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Release: Feb. 10, 2000
Memorial residency recipient named in UI Clinical Pastoral Education Program
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has named
a Nigerian pastor and professor as the first recipient of a memorial residency
in the UI's interfaith Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.
Dr. Ahaziah Umanah was named to the Alice Stevens Memorial International
CPE Residency by the CPE program and the UI Foundation at a luncheon held
at the UI's Levitt Center for University Advancement Feb. 4. The award provides
a stipend for selected individuals from developing nations who are completing
Umanah said he was humbled by the award. "It's a great honor for me.
I hope to apply what I learn in the program to Nigeria, where we don't have
such a chaplaincy," he said.
A UI graduate who earned master's and doctorate degrees at the university
in the 1970s, Umanah is a pastor in the Nazarene Church and a professor of
mass communications at the University of Uyo in Akwa Ibom, Nigeria. During
his one-year residency, he will be an active member of the interfaith chaplaincy
corps at the UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education in Decatur,
Ga., the UI CPE program prepares people of all faiths to tend to the spiritual
needs of sick and dying individuals and their families. Graduates of the program
work in hospitals, prisons, nursing homes and other institutions.
The memorial residency was created by Richard L. Stevens of Le Claire, Iowa,
in memory of his wife, Alice Stevens, who died in 1996. Currently, resources
are available to award the residency every three years, though efforts are
under way by the UI Foundation to raise the funds necessary to award it yearly.
Alice Stevens earned a B.A. degree from the UI in 1954 and was a longtime
supporter of the CPE program. Richard Stevens earned a law degree at the UI
in 1939. As a consultant to the CPE program, he helped identify international
religious organizations that might promote candidates for the residency. He
was named an honorary permanent resident of the CPE program at the luncheon.
The Rev. Dr. F. Larry Shostrom, pastoral services coordinator for the UI
Hospitals and Clinics, said Umanah is an excellent choice to be the first
recipient of the Alice Stevens Memorial Residency.
"Dr. Umanah has a compassionate heart for people, years of experience
working in the church and longtime ties to the university. He will provide
a valuable service to the patients of the UI Hospitals and Clinics and their
families while working in the residency."
The UI Foundation is the preferred channel for private contributions to all
areas of the university. Foundation staff work with alumni and friends to
generate funds for scholarships, professorships, facilities improvements,
equipment purchases, research and other UI initiatives.