The University of Iowa
The University of Iowa News Services Home News Releases UI in the News Subscribe to UI News Contact Us

University of Iowa News Release

March 31, 2004

UI College Of Liberal Arts and Sciences Presents Awards For Staff Excellence

Linda Maxson, dean of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recognized the outstanding efforts of the college's staff members with an award ceremony and reception March 23.

Winners of the 2004 Mary Louise Kelley Staff Excellence Awards are: Kathleen Forbes, secretary III in the dance department; Maureen Walterhouse, program assistant in the department of religious studies; and Kathleen Winkelhake, program associate in the college's Division of Interdisciplinary Programs. These awards recognize staff for outstanding contributions that have significantly benefited a particular unit in the college, or have brought recognition to the college and the university.

Winners of the Mary Louise Kelley Professional Development Awards are: Joel Boyer, recording studio manager in the School of Music; Ben Earnhart, IT support services in the sociology department; and Amy Korthank Gabaldon, academic counselor in the biological sciences department. These awards help staff to defray the costs of course work, workshops, training opportunities on or off campus, or attendance at regional, national, or international meetings.

These Staff Excellence and Professional Development Awards are named in honor of Mary Louise Kelley, who served as secretary to Dean Dewey Stuit for nearly 30 years. Stuit was dean of the college from 1948 to 1977, and as his sole staff member, Kelley made significant contributions to his administration. The awards were established with a gift from her sister, Alice Kelley. Both Stuit and Alice Kelley attended the awards reception.

Also honored at the ceremony was Becky Bohde, program associate in the Language Media Center, who won a 2003 University Outstanding Staff Award, which recognizes excellence within departments or organizations on campus as well as contributions to the university as a whole. In addition, Lois Burkett, Kate Kemp and Bev Sweet in the School of Social Work were recognized for their 2003 Improving Our Workplace Award (IOWA award), which recognizes staff members' ideas and actions, as individuals and in teams, that have enhanced the UI work environment.

Two staff members were honored for external awards. Dale Stille, an instructional designer in the department of physics and astronomy, was elected vice president of the Physics Instructional Resource Association, and after serving in this capacity for a year will become president-elect of the organization. He was elected at the 2003 American Association of Physics Teachers annual meeting, which he attended using a Mary Louise Kelley Professional Development Award. Sue Otto, director of the college's Language Media Center, won an ACTFL/Faculty Development Program-Houghton Mifflin Award for Excellence, from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. The award recognizes her innovative use of technology in language instruction.

Maxson also presented recognition pins to staff members who have served the college for 10, 20 and 30 years. The 30-year staff members are Christina Brenneman, a clerk IV in department of communication studies, and Connie Brothers, the program associate for the Writers' Workshop.

Staff honored for 20 years of service are: Fari Alipour-Haghighi, a research scientist in the department of speech pathology and audiology; Stephen Carver, technical coordinator for the School of Music; Larry Granroth, systems administration and systems programming for the department of physics and astronomy; Jenny Li-Chun Lin, research assistant II in the department of biological sciences, Ann Marie Persoon, a research assistant III in the department of physics and astronomy, and Ronald Zieglowsky, scenery supervisor in the department of theatre arts.

Staff honored for 10 years of service are: Dorothy Albright, a clerk III in the department of speech pathology and audiology; JoAnn Castagna, a program associate II in the college's office of Academic Programs and Services; Jill Hartz, a project assistant in the department of physics and astronomy and the Optical Science and Technology Center; Peter Hubbard, a program associate I in the college's office of Academic Programs and Services; Kellie Kucera, a clerk IV in the Division of Performing Arts; Karna Wieck, the budget officer for the Dean's Office; and Mary Jo Yotty, a secretary III in the department of speech pathology and audiology.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011,