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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 9, 2005

Catalyst Awards Honor Diversity Efforts At UI

The University of Iowa will honor groups and individuals who make the university a more diverse place by presenting them with 2005 Catalyst Awards in ceremonies on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 4 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. Admission is free and open to the public.

Catalyst Award recipients this year are: 

--Departmental Award: Power Plant Diversity Task Force

--Individual Awards: Carolyn Colvin, associate dean, College of Education; Tess Judge-Ellis, clinical assistant professor, College of Nursing

--Student Organization Award: UI Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Allied Union (GLBTAU).

President David Skorton and Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner will offer remarks. Turner is a professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University whose research and teaching interests include access and equity in higher education, faculty development and organizational change. She is the founder of an annual national symposium on the recruitment and retention of faculty of color, "Keeping our Faculties," at the University of Minnesota.

Turner's keynote address is titled "Faculty Diversity in Academe: Enriching Campus Intellectual Life."  

The Catalyst program, now in its seventh year, recognizes individuals and departments that have developed innovative programs, policies or activities that have had a positive effect on improving diversity in the university community. The event is generously supported by the following colleges and departments: Associated University Women; Athletics; The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; Colleges of Business, Dentistry, Education, Engineering, Law, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, and Public Health; Counseling Services; Division of Continuing Education; Finance and Operations; Graduate College; Human Resources; International Programs; Iowa Memorial Union; Office of the President; Office of the Provost; Office of the Vice President for Research; Opportunity at Iowa; School of Social Work; Staff Council; Support Service Programs; UI Libraries; UI Hospital Administration; UIHC Human Resources; Undergraduate Admissions; Women's Resource and Action Center and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity.

Recipients are honored with a plaque and $500 award.

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