release: June 21, 1999
Former UI administrator tells it 'The Way It Was' at
UI from 1964-89
IOWA CITY, Iowa
Nothing stays the same forever, and the fleeting speed with which the years
passes leaves us to wax nostalgic about the days gone by and the places that
touched us most.
In "The Way It Was: The University of Iowa 1964
- 1989," (UI Press), D.C. Spriestersbach, former University of Iowa professor
and acting president, drew upon his personal files, UI archives and numerous
interviews in penning his memories about the University of Iowa and the way
it was during some of its most turbulent years.
In Howard Bowens first speech to the faculty
after he arrived in 1964, he spoke so eloquently and compellingly about his
vision of what the UI could become, Spriestersbach says he offered to help
him achieve his objectives in any way possible. This quixotic offer changed
Spriestersbachs life and becomes the starting point for "The Way
Spriestersbach has created an institutional and personal
history of the UI, and his reflections have earned praises from notable UI
faculty including Gerhard Loewenberg, political science professor; Stow Persons,
Carver Professor of History Emeritus at the UI; and Samuel L. Becker, professor
emeritus, communications studies.
"The Way it Was" is a wonderfully personal
story of two overlapping eras -- the growth of big science and increasing
UI dependency on government support -- which altered the University of Iowa
in fundamental ways, says Becker.
Spriestersbach lets us see those eras and the eras
political movements signified by the Civil Rights movements and anti-war protests
through his observant and, thankfully, not altogether objective eyes,"
Spriestersbach served as vice president for educational
development and dean of the UI Graduate College from 1965 to 1989; he served
as acting president from 1981 to 1982 and is now vice president and dean emeritus
at the UI.
The quickly readable and detailed 264-page book is
a look backward at the UI under six former UI presidents, life at the UI during
the Civil Rights era and days of student-led Vietnam protests, and the technological
advancements that changed the UI from 1964 to 1989.