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Release: May 30, 2001
UI Alumni Association presents 2001 Distinguished Alumni Awards June 9
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Alumni Association will recognize
the achievements of 11 notable UI alumni and friends at the 2001 Distinguished
Alumni Awards presentation Saturday, June 9 at noon in the Main Lounge of
the Iowa Memorial Union.
The public is invited to the luncheon and awards presentation, which is
part of the Alumni Reunion Weekend June 7-10. Tickets are $17 per person and
can be purchased through Stephanie Whitlock at the UI Alumni Association,
(319) 335-3294 or 1 (800) 469-2596.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards are the highest honor presented by the UI
Alumni Association, given annually since 1963 to recognize the achievements
and service of UI alumni and friends. The awards are given in five categories:
Achievement, Faculty/Staff Achievement, Service, Young Alumni, and Friends.
The Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement is given for significant
accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human
service. The recipients are:
Rolena Adorno, 1964 B.A., professor of Latin American literature
at Yale University, is a leading scholar and prominent literary critic. She
has helped shape the landscape of Latin American literary studies in this
country and has produced imaginative research widely recognized as a groundbreaking
body of work that has inspired a generation of young scholars in the field.
Daryl K. Granner, 1958 B.A., 1962 M.S., 1962 M.D., is the Joe C.
Davis Professor of Biomedical Science and the director of the Vanderbilt Diabetes
Center, as well as professor of molecular physiology and biophysics, and professor
of internal medicine at Vanderbilt. He is an international leader in genetic
research, is held in high esteem among scientists worldwide for his work in
finding new methods for controlling diabetes. Granner also helped convert
the Vanderbilt University Medical Center into a nationally ranked teaching
Karlene M. Kerfoot, 1965 B.S.N, 1970 M.A., has 28 years of experience
in nursing and is currently senior vice president for nursing and patient
care services and chief nurse executive and associate dean for clinical practice
at the University of Indiana School of Nursing. An innovator in clinical practice,
she is committed to improving healthcare procedures in the U.S. and abroad.
Kerfoot is the founder of Iowa City's free medical clinic and a top executive
at hospitals in Indiana and Texas, where she has engineered working models
for compassionate patient care.
Simon O. Roberts, 1959 B.A., is former director of Adult Education
at Black Hawk College in Moline, Ill. Through his work at Black Hawk College,
and in collaboration with a broad range of community agencies, Roberts has
opened doors for many people into the worlds of political office, educational
advancement, and rewarding employment.
Sheldon J. Segal, 1951 M.S., 1952 Ph.D., was the former director
of population sciences of the Rockefeller Foundation and is the distinguished
scientist for the Population Council since 1991. He has devoted decades of
research to resolving problems related to overpopulation and other public
health concerns and has also extended his deep concern for humanity to the
development of enrichment programs at a number of colleges and universities.
The Hickerson Recognition, given for outstanding contributions to the UI
Alumni Association, will be awarded to Joel T. S. Greer, 1975 B.A., 1978 J.D.
Greer served for more than seven years on the Alumni Association's board of
directors, with a year as president from 1998 to 1999. A partner in the Marshalltown
law firm of Cartwright, Druker and Ryden, Greer maintains close ties to the
UI, serving as leader of the Marshalltown Iowa Club and on the Alumni Association's
The Faculty/Staff Achievement Award, given for significant achievement or
specific meritorious service on behalf of the quality and advancement of the
UI and/or the Alumni Association, will be presented to Mauricio Lasansky,
the UI Virgil M. Hancher Professor Emeritus of Art and Art History. He retired
in 1985 from his position as director of a printmaking department that has
garnered international respect for more than five decades. A recipient of
many awards for his provocative artwork, he is also heralded as the pioneering
director of the UI's graduate printmaking department. From 1945 to 1985, Lasansky
created a workshop for artists at Iowa that U.S. News and World Report has
twice ranked as number one in the nation and that Time magazine dubbed the
nation's printmaking capital of the U.S.
The Distinguished Alumni Award for Service is given for meritorious service
in community affairs or to the UI. The recipients are:
Charles M. Kierscht, 1960 B.A., 1962 J.D., a Chicago attorney and
former chairman and chief executive officer of Kemper Financial Services,
has supported the UI with enthusiasm and devotion. His interest in and generosity
to the UI has been broad-based, reflected in donations to the Alumni Association,
Hawkeye athletics, the Women's Archives, and many other areas. The capstone
of his support was his $1 million gift to create an endowment to the College
of Law for faculty support, merit scholarships, and the Iowa Law Library.
Warren G. Lawson, 1955 B.S. Commerce, was Adjutant General of Iowa
from 1985 to 1999. He lead the Iowa National Guard to nationwide prominence
through far-sighted innovations. Among many other accomplishments, he helped
link all of the state's Guard facilities to the Iowa Communications Network,
the state's fiber optic system, and efforts for the construction of long-needed
Guard armories and other facilities.
Terrence J. Mulligan, 1968 S.E. (completed Iowa Education Licensure
Program), 1968 B.S., past president and seven-year member of the Alumni Association's
board of directors, has been an outstanding advocate of the UI on several
fronts. In addition to his work with the Alumni Association, Mulligan has
served Henry B. Tippie College of Business as a member of its Board of Visitors
and as a guest lecturer. While working as a corporate vice president at American
Hospital Supply Company and Baxter International, Inc., Mulligan was a strong
advocate for Iowa's students and projects, providing a conduit to the top
administration and a contact for many students who went on to serve the company
at important levels.
The Distinguished Alumni Award/Young Alumni is given for significant accomplishments
in business or professional life or for distinguished human service. The Young
Alumni recipient is:
Mark K. Wuest, 1984 B.A., a dancer whose career includes five years
with the Joffrey Ballet, is world-famous for his performances and choreographic
vision. Wuest is the ballet director of Vivace Dance Art, a Berlin commercial
dance company, and he co-founded the Zurich theater group, Three O'Clock Shadows.
The Distinguished Alumni Award /Friend, recognizing specific and meritorious
service on behalf of the UI, will be given to Percy G. Harris. He was the
first African American member of the Board of Regents, State of Iowa, and
a well-known Cedar Rapids family practitioner. Harris has supported advances
in the UI's medical programs through membership in the Friends of the University
of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He has also encouraged the growth of the UI's
many other educational and cultural opportunities through participation in
campus organizations, among them the Hancher Gold Circle and the UI Foundation's