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Sept. 9, 2003

UI College Of Liberal Arts And Sciences Honors Alumni Fellows

Six distinguished alumni of the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences return to campus this week as Alumni Fellows, an award the college bestows on its most accomplished graduates. While on campus several of the fellows, including former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, will give free public lectures.

Linda Maxson, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, initiated the Alumni Fellows program in 1999 with funds from the endowed Dean's Chair in the Liberal Arts and Sciences, which was created through a gift from the UI Alumni Association.

"Using this generous gift from the Alumni Association, we have brought more than two dozen of our most distinguished alumni back to campus in the last five years," Maxson said. "It's a great opportunity for our students to see the kind of success they can achieve, and it's wonderful to be able to recognize our graduates for their personal and professional achievements."

The 2003 Alumni Fellows are: Albert Bandura, master's 1951 and doctorate 1952, psychology; Terry Branstad, bachelor's 1969, political science; Sam Bromberger, master's 1965 and doctorate 1968, geoscience; Kenneth Klabunde, doctorate 1969, chemistry; Eric Sandeen, master's 1976 and doctorate 1977, American studies; Ellen Weissinger, master's 1982, leisure studies.

At an award ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 11, Maxson will introduce the fellows and present each with a plaque. The following public lectures have been scheduled:

* Thursday, Sept. 11, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Terry Branstad, "The Leadership Role of the Governor of Iowa in the Legislative Process," room 40 Schaeffer Hall

* Thursday, Sept. 11, 3 p.m.: Ellen Weissinger, "Building on the Essence of Leisure Studies: Confessions of a Fallen-Away Recreator," Gerber Lounge (304 English-Philosophy Building)

* Thursday, Sept. 11, 4 p.m.: Albert Bandura, "On Shaping One's Future: The Primacy of Human Agency," 101 Becker Communication Studies Building

* Friday Sept. 12, 3:30 p.m.: Kenneth Klabunde, "How to Grow a Ten Pound Nanocrystal Superlattice," room 321 Chemistry Building

* Friday Sept. 12, 4 p.m.: Eric Sandeen, "Axioms and Anecdotes: Reflections on American Studies Since Iowa," 704 Jefferson Building

* Thursday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m.: Samuel H. Bromberger, "Never Underestimate Luck as a Factor in a Career Path," room 321 Chemistry Building

Bandura, of Stanford Calif., is David Starr Jordan Professor of Social Science in Psychology at Stanford University. An international expert on the psychology of learning, he is the leading proponent of social learning theory. He introduced the influential concept of "self-efficacy," which has implications for motivation and behavior in many realms -- including health promotion, organizational behavior and collective action. A member of the National Academy of Sciences, he has received the American Psychological Association's Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award, the highest honor in the discipline of psychology, and the William James Award of the American Psychological Society.

Branstad, of Des Moines, is former governor of Iowa and was named president and CEO of Des Moines University-Osteopathic Medical Center in August. He also serves as president of Branstad and Associates LC in West Des Moines. After earning a law degree at Drake University in Des Moines, he served as a member of the Iowa House of Representatives and as lieutenant governor before being elected to four consecutive terms as governor (1983-99). He served as chair of the National Governors Association (1989), the Republican Governors Association (1997) and the Education Commission of the States (1998). He has just completed a two-year term as chair of President Bush's Commission on Excellence in Special Education.

Bromberger of Houston, Texas, is currently a consultant on intellectual property, after retiring from a career in oil exploration with Texaco and with J.M. Huber Corporation. His expertise as a geologist included sedimentary basins throughout North America and the northern Atlantic. His principal research contribution was a theoretical synthesis of the structural and stratigraphic development of the North Sea Basin. A dedicated supporter of his department, he has chaired the Geology Alumni Advisory Board, where he focused on creating research opportunities and placements for the department's students.

Klabunde, of Manhattan, Kan., is University Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at Kansas State University. In 1998 the American Chemical Society named him "Outstanding Chemist in the Midwest." A leader in metal atom chemistry, he designed the first metal atom reactor for general commercial use. In the new field of nanoscale particles, he has designed adsorbent powders for environmental cleanup, scrubbing of acid gases and the protection of soldiers from chemical and biological weapons. He has given six invited American Chemical Society lecture tours and 20 international lecture tours. He helped establish the Council for Chemical Research, which promotes academic-industry relations.

Sandeen, of Laramie, Wyo., is professor and director of the American studies program at the University of Wyoming. In 2002, he received the American Studies Association's highest award for service, the Mary C. Turpie Prize, for fostering American studies through international exchanges. As an ambassador for American studies, he frequently lectures internationally, has been instrumental in developing American studies programs at universities in eastern Europe and Asia, and brought American studies practitioners from other countries to the U.S. His own scholarship focuses on public policy, the creative arts and the environment.

Weissinger, of Lincoln, Neb., is executive associate dean of graduate studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A professor of educational psychology, she is a recognized authority on intrinsic motivation and on the causes and consequences of boredom. She has served as editor of the Journal of Leisure Research, the primary research journal in her field. She has also specialized in psychometrics and published three measurement instruments. She earned her doctorate at the University of Maryland. At Nebraska, she has also served as associate dean of Teachers College and associate director of the Buros Institute for Mental Measurements.

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