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June 29, 2009

UI Division of Student Services announces administrative changes

University of Iowa Interim Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students Tom Rocklin announced several administrative staffing changes within the Division of Student Services.

Monique DiCarlo, director of the UI Women's Resource and Action Center (WRAC) and interim sexual misconduct response coordinator, will assume the position of sexual misconduct response coordinator on a full-time basis beginning today, Monday, June 29. She will step down as WRAC director.

DiCarlo is responsible for leading the campus in fostering an environment that promotes and expedites prompt reporting of and response to sexual misconduct, stalking and domestic violence cases involving students. She will also continue to serve as the coordinating contact point to ensure that victims receive appropriate and responsive care and that the university meets its legal responsibilities and strategic goals.

DiCarlo, who has a Master of Social Work from the University of Michigan, has served as WRAC director since 1994. During this time, the center created programs that taught social justice skills like Iowa Women Initiating Social Change and the Social Change Training Program, in addition to providing resources such as diversity conferences and dialogue circles and a support group facilitators training curriculum. She more recently established the Iowa N.E.W Leadership Institute that engages undergraduate women in public service, and the Men's Anti-violence Council, a program that teaches bystander interventions.

"The creation of the position of Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator is one more reflection of the University of Iowa's commitment to the safety of our students," Rocklin said. "Monique DiCarlo's demonstrated leadership and outstanding personal qualities uniquely qualify her for this important role. I believe her work will become a model for colleges and universities across the country. I am also very appreciative of her dedication and commitment to the mission and goals of the Women's Resource and Action Center for the past 15 years."

Linda Kroon, (photo, right) WRAC operations coordinator, has been named interim director, also effective today, June 29. Kroon joined the WRAC staff in 1992 after serving as departmental administrator for the UI Department of Dance for seven years. A search for a permanent director will begin after a departmental review is conducted over the next few months.

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Sarah Lux Hansen (photo, left), associate director for education/coordinator of Health Iowa at UI Student Health Service, has been appointed to the newly created position of director of assessment and strategic initiatives within the Division of Student Services effective Wednesday, July 1.

In addition to primary responsibility for providing direction and management of division-wide assessment activities and university-wide collaboration, this position will also assist with various strategic initiatives. Hansen will also continue to devote a portion of her time managing the Student Success Team for the Office of the Provost.

"Sarah Hansen has played an increasingly influential role in developing and assessing programs that help all students succeed," Rocklin said. "I am pleased that she has agreed to move into this new position where her expertise and energy can contribute to the overall mission of the Division of Student Services."

Lisa James (photo, right), associate director for clinical operations at UI Student Health Services, has been named interim administrative director and Dr. Ann Laros, Student Health Service staff physician, has been named interim medical director, effective July 8. Dr. David Braun, director of UI Student Health Service, will leave the UI in July to pursue a clinical practice opportunity in Bloomington, Ill. This new administrative arrangement will continue while a review of UI Student Health Service is conducted over the next few months.

James, associate director of clinical operations at Student Health Service since 2006, holds a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Iowa and college health nurse certification. She joined the Student Health Services as a nurse manager in 2001 after serving in health care positions at UIHC beginning in 1984.

Laros (photo, left), a graduate of the University of Texas-San Antonio Medical School, joined the Student Health Services as a staff physician in 2005 after 12 years as a faculty member in the UI Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. She has board certification in obstetrics/gynecology.

"I appreciate Dr. Braun's commitment to providing excellent health care for our students and wish him and his family the very best," Rocklin said. "I am pleased that Lisa James and Dr. Laros have stepped forward to lead the Student Health Service during this interim period. Their expertise and long association with Student Health Service will allow Student Health Service to continue to move forward in its role of supporting the success of our students."

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STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACTS: Tom Rocklin, Division of Student Services, 319-335-3557,; Lois J. Gray, University of Iowa News Services, 319-384-0077,