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May 8, 2007

Nursing Professor Receives Faith and Learning Award

Susan P. Lehmann, assistant professor of clinical nursing at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, was named the 2007 recipient of the Faith and Learning Award from the Geneva Lecture Committee, an interdenominational group of faculty, students and community members.

The Faith and Learning Award has been given annually since 1997 to a faculty member, staff member, researcher or student at the UI who has made significant contributions to the life and work of the university through the integration of his/her Christian faith with learning and service. These contributions may come in a variety of forms including teaching, conducting research, mentoring, writing, speaking, developing programs and serving Christian or other organizations in the community, state, nation and world.

Lehmann has served as a health consultant to the Johnson County Homeless Coordinating Board, provided health assessments for the Victory Temple Minority Health Initiative, chaired the Human Rights Week Planning Committee for the College of Nursing and been a member of the UI Faculty Council. In 2003 she helped to found the first chapter on campus of Nurses Christian Fellowship, a national program of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, and still serves as its faculty advisor. Lehmann, a member of St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Iowa City, is married and has three children.

Edward Laarman, director of Geneva Campus Ministry, said Lehmann was chosen because "Her whole life is dedicated to God and she expresses her love for God by wholeheartedly loving and serving others. Sue is a wonderful bridge between the nursing students and the community. She intentionally provides opportunities for her students to get to know people from all walks of life as they grow in compassion for all."

Lehmann has established programs for students to serve at the Iowa City Shelter House, the Crisis Center Food Bank, and the Wesley Center Free Lunch Program. Psychologist Kathleen Staley, an assistant director at the University Counseling Service and a member of the Geneva Lecture Committee, said: "As the students provide foot care for diabetic patients at the Wesley Center, one can see Christ washing the feet of his disciples."

Lehmann has been an assistant professor of clinical nursing at the UI since 2005, and she was a clinical instructor there from 2002 to 2005. Lehman received bachelor's master's degrees from Loyola University School of Nursing in Chicago. Prior to teaching at the UI she served as a clinical nurse in a variety of settings, including a year in the early 1990s at the Marie Curie Cancer Care Hospice in London, England.

The Geneva Lecture Committee is under the auspices of Geneva Campus Ministry, which has served on the UI campus since 1971. The committee conducts the Geneva Lecture Series, which invites leading Christian scholars and professionals in a wide variety of fields to speak on campus.

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

CONTACTS: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,; Program: Geneva Campus Ministry at 319-341-0007 or