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Release: Jan. 31, 2000

New executive staff members are hired at UI Alumni Association

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Julie Williams, Tina Owen, and Jamie Anderson were hired recently to fill three executive staff positions at the UI Alumni Association (UIAA).

Williams joined the UIAA in November as the new assistant director of alumni programs. A graduate of Penn State University in public relations and advertising, Williams works with the UIAA's Student Alumni Ambassadors, coordinates Career Information Network activities, plans Parents Weekend, and helps arrange events for Member Appreciation Day and Homecoming.

"Working with UI students is the best part of my job," Williams says. "The enthusiasm and love these students have for their school spill over into everything they do and benefit the UI in countless ways."

Fifteen years after attending the UI as an exchange student from England, Owen came on board in December as the senior associate editor in the UIAA communications department. With a first-class honors degree in American Studies from the University of Hull and postgraduate training at University College Cardiff (both in Britain), Owen brings an extensive background in journalism, including recent editorial, writing, and web design positions at the Vegetarian Society of the U.K. and at the Corporation of London.

"It's great to be back in Iowa," Owen says. "This is an exhilarating moment in the UIAA's history, full of the hustle and bustle of producing a lively new magazine and designing a compelling website -- I'm glad to be part of it."

Anderson took over in January as the UIAA's new web editor. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Springfield, Anderson administered the website for the Illinois attorney general's office.

"We've only just begun to tap the web's potential for expanding the magazine and for advertising the UIAA's programs," Anderson says. "I'm eager to make it happen."