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Nov. 7, 2007

UI announces 2007 Catalyst Awards for diversity efforts

The University of Iowa Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity has announced the recipients of the 2007 Catalyst Awards. The awards will be presented at the 2007 Catalyst Award Reception, 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Wayne Richey Ballroom, Iowa Memorial Union.

Award recipients are:

-- Katherine Imborek, fourth year medical student;

-- Rachel Garza Carreon, librarian in University Libraries;

-- Kathleen Kemp, program administrator in the School of Social Work; and

-- The Women in Science & Engineering program for its graduate and postdoctoral workshop series

In addition, a Distinguished Catalyst Award will be presented to Willie Fred Mims, associate director of athletics for student services and compliance in UI intercollegiate athletics.

UI President Sally Mason will be the keynote speaker at this ninth annual Catalyst Award Reception and Award Ceremony. The Catalyst Awards honor creative initiatives by faculty, staff, students, student organizations and units/departments that enhance the UI's commitment to achieving excellence through diversity. Recipients will be honored with a plaque, community recognition and a $500 cash award.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Jennifer Modestou, Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 319-335-0705,; Charles S. Drum, University News Services, 319-384-0048,