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University of Iowa News Release

March 17, 2004

UI Celebration Of Excellence Among Women To Honor McGuire, Gfeller

"A Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women," The University of Iowa's annual tribute to the accomplishments of all women at the university, will be Tuesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

A reception begins at 4 p.m., followed by the awards program at 4:30 p.m. with opening remarks by UI President David Skorton. The program is free and open to the public.

Special presentations will include The University of Iowa Distinguished Achievement Award to Linda A. McGuire, associate dean for student affairs in the UI College of Law, and Kate Gfeller, the F. Wendell Miller Professor of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

McGuire was appointed assistant county attorney in Johnson County immediately after graduation from the UI College of Law, where she concentrated until 1990 in prosecuting violent crime, particularly sexual and domestic assault and child abuse. She served as first assistant county attorney from 1986 to 1990. From 1989 until 1996, McGuire was a visiting and adjunct professor at the University of Iowa College of Law, teaching constitutional law, criminal law, family law, domestic abuse law and trial advocacy. She has supervised the Prosecutor Intern Program at the law school since 1983.

In 1996 McGuire was appointed the college's dean of students. In that capacity, she oversees all aspects of student affairs, including administering academic regulations and academic advising, supervising exam administration, arranging class and exam accommodations for students with disabilities, counseling students about academic, professional and personal matters, administering the academic dishonesty policy, staffing student affairs' committees and administering the orientation and faculty advising programs.

McGuire is a consultant and trainer in domestic abuse law, having worked with judges, lawyers, police, probation officers and lay victim advocates. She has authored or edited a number of publications on the topic, including "Prosecution of Domestic Abuse in Iowa: A Prosecution Manual," and the "Iowa Domestic Abuse Bench Book," as well as training materials for judges, clerks of court, prosecutors, victim advocates and attorneys on domestic abuse law and practice. From 1992 to 1994, McGuire directed the Pro Se Domestic Abuse Assistance Project, designed to facilitate Iowa's transition to vastly greater numbers of pro se filings for domestic abuse protection orders. She is currently legal counsel for the Iowa Coalition against Domestic Violence and an advisor to the national Battered Women's Justice Project.

Gfeller is director of the Music Therapy Program in the School of Music and also holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology. She holds the F. Wendell Miller endowed professorship. Her research focuses on perception of and affective response to music, more specifically in persons with disabilities. She is a member of the Iowa Cochlear Implant Team at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Department of Otolaryngology. As principal investigator for the National Institutes of Health Music Perception Project, she investigates musical perception and enjoyment of deafened adults who use a bionic inner ear called the cochlear implant. Gfeller has also been involved in applied research and clinical protocols for aural rehabilitation of children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing, and her work has been funded by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation. Other research investigating music therapy practices for adults with Alzheimer's Disease has been funded by the Federal Administration on Aging.

In 2001 Gfeller was awarded an Iowa Board of Regents Faculty Excellence Award for extraordinary excellence in teaching, research and service. Gfeller is the recipient of the 1996 award for excellence in research and publication by the National Association for Music Therapy (NAMT). She has also been honored by NAMT for outstanding contribution in the area of governmental relations. Gfeller is the recipient of a Burlington Northern Faculty Excellence award for outstanding teaching and scholarship and an Obermann Humanities Symposium Award for interdisciplinary scholarship. She is a fellow of the CIC Academic Leadership Program and she was named 1997 Visiting Research Faculty for the Humanities at the University of Queensland, Australia. Gfeller is co-author of the book, "Music Therapy: Theory and Practice," and numerous other books, articles, chapters, and monographs. She has presented throughout the U.S., as well as in Canada, Ireland, Australia, and Brazil.

In addition to the Distinguished Achievement Awards, the following scholarships and awards will be announced at the awards ceremony:

The Jane A. Weiss Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to Melissa M. Donegan, a PhD student in English. The scholarship is named in honor of Jane Weiss, an assistant professor of women's studies and sociology at the time of her death in 1981. The award is made to doctoral students whose dissertations promise to expand understanding of important women's issues.

The Ada Johnson/Otilia Maria Fernandez Fellowship will be awarded to Jayne Swift, graduating senior in women's studies. The fellowship is named in honor of two Iowa graduates who are among the first African American and Latino women to be found in university records. The award is given alternate years to an undergraduate or a graduate woman student of color.

The Adele Kimm Scholarship will be awarded to Kavita Narayan, undergraduate in women's studies and anthropology. This scholarship is given each year to a deserving student in the Department of Women's Studies. The scholarship was established in 1992 as a bequest from Adele Kimm in memory of her brother, S. Conrad Kimm, and his wife, Hilda.

The Wynonna G. Hubbard Scholarship will be awarded to Matanyah Caldwell, a junior majoring in elementary education with a specialization in language arts. Established by the late UI Vice President Emeritus Philip G. Hubbard in memory of his wife, the award is given each year to an African-American woman with a grade-point average of 3.0 or above who demonstrates an unusual interest in the well-being of others.

The Margaret P. Benson Memorial Scholarship will be presented to three recipients: Sarah Bronner, first-year student in the Carver College of Medicine; Elizabeth Craig, first-year student in the College of Law; and Jill Moffett, a PhD student in women's studies. This award was created by a designated bequest to the University of Iowa Foundation to recognize qualified female applicants who demonstrate financial need and are committed to women's issues, diversity and social activism. One or two awards are available each year. The scholarship is administered and recipients selected by the Women's Resource and Action Center at the University of Iowa.

The Jean Y. Jew Women's Rights Award will be given to Laurie Haag, program developer at the Women's Resource and Action Center. The award is named for Jean Y. Jew, professor of anatomy, who fought an uphill battle for more than a decade to defend herself against slander and sexual harassment from faculty in her department, a struggle that she ultimately won. Given annually by the Council on the Status of Women and the Women's Resource and Action Center, the award honors a faculty, staff or student member of the university community who has demonstrated an outstanding effort or achievement in improving the status of women on campus.

University sponsors of the 2004 Celebration of Excellence and Achievement Among Women include the following: Admissions Office, Associate Provost for Faculty, Associate Provost for Health Sciences, Associated University Women, Audiovisual Center, Belin-Blank Center, Central Mail Services, Henry B. Tippie College of Business, College of Dentistry, College of Education, College of Engineering, Graduate College, College of Law, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, College of Public Health, Department of Family Medicine, Department of Health and Sport Studies, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Department of Internal Medicine, Department of Microbiology, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, Department of Pediatrics, Department of Pharmacology, Department of Psychology, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Iowa Health Care, Department of Sociology , Division of Continuing Education, International Programs, Museum of Art, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, Office of the President, Office of the Provost, Opportunity at Iowa, Printing Department, School of Social Work, Space Planning and Utilization, Staff Council Support Service Programs, Undergraduate Program Office, Tippie College of Business, University Counseling Services, University Human Resources, University Libraries, Vice President for Finance and Operations, Vice President for Research, Women in Science and Engineering, Women's Resource and Action Center and Women's Studies.

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