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July 13, 2007

Photo: CIVIC volunteer Ken Atkinson (far left) and CIVIC executive director Tom Baldridge (third from left) accompanied four Russian visitors on a trip to Roberts Dairy Company June 11, 2007, where they spoke with general manager Jerry Steffensmeier (second from right). Atkinson is one of many volunteers who will be honored at the International Programs Volunteer Recognition Reception Sunday, July 15.

International Programs Recognizes Community Volunteers July 15

Individuals from Iowa City and surrounding communities will be honored for their years of service at the University of Iowa International Programs Volunteer Recognition Reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, at the Robert A. Lee Community Recreation Center.

The reception will recognize an estimated 700 community members who have been invited to attend and who have volunteered with organizations affiliated with International Programs (IP). These volunteers include eight individuals who have given their time to IP for 20 years or more, and seven who have each served IP for 30 years. Volunteers who will be honored on Sunday are from the following organizations: the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, International Women's Club, International Scholars' Council, Friends of International Students, the Summer Teacher Institute Advisory Board, and area K-12 teachers who volunteered with IP's outreach programs.

"The promotion of international and cross-cultural understanding has perhaps never been more important than today," said William Reisinger, IP associate provost and dean. "And it has to start with 'citizen diplomats' volunteering their time. These individuals and organizations have contributed to the community in so many ways -- welcoming international guests into their homes, helping teachers weave international perspectives into their classes, and enabling community members to hear about current world events from top experts in their fields. Their often unsung efforts benefit us all."

Reisinger will begin the recognition ceremony, which will include comments from Willard "Sandy" Boyd, president emeritus of the UI and The Field Museum of Chicago and Rawlings-Miller Professor of Law at the UI, as well as Iowa City Mayor Ross Wilburn. Russian folk singer Tanya Jibouleau will perform before and after the reception.

University of Iowa International Programs enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

EDITOR's NOTE: To interview any of the volunteers, contact Kelli Andresen at 319-335-2026 or at

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

PROGRAM CONTACT: Diana Davies, 319-335-0371,

MEDIA CONTACT: Kelli Andresen, 319-335-2026,