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University of Iowa News Release

April 25, 2005

Four UI Ombudsperson Finalists Scheduled For Campus Interviews

Four finalists for the position of University of Iowa Ombudsperson are scheduled to present open forums as part of two-day campus interviews over the next four weeks.

All forums are open to the public and will be held in the Iowa Memorial Union.

The finalists are being considered for a vacancy that will be left when Maile Sagen, who has held the position since 1989, retires in July. The UI Ombudsperson's Office offers informal dispute resolution for students, faculty and staff, and complaints to the office are confidential. The office's mission is to see that all members of the university community are treated fairly, as well as to serve as an information resource.

The schedule for the finalist campus interviews is as follows:

April 26-27: Cynthia Joyce. Forum scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the IMU's Illinois Room. Joyce has been associate director since 1993 of Community Mediation Inc. of New Haven, Conn., a nonprofit mediation agency. Since 2000 she has also worked as a contract trainer for the Anti-Defamation League's A World of Difference Institute in Connecticut, delivering diversity workshops to state employees, nonprofit staff, teachers, students and other audiences. Since 1998 she has been a contract mediator for the U.S. Postal Service's REDRESS Mediation Program in Connecticut, mediating Equal Employment Opportunity disputes between Postal Service employees and managers. Her degrees include a master's in public and private management from the Yale School of Management; a master's in environmental studies from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies; and an AB in psychology from Stanford University.

May 2-3: Rita Burns. Forum scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 2 in the IMU's Terrace Room. Since 1999, Burns has had a private practice in Milwaukee called Mediation and Conflict Management Services, where among other things she mediates workplace issues and multi-party matters, including court cases, and trains work groups and organization leaders in conflict resolution and constructive communication. Since 2002 she has also served part-time as ombudsperson for Marquette University. Her degrees include a graduate certificate in dispute resolution from Marquette, a Ph.D. in religious studies from Marquette, a master's in Hebrew and Semitic studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in music education from Benedictine College.

May 9-10: Andrea Goldblum. Forum scheduled for 3:30 p.m. May 9 in the IMU's Terrace Room. Goldblum is currently assistant dean of students and director of the Office of Student Integrity at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she is responsible for administering the Honor Code and Code of Conduct, conducting investigations and providing training. She also serves on the school's Sexual Assault Task Force, the Institute Communication Group, the Academic Integrity Committee and the Georgia Tech Police Department Assessment Board. Her degrees include six credits toward a Ph.D. in educational leadership from Florida International University, a master's in higher education from the University of Michigan, 15 credits toward a master's degree in educational leadership from the University of Miami and a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Miami.

May 16-17: Laura Reed. Forum scheduled for 3:30 p.m. in the IMU's Terrace Room. Reed is currently associate director of human resources and director of organizational effectiveness at the University of Iowa, where she provides leadership for initiatives that improve organizational effectiveness. From 1999 to 2003 she was assistant director of human resources and director of WorkLife at the UI. She holds a master of business administration degree from the UI's Executive MBA program, a master of science in nursing with an emphasis on human resource management from the UI, a bachelor of science in nursing from Coe College and a diploma in nursing from Finley Hospital School of Nursing in Dubuque.

More information about the Ombudsperson's Office is available at

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Steve Parrott, 319-335-0552, Writer: Stephen Pradarelli