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May 9, 2007

Frost-Kumpf To Speak At International Studies Graduation Reception May 11

Going back to school to get a second master's degree after earning a doctorate and working for nearly a decade as a professor is not a typical education path, but that's exactly what Hilary Anne Frost-Kumpf did.

Frost-Kumpf, a 2007 graduate of the University of Iowa master's program in interdisciplinary studies with an emphasis in international studies through the UI Graduate College, is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS). In 2005, she took an educational leave from UIS to pursue her fourth post-secondary degree. She will be one of the speakers at the International Programs International Studies Graduation Reception from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, May 11. The reception takes place at hotelVetro, 201 South Linn St. in Iowa City. Formal remarks will begin at 4 p.m., and an honors poster session will take place from 3:15 to 4 p.m.

According to International Studies Coordinator Martha Greer, although Frost-Kumpf is the sole graduate student completing her studies this spring, 82 undergraduate students will graduate with a degree in international studies through the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

"We are graduating an incredibly talented and motivated group of students this week," Greer said. "Each one of them took this interdisciplinary program of study and made it uniquely theirs. I consider it a great privilege to have been a part of their journey, and I look forward to hearing about their many and varied paths to come."

Frost-Kumpf earned a doctorate in geography from Pennsylvania State University in 2001 and a master's degree in public administration from The Ohio State University in 1984. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Michigan State University in 1978. She has taught at UIS since 1997.

"While teaching public administration classes at the University of Illinois at Springfield, I felt the need to internationalize myself and my curriculum," Frost-Kumpf said. "I chose this program because you can essentially design your own curriculum and that appealed to me."

Her studies at the UI have focused on international development and African studies. A recipient of a Stanley Fellowship for Graduate Student Research Abroad, Frost-Kumpf spent nine weeks doing research in Tanzania in the cities of Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo. The results of her research were documented in her master's thesis, "Arts Management Training for Theatre Practitioners in Tanzania."

Frost-Kumpf's graduate assistantship while at the UI was to teach "Research and Final Project Preparation," which helps international studies undergraduate majors prepare for their senior project.

"Dr. Frost-Kumpf made significant contributions to the University of Iowa campus in her short time with us," Greer said. "She developed and taught a new research and project preparation course which provided our students a framework within which to construct their required senior research project. We will continue to benefit from her contributions to our undergraduate program long after she has returned to the University of Illinois at Springfield."

After graduation, Frost-Kumpf will return to UIS to teach in the global studies program, which is comparable to UI's international studies major. Currently, international studies is only a minor at UIS. In Fall 2008, global studies will become a major. Frost-Kumpf will currently be the only full-time faculty member assigned to the program. In her role, she will advise students, market the program, and teach the introductory and capstone classes for the major.

William Reisinger, associate provost and dean of International Programs, will provide keynote remarks. Additional speakers include Downing Thomas, associate dean of International Programs and Amanda Dicks, 2007 graduate of the Bachelor of Arts program in international studies.

For more information or special accommodations to attend the ceremony, contact Jenna Burns at 319-335-0368 or

The International Studies Program is part of International Programs, which 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.

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

CONTACTS: Media: Joe Nugent, 319-335-2026,; Program: Jenna Burns, 319-335-0368,; Writer: Kelli Andresen