CONTACT: DEREK MAURER
2130 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
Release: June 11, 1999
UI College of Nursing names first distinguished alumni,
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A former director of nursing services
at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the former head of California's
Health and Welfare Agency are the first to be named distinguished alumni of
the University of Iowa College of Nursing. In addition, a UI professor emeritus
has been named as a distinguished friend to the college.
The three will be honored at a banquet Saturday night
at the Levitt Center for University Advancement during class reunion festivities.
Sally Mathis Hartwig earned both bachelors and
masters degrees in nursing at the UI and has been selected to receive
the colleges first Alumni Distinguished Service award. She won national
recognition as director of nursing and patient care services at UI Hospitals
and Clinics from 1979 to 1993 and served in that capacity again on an interim
basis in 1998. The college has also named an endowed professorship in gerontological
nursing research for Hartwig.
Sandra R. Smoley earned a bachelors degree in
nursing from the UI and has been selected to receive the first Alumni Distinguished
Achievement award. Smoley was the first woman elected to the Sacramento County
Board of Supervisors in California. In 1993 then-Gov. Pete Wilson appointed
Smoley secretary of health and welfare, a position she used to promote greater
access to health care for children, women and rural communities. She now heads
the Sandra Smoley Group, a private health care consulting agency.
Woodrow W. Morris has been selected to receive, and
gives his name to, the college's first Woodrow W. Morris Distinguished Friend
to Nursing award. In addition to faculty appointments in medicine, nursing
and social work, he served as an associate dean of medicine and as director
of the Institute of Gerontology at the UI. Morris has served on numerous committees
and task forces concerned with aging and earned recognition from the American
Arthritis Foundation, the American Nursing Home Association, the Iowa Governor's
Conference on Aging and other organizations.