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Oct. 6, 2008

Six UI staffers awarded Board of Regents Staff Excellence Award

Six University of Iowa staff members have been recognized with staff excellence awards by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to their institutions as well as to the State of Iowa.

The award winners are Lisa Baum, former associate director, Children's Miracle Network; Laurie Croft, administrator-professional development, Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development; Joan Felkner, administrative coordinator, Cancer Information Service, Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center; Peter Hubbard, associate director of academic services, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences; Roger Tracy, assistant dean, UI Carver College of Medicine; and Susan Zollo, administrative director, Continuing Medical Education Division, UI Carver College of Medicine.

In 2008, the Children's Miracle Network, under Baum's direction, raised more than $1 million during its Dance Marathon. During her 19 years at the university, Baum planned, organized and implemented a comprehensive marketing and annual giving program that meets departmental goals while putting forth a favorable image of University of Iowa Children's Hospital to donors, employees, patients and families. Baum served on the UIHC leadership development program, and received an Improving Our Workplace Award in 2006.

Croft has spent the last 10 years working to expand the professional development program in the Belin-Blank Center, which in turn has made the preparation of teachers of gifted students one of the center's national strengths. The Belin-Blank Center is the leading site in Iowa for obtaining the state endorsement in gifted education. The College of Education's Honors Opportunity Program has grown under Croft's administration, and she is responsible for the expansion of online/Iowa Communications Network (ICN) course offerings. Her leadership roles include service on the College of Education Diversity Committee, and she received the Audrey Qualls Commitment to Diversity Award in 2005. Croft also received an Improving Our Workplace Award in 2006. She served as chair of the Council on the Status of Women and chair of the College of Education Staff Council.

Felkner oversees the daily activities of the Cancer Center's Cancer Information Service, which she has been involved with since its inception in 1986. Felkner designs, promotes and conducts the nationwide outreach service's educational and promotional activities. She has authored and coauthored more than 40 pieces of educational literature, and is a champion for low-literacy materials in an effort to provide information access to all patients, regardless of educational level. Felkner also serves an integral role in the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control: she serves on the executive committee; chairs the communications committee; works with the patient and family resources committee as a pilot site for the new Cancer Mentors Assisting and Preparing Survivors (Iowa Cancer MAPS); and is forming a new clinical trials project team.

Hubbard has held a variety of staff and faculty appointments during his 25 years with the university, allowing him frequent contact with students and staff across the UI campus. Hubbard has worked in College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Academic Programs and Services since 1993; he was named associate director in 2006. Hubbard interviews and advises UI students who are dealing with academic difficulty, mentors students whose academic achievement is affected by personal issues, and generally counsels students on CLAS policy and procedures. Hubbard ensures that faculty who serve as advisors are adequately prepared, and tracks first-year courses to ensure that the college has sufficient classes available for incoming students. Hubbard has served on numerous UI committees, and has worked as an academic advisor and as an adjunct instructor.

Tracy has headed the Office of Statewide Clinical Education Programs since its establishment in 1974. Under his leadership, the office has provided service and outreach programs for medical education and community service throughout the state of Iowa. Tracy developed programs in rural physician support, physician recruitment and placement, community relations and health care market research. He also led the creation of the Iowa Physician Information System, a tracking system that provides a continuous inventory of health care personnel actively practicing in Iowa. In 2007, Tracy was honored by the Iowa Pharmacy Association for his longtime work in support of pharmacy in Iowa.

Since 2001, Zollo has directed the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Division, which is responsible for nearly 100 conferences and more than 100 annual CME programs on the UI campus and across the state of Iowa. Zollo significantly revamped and reshaped office staffing to improve efficiency, and she initiated innovative features and programs that have brought recognition to the UI programs from colleagues on campus and peers elsewhere. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education commended Zollo for her administrative leadership in submitting the division's 2008-12 accreditation report. Before her role with CME, Zollo was a major architect of the resource center for the National Laboratory for the Study of Rural Telemedicine, a research and development program that brought the university nearly $14 million and created lasting relationships with rural hospitals and libraries.

Established in 1993, the Regents award was created to provide a statewide forum to recognize staff members in conjunction with colleagues from the other Board of Regents institutions. Their accomplishments have significantly benefited the university, brought honor or recognition to the university, and had a significant positive impact on the state of Iowa. Each winner receives a commemorative gift, and the university grants a $1,000 prize to the winner's department to be used for his or her benefit. Winners will be recognized at a University event in the fall and at an event held by the Board of Regents, State of Iowa.

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