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University of Iowa News Release

May 5, 2006

Event To Honor UI Community Service 'Stars'

President Emeritus Willard "Sandy" Boyd, former women's athletics director Christine Grant, and former Graduate College Dean D.C. Spriestersbach are among the University of Iowa emeritus faculty members who will be honored for their community service during a ceremony from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 9 at the Levitt Center for University Advancement.

The event is free and open to the public.

Tuesday's ceremony is one of several activities sponsored this month by the Johnson County chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) in recognition of May as Older Americans Month.

UI emeritus faculty or retired staff members who are slated to be recognized Tuesday include:

* Boyd, a law professor and co-director of the Iowa Nonprofit Resource Center, for his service to nonprofit organizations.

* Spriestersbach, a former dean of the Graduate College, for his activity in theater and community organizations ("We have dubbed him our own George Burns," says event organizer June Braverman.)

* Former Iowa Athletics Director Chalmers "Bump" Elliott, for his volunteer work and help with fundraising on community boards such as United Way.

* Professor Emerita Margaret Keyes, for her work with the Old Capitol renovations. She is a nationally recognized leader in the field of historic preservation.

* Grant, a former director of women's athletics at Iowa and an associate professor in health and sport studies, for her assistance to community groups such as the Mississippi Valley Girl Scouts.

In a related event, UI Professor Don Coffman from the College of Education and Professor Emeritus Ray Heffner from the Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences were honored for their service to seniors in the community during a concert featuring the New Horizons Band at 3 p.m., Sunday, May 7, on the Pentacrest. The band, which consists of 65 seniors, has been led by Coffman (who teaches music education at Iowa) for 11 years. Heffner has taught literature classes at the Iowa City/Johnson County Senior Center for 10 years.

Also, later this month, UI Adjunct Professor David Gould will present a short documentary he co-produced for HBO about a senior from Mason City who became the "Checker King" of the state of Iowa. The film will be shown during a Senior Film Festival at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 30, in Room 101 of the Samuel L. Becker Communication Studies Building (BCSB), also sponsored by the Johnson County chapter of AARP.

All three events are free and open to the public.

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

MEDIA CONTACT: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; Writer: Sara Langenberg