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Release: Aug. 24, 2001

College Opens 2001-02 Academic Year With New Name

Beginning Monday, August 27, the University of Iowa's largest college has a new name -- College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. A ceremony to mark the renaming officially will be held Sept. 5 at 3:30 p.m. in the Iowa Memorial Union Second Floor Ballroom. Sam Becker, who has been a member of the college's faculty since 1950 and is currently the University of Iowa Foundation Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Communication Studies, will share some thoughts on the past and future of the college.

The name change was prompted by a desire to reflect more accurately the breadth of the college's academic offerings, said Linda Maxson, dean. Some universities separate the arts and sciences in two colleges, she added, but usually when a college encompasses both, its name includes both arts and sciences.

After the college's faculty voted during the 2000-01 academic year to support the change, Maxson formally requested approval from the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The board approved the change in December 2000, effective at the beginning of the 2001-02 academic year.

As the college changes its name, its academic programs office is being renamed CLAS Academic Programs and Services. The office's new email address is

More information about the college is available on its redesigned Web page, The college's new email address is