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Iowa City IA 52242
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Nine UI volunteers receive Governor's award
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Nine people who have volunteered significant time
and energy to programs and projects benefiting the University of Iowa were
honored by Iowa Gov. Terry E. Branstad at the Governor's Annual Volunteer
Recognition Ceremony held in Cedar Rapids April 3.
UI volunteers honored were:
* Miriam Canter and Phyllis Evans of Iowa City both received
Outstanding Individual Volunteer awards. In 21 years of volunteering,
Canter and Evans have each contributed more than 2,500 hours to the Old
Capitol Museum. Both women devote part of their "spare" time
to knitting baby hats for the UI Hospitals and Clinics and are also long-time
volunteers at Hancher Auditorium.
* Darlene Gibson and Jane Wilkens of Iowa City were honored
for their roles in the Touching Hearts Bereavement Program at the UIHC.
That program received the Outstanding Special Program Award. Program
volunteers make quilted packets filled with items that memorialize the
loss of a newborn child.
* Doris Marchael of Iowa City received an Outstanding Individual
Volunteer Award for her service at the UIHC Intermediate Care Nursery,
where she has spent many hours assisting the nursing staff and cuddling
infants to help promote their growth and development. Marchael has also
helped organize, train and supervise other volunteers in the nursery.
* Kara Logsden of Iowa City was presented the Staff Award for
Outstanding Work with Volunteers. Logsden is the librarian for the UIHC
Patients Library and directs a volunteer program that accumulates more
than 4,000 volunteer hours each year. Program volunteers assist more than
80,000 library users each year.
* Francis Cleaver of Des Moines and James Ehman of West
Des Moines, who represent the Independent Order of Foresters, were presented
the Outstanding Group Award for sponsoring Champions Across America as
part of the Children's Miracle Network at the Children's Hospital of Iowa.
The organization's sponsorship is helping send hospitalized children to
meet with President Clinton and then to Orlando, Fla. to take part in the
national broadcast of the Children's Miracle Network.
* James Mulgrew of Dubuque was honored as the representative
of Amoco Dealers and Jobbers, an organization that earned the Outstanding
Corporate Award. Mulgrew has worked for 10 years to raise funds for the
Iowa Children's Hospital. Because of his efforts, this spring the Children's
Hospital is installing a playground with wheelchair accessible equipment.
The volunteers were nominated for the awards by various UI departments
and the State Board of Regents.