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Release: March 26, 2003

Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumnae To Discuss Career Opportunities April 5

Not every English major becomes a teacher and not all chemistry majors make a career in a laboratory. Thousands of job opportunities await the creative Liberal Arts and Sciences graduate who seeks out a niche and fills it. Six women who are graduates of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will share how they did just that at the "Liberal Learning & Leadership" symposium Saturday, April 5 from 9:15 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Organized by Linda Maxson, dean of the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the goal of the event is to give current students an opportunity to learn from women who used their UI Liberal Arts education as a springboard to top positions in fields that in some cases did not exist when they started school.

"We want to give students some notion of the diversity of opportunity that awaits someone with a liberal arts and sciences education," Maxson said. "All six of these stellar alumnae have advanced to leadership roles in fields quite different from those they studied here. We want our current students to hear from them how careers can take unanticipated but very rewarding turns."

At the event each alumna will describe how her career unfolded and will discuss with students how to find and create career opportunities. The event also includes small group discussions over lunch, with students seated at tables hosted by the alumnae participants.

Those interested in participating are asked to send an email to including their name, year in school, and major by Tuesday, April 1.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact College of Liberal Arts and Sciences dean's office in advance at 335-2984.

Participating alumnae are:

* Rosalyn Beecham-Green, associate provost, University of Illinois at Chicago, and executive director of the Urban Health Program, whose mission is to train minority health professionals and health professionals committed to practicing in underserved urban communities. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in social work from the UI, and a doctorate in education.

* Christine Grant, associate professor of health and sport studies and director emerita of women's intercollegiate athletics at the UI. She earned a bachelor's degree and doctorate in physical education at the UI.

* Katherine Hammer, founder and CEO of Evolutionary Technologies International, Inc. (ETI), of Austin, Texas. ETI provides enterprise-wide data integration solutions for Global 1000 companies. She earned a bachelor's degree in English, a master's degree in linguistics, and a doctorate in English linguistics at the UI.

* Laurel Harbour, a partner in the London office of Shook, Hardy and Bacon International, a Kansas City-based law firm, and a member of the firm's International Litigation Group. She earned a bachelor's degree in English and French and a master's degree in English at the UI. She is also a graduate of the UI College of Law.

* Carol Becker Lynch, vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate College at the University of Colorado at Boulder. A professor of evolutionary biology, she earned her doctorate in zoology at the UI. She recently served as the first joint dean-in-residence at the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

* Ann Wheelock, senior vice president for Fannie Mae's Single Family Mortgage Business. Fannie Mae, a shareholder-owned corporation, is the nation's largest source of financing for home mortgages. Wheelock earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and political science at the UI. She is also a graduate of Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, Program: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, 319-335-2984,