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Sept. 6, 2005

CLAS To Honor 2005 Alumni Fellows Sept. 8

Five distinguished former students in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences return to campus Sept. 7 to 9 as Alumni Fellows, an award the college bestows on its most accomplished graduates. In addition to receiving the award, while on campus the fellows will meet with students, faculty and the college's advisory board. One of the fellows will give a free, public lecture about his experience reporting on the Iraq war.

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, initiated the Alumni Fellows program in 1999 with funds from the endowed Dean's Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, which was created through a gift from the UI Alumni Association.

"Using this generous gift from the Alumni Association, we have brought more than two dozen of our most distinguished alumni back to campus in the last seven years," Maxson said. "It's a great opportunity for our students to see the kind of success they can achieve, and it's wonderful to be able to recognize our graduates for their personal and professional achievements."

The 2005 Alumni Fellows are: James Glanz (B.A. physics, 1979), Frances Degen Horowitz (Ph.D. developmental psychology, 1959), Stephen Hulme (B.A. classics, 1974; B.S. computer science, 1980), Shanto Iyengar (Ph.D. political science, 1972), Trudy Huskamp Peterson (M.A. 1972, Ph.D. 1975, history), and Richard J. Schnieders (B.A. mathematics, 1970.) Schnieders is unable to attend the event. At an award ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 8, Maxson will introduce the other five fellows and present each with a plaque.

Glanz, a science reporter for the New York Times, will give a free, public lecture, "This Could All Be So Pretty: My Travels through the Marshes, Deserts and Towns of Iraq," on Friday, Sept. 9, at 2 p.m. in room 301 Van Allen Hall. He will describe his travels through Iraq while reporting on the war, from the southern marshes thought to be the historical Garden of Eden to the ancient Assyrian sites in the north, which are still living towns millennia after their heyday. His experience defies the commonly held view that Western reporters in Iraq are confined to compounds in Baghdad.

Glanz earned his bachelor's degree in physics in 1979 at the UI and went on to earn a doctorate in astrophysical sciences from Princeton University. In addition to the Times, Glanz has been a science writer for the magazine R&D and for Science Magazine. His first book, "Saving our Soil: Solutions for Sustaining Earth's Vital Resource," drew on both his technical background and his childhood in Iowa. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, before either of the twin towers had fallen, he was given the assignment of understanding and reporting on their structure. That coverage eventually led to his 2004 book "City in the Sky: The Rise and Fall of the World Trade Center."

Horowitz, a nationally recognized educational leader and renowned developmental psychologist, served as president of the Graduate Center for the City University of New York from 1991-1995. Prior to that, she spent 30 years on the faculty at the University of Kansas, including 13 years as Vice Chancellor for Research, Graduate Studies and Public Service and Dean of the Graduate School. She earned her doctorate in developmental psychology in 1959 at the UI. She is acclaimed for her research on infant behavior and development, including more than 120 articles, chapters and books on infant development, early childhood development, high-risk infants, the gifted and theories of development.

Hulme has been a Program Manager for Sun Microsystems since 2001, having previously worked in technical and leadership roles for Netscan iPublishing, Harcourt Brace Publishing and Netscape Communications Corporation. He earned bachelor's degrees in classics (1974) and computer science (1980) at the UI and went on to earn an M.B.A. from Duke University. He has woven together his liberal-arts and computer-science training to create a special niche in the business world, creating web sites to help business people have access to the world of internet publishing. Taking on greater responsibilities as a senior manager at Sun, Hulme has done technical trouble-shooting for MetLife and has designed important web-based programs for Verizon and Cingular.

Iyengar holds the Harry and Norman Chandler Chair in Communication at Stanford University, where he is also a professor of political science. A pioneer in the field of political communication, he is considered among the world's leading scholars on the relationship between the media and politics. His research crosses disciplinary lines to incorporate political science, psychology and communication and his numerous publications combine high standards of scholarship with the asking of pressing questions about the nature of contemporary politics, reaching a wide audience of scholarly and lay readers and listeners. Iyengar earned his doctorate in political science in 1972 at the UI.

Peterson retired from a long and distinguished career at the National Archives in 1995, having started at the bottom and risen to become the first woman ever to be appointed Acting Archivist of the United States in 1993. In that role she was a force for wise management and preservation of vast amounts of records and for the declassification of federal records, including presidential papers. After her retirement, philanthropist George Soros appointed her to begin the Open Society Archives, headquartered in Budapest, setting an example in Eastern Europe for a new kind of archive, in contrast to the closed and often corrupt archives of the former Eastern Bloc. She later moved to Geneva as Director of Archives and Record Management for the United National High Commissioner for Refugees, where she initiated an international effort to save and create archives for the records of the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions. Peterson earned a master's degree in 1972 and doctorate in 1975, at the UI, both in history.

Schnieders is chairman and CEO of SYSCO, the largest food service marketing and distribution company in North America with more than $26 billion in annual sales. In this role, he promotes sustainable agriculture and the family farm, working with local farmer cooperatives and small food production companies to help family farmers deliver quality products to the marketplace. He also has been instrumental in the planning for SYSCO's new headquarters in Houston, to be built to the highest sustainability or "green" standards in the industry. Schnieders earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics in 1970 at the UI.

Established in 1900, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of the UI's 11 colleges, with an enrollment of more than 17,000 undergraduates and 2,250 graduate students. The college seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate and professional education, health care and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation and the world; and to conduct these activities in a culturally diverse, humane, technologically advanced and increasingly global environment.

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