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July 27, 2010

Two staff members win Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy

Two University of Iowa staff members have won the 2010 Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy, in recognition of their support of undergraduate students. The recipients are Kathryne Bassett, recently retired senior associate director of admissions, and Jodi Linley, assistant director of the Iowa Biosciences Advantage program.

The award, which is administered by the Office of the Provost, was created in 2006 as a way for the University to recognize administrators, staff, or faculty outside of their teaching role who serve as strong and effective advocates for undergraduate students and the undergraduate experience. Recipients receive a $1,000 honorarium and a certificate, and their names are added to a plaque that will be displayed in the Admission Visitors Center. 

The recipients were selected by a committee of staff, faculty, and students.

Until her retirement as senior associate director of admissions this year, Kathryne Bassett oversaw the outreach and recruitment efforts of the UI Admission Visitors Center. Committed to ensuring welcoming and enriching University experiences for new undergraduates, she led the Office of Admissions in responding to a growing need for increased service and personalization. She mentored countless admissions professionals and developed strong networks in high schools, community colleges, and other institutions of higher education to promote undergraduate education and student success. She was instrumental in initiating and contributing to collaborations across campus to engage others in supporting undergraduates.

Jodi Linley has a long track record of effective advocacy for undergraduate students at UI, not only through her role as assistant director of Iowa Biosciences Advantage (a program that prepares academically talented, underrepresented minority undergraduate students for direct entry into doctoral programs in the biosciences), but also through a variety of volunteer roles. She is a key member of the leadership team for The Iowa Edge -- a one-week intensive pre-orientation program for incoming underrepresented students -- and an invaluable member of multiple subcommittees of the Student Success Team. She also teaches in two of UI’s most notable undergraduate student success programs, College Transition and the Career Leadership Academy.

The award is named in honor of Lola L. Lopes, former associate provost for undergraduate education and professor emerita of management and organizations in the Tippie College of Business. Lopes served as interim executive vice president and provost during 2007-08.

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