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Sept. 3, 2008

UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names alumni fellows

Six alumni of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) will be named 2008 Alumni Fellows at a Sept. 11 awards ceremony. The award is given to alumni by the college to recognize its most accomplished graduates.

While on campus, fellows typically meet with students and faculty and give a lecture on their work. Linda Maxson, dean of the CLAS, initiated the Alumni Fellows program in 1999 with funds from the endowed UI Alumni Association Dean's Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, which was created through a gift from the UI Alumni Association.

"The gift from the Alumni Association has made it possible to bring more than 50 of our distinguished alumni to campus," Maxson said. "Our students especially benefit from their return. They are able to see what they can achieve, and at the same time, we can recognize our graduates for their outstanding accomplishments."

The 2008 Alumni Fellows are: Susan Gubar (Ph.D., English, 1972); Elizabeth A. Mathis (B.A., journalism, communication and theatre arts, 1980); Chester M. McCloskey (M.S., 1942, Ph.D., 1944, chemistry); L. Nathan Oaklander (B.A., 1967, M.A., 1970, Ph.D., 1973, philosophy); John E. Osborn (B.A. 1979, economics and history); Lloyd H. Rogler (B.A., philosophy, 1951, M.A., 1952, Ph.D., 1957, sociology).

Several alumni fellows will deliver public lectures when they visit campus next week.

On Thursday, Sept. 11, Gubar will present "Judas over the Centuries: An Erratic Apostle," at 3:45 p.m., Room 308, English-Philosophy Building; Osborn will present "Life after Schaeffer Hall" at 4 p.m., Room 302, Schaeffer Hall; and Mathis will present "Knowing Your Audience Never Goes Out of Style" at 5:30 p.m., Room E254, Adler Journalism Building.

At noon on Friday, Sept. 12, Osborn will present "Projecting American Ideas: The State Department and the Conduct of Public Diplomacy" at Rockwood Fellowship Hall, Congregational Church, 210 N. Clinton St. (This lunch lecture is sponsored by the Iowa City Foreign Relations Council, and reservations can be made at by Friday, Sept. 5.)

Also on Friday, Sept. 12, Oaklander will present "McTaggart's Paradox and the Problem of Time," at 3:30 p.m. in Room 304 of the English-Philosophy Building.

Gubar earned a Ph.D. in English from the UI in 1972. Soon afterward, she leaped to the forefront of literary criticism and feminist theory with the groundbreaking book "Madwoman in the Attic: The Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination," co-authored with Sandra Gilbert. The 1979 book was a runner-up for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. Since 1973, Gubar has served on the faculty of Indiana University teaching English and women's studies. In 2006, she accepted the role of special advisor to the provost on the arts and humanities at IU.

Mathis earned a B.A. in communication and theater arts and journalism from the UI in 1980. She is currently vice president of community relations at Horizons - A Family Service Alliance in Cedar Rapids. Her career as a news anchor, producer and reporter has spanned nearly three decades, including positions at KCRG in Cedar Rapids, KWWL in Waterloo and WMT (now KGAN) in Cedar Rapids. Mathis chaired the communication arts department at Wartburg College in Waverly and serves on numerous boards and committees, including as chair of the Professional Advisory Board at the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

McCloskey studied chemistry at the UI, receiving an M.S. in 1942 and a Ph.D. in 1944. He founded the California-based chemical manufacturing firm Norac Inc. in 1953. McCloskey developed several patents that improved chemical manufacturing processes related to ketone peroxides. He expanded the business in the 1960s, creating the subsidiary Norac Pharma, which focuses on the development of chemistry technology for potential prescription drug applications.

Oaklander studied philosophy at the UI, earning a B.A. in 1967, an M.A. in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1973. He has spent his academic career at the University of Michigan-Flint, serving as chair of his department on four occasions and holding a named chair since 1990. Oaklander has been a very active author of journal articles and book chapters on a wide range of philosophical topics. He is the author or editor of 11 books and recently edited a four-volume collection on the philosophy of time, a topic on which he lectured at the University of Cambridge as a visiting fellow and scholar in the fall of 2001.

Osborn earned a B.A. in economics and history from the UI in 1979. He earned a law degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in international policy from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He has built a distinguished career in business-government affairs and intellectual policy law, holding executive positions at the DuPont Merck Pharmaceutical Co., Cephalon, Inc., and now as an advisor on life science regulatory and compliance matters at McKinsey & Co., Inc. His work in public affairs includes assisting the U.S. Department of State, clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals, serving on state steering committees for political candidates, and testifying before the U.S. Antitrust Modernization Commission.

Rogler earned a B.A. in philosophy from the UI in 1951, then studied sociology, earning an M.A. and a Ph.D. in sociology from the UI in 1957. A native of Puerto Rico, Rogler began his research career as a sociologist studying how families living in the economically impoverished neighborhoods of San Juan coped with mental illness. His work helped legitimize the field of cultural psychiatry. Rogler has held academic appointments at the University of Puerto Rico, Yale, Case Western Reserve, Fordham University, Columbia University, New York University's Bellevue Center, Harvard University and Cornell University.


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