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June 8, 2007

UI College Of Nursing To Bestow Honors During Alumni Weekend

The University of Iowa College of Nursing will honor Iowa Congressman Dave Loebsack and College of Nursing alumni JoAnn Herman, Ph.D., and Terry Wicks, during the college's Alumni Weekend, Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9. The three individuals will be recognized for their significant contributions to the profession of nursing.

Loebsack will be honored with the Woodrow W. Morris Friend of Nursing Award at an alumni breakfast Saturday, June 9. The award recognizes individuals who have championed the profession of nursing through the support of the UI College of Nursing.

Loebsack joined the House Nursing Caucus, which was established in 2003 to educate Congress on the issues important to nurses and the impact nurses have on other important issues, including homeland security preparedness efforts. The caucus holds regular briefings on matters such as the nursing shortage, smallpox vaccinations, Medicare and health care workplace issues.

His signature appears on the 2008 Dear Colleague Letter, which reflects support for funding of Title VIII Nursing Workforce Development programs. If funded sufficiently, these programs could make a significant difference in the national nursing shortage by maintaining advanced education nursing programs, investing in nursing education capacity, and supporting programs that direct nurses into critical shortage areas.

Herman will receive the Distinguished Achievement in Nursing Award at the college's alumni banquet Saturday evening, June 9. This award celebrates those who have contributed significantly to the advancement of the academic mission in the nursing profession. Herman was selected for her commitment to theory, clinical reasoning and nursing scholarship.

Herman earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University in 1966 and went on to earn her master's degree at the University of Iowa in 1975 and a doctorate from the University of Texas at Austin in 1984. She is the interim associate dean for academic affairs and graduate director at the University of South Carolina College of Nursing. Her areas of teaching expertise are nursing theory, clinical reasoning and research.

Herman's research focus is on stress and health, psycho-physiological interventions, Internet interventions, and stress in pregnancy. Since 2001, she has generated more than $3.3 million in grant support.

Wicks also will be honored at the alumni banquet June 9. He will receive the Service Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the service mission of the nursing profession.

Wicks was chosen for his commitment to students and his professional service as president of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists. He received his undergraduate degree at the UI College of Nursing in 1981 and worked in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UI Hospitals and Clinics for a year and a half before returning to active duty in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, where he completed the Army's nurse anesthesia education program in December 1986. He also received a master's degree in health sciences from Texas Wesleyan University.

After completing a tour of duty as a certified registered nurse anesthetist in Honolulu, Hawaii, Wicks was appointed to the position of assistant course director at the Army's anesthesia training program in Aurora, Colo. He left the military in 1992 and relocated to North Carolina. He was elected to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists board of directors and assumed the presidency in August 2006.

During the weekend festivities, the UI College of Nursing will host alumni from the classes of 1967, 1962, 1957 and 1947. In addition to getting reacquainted with former classmates, guests will tour educational facilities such as the state-of-the art Nursing Clinical Education Center, established in 2006.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa College of Nursing, 101 Nursing Building, Iowa City, Iowa 52242

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