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University of Iowa News Release

Dec. 30, 2004

UI Alumni Association Receives Three Awards

The University of Iowa Alumni Association (UIAA) has been honored with three awards that recognize the quality of its programs and communications.

In the first-ever "Pride of Case V" awards program in December, the UIAA received one gold award for an event it organized in California and two bronze awards for feature articles published in Iowa Alumni Magazine.

Sponsored by a regional district of the national Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the "Pride of Case V" awards attracted several hundred submissions from alumni and educational organizations throughout the Midwest.

The Collaborative Programs gold award recognized the "Space Odyssey" event that the UIAA arranged in conjunction with the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences' Department of Physics and Astronomy. Hosted by the UIAA's Orange County Iowa Club in the fall of 2003, the program highlighted the work of UI professor Donald Gurnett, who has collected the sounds of space during his 40 years of research into space plasma physics. Professor Gurnett's work inspired a multimedia composition, "Sun Rings," performed by the Kronos Quartet.

The "Pride of Case V" bronze awards honored the UIAA's signature publication, Iowa Alumni Magazine. "Losing It," an article about the gastric bypass surgery pioneered at the UI, received a bronze award in the Excellence in Feature Writing category, while a feature series called "After Iowa," about alumni career experiences, earned a bronze award in the Excellence in Feature Writing: Series category.

Earlier this year, in its national awards program, CASE presented the UIAA with a silver award for the "Space Odyssey" program and a bronze award for the online component of Iowa Alumni Magazine (

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