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12 UI staff members named winners of staff excellence awards
IOWA CITY, Iowa--Twelve staff members of the University of Iowa have
been named recipients of staff excellence awards, six receiving State Board
of Regents Awards and six receiving University Staff Excellence Awards.
The awards recognize extraordinary contributions beyond what is normally
expected on the job. The Regents awards go to persons whose contributions
benefit the state of Iowa, and the University awards recognize contributions
to the university community. The award program is coordinated by the University's
Winners of the State Board of Regents Awards are:
Susan Cline, who processes all College of Education graduate admissions
applications and degree programs, manages the Office of Student Services,
and works with Associate Dean Richard D. Shepardson, who nominated her.
Rolando Arroyo-Sucre, special assistant to the vice president for student
services and director of Special Support Services, which serves minority
and first-generation college students and also works to provide cross-cultural
experience for majority students. Arroyo-Sucre was nominated by 21 staff,
faculty, and administration persons.
Susan Buckley, coordinator of administrative services in the department
of human resources, works with the University Strategic Planning Implementation
Team, and supports the associate vice president and director of human resources,
Bob Foldesi, who nominated her.
Sharon Helt, educational consultant in University Hospital School, who
works with children and their families, participates in many university
committees and clinical teams, and is co-instructor for a graduate level
methods class offered through the Division of Curriculum Instruction. She
was nominated by Dennis L. Corwin, supervisor and coordinator, Inpatient
Unit, at the hospital school.
Patricia J. Mason, program associate, department of ophthalmology and
visual sciences, and executive director, Iowa Lions Eye Bank. Nominated
by Sara Baker and Janice Reiter of the eye bank, Mason has helped many
local, state and international ophthalmology patients to receive corneal
transplants or other necessary procedures.
Dr. Polly Nichols, director, educational services, Child Psychiatry
Service, who helped to develop a day school, the Circle School, to offer
therapeutic education to psychiatrically ill patients to allow them to
live at home, rather than in an institution. She was nominated by Cathy
Willoughby, RN, nurse manager in Child Psychiatry Service.
University Staff Excellence Awards went to the following persons:
Betty L. Dye, secretary III and head department secretary, department
of exercise science, the "all-round problem solver" of the department
and representative of the department for the past eight years at an international
conference sponsored by Gatorade Division of Quaker Oats on the physiology
of exercise and aging. She was nominated by Jerry A. Maynard, professor
and chair of exercise science and professor of orthopedic surgery and anatomy.
Marilyn E. Hedges, secretary II in the Hygienic Laboratory, who taught
herself desktop design and publishing when an artist went on leave in order
to produce the department newsletter and annual report in addition to the
usual duties of her position. She was nominated by Pat Kosier, human relations
specialist, in the Hygienic Laboratory.
Mei-Lee Szeto, dietary cashier in the staff dining room of University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, described as fast and accurate in her cashier
duties but able to strike up a conversation with persons who need a smile
in a high-stress atmosphere. She was nominated by Diana Gilbert, catering
services supervisor at the hospital.
Linda Goodwin Bissell, program associate I and director of financial
services, Office of Student Affairs and Curriculum, College of Medicine,
who helps students in medical school overcome short- and long-term financial
issues, develops the department budget, and frequently speaks at local
and national financial officer meetings. She was nominated by Peter Densen,
M.D., associate dean, College of Medicine.
Deanna Hurst, director, Business and Liberal Arts Placement Office and
president of the College of Business Administration's Elected Staff Council,
who helps both students seeking careers and the recruiters who come to
campus to find them. She was nominated by the other members of the Elected
Jeanne A. Liston, advanced practice nurse in Child Health Specialty
Clinics (CHSC), a statewide pediatric outreach program for children with
chronic health conditions and disabilities. She plans, implements, and
manages the services that help these children. Liston was nominated by
Dorothy K. Doolittle, M.S.N., R.N., assistant director for patient care
services at the Hospital School, and Jeffrey G. Lobas, M.D., M.P.A., CHSC