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University of Iowa News Release


May 18, 2009

UI students participate in leadership institute May 31 to June 5

Thirteen University of Iowa students are participating in the second annual Iowa National Education for Women's (N.E.W.) Leadership Institute Sunday, May 31 through Friday, June 5 in Iowa City, hosted by the UI Women's Resource and Action Center. The institute's theme is "Thirty women. Five days. One mission: empowering women to lead."

The 13 UI students are among 30 undergraduates from 10 other institutions across the state who will come together to develop public leadership skills, learn about civic involvement and network with women in public leadership from across Iowa.

Developed by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University in 1991 and conducted at 17 universities nationwide, the nonpartisan N.E.W. Leadership program has supported aspiring leaders throughout the country for more than 16 years.

For more information, visit or contact Kelly Thornburg at 319-335-1488 or

NOTE TO EDITORS: Students are listed alphabetically by state, hometown, year in college and major.


Bettendorf: Judi Yapias, a freshman psychology major in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and international studies major in CLAS and UI International Programs.

Cedar Falls: Kaylee Williams, a freshman English and economics major in CLAS and the Tippie College of Business.

Clive: Laura Kacere, a senior women's studies and anthropology major in CLAS.

Coralville: Kelly Johnson, a senior theatre arts and chemistry major in CLAS.

Des Moines: Brenna Cawthorn, a senior anthropology major in CLAS pursuing a certificate in museum studies.

Des Moines: Sharaine Conner, a sophomore music and social work major in CLAS.

Hiawatha: Jessica Jacobo, a junior pre-pharmacy major in CLAS with an emphasis in global health issues.

Iowa City: Alicia Mundy, a senior political science major in CLAS specializing in American institutions.

Iowa City: Patrice Hawkins, a senior history and political science major in CLAS.

Lisbon: Molly McAndrew, a sophomore social work and political science major in CLAS.

Sioux City: Emily Grieves, a senior Spanish and integrative physiology major in CLAS.


Rockford: Sarah Milani, a senior political science and sociology major in CLAS.


Farmington Hills: Julia Mantey, a senior English and geography major in CLAS.

To view a related release that has information on the institute, visit (

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Kelly Thornburg, WRAC, 319-335-1488,; Lois J. Gray, University News Services, 319-384-0077,