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Release: May 21, 2002

UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences names new Advisory Board members

Three new members will join the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Advisory Board starting with the September 2002 meeting. The board includes 24 members who work with Dean Linda Maxson to advance the college's mission and strategic goals. The board is charged with providing counsel on issues raised by the dean, undertaking projects to benefit the college, and assisting in making contacts with alumni and friends of the college, among other tasks. The board meets annually with the dean and other top administrators in the college. New members serve three-year terms.

The new members are:

Leon J. Aden, of Houston, who earned a B.S. in 1980 and an M.S. in 1982, both in geology. He is Technology Advisor for Exploration with ExxonMobil, where he has been employed since graduating from the UI. He has worked for various divisions including Production USA, Exploration South, and Exploration Papua New Guinea. From 1999-2001, he supervised the Angola OBO Exploration.

Pamela D. Brash, of Chicago, who earned a B.A. in communication studies in 1976. She works in the sports marketing department of Sports Illustrated magazine where she is responsible for media, advertising sales, consumer promotion and entertainment. Prior to joining Sports Illustrated, Brash worked in marketing and advertising for the Chicago firm Foote Cone and Belding and before that at Miller Brewing Company. She has received various awards including the YWCA Women in Leadership award in Milwaukee and the Andrew Heiskell Service Award from AOL Time Warner. She has served in the Junior Leagues in Denver and Chicago and is currently president of the auxiliary board of the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Maureen A. O'Connell, of Rockville, Md., who earned a B.A. in psychology in 1984 and a J.D. in 1986. She is currently Vice President, Regulatory and Government Affairs with News Corporation/Fox Broadcasting Co. where she represents all of the Fox entities before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress, and other government agencies. Prior to joining Fox, O'Connell was a staff attorney with the FCC for one year and then served as a legal advisor to FCC Commissioner James H. Quello. She also worked as a private practice attorney for five years.

Established in 1900, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is the largest of the UI's 11 colleges. The College seeks to advance scholarly and creative endeavor through leading-edge research and artistic production; to use this research and creativity to enhance undergraduate, graduate, and professional education, health care, and other services provided to the people of Iowa, the nation, and the world; and to conduct these activities in a culturally diverse, humane, technologically advanced and increasingly global environment.