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Release: Aug. 27, 1999

UI College of Nursing to hold first convocation for students, faculty, staff Sept. 1

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Kathleen Buckwalter, Ph.D., professor of nursing and associate University of Iowa provost for health sciences, will be the featured speaker at the UI College of Nursing's first convocation for students, faculty and staff Wednesday, Sept. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. Buckwalter's talk, titled "The Life and Times of a Nurse Researcher: A Career in Progress," will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Room 22 of the Nursing Building on the UI campus.

Other convocation events include a welcome by Melanie C. Dreher, Ph.D., professor and dean of nursing, and an outdoor reception from 5 to 6 p.m. The remarks by Buckwalter and Dreher will be telecast over the Iowa Communications Network to students at the College of Nursing's satellite programs in Emmetsburg, Fort Dodge and Mason City.

This is the first time the college has held such an event to open the academic year. "We want to welcome new and returning students, as well as our faculty and staff, in an atmosphere of professionalism and shared purpose," said Carol Flack, administrative assistant to the dean. "Of course, we also want to have fun so that learning and working together will be more rewarding."

About 700 students are enrolled in the College of Nursing's undergraduate and graduate programs, and the college has 104 faculty and staff members.